Track News Release

THIS WEEK: Bearcats to host two events this Friday and Saturday

Willamette will host two events this weekend at Charles Bowles Track: The Celebration of Distance on Friday at 5 p.m. and the Willamette Invitational on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Celebration of Distance will include the 3,000-meter steeplechase, 5,000 and 10,000. The schedule for the Willamette Invitational can be found in PDF form on the web at: http://run-down.com/bearcats/tfmeets_wuinvite_schedule_2003.pdf

Results of the meet can be found on the web at either:
/www.willamette.edu/athletics
http://www.run-down.com/bearcats/wu.php


LAST WEEK: Reece second, May third in Linfield heptathlon/decathlon
Jazzmin Reece (So., Sehome HS, Wash.) and Tyler May (So., Siuslaw HS) finished second and third, respectively, in the Linfield heptathlon/decathlon last Tuesday in McMinnville. Reece finished with a two-day total of 3,920 points, which tied her for No. 4 all-time in Willamette history. May placed third in the decathlon with a total of 6,088. The women’s provisional and automatic NCAA qualifying scores are 4,100 and 4,500, respectively. The NCAA decathlon scores are 6,000 provisional and 6,550 automatic. Complete results of the event can be found at:
/www.willamette.edu/athletics/trackfield/sched_rslts.htm


SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
The Bearcats won both the men and women’s side of the NWC Four-Way at George Fox on March 15 … Shannon McGrane (So., Colville HS, Wash.) was named the Northwest Conference Women’s Athlete of the Week on March 17 … Nick Symmonds (Fr., Bishop Kelly HS, Idaho) won the 800 in the Oregon Preview with a school-record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:51.18. The previous school record in that event had stood for 45 years after Dale Hartman ran a 1:51.94 in 1958.


WU’S AUTOMATIC NCAA QUALIFIERS:

MEN
Nick Symmonds 800 1:51.18 (Oregon Preview, March 22)

WU’S PROVISIONAL NCAA QUALIFIERS:

WOMEN
Shannon McGrane 400 hurdles 1:04.31 (automatic: 1:02.40)
Kari Holbert steeplechase 11:24.67 (automatic: top 15)

MEN
Jake Stout steeplechase 9:15.46 (automatic: 9:06.40)


NWC, NCAA QUALIFICATION MARKS: The NWC and NCAA’s qualifying marks can be found on the NWC website at: http://www.nwcsports.com/TrackandField/NWCT&F.htm


2003 WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT/OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/PLACING
March 1 WILLAMETTE SIX-WAY SALEM non-scoring
March 8 WILLAMETTE THREE-WAY SALEM non-scoring
March 15 NWC Four-way Newberg WU women: 1st
WU men: 1st
March 22 Oregon Preview Eugene non-scoring
March 24-25 Linfield Multi-event McMinnville
April 4 WILLAMETTE CELEBRATION OF DISTANCE
SALEM 5:00
April 5 WILLAMETTE INV. SALEM 10:30
April 11 GFU Distance Carnival Newberg TBA
April 12 Oregon Mini Meet Eugene TBA
April 14-15 NWC Multi-event champ. Tacoma, Wash. (UPS) TBA
April 19 Clackamas CC Invitational Oregon City TBA
April 25-26 NWC Championships Tacoma, Wash. (PLU) TBA
May 3 Oregon Twilight Eugene TBA
May 10 Seattle Pacific Invitational Seattle, Wash. TBA
May 16 WILLAMETTE LAST CHANCE SALEM 4:00
May 17 WILLAMETTE LAST CHANCE SALEM 10:30
May 22-24 NCAA Division III Champ. Canton, N.Y. All day


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