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Release Date: 03/18/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. - Freshmen Johnathan Cabral and Jenna Prandini impressed in their Oregon debuts and the women's 4x100 meter relay team broke the meet record Sunday at the Oregon Preview In front of 5,044 at Historic Hayward Field.

"I saw some really good things," said Oregon Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "Cabral ran 13.93 in a little bit of a headwind, and (Greg) Skipper threw well in the hammer. In the 4x100, both the men's and women's team did pretty good.

"Overall, looking at the conditions, we weren't thinking about performance, we were thinking about competition. We have a good, well-rounded team for both men's and women's."

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.

"It was a great experience with the crowd," said the Calabasas, Calif., native. "It was exciting after going through all the training and finally getting to wear the big "O" on my chest.

"I was trying to break 14 seconds, and I got 13.93 so I was happy."

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.

"I was ready to go for the outdoor season," said the Clovis, Calif., native. "I have been antsy practicing hard, and it was good to get a race in."

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.

"Balancing spring football and track can be pretty hard, but it's about good work ethic and I have the confidence to prepare for both," said Mathis.

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.

"I just had to be happy where I was," said Henry. "My technique is still the same; I am just figuring out my mental state. My coach helped me get into a good path of mental preparation.

"I felt very relaxed, I felt great. When it came time to make my move, I felt very natural."

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 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.

The Oregon Track Club Elite also had a number of impressive performances.

Sally Kipyego cruised to victory in the 3,000 meters. Her winning time of 8:53.83 was just a couple of seconds off the meet record she set a year ago. Fellow OTC Elite runner Julia Lucas was second in 9:16.03, with a pair of Oregon runners next, freshman Allison Woodward third in 9:41.62 and sophomore Sarah Penney fourth in 9:51.58.

Stephen Pifer made it an OTC sweep in the 3,000 by winning the men's race in 8:13.72.

Bridget Franek of OTC Elite successfully defended her Preview meet title in the women's 2,000 meter steeplechace. She won in 6:26.66, which was just off her meet record time. Teammate Geena Gall took the women's 800 in 2:07.11.

Tyler Mulder of OTC Elite won his section of the men's 1,500 in 3:54.02, while Oregon's Elijah Greer, competing unattached captured section two in 3:50.50. Duck freshman Chad Noelle, also running unattached, won his heat of the 800 meters in 1:53.00.

In the men's hammer OTC's Lucais MacKay won a tight competition with a best throw of 207-0/63.09m. Former Duck Jordan Stray was second at 206-3/62.86m, with freshman Greg Skipper third at 204-0/62.17m in his Oregon home debut.

Former Duck and current volunteer assistant coach Melissa Gergel won the pole vault with a clearance of 13-3.5/4.05m.

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