WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY TRACK & FIELD NEWS RELEASE

LAST WEEK:
LEINEWEBER LEADS THE WAY AT NCAAs WITH RUNNER-UP FINISH IN HIGH JUMP; COACH SULLIVAN NAMED WEST REGION COACH OF THE YEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN
Senior Laura Leineweber (Sr., Central Catholic HS) capped her Willamette University track & field career on a bright note last week by placing second in the high jump in the NCAA Division III track & field championships. The national meet was held May 23-25 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Leineweber cleared 5-feet, 7 3/4-inches to break the school record in that event for the third time this season. She also earned NCAA All-America honors by finishing in the top eight. National champion Beth Grzybowski of John Carroll cleared the same height, but did so on fewer misses. Leineweber’s performance highlighted Willamette’s showing at the national meet. Her eight points helped the Bearcat women tie for 33rd place. Willamette had seven other athletes compete at the national meet (results below), but the Bearcats had some misfortune hit them during the three days. Jake Stout (So., Portland Christian HS) contracted food poisoning just prior to the meet, which led to a disappointing 11th-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and forcing him to scratch in the 5,000 meters on Saturday. He was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the steeplechase heading into nationals. Kari Holbert (So., Gresham HS) turned an ankle during a training run on Thursday and placed 16th in the 3,000 steeplechase. Decathlete Tyler May (Fr., Siuslaw HS) set personal-bests in the 100 meters and long jump on Thursday before pulling out of the event due to a hamstring pull in the long jump. He entered the meet ranked 13th in the country. Aside from Leineweber’s school record, 800-meter runner Brian Roesler (Sr., Westside Christian HS) came the closest to breaking a personal best during the meet. His time of 1:52.97 was just 0.43 off his best collegiate time, which was set this year. Willamette fifth-year head coach Kelly Sullivan was named NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year for both the men and women. Four weeks earlier at the end of the Northwest Conference championships, he was named NWC Coach of the Year for both the men and women.

NAME EVENT MARK NCAA FINISH
Laura Leineweber (Sr., Central Catholic HS) high jump 5-7 3/4 2nd
Jake Stout (So., Portland Christian HS) 3,000 SC 9:23.22 11th
Jessica Anderson (Sr., Stayton HS) pole vault 10-6 3/4 14th
Kari Holbert (So., Gresham HS) 3,000 SC 11:34.20 16th
Shannon McGrane (Fr., Colville HS, Wash.) 400 hurdles 1:05.36 6th in heat
Brian Roesler (So., Westside Christian HS) 800 1:52.97 8th in heat
Alicia Andrews (Fr., Asotin HS) 800 2:16.77 9th in heat
Jake Stout (So., Portland Christian HS) 5,000 scratch
Tyler May (Fr., Siuslaw HS) decathlon withdrew

The 2002 NCAA Division III track & field national championship website is located at:
http://www.macalester.edu/athletics/ncaa/index.html

WU TEAMS IN TOP SEVEN NATIONALLY: In the latest NCAA Division III track & field team rankings (May 13) comprised by the United States Track Coaches Association, the Willamette men were ranked No. 3 in the nation and the Bearcat women were rated No. 7. In the previous poll released on April 29, the WU men were No. 1 and the Bearcat women were No. 5. The polls are considered ‘power’ rankings based on how well teams would do in a dual meet setting.

The top seven teams include:
NCAA DIVISION III MEN NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN
1. UW-Stevens Point 226.85 1. Calvin (Mich.) 204.02
2. UW-LaCrosse 212.47 2. Williams (Mass.) 203.09
3. WILLAMETTE 211.44 3. Loras (Iowa) 195.88
4. Nebraska Wesleyan 210.56 4. UW-Stevens Point 194.74
5. Calvin (Mich.) 210.46 5. Claremont-M-S (Calif.) 191.80
6. Claremont-M-S (Calif.) 207.00 6. UW-Oshkosh 189.82
7. MIT 206.51 7. WILLAMETTE 188.75

NOTES: A total of 36 Bearcats either have moved into Willamette’s all-time Top 10s this year or have improved their Top 10 marks in 47 events. Of the women, 23 have entered the Top 10 or improved their marks in 31 events. Of the men, 13 have done the same in 16 events. The most noteworthy are:

NO. 1 WU RANKING EVENT MARK
Laura Leineweber (Sr., Central Catholic HS) high jump 5-7 3/4
100 high hurdles 15.13
Kari Holbert (So., Gresham HS) 3,000 SC 11:12.06
Jessica Anderson (Sr., Stayton HS) pole vault 11-4 1/4

NO. 2 WU RANKING EVENT MARK
Brian Roesler (So., Westside Christian HS) 800 1:52.54 (1:51.94)
Jake Stout (So., Portland Christian HS) 3,000 SC 9:05.46 (9:05.44)
Shannon McGrane (Fr., Colville HS, Wash.) 400 int. hurdles 1:03.20 (1:02.98)
Danielle Page (Fr., Bellarmine Prep, Wash.) triple jump 36-4 1/4 (38-6)
Monique Reed (So., South Salem HS) hammer 142-3 (145-11)
Laura Leineweber (Sr., Central Catholic HS) heptathlon 4,304 (4,408)
Amber Emery (Jr., Illinois Valley HS) 3,000 SC 11:47.96 (11:12.06)
School record in parenthesis

NO. 3 WU RANKING EVENT MARK
Jake Stout (So., Portland Christian HS) 5,000 14:35.94
Jason Holmgren (Gr., Taft HS) discus 156-10 1/2
Stephanie Vandehey (Fr., Banks HS) 3,000 SC 12:25.18
Shannon McGrane (Fr., Colville HS, Wash.) 100 high hurdles 15.30
Amanda Frescheuf (Fr., Woodland HS, Wash.) pole vault 10-0 1/2
Johnna Jager (Fr., Sheridan HS) pole vault 10-0 1/2

NO. 4 WU RANKING EVENT MARK
Alicia Andrews (Fr., Asotin HS, Wash.) 800 2:14.69
Katie Pierce (Fr., Willits HS, Calif.) 5,000 18:27.24
Alicia Lizarraga (Fr., Tigard HS) 100 high hurdles 15.91
Christina Siffert (So., Black Hills HS, Wash.) long jump 18-0 1/2
Alisa Rawe (Jr., Tillamook HS) 3,000 SC 12:47.64
Nancy Weyler (So., Billings HS, Mont.) shot put 41-0 1/2
discus 140-11 3/4
hammer 118-1 3/4

NO. 5 WU RANKING EVENT MARK
Scott Overby (Fr., Barlow HS) 3,000 SC 9:15.98
Zach Sommers (So., Philomath HS) pole vault 14-6
Alicia Andrews (Fr., Asotin HS, Wash.) 400 59.18
Nattalie Wright (Jr., Sprague HS) 1,500 4:41.31
Chelsea Ruhoff (Fr., Stanwood HS, Wash.) pole vault 9-7 3/4
Monique Reed (So., South Salem HS) shot put 40-5

SULLIVAN NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR, TWICE!: Willamette’s fifth-year coach Kelly Sullivan was named NWC Coach of the Year for both the men and the women at the conclusion of the NWC Championships on May 27. The Bearcats won both the NWC men and women’s meet. It was Willamette’s first NWC women’s title since 1978 and first men’s conference crown since 1987.

THE KELLY SULLIVAN YEARS AT WILLAMETTE:
FINISHES IN THE NORTHWEST CONFERENCE
WOMEN MEN
YEAR PL PTS PL PTS
1998 5th 63 6th 65
1999 6th 86 4th 84
2000 5th 104 5th 118
2001 2nd 185.7 4th 126
2002 1st 225 1st 254

HOW TO CONTACT HEAD COACH KELLY SULLIVAN:
Office: (503) 370-6803
Email: kmsulliv@willamette.edu

DIRECTIONS TO MCCULLOCH STADIUM: Take exit 253 off I-5 in Salem. The cross street is Mission. Drive west on Mission 2.7 miles until you see the “Willamette University” reader board of the left-hand side of Mission. Parking is available in the adjacent lot on the south side of Mission, or north of Mission throughout the neighborhood.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEB:
WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY: /www.willamette.edu/athletics
UNOFFICIAL TEAM SITE: http://www.run-down.com/bearcats/wu.php
NORTHWEST CONFERENCE: http://www.nwcsports.com
NCAA MEN’S PERFORMANCE LIST: http://www.raceberryjam.com/NCODMP02.HTM
NCAA WOMEN’S PERF. LIST: http://www.raceberryjam.com/NCODWP02.HTM