Jordyn Smith's 2:10.87 in 800-Meter Run at WOU is NCAA Automatic Qualifier

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

MONMOUTH, ORE. -- Willamette University junior track and field athlete Jordyn Smith (Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS) earned an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III National Championships in the women's 800-meter run during competition at the Western Oregon Last Chance Meet on Friday, May 11. Smith completed the race in 2:10.87 to beat the automatic qualifying standard of 2:11.80 by almost a full second.

Smith took fourth place in the event, finishing just 0.26 seconds behind Sarah Howell of Western Oregon, who took third. The top two places went to runners from Eugene Health & Performance, a club team, with Brianna Anderson-Gregg winning in a stadium record time of 2:08.43 and Emily McMahon taking second in 2:08:59. Howell and Smith also achieved faster times than the previous stadium record of 2:11.51, set by unattached runner Vicky Fleschner in 2000.

The Willamette women's 4 x 100-meter relay team improved its school record and NCAA provisional qualifying time, as the four runners combined for a time of 48.19 seconds. Autumn Schmeck (Fr., Beaverton, OR/Aloha HS) ran the first leg for the Bearcats and was followed by Lydia Marsalli (Fr., Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Union HS), Kaitlin St. John (Fr., Bend, OR/Mountain View HS) and Andrea May (Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome HS).

WU's previous record was set by the same four runners earlier this season with a time of 48.39 seconds at the Oregon Twilight Meet on April 27. Willamette needs to cut another 0.69 seconds in order to reach the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 47.50 seconds.

May barely missed recording an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200-meter dash. She crossed the finish line in 25.53 seconds, just 0.24 away from the provisional standard of 25.29 seconds. May, who achieved a provisional qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles earlier this season at 14.72 seconds, earned another solid time in the event at WOU, as she finished the race in 14.86 seconds.

Jennifer Luecht (Fr., Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HIS) and Katie Klein (So., Forest Grove, OR/Forest Grove HS) both registered quality times in the women's 100-meter dash. Luecht won the event in 12.90 seconds, while Klein took second in 13.04 seconds. The NCAA provisional standard in the 100-meter dash is 12.32 seconds.

In the women's 400-meter dash, Marsalli earned first place in 57.95 seconds for a time that was just 0.35 seconds away from the provisional standard of 57.60. Other Willamette times in the 400-meter dash were Schmeck at 58.63 seconds for third place, St. John at 59.27 in fourth place and Sascha Larsen-Helbing (So., Honokaa, HI/Hawaii Preparatory School) at 59.47 in fifth place.

Julio Vieyra (Sr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) moved within 1.12 seconds of the provisional standard of 1:53.20 in the men's 800-meter race. His time of 1:54.32 was his personal best. Joel Flachsbart (Jr., Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) also recorded a personal best, while finishing the race in 1:56.55.

In the men's 1,500-meter run, Ian Batch (Jr., Eagle, ID/Capital HS) clocked in at 3:56.38, only 1.18 seconds away from the provisional standard of 3:55.20. Batch took fifth place in the event, while Kyle Kotaich (Fr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) took sixth in 3:56.78. Overall, Willamette provided eight of the 22 runners in the race.

Drew Lackman (So., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) and Garrison Coy (So., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) both ran well in the two hurdle events. Lackman won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.42 seconds, as he moved within 0.52 seconds of the NCAA provisional standard. Coy took second place in 15.65 seconds. Lackman finished third in the 400-meter hurdles, recording a time of 55.78 seconds and missing the provisional standard by 1.64 seconds. Coy's time in the 400-meter hurdles was 55.97 seconds.

Melinda Fahey (Jr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) won the women's discus throw at 126' 9" and finished fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 136 '2". Holly Winter (Fr., Dundee, OR/Newberg HS) registered a throw of 36' 8.25" as the only entrant in the women's shot put. Winter also took fifth in the hammer throw at 118' 4".

Sophomore Jacob Monroe (Keizer, OR/McNary HS) entered three throwing events. He sent the shot 45' 2.25" and threw the discus 141' 2". He launched the hammer with a 142' 4" toss. Monroe's top finish was third place in the shot put. Also for Willamette, Craig Sather (Fr., Junction City, OR/Junction City HS) threw the shot 45' 1.75", finishing just one-half inch behind Monroe. Sather also earned a distance of 134' 5" in the hammer throw.

Willamette entered 28 athletes in the meet and most achieved personal best results. The Bearcats will complete the regular season by hosting the WU Last Chance Meet at Charles Bowles Track in Salem, Ore., on Wednesday, May 16.

Western Oregon Last Chance Meet - Final Results

Jordan Smith earned an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:10.87 in the women's 800-meter run at the Western Oregon Last Chance Meet.

Jordan Smith earned an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:10.87 in the women's 800-meter run at the Western Oregon Last Chance Meet.