SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Six Ducks finished as the top collegiate athletes in their events, Friday, as both newcomers and veterans set personal-best marks during early-season action at the second day of the Aztec Invitational.
Freshman Sasha Wallace started the weekend for the Women of Oregon, winning the open 100-meter hurdles in a time of 13.68. The mark puts Wallace, who set the 60-meter hurdles school record during her first indoor meet, fourth on the Oregon all-time list.
The Ducks excelled in Friday’s field events, winning three events and setting three personal records.
Jillian Weir was the top collegian in the women’s invitational hammer throw with a season-best mark of 201-4 (61.38) while Brittany Mann placed fifth.
Mann took a leap with a lifetime best of nearly 10 feet, recording a toss of 179-2 (54.60) which ranks 10th in school history. The feat tallies top-10 marks in consecutive weeks for the redshirt freshman who moved to second in the women’s shot put with her performance at the Oregon preview, last weekend.
Greg Skipper’s mark of 223-5 (68.10m) in the men’s weight throw topped the field by more than 25 feet, setting a lifetime best for the redshirt sophomore who improved upon his fourth-place mark in school history.
Laura Bobek and Ryan Hunter-Simms won the open divisions of the discus for the women and men, respectively. Bobek threw a PR of 174-3 (53.11) while Hunter-Simms’ first attempt of the day reached 168-11 (51.48m). Both will compete in the invitational section of the discus, Saturday.
Alec Fellows finished second in the decathlon with a personal record 6,999 points. Fellows entered the day in second after setting three personal bests during the first day of competition, and set one more event-best, Friday, with a mark of 131-3 (40.00m) in the javelin. Blake Kemp took sixth in the decathlon and set a PR of 114-1 (34.77m) in the discus.
The day concluded on the track for the “Distance Carnival” where Eugene native, Maggie Schmaedick set a personal best in the invitational 1,500 as the field’s top collegiate finisher in a time of 4:29.85.
The final day of competition will begin, Saturday at 9 a.m.