The road to TrackTown begins at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds Thursday through Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. The third-ranked Ducks have 29 men’s entries and 23 women’s entries headed to the first round of the national meet. The top 12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Championships June 5-8 at Historic Hayward Field. The field events get underway at 10 a.m. PDT each day. On Thursday, running events begin at 2:30 p.m. PDT, Friday’s races get underway at 3 p.m., while Saturday starts at 4 p.m.
Decathlete Dakotah Keys has already qualified for the NCAA Championships. The combined events are the only disciplines that do not require preliminary round competition. The top 24, after scratches, automatically qualify for the national meet. Keys is ranked fourth nationally in the decathlon (8,001).
A free live web cast of the NCAA West meet will be available at www.CBSSports.com.
For live results, schedules, accepted entry lists, heat sheets and final results, check www.ncaa.com and http://www.texassports.com/livestats/c-track/. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
Follow Oregon’s Twitter feed, @OregonTF, as well as Coach Robert Johnson’s Twitter, @Run4Ducks. Also follow Texas’ men (@TexasMTF) and women (@TexasWTandF) Twitter feeds.
Both the Men and Women of Oregon are No. 3 in this week’s USTFCCCA poll. As usual, the NCAA West Preliminary rounds are dominated by USTFCCCA top 25 teams in comparison with the East region. For the women, 18 of the top 25 teams will send their student-athletes to Austin, while nearly as many men’s teams - 15 - are headed to Texas.
The women’s teams include No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Oregon, No. 6 Arizona, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Stanford, No. 13 UCLA, No. 14 Iowa State, No. 16 San Diego State, No. 18 Wichita State, No. 19 Washington, No. 20 Texas Tech, No. 21 USC, No. 22 Baylor, No. 23 Oklahoma and No. 25 Illinois State.
No. 2 Texas A&M leads the men’s teams, followed by No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 6 USC, No. 8 Texas, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 15 UCLA, No. 16 Texas Tech, No. 18 California, No. 19 Brigham Young, No. 20 Texas Christian, No. 21 Kansas, No. 22 Arizona, No. 24 Colorado and No. 25 Oklahoma.
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
Oregon has now won seven conference men’s track and field titles in a row and 9 of the last 11. The Ducks have conference men’s track and field titles in 1924, 1934, 1965, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (17 overall). This year, Oregon became just the second school to win seven consecutive men’s titles, and the first to do it since USC took eight in a row between 1957-64. That was during a time when the league transitioned from the Pacific Coast Conference to the Athletic Association of Western Universities, which were both predecessors of the Pac-8, Pac-10 and now modern day Pac-12 Conference. The conference record for consecutive league titles is 15 by the Trojans from 1936-1954 (no league championships 1942-46 due to World War II).
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
On the women’s side, Oregon has now won five straight conference titles. Overall, the Ducks own seven league crowns: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This year, Oregon became just the second team to win five consecutive conference titles, joining UCLA. The Bruins are the only school in league history exceed that total, having won a league record eight straight crowns from 1997-2004.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
The Ducks swept the Pac-12 Championships at USC May 11-12. It was the seventh straight title for the men, and the fifth consecutive for the women. The women scored 24 points in the 200 meters to come from behind and defeat Arizona. English Gardner led a 1-2-3 sweep in that event in a meet, stadium and school record 22.62. Phyllis Francis was second in 22.77 and Jenna Prandini third in 23.33. Prandini won the 100 (11.46), while Francis took the 400 (51.57). The women also won the 800 meters (Laura Roesler, 2:06.51) and the 4x100 meters (43.81) and had top three finishes from Liz Brenner (javelin), Becca Friday (1,500), Chizoba Okodogbe (400) and Anne Kesselring (800 and 1,500). The men won only four events, but rolled to victory with depth across the board. Elijah Greer took command of the 800 meters to win in 1:1:49.48. Sam Crouser defended his javelin title with a throw of 249-4. A week earlier, Dakotah Keys was the decathlon champion. Perhaps the most impressive win was the 4x400 relay, where Jack Galpin, Arthur Delaney, Kevin Anding and Mike Berry won in 3:05.62 That was Oregon’s first win in the event since 1934. The men also had top three finishes from Johnathan Cabral (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles), Trevor Ferguson (long jump, 110 hurdles), Greg Skipper (hammer), Berry (400), Ethan Powell (javelin), Mac Fleet (1,500) and the 4x100 relay. The Women of Oregon won with 139 points, followed by Arizona with 123, Arizona State with 110.33, UCLA with 87.33, Stanford with 86.50 and USC 81. The Men of Oregon scored 149.5 points in becoming the first school to win seven straight Pac-12 titles since USC won eight in a row between 1957-64. The Trojans were second with 108 points, followed by UCLA with 98.5, Arizona State at 94 and Washington with 76.
KEYS DEFENDS PAC-12 DECATHLON TITLE BY 3 POINTS
Dakotah Keys used a huge personal best in the javelin to come from behind and win his second straight Pac-12 decathlon title by just three points May 4-5 at Loker Stadium and Cromwell Field. Through eight events, Keys was in third, 223 points behind Washington’s Jeremy Taiwo. But Keys’ monster javelin throw of 219-2/66.81m catapulted Keys into the lead by 54 points. He then stayed just close enough to Taiwo in the 1,500 meters to win with a personal best score of 8,001. Taiwo was second with 7,998 points and Dominc Giovannoni of UCLA was third with 7,364 points. Keys’ score was the fifth best decathlon total in school history, trailing only Ashton Eaton’s 8,457, Pedro daSilva’s 8,176, Muhammad Oliver’s 8,087 and Craig Brigham’s 8,027. It was also the third best score in the NCAA this season.
WEST COAST INVITATIONAL RECAP
While the majority of the track and field teams competed at the Pac-12 Championships, a handful of potential NCAA West competitors were in action at the West Coast Invitational May 11 at Willamette University. Freshmen Chris Brewer and Ryan Pickering both set personal bests in the distances. Brewer, from San Diego, Calif., was third in his heat of the 1,500 meters in 3:44.18, while Pickering took third in the 5,000 in 14:19.49. Freshman Trent Warren won the second section of the 1,500 in 3:52.13. In the field, junior Tanner Harris won the hammer with a throw of 185-6/56.53m and freshman Ryan Hunter-Simms took the discus with an effort of 166-1/50.61m. Chris Stubbs, a senior from Eugene, was a double winner in the men’s 200 (21.96) and 400 (47.92).
THROWERS FIND THEIR VOICE
After an April story by the Oregonian’s Ken Goe talked about Duck track and field throwers Jillian Weir, Greg Skipper and Sam Crouser, among others, being huge fans of the show “The Voice,” the official Twitter of the show (@NBCTheVoice) became a follower of the track team’s official Twitter, @OregonTF. Official reply from @NBCTheVoice: “We heard you were fans and just wanted to throw you a follow! http://bit.ly/ZqGQks #SeeWhatWeDidThere? #TheVoice.”
OREGON’S MEN’S ENTRIES
The Ducks would be able to field a basketball team - with a sixth man - in the 1,500 meters. Mac Fleet leads a roster of six in that event that also includes Colby Alexander, Chris Brewer, Matt Miner, Chad Noelle and Patrick Todd. Sophomore Trevor Ferguson could be the busiest Duck of them all with three events - 110 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. The men also have the region’s leaders in the 110 hurdles (Johnathan Cabral), javelin (Sam Crouser) and 800 meters (Elijah Greer) and top 10 competitors Mike Berry in the 400, Fleet and Todd in the 1,500, Matthew Melancon in the 10,000, Greg Skipper in the hammer, and Parker Stinson in the 5,000 and 10,000. The Ducks are also No. 6 in the 4x400 relay (Jack Galpin, Kevin Anding, Arthur Delaney, Berry) and will also send the football players - De’Anthony Thomas, Dior Mathis and B.J. Kelley - along with Delaney in the 4x100. A number of Ducks ranked No. 13-24 in the West will be looking to move up in the rankings to advance to Eugene. Those include Alexander, Brewer, Miner and Noelle in the 1,500, Delaney in the 100, Jeramy Elkaim in the 5,000, Ferguson in the log jump and Ethan Powell in the javelin.
OREGON’S WOMEN’S ENTRIES
The women are loaded with up front talent - four region leaders among 13 top-10 marks. The Ducks lead the West in the 400 (Phyllis Francis), 100 (English Gardner), 800 (Laura Roesler) and 4x400 relay (Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Roesler, Francis). Others in the top 10 include Lauren Crockett (high jump), Becca Friday (1,500), Gardner (200), Jordan Hasay (10,000), Anne Kesselring (1,500), Okodogbe (400), Jenna Prandini (100), Jillian Weir (hammer) and the 4x100 relay (Francis, Prandini, Gardner, Okodogbe). Among those Ducks in the second 12 looking to move up are Elizabeth Brenner (javelin), Sammie Clark (pole vault), Hasay (5,000), Annie Leblanc (800), Alyssa Monteverde (100 hurdles), Megan Patrignelli (steeplechase), Prandini (long jump) and Chancey Summers (high jump). Gardner, Hasay and Prandini are the only Ducks doubling in two individual events
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DUCKS WEAR “AR” PATCH
For the remainder of the 2013 season, University of Oregon athletic teams will wear a patch honoring the memory of men’s tennis star Alex Rovello, who passed away March 11 as a result of a diving accident at Tamolitch Falls along the McKenzie River east of Eugene. The circular black patch with Rovello’s initials in white lettering will be worn by all of Oregon’s team still in competition this spring. Oregon’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will wear the patches on the upper left side of the front their singlets for both the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas, and the NCAA Championships June 5-8 at Hayward Field. The University was granted an exemption by the NCAA to allow the patches to be worn during postseason competition.
Sprinter English Gardner is one of the 10 student-athletes on the Bowerman Award watch list for the women.
OREGON NCAA WEST SCHEDULE
Follow along with the Ducks as they compete at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. Oregon’s schedule (all times Pacific):
Thursday, May 23
11:30 a.m. M Long Jump Ferguson
12:00 p.m. W Hammer Weir
3:30 p.m. W 1,500 Meters 1st Rnd Friday, Kesselring
4:00 p.m. M High Jump Laubacher
4:00 p.m. W Long Jump Prandini
4:00 p.m. M 1,500 Meters 1st Rnd Alexander, Brewer, Fleet, Miner, Noelle, Todd
4:30 p.m. W 100 Meters 1st Rnd Gardner, Prandini
4:55 p.m. M 100 Meters 1st Rnd Delaney
5:20 p.m. W 400 Meters 1st Rnd Francis, Okodogbe
5:45 p.m. M 400 Meters 1st Rnd Andign, Berry
6:10 p.m. W 800 Meters 1st Rnd Leblanc, Roesler
6:35 p.m. M 800 Meters 1st Rnd Greer, Guyota
7:00 p.m. W 10,000 Meters Semifinal Hasay
7:40 p.m. M 10,000 Meters Semifinal Melancon, Pickering, Stinson
Friday, May 24
10:00 a.m. W Discus Bobek
11:00 a.m. W Pole Vault Clark
12:00 p.m. M Hammer Skipper
3:00 p.m. W 100m Hurdles 1st Rnd Monteverde
3:30 p.m. M 110m Hurdles 1st Rnd Cabral, Ferguson
4:00 p.m. W High Jump Crockett, Summers
4:00 p.m. W 400 Meters Quarterfinal Francis, Okodogbe
4:15 p.m. M 400 Meters Quarterfinal Berry
4:30 p.m. W 100 Meters Quarterfinal Gardner, Prandini
4:45 p.m. M 100 Meters Quarterfinal Delaney
5:00 p.m. W 800 Meters Quarterfinal Leblanc, Roesler
5:15 p.m. M 800 Meters Quarterfinal Greer, Guyota
6:00 p.m. W 200 Meters 1st Rnd Gardner
6:50 p.m. W Steeplechase Quarterfinal Patrignelli
Saturday, May 25
10:00 a.m. M Javelin Crouser, Powell
11:00 a.m. M Pole Vault Ouderkirk
3:00 p.m. W Javelin Brenner, Whitfield
4:00 p.m. M Triple Jump Ferguson, Pinkney
4:00 p.m. W 4x100 Relay Quarterfinal
4:15 p.m. M 4x100 Relay Quarterfinal
4:30 p.m. W 1,500 Meters Quarterfinal Friday, Kesselring
4:45 p.m. M 1,500 Meters Quarterfinal Alexander, Brewer, Fleet, Miner, Noelle, Todd
5:05 p.m. W 100m Hurdles Quarterfinal Monteverde
5:20 p.m. M 110m Hurdles Quarterfinal Cabral, Ferguson
5:35 p.m. W 200 Meters Quarterfinal Gardner
6:05 p.m. W 5,000 Meters Semifinal Hasay
6:45 p.m. M 5,000 Meters Semifinal Elkaim, Melancon, Stinson
7:25 p.m. W 4x400 Relay Quarterfinal
7:45 p.m. M 4x400 Relay Quarterfinal
The University of Oregon recognized an outstanding group of 19 senior track and field student-athletes during the Twilight Meet. Combined, they have four NCAA event titles, six individual Pac-10 crowns and a whopping 47 All-America certificates. Six of the 19 seniors hail from the State of Oregon.
The nine senior women have been part of Oregon’s four straight NCAA indoor championships and three straight Pac-12 titles. During the current school year, they have seen the Ducks win both the NCAA cross country and indoor track championships, with the outdoor meet coming up at Hayward Field in June.
The nine women include Katie Conlon (transfer from Jamestown College; NCAA All-American in cross country), Alexandria Davidson (Pac-12 scorer - 4x400 relay), Becca Friday (seven-time All-American; five-time Pac-12 scorer; 2012 Pac-12 runner-up - 800 meters; school record - DMR), Jordan Hasay (two-time NCAA champion - indoor mile & 3,000 meters; school record 17-time All-American; four-time Pac-12 champion - 1,500 meters (twice), 5,000 meters, cross country; four school records - 10,000, i3,000; i5,000, DMR; two-time Academic All-American), Anne Kesselring (NCAA champion - 800 meters; 11-time All-American; Pac-12 champion - 800 meters; two school records - mile, DMR; two-time Academic All-American), Alexi Pappas (transfer from Dartmouth; three-time NCAA All-American), Maggie Pietka (Pac-12 all-academic first team), Lanie Thompson (two-time All-American; two-time Pac-12 scorer; school record holder - steeplechase) and Taylor Wallace (NCAA Championship qualifier - steeplechase; two-time Pac-12 scorer - steeplechase).
The 10 seniors on the men’s side have helped Oregon extended its league dominance to six consecutive titles, plus a runner-up showing at the 2010 indoor NCAA meets, and a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA outdoor championships.
The men’s list includes Kevin Anding (transfer from Virginia, 2013 Pac-12 qualifier - 400 meters), Kevin Godfrey (Pac-12 scorer - decathlon), Elijah Greer (NCAA champion - i800; six-time All-American; Pac-12 champion - 800), Hank Morrison (Pac-12 all-academic honoree), Matt Miner (transfer from Dartmouth; ran 3:59 leg to help Oregon win Penn Relays 4xmile), Austin Ouderkirk (two-time Pac-12 scorer; 2011 Pac-12 runner-up - pole vault), Tyler Pinkney (Pac-12 qualifier - triple jump), Chris Stubbs (transfer from Lane CC), Patrick Todd (transfer from Virginia; 2013 Pac-12 qualifier - 1,500 meters) and Miles Walk (transfer from Lane CC).
OREGON TWILIGHT RECAP
Two of Oregon’s pole vaulters set personal bests and all four Duck vaulters cleared set seasonal bests on a day of highlights before a sun-drenched 5,244 fans May 3 at the Oregon Twilight. On a night were Oregon honored its 19 seniors before an appreciative Historic Hayward Field, the Ducks were particularly impressive in both pole vaults. Sammie Clark set a personal best in winning the women’s pole vault with a clearance at 13-6.25/4.12m. Not only was that a one inch improvement for the junior from North Bend, Ore., but she also moved up to a tie for fifth on Oregon’s all-time list. The Duck men went 1-2 in their competition. Matt Hidalgo won after a third attempt clearance at 17-0.25/5.20m. The freshman from Banks, Ore., set a personal best by five inches. Teammate Austin Ouderkirk was second in the pole vault at 16-8.75/5.10m, as the senior from Newport, Ore., set a seasonal best in his final appearance at Historic Hayward Field. Even senior decathlete Kevin Godfrey got in on the act with a seasonal best clearance at 15-5/4.70m that was good for fifth. Liz Brenner continued to improve in the women’s javelin. The freshman from Portland, Ore., finally bettered her high school best of 155-11 in winning with a mark of 157-10/48.11m. That was the eighth best throw in school history. Sam Crouser was just as impressive in the men’s javelin, winning with a seasonal-best throw of 249-10/76.15m. That was the third-best throw in the NCAA this season. Oregon earned a victory in the men’s hammer with Greg Skipper winning at 213-11/65.20m. The Ducks swept the two 4x100 meter relays. The men’s team of Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney, B.J. Kelley and Mike Berry just missed a seasonal best with a win in 40.26. The team of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Jenna Prandini and Chizoba Okodogbe won the women’s race in 44.34. Defending Pac-12 champion Johnathan Cabral was a winner in the men’s 110 meter hurdles in 13.63 in his final race before the conference meet. Senior Maggie Pietka walked off a winner in her final meet at Historic Hayward Field. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., won the triple jump with a leap of 38-2.25/11.64m. Duck football player Dior Mathis captured the men’s 100 meters in 10.70, with fellow football player B.J. Kelley second 10.85. Caleb Kruse was the winner of the men’s triple jump in 46-4/14.12m. In the men’s high jump, freshman Bradley Laubacher set a personal best in a runner up finish, clearing 6-11/2.11m.
PENN RELAYS / OSU HIGH PERFORMANCE / CARDINAL INVITATIONAL RECAP
Oregon won races from Philadelphia to California to Corvallis over a busy April 25-28 weekend. The Ducks captured two “Wagon Wheels” at the famous Penn Relays. The women’s 4x400 team of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis never trailed and won in a meet record 3:26.73. That was the fastest time in the NCAA this season and the No. 2 time in school history, as Oregon won the 4x400 meter Penn Relays “Wagon Wheel” for the first time ever. The men’s 4xmile of Chris Brewer, Matt Miner, Jeramy Elkaim and Mac Fleet was just as impressive, winning in 16:17.57. The Ducks were also second in the women’s 4x800 relay (8:17.45) and 4x1,500 (17:16.50) and set a school record in the men’s distance medley relay (9:27.09). At the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, Jordan Hasay shattered Pac-12 and school records in the women’s 10,000 meters. She finished sixth overall and second among collegians in 32:06.64. That was also the fourth fastest time in NCAA history. She was the top American finisher in a field of professionals and elite college runners. Also at Stanford, Parker Stinson finished 17th overall, but was fifth among collegians in the 5,000 meters in 13:31.70. That was a :27 personal best that also ranked No. 8 in school history. In Oregon’s first track meet in Corvallis in 25 years, Sam Crouser set a personal best in the men’s discus (179-0/54.56m) and Chris Stubbs won both the men’s 200 (21.39) and 400 (47.87) meters to lead a handful of Duck victories at the OSU High Performance Meet. Oregon also went 1-2 in the women’s high jump, with both Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers clearing 5-10/1.78m.
OREGON RELAYS / ARKANSAS DUAL / MT. SAC RELAYS RECAP
Oregon produced three national leaders and a world leader following a busy weekend on the track. At the Mt SAC Relays, English Gardner ran the fastest women’s 100 meters in the world this season. She beat a field of elite professionals by finishing in 11.00, with a legal tailwind of plus-1.8 meters per second. Not only was that the fastest time of 2013 but also a school record, No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history and No. 6 all-time in NCAA history. Also at Mt. SAC, Laura Roesler roared to one of the best 800 meters ever at Oregon. The junior from Fargo, N.D., won the meet’s top section in a personal best 2:01.76. That was the second fastest time in the NCAA this season, and the No. 4 time in Pac-12 history. It was also the fourth-best time in school history and the fastest 800 run by an Oregon woman in 28 years. Meanwhile, a record Oregon Relays crowd of 7,344 saw No. 2 Arkansas clip No. 4 Oregon 86-77 in a dual that came down to the final event. Elijah Greer won the 800 (1:46.20) and Mac Fleet captured the 1,500 (3:40.21) in nation-leading times. Sam Crouser collected a pair of wins in the throws. He first won the discus with a personal best of 174-2/53.10m on his sixth and final attempt. He followed that with a win in the javelin with a mark of 240-7/73.33m. Other winners for the Ducks included Mike Berry in the 400 (45.92), Arthur Delaney in the 100 (10.59), Johnathan Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles (13.56), Greg Skipper in the hammer (206-0/62.80m) and Parker Stinson in the 5,000 (13:59.83). In the Oregon Relays over the same weekend, freshman Alyssa Monteverde impressed with the No. 2 women’s 100 meter hurdle time in school history, a meet record 13.41.
GREER, GARDNER NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Nation-leading Oregon runners English Gardner and Elijah Greer were named Pac-12 Conference track athletes of the week for April 15-21, 2013. Greer won the 800 meters in a nation-leading 1:46.20 during the Oregon-Arkansas dual meet. It was the fastest 800 meters ever run during a dual meet, according to Track & Field News. Gardner turned in the fastest women’s 100 meters in the world this season at the Mt. SAC Relays, beating a field of elite professionals by finishing in 11.00, with a legal tailwind of plus-1.8 meters per second. Not only was that the fastest time of 2013, but also a school record, No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history and No. 6 all-time in NCAA history. Gardner broke her own school mark, 11.03, set in 2011. She also ran on the 4x100 relay team that finished fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays in a season-best 43.82, the third-fastest relay in school history.
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.