STANFORD, Calif. — New season, same old Jessica Hull.
The Oregon junior made her 2019 outdoor debut Friday with a win in the women’s invitational 5,000 meters during the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Hull knocked almost a minute off her personal record with a finish in 15 minutes, 34.93 seconds. Xu Shuangshuang, a professional from China, was second in 15:36.48.
Hull, who won an NCAA outdoor title in the 1,500 last season and a 3,000 indoor title earlier this month, became the fourth-fastest women in UO history in the 5,000, between Alex Kosinski (15:36.90) and Annette Hand (15:34.55).
Hull’s previous best was 16:29.14 from the 2017 Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet at Hayward Field.
Her only other collegiate 5,000 was at the 2018 Pac-12 meet when she finished sixth in 16:34.96.
In the women’s invitational 10,000, Oregon redshirt junior Carmela Cardama Baez finished 20th overall and 11th among collegians in 32:55.50 to become the fourth runner in Oregon history run under 33 minutes. She is now third all-time behind only school record-holder Jordan Hasay (32:06.64) and Kathy Hayes (32:43.81).
Junior middle distance runner Amanda Gehrich had an impressive career debut in the steeplechase, running 10:15.55 to finish fifth in her heat and move into seventh all-time at Oregon.
Redshirt junior Susan Ejore finished fifth in the Invitational 1,500, knocking three seconds of her personal record with a time of 4:18.11.
In the women’s 100 hurdles, former Duck Sasha Wallace was second in 13.31. Wallace, a nine-time all-American and NCAA indoor champion while at Oregon, is now a member of the elite Hurdle Mechanic training group based in southern California.
In the women’s collegiate shot put, Oregon State’s Jessica Molina won with a final throw of 49 feet, 4 1/4 inches — the second-best mark in OSU history.
OSU women dominate hammer competition
HAYWARD, Calif. — Oregon State swept the top three spots of the women’s hammer on Friday at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic hosted by San Francisco State at Chabot College.
Junior Lindsay McShane threw 196-4 on her first attempt and then held on to win the competition. Freshman Keely McLaughlin placed second with a mark of 181-5 and sophomore Jessica Molina was third at 160-6.
Beaver freshman Mari Friedman was also second in the women’s 1,500 in 4:30.20. Lexi Reed moved into fourth all-time at OSU in the 5,000 with her finish in 16:26, and freshman Haley Wolf moved into fifth all-time with her time of 16:29.
Northwest Christian University junior Christy Seaton was fifth in the women’s 100 hurdles in 15.08.
NCU’s men’s relay teams also had a pair of top-5 finishes, with the 4x100 team placing fourth in 43.04 and the 4x400 placing fifth in 3:25.79.