Oregon opens NCAA Championships action by hosting the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds Thursday through Sunday at Historic Hayward Field. More than 1,700 competitors will be vying for the 12 spots in each event that will advance to the NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. Field events begin at 10 a.m. each day. On Thursday, running events begin at 3:30 p.m., at 3 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Live results will be available at http://www.flashresults.com/2011_Meets/outdoor/05-26-NCAAWest/. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
The University of Oregon will provide a free webcast of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds on its website, www.goducks.com. The webcast will commence at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.
A CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
Oregon has now won seven of the last nine Pac-10 titles in men's track and field, including five in a row. 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 and 2011 (15 overall). This year, Oregon became the first school to win five consecutive men's titles since UCLA took five straight between 1992-96. On the women's side, Oregon has now captured three consecutive titles for the first time in school history. The Ducks have five Pac-10 crowns overall: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
GARDNER NAMED USATF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Following her remarkable win in the 100 meters at the Pac-10 Championships, where she ran 11.03 to break Angela Williams' USA junior record and Gail Devers' Pac-10 meet record, freshman English Gardner was named the USATF athlete of the week. She also broke her own school record of 11.30.
BERRY BREAKS :45 BARRIER
Freshman Mike Berry broke one of the longest standing records in school history when he won the Pac-10 400 meter title in 44.91. That broke Otis Davis' 51 year-old record of 45.07 from 1960. Davis was a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States in 1960 (400 meters, 4x400 meter relay).
OREGON'S NCAA ENTRIES
Here's a look at Oregon's men's and women's NCAA West Preliminary entries (note David Klech has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the decathlon and will be seeded 16th):
MEN (20 individuals, 1 relay; 22 entries in 14 events)
Competitor Event Regional Mark Seed
A.J. Acosta, Sr. 1,500 Meters 3:45.20 26
Mike Berry, Fr. 400 Meters 44.91 3
Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. 1,500 Meters 3:41.73 7
Steve Finley, Sr. 3,000 Steeplechase 8:36.98 1
Justin Frick, Sr. High Jump 7-1.5 10
Elijah Greer, So. 800 Meters 1:47.47 4
Boru Guyota, Fr. 800 Meters 1:47.75 6
Eric Hersey, Jr. 110 Meters Hurdles 13.99 24
Danny Marconi, Jr. High Jump 6-11/5 28
Danny Mercado, Sr. 10,000 Meters 29:12.00 18
Austin Ouderkirk, So. Pole Vault 16-9.5 42
Tyler Pinkney, So. Triple Jump 50-2.5 31
Ethan Powell, Fr. Javelin 205-6 41
Luke Puskerda, Jr. 5,000 Meters 14:02.62 33
10,000 Meters 29:35.67 30
Brian Schaudt, Jr. Triple Jump 51-9 13
Parker Stinson, Fr. 10,000 Meters 29:14.35 20
Jordan Stray, Sr. Hammer 219-11 11
Michael Thompson, So. Javelin 204-4 44
Vernell Warren, Sr. LJ, 4x100 Relay 24-9 21
Alex Wolff, Sr. Javelin 231-3 11
4x100 Meter Relay 40.09 15
WOMEN (23 individuals, 2 relays; 29 entries in 14 events)
Competitor Event Regional Mark Seed
Sarah Andrews, Fr. 10,000 Meters 33:53.44 18
Laura Bobek, Fr. Discus 167-7 24
Bronwyn Crossman, Jr. 10,000 Meters 33:43.99 13
Camilla Dencer, Jr. 400 Meters 54.56 45
Phyllis Francis, Fr. 800 Meters 2:08.45 35
Becca Friday, So. 1,500 Meters 4:20.58 12
English Gardner, Fr. 100 Meters 11.03 2
Melissa Gergel, Sr. Pole Vault 14-0.5 6
Jordan Hasay, So. 1,500 Meters 4:10.28 1
5,000 Meters 15:37.29 1
Anne Kesselring, So. 800 Meters 2:02.44 1
Claire Michel, Sr. 3,000 Steeplechase 10:04.65 4
Lauryn Newson, Jr. Long Jump 20-2.5 22
Chizoba Okodogbe, Fr. 400 Meters 52.71 11
Megan Patrignelli, Fr. 1,500 Meters 4:26.91 41
Amber Purvis, Jr. 100 Meters 11.21 7
200 Meters 22.97 7
Laura Roesler, Fr. 800 Meters 2:04.24 6
Jordan Roskelley, Sr. Pole Vault 13-1.75 31
Kortney Ross, Fr. Pole Vault 13-4.5 22
Lanie Thompson, Fr. 3,000 Steeplechase 10:12.09 9
Taylor Wallace, So. 3,000 Steeplechase 10:41.25 42
Mandy White, Sr. 100 Meters 11.39 12
200 Meters 23.59 24
Michele Williams, Sr. 400 Meters 54.56 43
Jamesha Youngblood, Sr. Long Jump 21-3.25 5
Triple Jump 42-3.5 18
4x100 Meter Relay 43.82 5
4x400 Meter Relay 3:29.63 3
The NCAA West Preliminary Rounds will feature men's athletes from No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 5 Texas Tech, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 8 Texas, No. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Nebraska. No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 Baylor, No. 14 Oregon, No. 15 Kansas, No. 16 Brigham Young, No. 17 Oklahoma, No. 19 Washington, No. 21 Iowa, No. 22 UCLA, No. 23 Arizona State, No. 24 Washington State and No. 25 New Mexico - yes that's 19 of the nation's top 25 teams headed to the NCAA West meet, whereas only six of the top 25 men's teams are bound for the East Preliminary Rounds at Indiana.
It is the same story on the women's side, where the West Preliminary will feature No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 3 Oregon, No. 5 Arizona, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 USC, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 Texas, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 14 Washington State, No. 16 Kansas, No. 17 Kansas State, No. 18 Texas Tech, No. 20 Stanford, No. 21 Southern Illinois and No. 24 Colorado. That's 17 of the top 25 teams headed West, and eight headed East.
OREGON'S ENTRIES - WOMEN
Oregon shows the top seed in the 800 meters (Anne Kesselring/2:02.44), 1,500 meters (Jordan Hasay/4:10.28) and 5,000 meters (Hasay/15:27.29), as well as top-12 seeds in the 100 meters (English Gardner/No. 2 11.03; Amber Purvis/No. 7 11.21), 200 meters (Purvis/No. 7 22.97; Mandy White/No. 12 23.59), 400 meters (Chizoba Okodogbe/No. 11 52.74), 800 meters (Laura Roesler/No. 6 2:04.24), 1,500 meters (Becca Friday/No. 12 4:20.58), 3,000 meter steeplechase (Claire Michel/No. 4 10:04.65), 4x100 meter relay (No. 5 43.82), 4x400 meter relay (No. 3 3:29.63; Lanie Thompson/No. 9 10:12.09), pole vault (Melissa Gergel/No. 6 14-0.5) and long jump (Jamesha Youngblood/No. 5 21-3.25).
This will be the fourth NCAA West meet for Gergel, Michel and Youngblood. Perhaps of more interest is that this will be the NCAA debut for freshmen Gardner, Okodogbe, Roesler, Laura Bobek (discus), Phyllis Francis (800 meters), Megan Patrignelli (1,500 meters), Kortney Ross (pole vault) and Lanie Thompson (3,000 meter steeplechase), as well as juniors Bronwyn Crossman (10,000 meters), junior Camilla Dencer (400 meters) and Lauryn Newson (long jump).
OREGON'S ENTRIES - MEN
The men's entries include a pair of top seeded Steve Finley in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:36.98). The men also have top 12 seeds in the 400 meters (Mike Berry/No. 3 44.91), 800 meters (Elijah Greer/No. 4 1:47.47; Boru Guyota/No. 6 1:47.75), 1500 meters (Matthew Centrowitz/No. 7 3:41.73), high jump (Justin Frick/No. 10 7-1.5), hammer (Jordan Stray/No. 11 219-11) and javelin (Alex Wolff/No. 11 231-3).
A number of Duck men will be making their NCAA debuts, including freshmen Berry, Guyota, Ethan Powell (javelin) and Parker Stinson (10,000 meters), sophomores Austin Ouderkirk (pole vault), Tyler Pinkney (triple jump) and Michael Thompson (javelin) and senior Danny Mercado (10,000 meters).
Conversely, A.J. Acosta, Jordan Stray and Alex Wolff will all be making their fourth NCAA West appearances.
IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon has a number of competitors who are ranked among the nation's top 30. For the men, Steve Finley is No. 1 in the steeplechase (8:36.98), Mike Berry is No. 4 in the 400 meters (44.91), Elijah Greer is No. 7 in the 800 meters (1:47.70), Boru Guyota is No. 10 in the 800 meters (1:47.75), Jordan Stray is No. 11 in the hammer (219-7/66.93m), David Klech is No. 16 in the decathlon (7,581), Matthew Centrowitz is No. 16 in the 1,500 meters (3:41.73), Justin Frick is No. 21 in the triple jump (7-1.5/2.17m), Alex Wolff is No. 25 in the javelin (231-3/70.50m) and Brian Schaudt is No. 27 in the triple jump (51-9/15.77m).
For the women, Anne Kesselring leads the nation in the 800 meters (2:02.44) and is No. 13 in the 1,500 meters (4:16.55), Jordan Hasay is No. 1 in the 1,500 meters (4:10.28) and No. 2 in the 5,000 meters (15:37.29), English Gardner is No. 5 in the 100 meters (11.03) and No. 14 in the 200 meters (23.02), Claire Michel is No. 5 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:06.45), Jamesha Youngblood is No. 7 in the long jump (21-3.25/6.48m) and No. 29 in the triple jump (42-3.5/12.89m), Laura Roesler is No. 7 in the 800 meters (2:04.24), Melissa Gergel is No. 11 in the pole vault (14-0.5/4.28m), Amber Purvis is No. 12 in the 200 meters (22.97), No. 16 in the 100 meters (11.21) and No. 22 in the 400 meters (52.80), Lanie Thompson is No. 13 in the 3,000 meter steeplchase (10:12.09), Chizoba Okodogbe is No. 19 in the 400 meters (52.71), Bronwyn Crossman is No. 21 in the 10,000 meters (33:43.99) and Sarah Andrews is No. 26 in the 10,000 meters (33:53.44).
The women also rank third in the 4x400 meter relay (3:29.63) and ninth in the 4x100 meter relay (43.82).
The University of Oregon recognized an exceptional group of 20 senior track and field student-athletes with an on-field ceremony during the Twilight Meet. Combined, they have 11 NCAA event titles, nine individual Pac-10 crowns and a whopping 44 All-America certificates. They have also won 15 Pac-10 all-academic honors over the past three years.
The nine senior women are all Pac-10 qualifiers and eight of the nine are Pac-10 scorers. They have been part of Oregon teams that have won back-to-back NCAA Indoor Track & Field championships in 2010 and 2011, as well as back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 2009 and 2010. This group also contributed to Oregon's runner-up finishes at the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Outdoor meets.
The nine women include Sara Cole (2010 Pac-10 scorer, hammer), Melissa Gergel (2009 Pac-10 champion, pole vault; 2010 NCAA indoor runner-up, pole vault; 5-time All-American; school record: indoor pole vault), Claire Michel (2010 Pac-10 champion, steeplechase; school record: steeplechase), Jordan Roskelley (2-time Pac-10 scorer, pole vault; sixth in school history in the pole vault), Amy Skofstad (2008 Pac-10 qualifier, long jump), Brianne Theisen (5-time NCAA champion, heptathlon (twice), pentathlon (twice) 4x400 meter relay; 2-time Pac-10 champion, heptathlon (twice), NCAA record-holder: pentathlon; 6 school records, heptathlon, 100 meters, 4x400 meter relay, pentathlon-i, 60 meter hurdles-i, high jump-i; 8-time All-American), Mandy White (2010 Pac-10 champion, 4x100 meter relay; school record, 4x100 meter relay; 2-time All-American & Oregon's first All-American at 100 meters; third in school history in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters), Michele Williams (2-time NCAA champion, 4x400 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay-i; 2010 Pac-10 scorer, 400 meters; 2 school records, 4x400 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay-i; 3-time All-American; seventh in school history in the 400 meters) and Jamesha Youngblood (2010 NCAA champion, 4x400 meter relay-i; 5-time Pac-10 champion, long jump (twice), triple jump (twice), 4x100 meter relay; 5 school records, long jump, triple jump, 4x100 meter relay; long jump-i, 4x400 meter relay-i; 6-time All-American).
The 11 seniors on the men's side have led Oregon to four consecutive Pac-10 titles (2007, '08, '09, '10), the 2009 NCAA Indoor national championship, runner-up showings at the 2009 outdoor and 2010 indoor NCAA meets, and a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA outdoor championships.
The list includes A.J Acosta (2-time NCAA champion, distance medley relay; 2010 NCAA runner-up, 1,500 meters; 6-time Pac-10 scorer; school record: 1,500 meters; 7-time All-American), Steve Finley (currently No. 1 in the steeplechase; All-America transfer from Virginia), Justin Frick (All-America high jump transfer from Princeton), David Klech (2011 All-American, heptathlon; two-time Pac-10 scorer; sixth in school history in the 110 meter hurdles, eighth in school history in the high jump), Kenny Klotz (2-time All-American, cross country; member of Oregon's 2007-08 NCAA cross country champions); Danny Mercado (2-time All-American, cross country; ran on Oregon's 2007 NCAA cross country champions), Ken Scoggin (Pac-10 all-academic second team selection), Jordan Stray (2010 All-American, hammer; 3-time Pac-10 scorer, hammer; eighth in school history in the hammer), Travis Thompson (2010 NCAA champion, distance medley relay; 3-time Pac-10 scorer; 2-time All-American; eighth in school history in the 800 meters), Vernell Warren (5-time Pac-10 scorer, long jump (three times), high jump, 4x100 meter relay) and Alex Wolff (2-time All-American, javelin; 3-time Pac-10 scorer, javelin; fourth in school history in the javelin).
SORE BACK SIDELINES THEISEN
A sore back that has hampered Brianne Theisen since the NCAA Indoor Championships in March has caused the senior from Humboldt, Sask., to miss the 2011 outdoor season. Theisen is the two-time Pac-10 and NCAA defending champion of the heptathlon and scored 23 points for the Ducks at the 2010 Pac-10 meet. "Brianne's back troubles have been an on-going issue and she is such a high-caliber athlete that we did not want to jeopardize her long term future," said Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "This difficult decision was a collaboration between Brianne, our coaches and our medical staff, and one that had to be made in Brianne's best interest." Theisen, who graduates this spring, does have the option of taking a redshirt season outdoors and returning in 2012, and also has one season of eligibility remaining indoors.
PAC-10 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Three UO women were named Pac-10 track athlete of the week in 2011.
Sophomore Jordan Hasay was named Pac-10 track athlete of the week for April 25-May 1 after staking her claim to the collegiate lead in the women's 1,500 meters by running 4:10.28, finishing fifth overall behind four professionals May 1 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. That time was more than a second faster than the 4:11.85 run by Villanova's Sheila Reed at the Mt. SAC Relays last month. Former Washington Husky Katie Follett, who now runs for Brooks, won in 4:08.95, a time that was tops among Americans outdoors in 2011.
In running a :03 personal best, Hasay, from Arroyo Grande, Calif., ran the second-fastest time in Pac-10 history and the fourth-fastest 1,500 meters in school history. Hasay's time was the best by a Duck in 27 years, trailing only Leann Warren's 1982 time of 4:05.88, Ranza Clark's 1984 time of 4:07.50 and Claudette Groenendaal's 1984 time of 4:08.13.
All three of those marks came prior to when the Pac-10 started conducting women's championships in 1987. On the league's lists, Hasay's time trails only Lena Nilsson, who set the Pac-10 standard for UCLA in 2003 at 4:07.69.
Sophomore Anne Kesselring was named Pac-10 track athlete of the week for April 18-24. The Nurnberg, Germany, native ran a nation-leading 2:02.44 800 meters at the Oregon Relays. That was the fifth-fastest time in school history.
Freshman English Gardner, who was a three-time winner at the Pepsi Team Invitational, was named the Pac-10 track athlete of the week for April 4-10. Gardner's three-victory performance helped No. 3 Oregon capture the Pepsi Team Invitational. She won the 100 (11.62) and 200 meter (24.06) events and joined her teammates to win the 4x100 meter relay (44.59).
MEN CAPTURE FIFTH STRAIGHT PAC-10 TITLE
Oregon's men capped a near wire-to-wire victory with wins from Mike Berry in the 400 meters, Matthew Centrowitz in the 1,500 meters and Steve Finley in the 3,000 meter steeplechase May 13-14 at Arizona's Drachman Stadium.
The men won their fifth straight Pac-10 title with 129 points, followed by Arizona with 111 and USC, UCLA and Arizona State all tied with 99. They are the first team to win five straight league titles since UCLA in 1992-96.
Coming into the main portion of the meet with 11 points in the bank following the decathlon (David Klech second, Kevin Godfrey sixth), Oregon grabbed the lead late on the first day and never relinquished it.
Finley, a senior transfer from Virginia, won in dramatic fashion. He opened up a 30 meter lead midway through the race only to have Stanford's Benjamin Johnson slowly catch up and then pass him with 250 meters remaining. But Finley countered on the final hurdle, charging over the barrier with a burst of speed to pass Johnson and win in 9:04.62. Johnson finished in 9:05.09.
Finley's win was backed by an impressive 14-point performance in the long jump. Vernell Warren was the runner-up at 24-9/7.54m, a season-best for the senior from Portland, Ore., while Klech was third at 24-6/7.48m.
That 24-point outburst put Oregon ahead for good.
On day one, Oregon also tallied points in the high jump from Justin Frick, who cleared 7-1.5/2.17m on his third attempt to place fourth in the high jump. The senior transfer from Princeton had the seventh-best clearance in school history.
The Ducks claimed six points in the javelin with Alex Wolff placing fifth at 225-9/68.81m and freshman Ethan Powell moving up to seventh with a toss of 204-3/62.26m.
The Ducks also garnered seven points in the 10,000 meters, with Luke Puskedra taking fifth in 29:35.67, Parker Stinson seventh in 29:55.44 and Danny Mercado eighth in 29:58.78.
On the final day of competition, Centrowitz kick-started the men's title drive by winning his third consecutive Pac-10 title in a season-best 3:41.73. He outraced Arizona freshman Lawi Lalang as the two swapped the lead three times on the final lap. At the bell, the two broke from the pack with Lalang leading. The junior from Arnold, Md., then forced the issue by surging ahead with 300 meters to go and Lalang sprinted to recapture the lead. Centrowitz then tucked in behind the Wildcat runner and made his big move with 150 meters remaining, taking the lead to win going away. He became just the fourth man to win three straight at that distance, joining Gabe Jennings of Stanford (2000-02), Bernard Legat of Washington State (1997-99) and Hailu Ebba of Oregon State (1972-74). Ebba's three straight came in the mile.
Berry took the 400 meters by storm, winning in a school record 44.91. The freshman from Seattle, Wash., got out of the blocks quickly, sat back in the middle of the race and then shifted into overdrive with 150 meters remaining to hold off Trojans Joey Hughes (45.05) and Bryshon Nellum (45.56). Berry's time broke one of the oldest records in Oregon history, Otis Davis' 1960 time of 45.07.
From there, the men, meanwhile, kept adding on the points to keep potential challengers at bay.
Jordan Stray scored a third-place finish in the hammer. The senior from Centralia, Wash., had the No. 8 throw in school history at 219-7/66.93m.
Oregon's football players came through with a fifth-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay. The team of Dior Mathis, Berry, Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James ran 40.09, which was the seventh-fastest time in school history.
In addition to Centrowitz in the 1,500, senior A.J. Acosta earned two points with a seventh-place finish in 3:39.42. Klech and Eric Hersey added to the team total in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing fifth (13.97) and sixth (14.06) respectively.
The Ducks then extended their lead in the 800 meters, where sophomore Elijah Greer was second in a season-best 1:47.70 and freshman Boru Guyota was fifth in 1:49.34.
The Ducks also counted eight unexpected points in the pole vault from Austin Ouderkirk. The sophomore from Newport, Ore., finished second at a personal-best 16-9.5/5.12m.
Oregon then put the meet out of reach in the 5,000 meters, where Puskedra was fourth in 14:02.62 and Mercado was eighth in 14:18.73. The Ducks added another five points from the 4x400 meter relay team, which placed fourth. The group of Hersey, Bryan Harper, Greer and Berry ran 3:07.21, which was the seventh-best time in school history.
Brian Schaudt then wrapped up the scoring with a third-place finish in the triple jump. The junior from Philomath, Ore., jumped a legal-best 51-8.25/15.75m to move to No. 8 on the UO list.
WOMEN RALLY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT PAC-10 CROWN
The Oregon women rallied from a 57.5-point deficit to win its third straight Pac-10 title on the final event, the 4x400 meter relay, May 13-14 at Drachman Stadium.
The Ducks were actually in great position after the first day, having piled up big points in the pole vault and 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Oregon counted 16.5 points in the pole vault. In an entertaining competition, senior Melissa Gergel tied Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi for the best clearance at 14-0.5/4.28m, but Stefanidi won on fewer misses. Gergel took second, with freshman Kortney Ross claiming third at 13-4.5/4.08m. That mark was tied for the sixth-best in school history. Oregon earned another 2.5 points in the event from Jordan Roskelley, who tied for sixth at 13-0.75/3.98m.
The women were nearly as impressive in the 3,000 meter steeple chase, where the Ducks went 2-3-7.
Defending champ Claire Michel took second in 10:26.05, freshman Lanie Thompson surged for third in 10:33.35 and sophomore Taylor Wallace used a strong closing lap to climb to seventh in 10:41.25.
The day one success extended to the long jump, where Jamesha Youngblood took second by going a season-best 21-3.25/6.48m on her fourth attempt. The senior from San Pablo, Calif., was the two-time defending Pac-10 champion in the event. Lauryn Newson also scored in the long jump, finishing sixth at a season-best 20-2.5/6.16m.
The women also collected six points in the 10,000 meters with junior Bronwyn Crossman finishing fourth in 36:06.48 and freshman Sarah Andrews eighth in 36:42.28.
Host Arizona would not fade away, however, after scoring 31 points in the shot put.
The Wildcats' domination in the field proved pivotal on the final day when the women's top-seeded 4x100 meter relay team was disqualified. Moments later, Arizona racked up 22 points in the discus and suddenly the Ducks were behind by 57.5 points.
But the rally started with Jordan Hasay, who won the first of her two Pac-10 titles in the 1,500 meters. It was basically an all Oregon final as Hasay crossed in 4:19.18 and Oregon State's Laura Carlyle was second in 4:20.98. Oregon's Anne Kesselring was third in 4:21.36, fellow Duck Becca Friday was fourth in 4:25.03 and freshman Megan Patrignelli was sixth in 4:28.22 as Oregon collected 24 points in the event.
English Gardner continued the rally with arguably the performance of the meet. She won the 100 meters in 11.03, but that was only half the story. She broke two fairly significant marks. Her time was an American junior record, bettering the 11.04 run by Angela Williams of USC in 1999, and she broke the meet record of 11.05 by UCLA's Gail Devers in 1987.
The freshman from Voorhees, N.J., broke her own school record of 11.30, set earlier this season. The Ducks also got huge performances from junior Amber Purvis, who was third in a personal-best 11.21 (No. 2 on the Oregon list) and senior Mandy White, who was fourth in 11.57 for 21 points total in the 100.
Youngblood gave the Ducks six points with her third-place finish in the triple jump at 42-3.5/12.89m.
The Ducks picked up another six points from Chizoba Okodogbe, who finished fourth in the 400 in a personal-best 52.71. That moved the freshman from Antioch, Calif., to No. 4 on the UO top 10.
Oregon continued to chip away at the Arizona advantage in the 800 meters, where freshman Laura Roesler finished in a seasonal-best 2:04.24 (No. 6 on the UO list) and Kesselring was fifth in 2:07.41. Those 10 points left the Ducks 11.5 points back of the Wildcats going into the 200 meters.
Oregon moved into the lead for the first time in the meet in the 200 meters, where Ducks finished second, third and sixth. Purvis clocked a season-best 22.97 to place second, Gardner was third in a personal-best 23.02 (No. 2 on the UO list ) and White took sixth in 23.76.
That pushed the Ducks ahead by 2.5 points.
The Ducks and Wildcats then traded 11 points in the 5,000 meters, with Hasay taking the title in 16:24.10 and Michel grabbing a point with an eighth-place finish in 16:54.44.
That set the stage for an exciting 4x400 meters with the title on the line. Oregon's team of Okodogbe, Purvis, Phyllis Francis and Roesler won in a meet record 3:29.63 to seal the victory. That was the second-fastest time in school history.
The Ducks won the meet with 154.5 points. Arizona was second with 150 points, Arizona State third with 121 and USC finished fourth at 103.
PAC-10 DECATHLON RECAP
David Klech and Kevin Godfrey scored 11 points for the Ducks at the Pac-10 decathlon in Tucson May 6-7. Both had personal bests, with Klech finishing second (7,581 points) and Godfrey sixth (6,853). Klech's score was the 10th-best in school history. He set decathlon personal bests in 100 meters (10.88), long jump (24-7.75/7.51m), shot put (36-6.25/11.13m), high jump (6-11/2.11m), discus (115-4/35.16m) and javelin (123-8/37.70m). He also won the 110 meter hurdles (13.94). His mark in the long jump tied his all-conditions PR from his senior year in high school. Godfrey, who fell out of a scoring position early on Saturday, used a personal best in the 1,500 meters to climb up to sixth in the final standings. The junior from Roseburg, Ore., set decathlon PR's in the 110 hurdles (15.56) and the pole vault, where he took sixth by clearing 15-5.75/4.72m. He climbed back into the points (from 10th) by finishing fourth in the 1,500 meters in 4:29.34.
OREGON TWILIGHT RECAP
Boru Guyota won an exciting men's 1,500 meters and Duck alums Ashton Eaton, Jordan Kent, Britney Henry and Andrew Wheating thrilled the crowd on a drizzly May 6 at the Oregon Twilight meet. In front 6,251 fans that included actor Sam Elliot, around 100 track and field alumni and scores of former varsity athletes who are in town for this weekend's Women in Athletics Celebration, Guyota brought the crowd to its feet by pulled away from a tight pack with 200 meters to go and holding off Jared Bassett of Portland. Guyota, a freshman from Ethiopia by way of Portland, won in 3:47.47, a personal best by nearly two seconds, with Bassett second in 3:47.88. The Ducks and Oregon Track Club Elite capped the night by staging an exciting distance medley relay. OTC Elite won in 9:26.07, a time that was less than a second out of the American top-10 list. Oregon finished in 9:28.01, a time that was an outdoor school record and No. 9 on the collegiate list. The OTC Elite squad included Nick Symmonds on the 1,200 leg in 2:51.33, Eaton on the 400 in 45.91, Tyler Mulder on the 800 in an impressive 1:44.74 and Wheating on the 1,600 anchor in 4:04.09 is his first outdoor appearance of 2011. Oregon was nearly as impressive with junior Matthew Centrowitz on the 1,200 lead leg in 2:51.17, freshman Mike Berry on the 400 in an eye-popping 44.94, Elijah Greer on the 800 in 1:46.30 and senior A.J. Acosta on the anchor in 4:05.60. In addition to Wheating, former Ducks Eaton, Kent and Henry provided a couple of sparks. Eaton set a meet record in the 110 meter hurdles by running a personal-best 13.52. That broke A.K. Ikwaukor's 2006 meet record of 14.01 by nearly half a second. Oregon's Eric Hersey was second in 14.15. Eaton, who now competed for OTC Elite, also won the long jump with a mark of 25-7.5/7.81m. Kent, a rare three-sport letterman for the Ducks, won both the 100 and 400 meters. He took the 100 in 10.53 and the 400 in 47.00. Oregon junior Bryan Harper was second in a seasonal-best 47.78. Henry, who now competed for adidas, won the women's hammer with a throw of 215-4/65.64m. Sarah Stevens of Shore Athletic Club broke the meet record in the women's shot put with a throw of 58-9.25/17.91m. Senior Alex Wolff won the men's javelin at 216-2/65.89m. Competing in her final home meet, Amy Skofstad won the women's long jump in a collegiate best 18-8.5/5.70m. The senior from Gladstone, Ore., won the long jump at Hayward Field for the third time this season. Senior Melissa Gergel captured the women's pole vault with a clearance at 13-6.25/4.12m. Fellow senior Jordan Roskelley and freshman Kortney Ross tied for second at 13-0.25/3.97m. Another senior, Sara Cole, finished sixth in a field of professionals the women's hammer. The Independence, Ore., native threw a seasonal-best 170-2/51.87m. Elsewhere, football star LaMichael James won the second section of the 100 meters in 10.76. It was the first 100 meters of the year for the 2010 Doak Walker Award Winner. Junior Travis Stanford hit a personal best in the men's 800 meters, finishing third in 1:50.57. Robert Novak of the New York Athletic Club won the race in 1:48.92.
PAYTON JORDAN CARDINAL INVITATIONAL RECAP
Jordan Hasay and Steve Finley ran NCAA-leading times in the 1,500 meters and steeplechase, respectively, May 1 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. Hasay staked her claim to the collegiate lead in the women's 1,500 meters by running 4:10.28, finishing fifth overall behind four professionals. In running a :03 personal best, Hasay ran the second-fastest time in Pac-10 history and the fourth-fastest 1,500 meters in school history. Hasay's time was the best by a Duck in 27 years, trailing only Leann Warren's 1982 time of 4:05.88, Ranza Clark's 1984 time of 4:07.50 and Claudette Groenendaal's 1984 time of 4:08.13. All three of those marks came prior to when the Pac-10 started conducting championships and keeping women's records in 1987. On the league's lists, Hasay's time trails only UCLA's Lena Nilsson (4:07.69). Finley, a fifth-year senior who transferred from Virginia, ran a 2011 collegiate-best 8:36.98 and finished 10th overall in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase behind nine professionals. Finley's time was less than :02 out of Oregon's all-time top 10, and was the fastest steeplechase by a Duck in 21 years. It was also a personal best by more than :03. Claire Michel fourth collegian and 10th overall in 10:04.65, breaking her own school record by nearly :07. Junior Emma Coburn of Colorado, a future Pac-12 rival, won in 9:40.51, a time that leads all U.S. women and collegians in 2011. Michel ran the sixth-fastest collegiate time in the U.S. this season, as well as the sixth-best time in Pac-10 history.
OREGON RELAYS, PRESENTED BY OCCU, RECAP
Seven meet records fell at the April 22-23 Oregon Relays, presented by Oregon Community Credit Union, including three claimed by the Duck women. Mandy White broke the meet record in the 100 (11.60), Amber Purvis shattered the old mark in the 200 (23.13) and those two plus English Gardner and Lauryn Newson set the standard in the 4x100 meter relay (43.82). Anne Kesselring ran a nation-leading 2:02.44 in the 800 meters, Gardner ran the second-fastest 200 in school history (23.22), Rebecca Rhodes ran the No. 8 100 hurdles (13.96) at Oregon, Chizoba Okodogbe had the 10th-best women's 400 meters in school history (54.04) and Laura Bobek won the women's discus with a PR of 167-7/51.07m. For the men, freshman Boru Guyota had the sixth-fastest men's 800 in the nation this season (1:47.75), Matthew Centrowitz won the men's 1,500 in a season-best 3:42.49, Brian Schaudt moved into the triple jump top 10 at No. 9 (15.56m/51-0.25) and had a wind-aided leap even better than that (15.77m/51-9). Football's Dior Mathis captured the 100 meters (10.80), Mike Berry just missed a PR in winning the 200 (21.10) and Eric Hersey ran a seasonal best in the 110 meter hurdles (14.04w). The other records set were Geena Gall's world-leading 2:02.04 in the women's 800 meters, Sally Kipyego's world-leading 4:06.23 in the women's 1,500 meters, Falesha Ankton's 13.51 in the women's 100 meter hurdles and Tyler Mulder's 1:46.79 in the men's 800. Ashton Eaton nearly made it eight meet records by winning the men's 110 hurdles in 13.57, but the time came with an over-the-limit 2.5 wind.
White, a senior from Lake Oswego, Ore., led off Oregon's 4x100 meter relay team that won in 43.82. White was joined by Purvis, Newson and Gardner on the second-fastest relay team in school history. The Ducks broke Florida State's 27-year-old meet record of 44.73. Oregon's time was the eighth-fastest in the nation this season. White then came back in the 100 meters to win in a meet-record 11.60. That was a seasonal best and broke the 1994 time of 11.62 by Joyce Rainwater of Eastern Washington.
Another meet record fell in the 800 meters where Geena Gall ran a world-leading time of 2:02.04. That broke Rebekah Noble's 2007 meet record of 2:03.22. Kesselring was right behind her in 2:02.44, which was the top time by a collegian this season. Andrea Ferris of Panama was third in 2:02.79 in a very quick 800 meters. Kesselring, a sophomore from Nurnberg, Germany, ran a :02 personal best and moved to No. 5 on the UO career list.
In the men's 800 meters, Mulder broke a 25-year-old meet record by winning in 1:46.79. He beat the old mark of 1:46.84 by Jose Barbosa of Lane Community College in 1986. Guyota was second in a personal-best 1:47.75. That was tied for the 10th-fastest time in school history.
The fifth meet record to fall came in the women's 100 meter hurdles, where Ankton won in 13.51 to best the 1992 mark of 13.56 by Claudine Robinson of Washington. Oregon junior Rebecca Rhodes was second in that race in a legal-best of 13.96. That was the eighth-fastest time in school history.
Junior Camilla Dencer won the women's 400 meter hurdles in 1:02.43. Okodegbe and Dencer then teamed with Devin Gosberry and Alexandria Davidson to win the 4x400 meters in 3:43.93. Senior Jamesha Youngblood was second in the triple jump in a seasonal-best 40-10.25/12.45.
Senior Sara Cole hit a nine-foot PR in the women's hammer, throwing 170-0/51.83m. She was seventh overall, but second among collegians.
In the women's 200, Purvis shattered a 12-year-old meet record by running a season-best 23.13 with a legal 2.0 meters per second tailwind. The junior from Hercules, Calif., broke the 1999 meet record of 23.65 set by Juan Ball of Cheetahs, and led an impressive performance by the Ducks in the sprints.
Gardner won section two of the 200 in a personal-best 23.22. That was the second-fastest time in school history, trailing only Purvis' 22.74 from last season. The 200 also produced the eighth-fastest time in school history as Newson was third in the first section in 23.88.
Berry and former Duck Jordan Kent waged an entertaining battle in the men's 200 meters. Kent, a rare three-sport letterman at Oregon, got a terrific jump out of the blocks in his first race of 2011 and held the lead through 175 meters. Then Berry ran him down and passed him with 15 meters remaining.
Berry, a freshman from Seattle, Wash., won in 21.10, with Kent right behind in 21.26. Jack Galpin was third in 21.74 with junior Bryan Harper fourth in a seasonal-best 22.06.
Kipyego, running for Oregon Track Club Elite, impressed by winning the 1,500 in a personal-best 4:06.23. The former Texas Tech star ran the final two laps solo in clocking the fastest time in the world this season, and breaking Jenny Barringer's year-old meet record of 4:08.38.
In the men's 1,500, Centrowitz won in a season-best 3:42.49. Jordan McNamara of OTC Elite was second in 3:45.77, Patrick Casey of Montana State was third in 3:46.43 and sophomore Elijah Greer was fourth in a personal-best 3:48.98.
UCLA DUAL MEET RECAP
The Men of Oregon battled UCLA to a tie in an exciting dual meet April 17 in Los Angeles. Mike Berry's scintillating 45.5 anchor leg on the 4x400 meter relay capped Oregon's rally to tie UCLA 81.5-81.5 in the Ducks' first dual in Westwood since 1976. Oregon collected wins in the 400 (Bryan Harper in an Oregon best 47.99), 800 (Elijah Greer, 1:50.46), 1,500 (Matthew Centrowitz, 3:45.86), 5,000 (Parker Stinson in a personal-best 14:08.22), 110 hurdles (David Klech, 14.16), steeplechase (Steve Finley, 8:57.59), high jump (Danny Marconi, 6-11.50) and javelin (Alex Wolff, 221-8). Oregon also received important contributions from the likes of A.J. Acosta (second in the steeple in 9:08.54, despite a fall on the water jump), Randall Horn (third in the discus with a 12-foot PR, 168-4), Berry (second in the 200 in a PR of 21.08), Brian Schaudt (second in the triple jump in an outdoor best, 50-3.25w), Tyler Pinkney (third in the triple jump, 48-8.75), Justin Frick (second in the high jump, 6-9.5) and Austin Ouderkirk (tied for third in the pole vault, 16-1.25).
MT. SAC RELAYS RECAP
English Gardner led Oregon's rewrite of the record books April 15-16 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Gardner broke the school record in the 100 meters by running 11.30 at Mt. SAC and also ran on the second-fastest 4x100 meter relay in school history (44.09), along with Mandy White, Amber Purvis and Jamesha Youngblood. Other highlights included Jordan Hasay running the fastest 5,000 by a Duck in 23 years (15:10.63), White winning the 200 in a personal-best 23.59 (No. 4 all-time), freshman Laura Roesler running the ninth-fastest 800 at Oregon (2:05.05), Anne Kesselring winning the 1,500 in 4:16.55, Youngblood jumping a nation-leading 21-2 in the long jump and the 4x400 meter relay team of Roesler, Purvis, Chizoba Okodogbe and Phyllis Francis winning in 3:32.63, which was the third fastest time in school history. Purvis also ran 11.42 in the top section of the 100.
Freshman Chizoba Okodogbe was third in her 200 meter heat and fifth overall in a season-best 24.05. In the 400 meters, Okodogbe was third in her heat in a season-best 54.15. That time was the fifth-fastest time overall at Mt. SAC. Junior Camilla Dencer won her 400 heat in 54.56, her best quarter mile time in more than two years. Sophomore Devin Gosberry took third in her heat in 54.74 in her first 400 meters as a Duck. Rebecca Rhodes was fourth in her heat of the 100 meter hurdles. The junior from Salem, Ore., ran a legal personal best 14.04. In the long jump, junior Lauryn Newson leapt a seasonal-best 19-9/6.02m to finish fifth overall. Freshman Phyllis Francis was sixth in her heat of the 800 meters in a season-best 2:08.82. Laura Bobek had a 10-foot personal best in the discus. The freshman from Astoria, Ore., went 164-0/49.98m on her fourth attempt.
MT. SAC RELAYS DECATHLON RECAP
David Klech set personal bests in five events to finish fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays Decathlon April 13-14 at Azusa Pacific's Cougar Athletic Stadium. Competing in his first collegiate decathlon, Klech scored 7,533 points and trailed only Florida's Gray Horn who scored 7,791, Missouri's Lars Risa (7,770) and Chris Randolph of Slo Chiropractic (7,664). Klech's total was the 10th best by a collegian in the nation this season and was just six points shy of the Oregon career top 10.
Klech opened the competition by running 10.93 seconds in the 100 meters, a personal record. He next added a mark of 24-5.75/7.46m in the long jump, which was just two inches off his all-time best. The senior from San Ramon, Calif., hit another PR in the shot put, throwing 35-4.5/10.78m. Klech then cleared 6-10.25/2.09m in the high jump before finishing day one by running 48.08 in the 400 meters.
Klech began day two by winning the 110 hurdles in 13.82 seconds. The time was a personal best and ranked No. 6 overall at Oregon. He also had PRs in the discus (96-3/29.35m) and pole vault (14-5.25/4.40m). Klech then threw 113-0/34.45m in the javelin and finished the day by winning the 1,500 meters in 4:12.50.
PEPSI TEAM INVITATIONAL RECAP
Duck rookies won eight events to lead an Oregon sweep of the April 9 Pepsi Team Invitational before 5,501 energized fans at Hayward Field. The third-ranked women won with 205 points, followed by Nebraska with 195.5, No. 16 Stanford with 143.5 and Washington with 112. The No. 10 men claimed the title with 195 points, with No. 8 Nebraska next with 181 points, Washington with 159 and No. 9 Stanford with 121.
Freshman English Gardner's breakout performance included wins in the 100 and 200 meters in addition to her anchor leg on the winning 4x100 meter relay team. She won the 100 in 11.62, which was the fifth-fastest time in school history. She set a personal-best in winning the 200 in 24.06. She then joined with Mandy White, Amber Purvis and Lauryn Newson to win the 4x100 relay in 44.59, a time that ranks No. 5 in school history.
Freshman Mike Berry was just as impressive for the men, dusting the field by nearly two seconds in winning the 400 meters in 45.79. That was fifth-fastest time in school history. He also anchored the 4x400 meter relay team which locked up the team title for the Duck men by winning in 3:10.93.
Other rookie winners included freshmen Boru Guyota in the men's 800 meters, Laura Roesler in the women's 800 meters and Lanie Thompson in the women's 3,000 meters steeplechase, and transfer Steve Finley in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase and Justin Frick in the high jump.
Guyota, a native of Ethiopia, led for most of the 800 meters and held off Russell Brown of OTC Elite and Duck teammate Elijah Greer in a thrilling three-wide finish at the tape. Guyota timed a personal-best 1:48.65, followed by Brown in 1:48.82 and Greer in 1:48.87.
Roesler was also involved in an 800 race that came down wire. She and teammate Anne Kesselring leaned at the tape simultaneously, and Roesler got the win by .01. She timed 2:06.66, with Kesselring next in 2:06.67. The Fargo, N.D., native also anchored Oregon's winning 4x400 meter relay team, joining Devin Gosberry, Purvis and Phyllis Francis to run the 10th-best time in school history, 3:36.87.
Thompson was a surprise winner in her first career steeplechase, pulling away after the final barrier to clip Nebraska's Martina Barinova by half a second. Thompson finished in 10:12.09, which was the second-fastest time in school history, with Barinova next in 10:12.45.
Finley, a transfer from Virginia running his first steeplechase as a Duck, took the lead early and cruised to a win in 8:52.04. Frick, a transfer from Princeton, was clean through his first five attempts in the high jump and won by going over 7-0.25/2.14m on his first attempt.
For the men, Matthew Centrowitz and A.J. Acosta set the tone early by winning the 5,000 and 1,500 meters, respectively. Centrowitz and teammate Danny Mercado pulled away from Nebraska's Brendan Gregg on the last lap for a 1-2 finish. Centrowitz won in 13:56.65, with Mercado next in an outdoor personal-best 14:03.48.
In the 1,500, Acosta was impressive in pulling away for a win in 3:46.99. Freshman Cole Watson was second in 3:48.25, as the Oregon men collected 32 points between the 5,000 and 1,500.
David Klech ran the ninth-best time in school history to win the 110 hurdles. He crossed in a personal-best 13.97. Klech also joined Berry, Bryan Harper and Greer on that winning 4x400 relay. Sophomore Tyler Pinkney jumped a personal-best 50-2.5 for a runner-up finish in the triple jump.
For the women, Jordan Hasay, suddenly a team veteran as a sophomore, won a thrilling women's 1,500 meters, clipping a hard-charging Katie Flood of Washington by a quarter of a second. The Arroyo Grande, Calif., native crossed the line in 4:18.61, with Flood at 4:18.80.
Purvis ran the fourth-fastest time in school history in winning the 400 meters in 52.80. Junior Bronwyn Crossman set an :18 personal best in winning the 5,000 meters in 16:31.42. Senior Jamesha Youngblood captured the long jump at 20-2.5.
OREGON DECATHLON RECAP
Kevin Godfrey set four personal bests to win the Oregon Decathlon with a career-high 6,808 points April 1-2 at Hayward Field. Godfrey won with a personal-best 6,808 points. Bruce Burbank of Oregon was second with a personal-best 6,656 points.
Godfrey established a decathlon best in winning the pole vault, clearing the bar at 15-3/4.65m. He also had an all-conditions PR in the long jump with a distance of 22-3.5/6.79m and PR'd with a clearance at 6-4/1.93m in the high jump and ran 50.79 in the 400 meters, a personal-best by more than a second. He also won the javelin with a throw of 160-1/48.79m and the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:31.52.
Burbank set seven decathlon bests in establishing a 345-point PR. He opened with a big personal best in the 100 meters, running 11.37 to win the event. He was second in the long jump at 22-6.25/6.86m and also closed with a PR in the 400 meters, running 51.35. Burbank had a nine-foot PR in the discus with a winning throw of 117-0/35.66m. He also won the 110 meter hurdles in 15.64. Burbank set his sixth PR of the competition by clearing 14-11/4.55m in the pole vault. He followed that with yet another best, throwing 109-4/33.32m in the javelin.
STANFORD INVITATIONAL RECAP
Claire Michel broke the school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Alex Wolff won the javelin and the Ducks captured another pair of relays March 25-26 at the Stanford Invitationl at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Michel was the top collegian and third overall in the steeplechase, finishing in 10:11.64. That was .06 better than the record the senior from Clackamas, Ore., set in winning the 2010 Pac-10 championship.
The women's 4x100 team of Mandy White, Amber Purvis, Lauryn Newson and English Gardner won in 44.47, which was the fourth-fastest time in school history.
The men's 4x400 relay squad of David Klech, Eric Hersey, Bryan Harper and Mike Berry was also victorious in 3:10.48.
Wolff, a sixth-year senior from Newberg, Ore., won the javelin with a throw of 225-0/68.58m. His best effort came on his third throw of the competition.
Fellow senior A.J. Acosta was impressive in the men's 1,500 meters. The Oceanside, Calif., native was the second collegian and third overall in 3:45.20 in his 2011 debut. David Torrence of Nike won in 3:42.74, with Notre Dame's Jeremy Rae second in 3:44.09.
In the women's 10,000 meters, Bronwyn Crossman and Sarah Andrews ran two of the top nine times in school history. Crossman, a junior from Bellingham, Wash., finished 17th in 33:43.99, which was the No. 8 time at Oregon. Andrews, a freshman from The Woodlands, Texas, was 21st in 33:53.44, which was the ninth-fastest time in school history.
In the women's 100 meters, Alexandria Davidson ran a windy personal-best 11.94 in the preliminaries to advance as the last qualifier for the final. The sophomore from DuPont, Wash., then finished eighth in the final in 12.02.
In the men's 10,000 meters, senior Danny Mercado was 13th in 29:12.00, while freshman Parker Stinson was 15th in a personal-best 29:14.35.
Also for the men, Jordan Stray took second in the men's hammer with a throw of 214-1/65.25m. The senior from Centralia, Wash., was the top collegian in the field.
Berry, a freshman from Seattle, Wash., ran a personal-best 21.14 to finish second in his heat of the men's 200 meters.
OREGON PREVIEW RECAP
Oregon swept the four relay races and saw individual wins in numerous events, including Eric Hersey in the men's 110 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles, Jordan Stray in the men's hammer and Lauryn Newson in the women's 200 meters March 19 at the Oregon Preview before a Hayward Field crowd of 5,962.
Oregon set a meet record in the women's 4x400 meter relay. The all-newcomer team of Devin Gosberry, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis won in 3:44.85. The women's 4x100 relay just missed a meet record but was perhaps more impressive. The team of Alexandria Davidson, Amber Purvis, Newson and English Gardner won in 44.61, which was the fourth-fastest time in school history. Newson came back to win the 200 meters in 24.16, while Gardner captured the 400 meters in 56.20.
The winning relays for the men were Vernell Warren, Mike Berry, Bryan Harper and Matt Butcher in the 4x400 meters, who crossed the tape in 41.04, and Josh Smith, Hersey, Harper and Mike Berry in the 4x400 meter, who won in 3:21.77.
Hersey was actually the three-time champion on Saturday. The junior from Los Altos, Calif., dominated in winning the men's 110 meter hurdles in 14.31 into a strong head wind. He also just missed a personal best in winning the 400 meter hurdles in 53.04.
Stray had his best season opener as a Duck, improving on all four throws in the men's hammer to win at 214-1/65.26m.
Sophomore Becca Friday had a three-second PR in a runner-up finish in section one of the women's 1,500 meters. Geena Gall of Oregon Track Club Elite won in 4:18.12, while Friday was next in 4:21.11.
The Ducks swept the pole vault, with Austin Ouderkirk taking the men's competition (16-0.75/4.90m) and Jordan Roskelley the women's (12-5.5/3.80m).
Rebecca Rhodes won the women's 400 meter hurdles in 1:03.23. The junior from Salem, Ore., also ran a legal-best 14.37 in a runner-up finish in the women's 100 meter hurdles.
THEISEN, HASAY, JOHNSON HONORED
Brianne Theisen, Jordan Hasay and Robert Johnson earned some honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as recipients of National Women's Field Athlete, Track Athlete and Coach of the Year, respectively, for the 2011 indoor track & field season in Division I.
A senior from Humboldt, Sask., Theisen twice set the collegiate record in the pentathlon in 2011 and won her second-straight NCAA crown in the event to help Oregon win its second consecutive national title. Her score of 4,540 bettered her previous all-time collegiate best mark of 4,507 set in January at the UW Invitational and ranked among the world's top five in the event for the season. Theisen would earn personal bests of 8.35 in the 60 meter hurdles, 6-0.5 (1.84m) in the high jump and 2:11.82 in the 800 meters en route to this season's national crown. The 60 hurdles and high jump marks are also Oregon indoor school records. Additionally, Theisen scored at the NCAA meet as a member of Oregon's eighth-place 4x400 relay team. At the MPSF Championships, Theisen was second in the high jump, third in the 60-meter hurdles and led off the winning 4x400 meter relay team as the Ducks won the conference championship for the second straight year.
Hasay, a sophomore from Arroyo Grande, Calif., would lead Oregon to a national team title with a meet-high 22 points, scoring individual national crowns in the mile and 3000 meters and as anchor of the Ducks' runner-up DMR squad. Hasay became the fifth overall and first to win the national mile-3k double since Northern Arizona's Johanna Nilsson in 2006. Hasay won the mile at the NCAA Championships in a personal-best and school record 4:33.01, a mark that is among the all-time top ten of American collegians. In the 3000, Hasay outlasted Villanova's Sheila Reid with a 9:13.71 run to avenge a previous head-to-head loss to Reid in the DMR the night before.
Oregon's women, mentored by Robert Johnson in conjunction with Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna, won back-to-back national titles and did so this year by a wide margin in topping runner-up Texas, 67-38. Twenty-nine points is the largest margin of victory since Texas won the 1998 title by 30 points over nearest challenger LSU.
In his first indoor season as Oregon's associate head coach, Johnson led the Ducks to the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team title and a number one national ranking throughout the season. Johnson is in his sixth year overall at Oregon.
OREGON'S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2011 Women's Indoor Track & Field title was the 18th national 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, 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. The championship is the fifth women's title overall.
For the fifth year in a row, the Starting Block will take place prior to every home meet and is geared to get kids moving and staying active. The concept features a high-energy, dynamic space for youth designed for fun and interactive activities that offers youth a chance to practice their athletic skills and learn more about the sport.
GREEN MILE: NCAA INDOOR RECAP
Brianne Theisen won the pentathlon with a record-setting performance and Jordan Hasay claimed titles in the mile and 3,000 meters as the Women of Oregon won their second straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field national championship March 11-12 in College Station, Texas.
Theisen scored the first 10 points of the meet for the Ducks by tallying an NCAA record 4,540 points to win the pentathlon.
The junior from Humboldt, Sask., set scores of records in the process. In spite of a sore back brought on by a marathon study session, Theisen set championship meet, collegiate, Gilliam Indoor Stadium and University Oregon records with her personal-best pentathlon total of 4,540 points.
Theisen opened the day by setting a combined events personal best in the 60 meter hurdles, running 8.35 seconds. That matched her overall PR and school record set at the 2011 MPSF Championships. Theisen was exceptionally impressive in the high jump where she made five straight first attempt clearances to set a pentathlon personal best at 6-0.5/1.84m. That mark did three noteworthy things - set the collegiate pentathlon high jump record, set the NCAA Championships pentathlon high jump mark and broke the Oregon indoor school high jump record that Theisen previously shared with Laurel Roberts.
Theisen then struggled with her next two events, throwing 40-7.5/12.38m in the shot put and going 19-6.75/5.96m in the long jump.
She then closed with an all-conditions PR in the 800 meters, running 2:11.82. Her score was just 10 points shy of the Canadian national record (4,550, Jill Ross-Giffen, 1982).
In the first race of day two, the Ducks used a dominating 1-3-4 finish in the mile by Hasay, Zoe Buckman and Anne Kesselring to all-but-lock up the 2011 crown. Oregon made it official when Amber Purvis finished fixth in the 60 meters, and then enjoyed the rest of the meet, including a punctuating win by Hasay in the 3,000 meters.
In the mile, Buckman led from the opening gun, while Hasay settled in behind her with 400 meters to go. Hasay then moved around her teammate with 100 meters remaining and ran to her first NCAA title in 4:33.01. In the process, the sophomore broke one of the most hallowed records in Oregon history, Leann Warren's 1982 mile time of 4:33.26.
Buckman held on for third in a personal-best 4:33.76 (No. 3 all-time at Oregon) and Kesselring also came from deep in the pack to hit a PR in a fourth-place finish in 4:34.96 (No. 4 all-time). That gave the Ducks 21 points in the mile.
Hasay made it a double-title day by winning a riveting battle with Shelia Reid of Villanova in the 3,000 meters. She bided her time for most of the race, floating between fourth and sixth place. Then Hasay, Reid and Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook broke from the pack on the final two laps.
The sophomore from Arroyo Grande, Calif., made a gutsy move by darting between Reid and Van Dalen with 250 meters to go and then held off a furious try by Reid to pass her on the outside.
Hasay won in 9:13.71, followed by Reid in 9:13.86 and Van Dalen in 9:14.12.
She became just th fifth person to win both the mile and 3,000 meters at the same NCAA Championships.
Oregon also saw a gutsy performance in a runner-up finish by the women's distance medley relay team that ran a school-record 10:52.90. The runners for Oregon were Kesselring (3:20.52), Chizoba Okodogbe (53.88), Becca Friday (2:08.05) and Hasay (4:30.47). The Ducks led for much of the race before Villanova went ahead on the final lap to win in 10:52.52, though Oregon still claimed eight team points.
Other scorers for the women included Jamesha Youngblood, who had an impressive series in the long jump to finish third and score six team points. She went 20-2.25/6.15m on her final attempt in the preliminaries to advance to the final round. In the finals, she improved to 20-3.75/6.19m on her fourth attempt and 20-6.5/6.26m on jump number five before hitting a season-best 20-11.75/6.39m on her final leap.
Gergel added a fourth-place finish in the pole vault with a clearance at 14-3.25/4.35m, which scored five points for the team.
Purvis scored in two events, taking fifth in the 60 meters (7.22) and seventh in the 200 meters (23.26) The junior from Hercules, Calif., ran 23:17 in the preliminaries to break her own 2010 school 200 record of 23.21 and had another school mark, 7.20, in the preliminaries of the 60 meters.
The Ducks added one more point with an eighth-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. The team of Okodogbe, Theisen, Purvis and Laura Roesler finished in 3:34.98.
The Ducks won with 67 points. Texas was second with 38, followed by Louisiana State with 37, Arkansas with 35 and Texas A&M with 32.
The NCAA title was the 18th in school history and the fifth women's NCAA crown for the University of Oregon.
"It was a great team effort," said Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "All the student-athletes did a fantastic job and the coaching staff did a great job setting the tone."
For the men, David Klech had terrific meet with a sixth place finish in the heptathlon with 5,831 points.
Competing in just his second career heptathlon, Klech had four heptathlon PRs.
His first day highlight was a combined events personal best clearance at 6-11/2.11m in the high jump. The senior from San Ramon, Calif., also set a personal best with a shot put of 35-0.5/10.68m. On day two, he ran a personal-best 7.88 in the 60 meter hurdles, which was also fourth-fastest 60 hurdle time in school history.
He hit another PR in the pole vault, clearing 13-9.25/4.20m. Klech finish second in the 1,000 meters in 2:32.15 to move up to sixth in the final standings with 5,831 points. That was the second-best score in school history. His 146-points PR got the men are on the board with three points.
The men also got five points from Matthew Centrowitz, who was fourth in the 3,000 meters in 8:04.88 a day after losing a shoe and suffering a severe cut on his heel in the distance medley relay.