PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Oregon won the men’s distance medley relay race going away Friday at the Penn Relays in 9:30.69. It was the Ducks’ first win in any race in the 115-year history of the Penn Relays.
On the opening, 1,200 meter leg, sophomore Matthew Centrowitz broke to the front with 200 meters to go and handed the baton to quarter-miler Chad Barlow with a five meter advantage. Centrwitz’ lead leg was 2:56.09. Barlow, a senior from Ft. Collins, Colo., gave up a couple of meters, but held off all challengers and handed the stick off to freshman Mac Fleet following a 46:72 400 meters.
Fleet then methodically put some distance between the Ducks and hard-charging Tevan Everett of Texas, giving Oregon a 12-meter lead over Villanova and the Longhorns after running a 1:48.04 800 meters.
Senior Andrew Wheating, in his first outdoor race of the 2010 season, took the baton from Fleet and vanquished any hope of being caught with a blistering :55 first lap. He led by as many as 50 meters before closing his 1,600 leg in 3:59.84.
Villanova was second in 9:33.93 with Georgetown third in 9:34.38, Michigan fourth in 9:35.24 and Texas fifth in 9:39.08.
Oregon’s time was just over a second off the all-conditions school DMR record of 9:29.39, set during the 2009 indoor season.
The Duck women followed Thursday’s runner-up finish in the women’s distance medley relay with a third-place run in the 4x1,500 meter relay. Tennessee won in 17:14.91 with Villanova second at 17:15.41.
The Ducks, who ran Nicole Blood, Alexandra Kosinski, Anne Kesselring and Jordan Hasay, were third in 17:25.27 and Indiana took fourth in 17:58.39.
The women’s 4x100 meter relay team took sixth in the championship final in 44.42. Texas A&M won the race in 43.09, followed by Louisiana State (43.30), University of Technology (43.66), Auburn (43.88), Florida State (44.30), the Ducks, South Carolina (44.61) and Georgetown (45.03).
The Ducks’ team of Mandy White, Amber Purvis, Keshia Baker and Jamesha Youngblood improved one place on its pre-race seeding.
Also Friday, sophomore Rebecca Rhodes was ninth in her section of the 100 meter hurdles in 14.25, while sophomore Lyndsay Pearson was 10th in her heat in 14.27.
On Saturday, Oregon will compete in the men’s 4xmile and 4x800 meter relay championships, while the women will compete in the 4x800 and 4x400 meter relay championships.
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