Oregon State will field its strongest lineup of the season on Friday at the Pacific-12 Conference championship meet in Colfax, Washington.
“This is by far the most prepared we’ve been” this season, coach Kelly Sullivan said earlier this week in previewing the meet, set for 10:30 a.m. on a 6,000-meter course at the Colfax Golf Club.
“The thing I’ve been most proud of with this group is, since we chose to redshirt Emily Weber, Sam McKinnon and Nicole Goecke, is how this group has responded to the situation that has evolved.
“They haven’t backed down from their goals for the season. Even when we’ve had some bumps in the road I’ve been proud of how we’ve responded. We are going to finish what we started and we will go to the starting line with a team that will compete."
The Beavers will take 10 runners to the Palouse: Senior Adrienne Demaree; juniors Kira Kelly, Holly Cavalluzzo, Samantha Lewis, Morgan Anderson, Maureen Tremblay and Macaulay Wilson; sophomore Kristiane Width; and freshmen Juliana Mount and Kaely Gordon. Freshman Rachel Johnson is the alternate.
Cavalluzzo took 61st and led OSU to a 12th-place finish at the 2014 championships in Oakland. Other 2014 entrants who will also run on Friday were Anderson (70), Demaree (80), Tremblay (109) and Lewis (111).
OSU’s best team finish at a conference meet since the program’s 2005 reinstatement is sixth, back in 2008. Ashley Younce has OSU’s top finish, as she placed 22nd in 2005; Kinsey Gomez was 23rd in 2013.