Track and Field | Saturday, April 7, 2007
Hanson and May Earn NCAA Provisional Qualifying Times at Willamette Invitational
SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University received NCAA provisional qualifying times from two individuals during the final day of the Willamette Invitational on Saturday, April 7 at the Charles Bowles Track. Andrea May (Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome HS) met the provisional standard in the women's 100-meter hurdles by winning the event in 14.84 seconds. Mariah Hanson (Sr., Poulsbo, WA/North Kitsap HS) earned a provisional qualifying time in the 400-meter dash. She took second place with a time of 56.86 seconds.
Provisional standards for the NCAA Division III National Championships place individuals and relays onto the list of potential athletes who may be selected for this year's competition, May 24-26 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Not all provisional qualifiers will be selected to compete. Track and field athletes who attain automatic qualifying standards are guaranteed entry into the National Championships.
The Willamette women's 4 x 100-meter relay team, which won the event in 48.74 seconds (converted), also recorded a time under the provisional qualifying standard, but the race was hand-timed. The NCAA does not accept hand-time qualifying marks for races of 400 meters or less. Even so, the 4 x 100-meter relay established a Willamette school record. The previous WU record was 49.04 seconds in 1989.
May's winning time in the hurdles also set Willamette record. The old record of 14.94 seconds was achieved by Jazzmin Reece in 2004.
Overall, May placed in two events. In addition to her winning time in the 100-meter hurdles, she also was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles. Her time in the longer hurdle race was 1:08.40. Hanson was part of a 2-3 finish for the Bearcats in the 400-meter dash. Lydia Marsalli (Fr., Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Union HS) placed third in 58.71 seconds.
Second place finishes for the Bearcats at the Willamette Invitational included Marsalli in the women's 200-meter dash at 26.29 seconds and Elizabeth Andrews (Fr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) in the women's pole vault at 10' 6". Andrews tied for second with four other vaulters. Ian Mansfield (Jr., Hillsboro, OR/Century HS) was part of a four-way tie for third in the men's high jump at 6' 0.75", while Jacob Monroe (So., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) took third in the discus at 146' 9".
Garrison Coy (So., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) placed fourth in the men's 110-meter hurdles. He completed the race in 15.73 seconds. The event was won by Lloyd Massey of Western Oregon University in 15.30 seconds. Coy also finished seventh in the triple jump at 40' 11.5". Melinda Fahey (Jr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) was fifth in the women's discus. Her top throw was 124' 2".
In the men's 800-meter run, which featured 48 entries, Julio Vieyra (Sr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) took sixth place for Willamette. Vieyra's time was 1:56.28. In the women's 800, Jena Winger (So., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) of Willamette was seventh in 2:18.14 and Maddie Coffman (So., Boise, ID/Boise HS) was eighth in 2:18.30.
Willamette's next competition will be the Northwest Conference Multi-Events Championships, hosted by the Bearcats at Charles Bowles Track on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10. The decathlon and the heptathlon will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Monday. WU also will host a five-way meet with Concordia University (Ore.), Lane Community College, Portland State University and Southern Oregon University on Saturday, April 14, starting at 11 a.m. (PDT).