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A freshman in science, Kim Fenton makes it over the top during the high jump event at the OSU Invitational meet.
OSU freshman Marie Morkvod from Norway cools down after leaping in the high jump competition.
Leading off the first leg of the 400-meter relay, sophomore Robb Thomas starts his run.
In the heat of the afternoon, spectators gather together for the Pac-10 Championship meet.
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Players with strong camaraderie and willing coaches strive for and obtain personal and team goals as a result of their
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A senior in science, Connie Peterka gives her best during an attempt at the javelin throw.
Pole vaulters Nick Till, |unior in Liberal Arts, and Greg Liken, senior in Health PE., set their eyes on the Pac-10 Championship action.
Angie Hoffman, freshman in Science. mentally prepanes herself at the starting point of the upcoming 400 meter race.
Under the guidance of head coach Chuck McNeil and assistant coaches Mike Chriss and Doug Hicks, the track program continued to grow and prosper.
The 1987 team's scores did not always tell the whole story for the young group, however. There was much individual growth and achievement under the competent training staff.
"They're good coaches," said junior distance runner, Karl Van Calcar. Van Calcar had been with the program for four years and commended the easy access to the coaches.
"It's more individualized
than other programs I've seen," continued Van Calcar. "If you need help and want help, it's there."
McNeil started coaching OSU track in 1964. During the period of 1976-1983 he did not coach and he felt the program went downhill dramatically during that time.
"It's coming back and we're making real progress," claimed McNeil. "We're looking forward to next year because we're not losing many to graduation and we've also had good recruiting."
With the improvement in the program during the last few years came increased spectator support from OSU
fans. During the years when the program was not doing well, the interest declined, which McNeil said was typical. "Sports fans are a fickle lot"
Practices began for track participants the day school started and continued throughout the year. Although men and women did not compete against one another in the meets, they practiced together on a regular basis.
"Everyone works well together," commented McNeil. "They work and help each other all the way." This unity added to the spirit and camaraderie of the team.
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At the OSU Open, Shawn Bishop-Walker makes her lead during the 400 meter low hurdles.
MVP Jenna Stark chats with former hurdler Kari Weston during the OSU TWilight Meet.
Karma Groth, junior high jumper, goes over the top for the Beavers.
All the practice, hard work and team spirit culminated for the track team as they completed a season highlighted by the Pac-10 meet in May. OSU men, although picked for last, placed ninth in the meet out of 10 teams. The women faired about the same, placing tenth.
Three OSU track athletes qualified to compete in the NCAATrack and Field Championships.
Junior John Thomas qualified in the hammer with a throw of 211-5 while junior Orjan Hemstrom qualified in the steeplechase with a time of 8:40.04. Senior Connie Pe-terka qualified in the javelin
with a throw of 175-2.
Looking back over her four years at Oregon State, Peterka recalled her first year as "a real building year." After that, she placed in the NCAA and was an All-American three years in a row. Peterka's 1987 performances qualified her for the Olympic trials.
"Now I just have to work real hard," claimed Peterka. "I've done the first step by qualifying."
A senior graduating with honors in Pre-physical Therapy, Peterka planned to continue her training in Arizona.
"I'm a real self-motivator," she commented. "Now, I'll be
doing it on my own and seeking help, rather than having someone else push me. I can't stop now."
One big disappointment for the 1987 track program came in the form of injuries. Sprinter Calvin Nicholson, junior pole vaulter Greg Likens and junior distance runner Karl Van Calcar were each out due to injuries.
"If we would've had their services, we would've done considerably better," stated Coach McNeil.
An Electrical Engineering major from Edmonds, Washington, Van Calcar was ranked number one in the steeplechase, but was unable
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