Bearcats Break Out In Willamette Opener

SALEM, OR — Five Bearcat athletes posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks and 55 athletes qualified for the Northwest Conference championships in the Willamette University track and field team’s first meet of the season at McCulloch Stadium Saturday.

Nine Bearcat athletes also made it to the Top 10 in all-time Willamette marks in their respective events.

Nick Symmonds, a two-time defending NCAA champ in the 800 meters, looks to return to form in the 1500 meters as he posted a solid 3:52.77. Because of injury, Symmonds was unable to defend his 1500-meter NCAA championship win last season.

Jeff Liepman threw the javelin 189’ to post another NCAA qualifying mark. Tyler May ran a 14.75 in the men’s 110 high hurdles. Nate Matlock tossed the hammer 168.3 feet. Sophomore Sophia Dentzel threw the javelin 135.1 feet.

Each year, the NCAA posts automatic and provisional qualifying marks for each event at the national championships. A provisional mark means the athlete may be added to the field if not enough athletes in the country make the automatic qualifying mark.

The Bearcats also posted 57 qualifying marks for the Northwest Conference championships with 55 athletes qualifying for the season-ending meet.

Complete results for the Willamette Opener Track and Field meet can be found both on the track and field schedule and results page, and in the events box on the front Bearcats main athletics page.

Tyler May

Tyler May