Sorenson sets school record in hammer at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - It was a day for throwers at the Linfield Invitational on Saturday.

Linfield freshman Joni Claypool won the women's shot put with a season-best effort of 41-7 1/4, edging Chemeketa's Keidi Van Dam (40-9) and Willamette's Kasey Sorenson (40-0 1/2).

Claypool, who was runner-up in the shot at last week's Northwest Conference championship meet, surpassed the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark for the second time this spring.

Sorenson won the hammer with a heave of 150-1, setting a school record and exceeding the provisional mark of 147-8.

Wildcats junior Jennifer Bell-O'Toole, the NWC runner-up in the women's javelin, launched a season-best effort with a mark of 131-4, nipping teammate Tracy Skelton, who finished second at 126-9.

Andrew Thron, a Linfield sophomore, claimed top honors in the men's shot
put, throwing a season-best 49-3 3/4, a little more than a foot short of the NCAA provisional mark. Willamette's Nate Matlock was second (48-6 1/4).

In the sprints, Thomas Ford won the men's 100 in 11.65 while teammate Casey
Taylor captured the 800 in 1:54.10.

George Fox prevailed in two women's jumps as Kelsey Baron won the long jump
(18-3 1/4) and Michelle Forbes soared a season-best 5-5 3/4 to win the high
jump, surpassing the NCAA provisional mark.