Track And Field
Lane names Bill Steyer as Track and Field coach for 2018-19 Season
EUGENE, Ore.— Bill Steyer has been named Head Track and Field coach at Lane Community College as announced by Director of Athletics, Greg Sheley. Steyer will take over the position from Interim Head Coach, Brian Schaudt, who is stepping away to pursue other career opportunities.
“We are very excited to have Bill join us in his new role. Bill will continue the long tradition of outstanding coaching in the area of Track and Field at Lane Community College,” said Sheley. “I want to also thank Brian for his work with our student-athletes and wish him luck in his new career path.”
Steyer is currently the Head Cross Country Coach and assistant Track and Field coach Lane CC. He will assume the duties of the Head Track and Field coach at seasons end.
In the summer of 2017, Steyer relocated to Eugene from Homer, Alaska, where he served as the high school’s head coach for cross country and track and field.
During his seven-year tenure in that role, Steyer helped produce five state championship team titles and six state runner-up team awards. In 2017, the Homer girl’s track and field team also won their first state championship.
Despite being a small school, Steyer’s high school became a recognized running powerhouse. Steyer was named Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USATFCCCA), among other awards.
Steyer is a former competitive distance runner and triathlete. During his 22 years in Alaska he competed in numerous mid/long distance road and trail races with many strong finishes.
He was also a former competitive long distance dog musher having completed five one-thousand-mile long sled dog races including the Iditarod. His highest finish was in fifth place.
Steyer has a USATF Level 1 Certification and USATFCCCA Technical Certification for the sprint, jumping, and distance events. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree of arts in geography/natural resource management from the University of Washington.
Lane duo goes 1-2 in men’s 400
McMINNVILLE — Lane’s Jacob McNamara and Damian Williams took the top two spots in the men’s 400 meters Saturday to highlight local efforts at Linfield’s Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker track and field meet.
McNamara won the 400 in 49.32 seconds and Williams was second in 50.18.
Northwest Christian’s Christy Seaton won the women’s 100 hurdles in 15.82.
Lane’s Morgan Fossen cleared 11 feet, 9 3/4 inches to win the women’s pole vault.
Northwest Christian won both men’s relays, taking the 4x100 relay in 43.28 and the 4x400 relay in 3:26.02.
Martin takes third in 10,000 at Linfield meet
McMINNVILLE —Lane’s Michael Martin captured third place in the men’s 10,000 meters on the first day of the Linfield Icebreaker track and field meet Friday.
Martin finished in 30 minutes, 56.54 seconds in the 44-man field. Portland’s Michael Teran-Solano won in 30:39.85.
Northwest Christian’s Melissa Rios finished in eighth place in the women’s 10,000 meters (40:20.96).
The meet continues Saturday.
Lane's Grant Shurtliff and Clackamas' Chelsea Bone crowned NWAC Decathlon and Heptathlon Champions
Clackamas sophomore Chelsea Bone entered day 2 of the Heptathlon with a 72 point lead over Spokane sophomore Katie Collins and immediately added to her lead winning the long jump to expand her margin to a 332 point lead over Collins.
Spokane freshman Maggie Nelson, who started the day in 5th, then won the javelin throw to move her into second place, 516 points behind Bone.
The pair did just enough in the 800 meter run to finish first and second in the final standings while Collins took third.
Bone's total score of 4702 gave her the 7th best Heptathlon score in the history of the women's event dating back to 1979.
In the Decathlon, Spokane sophomore Tyler Blakely, who broke his own meet record in the high jump the day prior with a leap of 6-11, came into day 2 the leader with 3583 points.
Blakely's 36 point lead over 2016 Decathlon Champion Grant Shurtliff quickly evaporated when Shurtliff won the 110m Hurdles to take a 40 point lead over Blakely.
Lane sophomore Wyatt Thompson-Siporen then won the discus throw to move into 2nd behind Shurtliff moving Blakely into third.
Then the battle of teammates was on - Shurtliff took first in the pole vault while Thompson-Siporen grabbed second.
Shurtliff's lead was 136 over Thompson-Siporen at that point.
The javelin throw proved to make things interesting as Shurtliff struggled in an event he normally excels while Thompson-Siporen won the event to narrow Sturtliff's lead to just a slim 10 points going into the final - the 1500meters.
Shurtliff wasted no time capping the 1500 with another win while Thompson-Siporen could only muster a 4th place finish to give Shurtliff his second NWAC Title in the Decathlon.
Shurtliff's final of 6731 points places him 14th all-time while runner-up Thompson-Siporen's score of 6635 puts him 18th all-time in the 70 year history of NWAC Track & Field.
See more of these fine athletes at the 2017 NWAC Track and Field Championships which will take place on May 22-23 at Mt. Hood Community College [website].