Beard Sets New Program 10K Record on Day 1 of Pac-12 Championships
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Batya Beard wrapped up day one of the Pac-12 Championships for the Oregon State track and field team in thrilling fashion on Friday as she set a new school record in the 10k.
Arizona State and Oregon are currently atop the women's team leader board with 18 points, while California is third with 17. The Beavers sit seventh with seven points.
"In a conference championship format you have to be prepared for long days," said head coach Louie Quintana. "With how we started (Lindsay (McShane) scoring in the hammer) and how we ended (Batya (Beard) scoring and obliterating the school record in the 10k) made it all worth it.
"I thought the 10k was emblematic of our season in a way. Batya had to endure and commit to something she has never done before. It was hard and challenging, but she did a fantastic job. This has really been our team this season. Endure. Pivot. Refocus. Compete. I'm incredibly proud of Lindsay and Batya, but very proud of the type of team we are putting together."
Beard ended the first day of the conference championships with a 10k time of 33:25.86, setting a new school record in the event and finishing sixth to earn three points team points for OSU. The previous school record was 34:37.80 and was set in 2014 by Kinsey Gomez.
Lindsay McShane opened the day by putting four points on the team leader board for the Beavers after finishing fifth, her best career finish in the event at Pac-12 Championships, in the hammer throw with a distance of 61.54m. Haleigh Sudbeck claimed a top-10 hammer throw finish in her first championship appearance, earning 10th with a throw of 53.61m.
In the 1,500m race, Meagen Lowe finished 13th after clocking in at 4:27.98 and just missing the qualification for the finals by one spot. Maddie Fuhrman finished the race in 4:35.33 to set a new PR by just two-tenths of a second as she finished 24th in the event.
After four events in the heptathlon, Claire Corbitt is 12th (2955 points) and Anneke Moersdorf is 14th (2920). Corbitt registered two PRs on day one with a high jump of 1.57m and a 200m time of 25.15. Moersdorf matched Corbitt with two new PRs of her own, finishing in 26.07 in the 200m and a shot put throw of 10.94m. The final two heptathlon events, long jump and javelin, will be tomorrow.
It was a strong showing for freshman Sara Sanders, posting a javelin throw of 45.37m and missing the final heat my just half a meter.
Next up: The Pac-12 Championships will continue with day two of action on Saturday, beginning at 3:30 pm (PT) with the women's long jump finals. All of Saturday's field events will be available for streaming on Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app.
Full Results (Thru Day 1):
Hammer Throw (Finals)
5. Lindsay McShane – 61.54m (201' 11")
10. Haleigh Sudbeck – 53.61m (175' 10")
12. Sydney Guthrie-Baker – 52.57m (172' 5")
18. Keely McLaughlin – 48.53m (159' 2")
20. Caitlyn Marx – 45.25m (148' 5")
10. Sara Sanders – 45.37m (148' 10")
14. Anneke Moersdorf – 2920 Points
- 15. 100 Meter Hurdles – 15.30
- 12. High Jump – 1.60m (5' 3")
- 10. Shot Put – 10.94m (35' 10.75")
- 12. 200 Meters – 26.07
12. Claire Corbitt – 2955 points
- 9. 100 Meter Hurdles – 14.58
- 13. High Jump – 1.57m (5' 1.75")
- 15. Shot Put – 9.29m (30' 5.75")
- 7. 200 Meters – 25.15
1,500 Meter (Prelims)
13. Meagen Lowe – 4:27.98
23. Gabby Peterson – 4:34.60
24. Maddie Fuhrman – 4:35.33
26. Kate Intile – 4:40.01
400 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
19. Adael Scatena – 1:05.94
20. Maddie McHone – 1:08.12
10,000 Meters (Finals)
6. Batya Beard – 33:25.86
12. Alyssa Foote – 34:40.03
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