Matlock Breaks A Two Decade Record

SALEM, OR- Nate Matlock launched a 53'9" throw in the shot put at the Willamette Last Chance Meet yesterday afternoon, to break David Novotney's school record which was set two decades ago in 1985.

The record-breaking throw improved Matlock's personal best by ten inches. In the hammer the All-American threw 191'11", six inches shy of his own school record. Matlock, of Boise, ID, will compete nationally in the hammer next week.

Conference champion Kelsey Stolz, a freshman from Bandon, OR, nearly broke three-time All-American Monica Scott's school record of 147'5" (set in 2001) in the javelin as she threw a lifetime best that fell one inch short of that mark. Her throw of 147'04" is currently the No. 2 mark in the nation.

Following close behind was sophomore teammate Sophia Dentzel, of Port Townsend, WA, who added two feet to her personal best in the javelin as she threw 137'09", which puts her tenth in the nation.

Other Bearcats performing well and qualifying with provisional marks were senior Katie Pierce (Willits, CA) and freshman Sarah Zerzan (San Carlos, CA).

Pierce finished her career winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best time of 11:15.74, which ranks her at No. 2 All-Time at Willamette.

Zerzan raced to a personal best of 17:44.07 in the 5K, the fifth fastest race in school history.

Willamette travels next week, May 26-28, to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.