"May you have air in your lungs, life in your legs,
have the wind at your back, and wings on your feet."
- Geoff Hollister, Nike & Men of Oregon, 1946-2012
The top-ranked and two-time defending Women of Oregon will send 12 entries, including reigning individual champions Brianne Theisen and Jordan Hasay, to the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. The men, meanwhile have three entries for the 2012 championships. Boise State is the host institution as the NCAA indoor meet comes to the West for the first time ever; Nampa is located just 25 miles from Oregon border.
The Ducks will have top-seeded Brianne Theisen in the pentathlon. The senior from Humboldt, Sask., is the two-time defending champion of this event and broke the NCAA and Canadian record by scoring 4,555 points at Texas A&M in January.
Like the 2011 meet, the mile could again be the key to the Ducks' success. Led by Jordan Hasay's win, the Ducks went 1-3-4 to all but lock up the title a year ago. Hasay is back in the mile as the No. 7 seed (4:37.29), while Anne Kesselring comes in at No. 2 in a school-record 4:32.61. Becca Friday is also in the mile at No. 9 (4:37.53). Hasay will also look to defend her title in the 3,000 meters as the No. 6 seed (school record 9:03.95).
English Gardner is the No. 2 seed in the 60 meters (7.19A), while the Ducks are also the No. 2 seed in the distance medley relay (Friday, Chizoba Okodogbe, Claudia Francis, Kesselring/10:55.78).
Oregon has two entries in the 5,000 meters, No. 5 Alex Kosinski (15:47.81) and No. 9 Bronwyn Crossman (15:56.35).
Other entries for the Ducks include Phyllis Francis at No. 12 in the 400 (53.18), Laura Roesler at No. 12 in the 800 (2:05.07) and the No. 7 4x400 meter relay team (Amber Purvis, Roesler, Okodogbe, Phyllis Francis/3:33.70).
The men will have three entries to the championships. Mike Berry is the No. 6 seed in the 400 meters (46.16), Parker Stinson is the No. 6 seed in the 5,000 (13:39.22) and Trevor Dunbar comes in as the No. 11 seed in the 3,000 (7:51.55).
A complete list of entries can be found on www.NCAA.com.
ESPN3.com will stream the meet live on Friday from 4:30-8:45 p.m. PT and Saturday 10 from 5-8:15 p.m. PT. NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. PT) and Saturday (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. PT). A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU.
Standard 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 format.
For live results, schedules and heat sheets, check www.NCAA.com. Final results will also be posted on www.GoDucks.com.
Here's a quick look at Oregon's competition schedule at the 2012 Indoor meet (all times Pacific):
TIME EVENT COMPETITOR
4:15 p.m. W-Mile Prelims Friday, Hasay, Kesselring
5:00 p.m. M-400 Prelims Berry
5:15 p.m. W-400 Prelims P. Francis
5:45 p.m. W-60 Prelims Gardner
6:15 p.m. W-800 Prelims Roesler
7:05 p.m. M-5,000 Final Stinson
7:25 p.m. W-5,000 Final Crossman, Kosinski
8:25 p.m. W-DMR
TIME EVENT COMPETITOR
10:00 a.m. Pentathlon Theisen
5:25 p.m. W-Mile Final Friday, Hasay, Kesselring
5:55 p.m. M-400 Final Berry
6:05 p.m. W-400 Final P. Francis
6:25 p.m. W-60 Final Gardner
6:45 p.m. W-800 Final Roesler
6:55 p.m. M-3,000 Final Dunbar
7:10 p.m. W-3,000 Final Hasay
7:40 p.m. W-4x400 Relay
The Women of Oregon remained No. 1 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. It is the eighth straight week at the top of the polls for the Ducks, who have been at No. 1 the entire season. The men dropped to No. 25.
The Women of Oregon are the two-time defending indoor national champions and return an impressive number of point-scorers from the 2011 championship team, including Jordan Hasay (champion, mile and 3,000 meters, DMR), Brianne Theisen (two-time champion, pentathlon), Amber Purvis (4x400 relay), Anne Kesselring (mile, DMR), Chizoba Okodogbe (4x400 relay, DMR), Becca Friday (DMR) and Laura Roesler (4x400 relay). Purvis was also on the 2010 NCAA champion 4x400 meter relay team, and was joined by Alex Kosinski on the 2009 DMR squad that placed sixth.
OREGON'S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2011 women's indoor track & field title was the 18th NCAA national championship in school history. The other are men's outdoor track & field in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1970 and 1984, men's indoor track & field in 2009, women's outdoor track & field in 1985, women's indoor track & field in 2010, men's cross country in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 2007 and 2008, women's cross country in 1983 and 1987, and men's basketball in 1939.
OREGON AT THE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Both Oregon teams will be making their 15th appearances in the NCAA Indoor Championships. The men won the 2009 NCAA Indoor title for the first time in school history, while the women captured the title for the first time in 2010 and repeated in 2011.
DUCK TRIO ON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST
A trio of NCAA champions, Jordan Hasay, Anne Kesselring and Brianne Theisen, are on the 2012 Bowerman Award women's watch list. The award is presented annually to the top men's and women's collegiate student-athlete. Theisen is a five-time NCAA champion (heptathlon twice, pentathlon twice, outdoor 4x400 meter relay) and the NCAA record-holder in the pentathlon. Hasay was a double winner at the 2011 NCAA indoor meet (mile, 3,000 meters), while Kesselring was the 2011 NCAA outdoor 800 meter champ.
THEISEN SETS NCAA, CANADIAN PENTATHLON RECORD
Brianne Theisen used personal bests in the high jump and shot put to break the 30 year-old Canadian national record in the pentathlon Jan. 27 at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge. Theisen totaled 4,555 points to eclipse the previous Canadian mark of 4,550 points set by Jill Ross-Giffen in 1982. She also broke her own NCAA record of 4,540 points set at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Theisen, who was competing in her first track meet of any kind in more than 10 months, opened the competition by winning the 60 meter hurdles in 8.38 seconds. That was just .03 of her personal best and school record time of 8.35 seconds from a season ago. She followed that with a remarkable performance in the high jump, culminating in a third-attempt clearance at 6-2/1.88m. That was an all-conditions personal best and also broke the UO indoor record by nearly two inches. She cleared all bars on her first attempt leading up to the jump at 6-2, other than needing a second attempt at 5-10.5/1.79m. Theisen and Laurel Roberts previously shared the mark at 6-0/1.83m. The clearance at 6-2 was good for 1,080 points. Theisen then earned her second PR of the night in the shot put by throwing 42-2.75/12.87m, which scored 719 points. The senior from Humboldt, Sask., followed that by going 19-8/5.99m in the long jump for 846 points, before a relatively easy 800 meters of 2:16.90 and 866 points that just pushed her past Ross-Giffen.
WOMEN SMASH SIX INDOOR RECORDS
In addition to Theisen's marks in the pentathlon and high jump, the Ducks have broken four other school records in 2012. Theisen has one of those from the 8.34 she ran in the 60 meter hurdles at the MPSF Championships. English Gardner claimed the 60 meter record at 7.17, Anne Kesselring snapped the mile mark by running 4:32.61 and Jordan Hasay got the 3,000 meter record in 9:03.95.
NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS
For the first time ever, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships are coming to the West Coast, meaning Oregon fans will have a relatively short drive to the Boise suburb of Nampa, Idaho (located between Boise and Ontario, Ore.), to cheer on the Duck men and two-time defending women's champions.
Boise State University is hosting the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, Mar. 9-10 at the Idaho Center (Jacksons Indoor Track Facility) in Nampa.
All-session tickets are currently available for purchase from the Idaho Center Box Office. Tickets can be bought on line at ICtickets.com or by calling 208-442-3232. Tickets are priced at $50 for adult reserved, $45 for adult general admission, $37 for senior/student reserved and $30 for senior/student general admission.
The event features more than 800 NCAA Division I student-athletes and coaches for the two-day meet. Competition begins Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. MST with the men's heptathlon. The main portion of competition runs Friday evening between 2 p.m. and 9:25 p.m.
Saturday's events begin again with the men's heptathlon at 10:30 a.m. and the women's pentathlon at 11 a.m. The majority of the running finals and field events will be contested between 4 p.m. and 9:05 p.m.
More information on the meet can be found on the track and field page of Broncosports.com, under the NCAA Meet Info link.
IN THE INDOOR RECORD BOOKS
The 2012 season finds no fewer than 11 indoor school records held by current team members. Brianne Theisen now holds three on her own. She broke the school (and NCAA and Canadian) record in the pentathlon Jan. 27 at Texas A&M with 4,555 points. During that competition, she also set the school indoor high jump record at 6-2/1.88m. She set the UO record in the 60 meter hurdles (8.35) last season. Also this year, English Gardner set the school record in the 60 meters (7.17) and Anne Kesselring set the UO standard in the mile (4:32.61). Amber Purvis has the school record at 200 meters (23.17), while Jordan Hasay has the mark in the 3,000 meters (9:05.42). Other women's record holders include Alex Kosinski at 5,000 meters (15:44.60) and Phyllis Francis at 600 meters (1:27.38). On the men's side, Mac Fleet has the UO record in the mile (3:57.70) and Elijah Greer holds the mark at 600 meters (1:18.01).
For the fifth year in a row, the Starting Block will take place and is geared to get kids moving and staying active. The concept features a high-energy, dynamic space for youth designed for fun and interactive activities that offers youth a chance to practice their athletic skills and learn more about the sport. I'm a Track Fan will introduce youth to the world of track & field and encourage them to support athletes competing in the Olympic Trials.