Fetherstonhaugh sets fourth school record at Oregon Relays
Eugene, Ore. – Grace Fetherstonhaugh set her third school school record on Friday, sparking the Oregon State women's track & field team on the opening day of the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field.
The redshirt junior from New Westminster, B.C., shaved almost four seconds off the 3000-meter steeplechase mark and placed second in 9:44.76, just .02 seconds behind the winner. Her former PR was 9:50.40 and was the No. 2 time in school history before Friday.
The old record was 9:48.30, set by redshirt junior Kaylee Mitchell at last year's Pacific-12 Conference championships. Mitchell placed fourth on Friday in 9:53.67.
Outdoors, Fetherstonhaugh also holds the OSU records in the 1500 (4:17.25) and 5000 (15:58.93), and ranks ninth in the 800 (2:11.17). She is also the record-holder in the indoor 5000 (16:00.93), and second in the indoor 3000 (9:00.87).
Junior Anneke Moersdorf won the long jump with a mark of 19-8.25. The San Luis Obispo, Calif., native established the No. 5 all-time performance at OSU with her effort, a PR by almost five inches. She formerly was No. 9 on the all-time list at 19-3.50, set last weekend in Long Beach, Calif.
Sophomore Adael Scatena sped to second place in the 400 hurdles in 1:01.41, a PR by nearly a second and the No. 6 time in school history. Junior Taylor Weidinger was third in 1:03.17.
The Beavers claimed six top-10 spots in the 1500, led by sophomore Amber Jackson at 4:32.10, good for second place. Redshirt senior Delia DeLeon was fourth (4:33.20).
Redshirt freshman Jade Whitfield was fourth in the discus at 159-7; redshirt senior Keely McLaughlin was fifth at 149-9.
The meet concludes on Saturday; the 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.
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 Complex.
Oregon Relays entrants
Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
Long jump: 1. Anneke Moersdorf, 19-8.25. 7. Chelsea Howard, 18-2.25.
Discus: 4. Jade Whitfield, 159-7. 5. Keely McLaughlin, 149-9. 7. Caitlyn Marx, 140-10. 8. Jordan Spradlin, 137-6.
100: 6. Jada Hurley, 12.26. 9. Abby Buckley, 12.57.
400 hurdles: 2. Adael Scatena, 1:01.41. 3. Taylor Weidinger, 1:03.17.
1500: 2. Amber Jackson, 4:32.10. 4. Delia DeLeon, 4:33.20. 7. Gabby Peterson, 4:35.53. 8. Christina Geisler, 4:8.59. 9. Alyssa Foote, 4:38.07. 10. Aleen Golla, 4:38.59. 12. Emily Perez, 4:50.19.
3000 steeplechase: 2. Grace Fetherstonhaugh, 9:44.76. 4. Kaylee Mitchell, 9:53.67.
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).