Stout qualifies for national meet in steeplechase, but just misses school record

Sophomore Jake Stout continued his impressive track & field season Saturday by qualifying for the NCAA Division III national meet in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Stout finished third in the Ken Foreman Invitational at the University of Washington. His time of 9:05.46 surpasses the NCAA qualifying standard of 9:08.40, but fell just shy of Tim Rutledge’s 1978 school record of 9:05.44.

Stout’s time moved him from fourth to second place on Willamette’s all-time list, surpassing Bearcat head coach Kelly Sullivan, who ran a 9:08.14 in 1979.

Stout is now No. 2 in the nation behind J. B. Haglund of Haverford College, who has run an 8:56.9 this year.

Stout became Willamette’s second automatic NCAA qualifier this season after senior Laura Leineweber matched the national standard of 5-feet, 7-inches a week ago in the high jump.

In the same race Stout competed in, freshman Scott Overby placed sixth overall in a time of 9:15.98. The 10-second personal-best is the fastest time ever run by a freshman at Willamette and is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

In the Oregon Twilight meet at Eugene on Saturday, Leineweber went 5-7 again in the high jump to tie for first place. She then bettered her own school record in the 100 high hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 15.13. Her previous WU record was 15.22.

Freshman Alicia Andrews also qualified provisionally for the NCAA meet in the 800 with a personal best of 2:14.69. She placed fourth behind a trio of University of Oregon runners. The automatic NCAA time in that event is 2:13.20.

Also in Eugene, sophomore Kari Holbert improved on her own school record by 11 seconds in the steeplechase, placing 14th in a loaded NCAA Division I field with a time of 11:12.06. That moved her from 19th to 12th on the NCAA provisional list.