Oregon hosts the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 5-8 at Historic Hayward Field. The four days of competition consist of only semifinals and finals as the best 24 student-athletes in each event converge on TrackTown USA for a streamlined, fan-friendly schedule.
While the combined events lead off each day’s action other than Saturday, the main events are in compact 2-3 hours blocks. The Hayward Field ticket office and the main gates will open 60 minutes prior to the first event.
Tickets for all four days of the championships are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased on line at goducks.com/tracktickets, by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT, in person at the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center or at the Hayward Field ticket windows on the days of the meet.
SHUTTLE & PARKING INFORMATION
Fans are encouraged to utilize the free parking and shuttles at Autzen Stadium. Click here for the Hayward/Autzen Shuttle Schedule.
ESPN3/ESPNU will broadcast the majority of the meet, with supplementary webcasting on Pac-12 Live Stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks/track-field.aspx). The broadcast schedule (all times Pacific):
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Wednesday, June 5
Noon-8 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
Thursday, June 6
11 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
3:50 p.m.-8 p.m. ESPN3.com
Friday, June 7
12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday, June 8
12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
2 p.m.-4 p.m. ESPNU
The top eight places in each event score. The points are assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
Complete results, heat sheets and quotes will be posted on NCAA.com/trackandfield throughout the competition and at the conclusion of each day of the meet. The direct link to live results and start lists: http://www.ncaa.com/content/di-track-field-participants-and-results.
Use Twitter hashtag #NCAATF. Follow @OregonTF for results and important meet updates, as well as Coach Robert Johnson’s Twitter, @Run4Ducks.
The Men are No. 3 in the final USTFCCCA poll, while the women are No. 5.
MEN OF OREGON AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Oregon has won five NCAA team championships: 1962 (Eugene), 1964 (Eugene), 1965 (Berkeley, Calif.), 1970 (Des Moines, Iowa) and 1984 (Eugene). In Fayetteville in 2010, Oregon tied for second, which was the team’s best finish since winning it all in 1984.
WOMEN OF OREGON AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Oregon has one women’s NCAA title to its credit: 1985 (Austin, Texas). The Ducks have been the national runners-up the last four seasons (Fayetteville, Eugene, Des Moines, Des Moines), which are Oregon best finishes since winning in 1985.
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 2011-12-13.
NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND 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.
NCAA QUALIFIERS ARE ALSO ACADEMIC STARS
Three members of Oregon’s track and field teams, two of whom will be in competition the NCAA Championships, have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 track & field/cross country teams. The three are all first team selections: Jordan Hasay (3.87 GPA, women’s 5,000), Anne Kesslering (4.03 GPA, women’s 1,500) and Ben DeJarnette (4.01 GPA, distance). The two women will both be in competition in Eugene.
JOHNSON HONORED BY USTFCCCA
Robert Johnson has been named the West Region Men’s Coach of the Year, as selected by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Johnson, in his first year as Oregon’s head coach and eighth overall with the University, led the Ducks to their seventh straight Pac-12 title. Oregon scored 149.5 points, with UCLA second at 108. Oregon won just four individual events, but used great team depth to claim the title. Of the event wins, the Ducks claimed the Pac-12 4×400 meter relay for the first time since 1934. Other winners were Elijah Greer in the 800 meters, Sam Crouser in the javelin and Dakotah Keys in the decathlon. More impressively, Oregon had 12 different top three finishers at the meet. The Ducks have 13 qualifiers to the NCAA Finals.
YEAR OF THE BRENNER
By qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the javelin, thanks to a personal best throw of 160-10 at the NCAA West meet, Elizabeth Brenner has accomplished something perhaps never before done in NCAA history. In the span of 12 months, Brenner will have played for the national title in volleyball (a loss to Texas), at the softball College World Series and now at the NCAA Track & Field Championships. Brenner is also a stater on the Ducks’ women’s basketball team.
OREGON’S MEN’S ENTRIES
The Ducks have 13 entries (17 total individuals, including relay personnel) for the 2013 NCAA meet. Among those are two top ranked competitors, Elijah Greer in the 800 meters and Johnathan Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles. Other Ducks ranked among the top seven nationally are Sam Crouser (No. 3, javelin), Parker Stinson (No. 3, 10,000), Mike Berry (No. 4, 400), Dakotah Keys (No. 4, decathlon), Greg Skipper (No. 6, hammer) and Mac Fleet (No. 7, 1,500). On the other side of the coin, the Ducks saw football players De’Anthony Thomas, Dior Mathis and B.J. Kelley join Arthur Delaney as the 34th-ranked 4x100 meter relay squad advanced to the national championships for the second straight year. Freshman Matthew Melancon, ranked 50th in the 10,000 meters, also advanced to Eugene.
MEN - Competitor Event Mark NCAA Notes
- Mike Berry, Jr. 400 Meters 45.12 4 2011 Pac-10 400 champion; 2012-13 Pac-12 runner-up
- Johnathan Cabral, So. 110 Hurdles 13.33w 1 National leader in the 110 hurdles; 2013 Pac-12 runner-up
- Sam Crouser, So. Javelin 257-8 3 Two-time Pac-12 javelin champion; 2012 U.S. silver medalist
- Mac Fleet, Jr. 1,500 Meters 3:40.21 7 First career NCAA Outdoor meet; 3rd in 1,500 at Pac-12 meet
- Elijah Greer, Sr. 800 Meters 1:46.20 1 2013 NCAA indoor 800 champ and 2012-13 Pac-12 champ
- Dakotah Keys, So. Decathlon 8,001 4 2012-13 Pac-12 decathlon champion
- Matthew Melancon, Fr. 10,000 Meters 29:31.82 50 A strong 4th place finish in the 10K at the Pac-12 meet
- Chad Noelle, So. 1,500 Meters 3:41.87 20 Pac-12 scorer in the 1,500 in 2012 and 800 in 2013
- Greg Skipper, Fr. Hammer 222-6 6 Uncle Tommy Skipper won five NCAA PV titles
- Parker Stinson, Jr. 10,000 Meters 28:34.71 3 Ranked among national 10K top 5 all season lone
- Patrick Todd, Sr. 1,500 Meters 3:41.09 11 Transfer from Virginia impressed at Cardinal Invite
- 4x100 Relay (Mathis, Delaney, Kelley, Thomas) 39.96 34 Three FB players, led by De’Anthony Thomas
- 4x400 Relay (Galpin, Delaney, Anding, Berry) 3:04.16 13 Won 4x400 at Pac-12 meet for the first time since 1934
OREGON’S WOMEN’S ENTRIES
The Ducks have 15 entries (13 total individuals, including relay personnel) for the 2013 NCAA meet. The women are loaded with up front talent - three national leaders among seven top-10 marks. The Ducks lead the nation in the 400 (Phyllis Francis), 100 (English Gardner), and 4x400 relay (Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler, Francis). Others in the top 10 include Gardner (200), Okodogbe (400), Roesler (800) and the 4x100 relay (Francis, Jenna Prandini, Gardner, Okodogbe). The Ducks also had a number of entrants from outside the nation’s top 24 make the meet, including Jordan Hasay (No. 31, 5,000) and Elizabeth Brenner (No. 35, javelin). Gardner is the only Duck doubling in two individual events
WOMEN - Competitor Event Mark NCAA Notes
- Elizabeth Brenner, Fr. Javelin 160-10 35 Sullivan Award finalist; plays 4 sports at Oregon
- Lauren Crockett, So. High Jump 5-11.25 26 On the verge of clearing 6-0
- Phyllis Francis, Jr. 400 Meters 51.57 1 National 400 leader has won back-to-back Pac-12 titles
- Becca Friday, Sr. 1,500 Meters 4:14.99 17 Big meet performer was 2013 Pac-12 runner-up in the 1,500
- English Gardner, Jr. 100 Meters 11.00 1 Defending NCAA 100 meter champ set meet, stadium and
- 200 Meters 22.62 5 school records in winning the 2013 Pac-12 200 crown
- Jordan Hasay, Sr. 5,000 Meters 16:00.84 31 17-time all-American runs Friday for the final time as a Duck
- Anne Kesselring, Sr. 1,500 Meters 4:13.90 21 Was the 2011 NCAA 800 champ
- Chizoba Okodogbe, Jr. 400 Meters 52.22 9 Big PR of 52.22 in Pac-12 runner-up finish
- Megan Patrignelli, Jr. Steeplechase 10:09.83 26 Keeps lowering PR in first season as a steepler (4 times in 2013)
- Jenna Prandini, Fr. 100 Meters 11.31 12 Big surprise as a freshman winning the 2013 Pac-12 100 crown
- Laura Roesler, Jr. 800 Meters 2:01.75 2 Two-time Pac-12 champ impressed with 2:01 at Mt. SAC
- Jillian Weir, So. Hammer 212-3 13 Climbed all the way to No. 2 on the UO hammer list
- 4x100 Relay (Francis, Gardner, Prandini Okodogbe) 43.81 8 2013 Pac-12 champs; relays could keep Gardner busy
- 4x400 Relay (Gardner, Okodogbe, Roesler, Francis) 3:26.73 1 National leaders won this race at the Penn Relays
OREGON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
Follow along with the Ducks as they compete at the NCAA Championships. Oregon’s schedule (all times Pacific):
Wednesday, June 5
12:00 p.m. Decathlon Keys
1:30 p.m. W Hammer - FINAL Weir
4:00 p.m. W 4x100 Relay Semifinal
4:15 p.m. M 4x100 Relay Semifinal
4:30 p.m. W 800 Meters Semifinal Roesler
4:45 p.m. M 800 Meters Semifinal Greer
5:00 p.m. W 400 Meters Semifinal Francis, Okodogbe
5:15 p.m. M 400 Meters Semifinal Berry
5:15 p.m. W Javelin - FINAL Brenner
5:30 p.m. W 100 Meters Semifinal Gardner, Prandini
Thursday, June 6
11:00 a.m. Decathlon - FINAL Keys
1:30 p.m. M Hammer - FINAL Skipper
4:00 p.m. W 200 Meters Semifinal Gardner
4:30 p.m. W 1,500 Meters Semifinal Friday, Kesselring
4:45 p.m. M 1,500 Meters Semifinal Fleet, Noelle, Todd
5:20 p.m. M 110m Hurdles Semifinal Cabral
5:35 p.m. W Steeplechase Semifinal Patrignelli
6:20 p.m. W 4x400 Relay Semifinal
6:40 p.m. M 4x400 Relay Semifinal
7:15 p.m. M 10,000 Meters - FINAL Melancon, Stinson
Friday, June 7
5:00 p.m. W 100 Meters - FINAL Gardner, Prandini
5:20 p.m. W 800 Meters - FINAL Roesler
5:30 p.m. M 800 Meters - FINAL Greer
5:55 p.m. W 400 Meters - FINAL Francis, Okodogbe
6:05 p.m. M 400 Meters - FINAL Berry
6:15 p.m. W 5,000 Meters - FINAL Hasay
Saturday, June 8
12:30 p.m. M Javelin - FINAL Crouser
12:45 p.m. W High Jump - FINAL Crockett
2:05 p.m. W 4x100 Relay - FINAL
2:12 p.m. M 4x100 Relay - FINAL
2:19 p.m. W 1,500 Meters - FINAL Friday, Kesselring
2:31 p.m. M 1,500 Meters - FINAL Fleet, Noelle, Todd
2:43 p.m. W 200 Meters - FINAL Gardner
2:57 p.m. W Steeplechase - FINAL Patrignelli
3:16 p.m. M 110m Hurdles - FINAL Cabral
3:43 p.m. W 4x400 Relay - FINAL
3:50 p.m. M 4x400 Relay - FINAL
THROWERS FIND THEIR VOICE
After an April story by the Oregonian’s Ken Goe talked about Duck track and field throwers Jillian Weir, Greg Skipper and Sam Crouser, among others, being huge fans of the show “The Voice,” the official Twitter of the show (@NBCTheVoice) became a follower of the track team’s official Twitter, @OregonTF. Official reply from @NBCTheVoice: “We heard you were fans and just wanted to throw you a follow! http://bit.ly/ZqGQks #SeeWhatWeDidThere? #TheVoice.”
DUCKS WEAR “AR” PATCH
For the remainder of the 2013 season, University of Oregon athletic teams will wear a patch honoring the memory of men’s tennis star Alex Rovello, who passed away March 11 as a result of a diving accident at Tamolitch Falls along the McKenzie River east of Eugene. The circular black patch with Rovello’s initials in white lettering will be worn by all of Oregon’s team still in competition this spring. Oregon’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will wear the patches on the upper left side of the front their singlets for the NCAA Championships June 5-8 at Hayward Field. The University was granted an exemption by the NCAA to allow the patches to be worn during postseason competition.
Sprinter English Gardner is one of the 10 student-athletes on the Bowerman Award watch list for the women.
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
Oregon has now won seven conference men’s track and field titles in a row and 9 of the last 11. 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, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (17 overall). This year, Oregon became just the second school to win seven consecutive men’s titles, and the first to do it since USC took eight in a row between 1957-64. That was during a time when the league transitioned from the Pacific Coast Conference to the Athletic Association of Western Universities, which were both predecessors of the Pac-8, Pac-10 and now modern day Pac-12 Conference. The conference record for consecutive league titles is 15 by the Trojans from 1936-1954 (no league championships 1942-46 due to World War II).
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
On the women’s side, Oregon has now won five straight conference titles. Overall, the Ducks own seven league crowns: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This year, Oregon became just the second team to win five consecutive conference titles, joining UCLA. The Bruins are the only school in league history exceed that total, having won a league record eight straight crowns from 1997-2004.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
The Ducks swept the Pac-12 Championships at USC May 11-12. It was the seventh straight title for the men, and the fifth consecutive for the women. The women scored 24 points in the 200 meters to come from behind and defeat Arizona. English Gardner led a 1-2-3 sweep in that event in a meet, stadium and school record 22.62. Phyllis Francis was second in 22.77 and Jenna Prandini third in 23.33. Prandini won the 100 (11.46), while Francis took the 400 (51.57). The women also won the 800 meters (Laura Roesler, 2:06.51) and the 4x100 meters (43.81) and had top three finishes from Liz Brenner (javelin), Becca Friday (1,500), Chizoba Okodogbe (400) and Anne Kesselring (800 and 1,500). The men won only four events, but rolled to victory with depth across the board. Elijah Greer took command of the 800 meters to win in 1:1:49.48. Sam Crouser defended his javelin title with a throw of 249-4. A week earlier, Dakotah Keys was the decathlon champion. Perhaps the most impressive win was the 4x400 relay, where Jack Galpin, Arthur Delaney, Kevin Anding and Mike Berry won in 3:05.62 That was Oregon’s first win in the event since 1934. The men also had top three finishes from Johnathan Cabral (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles), Trevor Ferguson (long jump, 110 hurdles), Greg Skipper (hammer), Berry (400), Ethan Powell (javelin), Mac Fleet (1,500) and the 4x100 relay. The Women of Oregon won with 139 points, followed by Arizona with 123, Arizona State with 110.33, UCLA with 87.33, Stanford with 86.50 and USC 81. The Men of Oregon scored 149.5 points in becoming the first school to win seven straight Pac-12 titles since USC won eight in a row between 1957-64. The Trojans were second with 108 points, followed by UCLA with 98.5, Arizona State at 94 and Washington with 76.
KEYS DEFENDS PAC-12 DECATHLON TITLE BY 3 POINTS
Dakotah Keys used a huge personal best in the javelin to come from behind and win his second straight Pac-12 decathlon title by just three points May 4-5 at Loker Stadium and Cromwell Field. Through eight events, Keys was in third, 223 points behind Washington’s Jeremy Taiwo. But Keys’ monster javelin throw of 219-2/66.81m catapulted Keys into the lead by 54 points. He then stayed just close enough to Taiwo in the 1,500 meters to win with a personal best score of 8,001. Taiwo was second with 7,998 points and Dominc Giovannoni of UCLA was third with 7,364 points. Keys’ score was the fifth best decathlon total in school history, trailing only Ashton Eaton’s 8,457, Pedro daSilva’s 8,176, Muhammad Oliver’s 8,087 and Craig Brigham’s 8,027. It was also the third best score in the NCAA this season.
The University of Oregon recognized an outstanding group of 19 senior track and field student-athletes during the Twilight Meet. Combined, they have four NCAA event titles, six individual Pac-10 crowns and a whopping 47 All-America certificates. Six of the 19 seniors hail from the State of Oregon.
The nine senior women have been part of Oregon’s four straight NCAA indoor championships and three straight Pac-12 titles. During the current school year, they have seen the Ducks win both the NCAA cross country and indoor track championships, with the outdoor meet coming up at Hayward Field in June.
The nine women include Katie Conlon (transfer from Jamestown College; NCAA All-American in cross country), Alexandria Davidson (Pac-12 scorer - 4x400 relay), Becca Friday (seven-time All-American; five-time Pac-12 scorer; 2012 Pac-12 runner-up - 800 meters; school record - DMR), Jordan Hasay (two-time NCAA champion - indoor mile & 3,000 meters; school record 17-time All-American; four-time Pac-12 champion - 1,500 meters (twice), 5,000 meters, cross country; four school records - 10,000, i3,000; i5,000, DMR; two-time Academic All-American), Anne Kesselring (NCAA champion - 800 meters; 11-time All-American; Pac-12 champion - 800 meters; two school records - mile, DMR; two-time Academic All-American), Alexi Pappas (transfer from Dartmouth; three-time NCAA All-American), Maggie Pietka (Pac-12 all-academic first team), Lanie Thompson (two-time All-American; two-time Pac-12 scorer; school record holder - steeplechase) and Taylor Wallace (NCAA Championship qualifier - steeplechase; two-time Pac-12 scorer - steeplechase).
The 10 seniors on the men’s side have helped Oregon extended its league dominance to six consecutive titles, plus a runner-up showing at the 2010 indoor NCAA meets, and a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA outdoor championships.
The men’s list includes Kevin Anding (transfer from Virginia, 2013 Pac-12 qualifier - 400 meters), Kevin Godfrey (Pac-12 scorer - decathlon), Elijah Greer (NCAA champion - i800; six-time All-American; Pac-12 champion - 800), Hank Morrison (Pac-12 all-academic honoree), Matt Miner (transfer from Dartmouth; ran 3:59 leg to help Oregon win Penn Relays 4xmile), Austin Ouderkirk (two-time Pac-12 scorer; 2011 Pac-12 runner-up - pole vault), Tyler Pinkney (Pac-12 qualifier - triple jump), Chris Stubbs (transfer from Lane CC), Patrick Todd (transfer from Virginia; 2013 Pac-12 qualifier - 1,500 meters) and Miles Walk (transfer from Lane CC).
WEST COAST INVITATIONAL RECAP
While the majority of the track and field teams competed at the Pac-12 Championships, a handful of potential NCAA West competitors were in action at the West Coast Invitational May 11 at Willamette University. Freshmen Chris Brewer and Ryan Pickering both set personal bests in the distances. Brewer, from San Diego, Calif., was third in his heat of the 1,500 meters in 3:44.18, while Pickering took third in the 5,000 in 14:19.49. Freshman Trent Warren won the second section of the 1,500 in 3:52.13. In the field, junior Tanner Harris won the hammer with a throw of 185-6/56.53m and freshman Ryan Hunter-Simms took the discus with an effort of 166-1/50.61m. Chris Stubbs, a senior from Eugene, was a double winner in the men’s 200 (21.96) and 400 (47.92).
OREGON TWILIGHT RECAP
Two of Oregon’s pole vaulters set personal bests and all four Duck vaulters cleared set seasonal bests on a day of highlights before a sun-drenched 5,244 fans May 3 at the Oregon Twilight. On a night were Oregon honored its 19 seniors before an appreciative Historic Hayward Field, the Ducks were particularly impressive in both pole vaults. Sammie Clark set a personal best in winning the women’s pole vault with a clearance at 13-6.25/4.12m. Not only was that a one inch improvement for the junior from North Bend, Ore., but she also moved up to a tie for fifth on Oregon’s all-time list. The Duck men went 1-2 in their competition. Matt Hidalgo won after a third attempt clearance at 17-0.25/5.20m. The freshman from Banks, Ore., set a personal best by five inches. Teammate Austin Ouderkirk was second in the pole vault at 16-8.75/5.10m, as the senior from Newport, Ore., set a seasonal best in his final appearance at Historic Hayward Field. Even senior decathlete Kevin Godfrey got in on the act with a seasonal best clearance at 15-5/4.70m that was good for fifth. Liz Brenner continued to improve in the women’s javelin. The freshman from Portland, Ore., finally bettered her high school best of 155-11 in winning with a mark of 157-10/48.11m. That was the eighth best throw in school history. Sam Crouser was just as impressive in the men’s javelin, winning with a seasonal-best throw of 249-10/76.15m. That was the third-best throw in the NCAA this season. Oregon earned a victory in the men’s hammer with Greg Skipper winning at 213-11/65.20m. The Ducks swept the two 4x100 meter relays. The men’s team of Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney, B.J. Kelley and Mike Berry just missed a seasonal best with a win in 40.26. The team of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Jenna Prandini and Chizoba Okodogbe won the women’s race in 44.34. Defending Pac-12 champion Johnathan Cabral was a winner in the men’s 110 meter hurdles in 13.63 in his final race before the conference meet. Senior Maggie Pietka walked off a winner in her final meet at Historic Hayward Field. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., won the triple jump with a leap of 38-2.25/11.64m. Duck football player Dior Mathis captured the men’s 100 meters in 10.70, with fellow football player B.J. Kelley second 10.85. Caleb Kruse was the winner of the men’s triple jump in 46-4/14.12m. In the men’s high jump, freshman Bradley Laubacher set a personal best in a runner up finish, clearing 6-11/2.11m.
PENN RELAYS / OSU HIGH PERFORMANCE / CARDINAL INVITATIONAL RECAP
Oregon won races from Philadelphia to California to Corvallis over a busy April 25-28 weekend. The Ducks captured two “Wagon Wheels” at the famous Penn Relays. The women’s 4x400 team of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis never trailed and won in a meet record 3:26.73. That was the fastest time in the NCAA this season and the No. 2 time in school history, as Oregon won the 4x400 meter Penn Relays “Wagon Wheel” for the first time ever. The men’s 4xmile of Chris Brewer, Matt Miner, Jeramy Elkaim and Mac Fleet was just as impressive, winning in 16:17.57. The Ducks were also second in the women’s 4x800 relay (8:17.45) and 4x1,500 (17:16.50) and set a school record in the men’s distance medley relay (9:27.09). At the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, Jordan Hasay shattered Pac-12 and school records in the women’s 10,000 meters. She finished sixth overall and second among collegians in 32:06.64. That was also the fourth fastest time in NCAA history. She was the top American finisher in a field of professionals and elite college runners. Also at Stanford, Parker Stinson finished 17th overall, but was fifth among collegians in the 5,000 meters in 13:31.70. That was a :27 personal best that also ranked No. 8 in school history. In Oregon’s first track meet in Corvallis in 25 years, Sam Crouser set a personal best in the men’s discus (179-0/54.56m) and Chris Stubbs won both the men’s 200 (21.39) and 400 (47.87) meters to lead a handful of Duck victories at the OSU High Performance Meet. Oregon also went 1-2 in the women’s high jump, with both Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers clearing 5-10/1.78m.
OREGON RELAYS / ARKANSAS DUAL / MT. SAC RELAYS RECAP
Oregon produced three national leaders and a world leader following a busy weekend on the track. At the Mt SAC Relays, English Gardner ran the fastest women’s 100 meters in the world this season. She beat a field of elite professionals by finishing in 11.00, with a legal tailwind of plus-1.8 meters per second. Not only was that the fastest time of 2013 but also a school record, No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history and No. 6 all-time in NCAA history. Also at Mt. SAC, Laura Roesler roared to one of the best 800 meters ever at Oregon. The junior from Fargo, N.D., won the meet’s top section in a personal best 2:01.76. That was the second fastest time in the NCAA this season, and the No. 4 time in Pac-12 history. It was also the fourth-best time in school history and the fastest 800 run by an Oregon woman in 28 years. Meanwhile, a record Oregon Relays crowd of 7,344 saw No. 2 Arkansas clip No. 4 Oregon 86-77 in a dual that came down to the final event. Elijah Greer won the 800 (1:46.20) and Mac Fleet captured the 1,500 (3:40.21) in nation-leading times. Sam Crouser collected a pair of wins in the throws. He first won the discus with a personal best of 174-2/53.10m on his sixth and final attempt. He followed that with a win in the javelin with a mark of 240-7/73.33m. Other winners for the Ducks included Mike Berry in the 400 (45.92), Arthur Delaney in the 100 (10.59), Johnathan Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles (13.56), Greg Skipper in the hammer (206-0/62.80m) and Parker Stinson in the 5,000 (13:59.83). In the Oregon Relays over the same weekend, freshman Alyssa Monteverde impressed with the No. 2 women’s 100 meter hurdle time in school history, a meet record 13.41.
GREER, GARDNER NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Nation-leading Oregon runners English Gardner and Elijah Greer were named Pac-12 Conference track athletes of the week for April 15-21, 2013. Greer won the 800 meters in a nation-leading 1:46.20 during the Oregon-Arkansas dual meet. It was the fastest 800 meters ever run during a dual meet, according to Track & Field News. Gardner turned in the fastest women’s 100 meters in the world this season at the Mt. SAC Relays, beating a field of elite professionals by finishing in 11.00, with a legal tailwind of plus-1.8 meters per second. Not only was that the fastest time of 2013, but also a school record, No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history and No. 6 all-time in NCAA history. Gardner broke her own school mark, 11.03, set in 2011. She also ran on the 4x100 relay team that finished fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays in a season-best 43.82, the third-fastest relay in school history.
JOHN KNIGHT TWILIGHT RECAP
Laura Bobek won the discus to lead the second-ranked Oregon women at the April 12 John Knight Twilight. The junior from Astoria, Ore., had a best throw of 169-7.75/51.70m, which was less than three feet off her personal best. Ryan Hunter-Simms set a personal best in the shot put to highlight the meet for the fourth-ranked men. Hunter-Simms, a freshman from Highland, Calif., opened with a throw of 51-8.5/15.76m in the shot put to finish second. He followed that with a toss of 157-2.5/47.91m in the discus, which was good for third. Ron Perkins also had a personal best in the shot put. The sophomore from Redmond, Ore., finished third with a throw of 51-1.5/15.58m. Rachel Sherrell scored another PR for the Ducks in the women’s javelin. The junior from Parkdale, Ore., had a best mark of 145-0/44.19m to place third. Jillian Weir just missed a personal best and placed second in the women’s hammer. The sophomore from Sunnyvale, Calif., went 189-10.25/57.86m, which was less than three feet off her personal best. She also finished third in the discus with a throw of 150-6/45.88m.
2013 PEPSI TEAM INVITATIONAL RECAP
Wins by Mac Fleet, Mike Berry, Jeramy Elkaim, Johnathan Cabral and Greg Skipper propelled the fourth-ranked Men of Oregon to victory over No. 1 Texas A&M at the April 6 Pepsi Team Invitational. The No. 2 women dropped a tightly contested battle to the third-ranked Aggies on a showery spring afternoon before 5,367 fans at Historic Hayward Field. The men finished with 194.5 points, followed by Texas A&M with 180.5, Washington State with 165.5 and Washington with 129.5. The Aggies won the women’s meet with 201 points, followed by Oregon with 181, No. 15 Washington with 146 and the Cougars with 138. Fleet won the 800 meters, his first race at Hayward since 2010, in a personal best 1:48.70. Other winners for the men were Elkaim in the 5,000 (13:57.24), Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles (13.81) where he remains undefeated on the season, Berry in the 400 (46.20),and Skipper in the hammer (216-4/65.94m). The 4x400 relay of Kevin Anding, Arthur Delaney, Jack Galpin and Berry timed 3:06.31 in finishing second, which was the sixth fastest in school history. For the women, redshirt freshman Jenna Prandini continued her breakout season with a win in the long jump (19-7/5.97m) and a runner-up finish in the 100 meters (11.47, No. 3 in UO history). Jillian Weir, another newcomer, was impressive in the field. The sophomore transfer from Long Beach State won the hammer with a best throw of 192-8/58.74m (No. 3 on UO career list). Weir was also fourth in both the shot put (46-4/14.12m) and discus (145-0/44.21m). Other winners for the women included Phyllis Francis in the 400 (52.55), Laura Roesler in the 800 (2:03.94), Jordan Hasay in the 1,500 (4:20.19) and Lauren Crockett in the high jump (5-7.75/1.72m).
TEXAS RELAYS / STANFORD INVITATIONAL RECAP
Jordan Hasay and Johnathan Carbal highlighted Oregon’s spring break in Texas and California March 27-30. At the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Cabral won the 110 meter hurdles with the fastest time in the nation this season, 13.33 (w+2.6). Had Cabral’s time been wind legal, it would have broken Eric Mitchum’s 2004 school record of 13.38. Also at the Texas Relays, the women’s 4x100 meter relay team finished third in 43.93. The Ducks’ quartet of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe and Jenna Prandini came through the line with the fourth fastest time in school history. Greg Skipper continued his strong early season with a six-foot personal best in the men’s hammer to finish second overall. The freshman from Oregon City, Ore., had a best throw of 216-5/65.96m, which ranks as the fifth-best in the nation this season and the ninth-best in school history. Dakotah Keys set personal bests in three events to finish fourth in the decathlon with 7,743 points. Sam Crouser took second in the men’s javelin on his final throw, 248-8/75.80m, to move from sixth in second in the final standings. He later took fifth in the discus with a personal best throw of 173-11/53.01m. At the Stanford Invitational, Hasay and Parker Stinson etched their names in the Ducks’ 10,000 meter record books. Hasay cruised through her first career 10,000 meters and finished as the top collegian and third overall in 32:46.68. Not only was that the top time in the nation this season, but it ranks as the second best in school history, trailing only Kathy Hayes’ 32:43.81 set in 1984. Stinson looked strong in his first race on the track in 2013, finishing second in the top heat of the men’s 10,000 meters in 28:34.71. He was just behind The Masters’ John Gilbertson, who won in 28:30.35. Stinson’s time was a :26 personal best as the junior from Austin, Texas, moved up to seventh on UO career 10K list. In the second section of the men’s 10,000, freshman Matthew Melancon from Eugene, Ore., was third in a personal best 29:31.82. Senior Anne Kesselring won the top section of the women’s 800 meters in 2:05.76. That was the fourth fastest time in the NCAA this season. Becca Friday followed with a runner up finish in her heat, 2:06.00, which was the fifth fastest among collegians this season.
CABRAL, HASAY NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
After running nation-leading times in their respective events, Johnathan Cabral and Jordan Hasay were named the Pac-12 Conference outdoor track athletes of the week For March 27-30. Cabral won the 110 meter hurdles at the Texas Relays in a nation-leading 13.33. The wind was just above legal (+2.6) or that would have been a school record and tied for the second-fastest time in Pac-12 history. Hasay was the top collegian and third overall in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Running her first career 10K, Hasay finished behind a pair of professional runners in a time of 32:46.68. That time leads the NCAA in 2013, and ranks second in school history and fifth in Pac-12 history.
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
The 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.