Sullivan happy with OSU men's track outing, one more meet planned

2010-02-16T23:14:00Z Sullivan happy with OSU men's track outing, one more meet plannedBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

For competing in men's track for the first time in 22 years, what the Oregon State representatives accomplished Saturday wasn't too shabby.

Track coach Kelly Sullivan was so pleased with the five football players who started training with him this winter that he made plans for at least one more event before spring football begins on March 29.

The Beavers will take part at the NCAA Indoor Last Chance Qualifier meet March 5-6 at the University of Washington.

They performed admirably at the Husky Classic indoor meet Saturday in Seattle, after at least two years away from the sport and limited training time.

"This weekend was pretty special across the board," Sullivan said. "All of them did really well and represented themselves and the programs in every way possible."

Jordan Bishop led the way by winning the high jump, while teammate Obum Owacham finished second.

"For Jordan to step out after not competing for nearly two years, having never jumped indoors ever, and with only three days of jumping outdoors at Corvallis High in wind, rain and cold and clear an NCAA provisional mark of 7 feet, 1/4 -inch and narrowly miss 7-2 on his first attempt - was incredible," Sullivan said. "Obum narrowly missed at 7-0 on all three of his jumps."

James Rodgers and Keynan Parker finished tied for 16th with a time of 7.03 seconds in the 60-meter dash, and Rashaad Reynolds took 45th in 7.31 seconds.

"James and Keynan both ran really well - considering it was James' first track race of any sort in nearly three years and Keynan two years, and at 60 meters a first (for them)," Sullivan said. "Rashaad admitted after that he was really, really nervous as I know all of them were. They were really anxious - but (I'm) very proud of them with only three short weeks of preparation."

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