OREGON PREVIEW MEET INFORMATION
Single Meet Tickets - Reserved: $15; General Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Children/Seniors.
Promotions - 2013 Track & Field posters will be given away; Women's Indoor NCAA Championship ceremony (4:25 p.m.) - National Championship T-shirts will be thrown out during the recognition ceremony; Family 4x100 Relay (1:10 p.m.); Post-meet autograph session.
Free Youth Clinic - Sponsored by the City of Eugene, there will be a youth clinic prior to the Preview. Kids should meet at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of 15th and Agate.
Hayward Field Ticket Window - Opens at 11 a.m.
Gates Open - 11:30 a.m.
With the 2012 NCAA Cross Country and 2013 Indoor Track and Field titles in hand, the journey to the "Triple Crown" begins with the first step this weekend. The Ducks open the 2013 outdoor season by hosting the Oregon Preview Saturday at Historic Hayward Field. The first event starts at 12:30 p.m.
The Oregon Preview meet will be webcast live for free on Pac-12 Live Stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=500). Former Duck track coach Tom Heinonen and Jesse Fukawa will handle the announcing duties.
For live results, schedules and accepted entry lists, check www.goducks.com. Final results will also be posted on www.GoDucks.com.
The Preview meet finds entries from a half dozen NCAA Division I schools - Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Seattle U., and IUPUI (Indiana-University-Purdue University, Indianapolis). The Oregon Track Club Elite also has four runners in the meet. Additionally, the Ducks welcome a number of lower division schools and community colleges from throughout the Pacific Northwest. A handful of former Ducks are also listed among the entries.
As it has in the past, the Oregon Preview will serve as the Hayward Field introduction for a number of Duck newcomers.
Watch for Virginia transfer Kevin Anding in the relays, Dartmouth transfer Matt Miner in the 800 and Long Beach State transfer Jillian Weir in the throws.
Wearing Oregon singlets for the first time on the track at Hayward Field will be freshmen Chris Brewer (1,500), Matt Jablonski (1,500), Blake Kemp (110 hurdles, pole vault, 400), Matthew Melancon (3,000) and Trent Warren (800) for the men, and Annie Leblanc (relays), Abbey Leonardi (3,000) and Ashley Maton (800/1,500) for the women. Freshman Bradley Laubacher debuts in the men's high jump.
In the throws, freshmen Liz Brenner (javelin), Annie Whitfield (javelin), T.J. Brassil (shot put, hammer), Ryan Hunter-Simms (shot put/discus/hammer) and Marcus McArdle (hammer) will toss implements for the first time as Ducks.
The 2013 Preview meet will also serve as a welcome back for a number of Ducks returning from injury. Returning to action are freshman Jack Galpin (800/relays), senior decathlete Kevin Godfrey (110 hurdles, pole vault, long jump), freshman Greg Skipper (hammer), junior Parker Stinson (3,000), junior Ethan Powell (javelin), freshman Alyssa Monteverde (100 hurdles/400 hurdles/high jump) and freshman Jenna Prandini (400/relays).
The Ducks have a number of veterans training through the Preview meet entered in "off" events. That includes NCAA All-Americans Mike Berry in the 800, Johnathan Cabral in the 200, Phyllis Francis in the 800, Becca Friday in the relays, English Gardner in the 400, Anne Kesselring in the relays, Chizoba Okodogbe in the 800 and Laura Roesler in the 1,500.
Several of Oregon's returning Pac-12 scorers will also be getting ready for the long outdoor season. Among those are Arthur Delaney (relays), Dior Mathis (100/200), Chad Noelle (800), Trevor Ferguson (long jump), Tanner Harris (hammer), Austin Ouderkirk (pole vault), Ethan Powell (javelin), Laura Bobek (discus), Sammie Clark (pole vault), Lauren Crockett (high jump), Alexandria Davidson (100/200/400), Megan Patrignelli (800/1,500), Chancey Summers (high jump) and Taylor Wallace (1,500).
Both 3,000 meter races could prove interesting. OTC Elite has Hassan Mead and Ben Blankenship in the men's race along with Parker Stinson of Oregon. For the women, OTC Elite has entered Julia Lucas and Bridget Franek with Oregon's Abbey Leonardi and former Duck/current volunteer assistant Kimber Mattox, running for Boweman Athletic Club.
Mattox is one of many former Ducks in the meet, including Brittany Henry of ASTF, who set the meet record in the hammer last year with an effort of 232-1/70.73m under less than ideal conditions. Other alums returning for the Preview include Travis Thompson in the 1,500, David Bondi in the 3,000, Kyley Johnson in the men's high jump and Ryan Brandel in the men's hammer.
A number of Ducks will be competing Saturday, but not in an Oregon uniform. Among those to watch for competing unattached are freshmen Ashante Horsley (200/400), Madelayne Varela (100/200/LJ), Brittany Mann (SP/DIS/HAM), Katie Gruys (SP/HAM), Joe Holvey (2,000 Steeple) and Cameron Acosta (JAV). Others competing unattached include sophomores Daphne Chambers (HAM) and Alec Fellows (110H/400H/HJ/PV).
FREE YOUTH CLINIC
The University of Oregon and the Oregon Track Club Elite, in conjunction with the City of Eugene's Recreation Services, are sponsoring a free youth clinic for children ages 5-12 Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Hayward Field prior to the Ducks' outdoor season opener, the Oregon Preview. Kids will be instructed by a number of University of Oregon and OTC Elite track and field athletes and coaches. Youngsters will have the opportunity to participate in running, long jump, hurdles and the "turbo" javelin. All children will receive a meet bib, wristband and free entrance to the Oregon Preview, which begins at 12:30 p.m., in addition to being able to participate in a special group photo and autograph session. Those kids interested in participating are asked to bring their own running shoes, and check in beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the Powell Plaza entrance (corner of Agate and 15th). Advanced registration is also available at the Sheldon Community Center (2445 Willakenzie Rd. until 5 p.m. Friday). Participants will be sorted into ages 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The day will begin with a group photo at 10:30. Then the rotating clinic will feature three stations of the turbo javelin, long jump and running. In the event of extreme weather, the clinic will be cancelled; check www.gotracktownusa.com for more weather-related information. CONTACT INFORMATION: Kim McManus, senior supervisor, City of Eugene Recreation Services (Kimberly.K.McManus@ci.eugene.or.us/541.682.6343).
Two Ducks are listed on the latest 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. English Gardner is one of 10 student-athletes on the women's watch list, while Mike Berry falls into the "also receiving mention" category for the men.
SEASON TICKETS, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SALE
Fans interested in purchasing all-session four-day passes for the June 5-8 NCAA Championships, as well as season tickets and single meet tickets for the for the Ducks' 2013 schedule, may do so now. To purchase Oregon track and field tickets, go online to goducks.com/tracktickets, call 1-800-WEBFOOT or visit the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center
DUCKS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT NCAA WOMEN INDOOR
he Women of Oregon dug their way out of a deep deficit to overcome nearly a dozen teams and win their fourth straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field national title March 8-9 at the Randal Tyson Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
The women locked up the meet with their only event win of the Championships - the 4x400 meter relay - to secure the title with 56 points. Kansas was second with 44, with Louisiana State third with 43 and host Arkansas fourth with 42.5.
The team of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis won the 4x400 relay for the Ducks in a school record 3:30.22. Gardner put Oregon ahead on the opening leg and Oregon never looked back. Gardner timed 53.64 on the opening leg, followed by Okodogbe's 52.54, Roesler's 52.64 and Francis's impressive 51.42 as the Ducks won the indoor 4x4 crown for the second time in four years
Oregon became just the second team to win four consecutive NCAA Indoor titles, joining LSU which won five straight from 1993-97.
The Men of Oregon proved resurgent too with Elijah Greer winning the 800 meters en route to a top 10 finish.
The women opened the final day in 11th place with nine points, but began their climb with a gutsy run from Becca Friday in the mile. The senior from Bellingham, Wash., rallied from ninth place to sixth on the final lap, crossing the tape in 4:39.23 for three team points.
Also in the mile, a tired Anne Kesselring took 10th in 4:50.77. Kesselring anchored the Ducks' distance medley relay less than 24 hours earlier.
Next, it was Francis' time to step up in the 400 meters. She came back from a ragged semifinal run on Friday to place second in her heat and fourth overall in 52.01. That was worth five team points as the Ducks began to gain ground on Kansas and Arkansas and keep pace with LSU.
The Ducks then jumped to second place with 12 points in the 60 meters.
Gardner, the 2012 NCAA champion, was the runner-up in 7.15 seconds, finishing just behind Central Florida's Aurieyall Scott, who won in 7.13. The sophomore from Voorhees, N.J., was just a half step behind Scott the whole race as the two thrilled the Randal Tyson Center crowd with another entertaining NCAA final.
The Ducks also got a huge performance in the 60 from freshman Jenna Prandini, who placed fifth in 7.38. The Clovis, Calif., native came into the meet as the No. 12 seed.
Roseler put the Ducks into the lead for the first time with her runner up finish in the 800 meters. The junior from Fargo, N.D., crossed the tape in an impressive 2:02.32, finishing behind only Natoya Goule of LSU (2:02.00). Roesler was critical in breaking up the Tigers' powerful 800 tandem of Goule and Charlene Lipsey, who was third in 2:05.02.
Roesler's runner-up finish also broke one of the oldest records in the Oregon history book. She took down the 31 year-old mark of 2:03.89 run by Leann Warren in 1982.
Oregon led with 37 points at that point, followed by LSU with 34 and Kansas with 33 with three events left: the triple jump, the 3,000 meters and the 4x4.
The Jayhawks jumped back to the lead with a win in the triple jump, upping their team total to 43. The Tigers' also netted five triple jump points to pass Oregon with 39.
The Ducks responded with Jordan Hasay and Alexi Pappas in the 3,000 and the senior duo who led Oregon to the 2012 NCAA Cross Country title pushed the Ducks in front for good. Hasay fought her way to a runner-up finish in 9:06.61. She tucked into the pack as the leaders pulled away midway through the race, and then worked her way up through her competitors to claim eight crucial team points.
Pappas, a senior transfer from Dartmouth in her final appearance as a Duck, added another point for Oregon with her eighth place finish in 9:12.38.
That gave Oregon a 46-43 lead on Kansas heading to the 4x4, where the Ducks slammed the door.
On Friday's first day of competition, Hasay was fourth in the 5,000 meters in a school record 15:40.30. The senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., lowered Alex Kosinski's previous mark of 15:44.60 by more than :04 in scoring five points toward the team race. Pappas was sixth in that race in 15:47.13 - the third best time in school history.
Meanwhile Greer and Mike Berry's runner-up finish in the 400 meters helped the Men of Oregon tie for sixth with 22 points.
Arkansas won the team title with 74 points, followed by Florida (59), Wisconsin (33), Texas A&M (30), Texas Tech (28) and Oregon and Arizona (22).
Greer looked smooth from the opening gun and tucked into second on the shoulder of Penn State's Casimir Loxsom for the first 600 meters. On the bell lap, the junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., sprinted around Loxsom to the lead and finished clear of the field to win in 1:47.13. Loxsom was next in 1:47.23.
Greer became the first Duck ever to win an indoor 800 meter title.
Junior Boru Guyota was eighth in the 800 in 1:51.04.
Like he did in Boise last year, Berry won his 400 final heat only to see another runner steal the title in the second heat. The junior from Seattle, Wash., sprinted clear of the field to win his section in 45.83 only to watch Errol Nolan of Houston take the second heat and the overall title in 45.75.
Still, Berry's runner-up finish was the best ever for a Duck in the indoor 400 meters.
Also for the men, Johnathan Cabral finished strong to earn a sixth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. The sophomore from Calabasas, Calif., leaned at the tape to finish in 7.73 seconds, tying his personal best and scoring three team points.
Dakotah Keys took ninth in the heptathlon, scoring a personal best 5,757 points. That was the third best total in school history.
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 2013 Women's Indoor Track & Field national title was the 21st 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, 1987 and 2012, and men's basketball in 1939. Oregon's acrobatics and tumbling team also won NCATA national titles in 2011-12.
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.