Three Bearcats Set All-Time Willamette Marks At Last Chance Meet; Vierya Posts Provisional Qualifying Time in 1500

Julio Vierya ran the 8th best 1500 in Willamette history and posted a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Division III National Championships next weekend, and two other Bearcats cracked into the Top Ten all-time at Willamette, at the Bearcats Last Chance Track and Field Meet Thursday at McCulloch Stadium.

Vieyra (JR., Salem, OR), ran a personal best 3:54.36 (#8 All-Time at WU), which places him 20th among Division III athletes. Vierya will have to wait until next week to see if the provisional time is good enough to get him to nationals.

Sophia Dentzel (JR., Port Townsend, WA), currently ranked 4th in the country in the javelin, had a solid series of throws, ending it with a personal best 147 feet 2 inches (#6 All-Time at WU). Dentzel will be returning to her second national championships.

Lucas Nebert (SO., Cincinnati, OH) ran the 3000m steeplechase right off the provisional time of 9:23.00, crossing the line in a personal best 9:25.50 (#9 All-Time at WU

Ian Batch (SO., Boise, ID), in only his sixth race on the track all spring, ran a personal best of 15:07 in the 5000, which was a Willamette best this year in the event

Next up for the Bearcats is the 2006 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Lisle, Illinois.

Leading the Bearcats to the national meet is five-time national champ Nick Symmonds. He'll race in the 800 and 1500. Other Bearcats heading to nationals include Andrea May, Mariah Hanson, Lindsey Patterson and Jordyn Smith in the 1600 meter relay, Roseanne Kassebaum and Jordyn Smith in the 400 meter hurdles, Sarah Zerzan in the 5000 and freshman Alanna Pledger in the High Jump.