Denbow Clinches First in the High Jump as Beavers Close Out Day 1 at UW Invitational
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Oregon State women's track and field team closed out the first day of competition at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Wash. on Friday with eight top-10 finishes. Freshman Lara Denbow and senior Emma Nelson went 1-2 in the women's high jump, while sophomore Adael Scatena notched a second-place finish in the women's 60-meter hurdles final.
"We had a very impressive day," said head coach Louie Quintana. "It was a balanced approach today. Redshirt freshman Jade Whitfield and redshirt senior Keely McLaughlin were really good in the weight throw and showed great progress from the first meet to place well in the final. Adael ran a big lifetime PR in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.83, finishing second in the final. Lara and Emma went one-two in the high jump, both jumping 1.73 meters and had good attempts at 1.76 meters.
"We finished off with a really solid run in the distance medley relay (DMR). Really great leg by senior Mari Friedman in the 1200 meters and I was super impressed with sophomore Amber Jackson running 4:55 mile anchor leg. She's a soccer player for the Beavs and has only been training with us for three weeks. It's her first track race in three years and she broke five minutes in the mile, which is just crazy. I'm looking forward to some big things on day two."
Denbow and Nelson recorded personal-best marks of 1.73m (5' 8") in the high jump to finish first and second, respectively. In the weight throw, Whitfield posted a personal-best of 16.21m (53' 2.25") to finish sixth, surpassing her previous PR of 13.26m (43' 6"). Whitfield moves to fourth in the Oregon State record book, surpassing Sydney Gurthrie-Baker's mark of 15.84m (51' 11.75") set in 2020. McLaughlin took seventh with a toss of 15.48m (50' 9.5").
Sophomore Adael Scatena finished second in the 60-meter hurdles final, stopping the clock at 8.83 for a personal best. Scatena advanced to the final after posting a time of 9.05 to place third in the preliminary race. The Beavers took sixth in the DMR as Friedman, Scatena, freshman Jillian Brown, and Jackson stopped the clock at 11:38.06.
Competition at the UW Invitational will resume Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the women's 3000 meters. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. with the women's long jump.
Seattle, Wash. | Jan. 28-29
Oregon State Individual Results & Remaining Schedule
Friday, Jan. 28 | Day 1 Results
6. Jade Whitfield – 16.21m (53' 2.25") *Indoor PR*
7. Keely McLaughlin – 15.48m (50' 9.5")
12. Markayla Billings – 14.43m (47' 4.25")
20. Caitlyn Marx – 13.21m (43' 4.25")
1. Lara Denbow – 1.73m (5' 8") *Indoor PR*
2. Emma Nelson – 1.73m (5' 8") *Indoor PR*
T9. Anneke Moersdorf – 1.58m (5' 2.25") *Indoor PR*
T9. Delaney Bahn – 1.58m (5' 2.25")
T15. Savannah Reilly – 1.53m (5' 0.25")
60m Hurdles | Preliminary Round
3. Adael Scatena – 9.05
17. Delaney Bahn – 9.61
19. Jade Newton – 9.76 *Indoor PR*
60m Hurdles | Final
2. Adael Scatena – 8.83 *Indoor PR*
41. Chelsie Emmerson – 27.32 *Indoor PR*
51. Jade Newton – 28.41
Distance Medley Relay
6. Mari Friedman, Adael Scatena, Jillian Brown, Amber Jackson – 11:38.06
Saturday, Jan. 29 | Day 2 Schedule of Events
10:00 a.m. - Long Jump
12:00 p.m. - Shot Put
1:00 p.m. - Triple Jump
9:30 a.m. - 3000m
11:00 a.m. - 60m | Preliminary Round
11:45 a.m. - 400m
Sydney van der Zee
12:30 p.m. - Mile
1:30 p.m. - 60m | Final
1:50 p.m. - 800m
Sydney van der Zee
2:25 p.m. - Invite 3000m
3:30 p.m. - 4x400m Relay