CORVALLIS, Ore. –Laura Bobek was one of seven Ducks to win at the OSU High Performance Meet, Friday, as the senior ascended the Oregon record book with a personal-record throw of 177-10 (54.20m) to move to third all-time.
The mark continues a strong season for Bobek, who climbed to fourth at the Aztec Invitational earlier this season and improved that mark tonight by more than three feet.
“We have had a good throws program historically,” head coach Robert Johnson said. “Laura breaking into the top three is a testament to her hard work with Coach Whitsitt and it is great to see her keep improving.”
Fellow thrower Brittany Mann joined her in the winner’s circle, topping the field in the shot put with a distance of 51-1.75 (15.59m).
Brett Johnson set a season best while cruising to a win in the 1,500 and crossing the finish line in 3:44.73, a time which puts him in good position to qualify to the to the NCAA Preliminary Meet. Unattached Oregon freshman Jake Leingang was the second to finish in 3:47.56.
Alec Smith led the Ducks in the invitational section of the men’s 800, setting a PR and breaking 1:50 with a time of 1:49.73 to finish as the top collegian in the field and second overall. He was followed by teammate Russell Hornsby, who took third in 1:50.30.
Freshmen Ben Thiel and Cole Walsh added two more wins on the men’s side in the 400 hurdles and pole vault, respectively. Thiel ran a 53.86 to cross the finish line first, while Walsh cleared 16-2.75 (4.95m) as an unattached competitor, beating out teammate Matt Hidalgo who finished second.
Ashley Maton and Annie Whitfield picked up second-place finishes in the 5,000 and the javelin, respectively, with Maton setting a PR of 16:35.08. Frida Berge and Alli Cash led the Duck contingent in the 1,500, finishing second and third.
Ryan Hunter-Simms earned a pair of second-place finishes in the shot put (56-11.50/17.36m) and discus (166-6/50.76m).
Bradley Laubacher took second in the high jump, clearing 6-9.75 (2.08m).
“We went to this meet with the goal of adding some qualifiers to the regional meet, and solidifying our Pac-12 team,” Johnson said. “It was a great step in the right direction.”
The Ducks will be in action at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif., Sunday. Section assignments for that meet can be found here.