SEATTLE – A diverse combination of four event wins highlighted the final day of the MPSF Championships, Saturday, as the Oregon track and field team concluded its final regular season meet with wins in the 3,000, 60 hurdles, 4x400 relay and high jump.
Edward Cheserek led a blazing 3,000-meter race, using a tremendous kick in the final 200 to put a sizeable gap between him and the field. The freshman finished in 7:47.20, the second-fastest time both in Oregon history and in the NCAA this season.
Parker Stinson also ran a personal best in the race, taking fifth in 7:51.06 which ranks fourth in school history. Behind Stinson was Chris Brewer, who crossed the finish line in 10th, Cole Watson in 12th and Daniel Winn in 14th, each of whom set PRs during the event.
“The 3,000 showed what us coaches and the guys already know; both Edward and Parker are really talented,” head coach Robert Johnson said. “Trevor Dunbar also did a great job with the pacing duties after a strong run in the mile. We just need to stay the course for the NCAA championships in two weeks and we’ll be in good shape.”
Johnathan Cabral set a new personal best in the 60 hurdles, winning the race and tying the meet record of 7.68. Cabral ran a 7.68 last time out during the Don Kirby Collegiate at altitude, but solidified the mark this week at sea level, only one hundredth of a second off the school record. The junior is now in sole possession of the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this season. Freshman football wide receiver Devon Allen crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 7.92.
The men’s 4x400 relay team of Marcus Chambers, Arthur Delaney, Jack Galpin and Mike Berry improved its time to 3:06.99 during a win, Saturday. The mark is currently 11th among NCAA teams this season, on the bubble for NCAA qualification.
Megan Patrignelli set a personal best in the women’s mile, surging from the back of the pack to finish second in 4:38.70, beating her old mark by nearly five seconds. Annie Leblanc and Sarah Penney scored for the Ducks as well, taking fifth and sixth, respectively.
The duo of Chancey Summers and Lauren Crockett went 1-2 in the high jump with Summers winning the competition outright, clearing 5-10 (1.83m), and Crockett tying for second, exiting at 5-8 (1.73m). Both competitors are currently in position to extend their season to the NCAA Championships as they are ranked among the top 16 in the NCAA this season.
Alec Fellows set a personal record in the heptathlon, accruing 5,402 points and finishing fifth. Fellows set personal event records in both the 60 hurdles (8.34) and the pole vault (14-7.25/4.45m). Freshman Mitch Modin was right behind him in sixth with a personal-best 5,299 points. Modin, who set three personal-bests yesterday, earned one more today in the 60 hurdles (8.64).
“There were PRs all across the board so it was a nice way to close out the indoor season for some, and a good showing for others to sharpen up for NCAAs,” Johnson said.
The Ducks also had three scorers in the men’s mile, led by Trevor Dunbar who won the second heat in 4:04.59 with Brett Johnson close on his heels in 4:05.12. The pair was second and fourth overall while freshman Sam Prakel took sixth in 4:05.80.
The Ducks had scorers in both the men’s and women’s 800, led by Samantha Murphy who took third in a season-best 2:06.33 while Boru Guyota (1:49.23) and Mac Fleet (1:50.06) finished fourth and fifth on the men’s side.
Brittany Mann and Ryan Hunter-Simms each scored in the shot put. Mann took seventh (48-10.25/14.89m) while Hunter-Simms earned an eighth-place finish and a distance of 56-8.50 (17.28m).
Josh Melu set a PR in the triple jump of 3.5 inches during his final jump of the day, going 49-7 (15.11m), good enough for sixth place.
In the team standings, the Oregon women were fourth with 66.5 points while the men closed out with 88.5 points after the 4x400 win, good enough for third place.
The Ducks will be back in action at the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., March 14-15. The final list of NCAA participants will be released, Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. PT.