Falcons flourish in Oregon

Amongst a host of NCAA Division I athletes, the Seattle Pacific University women’s track team came away from the Oregon Invitational with their heads held high.

Sophomore Janna Schaafsma led a successful women’s team down to the meet, which was held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. As many as twenty five schools brought athletes to Hayward Field to compete in one of the most prestigious collegiate track meets in the nation. At the end of the day, the women came away with two provisional qualifying marks and four personal records.

Schaafsma took first place in the 400-meter hurdles during the daylight session in a personal best time of 1 minute, 3.38 seconds. The time was good enough to qualify her for the national meet held over Memorial Day weekend.

Teammates Victoria Perkins and Kelsey Gleason joined Schaafsma in the race. Perkins took third (1:04.58) and Gleason came in sixth (1:05.00). Schaafsma had placed second the three previous times that she had competed in the race this season.

The women’s 4×400 relay team continued to lower their personal record and this time they ran fast enough to qualify them provisionally for nationals. The women finished the race with a time of 3:51.03, which was good enough for third place during the more competitive evening session.

Another relay team that lowered its season best time was the 4×100 relay team. The women got second behind Eastern Washington University with a time of 48.27 seconds.

Freshman Karen Dickson was blessed with the ability to run and run and run. The distance runner added to her already successful season by shaving 36 seconds off her record in the 10,000 meters. With her teammates lining the track and cheering her on, Dickson clocked in with an impressive third place and a time of 36:14.19.

Fellow freshman Jennifer Marsh ran in the evening session 800 meters and turned in a fifth place finish (2:13.68) that approached her personal record.

Sophomores Allie Hedges, Amy Harris and Jean Kolb rounded out the field in Eugene. Hedges and Harris tied for third in the daylight session pole-vault (11 feet, 3 3/4 inches) and Kolb lowered her best time in the 100 meters to 12.66 seconds and a fourth place finish.

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Title: Falcons flourish in Oregon | Author: Grant Ludwick | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2004-04-28 | Internal ID: 3949