The men’s and women’s track teams traveled to EugeneOre. to compete against the west coast’s top talent April24.
The annual Oregon Invitational was stacked full of competition,which proved to be no match for Branden Fuller. The junior won thesteeple chase in a time of 8:57.38, breaking the 20-year-old recordof 9:00.83. His time qualifies him for the NCAA RegionalChampionships, which will be held in Northridge Calif. on May28-29.
“I felt very relaxed and very comfortable in myrace,” said Fuller. “This was a big stepping stone forme to break nine minutes. So, now I’m just waiting for theregional meet.”
This past indoor season Fuller broke both the 3000-meter and5000-meter records. He now holds four school records, as he was apart of the distance medley team that broke the record in 2003.
Joining Fuller at regionals so far are teammates freshman JordanGraeme and Junior Zach Guydish, who both throw javelin. Guydish hadan impressive showing at the Oregon Invite, throwing the javelin toa mark of 202-04 and setting a new personal record.
The women’s 4×100-meter relay team took the top spot onthe podium after smashing the competition with a time of 48.02. Theteam, composed of junior Haley Heater, sophomore Angel Davis,freshman Emily Hannah and freshman Jamie Griffith, is lookingforward to placing high at the conference championships.
Most of the distance squad set new personal records at this fastmeet, including Caitlin Prunty, who bettered her 1500-meter time byseven seconds, dropping it down to 4:32.40. Freshman Holly Evanscontinues to improve in the 1500m. Her most recent time was4:44.39. She too dropped seven seconds from her last race. Amy JoPerreault got a 20 second PR in the 5000-meter run with a time of18:22.24. Freshman John Timeus is also running strong. His5000-meter race at Oregon was clocked at 14:57.65.
Personal records were also set by pole-vaulter Sarah Hegna, whovaulted at a height of 11-08; and discus thrower Carolee Geaudreau,who threw the disk 134-9 feet.