Beavers head to Hayward Field for Oregon Relays
Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women's track team will return to Hayward Field this weekend to compete at the Oregon Relays.
Field events for the Beavers will start at 1 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday. Track events start at 5:15 p.m. Friday and at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Friday's highlight track event will be the 3000-meter steeplechase, set for 8:50 p.m. OSU entrants are Kaylee Mitchell (9:48.30) and Grace Fetherstonhaugh (9:50.40), redshirt juniors who rank 1-2 on OSU's all-time list in that event.
Saturday's premier track event is the 800 Invitational at 5:15 p.m. OSU's entrant is senior Mari Friedman, who ranked No. 3 all-time in that event with a PR of 2:07.50 set last Saturday at the Lewis & Clark Invitational.
It's the second of four meets for the Beavers at Hayward Field this season. They previously competed at the Hayward Premier on April 1-2; they'll return for the Twilight Meet on May 6-7 and for the Pacific-12 Conference Championships on May 13-15.
Last time out
The Beavers posted 10 all-time top-10 marks last week while competing at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on April 16 and at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and Beach Invitational at Long Beach State on April 14-16.
At Lewis & Clark, senior Mari Friedman led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 800 with a 2:07.50 clocking to better her No. 3 all-time mark by nearly one-half second. Redshirt junior Kaylee Mitchell was second in 2:08.20, the No. 4 all-time mark, and redshirt junior Grace Fetherstonhaugh was third at 2:11.17, the No. 9 mark.
On Day 2 of the Beach Invitational, sophomore Adael Scatena posted the No. 7 all-time clocking in the 400 hurdles and placed 14th in 1:02.01. Also, the 1600 relay foursome of Scatena, redshirt sophomore Paige Sefried, freshman Jada Hurley and junior Taylor Weidinger finished ninth in 3:51.01, the No 7 all-time performance.
On Day 1, redshirt freshman Markayla Billings took 15th place in the hammer and assumed the No. 5 spot with a mark of 179-8; she had been No. 6 with a PR of 175-4. Redshirt freshman Jade Whitfield moved from No. 10 to No. 9 by throwing 158-5, bettering her PR by more than four feet.
Sophomore Ella Knott placed sixth in the javelin and improved her No. 8 all-time mark to 150-6 to better her former PR of 149-1.
At the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate, redshirt freshman Jade Whitfield took eighth place and set the No. 2 mark in the discus at 168-5, an improvement of almost five feet from her previous PR. She moved from No. 4 to No. 2 on the all-time list.
Junior Anneke Moersdorf flew 19-3.50 in the long jump and placed fourth, bettering her outdoor PR by more than 14 inches and establishing the No. 9 mark in school history.
Pac-12 Athlete of the Week nominees
Senior Mari Friedman was nominated for Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Week and freshman Markayla Billings was nominated for Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week for April 11-17. Neither was selected.
Running at the Lewis & Clark Invitational, Friedman led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 800 with a 2:07.50 clocking to better her No. 3 all-time mark by nearly one-half second. Her former PR was 2:07.94. Billings took 15th place in the hammer and assumed the No. 5 spot with a mark of 179-8 at the Beach Invitational at Long Beach State. She had been No. 6 with a PR of 175-4.
The Beavers will host their annual High Performance Meet on April 29-30 at the Whyte Track & Field Center.
Oregon Relays entrants
Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
Friday's competing Beavers
Long jump (1 p.m.): Anneke Moersdorf, Chelsea Howard.
Discus (1:45 p.m.): Jade Whitfield, Jordan Spradlin, Keely McLaughlin, Caitlyn Marx.
100 (5:15 p.m.): Jada Hurley, Abby Buckley.
400 hurdles (5:30 p.m.): Adael Scatena, Taylor Weidinger.
1500 (5:35 p.m.): Amber Jackson, Christina Geisler, Alyssa Foote, Delia DeLeon, Aleen Golla, Emily Perez, Gabby Peterson.
3000 steeplechase (8:50 p.m.): Kaylee Mitchell, Grace Fetherstonhaugh.
Saturday's competing Beavers
Triple jump (noon): Anneke Moersdorf, Jaaden Steele.
Shot put (1:45 p.m.): Taylor Crockem, Keely McLaughlin, Jordan Spradlin.
High jump (3 p.m.): Emma Nelson, Lara Denbow, Savannah Reilly.
Hammer (4:15 p.m.): Markayla Billings, Keely McLaughlin, Jade Whitfield, Caitlyn Marx.
Javelin (5:30 p.m.): Jordynn Slater, Isabelle Esler, Ella Knott, Jazlyn Romero.
800 (2:05 p.m.): Paige Sefried, Sydney van der Zee.
400 relay (4:50 p.m.): Oregon State (Abby Buckley, Jada Hurley, Chelsea Howard, Adael Scatena).
800 Invitational (5:15 p.m.): Mari Friedman.
1600 relay (6:35 p.m.): Oregon State (Adael Scatena, Jada Hurley, Paige Sefried, Mari Friedman).