The top ranked Women of Oregon return to College Station, Texas, the site of their 2011 NCAA Championship, along with the 19th-ranked men for the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge. Teams from the Pac-12, Big 12 and SEC will battle in a conference competition Friday and Saturday at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The meet starts at 4 p.m. PST Friday and continues at 7 a.m. PST Saturday.
The Women of Oregon are No. 1 in the first USTFCCCA regular season poll, while the men check in at No. 19. Also in the men's field for the Texas A&M Challenge are No. 2 Florida, No. 9 Texas A&M, Arizona State, Tennessee and Texas Tech. The women will see No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 17 Tennessee, Arizona State and Florida.
The Texas A&M Mondo Challenge is a scored meet between the three conferences. Points will be awarded to conferences based on their members' finishes in each event. The scoring goes 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
Both the men and women are bringing national champions and All-Americans to College Station this weekend. The meet will mark the 2012 indoor debuts of NCAA champions Brianne Theisen, Jordan Hasay, Anne Kesselring and Amber Purvis for the women. They will be joined by All-Americans Phyllis Francis, Becca Friday, English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe and Laura Roesler, among others.
The men will feature All-Americans Mike Berry, Trevor Dunbar and Boru Guyota, as well as a number of impact rookies like Korey Brown (200/400), Johnathan Cabral (60/60 hurdles), Arthur Delaney (60/200), Jeramy Elkaim (3,000), Alec Fellows (heptathlon), Jack Galpin (400), Russell Hornsby (800), Joeal Hotchkins (60/200) and Greg Skipper (weight throw).
The Gilliam Indoor Stadium is the same facility where Theisen, a senior, broke the NCAA record in the pentathlon with 4,540 points in winning her second straight national title in 2011. Hasay was equally impressive as she won both the mile (4:33.01) and 3,000 meters (9:13.71) at the NCAA meet. Kesselring, Okodogbe, Friday and Hasay turned in a school record in a runner-up finish in the distance medley relay (10:52.90), while Kesselring was also fourth in the mile (4:36.41), Purvis was 5th in the 60 meters (school record 7.22) and seventh in the 200 (23.26) and Roesler was 11th in the 800 meters. Gardner currently ranks sixth nationally in the 60 meters after running 7.34 two weeks ago at Boise.
Berry (200) and Guyota (800) were both on the distance medley relay team that placed 10th last year in College Station, while Dunbar, the sophomore transfer from Portland, is slated to make his Oregon debut in the mile and on the DMR. Other veterans for the men include Kevin Godfrey and Dakotah Keys in the heptathlon, Bryan Harper in the 200, Austin Ouderkirk in the pole vault, Travis Stanford in the 800, Parker Stinson in the 3,000 and Cole Watson in the mile.
For the women, Theisen will go in the pentathlon on Friday, while Hasay is entered in the mile and 3,000, Kesselring in the 800 and Purvis in the 60 and 200. Francis is also in the 200, Friday is in the mile, Gardner in the 60 and 200, Okodogbe in the 400 and Roesler in the 400 and 800. Other veterans competing for the women include Sarah Andrews in the 3,000, Laura Bobek in both throws, Devin Gosberry in the 200 and 400, Megan Patrignelli in the mile, Lyndsay Pearson in the 60 hurdles and Rebecca Rhodes in the 60 hurdles and long jump.
Both the men and the women have also entered 4x400 and distance medley relay squads. A complete list of entries can be found at: www.flashresults.com or www.aggiesports.com.
For live results, check www.flashresults.com or www.aggiesports.com. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS
For the first time ever, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships are coming to the West Coast, meaning Oregon fans will have a relatively short drive to the Boise suburb of Nampa, Idaho (located between Boise and Ontario, Ore.), to cheer on the Duck men and two-time defending women's champions.
Boise State University is hosting the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, Mar. 9-10 at the Idaho Center (Jacksons Indoor Track Facility) in Nampa.
All-session tickets are currently available for purchase from the Idaho Center Box Office. Tickets can be bought on line at ICtickets.com or by calling 208-442-3232. Tickets are priced at $50 for adult reserved, $45 for adult general admission, $37 for senior/student reserved and $30 for senior/student general admission.
The event features more than 800 NCAA Division I student-athletes and coaches for the two-day meet. Competition begins Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. MST with the men's heptathlon. The main portion of competition runs Friday evening between 2 p.m. and 9:25 p.m.
Saturday's events begin again with the men's heptathlon at 10:30 a.m. and the women's pentathlon at 11 a.m. The majority of the running finals and field events will be contested between 4 p.m. and 9:05 p.m.
More information on the meet can be found on the track and field page of Broncosports.com, under the NCAA Meet Info link.
IN THE INDOOR RECORD BOOKS
The 2012 season opened with no fewer than 11 indoor school records held by current team members. Brianne Theisen, Jordan Hasay and Amber Purvis each hold two marks. Purvis has the school record at 60 meters (7.20) and 200 meters (23.17), while Hasay has the marks in the mile (4:33.01) and 3,000 meters (9:05.42). Theisen owns the school and NCAA record in the pentathlon (4,540 points) and the UO record in the 60 meter hurdles (8.35). She also shares the high jump record with Laurel Roberts (6-0/1.83m). Other women's record holders include Alex Kosinski at 5,000 meters (15:44.60) and Phyllis Francis at 600 meters (1:27.38). On the men's side, Mac Fleet has the UO record in the mile (3:57.70) and Elijah Greer holds the mark at 600 meters (1:18.01).
The Women of Oregon are the two-time defending indoor national champions and return an impressive number of point-scorers including Jordan Hasay (champion, mile and 3,000 meters, DMR), Brianne Theisen (two-time champion, pentathlon), Amber Purvis (60 meters, 200 meters, 4x400 relay), Anne Kesselring (mile, DMR), Chizoba Okodogbe (4x400 relay, DMR), Becca Friday (DMR), Alex Kosinksi (DMR) and Laura Roesler (4x400 relay).
OREGON'S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2011 women's indoor track & field title was the 18th NCAA national championship in school history. The other 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, 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.