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THIS WEEK: Bearcats to send handful of participants to Oregon Twilight, Linfield Invitational
On Saturday, Willamette will send athletes to one of two meets: the Oregon Twilight (4 p.m.) in Eugene and the Linfield Invitational (1:00) in McMinnville.
Results of the meets can be found on the web at either:
/www.willamette.edu/athletics
http://www.run-down.com/bearcats/wu.php


LAST WEEK: Bearcats crown 20 NWC champions, dominate conference for second straight year
For the second year in a row, Willamette’s track & field teams were crowned champions of the Northwest Conference. The Bearcat squads won both titles on Saturday with relative ease at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. The Willamette men won the team title by more than 100 points, outdistancing second-place Whitworth 264-160. Linfield was third with 108.5 points. The Bearcat women tallied 227 points, well ahead of Whitworth (158) and Pacific Lutheran (114). The Willamette women received individual championships from: Alicia Andrews (So., Asotin HS, Wash.) in the 400 (58.32 — No. 3 all-time at WU) and 800 (2:18.81); Kari Holbert (Jr., Gresham HS) in the steeplechase (11:18.9 — meet record) and the 1,500 (4:50.85); Nancy Weyler (Jr., Billings HS, Mont.) defended her 2002 title in the discus (136-3); Natalie Muren (Fr., McNary HS) in the 5,000 (18:19.26); Jazzmin Reece (So., Sehome HS, Wash.) in the 100 hurdles (15.14 — No. 2 all-time at WU); Shannon McGrane (So., Colville HS, Wash.) in the 400 hurdles (1:02.43 — *new school record); Kasey Sorenson (Sr., Scappoose HS) in the shot put (39-10 3/4 — No. 7 all-time at WU); and the 4x400 relay# (3:59.62 — No. 3 all-time at WU). Andrews repeated her title in the 800, giving Willamette an NWC champion in that event for the seventh straight year — Beth Fitzgerald Rainford (1997-99), Lisa Starkey (2000-01) and Andrews (2002). The Bearcat men received individual titles from: Aaron Young (Jr., Marshfield HS) in the 10,000 (32:05.0); Scott Overby (So., Barlow HS) in the steeplechase (9:13.27 — No. 5 all-time at WU); Zach Larsen (So., Triangle Lake HS) in the high jump (6-7 1/2); Jonas Welsch (Jr., Clackamas CC/lives in Salem) in the long jump (22-1 1/2); Nick Symmonds (Fr., Bishop Kelly HS, Idaho) in the 800 (1:55.03) and 1,500 (3:54.92); Brennan Garrelts (Fr., Roseburg HS) in the 110 hurdles (15.09 — tied for No. 10 all-time at WU); Brett McNeil (Fr., Wilson HS) in the pole vault (15-1 3/4 — No. 3 all-time at WU); and Nate Matlock (So., Capital HS, Idaho) defended his 2002 title in the shot put (48-1 3/4). Willamette also dominated the post-meet awards. Coach Kelly Sullivan was named NWC Coach of the Year for both the men and women. Andrews shared the NWC Women’s Athlete of the Year award with George Fox senior Kelsey Baron (long jump, triple jump winner). Symmonds shared the NWC Men’s Athlete of the Year award with GFU junior Ben Salisbury (100, 200 winner). On April 15, Tyler May (So., Siuslaw HS) won his second straight NWC decathlon title.

* Former school record of 1:02.98 was set by Amy Carlson in 1994.
# The 4x400 relay team was comprised of Lindsay Ogle (Sr., Flathead HS, Mont.), Roseanne Kassebaum (Fr., Oregon City HS), McGrane and Andrews


BEARCAT NWC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK TO DATE:
WOMEN MEN
March 17 Shannon McGrane —
March 25 Kari Holbert Nick Symmonds
April 7 Natalie Muren —
April 14 — Nick Symmonds
April 21 — Tyler May


SEASON HIGHLIGHTS, NOTES: The Bearcats won both the men and women’s side of the NWC Four-Way at George Fox on March 15 … 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 … in the first NCAA Division III power rankings of the season, the Willamette women are ranked No. 2 in the nation and the men are No. 3. The rankings are based on “overall team strength in a dual meet type scoring” against Division III competition. The WU women are ranked behind No. 1 Williams College (Mass.), while the Bearcat men are rated behind Nebraska Wesleyan and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.). Whitworth was ranked sixth in both men’s and women’s polls … Scott Overby (So., Barlow HS), Jake Stout (Jr., Portland Christian HS/lives in Brush Prairie, Wash.) and Aaron Hollingshead (Fr., David Douglas HS) pulled off a 1-2-3 finish in the steeplechase at the conference meet … in the NWC Championship meet, the Bearcat women set or improved on 17 all-time WU top 10 marks, while the men set or improved on seven marks. The two teams have combined for 44 all-time top 10 entries this season.


WILLAMETTE’S AUTOMATIC NCAA QUALIFIERS:
-----MEN
Nick Symmonds 800 meters 1:51.18 (Oregon Preview, March 22)

WILLAMETTE’S PROVISIONAL NCAA QUALIFIERS:
-----WOMEN
Shannon McGrane 400 hurdles 1:02.43 (automatic: 1:02.40)
Kari Holbert steeplechase 11:24.67 (automatic: top 15)
5,000 meters 17:48.0 (automatic: 17:15.00)
Natalie Muren 5,000 meters 17:38.0 (automatic: 17:15.00)
Alicia Andrews 800 meters 2:15.58 (automatic: 2:12.00)
-----MEN
Jake Stout steeplechase 9:13.90 (automatic: 9:06.40)
5,000 meters 14:39.1 (automatic: 14:32.00)
Scott Overby steeplechase 9:13.27 (automatic: 9:06.40)
Aaron Hollingshead 5,000 meters 14:50.0 (automatic: 14:32.00)
Nick Symmonds 1,500 meters 3:54.34 (automatic: 3:50.60)
Tyler May decathlon 6,231 (automatic: 6,550)
Bill Sandbo hammer 170-7 (automatic: 183-9)
Zach Larsen high jump 6-9 1/2 (automatic: 6-10 3/4)


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 non-scoring
April 5 WILLAMETTE INV. SALEM non-scoring
April 11 GFU Distance Carnival Newberg non-scoring
April 12 Oregon Mini Meet Eugene non-scoring
April 14-15 NWC Multi-event champ. Tacoma, Wash. (UPS)
April 19 Clackamas CC Invitational Oregon City non-scoring
April 25-26 NWC Championships Tacoma, Wash. (PLU) WU women: 1st
WU men: 1st
May 3 Oregon Twilight Eugene 4:00
Linfield Invitational McMinnville 1:00
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
2003 1st 227 1st 264

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.


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