Nevin Achieves NCAA Provisional Mark in Javelin

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University's Brandt Nevin (So., Eagle Point, OR/Eagle Point HS) threw the javelin 194 feet, 2 inches to achieve an NCAA provisional qualifying mark at the WU/WOU Mini Meet, hosted by the Bearcats on Thursday, April 16 at the Charles Bowles Track. Nevin won the event and earned a personal record in the process. The NCAA Division III provisional standard in the javelin is 188 feet, 7.75 inches.

The Mini Meet included athletes from Willamette and Western Oregon University. The meet allowed several Bearcats and Wolves to improve their top results of the season in efforts to qualify for national competition. It also was a final chance for WU athletes to attain Northwest Conference qualifying marks.

Nevin's NCAA provisional mark in the javelin highlighted a solid day for Willamette in the throwing events. WU also received quality results in the hammer throw and the shot put.

In the men's hammer, Jacob Monroe (Sr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) led the field with a toss of 165'6". Steve Collins (So., Zillah, WA/Zilla HS) placed second with a throw of 155'11". Matt Schryvers of Western Oregon University took third at 155'8" and Trevor Bassett-Smith (Jr., Keizer, OR/Western Oregon Univ.) of Willamette was fourth at 155'3".

Monroe also took first place in the shot put. His wining throw was 47'2.50". Josh Clothier (So., Walla Walla, WA/Walla Walla HS) of Willamette was second at 46'11", while David Oppat (So., Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS) of WU placed third with a toss of 46'5.50" Jeff Short (So., Granite Bay, CA/Granite Bay HS) place fourth and registered a distance of 44"10.75" for the Bearcats.

Christina Edholm (Jr., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS) won the hammer and the shot put for Willamette. She recorded a throw of 135'7" in the hammer. Alyssa Taylor of Western Oregon was second at 130'8" and Katie Peterson (So., Independence, OR/Central HS) of WU was third with a toss of 105'2". Peterson's distance qualified her for the Northwest Conference Championships, set for April 24-25 in Forest Grove, Ore.

In the shot put, Edholm registered a winning throw of 38'9". Taylor finished in second place at 36'10.25"

Peterson was one of several Bearcats to qualify for the NWC Meet. In the men's pole vault, Spencer Clemmer (Fr., Sacramento, CA/Elk Grove HS) cleared 12'11.50" to join Nevin and two other WU athletes with NWC qualifying marks in the event.

Two Willamette runners earned NWC qualifying times in the men's 800-meter run. Matt Parker (So., Portland, OR/Lincoln HS) achieved a time of 1:59.77 and Bart Grabman (Fr., Anchorage, AK/Stellar HS) concluded the race in 1:59.94.

Jonathan Lanning (So., Springfield, OR/Thurston HS) of Willamette, who previously qualified for the NWC Championships, won the 800 at the Mini Meet with a time of 1:59.50. Overall, the Bearcats have qualified seven athletes to compete in the 800 at the NWC Meet.

Willamette's next track and field action will be at the NWC Championships. The WU women's team has won seven consecutive NWC titles. The Bearcat men achieved five NWC championships in a row from 2002 through 2006.

WU/WOU Mini Meet
At Charles Bowles Track
Salem, Ore.
April 16, 2009
Brandt Nevin registered a provisional qualifying throw in the javelin for this year's NCAA Division III Championships.

Brandt Nevin registered a provisional qualifying throw in the javelin for this year's NCAA Division III Championships.