Masterson Taking on the 1,500m at West Regional

May 27, 2009

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THIS WEEK — Freshman Casey Masterson is the lone Oregon State women’s track member still competing this season. She will take to the line in the 1,500-meters at the NCAA West Regional this Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.


The preliminary heat is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. on Friday with the finals scheduled for 1:50 p.m. on Saturday.


Masterson will go up against 21 of the nation’s best 1,500-meters runners. The 12 best times qualify for the finals on Saturday.


SULLIVAN SAYS — “We are really excited for Casey to have qualified as a red-shirt freshman in one of the strongest events in our West Region, the 1500-meters.  This is a true example of how far she has come since arriving here. There are 21 entered in her event, and she is just one of three freshmen who have qualified. They will advance 12 to the final. Getting to that final is our goal. From there, if she can advance, it is anyone’s guess. She has had a great year, from cross country this fall, to setting a new indoor mile record and then doing the same outdoors in the 1500-meters along with her fourth best 800-meters time in school history.”


REGIONAL QUALIFYING Freshman Casey Masterson surpassed the 1,500-meters regional standard of 4:27.80 at the Woody Wilson Open in Davis, Calif. on April 11. En route to becoming a regional qualifier, Masterson broke the Oregon State record by running a time of 4:26.85 then broke that record at the Pac-10 Championship with a time of 4:25.81.


TOP 10s — The past few seasons have been nothing short of amazing for Oregon State runners when it comes to breaking into the school’s all-time outdoor top 10 lists with more than 30 spots in seven events in addition to 18 spots held in three events in the indoor ranks. This season has proven more of the same with freshman Casey Masterson breaking the school record in the 1,500-meters and five more runners pushing into the outdoor records to accompany three runners breaking into the all-time indoor top 10 lists in three events including Masterson’s school record in the mile.


INDOOR EXCITEMENT — At the Husky Classic indoor meet, sophomore Casey Masterson broke the school record by more than five seconds in the mile (4:51.87), sophomore Abby Chesimet ran the second fastest 3,000-meters (10:02.17) and sophomore Jackie Brown ran the sixth fastest 800-meters (2:23.13).


BEAVERS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS — Here is where Oregon State runners rank among this season’s Pacific-10 leaders through April 20

(* denotes regional qualifying mark).



19. Casey Masterson..... 2:11.29........ 5/09/09



16. *Casey Masterson... 4:25.81........ 5/16/09


3,000-meter steeplechase

22. Jennifer Macias...... 11:09.83....... 3/27/09


LAST TIME OUT — Freshman Casey Masterson again broke her own school record in the 1,500-meters at the Pacific-10 Track and Field Championships Saturday, May 16, in Eugene, Ore. with a time of 4:25.81.


HEAD COACH Kelly Sullivan Fifth-year head coach Kelly Sullivan has been in charge of rebuilding the cross country and track programs after a 16-year vacancy.


Through his tenure as head coach, the cross country and track programs have boasted numerous awards and accomplishments. Sullivan has produced 88 Academic All Pac-10 honorees and has had an Academic All-American team every year since the program’s return. More than 20 athletes in seven different events have broken into Oregon State all-time top 10 lists in track under Sullivan’s leadership including four school records.


TRACKING THE BEAVS THIS WEEK — Full results from this week’s events will be available on the freshly redesigned


WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS — Masterson will wrap up the 2009 track season for the Beavers at the NCAA West Regional Friday-Saturday, May 29-30, in Eugene, Ore. running in the 1,500-meters.


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