For the third year in a row, the Men of Oregon will host UCLA in a classic dual meet Saturday beginning at 11:45 a.m. at Historic Hayward Field. The dual will be televised live from noon to 2 p.m. by OSN on Comcast Sports Net (Comcast 37/737HD).
The Oregon Sports Network will broadcast the UCLA dual meet live from noon to 2 p.m. on Comcast Sports Net in Western Oregon and Washington (Comcast Cable channel 37/737HD). It will also be replayed Saturday at midnight, Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 9 p.m. and May 7 at 11:30 p.m.
The announcers are Joe Giansante, Prefontaine Classic meet director Tom Jordan and Nicole Abeyta (sideline reporter).
Also, the UCLA dual meet will be available live on goducks.com. A subscription to the O-Zone is required to watch the webcast.
82 - THE MAGIC NUMBER
The dual meet will be scored using the traditional 5-3-1 point system (5-0 relays), meaning that a total of 163 points are up for grabs; that, in turn, means that the team that reaches 82 points wins. Also, each team is limited to only 34 competitors, though there is no limit to the number of events each competitor may participate in.
OREGON IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon has numerous student-athletes ranked on the national and regional descending order lists. These lists are important because they are the sole basis for selection to the NCAA West Regional May 27-29 in Austin, Texas. The top 48 individuals in each region are eligible for selection (combined events will be the top 24 nationally on the descending order list). See p. 4-5 for the complete list.
For the women, Zoe Buckman continues to lead the nation in the 1,500 meters (4:12.80), while Melissa Gergel is tied for No. 1 in the pole vault (14-3.25) and Brianne Theisen is tops in the heptathlon (5,942). After Buckman, Oregon ranks second (Jordan Hasay/4:14.67), ninth (Anne Kesselring/4:18.80) and 12th (Nicole Blood/4:20.20) in the 1,500. Amber Purvis is third nationally in the 200 meters (23.00w) and 11th nationally in the 100 (11.38w). Claire Michel is fifth nationally in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:14.84). Hasay also ranks fifth in the 5,000 (16:16.02), while Blood is 10th at that distance (16:16.20). Theisen also ranks eighth nationally in the high jump (5-10.75). The Ducks 4x100 relay team is seventh in the nation (44.13).
For the men, Ashton Eaton leads the country in the decathlon (8,310), is second in the long jump (25-10.25), third in the 110 hurdles (13.64w) and 14th in the 100 (10.34w). Jordan McNamara is No. 2 nationally in the 5,000 meters, while Matthew Centrowitz (13:47.73) and Michael Maag (13:51.35) are fourth and fifth in the nation. Alex Wolff ranks fourth nationally in the javelin (236-4).
OREGON-UCLA DUAL HISTORY
Overall: UCLA leads 11-6
At Eugene: UCLA leads 7-6
At Los Angeles: UCLA leads 4-0
Streak: Oregon won 2
4-13-1966 UCLA 91-54 Eugene
4-22-1967 UCLA 85-59 Los Angeles
4-18-1970 UCLA 81-73 Eugene
4-24-1971 UCLA 86-59 Los Angeles
4-14-1973* UCLA 92-62 Eugene
4-13-1974 UCLA 93-61 Los Angeles
4-12-1975 UCLA 89-65 Eugene
4-10-1976 UCLA 82-72 Los Angeles
4-9-1977 UCLA 82.5-71.5 Eugene
4-8-1978 Oregon 83-71 Eugene
4-14-1979 Oregon 85.5-68.5 Eugene
4-9-1983 Oregon 85-78 Eugene
4-7-1984 Oregon 86-77 Eugene
4-13-1985 UCLA 100-63 Eugene
4-23-1994+ UCLA 85-78 Eugene
4-19-2008 Oregon 94-69 Eugene
4-18-2009 Oregon 84-79 Eugene
* - Four team meet with Oregon, UCLA, Nebraska and Washington State was scored as dual meets
+ - Pepsi Team Invitational (Oregon, UCLA, Washington) was also scored as dual meets
WHAT TO WATCH
Just a month into the outdoor season, both Oregon and UCLA have some nationally ranked competitors. Here’s where the two teams stand:
One of two events in which Oregon’s Ashton Eaton holds the meet’s top mark. In the 100, he’s 14th nationally at 10.34. Football’s LaMichael James could also score.
This could be the feature running event of the dual. UCLA’s Corey Primm is No. 3 nationally (1:47.78), followed by Oregon Travis Thompson at No. 48 (1:50.36). That list doesn’t include defending NCAA champion Andrew Wheating, Elijah Greer or Matthew Centrowitz of Oregon.
Another potential feature race with UCLA’s Marlon Patterson at No. 7 (3:42.13) and Oregon’s Centrowitz at No. 42 (3:46.29). A pair of Ducks who have yet to run at this distance, Mac Fleet and Wheating, are also entered.
Oregon will be deep in the final individual race of the day with No. 4 Centrowitz (13:47.73), No. 5 Michael Maag (13:51.35) and No. 48 Danny Mercado (14:14.23) all among the nation’s top 50.
110 Meter Hurdles & 400 Meter Hurdles
Oregon’s Eric Hersey is in at No. 46 (14.23), but 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials semifinalist Kevin Craddock of UCLA is potentially a wildcard in both this race and the 400 hurdles.
3,000 Meter Steeplechase
The first running event of the day finds UCLA strong with No. 11 Dylan Knight (8:55.44) and No. 54 Spencer Knight (9:08.56) on the national list.
The pole vault could very well be the featured field event of the meet. Among the competitors are a pair of Bruins who rank tied for 14th in the nation at 17-5, Casey DiCasare and Johnny Quinn. UCLA also has 2009 NCAA finalist Greg Woepse. Oregon responds with Colin Witter-Tilton, ranked No. 48 at 16-7.25.
Long Jump & Triple Jump
Eaton is ranked second in the nation at 25-10.25, while UCLA counters with No. 50 Nelson Rosario (24-2.25). Taylor Hobson is also one to watch. In last year’s dual, Hobson won the high jump (7-1) and place second in the long jump (25-2.5) and triple jump (48-10.75). UCLA also has Jonathan Clark, who was the 2009 Pac-10 runner-up in the triple jump (51-9.25).
Shot Put & Discus
UCLA’s Bo Taylor is the top competitor in both events. He ranks 26th nationally in the discus (179-2) and 37th in the shot put (57-0).
Hammer & Javelin
Oregon has the top competitors in the longer throws. Three Ducks are among the top 35 in the javelin, with Alex Wolff at No. 4 (236-4), Britton Nelson at No. 26 (219-8) and Michael Thompson at No. 33 (216-3). Mike Simmons is also slated to make his return in the javelin. Oregon also has the top entrant in the hammer in Jordan Stray. He ranks 12th nationally with a throw of 213-8.
2009 UCLA-OREGON DUAL MEET IN REVIEW
Ashton Eaton won the 100 meters, the long jump and led off Oregon’s clinching 4x400 meter relay team as No. 1 Oregon defeated No. 16 UCLA 84-79 in a scintillating dual meet before 5,039 fans last year at Historic Hayward Field.
The Ducks had sweeps in the 5,000 meters, both hurdles and the javelin to counter the Bruins’ sweeps in the 200 meters, triple jump, shot put and discus.
All that trading off meant that the teams entered the final event, the men’s 4x400 meters, tied at 79-79. Oregon’s quartet of Eaton, Marshall Ackley, Travis Thompson and Chad Barlow was neck-and neck with UCLA until the Bruins dropped the baton on the final exchange, and Barlow raced around the final 400 meters, armed extended at the finish line to bring home the victory in 3:12.21.
Eaton won the 100 meters in a personal best 10.49 seconds. He also scored a personal best in the long jump at 25 feet, 8 inches.
David Klech also had a big day with wins in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles. The transfer from UCLA won the 110 hurdles in 14.37 and the 400 hurdles in 50.77. Marshall Ackley ran a personal-best 52.92 in the 400 meter hurdles, while Eric Hersey took second in the 110 hurdles in 14.53. Justin Cross picked up a couple of points for the Ducks with third-place finishes in both events.
Galen Rupp led the Oregon sweep at 5,000 meters, running 13:55.75 in his first outdoor race of the season. Luke Puskedra was second in 14:03.45 and Danny Mercado was third in 14:09.75.
It was also an Oregon sweep in the javelin with Cyrus Hostetler winning with a meet-record throw of 257-2. Alex Wolff took second at 229-10 and Britton Nelson was third at 195-10.
In addition to anchoring the 4x400 meter relay team, Barlow won the 400 meters in a personal-best 46.70. That tied the meet record of 46.7 set by Dacre Bowen in 1976.
Andrew Wheating made his outdoor debut a successful one, running 1:48.78 to win the 800 meters. Thompson finished third in the race in 1:50.09 to earn a point for the Ducks.
Oregon went 1-2 in the 1,500 meters with Shadrack Biwott just nipping Matthew Centrowitz. Biwott clocked 3:47.76 with Centrowitz crossing in 3:47.77.
Senior Chris Winter was a winner in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 8:57.41.
UCLA won the 4x100 meter relay in 40.39.
The Bruins’ Taylor Hobson had an impressive day with a win in the high jump with a clearance of 7-1 and runner-up finishes in the long jump (25-2.5) and triple jump (48-10.75).
The Ducks countered with Vernell Warren’s second-place finish in the high jump (6-10.75) and third place mark in the long jump (24-1.75).
Oregon also got points in the hammer from Jordan Stray’s second-place finish (201-1) and Steven Johnson’s third-place throw (195-10), as well as Colin Witter-Tilton’s third-place clearance in the pole vault (16-6.75).
Saturday’s meet is a harkening back to the dual meet heritage upon which Oregon track & field was built. Track & Field News used to compile dual meet rankings, and 13 times the Ducks finished among the top three nationally between 1970 and 1995. Additionally, Oregon is one of just seven programs to attain T&F News’ No. 1 final dual meet ranking, a feat the University accomplished in 1979, 1989 and 1995.
PEPSI TEAM INVITATIONAL REVIEW
Oregon’s men’s and women’s teams recorded an impressive sweep at the Pepsi Team Invitational before 5,321 fans on April 10. The women used wins by Amber Purvis in the 100 and 200, Anne Kesselring in the 800, Jordan Hasay in the 5,000, Claire Michel in the steeplechase, Brianne Theisen in the high jump, Jordan Roskelley in the pole vault, Jamesha Youngblood in the long jump and Sara Cole in the hammer to score 212 points. No. 1 Texas A&M was second (179.5) followed by Missouri (141) and No. 13 Washington (129.5). For the men, wins came from Ashton Eaton in the 110 hurdles and long jump, Mac Fleet (800), Matthew Centrowitz (1,500), David Klech and Danny Marconi (high jump) and Jordan Stray (hammer). The men scored 186 points, followed by Texas A&M with 151, Washington with 132, Illinois with 109 and Missouri with 103.
TEXAS RELAYS REVIEW
Senior Ashton Eaton set a PR in the decathlon March 31-April 1 at the Texas Relays, scoring 8,310 points. Unfortunately, for the second time in his career, what would have been the school record was nullified by extremely high winds in the 110 hurdles (plus-4.9 meters per second). Regardless, Eaton’s score leads the nation and was the fourth highest all-conditions mark in collegiate history. Junior Brianne Theisen won the heptathlon, scoring a wind-aided 5,942 points. Senior Marshall Ackley took seventh in the decathlon with 7,074 points.
STANFORD INVITATIONAL REVIEW
Wins by Jordan Hasay (1,500), Alex Wolff (javelin), Melissa Gergel (pole vault), David Klech (high jump) and the women’s 4x100 meter relay team highlighted Oregon’s performances at the March 26-27 Stanford Invitational. Gergel won the women’s pole vault in a jump off, clearing an outdoor best 14-3.25 to edge Stanford’s Katerina Stefandi. Hasay ran 4:14.69 to edge Washington star Katie Follett, who finished in 4:15.04, by less than half a second. Hasay’s time was just .17 off her personal best, 4:14.50, that she ran as a high schooler at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene. As it was, Hasay’s first outdoor race as a Duck ranked fifth all-time on the school’s 1,500 career list. Wolff opened his 2010 season with a win in the men’s javelin, throwing 229-7 to clip Chris Reno of Brigham Young by two inches. Klech won the high jump with a clearance at 6-10.25, his best height since high school. The team of Mandy White, Amber Purvis, Keshia Baker and Michele Williams won the women’s 4x100 meter relay in 44.38. That time was the third-fastest 4x100 relay in school history.
Ten meet records were set, plus an attendance record of nearly 6,000 people, at the season-opening Oregon Preview on March 20 at Hayward Field.
Meet records set by Oregon competitors:
• Women’s 4x100 relay (Mandy White, Amber Purvis, Keshia Baker and Jamesha Youngblood), 44.30 – second fastest time in school history
• Melissa Gergel, women’s pole vault, 14-1.25
• Jamesha Youngblood, 400 hurdles, 59.95
• Amber Purvis, women’s 400 meters, 53.96
• Jordan McNamara, men’s 3,000 meters, 7:53.63
• Claire Michel women’s 2,000 meter steeplechase, 6:55.17
• OTC Elite newcomer Sally Kipyego won the women’s 1,500 meters in 4:10.71 to break Marla Runyan’s 2000 record of 4:11.44.
• Former Duck Britney Henry, women’s hammer, 216-9.
• Billy Nelson, men’s 2,000 meter steeplechase, 5:44.59.
• The OTC Elite, men’s 4x400 meter relay (Tyler Mulder, Elias Koech, Mark Wieczorek and Matt Scherer), 3:08.45.
Other UO highlights included Matthew Centrowitz’ win in the men’s 1,500 meters (3:48.97), senior Michael Maag, making his Oregon debut, was fourth in that race in 3:51.75. Senior Zoe Buckman was second in the women’s 1,500 meters in a PR 4:12.80 (No. 4 all-time). Jasmine Kelly set a PR in winning the women’s high jump at 5-10. Britton Nelson threw a personal best 219-8 to win the men’s javelin. Jordan Stray won the men’s hammer with a throw of 209-8, his best distance in two years.
WOMEN WIN NCAA INDOOR TITLE; EATON SETS WORLD RECORD
The Women of Oregon won their first NCAA Indoor Track and Field national title, while Ashton Eaton set the world record in the heptathlon to lead the men for a tie for second at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Eaton thrilled the Randall Tyson Center crowd by not only winning the heptathlon for the second straight year, but also by scoring 6,499 points to break Dan O’Brien’s 17-year-old world and American record (6,474). The women had national champions in the pentathlon by Brianne Theisen and the 4x400 relay team (Jamesha Youngblood, Keshia Baker, Michele Williams, Amber Purvis). Other point scorers for the women included Melissa Gergel – second in the pole vault, Keshia Baker – second in the 400 meters, Jordan Hasay – fourth in the mile, Amber Purvis – fourth in the 200, Nicole Blood – fifth in the 3,000, Anne Kesselring – sixth in the mile, and the second-place distance medley relay team (Kesselring, Williams, Zoe Buckman, Hasay). The Ducks scored 61 points, with Tennessee second with 36.
In addition to Eaton, the men won the distance medley relay on Andrew Wheating’s tremendous kick on the mile leg, which was preceded by A.J. Acosta, Chad Barlow and Travis Thompson. Others scoring for the men included Mac Fleet – second in the mile, Wheating – second in the 800, Acosta – fourth in the mile, and the sixth-place 4x400 meter relay team (Matt Butcher, Eaton, Thompson, Barlow). Florida won the men’s title with 57 points, while Oregon and Texas A&M were tied at 44.
EATON’S WORLD HEPTATHLON RECORD
Senior Ashton Eaton accomplished what’s become an extremely rare feat -- breaking a world record as a collegian. He did that March 12-13 in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Eaton bettered Dan O’Brien’s 1993 mark by 25 points.
All-time World heptathlon list:
1. 6,499 Ashton Eaton USA 2010
2. 6,476 Dan O’Brien USA 1993
3. 6,438 Roman Sebrle CZE 2004
4. 6,424 Tomas Dvorak CZE 2000
5. 6,418 Christian Plaziat FRA 1992
OREGON EARNS 31 ALL-AMERICA AWARDS
Oregon led the nation with an astounding 31 All-America certificates earned at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The national championship Oregon women’s team earned 17 All-America awards, while the runner-up men captured 14. Among those honored was senior Nicole Blood, whose selection in the 3,000 meters was her eighth career All-America certificate, which is tied for the second-most in UO women’s history with Kathy Hayes and trails only Leann Warren’s 10.
Also earning All-America awards for the women were national champion Brianne Theisen in the pentathlon, as well as members of the national championship 4x400 meter relay team, Keshia Baker, Amber Purvis, Michelle Williams and Jamesha Youngblood.
Other All-Americans were Purvis (60 meters, 200 meters), Baker (400 meters), Jordan Hasay (mile, distance medley relay), Anne Kesselring (mile, distance medley relay), Williams (distance medley relay), Melissa Gergel (pole vault), Zoe Buckman (distance medley relay) and Mattie Bridgmon (5,000 meters).
On the men’s side, national champion and new world record holder for the heptathlon Ashton Eaton led the way. Eaton was also honored for the 4x400 meter relay team. The members of the national champion distance medley relay team, A.J. Acosta, Chad Barlow, Travis Thompson and Anderw Wheating made the list, as did Mac Fleet (mile), Wheating (800 meters), Acosta (mile), Barlow (4x400 meter relay), Matt Butcher (4x400 meter relay), Thompson (4x400 meter relay), Elijah Greer (800 meters) and Luke Puskedra (5,000 meters).
LANANNA, JOHNSON HONORED
Vin Lananna and Robert Johnson were recognized honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as recipients of National Women’s Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively, for the 2010 indoor track & field season in Division I.
Lananna, in his fifth year as Oregon’s Associate Athletic Director for track & field, helped the Ducks capture their first NCAA women’s indoor crown in school history. Oregon claimed 61 points in the meet, 25 more than nearest competitor Tennessee. The margin of victory was the largest in NCAA Indoor Championship history since Texas scored 60 points to top the 30 managed by runner-up Louisiana State in 1998. In February, Oregon also claimed its first MPSF Championship.
Johnson is in his fifth year as an assistant coach at Oregon and concentrates his coaching on sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps. Winning this award for the second-straight year, Johnson’s athletes contributed 23 team points to the Ducks’ first-ever capture of the NCAA team title. Oregon’s 4x400-meter relay of Jamesha Youngblood, Keshia Baker, Michele Williams, and Amber Purvis won an NCAA crown for the first time, clocking a school-record 3:32.97. In addition, Baker would finish second in the 400 meters at the national meet in 51.63 and Purvis, just a sophomore, took fourth place in the 200 (23.21).
OREGON’S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2010 Women’s Indoor Track & Field title was the 17th national championship in school history. The others are men’s outdoor track & field in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1970 and 1984, women’s outdoor track & field in 1985, men’s indoor track & field in 2009, 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. The championship was the first for an Oregon women’s program since cross country’s win in 1987, and the fourth women’s title overall.
A CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
Oregon has won five of the last seven Pac-10 titles in men’s track and field, including three in a row. The Ducks have conference men’s track and field titles in 1923, 1934, 1965, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. On the women’s side, Oregon’s Pac-10 crowns came in 1991, 1992 and 2009.
For the fourth year in a row, the Starting Block will take place prior to every home meet 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.
15 TO JOIN TEAM IN 2011
Fifteen high school stars, including the national boys leader in the javelin, Sam Crouser, and the 2009 Pan American Junior Games girl’s champion at 5,000 meters, Sarah Andrews, have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Oregon’s track and field teams next season.
The seven men are throwers Crouser of Gresham, Ore., and Jacob Budwig of Fowler, Calif., decathlon state record-holder Dakotah Keys of Sweet Home, Ore., distance runners Parker Stinson of Austin, Texas, and Colby Alexander from Strongsville, Ohio, and middle distance standouts Cole Watson of Rogue River, Ore., and Brian Shrader of Flagstaff, Ariz.
Among the eight women are two New Yorkers in Phyllis Francis (Laurelton) and Megan Patrignelli (Monroe) and three Californians, Lauryn Newson (Richmond), Chizoba Okodogbe (Antioch) and Kortney Ross (San Diego). The class is rounded out by Andrews from The Woodlands, Texas, English Gardner of Voorhees, N.J., and Laura Roesler from Fargo, N.D.