Notebook: College track season moves outdoors

March 30, 2011

The track season moving outdoors, that means that it's time for the javelins to come out (something about sharp spears flying in crowded indoor arenas keeps them limited to outdoor competitions). That means it's time for Rachel Perry to move into two events at University of Oregon.

The Duck freshman competed in both the shot put and the javelin at the Oregon Preview March 19. She threw a 131-05 in the javelin, good for eighth place, and a 39-9.25 in the shot put, also good for eighth place.

Another freshman who has been doing well for her college team is Lauren Lloyd, who was back on the West Coast last week with the Cornell Big Red as they took part in a pair of meets in California.

In a meet at UC Irvine, Lloyd continued to lower her time in the 800-meter run, winning the race with a time of 2:10.64. The time qualifies her for the East Coast Athletic Conference championships in the event.

At the Cal State Fullerton Titan Twilight meet, Lloyd moved to the 400-meter dash and took fifth with a time of 58.64.

After redshirting last spring, Erin Jones is continuing to improve in long distance events for the Oregon State track team. Most recently Jones ran the 2-mile run for the Beavers at the Stanford Invitational, finishing ninth in a time of 11:17.34.

Moving quickly to lacrosse, we missed at least one local player last week. Kylie McPherson is a sophomore goalkeeper at Occidental College in California.

She helped Occidental to their third win of the season, a 17-5 victory over Linfield, last week by picking up seven saves.

In recruiting news, HRV will have another player on a collegiate football field next season. Southern Oregon University recently announced they have signed Nick Guthrie to play offensive line for the Wolves next year.

Finally, for your trivia: In what year did Roger Bannister become the first runner to race a sub-4-minute mile?

A: 1954, when he ran a time of 3:59.4 at a meet in Oxford, England.

That is reason No. 32 to be glad I?am your local sports reporter.

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