Ben Blankenship returns to Eugene a world record holder

Ben Blankenship arrived without fanfare at TrackTown Tuesday in Eugene Tuesday, just days after breaking the world record in the U.S. men’s distance medley relay at the World Relays in the Bahamas. He wasn’t greeted by crowds or loud cheers, but was able to slip into the room while shaking hands with friends and acquaintances who congratulated him on the accomplishment. Except for the long hair protruding from under his baseball hat, he blended into the crowd.


Heptathlon: Freshman Moore dominates

Oregon freshman Ashlee Moore dominated the heptathlon in her second meet at Hayward Field as a Duck, winning six of the seven events en route to a victory at the Oregon Relays.

Her score of 5,457 points moved Moore into No. 7 all time at the University of Oregon for heptathlon total points.

She owes the victory, she said, to her attitude. “I didn’t let a good performance or a really bad performance get to me that much,” she said. “I just kind of blew it off and focused on what was next to come. I think the way I handled the multis, overall, was really well.”

Moore was the 2014 USATF Junior Champion in the heptathlon and took 13th in the IAAF World Juniors that were hosted at Hayward Field in the summer of 2014.

Only one other woman finished the event. Kara Hallock from Oregon State finished with a score of 5,087. Oregon’s Lauren Crockett withdrew from the heptathlon after the long jump.

“I think it hurt a little bit,” Moore said. “When you’ve got more girls to compete against, you’re not just chasing down one person or trying to stay ahead of one other person.”

Moore won the two-day event with ease.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Moore finished first with a time of 13.67. She took first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.00. Moore also took first in the jumping competitions; she recorded a distance of 19-7 for the long jump and a height of 5-7 for the high jump.

The throws are where Moore admits even she was surprised by her performance. In the javelin, she threw 131-4, and she threw 36-0 for the shot put.

“Shot put was huge for me today,” she said. “During indoors, I was struggling a lot with shot put. I was trying to, like, put everything together. But I think it came together.”

The 800-meter run, the final event, was the only one Moore didn’t win. She finished with a time of 2:38.69, 10 seconds behind Hallock.

The 19-7 jump that Moore hit in the long jump was a personal record for her, but it didn’t last very long. She competed in the long jump event later in the day and jumped 19-11. But she’s still not satisfied. She said her goal for the day was to jump 20 feet.

— by Nik Streng

Women’s triple jump: One jump enough for Neal

Warner Pacific sophomore Alyssa Neal only needed one legal jump to win the women’s triple jump Saturday in the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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