PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Oregon’s men’s distance medley team of Mac Fleet, Mike Berry, Elijah Greer and Jeramy Elkaim finished third in its race, but set a school record in the process Friday at the Penn Relays.
The Ducks timed 9:27.09, which was Oregon’s fastest ever outdoor DMR. The University’s only faster DMR came indoors in 2011, 9:26.78 by nearly the same foursome – Fleet, Berry, Greer and Matthew Centrowitz.
Friday, Fleet had the Ducks out front with a 2:52.7 1,200 meter leg and Berry kept them there with a 45.3 400 lap. Greer maintained that position on the 800 leg in 1:47.6. Elkaim finished the 1,600 meter leg in 4:01.5, but could not hold off strong anchor runs by Penn State and Villanova. The Nitany Lions won in 9:24.68 with the Wolverines next in 9:26.80.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay team finished fourth in its preliminary heat in 3:08.14. The team of Kevin Anding, Jack Galpin, Greer and Arthur Delaney ran just fast enough to qualify for the Championship of America final on Saturday.
Texas A&M won in 3:03.60, followed by Middle Tennessee in 3:07.12, Delaware State in 3:07.39 and Oregon as half of the finalists came from Oregon’s heat.
For the women, the 1,500 meter relay team ran a shade over :12 faster than it did when the Ducks won this event in 2012, but came up short to Michigan on Friday. The Wolverines won in 17:15.47, with Oregon a close second in 17:16.50. Still, the team of Megan Patrignelli, Annie Leblanc, Anne Kesselring and Becca Friday turned in the No. 8 time in Penn Relays history. Villanova was third in 17:17.57, which was also a top 10 time.
The women’s 4x100 meter relay team was plagued by some rocky exchanges and finished fifth in the Championship of America final. The quartet of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Jenna Prandini and Chizoba Okodogbe ran 44.57. The Ducks were second behind Louisiana State after the first exchange, but struggled a bit with handoffs on the next two legs.
Texas A&M won for the fifth consecutive time in 43.05, followed by Jamaica’s University of Technology in 43.32, LSU in 43.91 and Kentucky in 44.44.
Action for the Ducks’ track and field teams continues this weekend with the OSU High Performance Meet at Oregon State Friday night, the final day of the Penn Relays on Saturday and the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on Sunday.
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