The Oregon track and field team is officially into the championship portion of the season and the Ducks will have one last tune up at the Oregon Twilight, Friday, before finalizing their roster before the Pac-12 Championships next weekend. Meanwhile, four Ducks will already be looking to add the first points to the team’s tally at the conference championships in Pullman, Wash., at the Pac-12 Championships Multi Events, Saturday and Sunday.
The Oregon Twilight (4:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) provides an opportunity for current members of the Oregon squad to go toe-to-toe with former greats. Sixteen Oregon track and field alumni will return to Hayward field this weekend. Those 16 individuals account for 17 NCAA Championships, 76 all-America honors, countless Pac-12/10 Championships and nine team National Championships.
The meet will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks beginning at 7:30. All events prior to the TV window will be streamed on goducks.com. Fans can follow along with live stat HERE.
The Pac-12 Multis Championships will have live stats provided HERE. Events will start at noon, Saturday and 11 a.m., Sunday.
The women’s team moved up one spot to No. 3 in the latest USTFCCCA rankings while the men’s team stayed at No. 4.
The Oregon Twilight is the final regular season meet for the Men and Women of Oregon and serves as the last opportunity to thank the seniors of the class of 2014. The senior class represents some of the most successful years in University of Oregon history, including six individual NCAA team championships 128 All-American performances and 12 individual NCAA Championships.
Events to Watch:
Women’s 200m: The 200 features Oregon alum and Arizona Volunteer Assistant Coach, Amber Purvis who was a member of the team that began the sprint renaissance at Oregon which continues today with the likes of Phyllis Francis, Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd. The 16 year-old Canadian phenom, Zion Corrales-Nelson joins the field.
Women’s 800m: Perhaps the headlining race for the women’s events, the 800 meters will feature OTC Elite’s British 800m Champion Jemma Simpson, former Oregon NCAA 800m Champion Anne Kesselring from Germany who finished well at the Stanford 1500m last weekend, Canadian 800m Record Holder and masters athlete Diane Cummins, and a host of other professionals that includes former Oregon All-American Becca Friday.
Women’s 1500m: The women’s 1500m will be dominated by local professionals stepping down in distance from the 3000 meter steeplechase. OTC’s Lauren Johnson, Aisha Praught, Bridget Franek and former Oregon star Alexi Pappas headline. Oregon’s Annie Leblanc, a star in the 800 meters so far this season will also jump up in distance to prepare for the Pac-12 Championship next weekend.
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: 2013 USATF National Championship steeplechase finalists Julia Webb, wife of American Mile Record-Holder Alan Webb, and former Oregon steeplechaser Kimber Mattox match up looking for USA Championship qualifiers. Mattox, a current UO volunteer assistant coach, works with Ducks and is a graduate student in the human physiology program.
Women’s High Jump: OTC’s Briane Theisen-Eaton returns to the high jump at Hayward Field against UO’s Lauren Crockett. Crockett leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth in the nation in the high jump so far this year.
Women’s Discus Throw: Pitts UO’s steadily improving discus star Laura Bobek, who has climbed up to third all-time on the Oregon record lists, against 4-time NAIA Champion Gabi Dixson, formerly of Concordia.
Women’s Hammer Throw: Oregon school record-holder Britney Henry returns to Hayward Field once again to take on UO’s Jillian Weir and Brittany Mann. Weir sits 15th in the NCAA this year, after earning All-America honors last year.
Women’s Javelin Throw: Oregon has five entries in the event who will match up against Brianne Theisen-Eaton. Haley Crouser, the Oregon freshman who was a finalist at the 2012 Olympic Trials, faces teammate Rachel Sherrell and multi-sport sensation Liz Brenner.
Men’s 800m: Along with the men’s 1500 meters, the 800 is one of the top fields of the meet. The event features former Oregon standout, 2013 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champion, Elijah Greer as well as 2012 NCAA Champion Charles Jock. Tyler Mulder, 2008 NCAA Champion with a 1:44.34 personal best, headlines the field along with Casimir Loxsom and Mark Wieczorek.
Men’s 1500m: OTC Elite’s Jordan McNamra joins 2013 NCAA Champion Mac Fleet, one of the stars of Oregon’s indoor national title Trevor Dunbar, Australia’s Joshua Wright and former Oregon 1,500 meter school record holder AJ Acosta in one of the most exciting races of the evening.
Men’s 110m Hurdles: It will be Decathlon Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder Ashton Eaton’s return to Hayward Field after a year hiatus. Oregon’s football wide receiver Devon Allen, who was one of the stars of the spring game last weekend, returns to the track as one of the top dual-sport athletes in the nation.
Men’s Hammer Throw: Oregon’s Greg Skipper is the class of the field. He has the fifth-best mark on the NCAA hammer throw list this season and returns to the ring to keep moving up the rankings as he heads into the Pac12 and NCAA Championships this month.
Men’s Javelin Throw: One of the highlight field events of the meet. Olympian and Oregon’s 2011 Pac-10 Champion, Cyrus Hostetler takes on 2010 Pac-10 Champion Ryan Brandel. UC San Diego’s two-time National DII champion Nicholas Howe joins in the action along with Brent Lagace. The field includes five athletes capable of reaching the 70-meter mark.
Cheserek, Roesler Named National Athlete of the Week:
Edward Cheserek was crowned as the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, April 28 after being named the Penn Relays Athlete of the Meet. The freshman was a part of winning DMR and 4xMile teams, running mile splits of 3:57.98 and 3:56.4, respectively.
Senior Laura Roesler was named the 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.
Flock of Ducks Named Pac-12 Athlete of the Week:
The Pac-12 has named an Oregon competitor the conference athlete of the week in four of the last five weeks. Most recently Edward Cheserek earned the honor, being named on April 29.
Jenna Prandini has been named twice, once after setting a world-leading mark at the San Diego Invitational (April 1) and another after winning the 100 and 4x100 at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 8).
Laura Roesler won her award after taking the 800 title at the Pepsi Dual.
Individual Top 10:
The men’s team is led by Trevor Dunbar who recorded the fourth-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 third 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 ffifth in the 400.
The women’s team has quality and depth at 800 meters with the trio of Roesler (first), Murphy (third) and Leblanc (eighth). Both relays are among the nation’s elite with the 4x100 team ranked second and the 4x400 ranked fourth. Members of that 4x100 team, Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd, are ranked third and 10th in the 100, respectively. Phyllis Francis has top 10 marks in both the 400 (third) and 200 (sixth) while Lauren Crockett is sixth in the high jump. Megan Patrignelli jumped into the top-10 of the steeplechase last week at the Payton Jordan with the eighth-fastest time this season.
The Pac Goes to Pullman:
The Pac-12 Championships will be hosted by Washington State in Pullman, Wash., May 17-18. Ticket information is as follows and can be purchased online HERE.
Youth (2-17) $8
Senior (60 + up) $8
Youth (2-17) $5
Senior (60 + up) $5
Groups of 20 or more - $3 each
Heat sheets will be available for fans to purchase at the Ticket booth at Mooberry Track for $1 each day.