Bearcats Battle Wolves in Dual Meet at Western Oregon

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

MONMOUTH, ORE. -- Willamette University won nine events during a dual track and field meet against nearby rival Western Oregon University on Saturday, March 8 at McArthur Field. No team scoring was recorded.

Individual winners for the Bearcats in women's events were Jena Winger (Jr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) in the 800-meter run (2:17.36), Elizabeth Andrews (So., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) in the women's pole vault (10'6"), Jessica Cobley (Fr., Queensbury, NY/Queensbury HS) in the women's triple jump (34'0.25") and Melinda Fahey (Sr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) in the discus throw (132'1"). Also, Lydia Marsalli (So., Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Union HS) of Willamette matched the winning time in the 400-meter dash at 1:00.20, but was judged to have finished in second place behind Sarah Howell of WOU.

Winger's time of 2:17.36 in the 800-meter run was a personal best and gave her a margin of victory of 2.59 seconds over Ashley Berry of WOU. Fahey's winning throw of 132'1" in the discus was just five inches short of her winning toss last weekend at the Willamette Opener (132'6").

Cobley was one of just two competitors in the women's triple jump, but it was a close battle. Cobley's winning jump of 34'0.25" was just 3 3/4 inches better than the longest jump for Sarah Burton of WOU (33'8.5").

The women's 1,500-meter run was won by Jessica Harper of WOU, but she claimed the victory by just .01 seconds, as she clocked in at 4:46.68 and Willamette's Jordyn Smith (Sr., Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS) was timed at 4:46.69.

In men's events, WU received wins from Merben Woo (Jr., Salinas, CA/Hartnell JC) in the 200-meter dash (22.73), Brandt Nevin (Fr., Eagle Point, OR/Eagle Point HS) in the pole vault (12'0"), Jonathan Woodland (Jr., Creswell, OR/Creswell HS) in the triple jump (44'8"), Jacob Monroe (Jr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) in the discus throw (143'4") and James Yamashita (Jr., Walnut Creek, CA/Diablo Valley College) in the long jump (20'11.75"). Woo tied for first place in the 200 with unattached runner Gabriel Aguilar, who also clocked in at 22.73 seconds.

Aguilar won the 100-meter dash and was one of three unattached runners at the top of the final standings. Woo took fourth place at 11.43 seconds, just .01 behind Neil Clark, who took third. WU reduced his times from last week by 0.34 seconds in the 200 and by 0.06 seconds in the 100.

Garrison Coy (Jr., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) of Willamette and Andy Loscutoff of Western Oregon both completed the men's 110-meter hurdles in 15.86 seconds. It was determined that Loscutoff crossed the finish line first.

Woodland won the triple jump by more than foot. His jump of 44'8" was followed by Tyler Reisnaur of WOU at 43'4.25". In the discus, Monroe's throw of 143'4" was just over one-half foot farther than Anthony Marin's toss of 142'9" for the Wolves. The winning long jump of 20'11.75" by Yamashita was 4.5 inches longer than Reisnaur, who took second place at 20'7.25".

Willamette University at Western Oregon University Dual Meet
Jena Winger won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.36 at the WU vs. WOU Dual Meet.

Jena Winger won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.36 at the WU vs. WOU Dual Meet.

Jess Cobley competes in the triple jump

Jess Cobley competes in the triple jump