Lackman and Gilbertson Achieve Provisional Qualifying Times at John Knight Twilight

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Senior Drew Lackman (Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) and freshman Reid Gilbertson (Lake Elmo, MN/Stillwater HS) from Willamette University each recorded an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark at the John Knight Twilight on Wednesday, May 6 at the Charles Bowles Track. Lackman achieved his provisional time in the 400-meter hurdles, as he won the event in 54.13 seconds. Gilbertson's provisional time was registered in the 800-meter run in 1:52.83.

Lackman and Gilbertson each produced a personal-best time. Lackman reduced his previous personal record by 0.82 seconds. Gilbertson cut 1.7 seconds from his previous top time of 1:54.53. Gilbertson moved into fourth place on WU's all-time list in the 800, while Lackman took over seventh place on the Bearcats' Top 10 list in the 400 hurdles.

Also for Willamette, Katie Peterson (So., Independence, OR/Central HS) improved her NCAA provisional qualifying distance in the javelin with a throw of 133'10". Peterson's previous provisional mark was 133'3" at the Charles Bowles Spring Break Classic on March 20. On Wednesday, Peterson finished second behind Lauren Vermulm of Seattle Pacific University, who won the javelin with a toss of 141'11".

The John Knight Twilight, hosted each year by Western Oregon University, was moved to Willamette's Charles Bowles Track due to a confirmed case of the H1N1 virus on the Western Oregon campus. Although the venue changed, Western Oregon still had a significant number of competitors at the meet.

Gilbertson led a 1-2-3 finish for the Bearcats in the men's 800. Paul Winger (Fr., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake HS) was second in 1:54.19, as he edged out teammate Ryan McLaughlin (So., Milwaukie, OR/Milwaukie HS), who took third at 1:54.22. Gilbertson, Winger and McLaughlin each earned a personal-best time.

Carson O'Brien of Western Oregon was fifth in the 800 in 1:55.57, and Michael Brown of WOU was sixth at 1:56.37. Jonathan Lanning (Jr., Springfield, OR/Thurston HS) of Willamette was sixth in 1:58.32 and Bart Grabman (Fr., Anchorage, AK/Stellar HS) of WU placed seventh at 1:58.60. Lanning and Grabman achieved personal-best times, giving the Bearcats a total of five personal records in the 800.

In the men's 1,500-meter run WU's Stefan Redfield (So., Sisters, OR/Sister HS) finished in second place in 3:57.50. He established a new personal record by 0.04 seconds over his time at the NWC Championships on April 24. The John Knight Twilight winner in the 1,500 was Kyle Larson of Western Oregon at 3:56.81.

Elizabeth Andrews (Jr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) tied her career-best in the pole vault with a successful attempt at 10'6". It was her top result of the season, as she improved on vaults of 10'0" at three previous meets.

Catherine Street of Linfield College won the pole vault on Wednesday, clearing 11'11.75". Melissa Peaslee of Seattle Pacific was second at 11'5.75". Andrews and Kjersti Gedde of Seattle Pacific tied for third.

Up next for the Bearcats is the Oregon Twilight in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, May 9. Action is set to begin at 5 p.m. (PDT) at Hayward Field.

WOU John Knight Twilight
At Charles Bowles Track
Salem, Ore.
May 6, 2009
Drew Lackman was victorious in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.13 to earn an NCAA provisional qualifying time at the John Knight Twilight.

Drew Lackman was victorious in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.13 to earn an NCAA provisional qualifying time at the John Knight Twilight.