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Fetherstonhaugh shatters school 1500 record

Apr 1, 2022

Eugene, Ore. – Redshirt junior Grace Fetherstonhaugh set a school record in the 1500 meters on Friday night to lead the Oregon State women's track team's outstanding opening day at the Hayward Premier meet at Hayward Field.

The redshirt junior from New Westminster, B.C., took third place in 4:17.25 to shatter the old record of 4:17.77, set by All-American Laura Carlyle at Stanford on April 29, 2012. Carlyle's was the second-oldest individual running mark on the OSU record list.

Fetherstonhaugh now holds two school standards. She set the 5000-meter record of 15:58.93 at the 2021 Pacific-10 Conference meet at UCLA. Her former best in the 1500 was 4:20.01, set last year in Portland.

She wasn't the only OSU standout in the 1500, however. Redshirt junior Kaylee Mitchell took fourth place, a whisker behind Fetherstonhaugh, in 4:17.26 and also broke Carlyle's former record to establish the No. 2 time in school history. Mitchell's former PR was 4:20.17, also set in 2021 at Portland.

Senior Mari Friedman placed fifth in the 14:18.20, shaving nearly seven seconds off her old PR (4:25.16), set last year at the OSU High Performance Meet. Friedman's time now ranks fourth overall at OSU.

Freshman Isabelle Esler took third in the javelin at 151-8, the sixth-best mark in school history. That's a whopping 12 feet better than her old PR of 139-6, set at the OSU Pacific Northwest Invitational on March 19.

Other all-time top-10 marks were set by sophomore Amber Jackson in the 3000-meter steeplechase and redshirt freshman Jade Whitfield in the hammer. Jackson's 10:49.53 clocking took seventh and was the No. 9 time in OSU history; Whitfield placed 14th and her mark of 154-3 was No. 10 overall.

Redshirt sophomore Caitlyn Marx took 13th in the hammer in 154-10, tying her PR and tying the No. 9 all-time mark.

The Hayward Premier meet concludes on Saturday; field events begin at 11 a.m., track events at 1:30 p.m.

Four Beavers are scheduled to compete at the Northwest Distance Jamboree at Lane Community College on Saturday, starting with the 800 meters at 5:45 p.m.

Up next
The Beavers head to Monmouth on April 8-9 for the John Knight Twilight Meet at McArthur Track at Western Oregon University.

Hayward Premier
Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
Friday's results

Field events

Javelin: 3. Isabelle Esler, 151-8. 5. Ella Knott, 145-0. 8. Jordynn Slater, 138-9. 12. Jazlyn Romero, 135-5. 22. Savannah Reilly, 103-4.

Hammer: 7. Keely McLaughlin, 173-7. 10. Markayla Billings, 171-6. 13. Caitlyn Marx, 154-10. 14. Jade Whitfield, 154-3.

Long jump: 7. Chelsea Howard, 18-1.75.

Track events
1500 meter invitational: 3. Grace Fetherstonhaugh, 4:17.25 (school record). 4.  Kaylee Mitchell, 4:17.26. 5. Mari Friedman, 4:18.20.
1500 meter open: 8. Kate Intile, 4:38.75. 10. Emily Perez, 4:41.96. 13. Aleen Golla, 4:44.78. 16. Delia DeLeon, 4:48.29.
5000 meter invitational: 9. Christina Geisler, 16:42.55. 10. Alyssa Foote, 16.45.60. 12. Audrey Lookner, 16:56.58.
5000 meters open: 9. Gabby Peterson, 17:25.54.
3000-meter steeplechase: 7. Amber Jackson, 10:49.53. 9. Liv Downing, 11:01.89.
Saturday's competing Beavers
Field events
Discus (11 a.m.): Jordan Spradlin, Markayla Billings, Jade Whitfield, Keely McLaughlin.
Shot put (1:15 p.m.): Keely McLaughlin, Taylor Crockem, Jordan Spradlin.
High jump (2 p.m.): Savannah Reilly, Emma Nelson, Lara Denbow.
Triple jump (2 p.m.): Jaaden Steele
Running events
100 meter hurdles (1:30 p.m.): Jade Newton, Adael Scatena.
400 meters (1:50 p.m.): Chelsie Emmerson.
100 meters (2:10 p.m.): Abby Buckley, Jada Hurley.
800 meters (2:50 p.m.): Paige Sefried.
400 meter hurdles (3:10 p.m.): Adael Scatena.
200 meters (3:30 p.m.): Abby Buckley, Taylor Weidinger.
1600 meter relay (4 p.m.): TBD.
Northwest Distance Jamboree
Eugene, Ore. | Lane CC

Saturday's competing Beavers
Track events

800 meters (5:45 p.m.): Sydney van der Zee.

1500 meters (5:55 p.m.): Libby Rinck, Zoe Simmons, Emily Foote.