McMINNVILLE — Seaside High School graduate Kelly Willyard — now in her freshman year of track at Northwest Christian University in Eugene — broke the NCU school record in the 100 meters Saturday, May 14, in the Linfield Open at McMinnville.
In the process, she qualified for the Cascade Collegiate Championships, Friday and Saturday in Hermiston.
Willyard ran the 100 in 13.11 seconds to finish ahead of the former record-holder, teammate Myranda Johnson.
Willyard’s time placed her 20th in Saturday’s heats of the 100. The best time was an amazing 11.70 by Jamie Ashcroft of Alaska-Anchorage. Ashcroft also won the 200 meters in 24.83. Willyard placed 17th overall in 27.37.
Seaside’s Josh Chesnut, also a member of the NCU track team, was eighth in the men’s long jump, as the former Gull soared 19 feet, 8 inches. He also had the 19th best time in the 100 (11.54).
In the same meet, Knappa graduate Steve Allen, a sophomore at Pacific University, was ninth in the 5,000 meters (16:38.38), just ahead of brother Mike Allen (16:40.34).
Knappa’s Kate Shear, competing unattached, took third in the javelin (out of 28 competitors) with a toss of 137 feet, 9 inches.
In other “Hometown Heroes” news, Seaside’s Allison Kilday, a freshman at Occidental College in Los Angeles, helped the Tigers’ women’s track team finish second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, Occidental’s highest finish since 1999.
A member of the Tigers’ 1,600-meter relay team, Kilday helped the foursome of Charlotte Cullip, Isabelle Dunne, Onyekachi Nwabueze and Kilday finish 10th in 3:56.38, clinching the second-place team finish.
Kilday’s time of 65.14 was good enough for seventh in the 400-meter hurdles.
In other news, Warrenton graduate Mady Hanna — after two years of basketball at Lower Columbia College — has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball for the next two years at Warner-Pacific.