SEATTLE, Wash. – Oregon won the UW Invitational women’s distance medley relay in a nation-leading 11:02.18 and Jeramy Elkaim set a personal best by more than a minute to win the men’s 5,000 meters Friday at the Dempsey Indoor Facility.

“It was a pretty good way to get back into the swing of things, especially for our distance runners,” said Oregon head coach Robert Johnson. “It was also great to get out on the road for the first time with a big group and to see everyone cheer each other on in the DMRs and multis.”

In the women’s distance medley relay, Annie Leblanc opened on the 1,200 meter leg, followed by Phyllis Francis on the 400, Laura Roesler on the 800 and Anne Kesselring on the 1,600 as Oregon posted the nation’s best time in 2013 by more than :10.

The men’s distance medley relay comprised of Boru Guyota, Chris Stubbs, Matt Miner and Cole Watson followed with a win in 9:48.34. Junior Mac Fleet returned to the track for the first time in nearly two years on a second Oregon DMR team that took third in 9:50.15.

One of the highlights for the men was Elkaim’s breakout performance in the 5,000 meters. The sophomore from Livingston, N.J., won going away in 13:51.20, beating his previous personal best, 14:54.62, by more than 1:03.

“Our women’s DMR did an awesome job and Jeramy Elkaim was really impressive tonight,” said Johnson. “Coach Andy Powell did a great job getting him ready for this race, and it’s encouraging to see Jeramy starting to grow into his potential.”

Other highlights on the track for the Ducks included Mike Berry’s win in the men’s 200 meters in 21.61 and Jenna Prandini’s runner-up showing in the women’s 200 in 24.37. Sophomore Jack Galpin placed sixth overall in the men’s 200 in 22.19.

In the combined events, freshman Alyssa Monteverde finished eighth in the pentathlon with 3,604 points. Highlighted by a time of 8.66 in the 60 meter hurdles, the freshman from Fresno, Calif., posted the fifth-best score in school history.

In the heptathlon, sophomore Trevor Ferguson stood third after the first day with 2,969 points, followed by sophomore Dakotah Keys in fourth with 2,953 points. Competing in his first career heptathlon, Ferguson, normally a triple jumper, won the high jump (6-6.75/2.00m) and was second in the long jump (23-3.25/7.09m). The Oregon City, Ore., native was just 64 points off the lead of 3,033 held by UCLA’s Dominic Giovannoni.

Matt Hidalgo, a freshman from Banks, Ore., won section one of the men’s pole vault for the second meet in a row by clearing 16-2.75/4.95m to match his personal best.

The UW Invitational continues Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

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