PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Anne Kesselring led Oregon to its second straight "Wagon Wheel" by anchoring the women's 4x800 meter relay team to victory Saturday at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
The Ducks won in 8:24.16 to beat Tennessee, which ran 8:27.04. Freshman Claudia Francis led off in 2:08.6, with sophomore Laura Roesler taking the second leg in 2:04.5. Junior Becca Friday handled the third leg in 2:06.3 and Kesselring brought home the win with an anchor leg of 2:04.7.
"We were really excited to come home with two Penn Relays wheels," said Kesselring of the ubiquitous trophies bestowed to the relay victors. "We looked at pictures from yesterday today, and just got stoked once again. When you've been on the track once, and you made the victory happen you just want to keep going, and were really excited that it worked out once again today.
"When I got the baton I felt a little pressure, but also a lot of excitement. I just knew I had to bring it home. I knew I had to get out hard, and make them feel like they were never ever going to catch up with me."
Kesselring, a junior from Nurnberg, Germany, was named the Penn Relays College Women's Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events. In addition to the 4x800 anchor, she ran the third leg on Oregon winning 4x1,500 meter relay squad on Friday.
The Ducks also earned a runner-up finish in the 4x400 meter relay on Saturday. Oregon timed 3:34.08, which trailed only Texas A&M's 3:33.52. The Duck line-up included a blistering second leg of 51.8 from sophomore Chizoba Okodogbe. Junior Devin Gosberry led off in 57.1. Sophomore Laura Roesler had the third leg in 53.0 and sophomore Phyllis Francis anchored in 52.2.
Also for the women, sophomore Megan Patrignelli took eighth in the women's mile in 4:41.33.
The Duck men also posted three top-five finishes on Saturday.
The 4x800 meter relay placed second in 7:20.22. Penn State took the title in 7:19.76. All four legs ran between 1:49 and 1:51 for Oregon, with senior Travis Thompson leading off in 1:51.2, freshman Russell Hornsby next in 1:50.2, sophomore Boru Guyota on the third leg in 1:49.6 and junior Elijah Greer anchoring in 1:49.1.
The Ducks were fourth in the 4x400 meter relay in a season-best 3:08.56. Freshman Arthur Delaney led off in 49.1 before senior Bryan Harper impressed with a 46.6 second leg. Thompson took the third leg in 47.2 and sophomore Mike Berry closed with a strong 45.7 anchor leg.
The men's mile relay team was fifth in 16:22.40. Freshman Chad Noelle led off in 4:09.5, followed by senior Travis Stanford in 4:06.3, sophomore Trevor Dunbar in 4:00.9 and freshman Colby Alexander in 4:05.7.