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Esler's big throw highlights Day 2 of High Performance Meet

Apr 30, 2022

Corvallis, Ore. – Isabelle Esler unleashed the second-longest throw in Oregon State women's track and field history to win the javelin on Saturday, leading the Beavers on Day 2 of the High Performance meet at the Whyte Track & Field Center.
A freshman from St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Esler's winning throw of 165-11 came on her second attempt and was a PR by more than 14 feet. She moved from sixth to second on OSU's all-time list and sparked a 1-3-4-5-6 finish in the event.
"I been putting in the training and was waiting for a big [throw], I've been waiting for one since high school," said Esler, whose parents and other family members treated her to a celebratory Family Weekend lunch at Tacovore following her victory.
"I've been chipping away at it, today everything lined up right. I'm sure I got a little help from the wind, it just kept going. Watching it I was going, 'This one isn't dropping.' It was pretty crazy to see.
"I've been super consistent with my crossover and my approach. It came together today. I'll just continue to work on being consistent. I'm happy with today but I'm sure there's more work to go."
The Beavers won three of the four field events contested and finished second, third, fourth and fourth in the four track events they entered.
Esler's mark was one of four top-10 all-time standards turned in on a cool, breezy, showery day at the track. And she wasn't the only Beaver to better a PR and improve her standing on OSU's all-time javelin pecking order.
Sophomore Ella Knott was third at 151-11, a PR of 15 inches registered on her final attempt, and moved from eighth to seventh on the all-time list. Freshman Maryann Ackerman, competing unattached, took fourth at 149-8, which would have ranked ninth all-time were she not redshirting.
"That was really big for our team," coach Louie Quintana said, speaking of the javelin. "Izzy throwing 165 puts her in a really good position for the Pac-12s. Jordan Slater and Ella Knott backing that up and throwing consistently, you just never know what's going to make the finals at Pac-12s.
"We didn't have a ton of stuff going on today, with a lot of people competing [Friday]. Today was a good step for us," preparing for the upcoming Pac-12 meet, May 13-15 at Oregon.
"We've been racing multiple weeks in a row. We had a big two meets in Long Beach, last weekend at the Oregon Relays and then our home meet. We didn't want to go to the well too much, it was more, "Let's rest up for two weeks.' "
Sophomore Adael Scatena was second in the 100 hurdles in 14.25, the sixth-fastest time in school history. And freshman Jada Hurley placed fourth in the 100 in 11.99.
Senior Emma Nelson claimed the high jump at 5-7.25, clearing on her second attempt. Senior Mari Friedman was fourth in the 800 in 2:08.25, just off her PR of 2:07.50.
Redshirt senior Keely McLaughin led a 1-2-6 OSU performance in the shot put with a winning effort of 48-7.50. Redshirt senior Taylor Crockem was second (47-6.25), grad student Jordan Spradlin sixth (42-4).

OSU seniors Lexy Hayes, Audrey Lookner, Alyssa Foote and Kate Intile were recognized in a special ceremony preceding Saturday's track events.
On Friday, the Beavers won four events and set five all-time top-10 marks.
"Across the board, [Friday] was awesome," Quintana said. "The kids did not let the weather affect their performance. They ran hard and competed hard."
Junior Anneke Moersdorf won the long jump for the second weekend in a row with a leap of 19-9.50, the No. 5 mark in school history. Scatena captured the 400 hurdles in a PR of 1:01.29, tying her for fifth all-time.

Redshirt freshman Jade Whitfield took the discus in 159-5, edging McLaughlin by slightly more than two feet. A redshirt senior, McLaughlin PRed at 156-9 and moved from a tie for seventh to fifth place on OSU's all-time list.

Sophomore Amber Jackson was third in the invitational 3000 steeplechase in 10:42.63 and moved from ninth to seventh on OSU's all-time list. Freshman Christina Geisler was sixth in 10:53.31, good for 10th-best all-time.

Redshirt senior Delia DeLeon ran a sub-70 second final 400 meters and won the open 1500 in 4:38.29.

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 results

Field events

Hammer: 3. Keely McLaughlin, 176-3. 4.  Markayla Billings, 172-2. 7. Jade Whitfield, 161-8. 12. Caitlyn Marx, 150-0.
Long jump: 1. Anneke Moersdorf, 19-9.50. 7. Chelsea Howard, 17-8.75.
Discus: 1. Jade Whitfield, 159-5. 2. Keely McLaughlin, 156-9. 5. Caitlyn Marx, 141-7. 8. Jordan Spradlin, 137-2. 14. Markayla Billings, 126-10.
Track events
400 hurdles: 1. Adael Scatena, 1:01.29. 3. Taylor Weidinger, 1:03.02. 13. Jade Newton, 1:07.23.
200: 3. Jada Hurley, 25.06. 6. Abby Buckley, 25.54. 24. Chelsie Emmerson, 27.03.
5000 open: 2. Eimy Martinez (unattached), 17:30.30.
1500 open: 1. Delia DeLeon, 4:38.29. 7. Aleen Golla, 4:40.26. 12. Kate Intile, 4:42.83. 13. Emily Perez, 4:44.25. 36. Lexy Hayes, 4:51.32. 47. Emily Foote, 4:54.83. 60. Libby Rinck, 5:06.83. 63. Sydney van der Zee, 5:09.63.
1500 invitational: 2. Kaylee Mitchell, 4:19.17. 3. Mari Friedman, 4:20.09.
3000 invitational steeplechase: 3. Amber Jackson, 10:42.63. 6. Christina Geisler, 10:53.31. 9. Liv Downing, 11:24.14.
5000 invitational: 4. Alyssa Foote, 16:45.46. 9. Gabby Peterson, 17:13.37. 12. Audrey Lookner, 17:47.75.
Saturday's OSU results
Field events
Javelin: 1. Isabelle Esler, 165-11. 3. Ella Knott, 151-11. 4. Maryann Ackerman (unattached), 149-8. 5. Jordynn Slater, 147-8. 6. Jazlyn Romero, 144-6. 29.  Savannah Reilly, 109-8.
High jump: 1. Emma Nelson, 5-7.25. 5. Lara Denbow, 5-3.25. 6. Savannah Reilly, 5-1.25. 7. Grace Proudfoot (unattached), 5-1.25.
Shot put: 1. Keely McLaughlin, 48-7.50. 2. Taylor Crockem, 47-6.25. 6. Jordan Spradlin, 42-4.
Triple jump: 5. Jaaden Steele, 36-2.75.
Track events
100: 4. Jada Hurley, 11.99. 8. Abby Buckley, 12.26. 12. Chelsea Howard, 12.50..
800: 4. Mari Friedman, 2:08.25. 17. Paige Sefried, 2:17.51. 30. Delia DeLeon, 2:20.87. 45. Sydney van der Zee, 2:27.12.
100 hurdles: 2. Adael Scatena, 14.25.
400 relay: 3. Oregon State A (Abby Buckley, Jada Hurley, Paige Sefried, Chelsea Howard), 47.99. 6. Oregon State B (Jaaden Steele, Jade Newton, Taylor Weidinger, Chelsie Emmerson), 49.42.