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Beavers host High Performance Meet this weekend

Apr 27, 2022

Corvallis, Ore. – The marquee event of the Oregon State track and field team's season is set for Friday and Saturday at the Whyte Track and Field Center.
 
Beavers' coach Louie Quintana expects the annual High Performance Meet to be a real treat for area aficionados, given the quality field and overall strength and depth of competition.
 
"We are trying to put on a great meet for the fans, the weather withstanding," he said. "It's good that people are supporting our meet, coming out and bringing their teams."
 
The meet begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the women's hammer. The first track event is the women's 400 hurdles at 2:30 p.m.; the final event is the men's invitational 10K, at 9:15 p.m.
 
Saturday's action starts at 11 a.m. with the women's javelin. Saturday's track events begin at 2 p.m. with the women's 400 relay. The men's 1600 relay concludes the meet at 5:15 p.m.

Quintana said he's looking for his athletes to build on what they've already accomplished, to generate some momentum heading into the final three weeks of the season and to post top-48 national marks, which will qualify them for NCAA regional competition.

"We are looking for our athletes to take another step, to get them in better position for regional seeding," he said. "We have a lot of women who are sitting at 50-52 in their events, if we can get them to move up that would be really big.

"We also want to solidify our team for the Pac-12 championships," set for May 13-15 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Quintana said the invitational 1500s, set for 6:35 p.m. (women) and 6:42 p.m. (men) will be outstanding.

"You are liable to see maybe a sub 3:40 on the men's side and a 4:15 on the women's side, which would be awesome," he said.

The women's discus, which begins after the 11 a.m. men's competition is complete, will highlight Friday's field competition.

"Oregon is bringing their crew and they have two in the top seven in the conference, so it will be awesome to see where we match up," he said.

On Saturday, the javelin will be a lot of fun to watch. The direction we throw it, into the hammer field, the fans are close and it creates for good energy there."

OSU's seniors will be recognized in a special 1:45 p.m. ceremony preceding Saturday's track events.

Last time out
 
The Beavers set two school records and had seven all-time top-10 performances at the Oregon Relays on April 22-23.
 
Junior Anneke Moersdorf set a school record in the triple jump on April 23 in her first time competing in the event this spring. She posted a mark of 40-8.25, breaking Michele Turney's former record almost eight inches and taking second place. Turney's standard of 40-0.75 had stood since 2014.
 
On April 22, she won the long jump in 19-8.25, the No. 5 all-time performance at OSU and a PR by almost five inches. She was No. 9 on the all-time list at 19-3.50, set last weekend in Long Beach, Calif.
 
On April 22, redshirt junior Grace Fetherstonhaugh shaved almost four seconds off the 3000-meter steeplechase standard 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. The old record was 9:48.30, set by redshirt junior Kaylee Mitchell at the 2021 Pacific-12 Conference championships.
 
The 1600 relay foursome of Taylor Weidinger, Paige Sefried, Jada Hurley and Mari Friedman took second in 3:47.82, the No. 2 all-time performance. It just missed erasing the school record of 3:47.40, set in 1980 and the oldest school record of events customarily held.
 
Redshirt freshman Jade Whitfield placed eighth in the hammer at 164-5, a PR by more than six feet and the No. 8 mark in OSU history.
 
Finally, freshman Isabelle Esler threw 153-05 in the javelin and improved her No. 6 all-time mark and PR, which was 151-8 before Saturday. She took third place.
 
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. Weidinger was third in 1:03.17.
 
The Beavers totaled seven all-time top-10 marks: two by Moelsdorf and one each from Esler, Whitfield, Fetherstonhaugh, Scatena and the 1600 relay.
 
Pac-12 Athletes of the Week
 
Redshirt junior Grace Fetherstonhaugh and junior Anneke Moersdorf were nominated for Pac-12 Track and Field Athletes of the Week for April 18-24 for their performances at the Oregon Relays, but neither was selected.
 
On April 22, Fetherstonhaugh 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.
 
Moersdorf set a school record in the triple jump on April 23. Competing in the event outdoors for the first time this season, she posted a mark of 40-8.25, breaking Michele Turney's former record almost eight inches and taking second place.
 
Turney's standard of 40-0.75 had stood since 2014. Three of her six attempts broke Turney's record; she also recorded marks of 40-6.25 and 40-3.25. Moersdorf also shattered her former PR of 39-11.25, set in Eugene in 2021. She was No. 2 on the all-time list.
 
On April 22, Moersdorf won the long jump in 19-8.25, the No. 5 all-time performance and a PR by almost five inches. She was No. 9 on the all-time list at 19-3.50.
 
Up next

The Beavers will compete at the Oregon Twilight Meet at Hayward Field on May 6-7. It will be their third meet in Eugene this outdoor season; they also competed at the Hayward Premier on April 1-2 and the Oregon relays on April 22-23.

The Twilight Meet is the final competition before the Pacific-12 Conference Champions, set for May 13-15 at Hayward Field.

High Performance Meet
Corvallis, Ore. | Whyte Track & Field Center

Friday's OSU entrants

Field events

Hammer (11 a.m.) Markayla Billings, Keely McLaughlin, Jade Whitfield, Caitlyn Marx.
 
Long jump (noon): 1. Anneke Moersdorf, Chelsea Howard, Jaaden Steele.
 
Discus (2:15 p.m.): Jade Whitfield, Keely McLaughlin, Markayla Billings, Caitlyn Marx, Jordan Spradlin.
 
Track events
 
400 hurdles: Adael Scatena, Taylor Weidinger, Jade Newton.
 
200 (3:30 p.m.): Jada Hurley, Abby Buckley, Chelsie Emmerson.
 
5000 open (4:20 p.m.): Eimy Martinez (unattached).
 
1500 open (5:50 p.m.): Kate Intile, Delia DeLeon, Aleen Golla, Emily Perez, Emily Foote, Lexy Hayes, Libby Rinck.
 
1500 Invitational (6:25 p.m.): Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Kaylee Mitchell, Mari Friedman, Christina Geisler.
 
3000 steeplechase (7:20): Christina Geisler, Amber Jackson, Liv Downing.
 
5000 Invitational (7:55 p.m.): Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Kaylee Mitchell, Audrey Lookner, Christina Geisler, Alyssa Foote, Gabby Peterson.
  
Saturday's OSU entrants
 
Field events
 
Javelin (11 a.m.): Isabelle Esler, Jordynn Slater, Ella Knott, Jazlyn Romero, Savannah Reilly.
 
High jump (12:30): Emma Nelson, Lara Denbow, Anneke Moersdorf, Savannah Reilly.
 
Shot put (1 p.m.): Keely McLaughlin, Taylor Crockem, Jordan Spradlin, Anneke Moersdorf.
 
Triple jump (1 p.m.): Anneke Moersdorf, Jaaden Steele.
 
Track events
 
800 (2:50 p.m.): Mari Friedman, Delia DeLeon, Sydney van der Zee, Paige Sefried.
 
100 hurdles (3:45 p.m.): Adael Scatena.
 
400 (4:15 p.m.): Taylor Weidinger, Chelsie Emmerson.
 
100 (4:40 p.m.) Jada Hurley, Abby Buckley, Chelsea Howard.