Bearcats Host Willamette Opener in Track and Field

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University track and field teams opened the 2009 season by hosting the Willamette Opener on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Charles Bowles Track. Also competing at the meet were NWC rival Whitworth University, plus the University of Portland, Western Oregon University, Corban College, Lane Community College and several running clubs.

Nick Rebol (So., Cottonwood, CA/Red Bluff Union HS) was one of three event winners for the Bearcats. He led a 1-2-3-4 finish for Willamette in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:44.52. Josh Clough (Sr., Auburn,
WA/Riverside HS) took second in 9:47.48, Chris Platano (Jr., Myrtle Point, OR/Myrtle Point HS) was third in 9:49.04 and Ben Donovan (Fr., Minneapolis, MN/South HS) was fourth at 9:49.97.

Also winning events for Willamette were Jaela Dinsmore (Fr., Hines, OR/Burns HS) and Kimber Mattox (Fr., Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell Univ.). Dinsmore took first place in the 200-meter dash, as she recorded a time of 27.07 seconds. Dinsmore also took third in the 100-meter dash at 13.26 seconds.

Mattox won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:08.33 to rank third on WU's all-time list. She was followed by teammate Jena Winger (Sr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS), who finished second in 11:15.46.

Brooke Smith (Sr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) finished second in the high jump at 1.55 meters. The winner of the high jump, unattached competitor Bridget Johnson, also cleared 1.55 meters, but took first place on fewer attempts. A third athlete, Kayla Hughes of Whitworth, got over the bar at 1.55 meters and placed third.

Willamette's Sally Venable (Fr., Ventura, CA/Foothill Tech) earned second place in the 5,000-meter run. She clocked in a 19:30.26. First place in the event was registered by KayAnna Cecchi of Western Oregon with a time of 19:23.61.

In the throwing events, Christina Edholm (Jr., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS) and Katie Peterson (Fr., Independence, OR/Central HS) each took second in one event. Edholm placed second in the shot put with a throw of 11.34 meters. Rocksi Miller of Lane CC won the shot put at 12.04 meters.

Peterson finished second in the javelin. Her throw covered 37.76 meters. Tauni Powell, competing unattached, won the javelin with a toss of 43.55 meters.

Andy Meuser (Jr., Portland, OR/Woodrow Wilson HS) of WU placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.17 seconds. Nick Clark from Western Oregon won the 400 after recording a time of 51.50 seconds.

Emmanuel Bofa of Whitworth won the men's 800-meter dash in 1:55.58, but Willamette followed with the next three finishers. Paul Winger (Fr., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake HS) was second at 1:56.02 and Ryan McLaughlin (So., Milwaukie, OR/Milwaukie HS) placed third at 1:57.48. Reid Gilbertson (Fr., Lake Elmo, MN/Stillwater HS) was fourth in 1:57.97.

WU's Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) took second in the 110-meter hurdles behind Michael Kendrick of Western Oregon. Kendrick won the event in 15:50 seconds, while Piros earned a time of 15.85 seconds. Garrison Coy (Sr., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) of WU was third in 16.12 seconds.

Stefan Redfield (So., Sisters, OR/Sisters HS) of Willamette finished third in the 5,000-meter run. His time was 15:30.48. Other athletes finishing third for the Bearcat men included Jonathan Woodland (Sr., Creswell, OR/Creswell HS) in the triple jump at 12.97 meters, Josh Clothier (So., Walla Walla, WA/Walla Walla HS) in the shot put at 13.86 meters, and David Oppat (So., Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS) in the discus at 45.06 meters.

Kyle Kotaich (Jr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) was fifth in the 1,500-meter run, as he and four University of Portland runners reached the finish line within just over a second of each other. Jared Bassett won the event for UP in 4:02.78. Kotaich was timed at 4:03.83 and was just 0.67 out of second place.

The Bearcats will compete again on Saturday, March 7 in a dual meet at Western Oregon. Meet time is set for 11 a.m. (PST).

Willamette Opener
At Charles Bowles Track
Feb. 28, 2009
Grant Piros took second place in the 110-meter hurdles at the Willamette Opener.

Grant Piros took second place in the 110-meter hurdles at the Willamette Opener.