Month: April 2015

Men’s discus: Ramirez throws PR

Going into his fifth throw in the men’s discus competition, Concordia senior Justin Ramirez was just a member of the field.

Oregon junior Ryan Hunter-Simms had the lead, 170 feet, 2 inches, farther than Ramirez had ever thrown. Ramirez had the second farthest throw at 168-2, but he had fouled in half of his attempts. Ramirez’s personal record going into the Oregon Relays was 161-9.

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Women’s 400 hurdles: Knoll continues Carroll’s roll

Carroll’s Mallery Knoll came up just .05 second short of her PR in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday at the Oregon Relays.

While Knoll came away with the win in 1:02.80, she may have needed a bit of help pushing the pace.

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Women’s high jump: Just a tuneup for UO duo

The Oregon Relays offered Oregon’s senior high jump duo of Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers another tune up before the NCAA Championships in June.

Crockett and Summers both cleared 5 feet, 9 inches, but Summers needed three attempts to pass, while Crockett cleared the bar on her second attempt, giving her the nod in the tiebreaker over her teammate.

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Women’s 100: Rowlee overcomes strep throat

Redshirt sophomore Alisha Rowlee ran her first victory lap at Hayward Field as an Oregon Duck Saturday afternoon at the Oregon Relays.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Rowlee said. “It’s something that I’ve dreamed of for quite a time now.”

Rowlee won the women’s 100 meters in 11.98 seconds, just .03 second ahead of Kishia Mitchell of the Seattle Speed Track Club.

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Women’s shot put: Mann dominates

Oregon’s Brittany Mann dominated in the women’s shot put with a 54 foot, 9 1/4 inches throw during the Oregon Track Relays, well over 6 1/2 feet farther than her closest competition – and just 1 foot, 3 3/4 inches shy of her personal best.

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Men’s 100: Delaney wins second event of day

Oregon senior Arthur Delaney won the 100-meter dash on Saturday afternoon at Hayward Field with a time of 10.39, clearing the field by .25 second for his second victory of the day.

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Men’s 400 hurdles: Best battle for second place

Stephen Delaney clipped the final hurdle as Montana’s Drew Owens pulled away to win heat two of the men’s 400-meter hurdles on Saturday in the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field.

Delaney, a sophomore from Carroll, finished second in 52.93 seconds after knocking over the last hurdle. Montana senior Owens, a three-time NCAA outdoor regionals qualifier, set a season best time in 52.26 seconds.

This wasn’t the first time the two have been side by side down the last 100 meters. Delaney and Owens are close friends, and even closer competitors. Carroll and Montana are only an hour and a half apart, and both schools compete against one another in many of the instate meets.

“We’re good friends, but also competitors,” said Delaney. “We’re always nice to each other, but then when we get on the track we compete, and compete to the best of our abilities. This week went Owens’ way, and next week we’ll be battling again.”

Delaney and Owens ran against each other in the 400-meter hurdles in March at the Al Manuel meet in Missoula, Montana, with Delaney winning the race by 1.19 seconds.

“It was the same deal and it came down to the last two hurdles,” Delaney said. “That time I made it clean over the last two hurdles, and this time he had it. It’s nice to have a guy to go back and forth with all year really. It makes each of us that much better.”

Washington senior Dan Sanders, who won the overall event with the best time in heat one, set a personal outdoor record with a time of 52.13 seconds.

— by Bryan Holt

Men’s 110 hurdles: Ferguson gets second win

A day after breaking his personal record in the long jump, Oregon redshirt senior Trevor Ferguson won his second event with a wind-aided time of 14.28 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

In the long jump, Ferguson hit 25 feet, 4 1/2 inches (his old record was 24-11.25). In the 110-meter hurdles, Ferguson’s personal record is 14.32.

Early in the race, Ferguson hit a hurdle with his trail leg, which slowed him down, but he was able to get his rhythm back in the middle of the race.

Kodie Artner of Lewis & Clark College took second place in 14.87. Concordia’s Patrick Contino finished third in 15.23 and Lane Community College’s Coleman Byrum finished fourth in 15.45.

Ferguson said his strategy was to just stay aggressive.

“The last couple of races I’ve been backing off towards the end,” he said. “So I’ve been trying to stay on it towards the end.”

Ferguson said that the long jump and the hurdles are complementary and are able to keep him balanced.

“Each event makes me stronger in other events,” Ferguson said. “It’s more balanced.”

For the rest of the season, Ferguson’s goals are to score team points, keep improving in the long jump and finish the 110-meter hurdles in 14 seconds.

“I want to make 14-flat. I’ll get there,” he said.

— by Nik Streng

Men’s 4×100: Oregon redeems itself

The Oregon men’s 4×100 meter team returned after a dropped baton at the Pepsi Invitational to take first place Saturday afternoon in the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field.

Benjamin Thiel replaced Tony Brooks-James, who dropped the baton and led to Oregon’s disqualification a week ago.

Thiel, Arthur Delaney, Charles Nelson and Marcus Chambers finished with a season best time of 40.14 seconds.

“Get the baton around, that was our main focus,” Delaney said. “I was nervous in the beginning, but I sucked it up. [Dropping the baton] happens to everyone, happens to the best of us.”

Delaney took a clean handoff from replacement Thiel and managed to push a cushion for Nelson going into the 300-meter mark.

“We needed to work on the later part of the race,” Delaney said. It was certainly an improvement there, as Nelson powered to a comfortable lead and allowed Chambers to kick nearly a second and a half ahead of second place Montana in the last 100 meters.

Despite James being absent from the team today, Delaney said that the main 4×100 team would remain himself, Nelson, James and Chambers for future events.

“It’ll come, we’ll break 40,” Delaney said.

–by Zach Blaine

Men’s triple jump: Freshman Moore excels

Oregon freshman Nate Moore took first place in the triple jump for the second consecutive meet, this time with a jump of 51 feet, 9 inches.

His mark moved him from 10th to eighth all time at the University of Oregon.

Despite fouling on three out of five attempts, Moore still felt good about his day. “I left some jumps out there.” he said. “I could have gone farther. But I’m still happy with the results.”

Moore, who came to Oregon as the nation’s top high school horizontal said he isn’t surprised at his early success.

“I always have high expectations for myself,” he said. “I always have felt that I can be the best.”

Those expectations are met due to the crowd at Hayward that supports him, Moore explained. “I don’t even have to start a clap anymore. The crowd really loves the athletes, and I just appreciate that so much.”

Oregon senior Josh Melu finished second with a mark of 49 feet, 3/4 inch.

— by Zach Blaine

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