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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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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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At the Pac-10 Championships, Barrington Lewis executes a successful land.
At the W$U Dual Meet, Karl Van Calcar heads down the straight stretch of the track in the 1500 meter race.
Julie Waage senior, gives all she's got for the Javelin event
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