SEATTLE, Wash. – The Duck track and field teams added two members to the men’s 4:00 mile club Saturday at the Husky Classic, while Arthur Delaney ripped off the second-fastest 200 meters in school history at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Chad Noelle and Brett Johnson became the eighth and ninth members of Oregon’s indoor 4:00 mile club in Seattle. Noelle, a freshman from Greene, N.Y., won the collegiate section in 3:59.57, while Johnson, a junior from Ocean City, N.J., was sixth in the invitational section in 3:58.62. Johnson’s time was the sixth-best in school history, while Noelle’s ranked ninth.
In women’s action in Seattle, Sammie Clark tied an indoor personal best to win the pole vault at 13-4.25/4.07m. The junior from North Bend, Ore., had two perfect clearances before she needed a second jump to get over the bar at 13-4.25.
Sophomores Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers tied for first in the women’s high jump with clearances at 5-10/1.78m.
Jillian Weir followed up her big day in the weight throw on Friday with another personal best in the shot put on Saturday. She had a top throw of 49-2.25/14.99m to finish second overall. That was also the fourth best shot put in school history.
Alyssa Monteverde had a pair of personal bests in the women’s 60 meter hurdles. After winning her preliminary heat in 8.58, the freshman from Clovis, Calif., 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.
Freshman Chris Brewer won his section of the men’s 3,000 meters in 8:11.63.
Meanwhile at the Tyson Invitational, Delaney impressed by delivering the second-fastest indoor men’s 200 meters in school history, 21.26. That was the seventh-best time at the Tyson meet (and No. 4 among collegians). The sophomore from Greshman, Ore., tied with Pat Johnson’s 1996 mark, and trailed only Kedar Inico’s school record 21.10 from 2005.
Delaney was also on the men’s 4x400 meter relay that placed third overall. The quartet of Jack Galpin, Arthur Delaney, Elijah Greer and Mike Berry finished in 3:09.25.
English Gardner and Jenna 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. Gardner had the fifth fastest time overall at the Tyson meet and was just shy of her PR, 23.34. Prandini’s time was seventh overall and was also a PR that moved her to No. 3 on the UO indoor list.
Later in the day, Gardner anchored the Ducks to a fourth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. The squad of Chizoba Okodogbe, Phyllis Francis, Laura Roesler and Gardner rallied from deep in the field to cross the line in 3:34.63, which was the third-fastest indoor time in school history.
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