Willamette Wins Men's Pole Vault Relay and Men's Shot Put Relay at Pacific Northwest Meet

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

OREGON CITY, ORE. -- Willamette University took first place in the men's pole vault relay and the men's shot put relay at the Pacific Northwest Relays, co-hosted by Clackamas Community College and Warner Pacific College on Friday, April 10. In the field event relays, the top three finishers from each college or university were combined to attain an overall team distance.

Willamette achieved a combined result of 40'6" in the men's pole vault. Brandt Nevin (So., Eagle Point, OR/Eagle Point HS), Aaron Bilbao (Fr., Kingston, WA/Kingston HS) and Colby Takeda (So., Mililani, HI/Iolani HS) each cleared 13'6" for the Bearcats to contribute to the team's total distance. All three vaulters were part of a four-way tie for third place in the individual standings.

The overall result for WU in the shot put relay was a combined distance of 132'9.25". Monroe led the way with a fourth place finish and a toss of 44'8". David Oppat (So., Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS) registered a throw of 44'3.25" and placed sixth. Josh Clothier (So., Walla Walla, WA/Walla Walla HS) placed eighth at 43'10".

In the women's pole vault, Elizabeth Andrews (Jr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) of Willamette took third place in the individual standings. She was successful at 10'0" for her top vault of the day.

See the track and field story on April 11 for more details.

MEET RESULTS
Pacific Northwest Relays
At Oregon City High School
Oregon City, Ore.
April 10, 2009*

* Hammer at WU on April 11
Colby Takeda was one of three WU pole vaulters to clear 13-6 as the Bearcats won the men's pole vault relay with a combined distance of 40-6.

Colby Takeda was one of three WU pole vaulters to clear 13-6 as the Bearcats won the men's pole vault relay with a combined distance of 40-6.