Willamette Registers Eight Top Six Finishes at Oregon Preview

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

EUGENE, ORE. -- Led by Sarah Zerzan (Jr., San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS), who took second place in the women's 3,000-meter run, the Willamette University track and field teams combined for eight Top 6 finishes at the Oregon Preview, hosted by the University of Oregon on Saturday, March 17. The Oregon Preview featured top collegiate and club athletes from the West Coast, with most competitors representing colleges or clubs in Oregon.

Zerzan, who was the individual women's champion at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships this past fall, was the top collegiate finisher in the women's 3,000-meter run on Saturday, as she completed the race in 9:39.01. She trailed only Oregon Track Club member Cack Ferrell, who won the race with a time of 9:26.42.

Zerzan's time was the 10th fastest ever by an NCAA Division III women's track and field athlete and just five seconds from the top five times. She also broke her own Willamette record in the event by more than eight-and-a-half seconds. The previous school record, set last year, was 9:47.55.

Maddie Coffman (Jr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) just missed the Division III provisional qualifying mark in the 1,500-meter run. She placed 11th after concluding the race in 4:41.17. The provisional mark is 4:40.20.

Willamette took fourth place in the women's 4 x 100-meter relay race with a time of 49.53 seconds. The 4 x 100-meter team included Autumn Schmeck (Fr., Beaverton, OR/Aloha HS), Lydia Marsalli (Fr., Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Union HS), Kaitlin St. John (Fr., Bend, OR/Mountain View HS) and Katie Klein (So., Forest Grove, OR/Forest Grove HS).

The Bearcats also received fourth place finishes from Andrea May (Sr., Bellingham,WA/Sehome HS) in the 100-meter hurdles and from Jordyn Smith (Jr., Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS) in the 400-meter hurdles. May's time in the 100-meter hurdles was 15.51 seconds. Smith took sixth place at 16.62. In the 400-meter hurdles, Smith was timed at 1:05.58, while May took ninth place at 1:07.49.

Melinda Fahey (Jr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) placed fifth for the Bearcats in the discus. Her longest throw was 40.33 meters (132' 4"). Fahey also earned 10th place in the hammer throw with a distance of 31.73 meters (104' 1").

Willamette's Drew Lackman (So., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) achieved fifth place in the men's 400-meter hurdles. He clocked in with a time of 55.34 seconds. Garrison Coy (So., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS), also from Willamette, placed 11th in 58.89 seconds. Lackman just missed another Top 6 finish when he took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with the same time (15.34 seconds) as the sixth place hurdler, Sheldon Wilkinson, who competed unattached. Coy took 14th place in the 110-meter hurdles.

Both of Lackman's times in the hurdles were personal records. He currently holds the fastest times in both events in the Northwest Conference this season.

In the men's "B" 1,500-meter run, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (So., Juneau, AK/Juneau-Douglas HS) finished fifth, with a time of 4:01.49. Julio Vieyra (Sr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) was 24th in the "A" 1,500-meter run at 4:04.56. Jacob Monroe (So., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) provided Willamette with eighth place in the hammer throw, as he recorded a toss of 43.93 meters (144' 1").

Other individual competitors for Willamette were Lydia Marsalli (Fr., Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Union HS), Jena Winger (Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) and Hannah Vietmeier (Fr., Shoreline, WA/Shorewood HS). Marsalli placed 11th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.66. Winger took 14th place in the 1,500-meter run in 4:55.56. Vietmeier finished 21st in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:42.97.

Willamette's next meet is the Bowles Classic, hosted by the Bearcats at the Charles Bowles Track on Friday, March 23. The Charles Bowles Track is located inside McCulloch Stadium at Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Ore.

Oregon Preview - Results