LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Oregon track and field team closed out the weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, Saturday, with the Ducks continuing their early-season success, garnering three wins during the second and final day of competition.
Laura Roesler highlighted the day while cruising to a win in the 800 meters after running the mile last weekend in Seattle. Roesler ran a time of 2:01.32 which is the fastest in the United States this year and the second-fastest all-conditions time in NCAA indoor history.
“Laura is training at a really high level and is reaping the benefits of the work she put in over the summer,” said head coach Robert Johnson. “There are a few things we can still clean up but to come out and run the way she did is a real positive sign.”
Joining Roesler with an individual victory was Phyllis Francis, who picked up her first win of the 2014 season in the 400 with an NCAA-best time of 52.14. Francis also anchored the 4x400 relay which put up the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season (3:35.06).
After anchoring the distance medley relay, Friday night, Megan Patrignelli was back on the track for the open mile run, Saturday morning. The senior was victorious once again, crossing the finish line in 4:43.68 which is the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this season.
Sasha Wallace continues to improve during her young collegiate career. The freshman ran personal bests in both the prelims (8.16) and the finals (8.10) of the 60-meter hurdles, bettering her own school record in each attempt and finishing third in the event.
Coming off a strong debut last week, redshirt freshman Jasmine Todd ran a 7.28 in a deep 60-meter dash field to finish third.
For the men’s team, Mike Berry went head-to-head with fellow Bowerman Watch List nominee Arman Hall of Florida in the 400. While Berry was able to run the second-fastest time by an NCAA runner this season (46.13), it was not enough to take down Hall who edged Berry out by less than half a second (45.84).
Boru Guyota took third in his 800 debut for 2014. The senior out of Portland, Ore., crossed the finish line in 1:48.91 which is the fifth-fastest time by a collegian this season.
Ryan Hunter-Simms was the top men’s thrower of the day. The freshman has been progressing with seemingly every throw this season and set a personal best by two and a half feet in the shot put with a mark of 57-9 (17.60m), good enough for seventh place.
“We’ve done pretty well early in the season,” Johnson said. “So now we have to continue to work hard and improve to set ourselves up for the end of the season.”
The Ducks will travel back to Seattle next weekend for the UW Invitational, Friday and Saturday (Jan. 31-Feb. 1).