Fahey, Killam, Batch and Monroe Register New or Improved Provisional Marks

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

MONMOUTH, ORE. -- Willamette University's track and field teams produced a number of quality performances and recorded several NCAA Division III provisional qualifying marks during the John Knight Twilight, hosted by Western Oregon University on Saturday, May 10. The meet was held at McArthur Field on the WOU campus.

New provisional results were recorded for the Bearcats by Melinda Fahey (Sr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) in the women's discus, Ian Batch (Jr., Eagle, ID/Capital HS) in the men's 1,500-meter run and Jacob Monroe (Jr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) in the men's hammer throw. Carly Killam (Sr., Kailua, HI/Punahou School) lowered her provisional qualifying time in the women's 1,500-meter run.

Fahey threw the discus 139'0" to take second place. She surpassed the provisional mark of 136'2" by just under three feet. Lucy Cridland from the UO Running Club won Saturday's competition with a top throw of 155'10".

Batch ran the 1,500 in 3:55.21 to beat the provisional standard of 3:55.80. He finished second behind Zeke Van Patten of Western Oregon, who edged into the lead at the finish line in 3:55.05. Batch took roughly three-quarters of a second off his previous career best of 3:55.97, set eight days ago at the Pacific Twilight on May 2.

Monroe registered his first-ever NCAA provisional distance with a toss of 171'11" in the hammer, as he took third place and was the top collegiate finisher. His previous best was 159'8" at the NWC Championships earlier this season. The provisional standard is 168'10". Monroe took first place and registered a career best in the shot put with a throw of 49'11", just 1'1.25" from the provisional standard.

Killam achieved a time of 4:37.66 while winning the 1,500. Her earlier provisional time was 4:39.71 at the Willamette Opener on March 1.

Jena Winger (Jr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS), who already owned provisional marks in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run, narrowly missed a third with a second place finish in the 1,500. Her time was 4:40.42, less than one-half second from the provisional standard of 4:40.00.

Two other results for the Bearcats also met NCAA provisional standards, but weren't season bests for the individuals involved. In addition to her qualifying throw in the discus, Fahey tossed the hammer 155'8". Her previous qualifying distance was 162'4". Jordyn Smith (Sr., Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS) completed the 800-meter run in 2:12.79. She previously earned an automatic qualifying time of 2:11.38.

Jennifer Luecht (So., Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HS) and Lydia Marsalli (So., Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Union HS) claimed second and third, respectively, in the women's 100-meter dash. Both WU runners set career bests in the event.

Luecht and Marsalli reached the finish line with nearly identical results. Luecht was timed at 12.68 seconds, while Marsalli was clocked at 12.69 seconds. The event was won by Lauren Duckett of WOU in 12.58 seconds.

In the men's 400-meter hurdles, Drew Lackman (Jr., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) of Willamette took first place and set a personal best with a time of 55.25 seconds. Andy Loscutoff of WOU finished second in 56.27 seconds.

Josh Clothier (Fr., Walla Walla, WA/Walla Walla HS) earned a personal best of 45'4.50" for Willamette in the shot put. He took third place in the event.

The Bearcats will return to action at the Willamette University Last Chance Meet on Thursday, May 15. Start time at the Charles Bowles Track in Salem, Ore., is set for 4 p.m. (PDT).

John Knight Twilight at McArthur Field, Monmouth, Ore.
Carly Killam lowered her NCAA provisional qualifying time to 4:37.66 in the 1,500-meter run.

Carly Killam lowered her NCAA provisional qualifying time to 4:37.66 in the 1,500-meter run.