Ducks to Compete at Penn Relays
Release Date: 04/23/2014
When: Thursday - Saturday, April 24-26
Where: Franklin Field
Watch: The majority of the meet will be streamed live on Flotrack.com for premium members here.
Live Stats: Live stats for the meet will be available HERE.
It’s one of the most electric events in track and field as the world’s elite gather at Franklin Field for the Penn Relays, April 24-26. The Oregon track and field team will be there, represented in seven relays and one individual event.
The Women of Oregon have proven to be formidable in each of the traditional relays, as the 4x100 team of Marybeth Sant, Phyllis Francis, Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd tied the fastest time in world (43.31) last weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays and Oregon’s 4x400 team used an exhilarating win at the NCAA Indoor Championships to capture the team title.
While the lineups for each event are not released, the Ducks’ depth at 800 meters on the women’s side should provide a potent 4x800 relay team. The Ducks are led by Laura Roesler, who is ranked first in the NCAA and second in the world in the event (2:00.24), followed by Samantha Murphy who has put up the second fastest college time this season (2:02.61) and Annie Leblanc who ranks sixth (2:04.28).
On the men’s side, Oregon has a stable of distance runners who could enter the 4xmile, which falls in the NBC Sports Network live broadcast window, Saturday at 10:25 a.m. PT.
The Men of Oregon will also be entered in the distance medley relay, an event in which they finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championships, and the 4x400.
Schedule (all times PT):
9:55 a.m. – Women’s 4x100 heats
2:20 p.m. – Women’s DMR Championship of America
3:15 p.m. – Women’s 4x400 heats
9:50 a.m. – 4x100 Championship of America
11:25 a.m. – Men’s DMR Championship of America
1 p.m. – Women’s 100 Hurdles Heats
1:15 p.m. – Men’s 4x400 Heats
10:25 a.m. – Men’s 4xmile Championship of America
12:15 p.m. – Women’s 100 Hurdle Championship
1:10 p.m. – Women’s 4x800 Championship of America
2:50 p.m. – Women’s 4x400 Championship of America
3 p.m. – Men’s 4x400 Championship of America
The Men of Oregon moved up to No. 1 in the USTFCCCA computer rankings while the Women of Oregon maintained their position at No. 4.
Back on Top:
The men’s team has made itself a staple at the top of the national rankings but it is the first time the Ducks have been ranked No. 1 since May 12, 2009.
Individual Top 10:
The men’s team is led by Trevor Dunbar who recorded the second-fastest 5,000 time in the NCAA this season at the Mt. SAC Relays. Dakotah Keys competed in his first full decathlon of the season at the Oregon Relays and set a PR of 8,027 points which ranks second in the NCAA. Throwers Sam Crouser and Greg Skipper also rank in the top 10 with Crouser fourth in the javelin and Skipper fifth in the hammer throw. Mike Berry recorded the most recent top-10 mark at the Mt. SAC Relays and is currently fourth in the 400.
The women’s team has increased its total of top-10 NCAA marks to nine. The Ducks have quality and depth at 800 meters with the trio of Roesler (first), Murphy (second) and Leblanc (sixth) and lead the nation in the 4x100 as well. Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd have the 100 covered as they rank second and seventh, respectively. Phyllis Francis has top 10 marks in both the 400 (second) and 200 (fourth) and Lauren Crockett is sixth in the high jump.
Roesler Named National Athlete of the Week:
Senior Laura Roesler was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, April 21, picking up the award for the second time this season after previously being named during the indoor season, Jan. 27.
Prandini, Roesler Named Pac-12 Athlete of the Week:
Jenna Prandini was named Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Week , this week, April 22 after running 11.11 in the 100 at Mt. SAC as well as joining the 4x100 relay in its world-leading time.
It is the second conference honor for Prandini this season and the third for the Ducks. Prandini was also named, April 1 and Laura Roesler, April 8 in back-to-back weeks.
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.
Seniors Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis were included in the lastest edition of The Bowerman Women’s Watchlist while Edward Cheserek appears on The Bowerman Men’s Watchlist.
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