Peterson and Monroe Earn NCAA Provisional Marks at Charles Bowles Spring Break Classic

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Katie Peterson (Fr., Independence, OR/Central HS) and Jacob Monroe (Sr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) each recorded a provisional qualifying distance for the NCAA Division III National Championships during action at the Charles Bowles Spring Break Classic on Friday, March 20. Peterson earned her provisional mark in the javelin with a throw of 133'3". Monroe registered his provisional mark with a toss of 174'2" in the hammer.

The track and field meet was held at the Charles Bowles Track. Willamette competed against athletes from Corban College, the College of Idaho, Lane Community College, Northwest Christian University, Pacific Lutheran University and Western Oregon University.

In the women's competition, Willamette won seven events, College of Idaho took first place in four events and Pacific Lutheran finished first in three events. Northwest Christian and Western Oregon each won one event.

Willamette won 10 events in the men's competition, while Western Oregon won four and the College of Idaho won three. Corban College won one event. No team scores were recorded.

Peterson's toss of 133'3" won the javelin. Her throw was well past the provisional standard of 126'3.75". Monroe's provisional qualifying throw of 174'4" took first place in the hammer. It surpassed the provisional standard of 170'7.25". The distance was a personal record for Monroe, whose previous best was 171'11" last season.

Monroe won the shot put with a toss of 45'9" and also took first place in the discus. His winning discus throw of 150'4" placed him on WU's all-time list.

Taylor Hacker of Pacific Lutheran achieved an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark in the women's hammer. She registered a throw of 168'4" to win the event. The provisional standard is 152'6.75"

Including the javelin, Willamette's women took first place in four field events. In addition to Peterson, other Bearcat field event winners were Christina Edholm (Jr., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS) in the shot put and the discus, and Danielle Barnett (So., Myrtle Point, OR/Myrtle Point HS) in the long jump.

Edholm won the shot put with a personal-best distance of 38'10.5". She placed first in the discus with a toss of 113'0". Her discus throw also was a personal record, as she added one inch to her distance from a week ago against Western Oregon.

Barnett and teammate Brandi Miller (Fr., Grants Pass, OR/North Valley HS) both went 15'1.5" in the long jump, but Barnett won the event on fewer attempts. Miller took second place.

Brooke Smith (Sr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) of Willamette won the 100-meter hurdles. She concluded the race in 15.95 seconds. Smith also took second in the javelin.

Jennifer Luecht (Jr., Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HS) earned a victory for the Bearcats in the 400-meter dash. She clocked in at 58.81 seconds.

The Willamette 4 x 100-meter relay team also posted a first place finish. The 'Cats concluded the race in 50.47 seconds. Running on the relay were Luecht, Lydia Marsalli (Jr., Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Union HS), Kaitlin St. John (Jr., Bend, OR/Mountain View HS) and Jaela Dinsmore (Fr., Hines, OR/Burns HS). Dinsmore took second place behind Luecht in the 400-meter dash.

Other top finishes for the Willamette women included Maddie Coffman (Jr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) in the 800-meter run and Tina Patel (So., Bend,OR/Summit HS) in the 5,000-meter run. Coffman took second place in the 800 in 2:20.60, less than one second behind the winner, Maggie Miller from College of Idaho (2:19.76).

Patel ran a solid race in the 5,000 and placed second out of 16 finishers. Stephanie Hescock of Northwest Christian won the event with a time of 18:29.83. Patel was timed at 18:30.98.

Monroe's three victories helped Willamette win six men's field events. Other WU winners included Colby Takeda (So., Mililani, HI/Iolani School) in the pole vault, Ray White (Fr., Corona, CA/Centennial HS) in the triple jump and Brandt Nevin (So., Eagle Point, OR/Eagle Point HS) in the javelin.

Takeda cleared 13'5.25" in the pole vault, as he tied a personal record. White went 43'11.75" in the triple jump. Nevin's winning distance in the javelin was 181'10" -- also a career best.

Winners for the Bearcat men on the track were George Colton (So., Pasadena, CA/Whittier College), Nate Dick (So., Stanfield, OR/Southern Oregon Univ.), Leo Castillo (Fr., Parkdale, OR/Hood River Valley HS) and Drew Lackman (Sr., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS).

Colton won the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 11.18 seconds. Dick took first in the 200-meter dash in 22.95 seconds. Castillo led a 1-2-3 sweep by the Bearcats in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:15.00. Lackman placed first in the 400-meter hurdles at 55.68 seconds and took second in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.79 seconds.

The men's 4 x 400-meter relay teams from Willamette and the College of Idaho ran an exciting race. The Yotes held off Willamette to win in 3:29.01. WU recorded a time of 3:29.32.

Running on the relay for the 'Cats were Andy Meuser (Jr., Portland, OR/Woodrow Wilson HS), Tristan Bodding-Long (Jr., Woodinville, WA/Woodinville HS), Bart Grabman (Fr., Anchorage, AK/Stellar HS) and Jonathan Lanning (So., Springfield, OR/Thurston HS).

Willamette will send a select group of athletes to the Oregon Preview on Saturday, March 21. The meet will be held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Charles Bowles Spring Break Classic
At Salem, Ore.
Mar. 20, 2009
Jacob Monroe's throw of 174-2 in the hammer was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Jacob Monroe's throw of 174-2 in the hammer was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Brandt Nevin won the men's javelin.

Brandt Nevin won the men's javelin.