Zerzan Sets 5K Record; Symmonds and Zerzan Qualify for Nationals at Willamette Opener Saturday

SALEM, OR — Sophomore Sarah Zerzan broke a 21-year-old school record in the 5k as she and senior Nick Symmonds both set qualifying times for the national meet in the Willamette University track and field teams’ Willamette Opener Saturday at McCulloch Stadium.
Freshman Alanna Pledger won the high jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 5-5 in her first collegiate event.

Zerzan (pictured left) finished with a time of 17:14.57, breaking a school record that stood for the past two decades.

Symmonds easily won the 1500 over teammate Julio Vieyra with a time of 3:49.23. Vieyra was next in 4:04.03.

“This was a great event to open the season,” said Head Coach Matt McGuirk. “We’ve already got two athletes qualified for nationals, but just as important, we saw a great deal of promise with our freshman.”

Other winners for the men included Luca Nebert in the steeplechase (9:44.12). Freshman David Dorr finished second in 9:46.31.

Josh Clough won the men’s 5k in 15:44.86 and Brennan garrelts won the 110 hurdles in 15.62.

On the women’s side, along with the exceptional efforts of Zerzan and Pledger, the Bearcats had six other first place finishes in the meet.

Mariah Hansen was a double-winner, placing first in the 200 (25.82) and the 400 (58.15). Lindsay Patterson won the long jump in 17:03.25.

In the throws, Melinda Fahey won the discus with a throw of 124-05 and Sophia Dentzel won the javelin with a toss of 116-11.

Roseann Kassabaum took the heptathlon as she scored 3721 points to out-distance the field.

Sarah Zerzan at Regional

Sarah Zerzan at Regional