What: Oregon Relays
When: Thursday - Saturday, April 17-19
Where: Historic Hayward Field
Watch: All collegiate events will be streamed live HERE.
Live Stats: Live stats for the meet will be available HERE.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased on GoDucks.com for Friday and Saturday. The event will be free on Thursday but tickets are required for entrance Friday after 3 p.m., and all day Saturday.
After a weekend without competition, the Oregon track and field team will be back in action at Historic Hayward Field for the Oregon Relays, while also sending a group of student athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays, both of which take place April 17-19.
The Oregon Relays will maintain its traditional format, as a combination of both collegiate and high school competition. The meet will start Thursday at 1 p.m., a day dedicated exclusively to the heptathlon and decathlon. Admission is free of charge, Thursday.
The multi events will continue at noon, Friday, followed by the afternoon session of collegiate competition, beginning at 3:40 p.m. High school events are scheduled to run from 6:50-8 p.m., with the collegiate men’s and women’s 10,000 to cap the night.
On Saturday, high school competition will start and 10 a.m. and end with the last event at 4:50. The collegiate section will run from 5 p.m. and finish with the Bill McChesney Jr. 5,000-meter race at 7:55 p.m.
Mt. SAC Relays:
A handful of Ducks will be at the Mt. SAC Relays, Thursday-Saturday. Sprinters Jenna Prandini (100, 200), Marybeth Sant (100, 200), Jasmine Todd (100, 200), Christian Brennan (200) Chizoba Okodogbe (200, 400), Phyllis Francis (200, 400), 800 runners Laura Roesler, Annie Leblanc and Samantha Murphy and 100 hurdler Sasha Wallace will be running. The men’s team will be represented by Mike Berry (400) and Trevor Dunbar (5,000).
The Men of Oregon are currently ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA computer rankings moving up from the No. 4 spot. The Women of Oregon did just the opposite, moving from No. 2 to No. 4.
Individual Top Marks:
The men’s team is led by throwers Sam Crouser, who has the third-best throw in the javelin this season, and Greg Skipper, who ranks fourth in the hammer throw. The 4x100 team of Devon Allen, Arthur Delaney, Mike Berry and Marcus Chambers is also in the top-10 with the seventh-ranked mark thus far.
The women’s team has a total of seven top-10 marks in the nation this outdoor season. Laura Roesler is the nation’s top women’s 800 runner after her performance at the Pepsi Dual and Phyllis Francis is second in the 200 with her run on the same day. Other individuals in the top 10 are Sarah Penney (seventh) and Roesler (ninth) in the 1,500 and Jenna Prandini in the 200 (seventh). The 4x100 team of Francis, Annie Leblanc, Ashante Horsley and Sam Murphy is sixth in the nation.
Events to Watch:
A featured event on the men’s side will be the Bill McChesney Jr. 5,000, which will close the meet on Saturday. The race will mark the home debut of three-time national champion Edward Cheserek along with All-American transfer, Eric Jenkins. They will go against some successful alums now with the Oregon Project in Matthew Centrowitz and Luke Puskedra. Centrowitz was the 2011 NCAA Champion in the 1,500 while Puskedra earned seven All-America honors while at Oregon, capped by a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 as a senior in 2012. All-American and Canadian Olympian, Cam Levins, is also scheduled to compete.
The men’s 800 will host Oregon All-American Boru Guyota, as well as Derrick Daigre of Washington, who has gone sub-1:50 already this season. They will see the 2012 NCAA 800 champion in Charles Jock as well as former All-American Joe Abbott.
The men’s decathlon will mark the first for Oregon All-American Dakotah Keys this year. He will lead a group of Ducks against a trio of participants from Wichita State, led by freshman Hunter Veith.
The women’s 800 will pit OTC members Anne Kesselring, an NCAA Champion at Oregon, and Shannon Leinert against a group of Oregon runners led by Sarah Penney.
Former Princeton All-American Greta Feldman and British Champion Jemma Simpson of Nike OTC Elite will headline the women’s 1,500 field.
Bill McChesney Jr.:
The comparisons were inevitable, especially when the former South Eugene High School product broke Steve Prefontaine’s state meet record at 3,200 yards by 12 seconds (8:50). But the four-time NCAA All-American and 1980 Olympian was able to create a legacy of his own. Still holding the school record at 5,000 meters (13:14.80), the American collegiate record holder ranked atop the nation’s 5,000-meter list and fourth in the world in 1981, in addition to posting the world’s ninth-fastest 10,000 time (27:47.25). Competing in four NCAA cross country meets during his collegiate tenure, he aided the Ducks to their fourth NCAA cross country title as a freshman in 1977 as well as runner-up finishes in 1978 and ‘79. The 33-year-old distance standout died in a traffic accident on the Oregon coast in 1992
Prandini began her 2014 outdoor season in spectacular fashion by winning the 200 in a meet-record and world-leading time of 22.98 at the Aztec Invitational. Roesler followed with an 800 win at the Pepsi Dual, leading the nation in 2:01.10.