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Published on April 28, 2017 9:38AM

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Sam Hinton

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Athletes of the Week


Kelly Willyard, Northwest Christian U.

Seaside High graduate Kelly Willyard, a sophomore on the track team at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, was one of three Beacons to post team season bests in their events over the weekend of April 14-15.

Willyard ran a 1:01.15 in the event to take sixth place. Willyard booked a return trip to Southern Oregon later this season (May 12-13), as she hit the Cascade Conference qualifying standard in the 400 meters.

In the John Knight Twilight meet April 7, Willyard helped the NCU 1,600-meter relay team take second, and the 400-meter relay squad place third. As a freshman in 2016, Willyard competed in sprint events and relays for the Beacons, and set a school record (13.11) in the 100 meters at the Linfield Open.


Sam Hinton, Willamette U.

The graduate of Seaside High, now a sophomore at Willamette University, was selected as the Northwest Conference Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts during the Willamette Spring Thaw tournament, April 14-15 at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course.

Hinton won the individual championship with a 36-hole score of 144. He shot a 2-under-par 70 on Day 1 for the tournament’s only below-par round of the weekend. He carded a 74 in the second round. Hinton led a 1-2-3 finish for the Bearcats, with Kenneth Sheldon (a sophomore from Ilwaco, Wash.) in second place, one stroke off the pace at 145, and Clark Wilson (a senior from Ilwaco) in third place at 147.

Led by Hinton, Sheldon and Wilson, the Bearcats won the team title with an overall score of 589.


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