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Release Date: 04/03/2013
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THIS WEEK
Oregon hosts one of the nation’s best scored meets of the 2013 season on Saturday, April, 6 - the 24th Pepsi Team Invitational. Highly-ranked Texas A&M and Pacific Northwest Pac-12 rivals Washington and Washington State join Oregon’s exciting track and field squads for a classic showdown at Historic Hayward Field. The meet starts at noon with the women’s javelin and men’s discus; the first running event, the women’s steeplechase, is at 12:50 p.m.

RANKINGS
The women are No. 2 in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, while the men are No. 4. Texas A&M comes in with the top-ranked men’s squad and the No. 3 women’s team. Washington is ranked 15th in the women’s poll.

TELEVISION/WEB CAST
The Pepsi Team Invitational will be webcast live for free on Pac-12 Live Stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=500). Former Duck track coach Tom Heinonen and Jesse Fukawa will handle the announcing duties.

RESULTS
For live results, schedules and accepted entry lists, check www.goducks.com OR http://www.goducks.com/fls/500/track/1213/pepsi/index.htm?SPID=243&DB_OEM_ID=500 (link will not be live until the meet starts). Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.

TWITTER
Follow Oregon’s Twitter feed, @OregonTF, as well as those of the visiting teams: Texas A&M (@aggietrk), Washington (@UW Track) and Washington State (@WSUTrackField).

SCORING
The international scoring system will be in place for the Pepsi Team Invitational, which allows schools to score a maximum of two competitors in each event (one team per relay). Individual event scoring is 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Relays will be 9-7-6-5.

TEAMS AT THE PEPSI
Saturday will be the 24th Pepsi Team Invitational. The Oregon women have won the Pepsi 18 times, while the men have 17 Pepsi titles. Texas A&M returns to the Pepsi meet for the third time in four years. During their first visit in 2010, the Aggies set five meet records and they added another two meet records last year. Texas A&M has been the men’s runners-up in both Pepsi appearances, while the women were second in 2010 and third in 2012.
The most frequent opponent for the Pepsi meet, Washington returns to the Team Invitational for the 15th time overall. The Huskies have one men’s title (2006) and have finished second four times. The UW women have never won the Pepsi, but have five runner-up finishes to their credit, including last season.
One of the most storied rivalries in the West comes back to life with Washington State returning to the Pepsi Team Invitational for the first time since 1997. The Cougar men won the Pepsi team title in 1991, while the WSU women were runners-up in 1989, 1991 and 1997.
Oregon and WSU were reputed to have held some of the most hotly contested men’s dual meets in collegiate history with coaching legends Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger leading the Ducks into action against the Cougars’ legendary coach John Chaplain and current WSU head man Rick Sloan. In fact, Washington State’s 17 dual meet victories over Oregon (against 40 Duck wins) are the most of any opponent in UO history. Cougar men still hold four Pepsi meet records.

FEATURED EVENTS
As always, the Pepsi Invitational brings together an intriguing mix of each team’s strengths. No less than seven national leaders are among the entries for the 2013 event. While the men’s javelin may grab headlines with four of the nations top throwers competing on the Hayward infield, there are story lines to watch throughout the meet. Some of the events to watch:

WOMEN
100 Meters
Texas A&M brings three of the nation’s top five sprinters (Ashley Collier, Ashton Purvis, Jennifer Madu) against NCAA indoor 60 meter All-American Jenna Prandini of Oregon.
200 Meters
A&M’s national leader Kamaria Brown (22.85) goes toe-to-toe with defending NCAA 100 meter champ English Gardner.
400 Meters
Look for season debuts from Oregon All-Americans Phyllis Francis and Chizoba Okodogbe, who will be challenged by Washington State’s Shawna Fermin, currently No. 3 in the nation (53.37).
800 Meters
Oregon’s Anne Kesselring (#4 nationally) and Laura Roesler pace the field.
1,500 Meters
All-American Christine Babcock of Washington joins by Duck All-Americans Becca Friday and Jordan Hasay.
Relays
Texas A&M is No. 1 in the 4x100 and No. 3 in the 4x400, while the Ducks are No. 6 in the 4x100.
Discus
Shelbi Vaughn is the national leader at 188-8. Oregon’s Laura Bobek checks in at No. 17 (172-6).
Javelin
Could be one of the underrated events with eighth-ranked Anna Adamko of Washington State and No. 15 Kendall Munoz of Texas A&M leading the way. The Ducks have four-sport All-American Liz Brenner entered.

MEN
100 Meters
The meet record (10.30) could be in jeopardy with No. 9 De’Anthony Thomas (10.31) of Oregon and No. 14 Michael Bryan (10.34) of the Aggies among the entries.
200 Meters
Top-ranked Ameer Webb (20.71) and No. 3 Prezel Hardy, Jr., lead a host of Aggies in this event.
400 Meters
All-Americans Mike Berry of Oregon and Ricky Babineaux of Texas A&M are the top two seeds. Babineaux is No. 6 nationally (46.71).
1,500 Meters
This could be a fun race with Oregon’s second-ranked Matt Miner and fourth-ranked Elijah Greer against long-time rival Joey Bywater of Washington, who is currently fifth in the nation.
110 Meter Hurdles
A rematch of their race at the Texas Relays, Oregon’s top-ranked Johnathan Cabral (13.33) will run against No. 6 Wayne Davis of Texas A&M (13.54).
Relays
Texas A&M leads the nation in the 4x100 and is second in the 4x400. Oregon is 13th nationally in thr 4x400.
Triple Jump
Lots of 50-foot jumpers in this field, including No. 11 Kasey Covington of Washington, No. 13 Stephan Scott-Ellis of Washington State and No. 20 Dave Brown of Texas A&M.
Hammer
Greg Skipper of Oregon is ranked fifth nationally at 216-5.
Javelin
In what could be the feature field event of the afternoon, the gold and silver medalists from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Sam Humphries of Texas A&M and Sam Crouser of Oregon, will wage another entertaining battle. The Aggies Devin Bogert is ranked No. 6 and Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman is No. 7 as four of the nation’s top javelin throwers will square off in TrackTown.

2012 PEPSI TEAM INVITATIONAL RECAP
Oregon’s men and women won 16 events to sweep the 2012 Pepsi Team Invitational before 5,402 fans at sunny Historic Hayward Field. Senior Alex Kosinski led the way for the women with an impressive win in the 5,000 meters. Her meet-record 15:36.90 was the fastest in the nation at the time and No. 3 in school history. She was named Pac-12 women’s track athlete of the week for her efforts. Other winners for the women included English Gardner in the 200 meters (23.24) Phyllis Francis in the 400 (52.99), Anne Kesselring in the 800 (2:05.46), Becca Friday in the 1,500 (4:20.21), transfer Kimber Mattox, in her first Oregon appearance, in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:15.05), the 4x400 meter relay team (3:35.04), Chancey Summers in the high jump (5-9.25/1.76m) and Laura Bobek in the discus (159-8/48.68m). For the men, victories came from Trevor Dunbar in the 5,000 meters (13:51.79), Sam Crouser on his last throw in the javelin (244-3/74.45m), Travis Thompson in the 800 (1:51.08), Elijah Greer in the 1,500 (3:45.84), Johnathan Cabral in the 110 hurdles (wind-aided 13.63), the 4x400 meter relay (3:08.90), and Brian Schaudt in the triple jump (50-8.25/15.45m).

BOWERMAN WATCH
Two Ducks are listed on the latest 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. English Gardner is one of 10 student-athletes on the women’s watch list, while Mike Berry falls into the “also receiving mention” category for the men.

SEASON TICKETS, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SALE
Fans interested in purchasing all-session four-day passes for the June 5-8 NCAA Championships, as well as single meet tickets for the for the Ducks’ 2013 schedule, may do so now.
To purchase Oregon track and field tickets, go online to goducks.com/tracktickets, call 1-800-WEBFOOT or visit the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center.

TEXAS RELAYS / STANFORD INVITATIONAL RECAP
Jordan Hasay and Johnathan Carbal highlighted Oregon’s spring break in Texas and California March 27-30. At the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Cabral won the 110 meter hurdles with the fastest time in the nation this season, 13.33 (w+2.6).  Had Cabral’s time been wind legal, it would have broken Eric Mitchum’s 2004 school record of 13.38. Also at the Texas Relays, the women’s 4x100 meter relay team finished third in 43.93. The Ducks’ quartet of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe and Jenna Prandini came through the line with the fourth fastest time in school history. Greg 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, which ranks as the fifth-best in the nation this season and the ninth-best in school history. Dakotah Keys set personal bests in three events to finish fourth in the decathlon with 7,743 points. Sam Crouser took second in the men’s javelin on his final throw, 248-8/75.80m, to move from sixth in second in the final standings. He later took fifth in the discus with a personal best throw of 173-11/53.01m. At the Stanford Invitational, Hasay and Parker Stinson etched their names in the Ducks’ 10,000 meter record books. Hasay cruised through her first career 10,000 meters and finished as the top collegian and third overall in 32:46.68. Not only was that the top time in the nation this season, but it ranks as the second best in school history, trailing only Kathy Hayes’ 32:43.81 set in 1984. Stinson looked strong in his first race on the track in 2013, finishing second in the top heat of the men’s 10,000 meters in 28:34.71. He was just behind The Masters’ John Gilbertson, who won in 28:30.35. Stinson’s time was a :26 personal best as the junior from Austin, Texas, moved up to seventh on UO career 10K list. In the second section of the men’s 10,000, freshman Matthew Melancon from Eugene, Ore., was third in a personal best 29:31.82. Senior Anne Kesselring won the top section of the women’s 800 meters in 2:05.76. That was the fourth fastest time in the NCAA this season. Becca Friday followed with a runner up finish in her heat, 2:06.00, which was the fifth fastest among collegians this season.

OREGON PREVIEW RECAP
De’Anthony Thomas’ three victories – including a meet record in the 4x100 meter relay – highlighted the Oregon Preview March 16 at Hayward Field. Thomas opened the day by anchoring the 4x100 meter relay to a meet record 40.35. He teamed with Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney and B.J. Kelley on some sharp early season exchanges to break the 21 year-old meet record of 40.46 set by Oregon in 1992. Thomas followed that with his riveting performance in the men’s 100 meters in an all-conditions personal best 10.31. Thomas put a wrap on the day with another command run in the 200 meters. He eased down the homestretch in 21.17. Sophomore Johnathan Cabral set a meet record in winning the 110 meter hurdles in 13.68. Laura Bobek opened her outdoor season with a personal best in the discus of 172-6/52.58m to move up to No. 5 on the UO all-time list. Greg Skipper had a six-foot PR to win at 210-10/64.26m. Those were but a handful of Oregon’s 15 events wins on the day. Also, Liz Brenner made her track and field debut in the javelin and took third with a best throw of 141-5/43.10m. It was the fourth varsity sport as a Duck for the freshman from Portland, Ore.

THOMAS, SKIPPER NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
De’Anthony Thomas and Greg Skipper were named the Pac-12 men’s track and field athletes of the week, respectively, following their performances at the March 16 Oregon Preview. Thomas won three events at the Oregon Preview, including anchoring the 4x100 meter relay to a meet-record 40.35. Thomas followed up with an all-conditions personal best in the men’s 100 meters of 10.31 that ranked second nationally. In his first meet back from an injury that caused him to redshirt the 2012 season, Skipper won the hammer throw at the Oregon Preview with a throw of 210-10/64.26m. That was a six-foot personal best and ranked as the No. 3 throw nationally in the young 2013 season.

DUCKS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT NCAA WOMEN INDOOR
The Women of Oregon dug their way out of a deep deficit to overcome nearly a dozen teams and win their fourth straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field national title March 8-9 at the Randal Tyson Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
The women locked up the meet with their only event win of the Championships – the 4x400 meter relay – to secure the title with 56 points. Kansas was second with 44, with Louisiana State third with 43 and host Arkansas fourth with 42.5.
The team of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis won the 4x400 relay for the Ducks in a school record 3:30.22. Gardner put Oregon ahead on the opening leg and Oregon never looked back. Gardner timed 53.64 on the opening leg, followed by Okodogbe’s 52.54, Roesler’s 52.64 and Francis’s impressive 51.42 as the Ducks won the indoor 4x4 crown for the second time in four years
Oregon became just the second team to win four consecutive NCAA Indoor titles, joining LSU which won five straight from 1993-97.
The Men of Oregon proved resurgent too with Elijah Greer winning the 800 meters en route to a top 10 finish.
The women opened the final day in 11th place with nine points, but began their climb with a gutsy run from Becca Friday in the mile. The senior from Bellingham, Wash., rallied from ninth place to sixth on the final lap, crossing the tape in 4:39.23 for three team points.
Also in the mile, a tired Anne Kesselring took 10th in 4:50.77. Kesselring anchored the Ducks’ distance medley relay less than 24 hours earlier.
Next, it was Francis’ time to step up in the 400 meters. She came back from a ragged semifinal run on Friday to place second in her heat and fourth overall in 52.01. That was worth five team points as the Ducks began to gain ground on Kansas and Arkansas and keep pace with LSU.
The Ducks then jumped to second place with 12 points in the 60 meters.
Gardner, the 2012 NCAA champion, was the runner-up in 7.15 seconds, finishing just behind Central Florida’s Aurieyall Scott, who won in 7.13. The sophomore from Voorhees, N.J., was just a half step behind Scott the whole race as the two thrilled the Randal Tyson Center crowd with another entertaining NCAA final.
The Ducks also got a huge performance in the 60 from freshman Jenna Prandini, who placed fifth in 7.38. The Clovis, Calif., native came into the meet as the No. 12 seed.
Roseler put the Ducks into the lead for the first time with her runner up finish in the 800 meters. The junior from Fargo, N.D., crossed the tape in an impressive 2:02.32, finishing behind only Natoya Goule of LSU (2:02.00). Roesler was critical in breaking up the Tigers’ powerful 800 tandem of Goule and Charlene Lipsey, who was third in 2:05.02.
Roesler’s runner-up finish also broke one of the oldest records in the Oregon history book. She took down the 31 year-old mark of 2:03.89 run by Leann Warren in 1982.
Oregon led with 37 points at that point, followed by LSU with 34 and Kansas with 33 with three events left: the triple jump, the 3,000 meters and the 4x4.
The Jayhawks jumped back to the lead with a win in the triple jump, upping their team total to 43. The Tigers’ also netted five triple jump points to pass Oregon with 39.
The Ducks responded with Jordan Hasay and Alexi Pappas in the 3,000 and the senior duo who led Oregon to the 2012 NCAA Cross Country title pushed the Ducks in front for good. Hasay fought her way to a runner-up finish in 9:06.61. She tucked into the pack as the leaders pulled away midway through the race, and then worked her way up through her competitors to claim eight crucial team points.
Pappas, a senior transfer from Dartmouth in her final appearance as a Duck, added another point for Oregon with her eighth place finish in 9:12.38.
That gave Oregon a 46-43 lead on Kansas heading to the 4x4, where the Ducks slammed the door.
On Friday’s first day of competition, Hasay was fourth in the 5,000 meters in a school record 15:40.30. The senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., lowered Alex Kosinski’s previous mark of 15:44.60 by more than :04 in scoring five points toward the team race. Pappas was sixth in that race in 15:47.13 – the third best time in school history.
Meanwhile Greer and Mike Berry’s runner-up finish in the 400 meters helped the Men of Oregon tie for sixth with 22 points.
Arkansas won the team title with 74 points, followed by Florida (59), Wisconsin (33), Texas A&M (30), Texas Tech (28) and Oregon and Arizona (22).
Greer looked smooth from the opening gun and tucked into second on the shoulder of Penn State’s Casimir Loxsom for the first 600 meters. On the bell lap, the junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., sprinted around Loxsom to the lead and finished clear of the field to win in 1:47.13. Loxsom was next in 1:47.23.
Greer became the first Duck ever to win an indoor 800 meter title.
Junior Boru Guyota was eighth in the 800 in 1:51.04.
Like he did in Boise last year, Berry won his 400 final heat only to see another runner steal the title in the second heat. The junior from Seattle, Wash., sprinted clear of the field to win his section in 45.83 only to watch Errol Nolan of Houston take the second heat and the overall title in 45.75.
Still, Berry’s runner-up finish was the best ever for a Duck in the indoor 400 meters.
Also for the men, Johnathan Cabral finished strong to earn a sixth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. The sophomore from Calabasas, Calif., leaned at the tape to finish in 7.73 seconds, tying his personal best and scoring three team points.
Dakotah Keys took ninth in the heptathlon, scoring a personal best 5,757 points. That was the third best total in school history.

DUCKS CLAIM FIRST NCAA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TITLE IN 25 YEARS
Led by a courageous effort by seniors Jordan Hasay, Alexi Pappas and Katie Conlon, the Women of Oregon captured their first NCAA cross country national title since 1987 last November in Louisville’s E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. Hasay led an impressive pack of Ducks who were in the race’s top 50 nearly the entire 6,000 meter distance. Oregon ended up winning easily with 114 points, followed by Providence with 183, Stanford with 198 and Florida State with 202. Hasay looked strong in the lead pack throughout, only falling to Iowa State’s Betsy Saina and Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth at the tape. After a sprint to the finish, Saina was the 2012 individual champion in 19:27.9, followed by D’Agostino and Hasay both in 19:28.6. Hasay, from Arroyo Gande, Calif., willed her teammates around the course in impressive fashion. Pappas, a transfer from Dartmouth, ran just a step off the lead pack the entire race, and finished eighth in 19:43.9. Conlon was the surprise of the day for the Ducks. The transfer from NAIA Jamestown College in North Dakota had been the Ducks’ fifth or sixth runner during the regular season, but put on a strong kick over the final third of the race, passing a couple dozen runners to place 39th in 20:15.0. Then it was freshman Allie Woodward coming to the line as Oregon’s fourth runner. The Green Bay, Wis., native was 44th overall in 20:19.5. Freshman Annie Leblanc capped the scoring for the Ducks, finishing 68th in 20:31.5. Oregon also had senior Sarah Penney 105th in 20:50.7 and freshman Abbey Leonardi 162nd in 21:12.2. It was the third NCAA women’s cross country title in school history. The other came in 1987 and 1983 under coach Tom Heinonen.

OREGON’S NCAA CHAMPIONS
The 2013 Women’s Indoor Track & Field national title was the 21st NCAA championship in school history. The others are men’s outdoor track & field in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1970 and 1984, women’s outdoor track & field in 1985, men’s indoor track & field in 2009, women’s indoor track & field in 2010, 2011 and 2012, men’s cross country in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 2007 and 2008, women’s cross country in 1983, 1987 and 2012, and men’s basketball in 1939. Oregon’s acrobatics and tumbling team also won NCATA national titles in 2011-12.

NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO TRACKTOWN
Historic Hayward Field will host the 2013 NCAA Championships June 5-8. It will be the 11th time that the historic venue has played host to the national meet. Previously, Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships in 1962, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2010. Only Chicago, with 13 championships between 1921 and 1936, has hosted more NCAA meets.
In addition to the annual Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field has recently served as host to the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2009 and 2011 USA Track & Field Championships.
Eugene will again host the NCAA Championships in 2014, as well as the IAAF World Junior Championships.
For more information on the NCAA Championships, go to www.ncaa.com/trackandfield.

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