The Oregon State track and field team heads to Salem on Saturday for the Willamette Invitational.

The Beavers will have 17 entries in 14 events.

In the field events, freshman high jumper Sara Almen will be making her outdoor debut after she was scratched from a couple of meets earlier this season due to minor ailments.

During the indoor season, she cleared 5 feet, 11.25 inches at the UW Final Qualifier on March 1.

“The marks from indoor don’t count in qualifying for outdoor so every opportunity going forward is one for her to achieve a regional qualifying mark,” OSU assistant coach Travis Floeck said. “She is certainly in the conversation since she was top 20 in the country (during indoor) and you have to be among the top 40 in the region (to achieve an outdoor qualifying mark).”

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Freshman Michele Turney will also be competing in the triple jump for the first time since she broke her own school record (39-0.25) at the first meet at OSU’s new Whyte Track and Field Center on March 23.

“She could go jump 37 or 38 feet and that’s going to be a solid mark, one that a few weeks ago that would have been something she got incredibly excited about,” Floeck said. “Throughout the season I wouldn’t be surprised if she keeps going further, but at the same time, it’s about getting a good series of jumps and taking away something from every competition going forward.”

Among the other entries, junior Ashley Mayfield and freshman Maureen Tremblay (1500) will make their season debuts.

“They are both really talented and have had biomechanical and rehabbing challenges that have delayed their debuts,” Floeck said. “They have been working really hard and probably could have raced a couple of weeks ago at our home meet, but it was in their best interests to wait and get more training in.”

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