April 6, 2009

 

Courtesy of Pacific

SALEM, Ore. - Amanda Basham (Fr., Sweet Home, Ore.) may have found her event of the future.

The freshman turned in a record performance in the steeplechase to lead Pacific's performances at the Willamette Invitational, held Friday and Saturday at the Charles Bowles Track.

Running in just her second steeplechase ever Friday night, Basham finished second in a time of 11:55.65, four seconds behind winner Karen Owens of Spokane Community College.  The mark established a new Pacific record, bettering the previous best of 11:57.02 set by Sarah Smith in 2006.

The performance in the distances highlighted a meet that saw Pacific athletes gain five more qualifying marks for the upcoming NWC Championships.  On the women's side, Lauren Barnard (Fr., Lyons, Colo.) earned a qualifying mark in the 1,500 meters, running a time of 4:54.87.  Jasmyne Settle (Fr., St. Helens, Ore.) added the 100-meter hurdles to her list of events, finishing 24th in 18.06 seconds.  She also improved her time in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking 1:16.37.

Angie Miller (So., Alsea, Ore.), meanwhile, improved her season best in the long jump by an inch and a half, placing sixth with her mark of 16 feet, 8.5 inches.

On the men's side, Kody Kramer (So., Oroville, Wash.) earned a spot at the NWC Championships with a time in the 200 meters of 23.35 seconds.  Likewise, Ryan Culp (Fr., Woodburn, Ore.) qualified in the discus, posting a five-foot season best with a throw of 131 feet, 7 inches.

Pacific now returns home for the second of four home meets this season, hosting George Fox, Lewis & Clark and Puget Sound in the Luau Meet on Saturday at Lincoln Park Stadium.