The Oregon track and field team wrapped up a hectic week on Saturday with more terrific performances at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Beach Invitational. Raevyn Rogers stole headlines for the Ducks by breaking a 27-year-old collegiate record in the 800 meters, and the Women of Oregon topped their own collegiate record in the 4x100 meter relay.
How it Happened - Mt. SAC Relays: Rogers, running her first 800 meters of the outdoor season, stole the headlines on Saturday by breaking the collegiate record in 1:59.10, one hundredth of a second faster than the previous record that stood for 27 years and just ahead of former Duck Laura Roesler (1:59.54). Wisconsin's Suzy Hamilton previously held the record since running 1:59.11 in 1990.
The Women of Oregon set another collegiate record just a couple hours before Rogers, breaking a mark that they themselves set just two weeks ago at the Florida Relays in the 4x100 relay. The quartet of Makenzie Dunmore, Deajah Stevens, Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington ran a winning time of 42.12 seconds to beat their previous top time of 42.34 and edge LSU (42.14) for the win and the record.
The Men of Oregon broke a record of their own in the 4x100. The foursome of Damarcus Simpson, Kyree King, Julius Shellmire and Marcus Chambers ran the fastest time in Oregon history in 39.18. In the 4x400, the team of Dunmore, Elexis Guster, Alaysha Johnson and Rogers ran the fifth-fastest time in school history in 3:27.98. For the men, Jonathan Harvey, Chin Ng, Cameron Stone and Marcus Chambers won their 4x400 invite heat in 3:07.30.
In the individual sprints, Stevens and Washington each set personal-bests to finish 1-2 in the invite 100 meters, with Stevens winning in 11.00 and Washington taking a close second in 11.06 in a field that featured former Duck greats Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd. Steven's time slots into fifth in UO history, while Washington's is sixth. The duo put on another impressive performance later in the day in the 200 meters, where Stevens took over the NCAA and world leads in 22.31 with Washington finishing in 22.93. Indoor 60-meter hurdle champion Sasha Wallace placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdle invite in 13.56,
Kyree King, who won two events yesterday in a homecoming for the redshirt senior, won the men's invite 100 meters in a lifetime best 10.23, good for fourth in Oregon history. Chambers ran well in the first 400 meters of his final outdoor season, taking second in 45.29. In the women's 400, Elexis Guster ran a solid time of 52.69, eighth-best in UO history, while Dunmore ran 53.05 and Ashante Horsley crossed in 54.49.
In the field events, senior Cole Walsh hit a new PR and finished as the top collegian in the field by clearing 5.50m/18'0.5". Walsh's mark is tied for fifth-best in UO history. Simpson, who took seventh in the long jump at NCAA Indoors, came in fourth in the invite long jump with a top leap of 7.66m/25'2".
How it Happened - Beach Invitational: A handful of Oregon distance runners and throwers wrapped up their weeks at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday. In the 800 meters, Jessica Hull led the Ducks with a seventh-place finish in 2:08.36, and freshman standout Katie Rainsberger was right behind in a PR 2:08.36. Emma Abrahamson crossed in 2:10.43. In the throws, freshman Maddie Rabing took eighth in the shot put with a PR toss of 14.98m/49'1.75", and Drake Brennan placed 14th in the men's discus at 53.26m/174'9" as the top Duck. Redshirt freshman Ronna Stone hit a PR in the discus at 48.45m/158'11".
What it Means: The Ducks continued their tremendous start to the outdoor season. Rogers added the fifth collegiate record of the 2016-17 season for the Women of Oregon, joining the women's DMR, Cunliffe in the 60 meters, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. This is the second collegiate record Rogers has been a part of this season (DMR), and the sixth overall for Oregon adding in Edward Cheserek's record in the mile.
Quotable: Head coach Robert Johnson
"A lot of good takeaways from this weekend. A lot of PRs, and that's something that we strive for every time we go out, to be able to give these kids a pat on the back for doing something they haven't done before. It's kind of hard to not mention those collegiate records today, both in the 4x100 and in the 800. For Raevyn, it's something we talked about as a freshman, so we're really happy and proud of a truly awesome accomplishment by her. It's unbelievable the amount of wins that the Ducks came away with down here in L.A., just a really good showing all the way around. A lot of good stuff on our end, and we're even more impressed with our support staff and operations people being able to operate three meets. We used this meet as a building block just as we do all of our meets, and now we'll get back to work and get ready for the Penn Relays."
Up Next: The Ducks will take next week in Eugene before getting back on the road for the Penn Relays (April 27-28) and the OSU High Performance Meet (April 28-29).