Beavers head to WOU for Knight Twilight Meet
Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women's track & field team will stick close to home this Friday, competing at the annual John Knight Twilight Meet at McArthur Field at Western Oregon University.
Field events begin at 1 p.m. with the hammer throw; track events start at 4:10 p.m. with the 1500 meters.
"Even though it's a small meet, it's a chance to get more reps," coach Louie Quintana said. "The weather looks to be favorable so we look at that as a nice bridge before we go to Long Beach next week.
"It's an opportunity to get out and compete."
Halfway through the outdoor season, Quintana said he has been most pleased by the team's balance.
"We're just good in a lot of different events, and not relying heavily on one specific part of our program," he said. "We're leaning on a lot of the veterans in different event areas."
Last time out
The Beavers had 10 top-10 all-time performances on April 1-2 at the Hayward Premier Meet at Hayward Field in Eugene.
"It was a good step for us," Quintana said. "Some of our kids were in different events; our distance runners were in events they might not necessarily run come championships time.
"But for them to throw out some (national-class) times, especially in the 1500, was huge and bodes well for their other events. We found out some good things, our high jumpers and throwers were awesome."
Redshirt junior Grace Fetherstonhaugh set a school record in the 1500 meters on April 1, when she took third place in 4:17.25. That erased the old record of 4:17.77, set by All-American Laura Carlyle at Stanford on April 29, 2012.
Redshirt junior Kaylee Mitchell took fourth place in 4:17.26 and also broke Carlyle's record to establish the No. 2 time in school history. Senior Mari Friedman placed fifth in the 14:18.20; her time now ranks fourth overall.
Freshman Isabelle Esler took third in the javelin at 151-8, the sixth-best mark in school history. She improved her PR by more than 12 feet.
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 was the No. 9 time in OSU history; Whitfield's mark of 154-3 was No. 10 overall. Also, Caitlyn Marx tied her No. 9 all-time mark in the hammer (154-10).
On April 2, senior Emma Nelson improved her high jump PR by an inch and took second place at 5-8.75, the No. 9 all-time performance.
Whitfield and redshirt senior Keely McLaughlin posted top-10 marks in the discus. Whitfield improved her No. 4 all-time mark to 163-6; McLaughlin moved from 10th to seventh at 154-6.
Pac-12 Athlete of the Week nominees
Redshirt junior Grace Fetherstonhaugh was nominated for Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Week honors and senior Emma Nelson was nominated for Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week honors, but neither was selected.
Fetherstonhaugh set her second school record with a 4:17.25 clocking in the 1500 at the Hayward Premier Meet in Eugene on April 1. Nelson bettered her high jump PR by an inch and took second place at 5-8.75, the No. 9 all-time performance in school history.
The Beavers will compete in three meets next week. Some will head to Long Beach, Calif., for the Pacific Coast Invitational on April 14 and the Beach Invitational at Long Beach State on April 15-16. Others will compete at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Portland on April 16.
John Knight Twilight Meet
Monmouth, Ore. | McArthur Field
Hammer (1 p.m.): Keely McLaughlin, Markayla Billings, Caitlyn Marx.
Discus (3 p.m.): Keely McLaughlin, Markayla Billings, Caitlyn Marx, Jordan Spradlin, Jade Whitfield.
Long jump (3 p.m.): Chelsea Howard.
Triple jump (3 p.m.): Jaaden Steele.
Shot put (4:15 p.m.): Keely McLaughlin, Taylor Crockem, Jordan Spradlin, Anneke Moersdorf.
High jump (4:45 p.m.): Emma Nelson, Lara Denbow, Savannah Reilly, Anneke Moersdorf.
1500 (4:10 p.m.): Libby Rinck, Paige Sefried.
100 (5 p.m.): Jada Hurley, Abby Buckley, Chelsea Howard, Chelsie Emmerson.
800 (5:10 p.m.): Emily Foote, Delia DeLeon, Emily Perez, Aleen Golla, Eimy Martinez (unattached).
400 hurdles (5:15 p.m.): Taylor Weidinger, Jade Newton.
200 (5:45 p.m.): Jada Hurley, Chelsie Emmerson.