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Track Teams Tackle Trifecta of Meets
Release Date: 04/24/2013
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The Duck track and field teams go for a trifecta of meets this weekend with stops at the Penn Relays, OSU High Performance Meet and Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The relay corps get the weekend underway Thursday at the Penn Relays which continue through Saturday. Friday, a large number of Ducks will travel to Corvallis for the OSU High Performance Meet. It will be Oregon’s first appearance at Oregon State since 1987. The road trip concludes on Sunday when a handful of Ducks run at the Cardinal Invitational.

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The men are No. 4 in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, while the women are No. 7.

For the first time in 25 years, nearly two dozen Ducks will make the trip up Highway 99, including All-American Sam Crouser and NCAA qualifiers Chancey Summers and Taylor Wallace, as well as multi sport start Liz Brenner in her first road meet for the track and field team. Crouser will draw assignments in the shot put and discus, while Brenner will throw the javelin.

Summers will be joined by Lauren Crockett in the women’s high jump. Wallace and Abbey Leonardi are in the women’s 1,500.

A number of Ducks are entered between the 800 and 5,000 for the men including Joe Holvey, Mutch Hunt, Matt Jablonski, Hank Morrison, Ryan Pickering, Trent Warren and Cole Watson.

Also for the Ducks, Bradley Laubacher is in the men’s high jump, Caleb Kruse is in the men’s triple jump, Ryan Hunter-Simms is in the men’s shot put and discus, Ron Perkins is in the shot put and Ethan Powell is in the men’s javelin.

In 1987, as Bon Jovi’s “Never Say Goodbye” became the theme of many a high school prom, the Ducks would bid farewell to Corvallis for some 25 years. At the 1987 Pac-10 Championships, hosted by Oregon State, Annette Hand was a double winner for the Duck women as she captured both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Penny Graves was also a Pac-10 champion for the women in the 1,500 meters, while J.J. Birden was the Pac-10 men’s long jump winner. The most remarkable performance of the meet belonged to UCLA’s Gail Devers, who was a remarkable six-time conference champion in 1987 - 100, 200, 100 hurdles, long lump, 4x100 and 4x400.

The Ducks will enter nine relay teams and one individual for the 2013 Penn Relays. The men have squads entered in the 4x400, 4x800, 4xmile and distance medley relays. Among the Ducks slated for relay duty at Penn are seniors Kevin Anding, Elijah Greer and Matt Miner, juniors Mike Berry and Mac Fleet, sophomore Arthur Delaney, and freshmen Chris Brewer, Jeramy Elkaim and Jack Galpin.

The women have relay entries in the 4x100, 4x400, 4x800, 4x1,500 and sprint medley relays, as well as Megan Patrignelli in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. In addition to Patrignelli, others running for the Duck women include seniors Becca Friday and Anne Kesselring, juniors Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe and Laura Roesler, and freshmen Annie Leblanc and Jenna Prandini.

Oregon has four Penn Relays “Wagon Wheels” to its credit: 2010 men’s 4xmile and distance medley relay and 2012 women’s 4x800 and 4x1,500.

The Penn Relays will be a homecoming of sorts for Gardner (Voorhees, N.J.), Francis (Queens, N.Y.), Patrignelli (Monroe, N.Y.) and Elkaim (Livingston, N.J.).

Oregon’s Penn Relays Schedule (All times Pacific)
Thursday, April 25
10 a.m.  W 4x100 Qualifying Heats
3:20 p.m. W 4x400 Qualifying Heats
5 p.m.  W 3000m Steeplechase (Patrignelli)
Friday, April 26
9:50 a.m. W 4x100 Championship of America
10:10 a.m. W 4x1500 Championship of America
11:25 a.m. M Distance Medley Championship of America
1:15 p.m. M 4x400 Qualifying Heats
3:00 p.m. W Sprint Medley Championship of America
Saturday, April 27
9:45 a.m. M 4xMile Championship of America
1:10 p.m. W 4x800 Championship of America
1:40 p.m. M 4x800 Championship of America
2:50 p.m. W 4x400 Championship of America
3 p.m.  M 4x400 Championship of America

Oregon will have five runners in competition at Stanford. Jordan Hasay is in the women’s 10,000 meters, Katie Conlon is in the women’s steeplechase, Colby Alexander and Patrick Todd are in the men’s 1,500 and Parker Stinson is in the men’s 5,000.

Two Ducks are listed on the latest 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. Sprinter Mike Berry is on the 10 student-athlete watch list for the men while Gardner falls into the “also receiving mention” category for the women.

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, call 1-800-WEBFOOT or visit the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center.

Oregon produced three national leaders and a world leader following a busy weekend on the track. At the Mt SAC Relays, English Gardner ran the fastest women’s 100 meters in the world this season. She beat a field of elite professionals by finishing in 11.00, with a legal tailwind of plus-1.8 meters per second. Not only was that the fastest time of 2013 but also a school record, No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history and No. 6 all-time in NCAA history. Also at Mt. SAC, Laura Roesler roared to one of the best 800 meters ever at Oregon. The junior from Fargo, N.D., won the meet’s top section in a personal best 2:01.76. That was the second fastest time in the NCAA this season, and the No. 4 time in Pac-12 history. It was also the fourth-best time in school history and the fastest 800 run by an Oregon woman in 28 years. Meanwhile, a record Oregon Relays crowd of 7,344 saw No. 2 Arkansas clip No. 4 Oregon 86-77 in a dual that came down to the final event. Elijah Greer won the 800 (1:46.20) and Mac Fleet captured the 1,500 (3:40.21) in nation-leading times. Sam Crouser collected a pair of wins in the throws. He first won the discus with a personal best of 174-2/53.10m on his sixth and final attempt. He followed that with a win in the javelin with a mark of 240-7/73.33m. Other winners for the Ducks included Mike Berry in the 400 (45.92), Arthur Delaney in the 100 (10.59), Johnathan Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles (13.56), Greg Skipper in the hammer (206-0/62.80m) and Parker Stinson in the 5,000 (13:59.83). In the Oregon Relays over the same weekend, freshman Alyssa Monteverde impressed with the No. 2 women’s 100 meter hurdle time in school history, a meet record 13.41.

Nation-leading Oregon runners English Gardner and Elijah Greer were named Pac-12 Conference  track athletes of the week for April 15-21, 2013. Greer won the 800 meters in a nation-leading 1:46.20 during the Oregon-Arkansas dual meet. It was the fastest 800 meters ever run during a dual meet, according to Track & Field News. Gardner turned in the fastest women’s 100 meters in the world this season at the Mt. SAC Relays, beating a field of elite professionals by finishing in 11.00, with a legal tailwind of plus-1.8 meters per second. Not only was that the fastest time of 2013, but also a school record, No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history and No. 6 all-time in NCAA history. Gardner broke her own school mark, 11.03, set in 2011. She also ran on the 4x100 relay team that finished fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays in a season-best 43.82, the third-fastest relay in school history.

Laura Bobek won the discus to lead the second-ranked Oregon women at the April 12 John Knight Twilight. The junior from Astoria, Ore., had a best throw of 169-7.75/51.70m, which was less than three feet off her personal best. Ryan Hunter-Simms set a personal best in the shot put to highlight the meet for the fourth-ranked men. Hunter-Simms, a freshman from Highland, Calif., opened with a throw of 51-8.5/15.76m in the shot put to finish second. He followed that with a toss of 157-2.5/47.91m in the discus, which was good for third. Ron Perkins also had a personal best in the shot put. The sophomore from Redmond, Ore., finished third with a throw of 51-1.5/15.58m. Rachel Sherrell scored another PR for the Ducks in the women’s javelin. The junior from Parkdale, Ore., had a best mark of 145-0/44.19m to place third. Jillian Weir just missed a personal best and placed second in the women’s hammer. The sophomore from Sunnyvale, Calif., went 189-10.25/57.86m, which was less than three feet off her personal best. She also finished third in the discus with a throw of 150-6/45.88m.

Wins by Mac Fleet, Mike Berry, Jeramy Elkaim, Johnathan Cabral and Greg Skipper propelled the fourth-ranked Men of Oregon to victory over No. 1 Texas A&M at the April 6 Pepsi Team Invitational. The No. 2 women dropped a tightly contested battle to the third-ranked Aggies on a showery spring afternoon before 5,367 fans at Historic Hayward Field. The men finished with 194.5 points, followed by Texas A&M with 180.5, Washington State with 165.5 and Washington with 129.5. The Aggies won the women’s meet with 201 points, followed by Oregon with 181, No. 15 Washington with 146 and the Cougars with 138. Fleet won the 800 meters, his first race at Hayward since 2010, in a personal best 1:48.70. Other winners for the men were Elkaim in the 5,000 (13:57.24), Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles (13.81) where he remains undefeated on the season, Berry in the 400 (46.20),and Skipper in the hammer (216-4/65.94m). The 4x400 relay of Kevin Anding, Arthur Delaney, Jack Galpin and Berry timed 3:06.31 in finishing second, which was the sixth fastest in school history. For the women, redshirt freshman Jenna Prandini continued her breakout season with a win in the long jump (19-7/5.97m) and a runner-up finish in the 100 meters (11.47, No. 3 in UO history). Jillian Weir, another newcomer, was impressive in the field. The sophomore transfer from Long Beach State won the hammer with a best throw of 192-8/58.74m (No. 3 on UO career list). Weir was also fourth in both the shot put (46-4/14.12m) and discus (145-0/44.21m). Other winners for the women included Phyllis Francis in the 400 (52.55), Laura Roesler in the 800 (2:03.94), Jordan Hasay in the 1,500 (4:20.19) and Lauren Crockett in the high jump (5-7.75/1.72m).

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.

After running nation-leading times in their respective events, Johnathan Cabral and Jordan Hasay were named the Pac-12 Conference outdoor track athletes of the week For March 27-30. Cabral won the 110 meter hurdles at the Texas Relays in a nation-leading 13.33. The wind was just above legal (+2.6) or that would have been a school record and tied for the second-fastest time in Pac-12 history. Hasay was the top collegian and third overall in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Running her first career 10K, Hasay finished behind a pair of professional runners in a time of 32:46.68. That time leads the NCAA in 2013, and ranks second in school history and fifth in Pac-12 history.

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.

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.

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