It’s a two-for-one track meet at Historic Hayward Field this weekend with the fourth-ranked men squaring off against No. 2 Arkansas in a traditional college dual. At the same time, the Ducks welcome hundreds of professionals, collegians and high schoolers from around the region for the Oregon Relays Friday and Saturday in TrackTown USA. The first field event gets underway Friday at 2 p.m., with the first two dual meet events beginning at 6:15 p.m. On Saturday, early prep action start at 10 a.m., with the remainder of the dual meet running from noon to 3:15 p.m. After Oregon and Arkansas wrap up, the high schoolers will take center stage Saturday from 3:25 p.m. through the early evening.
Meanwhile, the women will send a handful of runners to the Mt. SAC Relays Thursday through Saturday.
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The collegiate portion of the Oregon Relays / Arkansas Dual will be webcast live for free on Pac-12 Live Stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=500). Former Duck track coach Tom Heinonen and Jesse Fukawa will handle the announcing duties. The high school portions of the meet will be streamed by Runnerspace.com/OregonRelays. Flotrack.org will live stream the Mt. SAC Relays.
For live results, schedules and accepted entry lists, check www.goducks.com OR http://www.goducks.com/fls/500/track/1213/relays/index.htm?SPID=243&DB_OEM_ID=500 (link will not be live until the meet starts). For the Mt. SAC Relays, check http://www.mtsacrelays.com/. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
Follow Oregon’s Twitter feed, @OregonTF, as well as Arkansas (@RazorbackTF).
82 - THE MAGIC NUMBER
The dual meet will be scored using the traditional 5-3-1 point system (5-0 relays), meaning that a total of 163 points are up for grabs; that, in turn, means that the team that reaches 82 points wins. Also, each team is limited to only 34 competitors, though there is no limit to the number of events each competitor may participate in. This will be the first meeting between Oregon and Arkansas in a dual meet format.
The women are No. 2 in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, while the men are No. 4.
OREGON-ARKANSAS DUAL ENTRIES
The competition starts with a bang as the Ducks open with ninth-ranked Greg Skipper in the hammer. The evening’s other event, the men’s Bill McChesney, Jr., 5,000 Meters, is one of the marquis races. Two of the nation’s top 10,000 meter runners, No. 1 Parker Stinson of Oregon and No. 5 Solomon Haile of Arkansas, will square off along with the Ducks’ Matthew Melancon. Ben Blankenship of the Oregon Track Club Elite and Japan’s Tsuyoshi Ugachi are also in this field.
Saturday’s schedule finds a number of ranked athletes in action. The 110 meter hurdles will be one to watch with national leader Johnathan Cabral of Oregon against the Razorbacks’ 11th-ranked Caleb Cross. Those two also meet in the 400 meter hurdles, where Cross is ranked No. 10.
In the sprints, football’s De’Anthony Thomas (No. 14 nationally) is in the 100 meters, while Arkansas fields No. 15 Akheem Gauntlett and No. 18 Marek Niit in the 200.
No. 8 Mike Berry of Oregon leads the field in the 400, while the Ducks’ Elijah Greer will make his 2013 debut at 800 meters.
Oregon also has No. 4 Matt Miner and Mac Fleet in the 1,500 meters, as well as No. 3 Sam Crouser in the javelin.
Arkansas counters with the nation’s No. 3 pole vaulter in Andrew Irwin and No. 3 long jumper in Tarik Batchelor. Batchelor is also No, 12 in the triple jump, where he’s joined by 28th-ranked Anthony May. The Razorbacks also feature a pair of 7-foot high jumpers in No. 13 May and No. 14 Brede Ellingsen.
If the meet comes down to the relays, Arkansas comes in with the No. 7 4x100 team, while the two schools are nearly in a dead heat in the 4x400 with the Ducks at No. 10 and the Razorbacks at No. 15.
FEATURED EVENTS - OREGON RELAYS
Friday’s Oregon Relays offers a number of interesting events, in addition to the aforementioned Bill McChesney, Jr., 5,000 Meters.
The first running event, the steeplechase, could be one of the better races with professionals Carrie Dimoff, Sara Vaughn and Amy-Eloise Neal along with Oregon’s Taylor Wallace and Katie Conlon.
The 1,500 meters has OTC Elite’s Julia Lucas, former Duck Alexi Pappas and former Oregon State Beaver Laura Carlyle. OTC Elits’s Bridget Franek is in the 5,000 along with Oregon volunteer assistant Kimber Mattox.
The featured field event for the women may be the hammer where No. 27 Alyssa Osai of Boise State and No. 36 Jillian Weir of Oregon are in a field with professional Caressa Sims.
Oregon’s Laura Bobek, ranked 36th nationally, heads the discus while in the javelin, sisters square off - Liz Brenner for Oregon and Mary Claire Brenner for Oregon State - with high schooler Haley Crouser also among the entries.
Other Ducks to watch in the field include Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers in the high jump and Maggie Pietka in the triple jump.
The men’s 1,500 meters is shaping up to be an exciting race with professionals Mark Wieczorek (Brooks), Hassan Mead (OTC Elite) and Chris Thompson (OTC Elite) taking to the track along with Oregon’s Chad Noelle.
OTC Elite’s Tyler Mulder will go in the 400 meters, while Ducks Ben DeJarnette, Mitch Hunt and Ryan Pickering and Arkansas’ Layne Nixon will go for NCAA West qualifying times (top 48) in the 10,000 meters.
OREGON RELAYS - HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONS
For those interested in the high school schedule, there is a brief session Friday night from 6:20 p.m.-7:15 p.m. and another short session Saturday morning from 10 a.m.-noon.
The majority of the high school events come on Saturday beginning at 3:25 p.m. and continuing to the last event at 7:40 p.m.
For more information on the Oregon Relays high school section, check www.runnerspace.com.
OREGON ENTRIES - MT. SAC RELAYS
The Ducks will send many of their top women’s runners to the Mt. SAC Relays. That list includes English Gardner and Jenna Prandini in the 100 and 200 meters, Anne Kesselring, Becca Friday and Annie LeBlanc in the 1,500 meters, Phyllis Francis and Chizoba Okodogbe in the 200 meters and Laura Roesler in the 400 and 800 meters. Oregon will also enter a 4x100 meter relay team.
Two Ducks are listed on the latest 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. Sprinter Mike Berry is on the 10 student-athlete watch list for the men while Gardner falls into the “also receiving mention” category for the women.
SEASON TICKETS, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SALE
Fans interested in purchasing all-session four-day passes for the June 5-8 NCAA Championships, as well as single meet tickets for the for the Ducks’ 2013 schedule, may do so now.
To purchase Oregon track and field tickets, go online to goducks.com/tracktickets, call 1-800-WEBFOOT or visit the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center.
JOHN KNIGHT TWILIGHT RECAP
Laura Bobek won the discus to lead the second-ranked Oregon women at the April 12 John Knight Twilight. The junior from Astoria, Ore., had a best throw of 169-7.75/51.70m, which was less than three feet off her personal best. Ryan Hunter-Simms set a personal best in the shot put to highlight the meet for the fourth-ranked men. Hunter-Simms, a freshman from Highland, Calif., opened with a throw of 51-8.5/15.76m in the shot put to finish second. He followed that with a toss of 157-2.5/47.91m in the discus, which was good for third. Ron Perkins also had a personal best in the shot put. The sophomore from Redmond, Ore., finished third with a throw of 51-1.5/15.58m. Rachel Sherrell scored another PR for the Ducks in the women’s javelin. The junior from Parkdale, Ore., had a best mark of 145-0/44.19m to place third. Jillian Weir just missed a personal best and placed second in the women’s hammer. The sophomore from Sunnyvale, Calif., went 189-10.25/57.86m, which was less than three feet off her personal best. She also finished third in the discus with a throw of 150-6/45.88m.
2013 PEPSI TEAM INVITATIONAL RECAP
Wins by Mac Fleet, Mike Berry, Jeramy Elkaim, Johnathan Cabral and Greg Skipper propelled the fourth-ranked Men of Oregon to victory over No. 1 Texas A&M at the April 6 Pepsi Team Invitational. The No. 2 women dropped a tightly contested battle to the third-ranked Aggies on a showery spring afternoon before 5,367 fans at Historic Hayward Field. The men finished with 194.5 points, followed by Texas A&M with 180.5, Washington State with 165.5 and Washington with 129.5. The Aggies won the women’s meet with 201 points, followed by Oregon with 181, No. 15 Washington with 146 and the Cougars with 138. Fleet won the 800 meters, his first race at Hayward since 2010, in a personal best 1:48.70. Other winners for the men were Elkaim in the 5,000 (13:57.24), Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles (13.81) where he remains undefeated on the season, Berry in the 400 (46.20),and Skipper in the hammer (216-4/65.94m). The 4x400 relay of Kevin Anding, Arthur Delaney, Jack Galpin and Berry timed 3:06.31 in finishing second, which was the sixth fastest in school history. For the women, redshirt freshman Jenna Prandini continued her breakout season with a win in the long jump (19-7/5.97m) and a runner-up finish in the 100 meters (11.47, No. 3 in UO history). Jillian Weir, another newcomer, was impressive in the field. The sophomore transfer from Long Beach State won the hammer with a best throw of 192-8/58.74m (No. 3 on UO career list). Weir was also fourth in both the shot put (46-4/14.12m) and discus (145-0/44.21m). Other winners for the women included Phyllis Francis in the 400 (52.55), Laura Roesler in the 800 (2:03.94), Jordan Hasay in the 1,500 (4:20.19) and Lauren Crockett in the high jump (5-7.75/1.72m).
TEXAS RELAYS / STANFORD INVITATIONAL RECAP
Jordan Hasay and Johnathan Carbal highlighted Oregon’s spring break in Texas and California March 27-30. At the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Cabral won the 110 meter hurdles with the fastest time in the nation this season, 13.33 (w+2.6). Had Cabral’s time been wind legal, it would have broken Eric Mitchum’s 2004 school record of 13.38. Also at the Texas Relays, the women’s 4x100 meter relay team finished third in 43.93. The Ducks’ quartet of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe and Jenna Prandini came through the line with the fourth fastest time in school history. Greg Skipper continued his strong early season with a six-foot personal best in the men’s hammer to finish second overall. The freshman from Oregon City, Ore., had a best throw of 216-5/65.96m, which ranks as the fifth-best in the nation this season and the ninth-best in school history. Dakotah Keys set personal bests in three events to finish fourth in the decathlon with 7,743 points. Sam Crouser took second in the men’s javelin on his final throw, 248-8/75.80m, to move from sixth in second in the final standings. He later took fifth in the discus with a personal best throw of 173-11/53.01m. At the Stanford Invitational, Hasay and Parker Stinson etched their names in the Ducks’ 10,000 meter record books. Hasay cruised through her first career 10,000 meters and finished as the top collegian and third overall in 32:46.68. Not only was that the top time in the nation this season, but it ranks as the second best in school history, trailing only Kathy Hayes’ 32:43.81 set in 1984. Stinson looked strong in his first race on the track in 2013, finishing second in the top heat of the men’s 10,000 meters in 28:34.71. He was just behind The Masters’ John Gilbertson, who won in 28:30.35. Stinson’s time was a :26 personal best as the junior from Austin, Texas, moved up to seventh on UO career 10K list. In the second section of the men’s 10,000, freshman Matthew Melancon from Eugene, Ore., was third in a personal best 29:31.82. Senior Anne Kesselring won the top section of the women’s 800 meters in 2:05.76. That was the fourth fastest time in the NCAA this season. Becca Friday followed with a runner up finish in her heat, 2:06.00, which was the fifth fastest among collegians this season.
CABRAL, HASAY NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
After running nation-leading times in their respective events, Johnathan Cabral and Jordan Hasay were named the Pac-12 Conference outdoor track athletes of the week For March 27-30. Cabral won the 110 meter hurdles at the Texas Relays in a nation-leading 13.33. The wind was just above legal (+2.6) or that would have been a school record and tied for the second-fastest time in Pac-12 history. Hasay was the top collegian and third overall in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Running her first career 10K, Hasay finished behind a pair of professional runners in a time of 32:46.68. That time leads the NCAA in 2013, and ranks second in school history and fifth in Pac-12 history.
OREGON PREVIEW RECAP
De’Anthony Thomas’ three victories – including a meet record in the 4x100 meter relay – highlighted the Oregon Preview March 16 at Hayward Field. Thomas opened the day by anchoring the 4x100 meter relay to a meet record 40.35. He teamed with Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney and B.J. Kelley on some sharp early season exchanges to break the 21 year-old meet record of 40.46 set by Oregon in 1992. Thomas followed that with his riveting performance in the men’s 100 meters in an all-conditions personal best 10.31. Thomas put a wrap on the day with another command run in the 200 meters. He eased down the homestretch in 21.17. Sophomore Johnathan Cabral set a meet record in winning the 110 meter hurdles in 13.68. Laura Bobek opened her outdoor season with a personal best in the discus of 172-6/52.58m to move up to No. 5 on the UO all-time list. Greg Skipper had a six-foot PR to win at 210-10/64.26m. Those were but a handful of Oregon’s 15 events wins on the day. Also, Liz Brenner made her track and field debut in the javelin and took third with a best throw of 141-5/43.10m. It was the fourth varsity sport as a Duck for the freshman from Portland, Ore.
THOMAS, SKIPPER NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
De’Anthony Thomas and Greg Skipper were named the Pac-12 men’s track and field athletes of the week, respectively, following their performances at the March 16 Oregon Preview. Thomas won three events at the Oregon Preview, including anchoring the 4x100 meter relay to a meet-record 40.35. Thomas followed up with an all-conditions personal best in the men’s 100 meters of 10.31 that ranked second nationally. In his first meet back from an injury that caused him to redshirt the 2012 season, Skipper won the hammer throw at the Oregon Preview with a throw of 210-10/64.26m. That was a six-foot personal best and ranked as the No. 3 throw nationally in the young 2013 season.
OREGON’S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2013 Women’s Indoor Track & Field national title was the 21st NCAA championship in school history. The others are men’s outdoor track & field in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1970 and 1984, women’s outdoor track & field in 1985, men’s indoor track & field in 2009, women’s indoor track & field in 2010, 2011 and 2012, men’s cross country in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 2007 and 2008, women’s cross country in 1983, 1987 and 2012, and men’s basketball in 1939. Oregon’s acrobatics and tumbling team also won NCATA national titles in 2011-12.
NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO TRACKTOWN
Historic Hayward Field will host the 2013 NCAA Championships June 5-8. It will be the 11th time that the historic venue has played host to the national meet. Previously, Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships in 1962, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2010. Only Chicago, with 13 championships between 1921 and 1936, has hosted more NCAA meets.
In addition to the annual Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field has recently served as host to the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2009 and 2011 USA Track & Field Championships.
Eugene will again host the NCAA Championships in 2014, as well as the IAAF World Junior Championships.
For more information on the NCAA Championships, go to www.ncaa.com/trackandfield.