Nearly 30 current and former Ducks are headed to the 2013 USA Track and Field Championships Wednesday, June 19-Sunday June 23 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Current Oregon student-athletes headed to the meet include 2013 NCAA 800 meter national champion Elijah Greer and women’s national 800 meter runner-up Laura Roesler.
Duck alums in action include 2012 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton and 10,000 meter silver medalist Galen Rupp, as well as 2013 NCAA 100 meter champion English Gardner and 18-time all-American Jordan Hasay, who both recently signed professional contracts.
At the same time, three current Ducks are headed to the Canadian Track and Field Championships June 20-23 in Moncton, New Brunswick, where they will join former Duck and seven-time NCAA Champion Brianne Theisen.
The NBC family of networks will provide live television coverage on Saturday and Sunday, with ESPN2 providing coverage on Friday. The broadcast schedule (all times Pacific):
Friday, June 21 5-8 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday, June 22 1-2 p.m., Universal Sports
2-4 p.m., NBC Sports Network
Sunday, June 23 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Universal Sports
12 p.m.-1 p.m., NBC Sports Network
1 p.m.-3 p.m., NBC
In addition, USATF.TV will provide 50 more hours of live coverage on the internet. The USATF.TV schedule is as follows (all times Pacific):
Wednesday, June 19 10 a.m.- 4:20 p.m.
Thursday, June 20 8 a.m.-7:25 p.m.
Friday, June 21 8 a.m.-7:35 p.m. (Only field events from 5-7 p.m.)
Saturday, June 22 4:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Only field events from 1-4 p.m.)
Sunday, June 23 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Only field events from 12-3 p.m.)
RESULTS/HEAT SHEETS/ENTRY STATUS/QUOTES
Complete results, heat sheets, entry status and quotes can be found on www.usatf.org.
Follow Oregon’s Twitter feed, @OregonTF, as well as Coach Robert Johnson’s Twitter, @Run4Ducks. Also follow @USATrack_Field and the hashtag #USAoutdoors.
Led by four in the 1,500 meters, the Ducks will have 11 entries in the senior meet and another two in the junior championships. Defending NCAA champion Mac Fleet, Brett Johnson (redshirting 2013) and Patrick Todd are in the men’s 1,500 with Becca Friday in the women’s 1,500. Another NCAA champion, Elijah Greer, heads the men’s 800 meters. Other entries include Laura Roesler in the women’s 800, Sam Crouser in the men’s javelin, Mike Berry in the men’s 400, Jenna Prandini in the women’s 100 and Dakotah Keys in the decathlon. The current list also includes indoor competitor Alexi Pappas in the women’s steeplechase. Oregon’s two juniors are Brittany Mann in the women’s shot put and Cameron Acosta in the men’s javelin.
Between current and former Ducks, six runners with Oregon connections will be in the men’s 1,500. That includes Duck alums Matthew Centrowitz, Jordan McNamara and Andrew Wheating. Other UO alums competing in Des Moines include Olympic medalists Ashton Eaton in the decathlon, Galen Rupp in the men’s 5,000 and 10,000 and Keshia Baker in the women’s 400. The list of former Ducks also includes 2013 NCAA 100 meter champion English Gardner and 18-time All-American Jordan Hasay, who recently signed professional contracts. Gardner is in the women’s 100 and 200 meters, while Hasay is in the 5,000 and 10,000. Mandy White will join Gardner in the 100. Additional Ducks include Olympian Becky Holliday and Melissa Gergel in the women’s pole vault, Olympian Cyrus Hostetler and Ryan Brandel in the men’s javelin, Britney Henry in the women’s hammer, Kimber Mattox in the women’s steeplechase and Luke Puskedra in the men’s 10,000.
CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
In addition to the USA meet, three current and one former Duck will be in action at the Canadian National Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick. Jillian Weir will throw the women’s hammer, Annie Leblanc will run the women’s 800 and 1,500 meters, and Jack Galpin is in men’s 400. They will join Duck alum and join seven-time NCAA champion Brianne Theisen, who is in the heptathlon.
NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND TRACKTOWN
Historic Hayward Field will host the 2014 NCAA Championships June 5-8. It will be the 12th 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 and 2013. 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.
The women finished third and the men’s fourth at the 2013 NCAA Championships. The Men were ranked No. 3 in the final USTFCCCA poll, while the women were No. 5.
OREGON’S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2013 Women’s Indoor Track & Field national title was the 21st 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, 1987 and 2012, and men’s basketball in 1939. Oregon’s acrobatics and tumbling team also won NCATA national titles in 2011-12-13.
NCAA QUALIFIERS ARE ALSO ACADEMIC STARS
Three members of Oregon’s track and field teams, two of whom competed at the NCAA Championships, have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 track & field/cross country teams. The three are all first team selections: Jordan Hasay (3.87 GPA, women’s 5,000), Anne Kesslering (4.03 GPA, women’s 1,500) and Ben DeJarnette (4.01 GPA, distance).
JOHNSON HONORED BY USTFCCCA
Robert Johnson has been named the West Region Men’s Coach of the Year, as selected by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Johnson, in his first year as Oregon’s head coach and eighth overall with the University, led the Ducks to their seventh straight Pac-12 title. Oregon scored 149.5 points, with UCLA second at 108. Oregon won just four individual events, but used great team depth to claim the title. Of the event wins, the Ducks claimed the Pac-12 4×400 meter relay for the first time since 1934. Other winners were Elijah Greer in the 800 meters, Sam Crouser in the javelin and Dakotah Keys in the decathlon. More impressively, Oregon had 12 different top three finishers at the meet..
Sprinter English Gardner is one of the 10 semifinalists for the Bowerman Award for women.
THROWERS FIND THEIR VOICE
After an April story by the Oregonian’s Ken Goe talked about Duck track and field throwers Jillian Weir, Greg Skipper and Sam Crouser, among others, being huge fans of the show “The Voice,” the official Twitter of the show (@NBCTheVoice) became a follower of the track team’s official Twitter, @OregonTF. Official reply from @NBCTheVoice: “We heard you were fans and just wanted to throw you a follow! http://bit.ly/ZqGQks #SeeWhatWeDidThere? #TheVoice.”
OREGON USA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
Follow along with the Ducks as they compete at the USA Championships. Oregon’s schedule (all times Pacific):
Thursday, June 20
12:30 p.m. W Shot Put (JR) - FINAL Mann
1:00 p.m. W Steeplechase Semifinal Pappas, Mattox
1:30 p.m. W 800 Meters First Round Roesler
1:50 p.m. M 800 Meters First Round Greer
2:40 p.m. W 1,500 Meters Semifinal Friday
3:00 p.m. M 1,500 Meters Semifinal Fleet, Johnson, Todd,
Centrowitz, McNamara, Wheating
3:20 p.m. W 400 Meters First Round Baker
3:45 p.m. M 400 Meters First Round Berry
4:25 p.m. W 100 Meters First Round Prandini,
6:20 p.m. W 10,000 Meters - FINAL Hasay
7:00 p.m. M 10,000 Meters - FINAL Puskedra, Rupp
Friday, June 21
8:00 a.m. Decathlon Day 1 Keys, Eaton
4:30 p.m. W 100 Meters Semifinal Prandini,
5:36 p.m. W 400 Meters Semifinal Baker
5:52 p.m. M 400 Meters Semifinal Berry
6:08 p.m. W 800 Meters Semifinal Roesler
6:25 p.m. M 800 Meters Semifinal Greer
6:42 p.m. W 100 Meters - FINAL Prandini,
Saturday, June 22
7:30 a.m. Decathlon Day 2 Keys, Eaton
10:00 a.m. M Javelin (JR) - FINAL Acosta
1:30 p.m. W Hammer - FINAL Henry
1:35 p.m. W 200 Meters First Round Gardner
2:00 p.m. W Steeplechase - FINAL Pappas, Mattox
2:46 p.m. W 1,500 Meters - FINAL Friday
3:08 p.m. W 400 Meters - FINAL Baker
2:30 p.m. M 400 Meters - FINAL Berry
3:40 p.m. M 1,500 Meters - FINAL Fleet, Johnson, Todd,
Centrowitz, McNamara, Wheating
Sunday, June 23
11:30 a.m. W Pole Vault - FINAL Gergel, Holliday
12:00 p.m. M Javelin - FINAL Crouser, Brandel, Hostetler
12:22 p.m. W 200 Meters Semifinal Gardner
1:04 p.m. W 800 Meters - FINAL Roesler
1:13 p.m. M 800 Meters - FINAL Greer
1:22 p.m. W 5,000 Meters - FINAL Hasay
2:20 p.m. W 200 Meters - FINAL Gardner
2:30 p.m. M 5,000 Meters - FINAL Rupp
DUCKS WEAR “AR” PATCH
For the remainder of the 2013 season, University of Oregon athletic teams will wear a patch honoring the memory of men’s tennis star Alex Rovello, who passed away March 11 as a result of a diving accident at Tamolitch Falls along the McKenzie River east of Eugene. The circular black patch with Rovello’s initials in white lettering will be worn by all of Oregon’s team still in competition this spring. Oregon’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will wear the patches on the upper left side of the front their singlets for the NCAA Championships June 5-8 at Hayward Field. The University was granted an exemption by the NCAA to allow the patches to be worn during postseason competition.
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
Oregon has now won seven conference men’s track and field titles in a row and 9 of the last 11. The Ducks have conference men’s track and field titles in 1924, 1934, 1965, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (17 overall). This year, Oregon became just the second school to win seven consecutive men’s titles, and the first to do it since USC took eight in a row between 1957-64. That was during a time when the league transitioned from the Pacific Coast Conference to the Athletic Association of Western Universities, which were both predecessors of the Pac-8, Pac-10 and now modern day Pac-12 Conference. The conference record for consecutive league titles is 15 by the Trojans from 1936-1954 (no league championships 1942-46 due to World War II).
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
On the women’s side, Oregon has now won five straight conference titles. Overall, the Ducks own seven league crowns: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This year, Oregon became just the second team to win five consecutive conference titles, joining UCLA. The Bruins are the only school in league history exceed that total, having won a league record eight straight crowns from 1997-2004.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
The Ducks swept the Pac-12 Championships at USC May 11-12. It was the seventh straight title for the men, and the fifth consecutive for the women. The women scored 24 points in the 200 meters to come from behind and defeat Arizona. English Gardner led a 1-2-3 sweep in that event in a meet, stadium and school record 22.62. Phyllis Francis was second in 22.77 and Jenna Prandini third in 23.33. Prandini won the 100 (11.46), while Francis took the 400 (51.57). The women also won the 800 meters (Laura Roesler, 2:06.51) and the 4x100 meters (43.81) and had top three finishes from Liz Brenner (javelin), Becca Friday (1,500), Chizoba Okodogbe (400) and Anne Kesselring (800 and 1,500). The men won only four events, but rolled to victory with depth across the board. Elijah Greer took command of the 800 meters to win in 1:1:49.48. Sam Crouser defended his javelin title with a throw of 249-4. A week earlier, Dakotah Keys was the decathlon champion. Perhaps the most impressive win was the 4x400 relay, where Jack Galpin, Arthur Delaney, Kevin Anding and Mike Berry won in 3:05.62 That was Oregon’s first win in the event since 1934. The men also had top three finishes from Johnathan Cabral (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles), Trevor Ferguson (long jump, 110 hurdles), Greg Skipper (hammer), Berry (400), Ethan Powell (javelin), Mac Fleet (1,500) and the 4x100 relay. The Women of Oregon won with 139 points, followed by Arizona with 123, Arizona State with 110.33, UCLA with 87.33, Stanford with 86.50 and USC 81. The Men of Oregon scored 149.5 points in becoming the first school to win seven straight Pac-12 titles since USC won eight in a row between 1957-64. The Trojans were second with 108 points, followed by UCLA with 98.5, Arizona State at 94 and Washington with 76.
DUCKS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT NCAA WOMEN INDOOR
The Women of Oregon dug their way out of a deep deficit to overcome nearly a dozen teams and win their fourth straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field national title March 8-9 at the Randal Tyson Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
The women locked up the meet with their only event win of the Championships – the 4x400 meter relay – to secure the title with 56 points. Kansas was second with 44, with Louisiana State third with 43 and host Arkansas fourth with 42.5.
The team of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis won the 4x400 relay for the Ducks in a school record 3:30.22. Gardner put Oregon ahead on the opening leg and Oregon never looked back. Gardner timed 53.64 on the opening leg, followed by Okodogbe’s 52.54, Roesler’s 52.64 and Francis’s impressive 51.42 as the Ducks won the indoor 4x4 crown for the second time in four years
Oregon became just the second team to win four consecutive NCAA Indoor titles, joining LSU which won five straight from 1993-97.
The Men of Oregon proved resurgent too with Elijah Greer winning the 800 meters en route to a top 10 finish.
The women opened the final day in 11th place with nine points, but began their climb with a gutsy run from Becca Friday in the mile. The senior from Bellingham, Wash., rallied from ninth place to sixth on the final lap, crossing the tape in 4:39.23 for three team points.
Also in the mile, a tired Anne Kesselring took 10th in 4:50.77. Kesselring anchored the Ducks’ distance medley relay less than 24 hours earlier.
Next, it was Francis’ time to step up in the 400 meters. She came back from a ragged semifinal run on Friday to place second in her heat and fourth overall in 52.01. That was worth five team points as the Ducks began to gain ground on Kansas and Arkansas and keep pace with LSU.
The Ducks then jumped to second place with 12 points in the 60 meters.
Gardner, the 2012 NCAA champion, was the runner-up in 7.15 seconds, finishing just behind Central Florida’s Aurieyall Scott, who won in 7.13. The sophomore from Voorhees, N.J., was just a half step behind Scott the whole race as the two thrilled the Randal Tyson Center crowd with another entertaining NCAA final.
The Ducks also got a huge performance in the 60 from freshman Jenna Prandini, who placed fifth in 7.38. The Clovis, Calif., native came into the meet as the No. 12 seed.
Roseler put the Ducks into the lead for the first time with her runner up finish in the 800 meters. The junior from Fargo, N.D., crossed the tape in an impressive 2:02.32, finishing behind only Natoya Goule of LSU (2:02.00). Roesler was critical in breaking up the Tigers’ powerful 800 tandem of Goule and Charlene Lipsey, who was third in 2:05.02.
Roesler’s runner-up finish also broke one of the oldest records in the Oregon history book. She took down the 31 year-old mark of 2:03.89 run by Leann Warren in 1982.
Oregon led with 37 points at that point, followed by LSU with 34 and Kansas with 33 with three events left: the triple jump, the 3,000 meters and the 4x4.
The Jayhawks jumped back to the lead with a win in the triple jump, upping their team total to 43. The Tigers’ also netted five triple jump points to pass Oregon with 39.
The Ducks responded with Jordan Hasay and Alexi Pappas in the 3,000 and the senior duo who led Oregon to the 2012 NCAA Cross Country title pushed the Ducks in front for good. Hasay fought her way to a runner-up finish in 9:06.61. She tucked into the pack as the leaders pulled away midway through the race, and then worked her way up through her competitors to claim eight crucial team points.
Pappas, a senior transfer from Dartmouth in her final appearance as a Duck, added another point for Oregon with her eighth place finish in 9:12.38.
That gave Oregon a 46-43 lead on Kansas heading to the 4x4, where the Ducks slammed the door.
On Friday’s first day of competition, Hasay was fourth in the 5,000 meters in a school record 15:40.30. The senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., lowered Alex Kosinski’s previous mark of 15:44.60 by more than :04 in scoring five points toward the team race. Pappas was sixth in that race in 15:47.13 – the third best time in school history.
Meanwhile Greer and Mike Berry’s runner-up finish in the 400 meters helped the Men of Oregon tie for sixth with 22 points.
Arkansas won the team title with 74 points, followed by Florida (59), Wisconsin (33), Texas A&M (30), Texas Tech (28) and Oregon and Arizona (22).
Greer looked smooth from the opening gun and tucked into second on the shoulder of Penn State’s Casimir Loxsom for the first 600 meters. On the bell lap, the junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., sprinted around Loxsom to the lead and finished clear of the field to win in 1:47.13. Loxsom was next in 1:47.23.
Greer became the first Duck ever to win an indoor 800 meter title. Junior Boru Guyota was eighth in the 800 in 1:51.04.
Like he did in Boise last year, Berry won his 400 final heat only to see another runner steal the title in the second heat. The junior from Seattle, Wash., sprinted clear of the field to win his section in 45.83 only to watch Errol Nolan of Houston take the second heat and the overall title in 45.75.
Still, Berry’s runner-up finish was the best ever for a Duck in the indoor 400 meters.
Also for the men, Johnathan Cabral finished strong to earn a sixth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. The sophomore from Calabasas, Calif., leaned at the tape to finish in 7.73 seconds, tying his personal best and scoring three team points.
Dakotah Keys took ninth in the heptathlon, scoring a personal best 5,757 points. That was the third best total in school history.
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.