ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - There were no wrong turns in Albuquerque for English Gardner. Nor were there any for the Ducks' 5,000 meter runners in Seattle.
"Mission accomplished," said Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "It was a great night for the Men and Women of Oregon in the 5,000s and of course a special performance by English Gardner in the 60 and 200."
Gardner, the sophomore speedster, jumped out of the blocks and sped away from the field to easily win the women's 60 meters in an NCAA-leading and school-record 7.17 seconds Friday night at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. Florida's Alishea Usery was second in a distant 7.35. Garner's time was just .01 shy of the all-time collegiate top 10 in the 60 meters.
The Voorhees, N.J., native got the day off to a quick start for the sprinters by winning her preliminary heat of the 60 meters in 7.20 seconds, which at the time, tied the school record set by Amber Purvis a year ago. Purvis also won her 60 heat in 7.24 as both runners advanced to the final. Purvis would end up 11th in the final in 7.53 seconds.
Gardner's winning time was an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships next month in Boise.
But she wasn't done for the night. A few hours later, Gardner won the 200 meters in a personal best 23.34. That was the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season and No. 2 on the all-time Oregon indoor list.
Phyllis Francis won the 400 meters in an indoor personal-best 53.07. That time moved the Queens, N.Y., sophomore to No. 2 on the UO indoor list. Francis also anchored the 4x400 meter relay team to victory. She was joined by Chizoba Okodogbe, Purvis and Laura Roesler in a season-best 3:37.05.
For the men, sophomore Mike Berry took third in the 400 meters in an indoor personal-best 46.58, which was the No. 3 time indoors for the Ducks.
Oregon's lineup of Bryan Harper, Arthur Delaney, Jack Galpin and Berry also won the 4x400 meter relay in a season-best 3:09.38.
Junior Joeal Hotchkins ran a personal best 6.79 in the finals of the 60 meters and finished 11th overall.
In the 200 meters, Delaney, a freshman from Gresham, won his heat in 21.56. That time was 11th overall.
Meanwhile at the Husky Classic in Seattle, five men and women hit the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.
The Ducks placed three runners in the top nine of the women's 5,000 meters. Junior Jordan Hasay led that group with a fourth place finish in 15:45.54. In her first career indoor 5,000, the Arroyo Grande, Calif., native clocked the No. 2 time in school history, missing the record by less than a second.
Alexandra Kosinski came in sixth in 15:47.81 in her first race in nearly a year. Senior Bronwyn Crossman rounded out the Duck runners with a ninth-place finish in an all-conditions personal best 15:56.35. That time gave the Bellingham, Wash., native the No. 5 mark in school history.
Perhaps most importantly, all three Ducks beat the NCAA standard an automatically qualified for the Indoor national championships. The race was won by Oregon Track Club Elite's Sally Kipyego in a world-leading 15:15.41.
In a very fast men's 5,000 both Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson ran NCAA automatic times, the first two for the men this season. Dunbar, a sophomore from Kodiak, Alaska, clocked an all-conditions personal best 13:36.86 in a fourth place finish. Stinson, a sophomore from Austin, Texas, also had an all-conditions PR, 13:39.22, to place fifth.
Those were the third and fourth fastest times indoors at Oregon.
OTC Elite's Chris Thompson won in a world-leading 13:29.94, with teammate Kevin Chelimo just behind in 13:30.25.