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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Phyllis Francis
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Phyllis Francis 718852
Position: Middle Distance
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
City/State: Queens, N.Y.
High School: Catherine McAuley
Experience: High School

Two-Time NCAA Champion
Five-Time All-American
Three-Time Pac-12 Champion

2012-13: Outdoor – Three-event All-American at the NCAA Championships…finished third in the 400 with a personal-best time of 50.86…anchored the 4x400 team which finished fourth and posted the third-fastest time in school history (3:28.15)…took fourth in the 4x100 with a team that also posted ran the third-best time in school history during the prelims (43.73)...Pac-12 Champion in the 400 and 4x100…finished second at the conference meet while running a PR of 22.77, third-fastest in the Oregon record book…won the 400 at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational…Indoor – Part of the 4x400 team which won the NCAA Championship and helped the Oregon women’s team capture the team title…finished fourth in the 400 at the national meet in a time of 52.01…won the 400 and the 4x400 at the MPSF Championships…won the 200 at the Blue and Orange Opener…Season Bests – 200 – 22.77, Pac-12 Championships, Los Angeles, Calif., (5/12/13); 400 – 50.86, NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore., (6/8/13).

2011-12: Pac-12 champion (400 meters). NCAA champion (4x400 meter relay). Outdoors - Finished sophomore campaign with a flourish, winning the Pac-12 400 meter title and anchoring the Ducks' record-setting 4x400 meter relay. Opened season with a then-PR in the 200 meters at the USC Invitational (23.42) and then won the 400 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational in 52.99.  Reached another level in championship competition where she won the Pac-12 400 title in a then-PR of 52.05 and was second in the 200 in 23.03 (third-fastest time in school history). Also led off Oregon's winning 4x100 meter relay (43.58) and anchored the runner-up 4x400 team (3:32.59). Breezed through the NCAA West Preliminary meet wih a pair of third-place finishes in the 400 meters. Also anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay team which ran 3:29.43 (No. 4 in school history). At the NCAA Championships, had a memorable performance as the anchor on the 4x400 meter relay squad that won in a meet record 3:24.54, which was also the second-fastest time ever run by a collegiate 4x400 squad. Her anchor leg helped the Ducks edge Louisiana State by .05. In the 400, ran a personal-best 51.22 to win her semifinal heat before taking fifth in the final in 51.79. Semifinal time was the second-fastest in school history. Following the collegiate season, was a 400 meter semifinalist at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Indoors - Took third in the 400 meters and fourth on the 4x400 meter relay teams at the NCAA Championships. Timed a season-best 23.75 (No. 3 in school history) to win the 200 meters at the Texas A&M Challenge. Anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay team at the MPSF Championships in 3:33.70 (No. 2 in school history). Took third in the 400 at the NCAA Championships in 53.01 (No. 2 in school history). Also anchored the fourth-place 4x400 meter relay team (3:36.52). Season Bests: Outdoors - 200 Meters - 23:03 (PR), Pac-12 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/12/12); 400 Meters - 51.22 (PR), NCAA Championships, Des Moines, Iowa (6/25/11). Indoors - 200 Meters - 23.75 (PR), Texas A&M Challenge, College Station, Texas (1/28/12); 400 Meters - 53.01 (PR), NCAA Championships, Nampa, Idaho (3/10/12).

2010-11: All-American (4x400 meter relay). Outdoors - Impressive showing after the college season at the USA Junior Championships, where she was the national runner-up at 400 meters. Won her semifinal heat in a then-personal best 53.28. In the finals, broke 53 seconds for the first time as the runner-up in 52.93. That was the No. 7 time in school history and qualified her for the Pan American Junior Championships. At the Pan Am meet, placed third in the 400 meters (53.81) and helped the U.S. win the 4x400 meter relay by running the second leg (3:34.71). Helped the 4x400 meter relay team set the school record at the NCAA Championships. Was the Ducks' third leg for both the semifinal and final races. In the semifinal, Oregon won its heat in 3:31.04. In the final, the Ducks battled for a national championship before taking third in a school-record 3:28.18. Was the third leg on the team that ran the second-fastest time at the NCAA West Preliminary meet in 3:33.63. Also qualified for the NCAA West meet in the 800 meters. Pac-10 champion in the 4x400 meter relay. Ran the third leg on the team that broke the meet record in 3:29.63. Also ran a season-best 2:08.45 in the 800 meter preliminaries. Timed 2:08.82 in the 800 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, where she also helped the Ducks win the 4x400 meter relay with the third-fastest time in school history (3:3:32.63). At the Pepsi Invitational, timed 2:08.98 in the 800 meters. Also took the second leg on the winning 4x400 meter relay team (3:36.87). Established a then-personal best in the 400 meters at the Stanford Invitational by running 54.28. Anchored the 4x400 meter relay team that set an Oregon Preview record in 3:44.85. Also ran the 1,500 meters. Indoors - Terrific season opener at the UW Indoor Preview where she set the school record in winning the 600 meters (1:27.38) and ran the second leg on the all-freshman 4x400 meter relay team (3:41.02). Ran 2:11.33 in her first indoor 800 meter race at the Tyson Invitational. Tied for seventh in the 800 meters at the MPSF Championships (2:10.04). Cross Country - Redshirt season. Season Bests: Outdoors - 400 Meters - 52.93, USA Junior Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/25/11); 800 Meters - 2:08.45, Pac-10 Championships, Tucson, Ariz. (5/13/11). Indoors - 800 Meters - 2:10.04, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/26/11).

Prep: Won the 800 meters at the 2010 National Scholastic Indoor Championships (2:07.54) to cap a strong indoor season. That time was the sixth-best nationally among high schoolers in 2010. Won a pair of indoor titles for Brooklyn's Catherine McAuley High School at the 2010 CHSAA Intersectionals, taking the 300 meters in 38.77 and the 600 in 1:31.64. At the 2010 Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, took third in the 400 meters in 55.82 on a slow track. Burst on to the running scene by breaking the meet record in the 800 meters at the 2008 USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships in Omaha, Neb. Clocked a personal best 2:04.83 in claiming her second straight USATF victory. She followed that with a win at the 2009 National Scholastic Indoor Championships in 2:07.69. Won the 2009 New York State Division 2 final in the 800 meters in 2:12.71 and followed that with a second-place run in 2:10.03 championship finals (all divisions). In cross country, placed 16th at the 2009 CHSAA Intersectionals (16:23.60/4,000 meter course). High School Bests: 400 Meters - 55.82, 2010; 800 Meters - 2:04.83, 2008; High Jump - 5-6/1.67m, 2010.

Personal: General social sciences major. Sister Claudia Francis is currently a sophomore on the Ducks' track and field team.

Personal Bests

200 Meters – 22.77,
Pac-12 Championships,
Los Angeles, Calif., 5/12/13

400 Meters – 50.86,
NCAA Championships,
Eugene, Ore., 6/8/13

800 Meters - 2:04.83,
USA Track & Field Junior Olympics,
Omaha, Neb., 7/22/08

NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
2013 – 400 Meters, 3rd, 50.86
2013 – 4x400 Meters, 4th, 3:28.24
2013 – 4x100 Meters, 4th, 43.80
2012 - 400 Meters, 5th, 51.79
2012 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 1st, 3:24.54
2012 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 4th, 43.58
2011 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:28.18

NCAA Indoor Track Championships
2013 – 400 Meters, 4th, 52.01
2013 – 4x400 Meters, 1st, 3:30.22
2012 - 400 Meters, 3rd, 53.01
2012 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 10th, 3:36.52

Pac-12 Track Championships
2013 – 400 Meters, 1st, 51.57
2013 – 200 Meters, 2nd, 22.77
2013 – 4x100 Meters, 1st, 43.81
2012 - 400 Meters - 1st, 52.05
2012 - 200 Meters - 2nd, 23.03
2012 - 4x100 Meter Relay - 1st, 43.72
2012 - 4x400 Meter Relay - 2nd, 3:32.59
2011 - 800 Meters, 9th, 2:12.91 (Pac-10)
2011 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 1st, 3:29.63 (Pac-10)

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