OSU has outstanding Day 2 at Pac-12 Championships
Eugene, Ore. – Anneke Moersdorf, Kaylee Mitchell and Grace Fetherstonhaugh all had top-four finishes on Saturday to lead Oregon State on Day 2 of the Pacific-12 Conference Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.
The Beavers scored 18.5 points on Saturday and now have 24.5 overall, a school record in a conference meet since the sport was reinstated from a 17-year hiatus for the 2005 season. They are in sixth place heading into Sunday's closing day of competition.
A redshirt junior, Mitchell ran down defending champion Aneta Konieczek of Oregon in the final 200 yards and placed second in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:48.79. She scored eight points and missed breaking her own school record (9:48.30) by a whisker.
Also a redshirt junior, Fetherstonhaugh placed fourth in 9:57.42, good for five points. Mitchell and Fetherstonhaugh each improved one place and at least six seconds from their 2021 conference-meet finish, when Mitchell took third, Fetherstonhaugh fifth. Both women are slated to run the 5,000 meters on Sunday.
A junior, Moersdorf soared 20 feet, one inch on her third attempt in the long jump to tie for third place. She matched a 39-year-old school record, originally set by Colleen Gibson in Seattle in 1983. Only four individual school records (800, 3000, high jump, heptathlon) have lasted longer than Gibson's mark.
She was in third place alone until Temitope Ojora of USC also went 20-1 on her final jump. She scored 5.5 points.
Moersdorf was second all-time at 19-9.50 before Saturday's record performance, which came on her third attempt of the preliminary round. Five of her six jumps were 19-3.50 or better.
Freshman Adael Scatena placed seventh in her heat and 14th overall in the 100 hurdles in 14.46. She did not advance to Sunday's hurdles finals but she will run a leg in the 1600 relay, the final event of the meet.
Freshman Jada Hurley placed eighth in her heat and 18th overall in 12.01. She did not advance to Sunday's finals, but she will run a leg on the 400 and 1600 relay teams.
Redshirt seniors Keely McLaughlin finished 13th (48-6) and Taylor Crockem 14th (48-5.75) in the shot put. McLaughlin placed 14th in the hammer on Friday.
The meet concludes on Sunday. It is being televised by the Pac-12 Network. The Beavers placed 10th at the 2021 championships at USC with 21 points, nosing out Washington State and Utah.
The NCAA West Preliminary meet, one of two qualifiers for the NCAA Championships, is set for May 25-28 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
Friday's OSU results
Hammer: 14. Keely McLaughlin, 177-0. 19. Markayla Billings, 161-9.
Javelin: 6. Isabelle Esler, 148-4. 7. Jordynn Slater, 144-5. 8. Ella Knott, 141-10. 10. Jazlyn Romero, 137-5.
1500 prelims: 11. Mari Friedman, 4:20.37 (advanced to finals)
200 prelims: 21. Jada Hurley, 24.98 (did not advance).
400 hurdles prelims: 15. Adael Scatena, 1:02.51 (did not advance). 18. Taylor Weidinger, 1:03.96 (did not advance).
Saturday's OSU results
Long jump: T3. Anneke Moersdorf, 20-1. 17. Chelsea Howard, 17-9.75.
Shot put: 13. Keely McLaughlin, 48-6. 14. Taylor Crockem, 48-5.75.
100 hurdles prelims: 14. Adael Scatena, 14.46 (did not advance).
100 prelims: 18. Jada Hurley, 12.01 (did not advance).
3000 steeplechase: 2. Kaylee Mitchell, 9:48.79. 4. Grace Fetherstonhaugh, 9:57.42. 16. Amber Jackson, 11:01.26.
Sunday's OSU entrants
Discus (11:30 a.m.): Jade Whitfield, Keely McLaughlin, Caitlyn Marx, Jordan Spradlin.
High jump (1:05 p.m.): Emma Nelson, Lara Denbow, Savannah Reilly.
Triple jump (1:15 p.m.): Anneke Moersdorf.
400 relay (1 p.m.): Oregon State (Abby Buckley, Anneke Moersdorf, Chelsea Howard, Jada Hurley, Taylor Weidinger).
1500 finals (1:30 p.m.): Mari Friedman.
5000 (3 p.m.): Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Kaylee Mitchell, Alyssa Foote, Audrey Lookner, Christina Geisler.
1600 relay (3:55 p.m.): Oregon State (Paige Sefried, Adael Scatena, Jada Hurley, Mari Friedman).