The indoor season hits its stride with nearly 60 Ducks headed to the UW Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor Facility.
Competition begins Friday with the combined events at 1:45 p.m., followed by a handful of running events, including the distance medley relays and 200 meters, at 5 p.m.
Saturday's full day of competition begins at 10 a.m.
The Women of Oregon are No. 3 in this week's USTFCCCA poll, while the men check in at No. 5.
Many of Oregon's distance and middle distance runners are slated to open up at the UW Invitational. Among the women appearing for the first time in 2013 include two-time indoor NCAA champion Jordan Hasay (3,000 meters) and fellow All-Americans Anne Kesselring (800, distance medley relay, 4x400 relay), Becca Friday (800, DMR, 4x400 relay), Katie Conlon (3,000) and Alexi Pappas (3,000). The women will also see debuts from freshmen Annie Leblanc (mile, DMR, 4x400 relay), Abbey Leonardi (3,000) and Ashley Maton (mile, DMR), and juniors Megan Patrignelli (800, mile, DMR) and Sarah Penney (mile, DMR).
For the men, juniors Elijah Greer and Mac Fleet are both scheduled to return to the track after redshirting the 2011 indoor season. Greer is in the mile, DMR and 4x400, while Fleet, who has not run on the track since the 2011 indoor season, is in the DMR.
Other runners opening up for the men include freshmen Matt Jablonski (5,000), Matthew Melancon (3,000, DMR), Chad Noelle (800, DMR) and Ryan Pickering (3,000), sophomore Jeramy Elkaim (5,000), junior Cole Watson (3,000, DMR) and senior Matt Miner (mile, DMR).
Football players Dior Mathis and B.J. Kelley will make their 2013 debuts in the 60 meters.
A handful of field event competitors will also see action for the first time in 2013, including senior Jordan Alviso (pole vault), junior Caleb Kruse (triple jump) and sophomore Ron Perkins (shot put) for the men and freshman Lauren Sens (weight throw) for the women.
The UW Invitational will also mark the first combined event competition of 2013 for junior Dakota Keys, sophomore Trevor Ferguson and freshman Blake Kemp in the heptathlon and freshman Alyssa Monteverde and sophomore Lauren Crockett in the pentathlon.
Additionally, the Ducks will have a number of All-Americans in action who opened up their indoor season two weeks ago at Boise, including Mike Berry (men's 60, 200, 4x400 relay, DMR), Johnathan Cabral (men' 60 hurdles, 4x400 relay), Sam Crouser (men's shot put), Phyllis Francis (women's 60, 4x400 relay, DMR), Boru Guyota (men's 800, DMR, 4x400 relay), Chizoba Okodogbe (60, 4x400 relay, DMR) and Laura Roesler (800, 4x400 relay, DMR).
For live results, check www.gohuskies.com OR http://www.gohuskies.com/livestats/c-track/012513/index.htm (results will become live Friday morning). Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
SEASON TICKET RENEWAL DEADLINE APPROACHING
The renewal deadline for 2013 track and field season tickets is Feb. 1. Fans who renew season tickets by Feb. 1 will have the first option to purchase tickets for both the NCAA Championships and the Prefontaine Classic.
New Duck season tickets, as well as all-session four-day passes for the June 5-8 NCAA Championships, will go on sale Feb. 15.
Single meet sales for the Ducks' regular season meets and the Prefontaine Classic begin Feb. 22.
To renew or purchase Oregon track and field tickets, go online to goducks.com/tracktickets, call 1-800-WEBFOOT or visit the ticket offices located in either the Moshofsky Center or Matthew Knight Arena.
BLUE AND ORANGE OPENER RECAP
Jenna Prandini and Sam Crouser impressed in their indoor debuts as Oregon collected 12 wins Saturday at the Blue and Orange Opener to kick off the 2013 track and field season. Prandini, a redshirt freshman from Clovis, Calif., won the 60 meters in 7.48 seconds, which was the fourth fastest time in school history. She came back later in the meet to take second in the 200 meters in 24.07. Crouser, a sophomore from Gresham, Ore., made his indoor debut for the Ducks a memorable one by throwing the shot put 57-9.75/17.62m to finish second. Crouser's throw was the second best in Oregon history, trailing only Colin Veldman's 58-8.75/17.90m effort in 2006. Other winners for the Duck women included Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers in the high jump. (5-8.75/1.75m), Phyllis Francis in the 200 meters (23.91), Jillian Weir in the weight throw (56-7.25/17.25m), Laura Roesler in the 400 (54.76), and Alyssa Monteverde in the 60 meter hurdles (8.68), For the men, it was Boru Guyota in the 800 (1:53.41), Arthur Delaney in the 60 meters (6.84), Johnathan Cabral in the 60 meter hurdles (7.85), Matt Hidalgo in the pole vault (16-2.75/4.95m), Trevor Ferguson in the long jump (23-4/7.11m) and Tyler Pinkney in the triple jump (48-0/14.63m).
NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO TRACKTOWN
Historic Hayward Field will host the 2013 NCAA Championships June 5-8. It will be the 11th time that the historic venue has played host to the national meet. Previously, Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships in 1962, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2010. Only Chicago, with 13 championships between 1921 and 1936, has hosted more NCAA meets.
In addition to the annual Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field has recently served as host to the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2009 and 2011 USA Track & Field Championships.
Eugene will again host the NCAA Championships in 2014, as well as the IAAF World Junior Championships.
For more information on the NCAA Championships, go to www.ncaa.com/trackandfield.
Three Ducks are listed on the 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. English Gardner is one of 10 student-athletes on the women's watch list, while Jordan Hasay and Mike Berry fall into the "also receiving mention" category for the women and men, respectively.
IN THE INDOOR RECORD BOOKS
The 2013 season finds seven school record holders on the men's and women's rosters as the year opens. For the women, English Gardner has the 60 meter mark (7.12), Anne Kesselring owns the mile (4:32.61), Jordan Hasay has the 3,000 (9:03.95) and Phyllis Francis holds the 600 (1:27.38).
On the men's side, Mike Berry owns the 400 (45.93), Mac Fleet has the mark in the mile (3:57.70) and Elijah Greer has the 600 (1:18.01).
The Women of Oregon are the three-time defending indoor national champions and return 39 of 49 points from their 2012 title. That number includes national 60 meter champion English Gardner, as well as Jordan Hasay (third, mile; fourth, 3,000), Phyllis Francis (fourth, 400) and Becca Friday (fourth, mile) as well as the entire runner-up distance medley relay team (Friday, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler, Anne Kesselring). Other All-Americans on the squad include Allie Woodward, Katie Conlon and Alexi Pappas. The only scorer to graduate from last year is pentathlon champion Brianne Theisen.
The men will be led by All-Americans Mike Berry, Johnathan Cabral, Sam Crouser, Trevor Dunbar, Mac Fleet, Elijah Greer, Boru Guyota, Dakotah Keys and Parker Stinson. Berry is the lone returning scorer from the 2012 meet (third, 400 meters), though Fleet was the 2010 national runner-up in the mile.
DUCKS CLAIM FIRST NCAA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TITLE IN 25 YEARS
Led by a courageous effort by seniors Jordan Hasay, Alexi Pappas and Katie Conlon, the Women of Oregon captured their first NCAA cross country national title since 1987 last November in Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. Hasay led an impressive pack of Ducks who were in the race's top 50 nearly the entire 6,000 meter distance. Oregon ended up winning easily with 114 points, followed by Providence with 183, Stanford with 198 and Florida State with 202. Hasay looked strong in the lead pack throughout, only falling to Iowa State's Betsy Saina and Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth at the tape. After a sprint to the finish, Saina was the 2012 individual champion in 19:27.9, followed by D'Agostino and Hasay both in 19:28.6. Hasay, from Arroyo Gande, Calif., willed her teammates around the course in impressive fashion. Pappas, a transfer from Dartmouth, ran just a step off the lead pack the entire race, and finished eighth in 19:43.9. Conlon was the surprise of the day for the Ducks. The transfer from NAIA Jamestown College in North Dakota had been the Ducks' fifth or sixth runner during the regular season, but put on a strong kick over the final third of the race, passing a couple dozen runners to place 39th in 20:15.0. Then it was freshman Allie Woodward coming to the line as Oregon's fourth runner. The Green Bay, Wis., native was 44th overall in 20:19.5. Freshman Annie Leblanc capped the scoring for the Ducks, finishing 68th in 20:31.5. Oregon also had senior Sarah Penney 105th in 20:50.7 and freshman Abbey Leonardi 162nd in 21:12.2. It was the third NCAA women's cross country title in school history. The other came in 1987 and 1983 under coach Tom Heinonen.
OREGON'S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2012 Women's Cross Country national title was the 20th NCAA 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, women's indoor track & field in 2010, 2011 and 2012, 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. Oregon's acrobatics and tumbling team also won NCATA national titles in 2011-12.