Coming off an exciting weekend at the Penn Relays, the Oregon track and field team will make a much shorter trip to Corvallis, Ore., for the OSU High Performance Meet, Friday, while a handful of Ducks will head to the Payton Jordan Invitational, Sunday.
Ranked 16th in the nation and second on the Oregon all-time list, Brittany Mann will lead the contingent of Oregon throwers in Corvallis. On the men’s side, Ryan Hunter-Simms will compete in both the shot put and the discus.
The group heading to Stanford is highlighted by Parker Stinson’s entrance in what promises to be a strong 5,000 field. Stinson already went to Stanford earlier in this season to put up a time which will likely qualify him to the regional meet in the 10,000, and will look to add one more event to his list of options when he goes to Fayetteville, Ark.
Both the men’s and women’s teams are currently No. 4 in the USTFCCCA rankings. The men served a brief stint at No. 1, but dropped even after winning two events at the Penn Relays.
Cheserek, Roesler Named National Athlete of the Week:
Edward Cheserek was crowned as the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, April 28 after being named the Penn Relays Athlete of the Meet. The freshman was a part of winning DMR and 4xMile teams, running mile splits of 3:57.98 and 3:56.4, respectively.
Senior Laura Roesler was named the National Athlete of the Week, April 21, picking up the award for the second time this season after previously being named during the indoor season, Jan. 27.
Flock of Ducks Named Pac-12 Athlete of the Week:
The Pac-12 has named an Oregon competitor the conference athlete of the week in four of the last five weeks. Most recently Edward Cheserek earned the honor, being named on April 29.
Jenna Prandini has been named twice, once after setting a world-leading mark at the San Diego Invitational (April 1) and another after winning the 100 and 4x100 at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 8).
Laura Roesler won her award after taking the 800 title at the Pepsi Dual.
Individual Top 10:
The men’s team is led by Trevor Dunbar who recorded the second-fastest 5,000 time in the NCAA this season at the Mt. SAC Relays. Dakotah Keys competed in his first full decathlon of the season at the Oregon Relays and set a PR of 8,027 points which ranks third in the NCAA. Throwers Sam Crouser and Greg Skipper also rank in the top 10 with Crouser fourth in the javelin and Skipper fifth in the hammer throw. Mike Berry recorded the most recent top-10 mark at the Mt. SAC Relays and is currently fourth in the 400.
The women’s team has increased its total of top-10 NCAA marks to nine. The Ducks have quality and depth at 800 meters with the trio of Roesler (first), Murphy (second) and Leblanc (sixth) and lead the nation in the 4x100 as well. Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd have the 100 covered as they rank second and eighth, respectively. Phyllis Francis has top 10 marks in both the 400 (second) and 200 (fourth) and Lauren Crockett is sixth in the high jump.
The Pac Goes to Pullman:
The Pac-12 Championships will be hosted by Washington State in Pullman, Wash., May 17-18. Ticket information is as follows and can be purchased online HERE.
Youth (2-17) $8
Senior (60 + up) $8
Youth (2-17) $5
Senior (60 + up) $5
Groups of 20 or more - $3 each
Heat sheets will be available for fans to purchase at the Ticket booth at Mooberry Track for $1 each day.