Ducks Travel to Kentucky for Rod McCravy Memorial Meet
Release Date: 01/22/2014
Coming off a strong opening meet at UW Indoor Preview last weekend, the Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams will make a much longer trek to Lexington Ky., for the 2014 Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, Friday and Saturday. Multi-event competition will begin at 7 a.m. PT both days. Four events will take place on the track, Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. PT with action starting earlier on Saturday at 9 a.m. PT. Live stats and live video (with subscription) can be found at http://www.ukathletics.com/sports/c-track/sched/kty-c-track-sched.html.
The collegiate teams in the field will include Alabama, Baylor, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Florida, Illinois (women), Miami (Fl.), Missouri, Northern Kentucky, Ohio State (men), Tennessee, Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky.
On the men’s side, No. 2 Florida, No. 18 Baylor and No. 24 Alabama will join No. 3 Oregon in the field while No. 3 Florida and No. 6 Kentucky will compete with the fourth-ranked Women of Oregon.
Individual Top Performers:
The Men of Oregon currently have two members with top-10 marks in the nation so far this season. Johnathan Cabral ran a 7.77 in the 60 meter hurdles finals at the UW Preview which ranks fifth while Boru Guyota ran the 10th-fastest mile this season in 4:05.84.
The Women of Oregon have four top-10 marks this season, highlighted by Jasmine Todd and Laura Roesler who rank second in the 60 meters (7.20) and the mile (4:40.63), respectively. Jenna Prandini ran the 3rd-fastest time in the nation (7.24) behind Todd and Sasha Wallace owns the fourth-fastest time in the 60 hurdles (8.21)
Wallace Wows in Debut:
In her first finals race as a member of the Oregon track team, freshman Sasha Wallace broke the Ducks’ school record in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.21.
Redshirt freshman Jasmine Todd and sophomore Jenna Prandini got off to a fast start in their 2014 debuts. The two went 1-2 at the UW Indoor Preview in the 60 meter dash, both setting personal records. Todd’s time of 7.20 seconds is tied for the second-fastest in school history while 7.24 seconds for Prandini improves the fourth-place mark she set last season.
Both the Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams found themselves in familiar territory, Monday, as each was ranked in the USTFCCCA Division I National Team Indoor Computer Rankings. The Men of Oregon were slotted third while the Women of Oregon were tabbed fourth.
Four Oregon Track and Field student-athletes received votes for The Bowerman Trophy 2014 Preseason Watch List this week as Phyllis Francis and Laura Roesler made the list of 10 women to watch, while Mike Berry and Edward Cheserek received votes on the men’s side.
The 2014 Squads:
The Oregon women’s team is four-time defending NCAA Indoor Champions and returns three indoor All-Americans last year led by 800 meters runner-up Laura Roesler. Senior Phyllis Francis took fourth in the 400 meters last season while Jenna Prandini placed fifth in the 60 meters as a freshman. The women will add the No. 1 recruiting class in 2014 led by sprinters Marybeth Sant and Sasha Wallace. The Ducks also welcome the addition of transfer Samantha Murphy who is ranked second in 800 behind Roesler.
The men’s team returns seven of its nine indoor All-Americans from 2014, including the runner-up in the 400 meters, Mike Berry. Berry, Boru Guyota (800 meters), and Trevor Dunbar (5,000 meters) each enter the season ranked second in their respective events. In addition to the returners, the Men of Oregon also have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation which includes NCAA Cross Country Champion Edward Cheserek as well as Track and Field News All-Americans Marcus Chambers (sprints), Cullen Prena (throws) and Cole Walsh (pole vault).
The Women of Oregon enter the 2014 season as four-time defending NCAA Champions. Oregon is just the second team to win four consecutive NCAA Indoor titles, joining LSU which won five straight from 1993-97.
The 2013 Oregon men’s and women’s track and field recruiting classes were each ranked No. 1 by Track and Field News marking just the sixth time a school has earned top rankings on both the men’s and women’s sides. The Ducks earned dual top classes in 2010 as well, and is the first program to receive top rankings twice.
TrackTown USA – Home of the NCAA Outdoor Championships:
The University of Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field will be the home of the NCAA Track and Field Championships for each of the next eight years.
The NCAA has awarded TrackTown USA its Outdoor Track and Field Championships from 2015 to 2021, the Association announced in December, 2013. Coupled with the fact that Eugene had previously been selected to host the national meet in 2014, the University of Oregon will be the destination for the Division I championships into the next decade.
The announcement means that Eugene will be the home of more NCAA meets than any other city in the United States. TrackTown has hosted the national championships 11 times: 1962, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2010 and 2013.
Freshman Edward Cheserek broke onto the collegiate running scene by winning the Pac-12, West Regional and NCAA Championships during the 2013 cross country season. Cheserek is the first Oregon freshman to win the NCAA Championship, as Steve Prefontaine previously set the school’s standard with a third-place finish in 1969.
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