Bearcat Women Win Willamette Invitational; Men Finish Second

SALEM, OR - Friday night's perfect conditions evaporated in a downpour Saturday afternoon that did nothing to dampen the performances on the second day of the Willamette Invitational Saturday afternoon at Chuck Bowles Track.

The Bearcat women, led on Saturday by Andrea May's victory in the 100 meter hurdles, finished in first place in the team competition with 107.33 points. Western Oregon's women were second with 79.33 points and Concordia University edged Spokane Community College for third place with 64.33 points.

On the men's side, Spokane CC posted 90 points to win the team event. The Bearcats were second with 71.50 points and Linfield College was third with 67.50.

May ran 15.02 to win the hurdles event over Nini Callan (15.41) of Western Oregon and Amber Nash (15.51) of Spokane.

Nash came back to finished second in the 400 meter hurdles, losing by a half second to Liz Thompson of the Bruin Track Club. Thompson won in 1:04.48. Western Oregon's Sarah Barker finished third in 1:05.64.

In the women's high jump, Michelle Forbes of the Bruin TC edged Willamette's Alanna Pledger. Forbes just 5-8 to Pledger's 5-4.5. Jaque Postlewait of Western Oregon also jumped 5-4.5 to finish third.

Lewis & Clark's Kate Ross won the women's long jump with a leap of 18-01. Antoinette Payne of Portland State finished second in 17-09.5, just a half inch better than Willamette's Lindsay Patterson, who finished third.

Concordia's Annie Hess dominated the discus throw with a heave of 151 feet even. Willamette's Melinda Fahey finished second with 124-02. Fahey won the hammer throw Friday afternoon. Danielle Bielenberg of Linfield was third with 123-05.

On the men's side, former Bearcat Tyler May won the 200 and the 11 meter hurdles. Brennan Garrelts finished second in the 110 hurdles, running 15.35 behind May's 14.75. Lee Clarkson of Western Oregon finished third in 15.36.

Garrelts came back to finish third in the 400 meter hurdles. Adam Miller of Clackamas CC won the 400 hurdles in 55.67. Todd Penman was second in 55.76 and Garrelts ran 56.62.

The men's 4x400 meter relay was won by Linfield College in 3:26.06, a half-second ahead of Spokane. Concordia was third in 3:27.41.

Spokane won the 4 x 100 in 42.75. Clackamas was second in 43.28 and Willamette finished third in 43.30.

In the women's relays, George Fox won the 4 x 400 n 4:03.77. Portland was second in 4:06.01 and Lewis and Clark was third in 4:12.51.

In the 4 x 100, Spokane edged out Portland and Willamette. Spokane's time of 50.3 was a tenth of a second better that UP and Willamette. Spokane and Willamette tied for second in the closest race of the day.