McLaughlin, Hurley win twice at John Knight Invite
Monmouth, Ore. – Redshirt senior Keely McLaughlin won the hammer and shot put and placed second in the discus on Friday to lead the Oregon State women's track & field team to a second-place finish at the John Knight Twilight Meet at McArthur Field at Western Oregon University.
McLaughlin threw 48-1.75 to pace a 1-2-3 Beaver sweep in the shot put and then added a mark of 178-4 to spark a 1-2-3 finish in the hammer. She then took second to teammate Jade Whitfield in the discus with a mark of 151-5. The Beavers took the top five places in that event.
The Beavers won 8 of the 10 events they entered and scored 186 team points. The host Wolves won the team title with 217 points.
Freshman Jada Hurley doubled in the 100 (12.19) and 200 (25.37). Senior Emma Nelson won the high jump (5-7); redshirt senior Delia DeLeon captured the 800 (2:16.01) and junior Taylor Weidinger was first in the 400 hurdles (1:03.69). Freshman Jaaden Steele was second in the triple jump (36-1.25).
The Beavers set two top-10 marks in the hammer. Redshirt sophomore Markayla Billings improved her No. 6 all-time mark six inches to 175-4 and took second. Redshirt sophomore Caitlyn Marx placed third, posted a PR by four inches to 155-2 and bettered her No. 9 mark on the all-time list.
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 for March 27-April 3, 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 two 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. Keely McLaughlin, 178-4. 2. Markayla Billings, 175-4. 3. Caitlyn Marx, 155-2.
Discus: 1. Jade Whitfield, 152-8. 2. Keely McLaughlin, 151-5. 3. Jordan Spradlin, 141-5. 4. 139-8. 5. Caitlyn Marx, 137-2.
Long jump: 1. Chelsea Howard, 18-1.50.
Triple jump: 2. Jaaden Steele, 36-1.25.
Shot put: 1. Keely McLaughlin, 48-1.75. 2. Taylor Crockem, 47-8.50. 3. Jordan Spradlin, 42-11. 7. Anneke Moersdorf, 36-8.25.
High jump: 1. Emma Nelson, 5-7. 3. Anneke Moersdorf, 5-3. Lara Denbow, NH.
100: 1. Jada Hurley, 12.19. 4. Abby Buckley, 12.63. 5. Chelsea Howard, 12.76. 9. Chelsie Emmerson, 13.32
200: 1. Jada Hurley, 25.37. 6. Chelsie Emmerson, 27.36.
800: 1. Delia DeLeon, 2:16.01. 2. Aleen Golla, 2:18.50. 3. Emily Perez, 2:19.47. 4. Eimy Martinez (unattached), 2:22.46. 5. Emily Foote, 2:24.57.
1500: 4. Libby Rinck, 5:00.64. 5. Paige Sefried, 5:02.74.
400 hurdles: 1. Taylor Weidinger, 1:03.69. 3. Jade Newton, 1:06.62.