By Rob Moseley
What to watch at Wednesday’s session of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Live stream: ESPN3, 3:55 p.m. PT
THE SCHEDULE (Oregon entrants)
11:30 a.m.: Decathlon, 100 meters (Dakotah Keys, Mitch Modin)
12:15 p.m.: Decathlon, long jump (Keys, Modin)
1:30 p.m.: Women’s hammer throw, trials/final (Jillian Weir)
1:30 p.m.: Decathlon, shot put (Keys, Modin)
2:45 p.m.: Decathlon, high jump (Keys, Modin)
4 p.m.: Men’s 4x100 relay, semifinals
4 p.m.: Men’s pole vault, final
4:15 p.m.: Women’s 4x100 relay, semifinals (Oregon)
4:15 p.m.: Women’s long jump, trials/final (Jenna Prandini)
4:30 p.m.: Men’s 800, semifinals (Boru Guyota)
4:45 p.m.: Women’s 800, semifinals (Laura Roesler, Annie Leblanc)
5 p.m.: Men’s 400, semifinals (Mike Berry)
5:15 p.m.: Women’s 400, semifinals (Phyllis Francis, Chizoba Okodogbe)
5:15 p.m.: Women’s javelin, trials/final (Liz Brenner)
5:30 p.m.: Men’s shot put, trials/final
5:30 p.m.: Men’s 100 meters, semifinals
5:45 p.m.: Women’s 100 meters, semifinals (Jenna Prandini)
6 p.m.: Decathlon, 400 meters (Keys, Modin)
6:15 p.m.: Men’s 400 hurdles, semifinals
6:30 p.m.: Women’s 400 hurdles, semifinals
6:45 p.m.: Women’s 3,000 steeplechase, semifinals (Megan Patrignelli)
7:15 p.m.: Men’s 10,000, final (Edward Cheserek, Trevor Dunbar, Parker Stinson)
The Big Stories for the Ducks: Early in the day, Jenna Prandini’s quest to score in four events begins in the long jump. The UO sophomore was the top qualifier coming out of prelims, at 21 feet, 4 ½ inches. She also has the 100 semifinals, after qualifying second in 11.17 seconds. Then, the session will be capped with freshman Edward Cheserek’s attempt at a distance triple crown, as he looks to add the 10k title to his NCAA cross country and NCAA Indoor 3,000/5,000 wins. Just as important to Oregon's team title hopes will be strong showings by Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson.
Not to be Overlooked: Oregon’s shot at team titles would be bolstered by points from Boru Guyota in the men’s 800 and Chizoba Okodogbe in the women’s 400, and they’ll attempt to make their respective finals today. In the field events, Liz Brenner looks to follow up her eighth-place finish last season with another scoring effort in the javelin this time out, and every point that Jillian Weir can muster in the hammer will be huge.
What to Watch Elsewhere: Among the Ducks’ top competition for the women’s team title will be Texas. Today, the Longhorns will attempt to advance four runners to the final of the 400 meters. Collegiate record holder Courtney Okolo and two-time defending champ Ashley Spencer hope to be joined by freshman Kendall Baisden and senior Briana Nelson in Friday’s final, with Oregon’s Okodogbe having a chance to spoil the UT party a bit. If she can elbow her way into the final, and in the process deny one of the Texas runners, that would provide a subtle but significant swing in what sets up as an incredibly tight team race. Similarly, Oregon's chief competition for the men's team title, Florida, has three entrants in both the 400 and 800; getting all three through in both events would provide a huge lift for the Gators. Another Longhorn, contender Ryan Crouser in the shot, is descended from the first family of Oregon throws.