OSU track and field heads to Eugene

Track and Field

Michael Kiever Sports Reporter

After a record-breaking pace to start the season, the Oregon State women’s Track and Field team will look to continue their success this Thursday and Friday at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, Oregon. OSU will also be sending athletes to the Mt. SAC relays in Norwalk, California on Thursday, April 14.

Held annually at the historic Hayward Field, the Oregon Relays provides an opportunity for top Northwest high school track athletes to compete alongside the best college athletes in the combined meet.

Self-described as a “super meet,” Hayward Field will be host to over 70 teams during the two-day event. Oregon State will be among the competition this year. Like the Oregon Relays, the Mt. SAC meet will also combine high school and collegiate action.

Among OSU’s notable performers this year includes junior thrower Melissa Ausman. On April 7, Ausman won the discus event during the 37th Sun Angel Track Classic, throwing for 52.92 meters and breaking her own school record. The throw shattered her previous best-mark of 49.52 meters, which was set earlier this season at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break open on March 19.

Freshman McKenzie Byrd has also broken onto the scene, breaking the school record in the javelin during her first year. Byrd placed fourth at the Willamette Invite in the Javelin throw, throwing for 43.60 meters and placing herself atop the OSU record books.

Senior thrower Rachel Picknell had a similarly record-breaking outing at the 37th Sun Angel Track Classic. Picknell breaking her own record and placing 14th in the Hammer throw competition with a throw of 51.61 meters.

Senior Morgan Anderson has been pacing the Beavers in the distance events. Anderson ran the second fastest time in OSU history in the 1500-meter race, registering a time of 4.23.53 on April 1 at the Stanford Invitational.

For OSU fans making to look the trip to Eugene, the Oregon Relays meet will be open to spectators for a $12 entry fee and also available for streaming on oregonrelays.runnerspace.com.

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