With the 2013 indoor track and field season beginning on Saturday for Oregon's men and three-time defending NCAA champion women, goducks.com will preview each position in the days leading up to the opener in Nampa, Idaho.
2013 Indoor Track and Field Outlook - Sprints & Hurdles
Both the men and women exhibited great strength in the sprints during the 2012 indoor season. Mike Berry blazed the way for the men in the quarter mile, while English Gardner paced a talented group of women's sprinters.
With a number of roster additions, the Ducks look to be even better in the sprints this winter. For the women, it all starts with Gardner (Voorhees, N.J.), a sophomore indoors who won the NCAA 60 meter title in 7.12 seconds, the fourth fastest time in collegiate history. She's also capable at 200 meters (22.82 outdoors) and even led off Oregon's record-setting 4x400 meter relay at the 2012 outdoor championships.
Gardner is joined by all-American juniors Phyllis Francis (Queens, N.Y.), Chizoba Okodogbe (Antioch, Calif.) and Laura Roesler (Fargo, N.D.). Francis was fourth in the 400 meters at the 2012 NCAA indoor meet, while all three are key members of the 4x400 relay. They will be joined by senior Alexandria Davidson (senior, DuPont, Wash.).
Newcomers for the women include freshmen Ashante Horsley (McMinnville, Ore.), Jenna Prandini (Clovis, Calif.) and Jasmine Todd (Chandler, Ariz.)
Look for freshmen Alyssa Monteverde (Fresno, Calif.) and Anetra Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the 60 hurdles.
Berry leads a group of up-and-coming men's sprinters. The junior from Seattle holds both the indoor (45.93) and outdoor (44.75) 400 meter records at the University and was third indoors at that distance at the NCAA meet a year ago.
He'll be joined by all-American and Pac-12 champion Johnathan Cabral (Calabasas, Calif.), who will pace the Ducks in the hurdles. Cabral was an NCAA and Olympic Trials qualifier in the 110 meter hurdles last spring. In his first indoor season, he ran 7.83 in the 60 hurdles, No. 3 all time at Oregon.
A number of veterans and newcomers are vying to be in the mix in the sprints. Pac-12 scorers Arthur Delaney and Joeal Hotchkins head that group. Delaney, a sophomore from Gresham, Ore., came on strong at the end of the outdoor season, taking third in both the 100 and 200 meters at the Pac-12 meet before advancing to the NCAA Championships in the 200. Hotchkins, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., placed seventh in the 100 at the league meet and also ran a team-best 6.79 in the 60 meters last indoor season.
Among those looking to make the leap this year are senior Korey Brown (Hacienda Heights, Calif.), sophomore Jack Galpin (Medford, Ore.) sophomore Jordan Latt (Tigard, Ore.) and senior Chris Stubbs (Eugene, Ore.). Middle distance star Elijah Greer (Lake Oswego, Ore.) was also a key on the 4x400 meter relay.
The Ducks could get an additional boost from football players De'Anthony Thomas, Dior Mathis and B.J. Kelley. Mathis, a junior, was the second-fastest Duck in the 60 meters in 2012 (6.80).
South Carolina transfer Nejmi Burnside (Nassau, Bahamas) will join Cabral n the hurdles.
The 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are coming to Historic Hayward Field June 5-8 (www.ncaa.com/trackandfield).