Track Competes at Oregon Relays

April 30, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon State women's track team traveled just down the freeway to Eugene, Ore. to compete at the Oregon Relays Friday afternoon and evening at Heyward Field. It is the second time this season that the team has competed in Eugene.

'I think everything went very well today,' Oregon State women's track head coach Kelly Sullivan said following competition Friday. 'It's always a little more difficult to compete when you can't get out of town and get into competition mode. It may be a little more difficult but they all preformed well today.'

Sophomore Ashley Berry started the day off for the Beavers with a fifth place finish in the 800 meter B section run with a season best time of 2:18.25. Berry now has the fourth best 800 meter time this season.

Freshman Ashley Mayfield finished second in her section of the 1,500 meter run with a season best time of 4:46.52. Lorine Cruz finished right behind Mayfield for third place in the heat with a time of 4:50.61. Ariel Clark finished fourth and Lauren Graebner finished fifth in their heat with times of 4:53.22 and 4:53.80 respectively.

Sophomore Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson finished second in the 5,000 meter run B section with a personal record time of 17.20.08. Jennifer Macias also finished in the top-5 for the event finishing fourth overall with a time of 17:28.37. Krista Stangel finished seventh with a time of 17:38.88 and Lorene Young finished 14th with a time of 18:15.01.

For the third time this season Olivia Poblacion competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase run and continues to improve. Friday night saw another career best for Poblacion with a time of 11:17.22.

Sophomore Casey Masterson finished sixth overall in the 1,500 meter section 2 run with a time of 4:28.49 which is a little over 0:03 seconds off her school record time of 4:25.18 that she set two weeks ago at the 52nd Annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Syliva Veal finished 12th with a time of 4:37.22.

Sophomore Laura Carlyle ran the 5,000 meters for the first time this spring and finished 13th overall with a time of 16:52.98. She posted the third best time in the event by any Beaver this spring. Sandra Martinez and Abby Chesimet finished with times of 16:59.58 and 17:22.33 respectively.

The Oregon Preview played host to a unique event, the mixed 100 meter wheelchair dash. Oregon State student Sean Foster participated in the event and represented the university in uniform provided by Sullivan and the track team.

'After we were contacted about Sean wanting to represent Oregon State in uniform we were all over it,' Sullivan Said. 'It is a great thing that we wanted to help him be a part of and he represented the school well.'

Another group of track student-athletes will be competing Saturday, May 1 at the Pacific Twilight Invitational where freshman Kristin Oenning is scheduled to make history by being the first female track student-athlete to compete in a field event since 1988.

800 Meter Run B Section (Top Five Times)1. Crain, Natalie (Oklahoma) 2:14.95; 2. Dencer, Camilla (Oregon) 2:16.42; 3. Hanchett, Sarah (Eastern Oregon) 2:17.31; 4. Taylor, Jennifer (Wichita State) 2:18.04; 5. Berry, Ashley (Oregon State) 2:18.25.

1,500 Meter Run B Section (Top Five and Oregon State Times)1. Martinez, Olivia (Wichita State) 4:34.74; 2. Miller, Maggie (College of Idaho) 4:35.19; 3. Schoch, Teegan (Idaho) 4:35.29; 4. Smith, Jordyn (Unattached) 4:35.32; 5. Harline, Kate (Seattle Pacific) 4:35.47; 13. Mayfield, Ashley (Oregon State) 4:46.52; 14. Cruz, Lorine (Oregon State) 4:50.61; 15. Clark, Ariel (Oregon State) 4:53.22; 16. Graebner, Lauren (Oregon State) 4:53.80.

5,000 Meter Run B Section (Top Five and Oregon State Times)1. Houser, Kellie (Portland) 17:17.97; 2. Soza-Hodgkinson, Hannah (Oregon State) 17:20.08; 3. Plunkett, Natty (Seattle Pacific) 17:24.43; 4. Macias, Jennifer (Oregon State) 17:28.37; 5. Reeve, Sabrina (Unattached) 17:29.47; 7. Stangel, Krista (Oregon State) 17:38.88; 14. Young, Lorene (Oregon State) 18:15.01.

3,000 Meter Steeplechase Run (Top Five and Oregon State Times)1. Mattox, Kimber (Willamette) 10:41.78; 2. York, Rachel (Wichita State) 10:45.80; 3. Peters, Nicole (Colorado St.) 10:46.27; 4. Hemphill, Natalie (Portland) 10:47.84; 5. Olsen, Courtney (Western Washington) 10:50.59; 7. Poblacion, Olivia (Oregon State) 11:17.22.

1,500 Meter Run Section 2 (Top Five and Oregon State Times)1. Simpson, Jemma (OTC Elite) 4:12.72; 2. Bowman, Sarah (New Balance) 4:13.02; 3. Hasay, Jordan (Oregon) 4:17.37; 4. Friday, Becca (Oregon) 4:24.58; 5. Moore, Cori (Portland) 4:27.85; 6. Masterson, Casey (Oregon State) 4:28.49; 12. Veal, Sylvia (Oregon State) 4:37.56.

5,000 Meter Run Section 1 (Top Five and Oregon State Times)1. Fleshman, Lauren (OTC Elite) 15:42.46; 2. Kosinski, Alex (Oregon) 15:57.83; 3. Bridgmon, Mattie (Oregon) 16:17.65; 4. Michel, Claire (Oregon) 16:18.18; 5. Nero, Tonya (Wichita State) 16:21.72; 13. Carlyle, Laura (Oregon State) 16:52.98; 16. Martinez, Sandra (Oregon State) 16:59.58; 19. Chesimet, Abby (Oregon State) 17:22.33.

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