Fahey Sets Willamette Record with Hammer Throw of 162'4" during L&C Invitational

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

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Melinda Fahey (Sr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) added more than eight feet to her own school record with a toss of 162'4" in the hammer throw and Sarah Zerzan (Sr., San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS) had a successful return to the track following an injury earlier this spring, as Willamette University competed at the L&C Invitational on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12.

The Bearcats focused on the field events during the meet, while also seeking to qualify additional athletes for the Northwest Conference Championships next weekend.

Fahey previously set the school record in the hammer with an NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 153'7" during the Willamette Opener on March 1. Her throw during Friday's competition on the George Fox University campus, where the hammer and javelin were held, not only set a new record, but also improved her provisional qualifying mark and increased her chances of being selected for the NCAA Championships.

Zerzan, who had not competed this spring, ran the 10,000-meter race in 39:58.40. Her time was well under the Northwest Conference qualifying standard of 42:42.73. The NWC Championships are set for April 18-19 at George Fox.

The winning hammer throw by Fahey led a 1-2-4-5 finish for the Bearcats. Holly Winter (Jr., Dundee, OR/Newberg HS) placed second with a throw of 130'10". Emilie Burger (Sr., St. Helena, CA/St. Helena HS) was fourth at 126'2" and Christina Edholm (So., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS) finished fifth at 121'11".

Fahey also took third place in the discus with a throw of 136'1". It was the top throw so far this season in the Northwest Conference. Annie Hess from Concordia won the event with a toss of 180'9".

Edholm placed fifth in the shot put at 36'11.75" Her throw was a personal best and also was the second longest throw in the NWC this spring. Winter placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 36'4". Rita Santibanez, competing unattached, won the event at 47'7.25".

In the women's high jump, Sarah Burton (Fr., Fallon, NV/Churchill County HS) matched her season best by clearing 4'11.5" for Willamette. She tied for sixth place in the event. Erika Schmid from Concordia University (Ore.) and Melissa Marek-Ferris from George Fox each cleared 5'3.25", with Schmid taking first on fewer jumps.

Colby Takeda (Fr., Mililani, HI/Iolani HS) of Willamette achieved fourth place in the men's pole vault. He was successful at 13'4.5". James Yamashita (Jr., Walnut Creek, CA/Diablo Valley College) took fifth for WU in the long jump, as he went 19'11.5".

For WU in the shot put, Jacob Monroe (Jr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) led the way with a toss of 47'6.25" for third place. Leon Carl of Concordia took first place at 49'9". Steve Collins (Fr., Zillah, WA/Zillah HS) from Willamette was seventh at 44'7.50".

Monroe was fourth in the discus. His top throw went 147'6" to set a new career best. Collins was WU's top finisher in the hammer, as he registered a distance of 149'7" for sixth place overall and fourth among collegiate entries.

Brandt Nevin (Fr., Eagle Point, OR/Eagle Point HS) threw the javelin 171'7" to take fifth place. He also qualified for the NWC Championships by throwing past the conference qualifying standard of 167'11".

L&C Invitational at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Ore.
Melinda Fahey throws a Willamette record in the hammer.

Melinda Fahey throws a Willamette record in the hammer.

Sarah Zerzan

Sarah Zerzan

James Yamashita

James Yamashita