SEATTLE – Two Ducks distance medley relay teams were in the spotlight for the night cap on the first day of the UW Invitational, Friday, as the “white” team of Mac Fleet, Jack Galpin, Boru Guyota and Edward Cheserek won with the second-fastest time in the nation this season (9:28.91).
The excitement was double for Duck fans as Oregon’s “yellow” team of Brett Johnson, Arthur Delaney, Russell Hornsby and Trevor Dunbar was close on the heels of their teammates. The second quartet finished in a close second with a time of 9:31.64, the fourth-fastest time in the country this year.
“I think both of our teams ran respectable races and all eight guys worked together to finish with times that will hopefully qualify either team to the NCAA Championships; a great team effort.” said head coach Robert Johnson. “Coach Powell is doing a good job bringing those guys along. We look forward to getting some more work in and continuing on to the next step of this process.”
The two teams were even through almost the entirety of the race with the “white” team holding a slight edge heading into the mile-long anchor leg ran by the freshman Cheserek (white), the reigning NCAA Cross Country Champion making his indoor debut, and the senior Dunbar (yellow). Dunbar took the lead on Cheserek about halfway through the leg but Cheserek had something left in the tank, and a strong kick motored him to the finish line first by almost a three-second margin.
Jillian Weir tallied the second victory for Oregon with a win in the women’s weight throw. The junior finished with a season-best mark of 64-8 (19.78m).
Dakotah Keys leads the heptathlon field through four events with 3,129 points, putting up the top marks in both the 60 meters and shot put while finishing second in the long jump and the high jump. The senior set a personal record in the shot put (43-7.25/13.29m) and tied his previous bests in the 60 (7.13) and the high jump (6-7.5/2.02m).
Mitch Modin made his collegiate heptathlon debut and is currently in fifth place with 2,907 points. Sophomore Blake Kemp is a few spots behind at the end of day one in fifth (2,811 points) and Alec Fellows rounds out the group in eighth (2,741).
Lauren Crockett and Haley Crouser represented Oregon in the pentathlon, finishing third and seventh, respectively. Crockett’s score of 3,648 points is a personal best while Crouser scored a 3,463 in her debut. Crockett, a junior, set personal records in the 60 hurdles, shot put, long jump and 800, Friday.
The Ducks will be represented by the group of heptathletes, Saturday, with action starting at 10 a.m.