SEATTLE, Wash. – Johnathan Cabral’s meet record in the men’s 60 meter hurdles and Jordan Hasay’s school record in the 3,000 meters were two of a number of highlights for the Oregon track and field teams Saturday at the UW Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor Facility.
“There were so many areas where we had good performances today from the throws to the middle distance to the sprints and jumps and relays; even the multis,” said head coach Robert Johnson. “I’m very proud of how we were able to make adjustments from our season opener to this meet and look forward to continuing to improve from here.”
Cabral shot out of the blocks and was clean over the hurdles for an impressive wire-to-wire win in 7.75 seconds. That broke the 2006 meet record of 7.78 set by former Duck Eric Mitchum and was the six-fastest time in the nation this season. It was also a personal best for the sophomore from Calabasas, Calif. by .08 and moved him past Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton and into second on the Ducks’ all-time list. Cabral now trails only Mitchum’s 2006 school record of 7.67.
In the 3,000 Hasay finished fourth in 8:57.46 a stellar field of collegians and professionals. Brie Felnagle of Adidas won in 8:54.74 and Kate Grace of Oiselle was second in 8:55.06. Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth was the top collegian, finishing third in 8:55.41. D’Agonstino and Hasay, a senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., ran the top two collegiate times in the nation this season. The time not only broke Hasay’s own school indoor mark (9:03.95), but also moved her to No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history, trailing only Katie Flood of Washington, who ran 8:55.31 at this meet a year ago.
“Jordan always does a great job and you almost come to expect it from her, but that is a really exceptional time for this early in the season,” said Johnson. “That’s also a good early mark for Cabral that he can continue to build on.”
There was no shortage of highlights for the Ducks on Saturday.
Laura Roesler impressed with a victory over a trio of professionals in the women’s 800 meters. The junior from Fargo, N.D. got to the line in 2:04.66, just ahead of Nike’s Lea Wallace, who timed 2:04.94. Treniere Moser of Nike Oregon Project was third in 2:05.19, with Hilary Stellingwerff of New Balance fourth in 2:05.28 and the Ducks’ Anne Kesselring fifth in 2:06.75.
“That was a pretty awesome performance by Roesler there,” said Johnson. “That was an excellent test against some pros and she passed with flying colors.”
Roesler’s time was the third-best indoors in school history and ranked fourth in the nation this season.
Dakotah Keys had a big second day in the heptathlon to come back from fourth place and win with 5,589 points. He opened the competition by tying his heptathlon best in the 60 hurdles at 8.36. The junior from Sweet Home, Ore., followed that with a huge indoor personal best in the pole vault, clearing 16-0.75/4.90m. That was more than five inches better than his previous indoor best of 15-7 set in 2011. He then placed second in the 1,000 meters in another PR, 2:40.90, to clinch the victory.
Chancey Summers won the women’s high jump in a jump off, clearing 5-10.5/1.79m. That was an indoor best for the sophomore from Eagle Creek, Ore., who moved up to No. 3 on the UO list.
Oregon also swept both 4x400 meter relays. The men’s team of Jack Galpin, Delaney, Elijah Greer and Mike Berry won in 3:10.83. The women’s squad of Phyllis Francis, Chizoba Okodobe, Roesler and Annie Leblanc reached the tape first in 3:40.09.
Greer, a junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., just missed his first sub-4:00 mile, finishing as the runner-up in a personal best 4:01.51. OTC Elite’s Erik van Ingen won in 4:00.80.
Jillian Weir had a huge throw in to take third in the women’s weight toss at 61-3/18.67m. The sophomore transfer from Long Beach State rocketed to No. 2 on the UO career list behind only Britney Henry (68-4.5/20.84m).
Freshman Jenna Prandini was the runner-up in the women’s 60 meters in a personal best 7.46. That was the fourth fastest time in school history.
Arthur Delaney raced to a personal best 6.78 in a third place finish in the men’s 60 meters. Football’s Dior Mathis was sixth overall in 6.87, while B.J. Kelley was ninth in 6.94.
“We did some good work in the 60,” said Johnson. “Jenna and Arthur both came through with PRs today and it was exciting to get both the football guys through to the finals in their first meet of the season. It was a good way to get their feet wet and they are already looking to improve their next time out.”
Junior Boru Guyota was the top collegian and third overall in the men’s 800 meters in 1:50.54.
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