By Rob Moseley
What to watch at Saturday's session of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
TV: ESPNU, 2 p.m. PT
THE SCHEDULE (Oregon entrants)
12:30 p.m.: Men's triple jump, trials/final
12:35 p.m.: Men's javelin, trials/final (Sam Crouser)
12:45 p.m.: Women's high jump, final (Lauren Crockett)
1 p.m.: Women's shot put, trials/final (Brittany Mann)
2:03 p.m.: Men's 4x100 relay, final
2:10 p.m.: Women's 4x100 relay, final
2:18 p.m.: Men's 1,500, final (Mac Fleet, Sam Prakel)
2:29 p.m.: Women's 1,500, final (Sarah Penney)
2:42 p.m.: Men's 200, final (Arthur Delaney)
2:49 p.m.: Women's 200, final (Jenna Prandini)
2:57 p.m.: Men's 3,000 steeplechase, final (Tanguy Pepiot)
3:12 p.m.: Men's 110 hurdles, final (Devon Allen)
3:19 p.m.: Women's 100 hurdles, final
3:24 p.m.: Women's 5,000, final (Frida Berge)
3:47 p.m.: Men's 4x400, final
3:55 p.m.: Women's 4x400, final (Oregon)
The Big Stories for the Ducks: Oregon's men enter the day in strong position for a team title, and will look to continue to hold serve as they have most of the meet. Junior Sam Crouser in the javelin and senior Mac Fleet in the 1,500 will challenge for individual titles, and the Ducks could be looking at solid points from Tanguy Pepiot in the steeplechase and Devon Allen in the 110 hurdles, too. The UO women will try to fight off Texas A&M on the final day, and will look to Jenna Prandini in the 200 and also the 4x400 relay to keep them in the thick of it. A&M is a contender in both events, so the race within the race will be fun to watch in each case.
Not to be Overlooked: The UO women will look to the field events early for the chance of a pleasant surprise. Points from Brittany Mann in the shot and/or Lauren Crockett in the high jump could tilt the scales in what still sets up as a competitive team race. Later on, Sarah Penney in the 1,500 and Frida Berge in the 5,000 have the same chance. For the men, Sam Prakel's second-place showing in his 1,500 heat provides optimism that he could add points along with Fleet in the event. And there may be no more motivated Duck on Saturday than Arthur Delaney in the 200. He ran a very strong preliminary on Thursday and looked outstanding in the 4x400 relay as well — but then was the guilty party when the relay was DQ'd for a lane violation. Figure he'll be champing at the bit to make up for that lapse in the 200 final.
What to Watch Elsewhere: After outkicking Edward Cheserek in the 5,000 on Friday, Arizona's Lawi Lalang will try to double in the 1,500. He'll engage in one more dual in a long-time rivalry with Fleet. Another of the top competitors in the men's team race, Florida, has favorites in the 200 and triple jump who will try and help the Gators catch the Ducks.