By Rob Moseley
What to watch at Friday's session of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
TV: ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. PT
THE SCHEDULE (Oregon entrants)
12:30 p.m.: Heptathlon, long jump
1:45 p.m.: Heptathlon, javelin
3:15 p.m.: Women's pole vault, final (Sammie Clark)
3:20 p.m.: Men's high jump, final
3:25 p.m.: Women's triple jump, trials/final
4 p.m.: Men's discus, trials/final
4:33 p.m.: Men’s 400 hurdles, final
4:41 p.m.: Women's 400 hurdles, final
4:50 p.m.: Heptathlon, 800
5 p.m.: Men’s 100, final
5:07 p.m.: Women's 100, final (Jenna Prandini)
5:15 p.m.: Men's 800, final
5:25 p.m.: Women's 800, final (Laura Roesler)
5:35 p.m.: Women's 3,000 steeplechase, final
5:50 p.m.: Men's 400, final (Mike Berry)
6 p.m.: Women's 400, final (Phyllis Francis)
6:10 p.m.: Men's 5,000, final (Edward Cheserek, Trevor Dunbar, Eric Jenkins, Parker Stinson)
The Big Stories for the Ducks: There won't be a whole lot of green and yellow in the early going today, but the final 90 minutes will be exceptional. Sophomore Jenna Prandini could be the favorite in the women's 100, and looks to give the Ducks their second straight title after English Gardner's victory last spring. Add to the fact that a couple of Oregon's chief rivals for the team title have entrants as well — Morolake Akinosun of Texas and Olivia Ekpone of Texas A&M — and the race will be hugely significant. Later in the 5 o'clock hour, two of the biggest stars of the current era at Oregon take their final shots at elusive NCAA Outdoor titles. Laura Roesler can add a victory outdoors to her 2014 NCAA Indoor crown in the 800, and Mike Berry shoots for a 400 win after falling short of the final last spring. Then, though Phyllis Francis will be outmanned by Texas runners in the women's 400, she'll try to outpace them all. Finally, the night will be capped off by freshman Edward Cheserek's attempt for a fifth NCAA individual title of the year, and his second in three days.
Not to be Overlooked: Wins are nice, but they're not the only way to score. The Oregon men could make huge strides toward a team title with four scoring finishes in the 5,000, where Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson look to join Cheserek as scorers in both the 10k and 5k this week. Eric Jenkins rounds out the quartet of UO entrants.
What to Watch Elsewhere: As far as Oregon's team title hopes are concerned, the women's 400 hurdles will be worth watching, as Texas A&M has a couple of contenders in Shamier Little and Janeil Bellille. A men's 100 will always be a spotlight event, as Baylor freshman Trayvon Bromell looks to follow up his wind-aided 9.92 from the semifinals. Oregon fans can root for a fellow Pac-12 rival — not that he figures to need the help — in Arizona's Nick Ross in the high jump.