April 29, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

MONMOUTH Kelsi Jones, Jesse Peterson and Matt Wandschneider had the top performances Saturday for the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers at The Western Open track and field meet.

Jones won the womens 1,500-meter run in a personal-best 4 minutes, 58.56 seconds nearly 20 seconds faster than her previous PR.

Peterson, a freshman, broke two minutes in the 800, thanks to help from fellow freshman Pat Egelus. And Wandschneider, running his first 400 of the season, won the event in 51.10 seconds.

The meet was Easterns last before this weekends Cascade Collegiate Conference meet in Klamath Falls, and coach John Spatz got what he wanted.

The feeling is were pretty much ready to go, and thats a good place to be, knowing we can relax and get a few things done this week, Spatz said.

Jones showing in the 1,500 was a big surprise, considering she set her previous PR of 5:17.90 last week at Easterns own meet.

She raced really smart, Spatz said. She let the girls lead where she wanted to go. Its like they played right into her hands. When the time came she just totally took charge. No hesitation. She just looked so confident, which is really awesome to see.

Peterson became the seventh Mountaineer to break two minutes in the 800 this season. Teammate Egelus had already run the 1,500 and served as Petersons rabbit for the first half of the race.

Pat ran through the 400 with him, then just died, Eastern Oregon assistant coach Ben Welch said. The pair hit the halfway point at 58 seconds, and Peterson finished in 1:59.83.

Wandschneider won the 400 a week after winning the 200 and tying for first in the 100 at Easterns meet.

Things are starting to come around for him, Spatz said. Hes just kind of getting to the point where he can handle an open event and a couple of relays on either end.

Other winners for Eastern included Brian Crowl in the mens 5,000 (15:37.64), April Haney in the womens shot put (44 feet, 83/4 inches) and Leah Merrell in the hammer (164-8).

The Western Open

Saturday, at Monmouth

Eastern Oregon results


100 12, Cameron Christiansen, 11.84; 13, Rob Naeole, 11.86.

200 6, Ben Baker, 23.54; 14, Christiansen, 24.19; 20, Naeole, 24.50.

400 1, Matt Wandschneider, 51.10; 8, Alex McKenzie, 52.49; 13, Baker, 53.26.

800 6, Jesse Peterson, 1:59.83; 17, Sean Williams, 2:04.97; 20, Pat Egelus, 2:08.46.

1,500 4, Egelus, 4:08.52; 9, McGladrey, 4:15.06.

5,000 1, Brian Crowl, 15:37.64; 6, Dallas Kinch, 16:06.15.

110 high hurdles 12, Jeff Grant, 17.52.

400 intermediate hurdles 11, Grant, 59.84.

400 relay 3, Eastern Oregon, 43.72.

1,600 relay 4, Eastern Oregon, 3:33.48.

High jump 4, Matt Young, 6-2; 7, Derek Howard, 5-10; 10, Jake Cahill, 5-8.

Pole vault 5, Paul Lapke, 13-0.

Triple jump 16, Nick Rickard, 39-2 1/4.


200 8, Julie LiaBraaten, 30.19.

800 4, Kelsi Jones, 2:29.94; 5, Suzie Campbell, 2:32.44; 6, Carri Jones, 2:34.57.

1,500 1, K.Jones, 4:58.56.

5,000 7, Amy Conant, 21:02.81.

400 intermediate hurdles 9, C.Jones, 1:17.61.

High jump 7, LiaBraaten, 4-9.

Triple jump 7, LiaBraaten, 31-3.

Shot put 1, April Haney, 44-8 3/4; 13, Kara Blagg, 33-6 3/4.

Hammer 1, Leah Merrell, 164-8; 2, Haney, 162-4; 18, Blagg, 111-9.

Javelin 9, Melissa Barclay, 85-7.

Terry qualifies for NAIA steeplechase

EUGENE Eastern Oregons Ben Terry qualified for the NAIA steeplechase at Saturdays Oregon Invitational with no time to spare.

Terrys third-place time was 9 minutes 30 seconds on the nose, exactly the same as the automatic qualifier for the NAIA national meet.

Im glad it was a battle, or otherwise he would have missed it, Welch said.

Terry and teammate Mike Anderson stayed with the main pack early on.

At 2,000 meters, five laps into it, both of them threw in a real poor lap, but they fought back real good, especially Ben, Welch said. He passed Mike between a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half.

Danielle Spiekermeier hit the provisional qualifier in the womens 1,500, winning her heat in 4:49.35.

She just blew everybody out of the water in her heat, Welch said. She didnt move into first until with about 100 meters to go, and she was just lighting it up.

The time put Spiekermeier into Easterns all-time top five. We knew she was ready to run under 4:50, it was just a matter of getting a good race for her.

Oregon Invitational

Saturday, at Eugene

Eastern Oregon results


800 3, Dave Terry, 1:55.08; 4, Ian Schroeder, 1:56.68.

1,500 Dave Terry, 3:57.95; Ian Schroeder, 4:00.84.

3,000 steeplechase 3, Ben Terry, 9:30.00; 4, Mike Anderson, 9:37.34.

5,000 10, Tim Riley, 15:23.72.


800 15, Jill Heinz, 2:22.68; 17, Danielle Spiekermeier, 2:24.76.

1,500, section 1 1, Spiekermeier, 4:49.35.

5,000 12, Lindsey Ulrich, 18:31.77; 14, Katlin Lafferty, 18:41.40.