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Middle Distance Races Highlight Oregon Relays
Release Date: 04/18/2012
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The Ducks welcome outstanding fields in the middle distances, plus hundreds of high schoolers from around the region, for the Oregon Relays Friday and Saturday at Historic Hayward Field. The first field event gets underway Friday at 3 p.m., with the featured evening section starting at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, early prep events start at 10 a.m., with the college/pro feature section beginning at 11 a.m.

Seven meet records fell last year (women's 100, 200, 800, 1,500, 100 hurdles, 4x100 relay; men's 800), and with elite entries across the board combined with a decent weather forecast, those marks and more could be in jeopardy in 2012.

The Oregon Sports Network will webcast the collegiate portions of the Oregon Relays on Former Duck track coach Tom Heinonen will handle the announcing duties. Friday's webcast will begin at 6:15 p.m. Saturday's webcast will take place from be from 11:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. A subscription to the O-Zone is required to watch the webcast. The entire high school portion of the Oregon Relays will be shown live on

For live results, schedules and accepted entry lists, check (college/pro) and (high school). Final results will also be posted on

Though competition will be ongoing all weekend, the Oregon Relays will have two featured sections, Friday from 6:20-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here's a glance at the entries from those featured sections:

Women's 200 Meters
A host of Duck sprinters are entered, including NCAA champion and school record holder Amber Purvis, as well as Phyllis Francis, Lauryn Newson, Chizoba Okodogbe and Brianne Theisen. Purvis set the meet record last year when she ran 23.13.
Men's 200 Meters
Oregon's Mike Berry and Arthur Delaney head the list.
Women's 1,500 Meters
The women's 1,500 meters could be one of the best races in the nation this weekend. OTC Elite's Sally Kipyego, Geena Gall, Julia Lucas and Bridget Franek will be joined by Oregon's Jordan Hasay, Megan Patrignelli and Lanie Thompson, plus Oregon State's Laura Carlyle. Kipyego set the meet record in this event in 2011 (4:06.23).
Men's 1,500 Meters
The men's 1,500 could rival the women's race in terms of excitement. Duck All-Americans Elijah Greer, Trevor Dunbar and Boru Guyota will be tested by OTC Elite's Chris Thompson, Ian Dobson, Kevin Chelimo and Tyler Mulder.
Women's 5,000 Meters
Duck distance specialists Bronwyn Crossman and Molly Grabill run against professionals Annie Bersagel (NB Silicon Valley) and Sarah Lee (Impala Racing Team).
Bill McChesney, Jr., Men's 5,000 Meters
Dobson and Oregon's Luke Puskedra and Parker Stinson highlight the traditional Friday nightcap race.

Other Friday events of interest
Watch for Ducks Brian Schaudt in the men's triple jump and Lauryn Newson in the women's long jump. Chase Sexton of Boise State is ranked 31st nationally in the men's discus. National prep record holder Haley Crouser is entered in the women's javelin.

Women's Hammer
One of the top women's hammer throwers in the nation, Boise State's Mele Vaisima, ranked 16th nationally, will go against her teammate Alyssa Osai (No. 33 nationally), pro Caressa Sims, former Duck Brittany Hinchcliffe and Oregon freshman Daphne Chambers.
Women's Steeplechase
Could be a fast race with professionals Lindsay Allen and Lauren Johnson (Nike) and Oregon top-30 ranked runners Kimber Mattox and Taylor Wallace.
Men's Javelin
Oregon freshmen Sam Crouser will face a couple of tough post-collegians in Curtis Moss (Richmond Kajaks T&F) and Kyle Nielson (Langley Mustang Gold), as well as teammates Ethan Powell and Britton Nelson.
Women's 800 Meters
The feature women's race on Saturday with NCAA Champion Anne Kesselring in the field along with Duck teammates Becca Friday, Laura Roesler, Claudia Francis and Megan Patrignelli, Sara Vaughn of Nike and Laura Carlyle of OSU.
Men's 800 Meters
Another race of frontrunners with Oregon's Travis Thompson (ranked eighth nationally) and Boru Guyota and pros Mark Wieczorek and Kevin Hicks (SETA).
Men's Hammer
Interesting list of entrants includes Bryan Kolacz of the Greater Boston Track Club, former Duck Jordan Stray, OTC's Lucais MacKay and Duck freshman Greg Skipper.
Women's 100 Meters
Oregon's English Gardner looks to make her outdoor debut in the 100 meters. She'll be pushed by Portland State's Geronne Black (ranked 41st nationally) and Oregon's Amber Purvis and Lauryn Newson.

Other Saturday events of interest
Freshman sensation Johnathan Cabral is in the men's 110 meter hurdles along with Duck teammates Eric Hersey and Dakotah Keys. The women's 4x100 meter relay set the meet record at 43.82 a year ago. Football's Dior Mathis could see the track in both the men's 100 and 4x100 relay. Ducks are heavy in the women's 400 meters with Chizoba Okodogbe, Claudia Francis and Brianne Theisen. Mike Berry and Bryan Harper could lead the Oregon in the men's 400 or the men's 4x400 meter relay. Freshman Chancey Summers looks to continue her solid rookie season in the women's high jump. The women could also take a shot at their own meet record (3:39.23) in the 4x400 meter relay.

For those interested in the high school schedule, there is a brief session Friday night from 4:55-6:15 p.m. and another short session Saturday morning from 10-11 a.m.

The majority of the high school events come on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing to the last event at 7 p.m.

For more information on the Oregon Relays high school section, check

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Oregon's younger competitors came through with eight wins April 13 at the John Knight Twilight in Monmouth, Ore. Among those with victories were Tyler Pinkney in the men's triple jump (47-7.35/14.51m), Maggie Pietka in the women's triple jump (38-2/11.63m), Alexandria Davidson in both the women's 100 (12.02) and 200 meters (24.98), Johnathan Cabral in the men's 400 hurdles (53.44), Anginae Monteverde in the women's pole vault (12-7.5/3.85m), Austin Ouderkirk in the men's pole vault (16-0/4.88m) and Laura Bobek in the women's shot put (47-3/14.40m). In other action, Cole Watson ran a :05 PR in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase to finish second in 9:12.78.

Oregon's men and women won 16 events to sweep the Pepsi Team Invitational April 7 before 5,402 fans at sunny Historic Hayward Field. Senior Alex Kosinski led the way for the women with an impressive win in the 5,000 meters. Her meet-record 15:36.90 was the fastest in the nation this season and No. 3 in school history. She was named Pac-12 women's track athlete of the week for her efforts. Other winners for the women included English Gardner in the 200 meters (23.24) Phyllis Francis in the 400 (52.99), Anne Kesselring in the 800 (2:05.46), Becca Friday in the 1,500 (4:20.21), transfer Kimber Mattox, in her first Oregon appearance, in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:15.05), the 4x400 meter relay team (3:35.04), Chancey Summers in the high jump (5-9.25/1.76m) and Laura Bobek in the discus (159-8/48.68m). For the men, victories came from Trevor Dunbar in the 5,000 meters (13:51.79), Sam Crouser on his last throw in the javelin (244-3/74.45m), Travis Thompson in the 800 (1:51.08), Elijah Greer in the 1,500 (3:45.84), Johnathan Cabral in the 110 hurdles (wind-aided 13.63), the 4x400 meter relay (3:08.90), and Brian Schaudt in the triple jump (50-8.25/15.45m).

April 6 at the Stanford Invitational, senior Bronwyn Crossman ran the fastest women's 10,000 meters for Oregon in 28 years. In a strong field of professionals and collegians, Crossman ran 33:18.53 to place 21st overall. She was the 12th-fastest collegian in a race won by former Loyola Marymount standout Tara Erdman in 32:31.15. More impressively for the senior from Bellingham, Wash., her time was the fastest 10,000 meters by an Oregon woman since Kathy Hayes set the school record in 32:43.81 in 1984. It was the third-fastest in school history, raking behind only Hayes and Lisa Martin (33:12.1). In the men's 10,000 meters, Parker Stinson ran a 14 second PR to finish 21st in 29:00.07. The sophomore from Austin, Texas, was the 11th-fastest collegian.

April 2-3, freshman Dakotah Keys finished second in the Sam Adams Combined Events decathlon at Santa Barbara, Calif. He scored 7,682 points, which was the eighth-best total in school history. Alec Fellows, a freshman from Woodway, Wash., used a strong finish in the 1,500 to place sixth overall with 6,820 points in his first collegiate decathlon.

Oregon collected 11 wins - half from freshmen - at the March 23-23 USC Trojan Invitational. Among the freshmen winners were Sam Crouser in the men's javelin (239-7/73.02m; No. 5 in UO history), Johnathan Cabral in the 110 hurdles (13.76 - No. 4 in UO history), Chancey Summers in the women's high jump (5-10.5/1.79m; No. 6 in UO history), Molly Grabill in the women's 5,000 (16:40.08) and Claudia Francis in the women's 800 (2:10.22). Not to be outdone, the veterans claimed titles in the women's 400 (English Gardner - 53.73; No. 10 in UO history); women's 1,500 (Anne Kesslering - 4:16.75), men's 1,500 (Boru Guyota - 3:47.89), men's triple jump (Brian Schaudt - 50-8.75/15.46m), women's shot put (Laura Bobek - 48.5/13.93m) and women's steeple (Taylor Wallace - 10:33.92). Elijah Greer and Travis Thompson were impressive in their 2012 debuts. Greer was second in the men's 800 in 1:46.84, while Thompson was fourth in 1:47.82. Sophomore Phyllis Francis ran 23.42 to win her section of the women's 200, while Ethan Powell had nearly a 20-foot PR in the javelin (223-7/68/14m).

Freshman Johnathan Cabral opened some eyes in his outdoor debut. He won the 110 hurdles in 13.93 seconds. That was tied for the ninth-fastest time in school history. He improved that to 13.76 at the USC Trojan Invitational, tops among freshman this season. More impressively, Cabral has now run the second-fastest freshman 110 hurdle time in school history. Only Eric Mitchum went faster as a frosh, going 13.73 at the 1989 Pac-10 meet.

Freshmen Johnathan Cabral and Jenna Prandini impressed in their Oregon debuts and the women's 4x100 meter relay team broke the meet record March 18 at the Oregon Preview in front of 5,044 at Historic Hayward Field. Cabral jumped out to a quick start in the men's 110 meter hurdles and powered through the last half of the race to win in 13.93. That was tied for the ninth-fastest time in school history. Prandini played a key role in a pair of relay victories. She took the third leg on the meet record-setting 4x100 meter relay team and anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay squad. The 4x100 bettered the old mark by .01, winning in 44.29 seconds. Lauryn Newson led off and then Amber Purvis blazed down the backstretch on the second leg. The senior then handed off to Prandini, making her Oregon debut on the turn, before yielding to English Gardner, the 2012 NCAA 60 meter champion who blazed down the home stretch to break the meet record in the fifth-fastest time in school history. Prandini finished the afternoon by anchoring the 4x400 meter relay team. Devin Gosberry, Chizoba Okodogbe and Alexandria Davidson joined Prandini in winning in 3:48.37. Football's Dior Mathis helped lead a solid day in the sprints. The sophomore from Detroit, Mich., won the 100 meters in 10.73, his fastest time as a Duck. Fellow footballer B.J. Kelley won his heat and was second overall in 10.84. Those two came back to run the first two legs of the winning 4x100 meter relay. Mathis, Kelley, Arthur Delaney and Joeal Hotchkins crossed the line in 40.68. Delaney, a freshman from Gresham, Ore., came back to win the 400 meters in 47.63. Former Duck Britney Henry broke a meet record in the women's hammer by throwing 232-1/70.73m. Duck freshman Daphne Chambers from Springfield, Ore., was second at 152-3/46.41m. Portland State's Geronne Black set a meet record in winning the women's 100 meters in 11.72. Newson was second in 11.82 - the 10th fastest time in school history - and she also won the 200 in 24.24. Other Duck women who collected victories at the Preview meet included senior Alex Kosinski, who won the women's 1,500 meters in 4:30.61 and senior Amber Purvis, who captured the 400 in 54.64. Sophomore Laura Bobek swept the shot put and the discus. The Astoria, Ore., native threw 43-4.25/13.21m in the shot and 138-0/42.26m in the discus. For the men, the 4x400 meter relay team of Bruce Burbank, Russell Hornsby, Travis Thompson and Bryan Harper was victorious in 3:13.58. Junior Austin Ouderkirk took the pole vault at 16-0.75/4.90m and junior Tyler Pinkney won the triple jump in 47-6.25/14.48m. In the men's hammer freshman Greg Skipper finished third at 204-0/62.17m in his Oregon home debut.

The Women of Oregon won their third consecutive NCAA Indoor Track Field title March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho. The Ducks were led by wins from Brianne Theisen in the pentathlon and English Gardner in the 60 meters, and also counted a runner-up finish in the distance medley relay (Becca Friday, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler, Anne Kesselring). Oregon also scored in the 400 meters (Phyllis Francis), mile (Jordan Hasay, Friday) and the 3,000 meters (Hasay) for its 49 point total.

Theisen set the tone early with her third national title in the pentathlon. She won with 4,536 points, just 19 off her NCAA and Canadian record. Dorcas Akinniyi of Wisconsin was second with 4,299 points. The pentathlon wasn't a runaway, as Theisen actually trailed in a robust competition three events into her day. She looked extremely smooth in the 60 meters hurdles, the pentathlon's opening event. She won in 8.25 seconds, which was a personal best and broke her own school record for the second time this season. The time was worth 1,073 points. She then tied her own NCAA Championships meet record by clearing 1.84m/6-0.5 in the high jump. That clearance was tied for first with Akinniyi and was good for 1,029 points.

In the third event, the shot put, Theisen had a best throw of 12.46m/40-14.75 for 692 points. All three of Theisen's throws were within three inches of each other. But Akinniyi had a three-foot PR in the shot of 45-9.25 to take a four point lead on Theisen, 2,798-2,794, at that point in the competition. In the long jump, Theisen responded by going 19-6.25/5.95m on her second attempt to finish second in the event. Her 834 points put her back in the lead for good. She then locked up her sixth NCAA title overall by winning the 800 meters in 2:13.95 for 908 points.

Theisen became just the second three-time pentathlon champion in NCAA history, joining Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson (2006-08). After the meet, she was named the USTFCCCA national indoor field athlete of the year for the second straight season.

60 Meters
Getting off to a perfect start out of the blocks, the freshman from Voorhees, N.J., never trailed and scorched the tape in 7.12 seconds. That was not only a stadium record, but also the fourth-fastest 60 ever run by a collegian. It trailed only 7.09 run by both Lakya Brookings of South Carolina in 2011 and Angela Williams of USC in 2001, and a 7.10 timed by Williams in 2001.

Distance Medley Relay
In the final running event of the first night, the Ducks earned eight critical points in their chase to win a third straight NCAA title. Oregon's time of 11:05.85 was just good enough for second, behind Washington's 11:05.20, but ahead of Dartmouth's 11:06.29.

Becca Friday led off the 1,200 meter leg in 3:24.74, as the Ducks were second behind Florida. Chizoba Okodogbe took the 400 leg through in 53.90 as the Ducks closed on the Gators. Laura Roesler handled the 800 leg in 2:08.84, as the teams bunched up at the final exchange. Anne Kesselring, the defending NCAA Champion, then went with the Huskies on a late charge as the two Northwest rivals pulled clear of the pack for the 1-2 finish. Kesselring closed in 4:38.39.

Mile & 3,000 Meters
Oregon scored 11 points in the mile to extend its lead. Jordan Hasay ran out front nearly the entire second half of the race before getting passed by Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook and Aisha Praught of Illinois State in the last 20 meters. Van Dalen won in 4:39.76, Praught was next in 4:39.85 and Hasay timed 4:40.09. Friday, meanwhile, came from deep in the pack on the last two laps to pass at least four runners down the backstretch. The junior from Bellingham, Wash., took fourth in 4:40.24. Hasay came back to finish fourth in the 3,000 meters in 9:16.42.

400 Meters
The women also saw a terrific performance in the 400 meters from sophomore Phyllis Francis. Seeded 12th coming into the meet, the Queens, N.Y., native had a breakout championships. She finished fourth overall in an indoor personal best 53.01. That was the second-fastest time in school history.

On the men's side, Mike Berry broke the school record in the 400 meters, finishing third overall in a school-record 45.93. The sophomore from Seattle, Wash., broke Sammie Parker's school record of 45.95 set in 2005.

The 2012 women's indoor track & field title was the 18th NCAA national championship in school history. The others 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 and 2011, 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.

A quartet of NCAA champions, English Gardner, 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 and Gardner are among the 10 on the official watch list, while Hasay and Kesselring are among others receiving mention.

Theisen is a six-time NCAA champion (heptathlon twice, pentathlon three times, outdoor 4x400 meter relay) and the NCAA record-holder in the pentathlon. Gardner was the 2012 NCAA indoor 60 meter champ. Her time of 7.12 was the fourth-fastest ever run by a collegian. Hasay was a double winner at the 2011 NCAA indoor meet (mile, 3,000 meters). Kesselring was the 2011 NCAA outdoor champion at 800 meters and anchored Oregon's 2012 indoor runner-up distance medley relay team.

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.

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 7.12, Anne Kesselring snapped the mile mark by running 4:32.61 and Jordan Hasay got the 3,000 meter record in 9:03.95.

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