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Oregon Relays / Arkansas Men's Dual Day 1 Quotes
Release Date: 04/19/2013
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Oregon Head Coach Robert Johnson
On tonight’s highlights…
“We had a huge day for the hammer throw. Anytime you get a sweep it’s good. A huge PR for Jillian Weir -194. The dual meet part was huge for us. Also, the 5K one/two split was great. We thought we would get a one/three split, so we will take a one/two split any day of the week.”

On the critical events tomorrow…
“The dashes will be important. Good events for us will be the 800m and 1,500 meters which have huge implications. Any points out of the jumps will be huge as well.”

Women’s Hammer throw
2nd Place- Jillian Weir (Oregon)
On her PR…
“It was my last throw and I was just building on each throw. It felt great to finally get over 59 meters.”

On the discus…
“Hammer was a nice warm up and I was able to start the discus off nice and fresh.”

On the season…

“The season has been great. I’m feeling great about it and I’m not even close to peaking.

Women’s 100 Hurdles
1st Place- Alyssa Monteverde (Oregon)
On PR…
“You always have to worry about it being wind-aided. My goal was to PR like it is every race. I didn’t feel like it was my cleanest race, but I’m very happy.”

On the high jump…
“Having just jumped I was nice and warm for the race. High Jump is a great way to keep me warm and distracted. I’ve always been a multi athlete, but my focus is mainly on the hurdles.”

Men’s Shot Put
1st Place- Ryan Hunter-Sims (Oregon)
On his recent PR’s…
“I really hope to PR in the discus and shot put. I want to go 55 in the shot put and in the high 160s or low 170s for the discus.”

On going up against Arkansas tomorrow…
“The SEC is nice competition. It’s good to get a different type of competition.”

Men’s 800m
1st Place- Andrew Wheating (OTC)
On decision to run in this meet…
“This was part of the plan a couple of months ago. The last 2 years have been kind of shaky, but having fun today was the underlying message.”

On his time…
“At some point I’d like to run below a 1:45. I’m ready for the next step in my speed progression. I got a lot of confidence and want to put it somewhere. There is room for improvement, but I’m feeling great. I was prepared for the worst but hoping for the best in this race.”

On 1500…
“Open 1500 is still a mystery. A puzzle I haven’t cracked. The 800 was my bread and butter senior year. I am going back to what I know best when I run the 800.”

On Hayward…
“I love this track, the crowd, the people. I can’t imagine opening my season anywhere else.”

On the Boston tragedy…
“I actually had a buddy running and he was a mile short of the finish when it happened. I’ve been religiously watching CNN. My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone in the city.”

Women’s Long Jump
1st Place- Maggie Pietka (Oregon)
On her jumps…
“It went by really fast because there weren’t very many girl. I jumped six times in 30 minutes and so it was quick and tiring. It was my season best and it’s nice to be making progress.” 

On what to improve on now…
“I already improved on my speed, so not it’s just perfecting my form to match and just finish every jump.” 

Men’s Hammer Throw
1st Place- Greg Skipper (Oregon)
On his throws…
“My throws felt really good. I went heavy on the weights to get through this meet and I was happy with today.” 

On his technique…
“My technique is where I want it to be. I just want to build on the strength side of it because I’m obviously not the strongest on the team. Working through the meet today and throwing a 212 shows my technique is in a good place.”

Women’s Javelin
1st Place- Haley Crouser (Oregon)
On injured toe…
“It’s frustrating to be injured because this has never really happened to me. I haven’t been able to high jump in two months and the surgery just keeps getting delayed.”

On future at University of Oregon…
“I’m thrilled to have four more years here. It was great to compete against my future teammates like Liz (Brenner). The crowd here is special.”

On season goals
“I still want to hit 200. I know it’s there, it will just take an extra effort. The toe hasn’t changed my goals at all.”

Women’s Javelin
2nd Place- Liz Brenner (Oregon)
On her finish
“Haley Crouser is a stud. I was feeling really good today. I’m happy because I keep improving and that’s always my goal.”

On her condition
“I had more time to get rested and my body feels really good. Being rested has had a huge influence on my performance.”

On Sullivan Award Experience…
“It was absolutely amazing hanging out with Missy Franklin. We are great friends now and she is an amazing athlete. Missy definitely deserved the award with all the things she has done this year.”

On competing with sister…
“It was my first time competing against her head to head and it was fun. She said some nice things to keep me going.”

Women’s 5,000 meters
1st Place – Jordan Hasay (Oregon)
On tonight’s race…
“It felt really good. I need a regional mark. I’m going to o run the 10K next week, but it felt really comfortable at a 10K pace. If I can do two of those in a row, I’ll be happy.”

On her performance…
"I just wanted to stay relaxed and comfortable as possible. It’s a fun even and great to be in front of this crowd. It was a great chance to race at home- I only have a couple more chances as a senior.”

Men’s 5000 Meter
3rd Place (overall) 1st Place (Dual Meet)- Parker Stinson (Oregon)
On the race…
“It was an awkward race because if it were normal I would have been running with the leader. I just have to work on executing better and not just running really hard.” 

On his goal…
“The goal today was to beat Arkansas and execute well today. I didn’t want to run too hard because I’m running the 5,000 at Stanford next week.” 

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