Oregon looks to make a push for the NCAA Championships at the final big meet of the regular season, the MPSF Championships, Friday and Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle, Wash.
The top 16 individuals nationally in each event, after scratches, and the top 12 relay teams gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships March 8-9. At the MPSF meet, several Ducks will be looking to either move into that top 16, or improve their current standing nationally.
Friday's competition begins at noon, with races resuming Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The Men of Oregon are No. 11 in this week's USTFCCCA poll, while the women check in at No. 2.
With the NCAA meet in mind, the Ducks will be looking for marks in virtually every event on the track. Look for a number of All-Americans running this weekend, including Mike Berry, Johnathan Cabral, Mac Fleet, Elijah Greer and Boru Guyota for the men and Katie Conlon, Phyllis Francis, Becca Friday, English Gardner, Jordan Hasay, Anne Kesselring, Chizoba Okodogbe, Alexi Pappas and Laura Roesler for the women.
In the field, watch for Chancey Summers and Lauren Crockett in the women's high jump, Sammie Clark in the women's pole vault, Matt Hidalgo and Austin Ouderkirk in the men's pole vault, Trevor Ferguson in the men's long and triple jumps, Sam Crouser in the men's shot put, Jillian Weir in the women's weight throw, Alyssa Montaverde in the pentathlon and Dakotah Keys in the heptathlon.
Official entries will be posted Thursday on line at http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/mpsf.html.
Flotrack.org will webcast the MPSF meet live both days.
For MPSF Championships live results, check www.gohuskies.com OR http://www.gohuskies.com/livestats/c-track/022213/index.htm (results will become live Friday morning). Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
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 season tickets and 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
Two Ducks are listed on the latest 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. English Gardner is one of 10 student-athletes on the women's watch list, while Mike Berry falls into the "also receiving mention" category for the men.
MILLROSE GAMES RECAP
English Gardner was impressive in winning the 60 meters in 7.19 seconds Feb. 16 at the 106th Millrose Games in New York City. Gardner edged out a pair of Olympic medalists, Jeneba Tarmoh (7.22) and Lauryn Williams (7.24). The sophomore from Voorhees, N.J., also ran the second fastest time in the NCAA this season, trailing only a 7.16 run earlier this year by Louisiana State's Kimberlyn Duncan. Additionally, Jordan Hasay finished 10th against a field of professionals in the women's Wanamaker Mile in 4:36.21.
HUSKY CLASSIC RECAP
At the Feb. 8-9 Husky Classic, Jordan Hasay won the women's 5,000 meters and Chad Noelle and Brett Johnson became the eighth and ninth members of Oregon's indoor 4:00 mile club in Seattle. Noelle won the collegiate section in 3:59.57, while Johnson was sixth in the invitational section in 3:58.62. Hasay cruised to victory in her first 5,000 meters of the 2013 indoor season, crossing the finish line in 15:46.30, easily ahead of Duke's Juliet Bottoroff, who ran 15:52.38. Oregon's Katie Conlon was third in 15:53.73, followed by teammate Alexi Pappas in 15:54.64. The times by the Ducks were the third, fifth and sixth fastest 5,000s in the nation this season, respectively. In the men's 5,000 meters, Jeramy Elkaim ran his second PR of the season, finishing fifth in 13:39.35 in a race that produced 10 of the nation's top 11 5,000 times of 2013. Jillian Weir had a big breakthrough in the women's weight throw. She was the top collegian and finished second overall with an impressive heave of 66-3.75/20.21m. She became just the second Duck to top 20 meters in the weight throw as her mark ranked second all-time at Oregon. Sammie Clark tied an indoor personal best to win the pole vault at 13-4.25/4.07m, while Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers tied for first in the women's high jump with clearances at 5-10/1.78m. Alyssa Monteverde had a pair of personal bests in the women's 60 meter hurdles. After winning her preliminary heat in 8.58, she took third in the finals in 8.51. That represented the third-fastest time in school history. Football's B.J. Kelley ran to a personal best 6.82 seconds to win his preliminary heat of the men's 60 meters. Kelley was seventh in the final in 6.86.
TYSON INVITATIONAL RECAP
Mike Berry won the top section of the men's 400 meters in 46.48 to highlight the Feb. 8-9 Tyson Invitational in Fayettevile, Ark. Elijah Greer followed with a third-place run in the men's 800 meters in 1:48.42. Arthur Delaney impressed by delivering the second-fastest indoor men's 200 meters in school history, 21.26. Delaney tied Pat Johnson's 1996 mark, and trailed only Kedar Inico's school record 21.10 from 2005. Jenna Prandini ran one of the top women's 60 meter times in school history in the semifinals. She finished second in her heat in 7.33, which was tied for the third fastest ever at Oregon. English Gardner and Pradini both opened up in the women's 200 meters in Arkansas. In her first race of 2013, Gardner ran 23.50, while Prandini timed 23.70. Phyllis Francis opened up in the invitational section of the women's 400 meters with a time of 53.40 that left her fourth overall.
ARMORY COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL RECAP
Oregon recovered from what could have been a disastrous fall in the first 50 meters to finish second in the men's distance medley relay Feb. 1 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. The Ducks ran a season-best 9:35.06 to finish just behind Stanford, which ran 9:34.20. Arkansas was third in 9:35.50. Virginia transfer Brett Johnson led off for the Ducks, followed by Mike Berry, Elijah Greer and Mac Fleet.
UW INVITATIONAL RECAP
Jordan Hasay set the school record in the women's 3,000 meters, the Ducks posted the nation's best time in the women's distance medley relay and Johnathan Cabral won the men's 60 meter hurdles in a meet record 7.55 seconds Jan. 25-26 at the UW Invitational. Hasay was fourth in an exceptional field, crossing the tape in 8:57.46. That time not only broke her own school record, but also ranked second in Pac-12 history behind only Katie Flood of Washington, who ran 8:55.31 at this meet a year ago. Additionally, Laura Roesler impressed with a victory over a trio of professionals in the women's 800 meters. The junior from Fargo, N.D. got to the line in 2:04.66, just ahead of Nike's Lea Wallace, who timed 2:04.94. The women's distance medley relay (Annie Leblanc, Phyllis Francis, Roesler, Anne Kesselring) ran the nation's best time in 2013 by more than :10 (11:02.18). Jeramy Elkaim set a personal best by more than a minute to win the men's 5,000 meters (13:51.20). Dakotah Keys had a big second day in the heptathlon to come back from fourth place and win with 5,589 points. Chancey Summers won the women's high jump in a jump off, clearing 5-10.5/1.79m. That was an indoor best for the sophomore from Eagle Creek, Ore., who moved up to No. 3 on the UO list. Oregon also swept both 4x400 meter relays. The men's team of Jack Galpin, Arthur Delaney, Elijah Greer and Mike Berry won in 3:10.83. The women's squad of Francis, Chizoba Okodobe, Roesler and Leblanc reached the tape first in 3:40.09. Jillian Weir had a huge throw in to take third in the women's weight toss at 61-3/18.67m. The sophomore transfer from Long Beach State rocketed to No. 2 on the UO career list behind only Britney Henry (68-4.5/20.84m).
BLUE AND ORANGE OPENER RECAP
Jenna Prandini and Sam Crouser impressed in their indoor debuts as Oregon collected 12 wins Saturday at the Blue and Orange Opener to kick off the 2013 track and field season. Prandini, a redshirt freshman from Clovis, Calif., won the 60 meters in 7.48 seconds, which was the fourth fastest time in school history. She came back later in the meet to take second in the 200 meters in 24.07. Crouser, a sophomore from Gresham, Ore., made his indoor debut for the Ducks a memorable one by throwing the shot put 57-9.75/17.62m to finish second. Crouser's throw was the second best in Oregon history, trailing only Colin Veldman's 58-8.75/17.90m effort in 2006. Other winners for the Duck women included Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers in the high jump. (5-8.75/1.75m), Phyllis Francis in the 200 meters (23.91), Jillian Weir in the weight throw (56-7.25/17.25m), Laura Roesler in the 400 (54.76), and Alyssa Monteverde in the 60 meter hurdles (8.68), For the men, it was Boru Guyota in the 800 (1:53.41), Arthur Delaney in the 60 meters (6.84), Johnathan Cabral in the 60 meter hurdles (7.85), Matt Hidalgo in the pole vault (16-2.75/4.95m), Trevor Ferguson in the long jump (23-4/7.11m) and Tyler Pinkney in the triple jump (48-0/14.63m).
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.
IN THE INDOOR RECORD BOOKS
The 2013 season finds seven school record holders on the men's and women's rosters as the year opens. For the women, English Gardner has the 60 meter mark (7.12), Anne Kesselring owns the mile (4:32.61), Jordan Hasay has the 3,000 (8:57.46) and Phyllis Francis holds the 600 (1:27.38).
On the men's side, Mike Berry owns the 400 (45.93), Mac Fleet has the mark in the mile (3:57.70) and Elijah Greer has the 600 (1:18.01).
The Women of Oregon are the three-time defending indoor national champions and return 39 of 49 points from their 2012 title. That number includes national 60 meter champion English Gardner, as well as Jordan Hasay (third, mile; fourth, 3,000), Phyllis Francis (fourth, 400) and Becca Friday (fourth, mile) as well as the entire runner-up distance medley relay team (Friday, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler, Anne Kesselring). Other All-Americans on the squad include Allie Woodward, Katie Conlon and Alexi Pappas. The only scorer to graduate from last year is pentathlon champion Brianne Theisen.
The men will be led by All-Americans Mike Berry, Johnathan Cabral, Sam Crouser, Trevor Dunbar, Mac Fleet, Elijah Greer, Boru Guyota, Dakotah Keys and Parker Stinson. Berry is the lone returning scorer from the 2012 meet (third, 400 meters), though Fleet was the 2010 national runner-up in the mile.
DUCKS CLAIM FIRST NCAA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TITLE IN 25 YEARS
Led by a courageous effort by seniors Jordan Hasay, Alexi Pappas and Katie Conlon, the Women of Oregon captured their first NCAA cross country national title since 1987 last November in Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. Hasay led an impressive pack of Ducks who were in the race's top 50 nearly the entire 6,000 meter distance. Oregon ended up winning easily with 114 points, followed by Providence with 183, Stanford with 198 and Florida State with 202. Hasay looked strong in the lead pack throughout, only falling to Iowa State's Betsy Saina and Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth at the tape. After a sprint to the finish, Saina was the 2012 individual champion in 19:27.9, followed by D'Agostino and Hasay both in 19:28.6. Hasay, from Arroyo Gande, Calif., willed her teammates around the course in impressive fashion. Pappas, a transfer from Dartmouth, ran just a step off the lead pack the entire race, and finished eighth in 19:43.9. Conlon was the surprise of the day for the Ducks. The transfer from NAIA Jamestown College in North Dakota had been the Ducks' fifth or sixth runner during the regular season, but put on a strong kick over the final third of the race, passing a couple dozen runners to place 39th in 20:15.0. Then it was freshman Allie Woodward coming to the line as Oregon's fourth runner. The Green Bay, Wis., native was 44th overall in 20:19.5. Freshman Annie Leblanc capped the scoring for the Ducks, finishing 68th in 20:31.5. Oregon also had senior Sarah Penney 105th in 20:50.7 and freshman Abbey Leonardi 162nd in 21:12.2. It was the third NCAA women's cross country title in school history. The other came in 1987 and 1983 under coach Tom Heinonen.
OREGON'S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2012 Women's Cross Country national title was the 20th 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 and 1987, and men's basketball in 1939. Oregon's acrobatics and tumbling team also won NCATA national titles in 2011-12.