JC News by Matt Jarvis

Sunrise/Sunset, Coos Bay, OR
Coos Bay, OR, Friday, May 24, 2024 – Sunrise: 5:43 a.m., and Sunset: 8:44 p.m., offering 15-hours and one minute of daylight.

Tides, Coos Bay, OR Estuary
Tides for the Coos Bay, OR Estuary, Friday, May 24, 2024 – High tide: 1:59 a.m., 7.57 ft.; Low tide: 9:04 a.m., -1.13 ft.; High tide: 3:52 p.m., 5.79 ft.; Low tide: 8:42 p.m., 2.89 ft.

Employment on the South Coast: April 2024
Oregon Employment Dept. release – South Coast Employment Slips Over the Year – Coos County total payroll employment fell by 40 jobs in April. Job gains were small but noted in several industries. Those adding jobs included leisure and hospitality (+40); manufacturing (+30); construction (+20); and professional and business services (+20). Transportation, warehousing, and utilities employment declined by 20 jobs in April. Government employment fell by 110 jobs over the month. A loss of 130 jobs in local government education was slightly countered by the 20 jobs added in non-education and tribal local government. Since April 2023, Coos County has lost 160 payroll jobs, a decline of 0.7%. The largest job losses occurred in professional and business services, down by 230 jobs. Other industries with jobs losses included transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-60); retail trade (-40); leisure and hospitality (-30); and information (-20). Government employment rose by 150 jobs over the year with local government excluding education and tribal (+110), and Indian tribal (+60) accounting for the gain. Curry County payroll employment climbed by 50 jobs in April. Leisure and hospitality added 50 jobs, the only published sector with a notable employment gain. Over the past year, Curry County lost 260 payroll employment jobs. Industries showing job losses since April 2023 included retail trade (-100); leisure and hospitality (-100); construction (-30); and private education and health services (-20).

Unemployment rates on the South Coast
Oregon Employment Dept. report, Coos Co. – Unemployed: April 2024 – 1,127; March 2024 – 1,386; April 2023 – 992. Unemployment Rate: April 2024 – 4.2% (seasonally adjusted to 4.8%); March 2024 – 5.1 (SA 4.9%); April 2023 – 3.8% (SA4.5%). Curry Co. – Unemployed: April 2024 – 424; March 2024 – 525; April 2023 – 328; Unemployment Rate – April 2024 – 4.8% (SA 5.2%); March 2024 – 5.8% (SA5.3%); April 2023 – 3.7% (SA 4.4%).

ODVA Memorial Day Event at Salem
ODVA release – The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will host Oregon’s annual Statewide Memorial Day Ceremony in person at 11 a.m., Monday, May 27, at the Oregon World War II Memorial, located at the intersection of Cottage and Court Street NE on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. This event honors Oregon’s fallen service members from all eras of service and will include remarks from ODVA Director Dr. Nakeia Council Daniels and Oregon Adjutant General Alan R. Gronewold, along with other veteran leaders and state dignitaries. The event will also feature a color guard ceremony, a performance of the national anthem by West Salem High School’s award-winning a cappella group Soundscape, and other ceremonial elements. The theme of this year’s Memorial Day event is “Oregon Remembers.” ODVA Strategic Partnerships Division Director and Navy veteran Sheronne Blasi will serve as emcee. “Memorial Day, established following the Civil War, is a day when we all pause and remember the more than 1 million men and women throughout history who have given their lives in defense of our nation,” said ODVA Director Dr. Nakeia Council Daniels. “Those of us who volunteer to serve in our nation’s Armed Forces come from a diverse tapestry and understand when we take the oath to defend and preserve our Constitution, and our nation’s highest ideals, we do so on behalf of ourselves, our families, and every person that calls America their home. On Memorial Day, Oregon will remember all our fallen and honor their service and their greatest sacrifice. Thank you for joining us in remembering.” Limited seating will be available. Attendees are welcome to bring their own seating for the park setting and are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. For those unable to attend in-person, the event will also be livestreamed beginning at 11 a.m. on ODVA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/odvavet and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAQVavs9KmvDeJ42ySFtY8A.

Boating on Oregon’s Waterways, Prepare to Play
Oregon State Marine Board release – Is the water calling? The Oregon State Marine Board wants to remind boaters to be aware of their surroundings, have all the required gear, and let others know their recreation plans. “Inexperience and solo operation continue to be a growing trend of boating fatalities in Oregon. Planning ahead, boat with others, always keeping a sharp lookout, and wearing a properly fitted life jacket for your boating activity should be top of mind for all boaters,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Oregon State Marine Board. “The Marine Board has many resources to help boaters have a safe and enjoyable experience on all of Oregon’s waterways.” The Oregon State Marine Board advises boaters to plan ahead and check out the Marine Board’s interactive boating access map. The map displays public boat ramps and local rules for boat operations. Also, check the weather forecast, water levels, and tides. See if there are any reported obstructions, and have the right gear for your boating activity. Boaters can also check the Marine Board’s website to find out what equipment is required based on the size and type of boat. The Marine Board would like to remind boaters: Boat Sober. Abstain from consuming marijuana, drugs or alcohol, which impair judgment, reaction time, and coordination and cause dehydration. Boating demands sharp situational awareness. All children 12 and under are required to wear a life jacket when underway on all boats (motorized and nonmotorized). All boaters on Class III whitewater rivers are required to wear a life jacket. Be courteous to other boaters and share the waterway. Stage your gear in the parking lot or staging area regardless of your boat type. This makes launching faster and everyone around you happier.  In Oregon, all boaters must take a boating safety course and carry a boating safety education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. Paddlers of nonmotorized boats 10’ and longer are required to purchase a waterway access permit. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling Course for boaters new to the activity. Fill out a float plan and leave it with friends and family. This way they can call for help if you are overdue. For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit Boat.Oregon.gov.

When in doubt, stay out: Increasing temperatures can create toxins in water
OHA release – As summer approaches, we want to remind people heading outdoors to enjoy Oregon’s lakes, rivers and reservoirs to be on the lookout for potentially toxic cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are beneficial bacteria found in all fresh water worldwide. The bacteria can multiply into blooms in any water body under the right conditions — warm weather, sunlight, water temperature, nutrients and water chemistry. Many blooms are harmless, but some can produce cyanotoxins that make people and animals sick. Symptoms include diarrhea, cramps, vomiting, numbness, dizziness and fainting. Learn more about how to spot and avoid harmful algae blooms and how to prevent and treat illness from exposure to cyanotoxins. Find up-to-date fresh water advisories in Oregon on the OHA website.

Yachats Lions Pancake Breakfast
May 24. Yachats Lions Pancake Breakfast. All you can eat pancakes with eggs, ham, sausage, coffee and milk. 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. Yachats Lions Hall, W 4th & Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon.

Azalea Festival, Brookings
The Azalea Festival in Brookings, Oregon is a delightful community event that celebrates the beauty of the Southern Oregon coast. This long-standing festival has been awarded the prestigious “Oregon Heritage Tradition” award, and it promises a weekend filled with fun, entertainment, and coastal charm. Here’s what you can look forward to during the Azalea Festival in 2024: Dates: The festival takes place from May 24th to May 27th. Activities and Highlights: Azalea Festival Parade: Kick off your Saturday morning with the vibrant parade through downtown Brookings. Street Market: Explore the market fair, where you’ll find unique crafts, local products, and delicious treats.

DEQ and other state and federal agencies responding to report of tar patties on Oregon Coast
DEQ release – Oregon Coast – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), as well as federal agencies, are responding Thursday to the report of pieces of tar found on beaches along the Oregon Coast. Agencies received a report of pieces of tar in patties about the size of a sand dollar on Wednesday at Cannon Beach. The Coast Guard confirmed tar patties on Cannon Beach. The ODFW reported finding tar patties on Thursday near Lincoln City on the central Oregon Coast. The agencies and partner agencies in Washington are forming a unified command to guide response in both states. The report at Cannon Beach and finding at Lincoln City comes after the discovery of multiple birds affected by a tar-like substance along the shoreline in northern Oregon and southern Washington, as well as tar balls in southern Washington. We strongly advise the public not to handle any tar or oily product found or attempt to assist affected wildlife along the shore, but to report these findings to 1-800-22-BIRDS (1-800-222-4737). Untrained handling of affected wildlife is dangerous to the animals and any individuals attempting to help. The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are working together to determine the source of the tar-like substance. The source is unknown.

Ready to tackle your road trip bucket list? Plan now to make your summer travel safe and enjoyable
ODOT release – SALEM - Summer travel season is almost here and as you make your plans, there are a few things to know before you hit the road. Make sure all your travels will be safe and enjoyable this holiday weekend and beyond by knowing what the road ahead will bring. Memorial Day weekend – To prepare for the traffic, consider other ways to reach your destination that mean you don’t have to sit behind the wheel. Public transportation, buses and trains are all great alternatives. Consider sharing a ride. Check Get There Oregon to find a carpool match. Plan to stay local? Think about how to get around town without driving to reduce the number of cars on the road. We know holiday weekend and summer vacation travel can be stressful, and we want everyone to get where they are going safely. Here are some ways to make your trip safer and less stressful: Plan ahead. Visit TripCheck to see the latest road conditions, closures and delays. Make sure to check the whole route. Leave early and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Follow the speed limit. Be alert. Be patient. Share the road. Remember to pack water, snacks and other emergency kit supplies in case your trip is delayed. Use special caution in work zones. Work crews may not be present during holiday weekends, but some work zones may remain set up for safety. There are things you may not see behind the cones. Silence your cell phones and stash them away. Focus on the drive. And remember to be patient. According to our partners, this Memorial Day weekend is expected to be one of the busiest on record with nearly 500,000 people in Oregon expected to drive to their holiday destination. Planning ahead – Tripcheck.com has live cameras all over the state so you can see what the conditions look like along your route and at your destination. To check for construction delays, look for traffic cone icons on the map. While a lot of our construction work will pause over Memorial Day weekend, some impacts and delays will remain. For information on construction projects around the state check out our project hub and see what we have planned.  Following Memorial Day weekend, summer travel and construction begins to ramp up. We want to ensure your entire season of travel is both safe and enjoyable. As you plan your adventures, make use of our summer travel tips and resources website. On this site, you’ll find valuable insights to navigate through Oregon’s construction and wildfire season, and safety and preparedness tips for all the ways you travel Oregon’s transportation system. Bookmark this resource to become a seasoned summer travel all-star! Share the road and drive safely! The month of May highlights many national transportation safety messages. The big takeaway from all of the campaigns is to drive, bike, and ride thoughtfully. Watch out for fellow road users and for our maintenance and construction crews. Remember to slow down and move over to give our emergency responders space to safely do their jobs.  Have a safe trip wherever you go and however you choose to get there this holiday weekend and beyond.

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee
SALEM, Ore. — The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets May 24 at 10 a.m. at ODF headquarters in Salem, with a virtual option. The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. The committee’s agenda includes: Forest Management Plan (FMP) performance measures; Prepare testimony for June Board of Forestry meeting. Public comment is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting. To submit written comment, email ftlac.comment@odf.oregon.gov. Written comments sent at least 48 hours before the meeting will give the FTLAC time to review and consider information. Comments submitted after that window of time will be sent to the FTLAC after the meeting, entered into the record and posted online. Comments are not accepted after the meeting concludes. The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF. View more information on the FTLAC webpage. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.

Southwestern Oregon Community College announces 2024 Commencement Ceremony
SWOCC release – Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 14, 2024, at noon in Prosper Hall on the Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Southwestern is proud of the 2024 graduates! This year the College is pleased to honor a total of 402 graduates, from 24 states and eight countries. Degrees being awarded are: 164 Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer; 96 Associate of Applied Science; 48 Associate of General Studies; 52 Associate of Science; 100 Certificates of Completion (one year). Southwestern also congratulates 15 local high school students who acquired their associate degrees at the same time they were completing their high school diplomas. Guest attendance at the ceremony is by ticket only. The celebration can be viewed live via the College’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@SouthwesternOR. Additional information for graduates and their families can be found on the Graduation webpage located at https://www.socc.edu/graduation.

OSP to Recognize National Missing Children’s Day
In recognition of National Missing Children’s Day, May 25, 2024, the Oregon State Police Missing Children/Adults Clearinghouse is sponsoring an awareness event to provide resources for parents, guardians, and caregivers. The event, which coincides with Missing Children’s Day, will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at the north end of Capitol Mall Park in Salem (Center Steet NE between Winter and Capitol Streets). From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., OSP representatives and partner agencies will be on hand with activities and giveaways. The event will include informational booths from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Safe Oregon, OSP’s Missing Children/Adults Clearinghouse, and Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue. Attendees can pick up free identification and DNA kits, visit with a police search and rescue K-9, and tour OSP’s new command vehicle. Julie Willard, OSP’s Missing Children/Adults Clearinghouse coordinator, said, “National Missing Children’s Day is an opportunity to remember the thousands of children who go missing each year. We work to educate parents about how to keep their kids safe, and we teach children about the “4 Rules for Personal Safety” that they can learn about on Kid Smartz.” Kid Smartz is a child safety program that educates and empowers grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors. Please visit the Kid Smartz website for more information. About National Missing Children’s Day: President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25, 1983, the first National Missing Children’s Day in memory of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a New York City street corner on May 25, 1979. Etan’s killer was convicted in February 2017, but the case remains active because his body has never been recovered. National Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. The commemoration serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families.

Illegal Drugs Seized in Three I-5 Counties
LINN, MARION, & DOUGLAS COUNTIES, Ore. 23 May 2024 – Four Oregon State Police traffic stops along Interstate 5 (I-5) have yielded significant drug seizures in the last month. Oregon State Troopers seized fentanyl, methamphetamine, PCP, and other illegal drugs bound for Oregon streets. The targeted operations are a collaboration among Oregon State Police patrol, K-9, HIDTA Investigation Team (HIT), and Criminal Apprehension through Patrol Enforcement (CAPE) programs. OSP Capt. Kyle Kennedy said, “Oregon State Police is diligently working to stop the flow of illegal drugs to our communities. Fentanyl continues to have devasting effects on Oregon’s communities, and we hope the constant pressure will deter and prevent the transportation of illegal drugs to and through our state.” Linn County – On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 9:50 a.m., an OSP K-9 trooper stopped a vehicle on I-5 in Linn County for a traffic violation. During contact with the driver, the trooper suspected possible criminal activity. A K-9 was deployed around the outside of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of illegal substances. During a search of the vehicle, the trooper located 10,000 pills suspected to be laced with fentanyl in the vehicle’s trunk. OSP detectives interviewed the vehicle occupants. The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available for release at this time. Marion County – On May 14, 2024, at 1:13 p.m., an Oregon State Trooper from the Salem Patrol Office stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on I-5 near milepost 256 in Marion County. During the stop, the trooper observed contraband in the vehicle and suspicious behavior by the vehicle occupants. During a consent search of the vehicle, the trooper located 4.6 pounds of fentanyl, 1 pound of phenylcyclohexyl piperidine (PCP), 84 grams of suspected methamphetamine, and 14.2 grams of cocaine. The driver, Edgar Izaguirre Torres (33), whose city of residence is unknown, and the passenger, Marvin Fabian Oseguera Escoto (19) or Auburn (WA), were arrested for distribution of a controlled substance. Once the investigation is complete, additional charges will be referred to the prosecuting agency. Oseguera Escoto was additionally arrested on a California warrant for distribution of a controlled substance. The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available for release at this time. Douglas County – On May 21, 2024, at 8:40 a.m., an OSP K-9 Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on I-5 northbound at milepost 148. The trooper contacted the vehicle occupants and noticed signs of criminal activity. The driver and passenger fled from the vehicle on foot. The trooper caught and detained both suspects a short distance from the vehicle. The K-9 was deployed around the outside of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of illegal substances. A search warrant was granted, and 42,000 suspected fentanyl-laced pills and approximately 8 pounds of fentanyl powder were found inside the vehicle. The driver, Lauro Parra Moreno (25) of Pittsburgh (CA), was arrested for misdemeanor elude, criminal trespass II, Possession of a controlled substance II, and Delivery of a controlled substance I. The passenger, Jesus Acosta Parra (20), of Pittsburgh (CA), was arrested for criminal trespass II, delivery of a controlled substance II, and possession of a controlled substance II. The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available for release at this time. Linn County – Today, May 23, 2024, at approximately 11 a.m., an Oregon State Police K-9 Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on I-5 near milepost 225 in Linn County. The vehicle was occupied by an adult couple and their 6-month-old infant. During a consent search of the vehicle, the trooper located 136 grams (about one-third of a pound) of fentanyl powder and mannitol, which is a common cutting agent for fentanyl. The fentanyl was located in the trunk of the vehicle near the baby’s formula and clothing. The driver, Meslin Danexi Gamez Barrientos (30) of Oakland (CA), was arrested for possession and delivery of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor. The passenger, Maryori Estefani Ochoa Chapas (30) of Oakland (CA), was arrested for possession and delivery of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor. The infant was placed in protective custody by the Oregon Department of Human Services. The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available for release at this time.

Violation Court Order
According to an entry on the NBPD log for May 22, 8:05 a.m., Ferry Road, “result of suspicious vehicle observed in area,” 54-year old Charles Monroe arrested on Violation No Contact Release Agreement, “Monroe transported to CCJ.”

Illegal Camping, CB
According to an entry on the CBPD log for May 22, 5:38 a.m., 2nd & Curtis, “illegal camping,” 32-year old Anthony Williams & 57-year old Sherrie Bryant “Ticket.” At 7:17 a.m., 200 block Hull St., Bright Beginnings, “illegal camping.”

Shoplifter
According to an entry on the CBPD log for May 22, 1:49 p.m., 149 So. 7th St., McKay’s “shoplifter,” 25-year old Nicholas Webb charged with Theft III, Criminal Trespass I & Robbery III, additional CBPD warrant for FTA on Criminal Mischief II & Disorderly Conduct II; also, FTA on Criminal Trespass I & Theft II, “Webb transported to CCJ.”

Probation Violation
According to an entry on the CBPD log for May 22, 8:35 p.m., 2051 Newmark Ave., Walmart, “intoxicated subject,” 27-year old Matthew Alexander Bynum charged with Probation Violation, “transported to CCJ.”

WX
Cloudy this morning with showers along the South Oregon Coast. Highs in the low 60s and winds from the East, but shifting the Northwest at 10-15 mph. Cloudy with showers tonight. Lows in the mid 40s and winds from the North to Northwest at 10-15 mph. Intervals of clouds and sunshine on Saturday with highs near 60.

 

Sports

Prep sb
No. 5 Marshfield plays at No. 4 Astoria Friday, 4p, May 24, in an OSAA/OnPoint Community Credit Union 4A Championship Quarter-Final Softball Game.

Prep bb
North Bend plays at No. 1 Henley in an OSAA/OnPoint Community Credit Union Championship Quarter-Final 4A Baseball Game south of Klamath Falls, Friday, 5p, May 24. 3A – North Valley is at Brookings-Harbor, 4:30p.

Prep tn
Round two and championship quarter-finals will be held today at the OSU Tennis Complex in Corvallis for OSAA/OnPoint Community Credit Union 4A Tennis Championships. North Bend sophomore Regan Farm, the No. 2 seed, will open the tourney today against Lexi Mills, St. Mary’s Medford. Marshfield’s boys’ doubles team of Mathias and Middendorff lost their first round match 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 to a doubles team from Oregon Episcopal. They will now play Friday in the Consolation Bracket. Marshfield’s girls’ doubles team of Picatti and Button enter the competition in the second round today against a doubles team from Crook Co.

Pac-12 bb
Oregon State’s baseball team beat Arizona State 3-2 at the Pac-12 Tournament, Scottsdale, AZ. North Bend grad Bridger Holmes closed out the Sun Devils in the ninth with three straight outs. The Beavers (42-14) next play USC (30-27), which beat Oregon 4-2 Thursday at Scottsdale, AZ. Oregon (37-18) is eliminated from the Pac-12 Tourney.

NCAA West TR
UO release – The Medford, Ore., native became the first collegiate woman over 20 meters in the shot put. FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –Jaida Ross broke her own collegiate record in the shot put and is now the seventh woman beyond 20 meters in American history with Thursday’s performance at the West Preliminary at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark. In qualifying efforts, she and Shelby Moran both advanced to the NCAA Championships. Day two of the meet also saw the UO women send eight into Saturday’s quarterfinal heats. Additionally, UO sophomore Emily Fitzsimmons became the No. 4 performer in program history in the pole vault. Ross was the top-overall qualifier with a historic measure of 20.01m/65-7.75 on her second spin around the ring. She eclipsed her previous record of 19.71m/64-8 which she’d established twice this season and became the fifth woman over 20 meters in the world this year. Ross also broke the John McDonnell Field facility record. The Medford, Ore., native began her three-throw series with a toss of 18.39m/60-4 and followed up the record throw with a mark of 19.41m/63-8.25 in the third round. In the first result of the day, Moran secured her fourth-career NCAA Championships appearance with a measure of 66.28m/217-5 in the hammer. She sat in 11th place—within qualifying position—at the end of two rounds but improved her standing up to fourth with that final attempt. Moran was ninth at last year’s national meet with a career-high finish of fifth in 2022 while she was at Arizona State. Fitzsimmons, in her second appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary, was clean through the first three heights. She cleared 4.10m/13-5.25—third height of the day—for a season best and then posted the PB clearance of 4.20m/13-9.25 on a second attempt. Fitzsimmons finished the day 18th overall. Along with moving into the UO top four, Fitzsimmons had the best clearance by a UO woman since 2011 (Melissa Gergel). A day removed from the UO men sending three into the next round of the 1500 meters, the Women of Oregon followed suit with a 3-for-3 effort of their own. The trio of Mia Barnett, Klaudia Kazmierska and Melissa Berry, all competing in the same heat, ran their way into Saturday’s quarterfinal round. Barnett and Kazimerska went 1-2 overall and Berry advanced with an on-time qualifier. Barnett crossed in a season best of 4:13.10 followed by Kazimierska in 4:14.01 while Berry lowered her lifetime best to 4:21.08—from 4:22.50—to extend her season. Jadyn Mays was 2-for-2 on her own with advancing efforts at 100 and 200 meters. The Pac-12 champ got her day stared with a windy 10.87 (+4.7) in the 100, the fifth-fastest wind-aided time in NCAA West Prelims history. She returned to run 22.47 over 200 meters, just off her season-best time from the Pac-12 final. The Ducks advanced two more in the 400 meters with Katriina Wright and Ella Clayton. Wright clocked in at a season best of 52.44, good for a top-three auto qualifier into the next round. Her time was also just .05 off her lifetime best from last year’s Pac-12 Championships. Two heats later, Clayton raced to a season-best time of 52.51 to grab an at-large bid. Ella Nelson used a personal-best showing of 2:03.21 to move on to the next round of the West Prelims over 800 meters. She began the day with an outdoor best of 2:04.22 from the Bryan Clay Invite earlier this season. Nelson’s time was the fourth fastest of the opening round, and she is into the quarterfinals for a second-consecutive season. Running in the last heat of the 400 hurdles, Shana Grebo posted the fifth-fastest qualifying time of the opening round. She crossed the line in 56.74 to win the heat and grab an automatic bid into Saturday’s quarterfinal round. Grebo is making her second-career appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary meet with eyes on securing a second national spot. Notable:Kohana Nakato finished 16th in the javelin (49.11m/161-1)…Alysah Hickey finished 19th in the long jump (6.41m/21-0.5)…Anika Thompson finished 21st at 10,000 meters (34:59.76)…Annika Williams, a combined events specialist, finished 48th in the javelin (37.70m/123-8)…Lily Jones ran an all-conditions best of 11.23 (+3.3) in the 100; missed advancing to quarterfinals by one spot. Up Next: Day three of the NCAA West Preliminary will feature 10 national qualifying chances for the UO men. The Ducks’ slate begins with the high jump at 9:30 a.m. (PT) and continue with track entries in the 100 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, 5,000 meters, steeplechase and 4×100 relay. The Men of Oregon already have a national qualifier with Rafael Raap in the decathlon. The NCAA East Preliminary is also being held this week in Lexington, Ky. The top 12 in each event at both sites advance to the 2024 NCAA Championships (June 5-8) at Hayward Field in Eugene.

OSU at NCAA West
OSU release – FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kate Sorensen highlighted the day for the Beavs, racing to advance to the 400 hurdle finals. Every Oregon State competitor ended in a higher position than their starting position coming into day one. TODAY’S FINALS: Oregon State saw a personal best from Sara Sanders to start the day. Throwing a distance of 48.06m/157-8, Sanders improved her own sixth place in the OSU records by over half a foot, putting her 27th in the west. Following close behind, Maryann Ackerman moved up 14 spots from her starting position of 42nd, placing 28th with a throw of 47.66m/156-4. Coming into the day in the 44th spot in the long jump, Delaney Bahn competed with a distance of 6.10m/20-3.75, moving up 10 spots to finish in 34th. TODAY’S PRELIMS: Sorensen raced for a time of 58.59 in the 400m hurdles, placing her 22nd. This time qualifies the senior to compete in the finals on Sunday for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships. The other half of the hurdle duo, Adael Scatana raced for a time of 1:00.55 to earn 40th, moving up 13 spots.