Mattox Wins 1,500 and Donovan Triumphs in Steeple at John Knight Twilight

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

MONMOUTH, ORE. -- Willamette University won five events, including victories by Kimber Mattox (So., Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell Univ.) in the women's 1,500-meter run and Ben Donovan (So., Minneapolis, MN/South HS) in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, during the John Knight Twilight meet at Western Oregon University on Friday, April. 9. WU also took first place in the women's pole vault, the women's hammer throw and the men's 4 x 100-meter relay.

In addition to the first place finishes, Willamette athletes registered several top marks in the Northwest Conference this season. Two of the NWC-leading results were recorded by Mattox and Donovan.

Mattox took first place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:40.67 to take over the lead for the fastest time in the NWC this season. She won by 1.39 seconds over Maggie Miller from the College of Idaho, who took second in 4:42.06. A total of 32 runners competed in the 1,500.

Donovan won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:25.53, as he set a personal record. He took more than two seconds off his previous best of 9:27.82, which already placed him first on this year's list of top times in the NWC.

Christina Edholm (Sr., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS) of Willamette was first in the women's hammer throw. She achieved a distance of 143'0", just four inches short of her career best. Edholm also placed second in the shot put with a personal record toss of 40'3.50" and was second in the discus with a throw of 109'6". Her result in the shot put leads the NWC.

In the women's pole vault, Elizabeth Andrews (Sr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) of WU placed first. She tied her personal record by clearing 10'6".

Willamette won the men's 4 x 100-meter relay with a time of 42.78 seconds. The Bearcats won the race by just over a second, with Clark College taking second in 43.81 seconds.

WU owns the top time in the NWC this season at 42.16 seconds on March 13. No other college or university in the NWC has broken the 43-second mark in the 4 x 100 relay this year.

Members of Willamette's winning relay team were Nate Dick (Sr., Stanfield, OR/Stanfield HS/So. Oregon Univ.), Neal Howard (So., Seattle, WA/Ballard HS), Tristan Bodding-Long (Sr., Woodinville, WA/Woodinville HS) and Paul Winger (So., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake HS).

In the women's 800-meter run, Erynn Rebol (Fr., Cottonwood, CA/Red Bluff Union HS) of WU registered a time of 2:21.84 that is the fastest time by an NWC athlete this spring. Rebol placed 12th in the race on Friday, which was won by Laura Carlyle of Oregon State University and featured a total of seven OSU runners in the field of 28.

Stefan Redfield (Jr., Sisters, OR/Sisters HS) provided the Bearcats with an NWC top time in the men's 1,500-meter run. Redfield crossed the finish line in 3:55.66 to take fifth place out of 31 competitors. He improved on his personal record of 3:56.33, which he set earlier this year and was the previous top time in the conference.

Other notable Willamette results:

Women's Team
** Jaela Dinsmore (So., Hines, OR/Burns HS)
4th in 100-meter dash in 12.80 seconds
** Jennifer Luecht (Sr., Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HS)
3rd in 200-meter dash in 26.00 seconds
** Sarah McSweeney (Fr., Petaluma, CA/Casa Grande HS)
4th in 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal record 12:01.06 (4th in NWC)
** Rachel Siebuhr (Fr., Centralia, WA/Centralia HS)
3rd in triple jump at 35'1.25"

Men's Team
** Aaron Bilbao (So., Kingston, WA/Kingston HS)
2nd in pole vault at 13'7.25" (5th in NWC)
** Josh Clothier (Jr., Walla Walla, WA/Walla Walla HS)
3rd in shot put at 49'3.75" leading a 3-4-5 finish for WU
** Ryan McLaughlin (Jr., Milwaukie, OR/Milwaukie HS)
3rd in 800-meter run in 1:55.61
** Andy Meuser (Sr., Portland, OR/Woodrow Wilson HS)
2nd in 400-meter hurdles in season-best 58.19 seconds (4th in NWC)
** David Oppat (Jr., Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS)
3rd in discus with a season-best 137'11"

Willamette's next action is set for April 11-12 at the Northwest Conference Multi-Event Championships. Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., will host the two days of competition in the heptathlon and the decathlon.

The Bearcats will host Western Oregon in the WU/WOU Mini Meet on Thursday, April 15. Competition will begin at 3 p.m. (PDT) at the Charles Bowles Track.

John Knight Twilight
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, Ore.
April 9, 2010
Ben Donovan took first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:25.53.

Ben Donovan took first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:25.53.