Salem, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s track and field team posted three all-time top-10 marks on Saturday at the Willamette Invitational at the Charles Bowles Track at McCulloch Stadium in Bush’s Pasture Park.
The Beavers also captured the team title with 166 points, outdistancing second-place Western Oregon (151), third-place Lane Community College (117) and six other teams. It was OSU’s second meet championship at Willamette this season; they also claimed the Willamette Opener on March 5.
“It was a low-key meet for us, we only competed a handful of our athletes, but they competed well,” OSU coach Louie Quintana said. “For a small meet, it was good to see the women execute.”
Junior Taylor Weidinger and sophomore Adael Scatena were double-winners. Weidinger claimed the 200 (25.98) and 400 (58.90); Scatena won the 100 hurdles (14.64) and 400 hurdles (1:02.50). Scatena’s clocking in the 100 hurdles was just .01seconds off the No. 10 all-time mark in OSU history.
“Adael had a nice day in the hurdles,” Quintana said. “She got some easy wins, but it was nice to see her in the 400 hurdles. That’s an event that takes some reps to get the energy system right, but she is going to really be good in that event.”
Redshirt freshman Markayla Billings won the hammer with a mark of 174-10, the No. 6 all-time OSU mark and a 13-foot improvement from her previous best of 161-4, set at the Pacific Northwest Invitational in Corvallis on March 19.
Freshman Lara Denbow won the high jump by clearing 5-8, the No. 9 all-time mark. And sophomore Ella Knott took second in the javelin at 149-1, the No. 7 mark. Her former best was 142-2, also set on March 19 at OSU.
“Finally, we really excelled in the throws,” Quintana said. “Ella Knott was awesome throwing in the 45-meter range for the javelin and Markayla (Billings) and Keely (redshirt senior Keely McLaughlin) both threw 53 and 51 meters respectively in the hammer.”
McLaughlin took first in the discus (144-9); sophomore Delaney Bahn won the long jump (18-6.50); sophomore Abby Buckley claimed the 100 (12.40) and redshirt sophomore Paige Sefried took first in the 800 (2:18.81).
Overall, the Beavers entered 11 events and took first place in 10 of them.
The Beavers head to Eugene on Friday, April 1, for the Hayward Premiere Meet at Hayward Field. The distance runners will compete at the Northwest Distance Jamboree at Lane Community College on Saturday, April 2.
“We are looking forward to Eugene next Friday and Saturday and a nice training block for the next three weeks before we hit the road to Long Beach in mid-April,” Quintana said.
Willamette Invitational Results
Salem, Ore. | March 26
Team scores: Oregon State 166, Western Oregon 151, Lane CC 117, Bushnell 47, Willamette 24, Mt. Hood CC 23, SW Oregon CC 12, Umpqua CC 8, Oregon Running Club 3.
Javelin: 2. Ella Knott, 149-1. 3. Jazlyn Romero, 144-9.
High Jump: 1. Lara Denbow, 5-8. 2. Emma Nelson, 5-6. 4. Savannah Reilly, 5-0.25.
Hammer: 1. Markayla Billings, 174-10. 2. Keely McLaughlin, 168-9.
100 Meters: 1. Abby Buckley, 12.40. 5. Chelsea Howard, 12.50.
200 Meters: 1. Taylor Weidinger, 25.98. 9. Chelsie Emmerson, 27.20.
400 Meters: 1. Taylor Weidinger, 58.90. 6. Jade Newton, 1:03.64.
800 Meters: 1. Paige Sefried, 2:18.81. 3. Sydney van der Zee, 2:25.59.
100 Hurdles: 1. Adael Scatena, 14.64.
400 Hurdles: 1. Adael Scatena, 1:02.50.