A couple of exceptional fields await Oregon in the regular season finale, where the Ducks will bid farewell to 19 seniors Friday at the Twilight Meet. The next day, the postseason begins with the Pac-12 combined events in Los Angeles. The Oregon Twilight gets underway with field events at 3:40 p.m. and the featured track events at 6 p.m.
Single Meet Tickets - Reserved: $15; General Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Children/Seniors.
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The Twilight meet offers something for every fan, from elite and masters races to the senior ceremony to the popular middle school miles, kids’ half-lapper and Greek Relays. All kids aged 5-12 are welcome to participate in the Half-Lapper, and need only to sign up at Hayward Field the night of the meet.
The Oregon Twilight will be webcast live for free on Pac-12 Live Stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=500). Former Duck track coach Tom Heinonen and Jesse Fukawa will handle the announcing duties.
For Oregon Twilight live results, schedules and accepted entry lists, check www.goducks.com OR http://www.goducks.com/fls/500/track/1213/twilight/index.htm?SPID=243&DB_OEM_ID=500 (link will not be live until the meet starts). For the Pac-12 combined events, check http://www.royalresults.com. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
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The Men are No. 5 in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, while the women are No. 7.
TWILIGHT MEET WHAT TO WATCH
As usual, a number of professionals are starting to tune up for the 2013 summer season and many will be visiting TrackTown USA for the Twilight Meet. Perhaps nowhere will that be more evident than the men’s 800 meters, where Olympians (and UO alums) Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz headline the entries that also include Oregon Track Club Elite’s Ben Blankenship, Ryan Waite of Brigham Young and Duck runners Boru Guyota, Russell Hornsby and Chad Noelle. The race will even feature the world’s best pace setter, UO alum Matt Scherer. Given the quality of that field, there has been interest from other big names about jumping into the race - stay tuned!
There are a number of other exciting events scattered throughout the evening:
*Women’s steeplechase could see a meet record with professionals Bridget Franek (OTC Elite) and Carrie Dimhoff (Bowerman Athletic Club) leading the pack that includes Oregon senior Taylor Wallace.
*The Twilight women’s hammer will again feature a strong field with pros Britney Henry (ASTF), Emily Daly (Shore AC) and Caressa Sims throwing with collegians Jillian Weir of Oregon and Sharayah Kenady of Concordia.
*Men’s javelin will be the season opener for Olympian and Duck alum Cyrus Hostetler, who will have current Ducks Sam Crouser and Ethan Powell in the field, as well as another UO alum, Ryan Brandel.
*Men’s 3,000 finds UO alum Luke Puskedra with Nike teammate Dathan Ritzenheim.
*Women’s 1,500 has professionals Aisha Praught and Jemma Simpson of OTC Elite, as well as Idaho’s Hannah Kiser, who, during the 2011 cross country season, won the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
*Women’s 3,000 lists Nike’s Tara Erdmann, as well as current UO volunteer assistant Kimber Mattox (Bowerman AC).
*The men’s 110 hurdle record could be challenged by Oregon’s Johnathan Cabral.
*Women’s discus should also be competitive with Oregon’s Laura Bobek and Weir going against Gabriella Dixson and Emily Redmayne of Concordia and professional Liz Podominick.
*Men’s steeple will be led by professional Max King and a host of collegians looking to run fast, including Portland’s Jared Bassett, Gonzaga’s Nick Roche and Oregon’s Cole Watson.
All kids aged 5-12 are welcome to participate in the Half-Lapper, and need only to sign up at Hayward Field the night of the meet.
The University of Oregon will recognize an outstanding group of 19 senior track and field student-athletes with an on-field ceremony 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).
The senior ceremony is scheduled for approximately 7:40 p.m.
PAC-12 COMBINED EVENTS
While the rest of the team will be at the Twilight, two Ducks will kick off the Pac-12 Championships Saturday at USC. sophomore Dakotah Keys and freshman Blake Kemp open up decathlon competition on Saturday. Keys is the defending champion of this event, scoring a personal best 7,793 to win the 2012 title.
Two Ducks are listed on the latest 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. Sprinter Mike Berry is on the 10 student-athlete watch list for the men while Gardner falls into the “also receiving mention” category for the women.
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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.
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.