Bearcats Continue To Improve at Meet Last Weekend

SEATTLE, WA. — Five national qualifiers improved on their season bests, and another 4x400 relay team qualified for nationals as the Willamette University track and field team competed at the Ken Foreman Invitational meet in Seattle this weekend.

With less than two weeks remaining until the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, 16 Bearcat men and women have qualified or set provisional qualifying times with only the Willamette Last Chance Meet left on Thursday before the national championships in Waverly, Iowa.

On Friday, Nate Matlock (SR., Boise, ID) improved his own school record in the hammer throw by tossing 192 feet 5 inches. The throw places Matlock 3rd in the country, and improves his chances of going over the 200-foot mark.

Nick Symmonds (JR., Boise, ID) continued his stellar season by setting a meet record at Husky Stadium by running away from the nearest competitor by over two seconds in the 800. Symmonds improved his own school record by running a nation’s best 1:48.82, a time that moves him from 6th to 5th on the All-Time NCAA Division III list.

Senior Shannon McGrane (Colville, WA) continues to make strides at the end of her career as she beat her own school record in the 400 hurdles. Her time of 60.95 leads the nation, and nearly landed her on the All-Time Division III Top Ten List.

Joining McGrane at nationals for the 400 hurdles are Jordyn Smith (FR., Henderson, NV) and Roseann Kassebaum (JR., Oregon City, OR). Smith hurdled her way to a 62.74 (6th in Division III), which now places her in the top 10 in three events for the national championships.

Kassebaum’s (pictured above) time of 63.59 (12th in Division III) was a provisional qualifier that may earn her a plane ticket to the national meet.

Northwest Conference champion Kelsey Stolz (FR., Bandon, OR) improved on an already impressive rookie campaign by throwing a season’s best in the javelin of 136 feet 10 inches (8th in Division III).

Fellow newcomer Andrea May (SO., Bellingham, WA), a transfer from Brown, joined the nationally qualified 4X400 relay of Alicia Andrews (SR., Clarkston, WA), Smith, and McGrane, as they raced to a 3:54.43 (8th in Division III), a very impressive time considering they were forced to race against the clock after no other women’s teams entered the field.

Roseann Kassebaum

Roseann Kassebaum