LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Women of Oregon flexed their muscle, Friday, by collecting three event wins on the first day of the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, capping the night with a strong performance in the distance medley relay.
The DMR team of Annie Leblanc, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Megan Patrignelli fought hard with Florida, but gutted out a win, finishing in 10:56.77. The time is the best in the country so far this season and the fourth-fastest time in Oregon history. The quartet also shattered both the McCravy meet record (11:20.05) and the Nutter Fieldhouse record (11:12.23) in the process.
With the Ducks and Florida neck-and-neck through two legs, Roesler broke the race open at the end of her 800-meter, passing the baton to Patrignelli with a slim lead. But Patrignelli would have to hold off Cory McGee, a World Championships qualifier and last year’s NCAA runner-up in the 1,500.
McGee made up the lost ground early and took the lead for the Gators, but Patrignelli made a strong move to finish the last 400 in 64 seconds, winning by almost a four-second margin.
“All four girls did their part in that race and it’s a testament to the coaches who had them prepared,” said head coach Robert Johnson. “They all did an outstanding job and we’re thrilled to end the night with that performance. Big thanks to Coach Floreal for inviting us to this great meet and setting up a fast women's DMR tonight. It was a good start to the meet.”
The young duo of Jasmine Todd and Jenna Prandini were back in action, Friday, this time in the long jump where they went 1-2, respectively after doing the same in the 60 last weekend during a stunning season debut. Todd jumped 21-0 (6.40m) in her first jump of the day, a mark good enough to top the NCAA leaderboard and place second in Oregon’s all-time indoor record book behind Jamesha Youngblood who jumped 21-6.25 in 2010. Prandini leapt 20-1.50 (6.13m) which is good enough for fifth in the record book.
“It was really exciting to see Jasmine and Jenna go 1-2 in the long jump and the ball just rolled from there. We continued to put up good marks one event at a time,” said Johnson.
Lauren Crockett was the second Oregon student-athlete to pick up a win, clearing 6-0 (1.83m) in the high jump. The mark is a personal record for the junior and also puts her in a tie for second with Laurel Roberts (1991) on the Oregon all-time list. She is one of six NCAA women to clear 6-0 this season.
Jillian Weir led the women throwers with a fifth-place finish in the weight throw. The junior reached a distance of 64-3.25 (19.59m) in her 2014 debut while Brittany Mann qualified for the finals with a personal record of 59-9 (18.21m).
Sammie Clark set a personal record in the pole vault while finishing third in the event. Clark cleared 13-6.50 (4.13m) which ranks fifth in Oregon indoor history.
Greg Skipper set a personal record of more than two feet in the weight throw, during his final toss of the day. He finished with a distance of 65-6 (19.96m) which ranks third in Oregon history.
Bradley Laubacher made his season debut in the high jump, finishing third and clearing 6-10.25.
The Ducks will conclude the meet, Saturday, with events starting at 9 a.m. PT. Live results and live video (with subscription) can be found here.