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Ducks Split to Husky Classic and Don Kirby
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 02/13/2014
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This Week:
In a big weekend for the Oregon track and field team, the Ducks will be represented at both the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite in Albuquerque, N.M. Both meets will span two days, Friday-Saturday. The Husky Classic will begin at 4 p.m. and 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday, respectively. Competition in Albuquerque will start at 3 p.m. and 9:45 a.m.

The Husky Classic will have both live stats and video which can be found here: http://www.goducks.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&SPID=243&SPSID=4364&KEY

Fans can follow the Don Kirby Collegiate through live stats here: http://liverunningresults.com/

Team Rankings:
The Women of Oregon have been in constant motion in this season’s USTFCCCA rankings. After topping the rankings for two-consecutive weeks, the Ducks fell one spot to No. 2 after a week without competing, behind Texas.

The Men of Oregon have been steady all season at the No. 3 in the rankings behind Arkansas and Florida.

Individual Top Performers:
The Men of Oregon currently have four top-10 marks in the nation so far this season. Mike Berry holds the fourth-fastest time in the 400 while Dakotah Keys is the same in the heptathlon. The Ducks have two of the nation’s top distance medley relays squads as Oregon teams currently hold the second- and fourth-fastest times in the nation.

The Women of Oregon have nine top-10 marks this season. In addition to depth, the Ducks have power at the top with two top-seeded times at 400 meters (Phyllis Francis) and 800 (Laura Roesler).

Going the Distance:
The Oregon men’s talent and depth was on display at the UW Invitational as the Ducks went 1-2 in the distance medley relay. The team of Mac Fleet, Jack Galpin, Boru Guyota and Edward Cheserek finished in 9:28.91, the second fastest time in the NCAA this season.

The team of Brett Johnson, Arthur Delaney, Russell Hornsby and Trevor Dunbar was close on the heels of their teammates. The second quartet finished in a close second with a time of 9:31.64, the fourth-fastest time in the country this year.

Ducks Add 13 to 2015 Signing Class:
The women’s signees include four Track and Field News All-Americans and combined to win 18 individual state championships. In total, the soon-to-be Ducks have accrued nine Track and Field News All-America awards, highlighted by the trio of Ariana Washington, a four-time All-American, National High School Cross Country Champion Sarah Baxter and World Youth Championships bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers. Joining them are Texas hurdles champion Alaysha Johnson and four-time state champion Ashlee Moore.

The men’s class encompasses four state champions, highlighted by Nate Moore, a 2013 Track and Field News All-American triple jumper last year, and Blake Haney, who placed fifth at the World Youth Championships in the 1,500 - the highest by an American at the event. Joining them is Oregon’s top decathlete, Liam Henshaw, Pennsylvania javelin thrower Jhett Janis and New Jersey 3,200 champion Kyle Levermore.

Roesler Named National Athlete of the Week:
Senior Laura Roesler was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, Jan. 27. Roesler was the first Oregon athlete to receive the award in the two years it has existed.

The Oregon senior ran away from the 800 field at the Kentucky Rod McCravy Invitational– the Division I Meet of the Week – and turned in a winning time of 2:01.32 on UK’s oversized track (291m) for the second-fastest indoor all-conditions performance in collegiate history in an Oregon school record. She finished more than five seconds clear of runner-up Yanique Malcom of Alabama.

In addition to her individual showing at 800 meters, she also ran the 800-meter leg of the Ducks’ nation-leading distance medley relay in approximately 2:02.5 on Friday. Hers was the decisive leg of the relay, as she gave the Ducks a lead that would eventually translate to a 10:56.77 – fourth-fastest in school history.

Bowerman Watch:
Seniors Laura Roesler and Phillis Francis were included on February’s edition of The Bowerman Women’s Watchlist. Redshirt freshman Jasmine Todd was included in the “also receiving votes” section.

Wallace Wows in Debut:
In her first finals race as a member of the Oregon track team, freshman Sasha Wallace broke the Ducks’ school record in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.21. Since then, the freshman has kept improving and brought her school record down to 8.10.

Dynamic Duo:
Redshirt freshman Jasmine Todd and sophomore Jenna Prandini got off to a fast start in their 2014 debuts. The two went 1-2 at the UW Indoor Preview in the 60 meter dash, both setting personal records. Todd’s time of 7.20 seconds is tied for the second-fastest in school history while 7.24 seconds for Prandini improves the fourth-place mark she set last season.

The following week at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, the two went 1-2 in the long jump.

The 2014 Squads:
The Oregon women’s team is four-time defending NCAA Indoor Champions and returns three indoor All-Americans last year led by 800 meters runner-up Laura Roesler. Senior Phyllis Francis took fourth in the 400 meters last season while Jenna Prandini placed fifth in the 60 meters as a freshman. The women will add the No. 1 recruiting class in 2014 led by sprinters Marybeth Sant and Sasha Wallace. The Ducks also welcome the addition of transfer Samantha Murphy who is ranked second in 800 behind Roesler.

The men’s team returns seven of its nine indoor All-Americans from 2014, including the runner-up in the 400 meters, Mike Berry. Berry, Boru Guyota (800 meters), and Trevor Dunbar (5,000 meters) each enter the season ranked second in their respective events. In addition to the returners, the Men of Oregon also have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation which includes NCAA Cross Country Champion Edward Cheserek as well as Track and Field News All-Americans Marcus Chambers (sprints), Cullen Prena (throws) and Cole Walsh (pole vault).

Duck Dynasty:
The Women of Oregon enter the 2014 season as four-time defending NCAA Champions. Oregon is just the second team to win four consecutive NCAA Indoor titles, joining LSU which won five straight from 1993-97.

Bright Future:
The 2013 Oregon men’s and women’s track and field recruiting classes were each ranked  No. 1 by Track and Field News marking just the sixth time a school has earned top rankings on both the men’s and women’s sides. The Ducks earned dual top classes in 2010 as well, and is the first program to receive top rankings twice.

TrackTown USA – Home of the NCAA Outdoor Championships:
The University of Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field will be the home of the NCAA Track and Field Championships for each of the next eight years.

The NCAA has awarded TrackTown USA its Outdoor Track and Field Championships from 2015 to 2021, the Association announced in December, 2013. Coupled with the fact that Eugene had previously been selected to host the national meet in 2014, the University of Oregon will be the destination for the Division I championships into the next decade.

The announcement means that Eugene will be the home of more NCAA meets than any other city in the United States. TrackTown has hosted the national championships 11 times: 1962, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2010 and 2013.

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