AUSTIN, Texas – Greg Skipper unleashed the ninth best men’s hammer throw in school history and Dakotah Keys set a second day personal best in the decathlon as the Ducks' track and field teams continued competition Thursday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Skipper continued his strong early season with a six-foot personal best in the men’s hammer to finish second overall. The freshman from Oregon City, Ore., had a best throw of 216-5/65.96m on Thursday, which ranks as the fifth-best in the nation this season and the ninth-best in school history.
UCLA’s Alec Faldermeyer won the hammer with a mark at 228-10/69.75m.
Keys set personal bests in three events to finish fourth in the decathlon with 7,743 points.
Curtis Beach of Duke won the decathlon with 8,011 points, followed by Romain Martin of Texas-Arlington with 7,904, Isaac Murphy of Texas with 7,758 and Keys. Those were the top four decathlon scores in the nation so far in 2013.
Keys won the decathlon javelin with an impressive throw of 210-11/64.28m on his final attempt. That was a personal best by nearly two feet.
His day got off to a strong start with personal bests in the first two events.
Keys opened by running 14.71 in the 110 meter hurdles and then threw the discus 124-4/37.91m, for an improvement of more than two feet over his prior best effort.
The sophomore from Sweet Home, Ore., then tied his decathlon PR in the pole vault with a clearance at 15-9/4.80m. He finished his day with a time of 4:34.17 in the 1,500 meters.
Keys’ day two score, 3,875 points, was a personal best by 51 points.
Blake Kemp took 11th in his first career heptathlon with 7,019 points.
He ran a personal best 15.64 in the 100 meter hurdles and followed that with a mark of 112-11/34.42m in the discus. The freshman from Coos Bay, Ore., matched his personal best in the pole vault with a clearance at 15-1/4.60m.
Kemp had another PR in the javelin with a throw of 150-1/45.76m. That was a 20-foot improvement over his high school best. He finished his day by running 4:51.49 in the 1,500 meters.
In other events in Austin, freshman Alyssa Monteverde won her section of the 400 meter hurdles in 1:03.82.
Annie Whitfield claimed third in the women’s javelin. The freshman from Sweet Home, Ore., had a best throw of 143-9/43.82m on her final attempt to move up from ninth place to third.
Senior Austin Ouderkirk and freshman Matt Hidalgo both had seasonal best clearances in the pole vault at 16-7.25/5.06m. Based on misses, Ouderkirk finished 10th and Hidalgo 12th.
The track and field teams continue competition in Austin as the relay portion of the meet gets underway on Friday. Oregon will also have several distance runners competing at the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday.
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