Throwers Lead Way For Track & Field At John Knight Twilight

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Throwers Lead Way For Track & Field At John Knight Twilight

April 12, 2013

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MONMOUTH, Ore. - Oregon State's throwers had arguably their best day of competition in 2013 on Friday evening, as freshman Kayla Fleskes moved onto Oregon State's all-time top-10 list in the discus and senior Mary Claire Brenner PR'd in the shot put for the third consecutive meet to lead OSU track and field at the John Knight Twilight hosted by Western Oregon.

The duo, who at the start of the season became the first Beavers to compete in the throws since 1988, have made steady and consistent progress in each and every meet and Friday's efforts were no different. Fleskes managed to best her previous PR in the discus by four feet, throwing 136' 3¾" to finish in seventh place. That mark places Fleskes ninth all-time at OSU, surpassing Nora Judd's throw of 136' 1" from a dual against Oregon on May 3, 1980. The freshman also finished fourth in the javelin with a new PR of 132' 2".

"We're thrilled for Kayla," Oregon State assistant coach Travis Floeck said. "She has had an opportunity here, the stars have aligned and she has been an amazing addition. She is a really hard worker and has a bright future. Any time you have freshmen coming in and PR'ing like she has you have to be excited about the years to come."

In the shot put, Brenner finished in fourth with a toss of 42' 3½". Not only did tonight make it the third straight meet the senior has registered a PR, but she also set personal bests on three consecutive throws at the John Knight Twilight.

"It shows how consistent she is," Floeck said of Brenner. "Not only does she seem to getting better every week, she seems to be getting better every throw. Kayla [Fleskes] and MC [Brenner] have had some decent weather to practice, but haven't had ideal conditions for competing yet. If we don't get that in Pacific Northwest, we know they will have a good shot at the conference meet [in Los Angeles]. It will be a great opportunity for both."

Brenner also finished 10th in the discus (118' 4¾") and ninth in the javelin (116' 7¾").

Brenner and Fleskes were also joined by a full complement of Beavers in the jumps. Lucinda Howard tied for first in the high jump with a leap of 5' 3¼" and Kristin Oenning tied for third at 5' 1¼". Kaitlyn Mason finished second in the long jump 17' 8", while Michele Turney was fifth (16' 9¼"). Turney also took the triple jump title (37' 6") with teammates Mason and Rylee Marshall coming in fifth and sixth, respectively.

In addition, senior Julian Dansk represented the Orange & Black in the men's discus on Friday night, becoming the first OSU male to compete in the throws since John Thomas in the hammer on June 4, 1988 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene.

"I think a lot of coaches love the sport of track AND field," Floeck said. "Now we are getting to experience what every other staff does [by having entries in various events]. It is really good for the entire team, even for the women in the distance races; to see how these athletes in other event areas conduct themselves. It can make everyone better. But what we are experiencing now is a glimpse of what we can be in the future. We will expand, truly build a comprehensive team and make noise in the sport of track and field instead of just track."

Carly Januzzi (59.53) and Taylor Hunt (1:00.44) put forth strong performances to finish second and third in the 400. Turney came in the second in the 100m hurdles (15.59) and Hilary Sharpe finished the same in the steeple (11:41.91).

In the 1,500, Morgan Anderson, running unattached, came in fourth place with a time of 4:46.07, while Aly Nielson was not far behind, crossing in 4:47.29 to finish fifth. It was a solid race for the freshman Anderson, who led the first two laps in fairly windy conditions and was making her track and field debut after battling some ailments at the tail end of the cross season.

Full results from the evening's action can be found here.

The Beavers return to action next weekend for the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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