The Ducks hit two popular Spring Break destinations - Texas and California - for some extended training and compelling intercollegiate competition. Oregon will send its decathletes, throwers, jumpers and sprinters to the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, Wednesday through Saturday, while the Ducks’ distance corps will head to the Bay Area for the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The women were ranked second in the initial USTFCCCA poll, while the men were No. 6.
The Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will be available on the Longhorn Network.
For live results, schedules and accepted entry lists, check http://www.texassports.com/sports/tex-relays/spec-rel/030113aaa.html (Texas Relays) and http://www.gostanford.com/sports/c-track/stan-c-track-body.html (Stanford Invitational). Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
OREGON ENTRIES - TEXAS RELAYS
The Duck sprinters will test their mettle against the top teams nationally in a number of relays in Austin. The women have entered the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 1,600 Sprint Medley relays, while the men are in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. For the women, the relay pool consists of Alexandria Davidson, Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Jenna Prandini and Laura Roesler. The men will have Kevin Anding, Mike Berry, Arthur Delaney, Jack Galpin, Chris Stubbs and football’s De’Anthony Thomas to choose from.
Individually, the women show Alyssa Monteverde in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles, Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers in the high jump, Sammie Clark in the pole vault, Laura Bobek in the shot put and discus, Jillian Weir in the shot put and hammer and Annie Whitfield in the javelin.
The men start with Dakotah Keys and Blake Kemp in the decathlon Wednesday and Thursday, followed by Johnathan Cabral in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles, Matt Hidalgo and Austin Ouderkirk in the pole vault, Sam Crouser in the discus and javelin, Greg Skipper in the hammer and Ethan Powell in the javelin.
OREGON ENTRIES - STANFORD INVITATIONAL
The Duck distance groups will get in early season runs against large and deep fields of both collegians and professionals at Stanford. Jordan Hasay makes her debut in the 10,000 meters, where she’ll be joined by Katie Conlon. Oregon also has Becca Friday, Anne Kesselring and Annie Leblanc in the 800 meters, Megan Partignelli, Sarah Penney and Leblanc in the 1,500 and Abbey Leonardi in the 5,000 for the women.
The men look to leave a mark in the middle distances with Mac Fleet, Elijah Greer, Boru Guyota and Chad Noelle in the 800 and Chris Brewer, Jeramy Elkaim, Matt Jablonski, Matt Miner and Cole Watson joining the four from the 800 in the 1,500 meters.
In the longer races, Parker Stinson, Mitch Hunt, Matthew Melancon, Elkaim and Jablonski are entered in the 5,000 meters, while Ryan Pickering, Hunt, Melancon and Stinson are among the 10,000 meter entries, and Brewer and Watson will get splashing in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Two Ducks are listed on the latest 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. English Gardner is one of 10 student-athletes on the women’s watch list, while Mike Berry falls into the “also receiving mention” category for the men.
SEASON TICKETS, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SALE
Fans interested in purchasing all-session four-day passes for the June 5-8 NCAA Championships, as well as single meet tickets for the for the Ducks’ 2013 schedule, may do so now.
To purchase Oregon track and field tickets, go online to goducks.com/tracktickets, call 1-800-WEBFOOT or visit the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center.
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.
DUCKS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT NCAA WOMEN INDOOR
he 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.
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.
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.