Oregon will send a combined 31 entries to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The third-ranked women have 17 individual entries and both relays, while the No. 15 men are sending 11 individuals and the 4x100 meter relay. See page 3 for a complete day-by-day listing of Oregon's NCAA competitors.
ESPNU/ESPN3 will televise the final two hours of the meet live from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT on Saturday. ESPN3 will have a live broadcast window on Thursday beginning at 2:15 p.m. PDT and Friday at 3:15 p.m. PDT. In addition, other than ESPNU/ESPN3 windows, there will be a free live web cast of the championships available at www.NCAA.com, which includes all day Wednesday and early portions of the meet Thursday through Saturday.
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Entries, heat sheets and live results from the NCAA Championships will be available on the NCAA's web site, www.ncaa.com. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
The top eight places in each event score. The points are assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
OREGON'S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2012 women's indoor track & field title was the 19th 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.
MEN OF OREGON AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Oregon has won five NCAA team championships: 1962 (Eugene), 1964 (Eugene), 1965 (Berkeley, Calif.), 1970 (Des Moines, Iowa) and 1984 (Eugene). In Fayetteville in 2010, Oregon tied for second, which was the team's best finish since winning it all in 1984.
WOMEN OF OREGON AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Oregon has one women's NCAA title to its credit: 1985 (Austin, Texas). The Ducks have been the national runners-up the last three seasons (Fayetteville, Eugene, Des Moines), which are Oregon best finishes since winning in 1985.
NCAA QUALIFIERS ARE ALSO ACADEMIC STARS
Four members of Oregon's track and field teams, three of whom will be in competition the NCAA Championships, have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 track & field/cross country teams. The four are all first team selections: Jordan Hasay (3.98 GPA, women's 1,500), Anne Kesslering (4.05 GPA, women's 800/relays), Brianne Theisen (3.43 GPA, heptathlon) and Ben DeJarnette (4.00 GPA, distance). The three women will all be in competition in Des Moines.
MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
Oregon has now won eight of the last 10 conference titles in men's track and field, including six in a row. The Ducks have league men's track and field titles in 1924, 1934, 1965, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (16 overall). The Ducks became just the second team ever to win six conference crowns in a row, and the first to do it nearly 50 years. USC is the only other school to accomplish that feat, having done it twice: 15 straight Pacific Coast Conference titles from 1936-1954 (no league championships 1942-46 due to World War II) and most recently eight in a row between 1957-64, when the conference transitioned from the PCC to the Athletic Association of Western Universities (both were predecessors of the Pac-8, Pac-10 and now Pac-12).
WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
On the women's side, Oregon has now won four straight conference titles. Overall, the Ducks have six league crowns: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Oregon became just the second team to win four women's titles in a row, joining UCLA, which has accomplished that twice (1987-90, 1997-2004).
OREGON'S ENTRIES - MEN
The NCAA Championships in Des Moines will mark the first postseason competition for eight of the 14 men.
Based on their NCAA West Preliminary performances. The men have top 10 seeds in Mike Berry (No. 1 400), Luke Puskedra (No. 2 10,000), Sam Crouser (No. 2 Javelin), Johnathan Cabral (No. 6 110 Hurdles), Dakotah Keys (No. 9 Decathlon) and Chris Kwiatkowski (No. 9 5,000).
The Ducks have a number of potential form chart-breakers on the men's side, including Elijah Greer in the 800 (No. 15), Arthur Delaney in the 200 (No. 20) and the 4x100 meter relay (No. 17).
MEN (14 individuals, 1 relay; 12 entries in 9 events)
Competitor Event Season Best *Seed Notes
Mike Berry, So. 400 Meters 44.86 1 2012 Pac-12 runner-up and 2011 Pac-10 champion;
ran a nation-leading 44.86 at the NCAA West meet;
IAAF World gold medalist on USA's 4x400 meter relay team
Johnathan Cabral, Fr. 110 Hurdles 13.45 6 2012 Pac-12 champion is the nation's top freshman in the high hurdles;
time from the NCAA West meet is No. 2 in school history;
hopes to run for Canada at the 2012 Olympics (holds dual citizenship)
Sam Crouser, Fr. Javelin 251-8 2 2012 Pac-12 javelin champ is a former U.S. junior record-holder
in the event; threw season PR at the NCAA West meet
Arthur Delaney, Fr. 200 Meters 20.68 20 Holds the No. 4 times in school history in both the 100 and 200 meters
Trevor Dunbar, So. 5,000 Meters 13:51.79 21 Transfer has NCAA experience while at Portland
Elijah Greer, Jr. 800 Meters 1:46.84 15 Won his first Pac-12 title in 2012 after being the runner-up in 2011
Boru Guyota, Jr. 800 Meters 1:48.98 23 Best overall 800 time of 2012 came indoors;
top outdoor mark came at the NCAA West meet
Dakotah Keys, Fr. Decathlon 7,793 9 Set the school freshman record in the decathlon in winning
the 2012 Pac-12 title; redshirted the 2011 season with an injury
Chris Kwiatkowski, Sr. 5,000 Meters 14:02.46 9 Fifth-year senior is making his first NCAA Championships appearance
Luke Puskedra, Sr. 10,000 Meters 28:13.91 2 Set 10K PR in his season debut at the Cardinal Invite
Parker Stinson, So. 5,000 Meters 14:02.93 23 3-time USA junior 10,000 meter champion
4x100 Meter Relay 39.86 17 Football's De'Anthony Thomas and Dior Mathis lead an exciting quartet;
Season-best came with Mike Berry anchoring at the NCAA West meet
* seeding based on performance at NCAA Preliminary Rounds
OREGON'S ENTRIES - WOMEN
Oregon shows the top seed in the heptathlon (Brianne Theisen), 100 meters (English Gardner) and the 4x400 meter relay. Additionally, the Ducks have top 10 seeds in the 1,500 meters (No. 3 Jordan Hasay, No. 6 Becca Friday), 5,000 meters (No. 5 Alex Kosinski), 800 meters (No. 6 Laura Roesler) 10,000 meters (No. 3 Allie Woodward) and the 4x100 relay (No. 6).
The women could also see chart-breakers in Anne Kesselring (No. 19 800), Lauryn Newson (No. 13 Triple Jump), Lauren Crockett (No. 11 High Jump), Kimber Mattox (No. 16 Steeplechase) and Chizoba Okodogbe (No. 20 400). Oregon's women are an experienced group as 12 have previous NCAA experience, leaving only six making their NCAA debuts in Des Moines.
WOMEN (20 individuals, 2 relays; 19 entries in 12 events)
Competitor Event Season Best *Seed Notes
Lauren Crockett, Fr. High Jump 5-10.75 11 Up-and-coming young high jumper PR'd at NCAA West meet
Claudia Francis, Fr. 800 Meters 2:04.88 21 Ran an impressive 2:04.88 in the Pac-12 preliminary rounds
Phyllis Francis, So. 400 Meters 52.05 9 Pac-12 champion at 400 meters is also a key member of the relays
Becca Friday, Jr. 1,500 Meters 4:16.79 6 Quietly but consistently always shows up at big meets
English Gardner, So. 100 Meters 11.00 1 Pac-12 100 champion timed a windy 11.00; also won the 200
Jordan Hasay, Jr. 1,500 Meters 4:13.28 3 Successfully defended her Pac-12 1,500 meter title in 2012
Anne Kesselring, Jr. 800 Meters 2:02.72 19 Defending NCAA 800 meter champ;
ran seasonal-best of 2:02.72 at last weekend's Pre Classic
Alex Kosinski, Sr. 5,000 Meters 15:36.90 5 Well-earned 2012 Pac-12 title at 10,000 meters
Kimber Mattox, Sr. Steeplechase 10:06.58 16 Division III All-American from Willamette University
Lauryn Newson, Sr. Triple Jump 43.4.25 13 Pac-12 Athlete of the Meet after winning the triple jump (in only
her second-ever collegiate triple jump) and scoring in the 100,
200 and on the 4x100 meter relay
Chizoba Okodogbe, So. 400 Meters 53.03 20 Helps lead an impressive 1-2 punch in the 400
Laura Roesler, So. 800 Meters 2:04.48 4 Pac-12 champ led a 1-2-3 Oregon sweep in the 800
Brianne Theisen, Sr. Heptathlon 6,353 1 Six-time NCAA champion jumps back into action in Des Moines
Lanie Thompson, So. Steeplechase 10:13.51 22 Made season steeple debut in a third-place finish at the Pac-12 meet
Taylor Wallace, Jr. Steeplechase 10:20.33 19 Gutsy run at the NCAA West meet to make her first NCAA Championships
Allie Woodward, Fr. 5,000 Meters 16:17.38 14 Freshman came on late to score in the 10,000 at the Pac-12 meet;
10,000 Meters 33:51.70 3 Only double entry for the Ducks (not counting relays)
4x100 Relay 43.72 6 Gardner leads the squad that won the Pac-12; also has Amber Purvis
4x400 Relay 3:29.43 1 Ran the third-fastest time in school history at the NCAA West meet
* seeding based on performance at NCAA Preliminary Rounds
Tuesday, June 12 will mark the final date in the popular series of "Tracktown Tuesdays" town hall meetings. The "TrackTown Night of Stars" will feature 20-30 athletes who will be competing at the 2012 Olympic Trials. The 60-minute session runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be held at the in the courtyard of the Oakway Center.
DUCK QUINTET ON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST
A quartet of NCAA champions, English Gardner, Jordan Hasay, Anne Kesselring and Brianne Theisen - plus Mike Berry - are on the 2012 Bowerman Award 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 Berry, 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. She recently won the Pac-12 heptathlon with the third-most points in NCAA history (6,353). Gardner was the 2012 NCAA indoor 60 meter champ. Her time of 7.12 was the fourth-fastest ever run by a collegian. Outdoors, Gardner won the Pac-12's 100 and 200 meter titles. Hasay was a double winner at the 2011 NCAA indoor meet (mile, 3,000 meters) and successfully defended her Pac-12 1,500 meter title. Kesselring was the 2011 NCAA outdoor champion at 800 meters and anchored Oregon's 2012 indoor runner-up distance medley relay team. Berry was the 2011 Pac-10 champion at 400 meters and the 2012 Pac-12 runner-up. At the NCAA West Preliminary meet, he ran a school-record and nation-leading 44.86.
THEISEN, GARDNER, JOHNSON HONORED BY USTFCCCA
Record-setting heptathlete Brianne Theisen, three-time Pac-12 champion English Gardner and associate head coach Robert Johnson were honored as the best in the West Region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). All three were integral parts of Oregon's fourth straight Pac-12 title in 2012. Theisen, a senior from Humboldt, Sask., is the collegiate leader in the heptathlon, having scored the third-best score in collegiate history (6,353 points) to win her third Pac-12 title in 2012. Theisen also recorded a clearance in the high jump of 6-0 (1.83m) which among the top ten in the collegiate ranks this season. A member of the Bowerman Watch List, Theisen will try for her third NCAA title in the heptathlon this week in Des Moines. Gardner, a sophomore from Voorhees, N.J., was a three-time champion at the Pac-12 meet. Individually, she won the 100 (wind-aided 11.00) and 200 (22.82) meters and also ran on Oregon's victorious 4x100 meter relay squad. She ranks second nationally in the 100 meters. Gardner will compete at the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters and the 4x100-meter relay. Johnson, in his third year as Oregon's associate head coach and seventh year overall with the University, helped lead Oregon to its fourth straight conference title in the inaugural Pac-12 Championships. The Ducks have 19 entries competing in Des Moines, the most among all women's programs. Oregon is ranked No. 1 in the West Region and No. 3 nationally.
CABRAL IMPRESSIVE IN DEBUT
Freshman Johnathan Cabral opened some eyes in his outdoor debut at the March 18 Oregon Preview. 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, before etching his name into the history books at the Pac-12 and NCAA West meets. Cabral broke the UO freshman record by running 13.69 in the Pac-12 prelims, and then won the conference meet by running a windy 13.61. He then lowered his PR by timing 13.45 in the national semifinals in Austin, Texas, second-fastest in school history.
PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Five UO competitors were named Pac-12 track athlete of the week in 2012. Oregon swept the final weekly Pac-12 track and field honors on May 8, with De'Anthony Thomas and Dakotah Keys being honored for the men and Becca Friday and Brianne Theisen getting the nod for the women. In his collegiate track debut, Thomas anchored Oregon's 4x100 meter relay team to victory in 40.89 seconds at the Oregon Twilight over the weekend. He also placed second in the 200 meters in 21.60 and third in the 100 in 10.65. Friday ran a personal best 2:05.61 to finish third in the 800 meter at the Oregon Twilight. She was the top collegian in the race, and her time ranks 10th in school history. The time also ranks 23rd in the country this season. Competing in just his second-career decathlon, Keys posted 7,793 points to win the Pac-12 title. He captured three of the 10 events, including the javelin (207-11/63.38m), high jump (6-9/2.06m) and long jump (23-7.5/7.20m). Keys' title gave Oregon its eighth decathlon title in the last 12 years. Theisen won the Pac-12 heptathlon by scoring a league-record 6,353 points, the third-highest total by a collegian in NCAA history and also exceed the Olympic "A" standard for the Canadian Olympic hopeful. Winning five of the seven events, she broke the mark set by Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson, who posted 6,307 points in 2008 at the Pac-10 Championships. It is Theisen's third-career Conference title, winning the heptathlon in 2009 and 2010. She was forced to sit out the 2011 campaign because of injury. She also becomes only the third athlete in the 26-year history of the Pac-12 Track & Field women's championships to eclipse the 6,000-point mark.
Alex Kosinski was named women's track athlete of the week on April 9 after leading the women to the Pepsi Team Invitational title. She won the 5,000 meters in a meet-record 15:36.90. A personal best for Kosinski, shaving off 21 seconds from her previous best, the time was also the fastest 5K by an Oregon runner in 24 years, ranked third on the school's all-time top 10 list and No. 7 in Pac-12 history. It was Kosinski's first outdoor 5,000 meters in nearly two years. The fifth-year senior missed all of the 2011 outdoor season with a back injury.
FOOTBALL'S THOMAS JOINS RARE COMPANY
Freshman football phenom De'Anthony Thomas became just the fifth Oregon student-athlete to win both a Pac-12 track and field and a football championship in the same academic year. He joined recent football players LaMichael James (2010-11), Kenjon Barner (2010-11) and Dior Mathis (2011-12), and Bob Parke, a member of the 1933 Pacific Coast Conference football champions and the PCC track winners for the Webfoots while throwing the javelin in 1934.
The University of Oregon recognized an outstanding group of 22 senior track and field student-athletes with an on-field ceremony during the Twilight Meet. Combined, they have eight NCAA event titles, nine individual Pac-10 crowns and a whopping 39 All-America certificates. They have also won 29 Pac-10 all-academic honors over the past four years. Nine of the 22 seniors hail from the State of Oregon. The 10 senior women have played key roles in both Oregon three straight NCAA indoor championships and three consecutive Pac-10 titles. This group also contributed to Oregon's runner-up finishes at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 NCAA Outdoor meets. The 10 senior women are all Pac-12 qualifiers and seven of the 10 are league meet scorers. The nine women include Bronwyn Crossman (2011 NCAA All-American, 10,000 meters; 2011 Pac-10 scorer, 10,000 meters), Camilla Dencer (2011 Pac-12 qualifier, 400 hurdles), Devin Gosberry (2011 Pac-10 qualifier, 400 meters), Alex Kosinski (seven-time All-American; 3rd, 5,000 meters, 2010 NCAA Championships; 2010 Pac-10 runner-up, 5,000 meters), transfer Kimber Mattox (2012 Pac-12 qualifier, steeplechase), Lauryn Newson (2011 Pac-10 scorer, long jump), Lyndsay Pearson (2009 Pac-10 scorer, 400 hurdles), Amber Purvis (two-time NCAA Champion: indoor and outdoor 4x400 meter relay; four-time Pac-10 champion: 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100 and 4x400 relays; four school records, nine-time All-American), Becca Rhodes (2010 Pac-10 scorer, long jump), Brianne Theisen (six-time NCAA champion: 2009-10 heptathlon 2009-10-11 pentathlon, 2010 4x400 meter relay; 2009-10-12 Pac-10 champion: six school records; nine-time All-American; ranks in 14 different top 10 categories at Oregon).
The 12 seniors on the men's side have helped Oregon extended its league dominance to five consecutive titles, plus a runner-up showing at the 2010 indoor NCAA meets, and a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA outdoor championships. The men's list includes Bruce Burbank, Bryan Harper (2011 Pac-10 scorer, 4x400 relay), Josh Heidegger, Eric Hersey (three-time Pac-10 scorer, 110 hurdles, 4x400 relay), Randall Horn, Chris Kwiatkowski (Pac-10 all-academic), Danny Marconi (two-time Pac-10 qualifier, high jump), Britton Nelson (two-time Pac-10 scorer, javelin), Luke Puskedra (10-time All-American; three NCAA cross country top-six finishes; five-time Pac-10 scorer, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters; member of the 2009 men's NCAA indoor national champions); Brian Schaudt (two-time Pac-10 scorer, triple jump), Travis Stanford (2011 Pac-10 qualifier, 800 meters), Travis Thompson (NCAA champion, distance medley relay; two-time All-American; three-time Pac-10 scorer, 800 meters, 4x400 relay).
NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY ROUNDS
Following a near-perfect weekend at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas, the Ducks sent 31 entries on to the NCAA Championships. Mike Berry led all performances over the weekend by running a school-record 44.86 400 meters to advance on to De Moines. That time leads the nation. The Ducks also saw women's qualifying performances from English Gardner (100 meters), Phyllis Francis (400), Chizoba Okodogbe (400), Claudia Francis (800), Anne Kesselring (800), Laura Roesler (800), Becca Friday (1,500), Jordan Hasay (1,500), Alex Kosinski (5,000), Allie Woodward (5,000 and 10,000), Kimber Mattox (steeplechase), Lanie Thompson (steeplechase), Taylor Wallace (steeplechase), Lauren Crocket (high jump), Lauryn Newson (triple jump), Brianne Theisen (heptathlon) and the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. For the men, the 12 entries were Arthur Delaney (200 meters), Berry, Elijah Greer (800), Boru Guyota (800), Trevor Dunbar (5,000), Chris Kwiatkowski (5,000), Parker Stinson (5,000), Luke Puskedra (10,000), Johnathan Cabral (110 hurdles), Sam Crouser (javelin), Dakotah Keys (decathlon) and the 4x100 meter relay.
Oregon won nine women's events and four men's events to sweep the inaugural Pac-12 Championships May 12-13 at Historic Hayward Field. On a warm and sunny weekend, the men became just the second school in league history to win six conference titles in a row, and the first to do it in nearly 50 years. USC was the last team to accomplish that, winning eight in a row from 1957-64. For the women, Oregon became just the second school to win four titles in a row, joining UCLA, which won eighth straight from 1997-2004. The women going away with 200.5 points, followed by Stanford with 123.5, Arizona with 94.5, USC with 91 and Arizona State with 85. On the men's side, Oregon kept piling up points across the board to win with 140 points, followed by Arizona State with 116.5, Arizona with 94, UCLA with 86 and Washington and Stanford tied for fifth with 78. Among the women's nine event titles were impressive 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 and 800 meters. English Gardner led the 200 win in 22.82, followed by Phyllis Francis (23.03) and Lauryn Newson (23.09). In the 800, it was Laura Roesler claiming her first Pac-12 crown in 2:05.13, followed by Becca Friday (2:05.34) and Claudia Francis (2:05.42). Other individual winners for the women were Gardner in the 100 (11.00w), Phyllis Francis in the 400 (52.05), Jordan Hasay in the 1,500 (4:13.28), Alex Kosinski in the 10,000 meters (34:19.67), the 4x100 meter relay team of Phyllis Francis, Gardner, Lauryn Newson and Amber Purvis (43.72), Newson in the triple jump (43-4.25) and Brianne Theisen in the heptathlon. Newson was named the Pac-12 Athlete of the Meet as the highest individual point-scorer (26.5). For the men, wins came from Elijah Greer in the 800 (1:48..48), Johnathan Cabral in the 110 hurdles (13.61), Sam Crouser in the javelin (250-11) and Dakotah Keys in the decathlon. The men were also bolstered by the football team's De'Anthony Thomas and Dior Mathis, who along with Arthur Delaney and Joeal Hotchkins, set the tone with a runner-up performance in the 4x100 relay (40.09).
DUCKS BANK POINTS AT PAC-12 COMBINED EVENTS
Brianne Theisen broke the Pac-12 record in the heptathlon with the third-best score in NCAA history to lead Oregon at the Pac-12 combined events championships May 5-6 at Hayward Field. Dakotah Keys followed that later with a win for the Ducks in the decathlon. On a sunny, but breezy afternoon in TrackTown USA, Theisen rolled to victory with 6,353 points, which placed the senior from Humboldt, Sask., among some extremely elite company. Her score broke the Pac-12 meet record of 6,307 points by Jaqueline Johnson of Arizona State in 2008. Theisen also moved into third in NCAA history, as only Diane Guthrie-Gresham of George Mason (6,527) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee of UCLA (6,390) have scored more in a collegiate heptathlon. In the decathlon, Keys and UCLA's Marcus Nilsson waged a back-and-forth battle early before Keys pulled away to win his first Pac-12 decathlon title with 7,793 points. Alec Fellows had a big second day on the track to finish eighth with 6,815 points. The first weekend of Pac-12 competition gave the Ducks 11 points in the men's race and 10 for the women.
OREGON TWILIGHT RECAP
At the Oregon Twilight on May 5, football phenom De'Anthony Thomas made his debut on the track and both of Oregon's 4x100 meter relay teams were victorious before a meet-record crowd of 7,012. The women's 4x100 meter relay team of Claudia Francis, English Gardner, Lauryn Newson and Chizoba Okodogbe ran 44.51, which was the sixth-fastest time in school history. Immediately after, Thomas anchored the men's 4x100 relay team to victory in 40.79. Fellow footballer Dior Mathis led off, followed by Arthur Delaney and Joeal Hotchkins. Thomas was also second in the 200 meters in 21.60 and third in the 100 in 10.65. Not to be outdone, freshman Lauren Crockett cleared a personal-best 5-10.5/1.79m to win the women's high jump. The Ogden, Utah, native recorded the No. 7 clearance in school history. Sophomore Laura Bobek took the shot put in a personal-best 47-8/14.53. That moved the Astoria, Ore., native into the UO all-time top 10 at No. 10. Other winners for the Ducks included Mike Berry in the men's 200 in 21.24, senior Becca Rhodes in the women's 100 hurdles (14.08) and senior Camilla Dencer in the women's 400 meters (57.33).
PENN RELAYS RECAP
The Women of Oregon captured a pair of "Wagon Wheels" at April 26-28 the Penn Relays. Anne Kesselring was named the College Women's Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events. She anchored the 4x800 meter team to victory on Saturday and ran the third leg on Oregon's winning 4x1,500 meter relay squad on Friday. The Ducks won the 4x800 relay in 8:24.16 to beat Tennessee, which ran 8:27.04. Claudia Francis led off in 2:08.6, with Laura Roesler taking the second leg in 2:04.5. Becca Friday handled the third leg in 2:06.3 and Kesselring brought home the win with an anchor leg of 2:04.7. In the 4x1,500 relay, the Ducks won in 17:29.00, which was nearly :12 better than runner-up Georgetown's 17:40.99. Lanie Thompson opened for the Ducks in 4:32.5, followed by Alex Kosinski, whose 4:17.1 leg put the Ducks in front for good. Kesselring took the third leg in 4:16.3 and Friday closed in 4:23.1 as the Ducks finally hoisted their first coveted "Wagon Wheel" trophy that is awarded to Penn Relays winners. Also at Penn, both 4x400 meter relay teams ran their best times of the season. The women's quartet of Devin Gosberry, Roesler, Chizoba Okodogbe and Phyllis Francis ran 3:33.78, while the men's foursome of Arthur Delaney, Bryan Harper, Travis Thompson and Mike Berry ran 3:08.56.
PAYTON JORDAN CARDINAL INVITATIONAL RECAP
Luke Puskedra had a :21 personal best in the men's 10,000 meters in his 2012 outdoor debut April 29 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The senior from Ogden, Utah, ran 28:13.91, which moved him to No. 4 all-time on the Oregon career list, behind only Galen Rupp, Bill McChesney, Jr., and Alberto Salazar. Puskedra was 23rd overall and fourth among collegians. His time was the sixth-fastest in the NCAA in 2012. In that men's 10,000, Canadian Cam Levens, who runs at Southern Utah, won in 27:27.96, with OTC's Sam Chelenga second in 27:29.82. Chris Derrick of Stanford was third in 27:31.38 and broke Rupp's 2007 American collegiate record of 27:33.48. Also, Jordan Hasay finished 16th overall and was second among collegians in the women's 5,000 meters. Hasay ran 15:44.87 in a fast race that saw five women hit the Olympic "A" Standard. Oregon Track Club Elite went 1-2 with Sally Kipyego winning in 14:43.11 and Julia Lucas impressing in 15:08.52. Hasay, a junior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., ran the 13th-fastest 5K in the NCAA this season in what was her 2012 outdoor debut at 5,000 meters.
OREGON RELAYS RECAP
Jumpers Chancey Summers, Lauryn Newson and Brian Schaudt led the Ducks at the April 20-21 Oregon Relays. Schaudt posted a seasonal-best 51-0.25/15.55m in winning the triple jump and then came back to win the long jump in a career-best 24-4.5/7.43m. Summers capped the college section with a first attempt clearance at 6-0/1.83m. That mark was tied for the fifth-best clearance in the NCAA this season, and also ranked fourth in school history. Summers became just the fourth Duck to clear 6-0 outdoors, joining Camille Jampolsky (6-2.75), Brianne Theisen (6-1.25) and Laurel Roberts (6-0.5). Newson had a remarkable series in her first-ever triple jump. The senior from Richmond, Calif., opened at 39-8.5/12.10m and then improved to 40-11/12.48m on her third attempt before a final attempt jump of 41-5.25/12.63m. That mark ranked as the third-best in school history. Elsewhere, Sammie Clark set an outdoor personal best in the pole vault with a clearance at 13-5.25/4.10m. That moved her into a tie for sixth all-time at Oregon. Theisen set a personal best in the 200 meters at 23.99 and followed that by winning the women's 400 meters in 53.72. That was an all-conditions personal best and ranked tenth on the UO career list. English Gardner won her first outdoor 100 meters of 2012 in a wind-aided 11.28. That was the eighth-fastest time in the nation this season. Kimber Mattox ran a :09 personal best in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase, posting the third-fastest time in school history, 10:06.58. Johnathan Cabral captured the men's 400 hurdles in a personal-best 52.78. Dior Mathis ran his fastest 100 meters as a Duck to win in 10.65. Jordan Hasay made her 2012 outdoor debut and was the top collegian with the third-fastest 1,500 meters in the NCAA this season (4:15.00). Arthur Delaney took the men's 200 meters in 20.95. His time was the ninth-fastest in school history. Parker Stinson wrapped up the first night of the Relays by winning the Bill McChesney, Jr., 5,000 meters in 14:02.93.
JOHN KNIGHT TWILIGHT RECAP
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.
PEPSI TEAM INVITATIONAL RECAP
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).
STANFORD INVITATIONAL RECAP
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.
SAM ADAMS COMBINED EVENTS RECAP
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.
USC TROJAN INVITATIONAL RECAP
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).
FRESHMEN PUT ON PREVIEW SHOW
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.
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 7.12, Anne Kesselring snapped the mile mark by running 4:32.61 and Jordan Hasay got the 3,000 meter record in 9:03.95.
OREGON WINS THIRD STRAIGHT NCAA INDOOR TITLE
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.
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.
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.
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.