Willamette Hosts Western Oregon in Dual Meet

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University hosted Western Oregon University in a dual track and field meet on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at the Charles Bowles Track. The meet was the second between WU and WOU this season. The Wolves hosted the Bearcats in a dual meet on March 7.

The rematch at Willamette also included entries from the University of Oregon Running Club (UORC). Willamette won a total of 17 events and Western Oregon won nine events.

Kimber Mattox (Fr., Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell University) and Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) achieved NCAA provisional qualifying marks for the Bearcats. Mattox won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:49.67, well under the provisional standard of 11:13.00. She also set a Charles Bowles Track record, breaking the previous record of 10:50.84, set by Kristina Proticova of Northwest College in 2003.

Piros achieved his provisional qualifying mark in the javelin, while competing in the decathlon. He registered a toss of 194'9". The provisional qualifying minimum is 188'7.75". Last year, Piros earned All-America status in the javelin by finishing seventh at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

On Saturday, Piros completed the decathlon in first place with a personal best score of 6,048. He missed the NCAA provisional standard by just two points.

Jennifer Luecht (Jr., Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HS) and Christina Edholm (Jr., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS) each won two events for the Bearcat women's team. Luecht took first place in the 100-meter dash in 12.65 seconds to win by 0.10 over Stefani Dittmar of Western Oregon. She also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.99 seconds. Edholm placed first in the shot put at 38'1.50" and was first in the discus throw at 112'11".

Brandt Nevin (So., Eagle Point, OR/Eagle Point HS) won two events for the Willamette men's team. He cleared 12'11.50" to win the pole vault on jumps over teammate Aaron Bilbao (Fr., Kingston, WA/Kingston HS), who also surpassed 12'11.50". Nevin took first place in the javelin throw with a toss of 172'3".

Returning All-America athlete Brooke Smith (Sr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) scored 3,978 to win the heptathlon. She received her All-America status by taking seventh place in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships last spring.

Other winners for the Willamette women's team were Maddie Coffman (Jr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) in the 1,500-meter run at 4:52.83, Andrea Richardson (Fr., Beaverton, OR/Aloha HS) in the high jump at 4'11.75", Elizabeth Andrews (Jr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) in the pole vault at 9'6.25" and Elizabeth Spartas (Fr., Bozeman, MT/Bozeman HS) in the 800-meter run at 2:39.32.

Paul Winger (Fr., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake HS) of Willamette won the men's 400-meter dash in 49.71 seconds and Kyle Kotaich (Jr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) of WU took first place in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.40. Kotaich edged out Geoff Lesch-Wragge of the UORC by two one-hundredths of a second.

Other winners for the Bearcat men were Nick Rebol (So., Cottonwood, CA/Red Bluff Union HS) leading a 1-2-3 finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:41.55, Josh Clothier (So., Walla Walla, WA/Walla Walla HS) in the shot put at 45'5.25", David Oppat (So., Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS) in the discus throw at 146'9" and Jacob Monroe (Sr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) in the hammer throw at 166'1".

Willamette will host the Charles Bowles Spring Break Classic on Friday, March 20. The meet will get underway at 10 a.m. (PDT).

Willamette vs. Western Oregon Dual Meet
At Salem, Ore.
Mar. 13-14, 2009
Kimber Mattox recorded an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Kimber Mattox recorded an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Grant Piros threw the javelin 194'9

Grant Piros threw the javelin 194'9