SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Many young Ducks took advantage of an opportunity to stamp themselves into Oregon history as the Ducks won 12 events during the final day of the Aztec Invitational, Saturday, eight of which came from freshmen and sophomores.
Sophomore Jenna Prandini began her 2014 outdoor season in spectacular fashion by winning the 200 in a meet-record time of 22.98. The mark, which is the fastest time in the world this year, is a personal best and moved her up to fourth on the Oregon all-time list. Behind Prandini was Jasmine Todd, who won her heat and finished fourth overall (23.60w), and Christian Brennan who took fifth (23.68).
“It’s a continuation from what Jenna has been doing all year long,” head coach Robert Johnson said. “The lifetime best for her was huge.”
Prandini and Todd joined Marybeth Sant and Phyllis Francis in the 4x100 relay which cruised to a victory by more than two seconds and set a meet record of 43.74. The time is .01 seconds off Oregon’s best mark from 2013, and ranks fourth in school history and No. 3 in the NCAA this season.
The men’s 4x100 team of Devon Allen, Arthur Delaney, Mike Berry and Marcus Chambers also became a part of the school’s top-10 list, winning and tying the sixth-best Oregon mark at 39.89.
Redshirt freshman Brittany Mann continues to climb the national throwing ranks and set another personal best during her win of the invitational shot put, Saturday. Mann threw 53-7 (16.33m) which improves her second-place mark in school history, only 4.25 inches from Bree Fuqua’s school record set in 2005.
Sasha Wallace won the open section of the 100 hurdles, Friday, running 13.68 and the fourth-fastest time in school history. Wallace improved upon that time during her win of the invitational section, Saturday, clocking a personal-best 13.33 and moving up to second on the all-time list.
Marybeth Sant won her first individual event in an Oregon uniform during the invitational 100 with a time of 11.74 which puts the freshman ninth in the school history.
Freshman Devon Allen won the men’s 110 hurdles and is close to etching his name in the Oregon record book. The Phoenix, Ariz., native ran 13.99, Saturday which is only six hundredths of a second from the top-10 list. Allen also led the Ducks in the 200, finishing fourth in 21.24.
“I like where our young athletes are going and how they’re developing,” Johnson said. “We’re moving right along.”
Rachel Sherrell unleashed a mammoth personal best in the javelin. The senior from Parkdale, Ore., threw 166-4 (50.69m) which is 20 feet farther than her previous record, and good enough to win the event in meet-record fashion. Sherrell also joined Oregon’s top-10 all-time list, in eighth, as did freshman Haley Crouser with a toss of 158-7 (48.35m). Crouser’s debut resulted in a third-place finish in the event and the 10th-best throw in Oregon history.
Sammie Clark set a personal-best in the pole vault to start the season at the Oregon Preview, clearing 13-7, but raised that to 13-7.25 (4.15m) during her win, Saturday in San Diego.
Boru Guyota led the Duck contingent and the field in the 800, crossing the finish line in 1:50.22. He was followed by freshman Sam Prakel who finished fourth with a PR of 1:51.14 and Russell Hornsby in fifth with a time of 1:51.57.
Chancey Summers tied for first in the women’s high jump, clearing 5-10.5 (1.79m).
After winning the open section of the discus with a PR (174-3), Friday, Laura Bobek finished second in the invitational section, throwing 171-1 (52.14).
Sam Crouser was the top collegiate finisher and third overall in the men’s javelin with a distance that is currently No. 1 in the NCAA (247-5/75.41m). He was joined by Bradley Laubacher (high jump), Ryan Hunter-Simms (shot put) and Josh Melu (triple jump) who each finished third in their respective events.
The women’s 4x400 ended the day with a win as the quartet of Claudia Francis, Annie Leblanc, Ashante Horsley and Samantha Murphy finished in 3:39.68.
“All of these results are solid early-season marks, especially based on what we did here over the last six days,” Johnson said. “It was basically like an Oregon spring break boot camp.”
The Ducks will return to Historic Hayward Field, Saturday, April 5 for the Pepsi Arizona Dual at 1 p.m. The second-ranked Oregon women will face the ninth-ranked Wildcat women and the No. 4 Men of Oregon will take on the 16th-ranked Arizona men. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.