The Oregon track and field team will compete this week at the Aztec Invitational, Thursday-Saturday (March 27-29) hosted by San Diego State University. The three-day meet will host open, invitational and high school sections. The open events will be held Friday, with a majority of the invitational events to follow, Saturday. Live stats for the meet can be found here.
The 2013 1,500-meter champion, Mac Fleet, is scheduled to make his 2014 outdoor debut in his hometown of San Diego. Fleet is entered in both the invitational 5,000 and 3,000, Friday.
A pair of promising freshman hurdlers will take part in the 100 and 110 hurdles for Oregon, Saturday. Sasha Wallace, who set the school record in the 60 hurdles during her first indoor meet, will run the 100 hurdles while freshman football wide receiver Devon Allen looks to be the Ducks’ top representative in the 110 hurdles.
Haley Crouser is scheduled to make her Oregon debut, Saturday, as she is entered in the javelin.
After running the 1,500 to start the season at the Oregon Preview, the indoor 800 champion, Laura Roesler, will have a chance to show off her quarter-mile speed in the invitational 400, Saturday.
Roesler is also entered in the 200 with a flock of Oregon student-athletes. She will join Jasmine Todd, Jenna Prandini, Chizoba Okodogbe, Ashante Horsley and Marybeth Sant on the women’s side while Mike Berry, Marcus Chambers, Arthur Delaney, and Jack Galpin will all be running in the men’s 200.
In the first USTFCCCA computer rankings of the outdoor season, the Women of Oregon were slotted No. 2 while the Men of Oregon start the season ranked No. 4.
Ducks Start Fast at Oregon Preview:
The sunny skies above Historic Hayward Field provided perfect conditions for competition at the outdoor season-opening Oregon Preview, Saturday, as the Ducks’ track and field team kept the ball rolling after a sweep at the NCAA Indoor Championships a week ago.
That momentum continued for freshman Christian Brennan, who is coming off a part in the Ducks’ thrilling 4x400 win in Albuquerque. Brennan started the day with a win in the 400, and followed it with a second win in the 200, setting a meet record of 23.61, the ninth-fastest time in Oregon history.
Brittany Mann also set a meet record of 53-4.50 (16.27m) during her win in the women’s shot put. The redshirt freshman was anxious to make her mark during her first meet at Hayward Field in an Oregon uniform, as that distance is the second best in school history.
Lauren Crockett set a lifetime best in the high jump, clearing a meet record 6-0.50. Crockett set a 6-0 personal record during the 2014 indoor season, but today’s performance was more than an inch above her best from the 2013 outdoor season, as she now ranks tied for third in the Oregon record book.
The first meet record of the day was a team effort, as Marybeth Sant, Phyllis Francis, Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd won the 4x100 relay in a time of 44.10, the sixth-fastest team in Oregon history.
Sammie Clark continued the women’s strong showing by winning the pole vault and setting a personal record to move up to fifth all-time for the Ducks. It came down to her final attempt, and Clark used some Hayward Field magic in front of a crowd of 4,611 to clear the bar at 13-7 (4.14m).
Sweeping Through Indoors:
The men’s and women’s teams were crowned champions at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, upsetting the field as neither team entered with a No. 1 ranking. The men entered the weekend ranked sixth but rolled behind Edward Cheserek to amass 62 points, the most in school history, and an eight-point win over second-place Arkansas. The women were ranked second, and used some late dramatics in the 4x400 to finish with 44 points, half a point ahead of Texas.
The Ducks won four individual events in addition to a thrilling women’s 4x400. Edward Cheserek swept the 5,000 and the men’s 3,000 on the men’s side. Laura Roesler earned her first individual championship by winning the 800 while Phyllis Francis captured the 400-meter title in American-record fashion.
Johnson Named Coach of the Year:
Robert Johnson was honored as both the 2014 Division I NCAA Indoor Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. Johnson is a five-time recipient of the award and has earned the honor four-straight years as the Women’s Coach of the Year.
Cheserek Named Track Athlete of the Year:
Edward Cheserek was named the 2014 Division I NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year after his sweep at the NCAA Championships. Cheserek is the first freshman to win the award, and the first Duck on the men’s side to win since Galen Rupp in 2009.
Phyllis Francis’ winning time of 50.46 in the 400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships is an American record and collegiate indoor record in addition to being the fastest time in the world in 2014.
The Women of Oregon are now five-time defending NCAA Champions. The streak is tied with LSU for the longest in NCAA history which won five straight from 1993-97.
Roesler Sets All-American Record:
With two All-Amerca honors at the indoor championships, Laura Roesler is now the most decorated Track and Field All-American in Oregon history with 15 (six outdoor, nine indoor). Jordan Hasay held the previous record of 14.
Roesler, Taylor Earn Regional Awards:
Oregon senior middle distance runner, Laura Roesler and assistant coach, Curtis Taylor were honored as the regional athletes and coaches of the year for the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor track and field season were announced, Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Roesler was named the West Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Taylor was voted the West Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
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