Bearcats Grab Nine More Spots At Nationals

EUGENE, OR — A contingent of Willamette University’s Track & Field Team competing at the Oregon Twilight meet, along with field event athletes who traveled to Seattle for a meet at Husky Stadium, set 13 Willamette All-Time Top Ten marks, and nine athletes earned NCAA Division III qualifying marks with their efforts.

A huge highlight of the meet was the women’s 800, where three Willamette athletes qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Alicia Andrews (SR., Clarkston, WA), ran the fastest time for Division III this season by racing to a fourth place finish in the event in which she is a two-time All-American (’03-6th, ’04-2nd). She ran a lifetime best of 2:10.57 (#3 All-Time at WU), which is nearly two seconds ahead of the next best time in Division III.

Following Andrews’ lead were Carly Killam (SO., Kailua, HI) and Jordyn Smith (FR., Henderson, NV). Both were looking to get an NCAA qualifier entering the race.The pair ran very aggressive from the outset and were not intimidated by the other competitors in the field, which will serve them well at Nationals. Killam outstretched Smith at the line in route to a 2:13.82, only .02 ahead of her teammate.

Killam’s time is #5 All-Time at Willamette, while Smith’s 2:13.84 makes her a close #6 All-Time. Carly and Jordyn are currently ranked seventh and eighth in the country for the 800.

Senior All-American Shannon McGrane (Colville, WA) continued an impressive campaign by hurdling to an NCAA Division III qualifying mark in the 100 Hurdles, running 15.00, which is 3# All-Time at Willamette. This is the fourth event in which McGrane has set a provisional mark.

Senior All-American Aaron Hollingshead (Portland, OR) was the top collegiate runner in a very competitive 5000 field, and now is ranked 5th in the country with a time of 14:28.30. This effort also moves him to #4 All-Time at Willamette.

Three-Time National Champion Nick Symmonds (JR., Boise, ID) improved his nation’s leading 1500 mark in route to a 4:04.58 mile. Symmonds was edged at the finish by former U.S. Junior Steeple Champion Kyle Alcorn.

Senior All-American Nate Matlock (Boise, ID) threw an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark of 52 feet 11 inches in the shotput, good for 16th in the country and #3 All-Time at Willamette.