Bearcat Women's Relay Team Runs 9th Fastest Time in Nation

MONMOUTH, OR - With two weeks to go until the Division III national track and field championships, the Willamette University track team continued its preparation at a Western Oregon University track meet Friday night in Monmouth.

Highlighting the evening meet was the performance of the Bearcat women's 4 x 400 relay team. Andrea May, Jordyn Smith, Lindesy Patterson and Mariah Hanson ran the 9th fastest time in the country this season, sprinting their way to a 3:52.52. That time is also good for 3rd best in the Willamette record book.

In the women's 400 hurdles, Smith and Kassebaum opened their evening by going 1-2 in the 400 hurdles, going 1:03.07 and 1:03.09, respectively. The pair continue to rank in the top ten in the nation.

In the men's & women's 1500's, several Bearcats ran personal bests in the 3 - laps race. Maddie Coffman, the NWC 3000m Steeple Champion, hung in tight with the lead pack for about 3 - laps, driving to the finish, and running a personal best of 4:43.29, over eight seconds faster than her previous best of 3:51.90.

Junior Julio Vieyra looks to be coming on at the right time, as he ran a lifetime best 3:56.18, and with six days until the Willamette Last Chance Meet, he may have an opportunity to track down a national qualifying time. Ian Batch lowered his personal best by over two seconds, finishing in 3:58.65.

Hanson also won the 400 meter race, beating Jessica Fox of George Fox in a time of 57.49. Senior Lindsey Patterson continued her tune-up by winning the long jump in 17-07.

On the men's side, Brennan Garrelts won the 110 hurdles in 15:13.

The Bearcats host their own last chance meet next weekend before heading to nationals the following week.