Track & Field

Ducks split, find NCAA qualifying success in Washington and New Mexico

One team, two meets, two different states.

One weekend of success.

Oregon’s track and field team concluded its final competition before the postseason championships, taking home multiple records, wins and NCAA qualifying positions. The team competed in both the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington, and the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Don Kirby Elite Invitational

In Seattle, the Oregon sprint women did what they do best: dominate.

On Saturday, Makenzie Dunmore and Hannah Waller ran personal-records (PR). Both sophomores ran NCAA qualifying times. Dunmore took first place with a time of 7.18 seconds in the 60-meters for the sixth-best time at Oregon. Waller won the 400-meters in 52.44 seconds, for Oregon’s third all-time best 400m time.

In Friday’s 200-meters, seven Ducks set PR’s in the event, with freshman Lauren Rain Williams finishing first overall with a PR of 23.26 seconds. Williams’ time is tied for 11th in the NCAA and ranks 15th in the world.

Junior transfer Briyahana DesRosiers finished second overall in 23.49, the ninth-best time in UO indoor history.

The five other women who ran personal-best in the 200m include Shae Anderson (23.70), Waller (23.86), Venessa D’Arpino (23.98), Rachel Vinjamuri (25.54) and Kaylah Robinson (24.59).

The defending NCAA Champion, Ariana Washington, finished fifth overall with a time of 23.73.

The Oregon women would finish the weekend in Seattle by winning the 4×400 meter relay. In a time of DesRosiers, Dunmore, Waller and Anderson, the Ducks completed the relay in 3 minutes and 30.18 seconds, the second-best time in the nation this season and the third-best all-time for Oregon.

The men of Oregon sprint team also took home the victory in the 60m and set PRs in the 400m on Saturday.

Junior Cravon Gillespie won the 60m in 6.68 seconds. In the 400m, Cameron Stone (46.37) and Orwin Emilien (47.08) ran PRs, with Stone’s time ranking third in Oregon indoor history.

In the men’s 200-meters on Friday, Gillespie finished second overall with a time of 21.08. Gillespie’s time moved him from seventh to fourth on Oregon’s all-time indoor list.

Representing Oregon in the jumps, Tristan James, a junior transfer from Lane Community College, won the men’s long jump with a top-jump of 25 feet and 6.25 inches (7.78 meters) Friday afternoon. His jump is not only a PR, but also the third-best mark in Oregon indoor history.

In the women’s triple jump, junior ChaQuinn Cook won with a jump of 43-0 (13.11m), improving her recently set school record.

Husky Classic

For the second consecutive meet, the men of Oregon placed four runners under the 4-minute mile mark. The Ducks finished 1-2, with senior Sam Prakel (3:56.89) taking the victory and freshman Reed Brown (3:57.23) finishing second. Senior Blake Haney broke the 4-minute barrier for the first time this season with a time of 3:59.01. Redshirt sophomore Mick Stanovsek placed sixth in 3:58.23

Prakel and Brown both ran NCAA qualifying times and PRs. The two moved into third and fourth on Oregon’s indoor mile list.

Known for a wide array of distance-running talent, Oregon set six personal bests over the two days.

In the 3,000-meters four Ducks ran PRs, each qualifying for the NCAAs.

In the women’s, Jessica Hull and Lilli Burdon joined former Duck Jordan Hasay, as the only three Ducks to ever break nine minutes. Hull (8:58.50) finished second overall on Saturday, with Burdon finishing third in 8:59.18.

On the men’s side, junior James West ran a PR of 7:51.23 and freshman Cooper Teare ran a PR of more than 20 seconds for a time of 7:53.66.

The Ducks also earned two NCAA Indoor Championship qualifying times in Friday’s 5,000-meters — both from redshirt sophomores and both personal best times.

Florida State transfer, Carmela Cardama Baez–finished eighth overall in 15:55.45, the ninth fastest time in UO indoor history. While Tanner Anderson finished fifth in a time of 13:43.43, the 10th best mark at Oregon.

King Ches reigns on

On the opposite side of the country, former Duck and seventeen-time NCAA champion, Edward Cheserek joined in on the triumph.

On Friday, running for Skechers Performance, Cheserek made history running the indoor mile in 3:49.44 at the David Hemery Invitational in Boston, Mass.

His wildly-impressive time is the second fastest in world history, a Kenyan record and the fastest time ran in the event since 1997. Cheserek is now just the fourth man ever to run a sub-3:50 indoor mile.

The Oregon track and field team will have one more chance to qualify for NCAA’s at the MPSF Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-24 in Seattle.

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Twins Venessa and Kerissa D’Arpino bring special connection to Oregon’s sprint team

There are few differences between Oregon sprinters, and twin sisters, Venessa and Kerissa D’Arpino.

Growing up in Grants Pass, Oregon, they lived in the same room together for 18 years, shared the same friends and drove the same car. The similarities continued on the track, where they run with an almost identical stride, and together have 21 North Valley High School track and field school records.

“I think people are blown away that twins can be on the same team, that twins can do the same thing,” Venessa said. “For us to be pretty identical in everything we do, and what we look like, it’s just mind-blowing to some people.”

After sprinting for three years at Oregon State, where Venessa set three school records, Team D’Arpino (a nickname given by a meet announcer) brings its stride to Oregon, where the sisters hope to build on the Ducks’ sprinting legacy.

Twins Venessa and Kerissa D’Arpino race side by side in a high school meet. The sisters transferred from Oregon State to Oregon this season. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Samuelson)

“This team is home. Like everybody is very welcoming,” Venessa said. “This is the dream school and a lot of people wish they could be here.”

Growing up as twins — Kerissa two minutes older than Venessa — the sisters naturally competed in everything; from grades to friends, to who had more money in their bank account.

“Learning how to ride a bike first or learning how to do anything, one always had to do it better,” said Sherry D’Arpino, their mother. “It was always, ‘Who did something first?’”

Together, the D’Arpino twins started track and field in the seventh grade, but it wasn’t until the end of their sophomore year of high school their sibling-competition formed a backbone to their motivation.

“They had a drive I have yet to see in another athlete in my 10 years of coaching,” North Valley sprinting coach Terry Guthrie said. “It was one of those things that you could see it in their eyes and in their body language and the way they approached their competitions. They just had that thing that other athletes didn’t.”

That drive helped them make North Valley history.

At the 4A Oregon High School Track and Field State Championships their junior year, Venessa swept all three sprints with school-record times. It was the first time that someone from North Valley had swept all three races in the 4A state championships since 1998 when Guthrie did it.

The following year, Kerissa won the 100m and 200m while Venessa took the 400m-title in the state meet. The twins’ record times that year helped the North Valley women win their first ever 4A State Championship.

“They changed the face of North Valley,” said North Valley head coach Aaron Samuelson. “It almost seems unreal with some of the things that they were doing.”

As a Duck, Venessa set a personal record in the 60-meter dash at the UW Indoor Preview in January. Kerissa is out this indoor season but hopes to return after recovering from detached rectus femoris muscle surgery.

“With Kerissa being down, Venessa is all, ‘I have to be good, not for both of us, but for our name,’” said Brian D’Arpino, their father.

Even though they have trained and competed with each other their whole lives, the twins have learned that crossing the finish line is something they have to do separately.

“In high school, one time we actually tried to hold hands as we were finishing the 100-meter dash,” Venessa said. “We went to grab each other’s hand and one went backward and one went forward, it was like a slingshot. We almost got disqualified for crossing lanes and we ran really slow times, but it was worth the memory for us.”

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A Decade Of Champions

photo courtesy - Paul W. Harvey IV

photo courtesy – Paul W. Harvey IV

It’s ten straight for the men, eight for the women as the Oregon Ducks demolished the rest of the conference at the Pac-12 Track & Field championships at Husky Track in Seattle.

With their 17th conference title the men’s team tied UCLA for the conference record. Both the men and women now hold the conference mark for consecutive championships.

On the men’s side, footballer slash NCAA champion 110m hurdler Devon Allen was named the Athlete of the Meet to pace the Ducks to a 155.60 point total, easily outdistancing second place Washington’s 122.

The women did that and more, outpointing second place USC by 73.5 points, 185 to 111.50. Hannah Cunliffe was tabbed as the female Athlete of the Meet giving the Ducks an across the board sweep of the trophies.

Allen scored 27.5 points for the Ducks with a first in the 110m hurdles and the 200m, a third in the 100m and a third with the 4X100 team.

Cunliffe won the 100m (11.08), 200m (22.49) and was part of the Ducks winning 4X100 relay.

With conference trophies in hand, Oregon now turns attention to defending the national championships each team won last June.

The NCAA West Preliminary Round will be held in Lawrence, Kansas, May 26-28 with the NCAA Championships returning to Hayward Field June 8-11.

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Oregon Women Take Pepsi Invitational Title

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An abbreviated home outdoor track & field schedule opened with the Pepsi Invitational Saturday at Hayward Field.

The Oregon women took the team title on the heels of a pair of dynamic results in the sprints, while the men were forced to settle for a tie with Penn State for top honors.

NCAA 800 meter champion Raevyn Rogers broke the tape first to give the Ducks the win in the 4X400 relay to secure the win for the women.

The 4X100 team – Jasmine Todd, Deajah Stevens, Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington set a school mark with a time of 42.88.

Washington also set a meet record with an 11.34 clocking in the 100m to win that event as well.

Oregon also picked up first place finishes in the 100m hurdles (Alaysha Johnson with a meet record 13.06) and the 400m (Ashante Horsley in 54.67).

On the men’s side, Greg Skipper’s toss of 224’ 10” in the hammer and Marcus Chambers 46.82 in the 400m were both good for first place points.

Helped considerably by members of the Oregon football team, the Ducks also posted points in the 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles and the 4X100.

After missing a year due to injury, Devon Allen’s return to the track has been spectacular with first place finishes in both hurdle events (13.40 – meet record and 52.25, respectively) in addition to joining football teammates Kirk Merritt and Tony Brookes-James to win the relay with a time of 40.06.

Up next are the annual Oregon Relays, running Thursday, April 14th through Saturday, April 16th at Hayward Field.

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Lady Ducks Defend MPSF Crown

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photo courtesy – Paul W. Harvey IV

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The Oregon women’s track and field team was crowned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Champions, Saturday, as both the men’s and women’s teams concluded their final tune up before the NCAA Indoor Championships.

“Overall it was a success,” said head coach Robert Johnson. “Like most championship meets, you have the good and the bad. We had some specific agendas going into the meet, in terms of what we wanted to get done, and we were able to achieve most of those this weekend.”

After adding some NCAA qualifying marks on Friday night, the Ducks accomplished a few more of those agenda items on Saturday, first with Brittany Mann notching an NCAA qualifying mark in the women’s shot put. The junior came out ready to go and threw a season-best of 56-0.50 (17.08m) on her first attempt to win the event and extend her indoor season.

Mitch Modin put together a clutch performance in his last gasp to qualify for the NCAA heptathlon. Modin came into the day ahead of his personal record pace and started day two with a career best in the 60 hurdles (8.26). From there, the junior cleared 14-9 (4.50m) in the pole vault and collapsed at the finish line after a 2:45.72 in the 1,000. The Bend, Ore., native finished with a big personal best of 5,713 points, moving to fourth on the UO record list and putting him in NCAA qualifying position.

“It was great for Mitch to gut it out in the 1,000,” Johnson said. “Not enough can be said about his teammates there – Joe Delgado and Blake Kemp who helped him along. I’m proud of all three of our heptathlon guys and very excited for Mitch.”

The accomplishment will be a little extra sweet for Modin who makes his first NCAA Indoor Championships after he missed last year’s meet by three points.

Devon Allen set a personal record in his win of the 60 hurdles, breaking  nearly every record that stood before him. Allen’s time of 7.60 broke Johnathan Cabral’s school record, the MPSF meet record, Ashton Eaton’s Dempsey Indoor record and also made him the NCAA co-leader heading into the national meet in two weeks.

“It’s something where we continue to monitor him and bring him along slowly, but his performance today was absolutely phenomenal,” said Johnson.

The wins started to pile up for the Oregon women. In the women’s 60 hurdles, the Ducks received a 1-2 finish from Sasha Wallace and Alaysha Johnson. Wallace crossed the finish line in 8.07, marking her third-consecutive win in the event and the fourth time she has dropped below 8.10 this season. Johnson finished on her heels in 8.17, just off her personal best of 8.12 set earlier this season.

The Ducks recorded another 1-2 finish in the women’s mile thanks to Ashley Maton (4:38.32) and Lilli Burdon (4:39.42), while Alli Cash finished out the women’s distance events with a personal record of 9:10.55 in the 3,000 to take fifth.

Four Ducks scored in the women’s 60, led by sophomore Hannah Cunliffe who won in a time of 7.21, just missing her personal record by one hundredth of a second. Jasmine Todd took third in 7.37 followed by Ariana Washington in fifth (7.43) and Deajah Stevens in seventh (7.48).

In the men’s 3,000, Matthew Maton used a six-second personal best to finish fourth in 7:53.16 and was followed by Chris Brewer who broke the 8-minute mark for the first time in his career with a personal best of 7:58.56. Maton’s time moves the freshman up to No. 9 on the Oregon all-time list.

The men received points from Marcus Chambers who finished third in the men’s 400 (46.92) as well as Ryan Gil who set a personal best while finishing sixth in the mile in 4:01.12 and Kirk Merritt with a seventh-place finish in the 60 (6.84).

The women finished with a total of 108 points, ahead of second-place Stanford (73.75) and third-place USC (59). The men finished fourth with 72 points.

An official announcement for the NCAA Championships field is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. PT.

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Ducks Set Qualifying Marks at MPSF Championships

Devon Allen wins his heat in the 60m hurdles at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle. Photo courtesy - Paul W. Harvey IV

Devon Allen wins his heat in the 60m hurdles at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle. Photo courtesy – Paul W. Harvey IV

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The Oregon track and field team added a few more names to its NCAA entry list after some noteworthy performances at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Friday.

The night ended with some dramatics as the men’s distance medley relay entered the meet on the outside of the NCAA Championships field looking in. With this being the final chance for the team to qualify, the quartet of Blake Haney, Ben Thiel, Grant Grosvenor and Sam Prakel took to the track.

After three strong legs, Prakel, who has already broken four minutes in the mile this season, took the baton for the 1,600 meter anchor leg just on the heels of his opposition from Cal. As he entered the final 400 meters it appeared the pace had slowed from the necessary qualifying time which was set at 9:30.6. It was then that Prakel took off at the urging of his teammates and coaches with enough in the tank to lean across the finish line in 9:29.89 for the No. 10 time in the country, qualifying for the national meet.

The Ducks added a few more qualifying marks in the women’s 200 as Deajah Stevens led a trio of Ducks while shattering both the Dempsey Indoor and MPSF Championships records. Stevens won the event in 23.14 which is tied for seventh in the NCAA this season while her teammate Hannah Cunliffe took second in 23.24. Cunliffe, who already sits at No. 3 in the nation in the 60, is now at tied at No. 12 in the 200. Sophomore Ariana Washington took fourth place in a season best of 23.43.

Greg Skipper won the men’s weight throw for the third time this season, setting a season best in the process. Both Skipper’s first and last throw surpassed 72 feet and it was his first attempt that stood to win the competition by nearly five feet at 72-6.5 (22.11m).

A portion of the day was spent in preliminaries where the Oregon athletes advanced in droves. The Ducks were a perfect 3-for-3 in qualifying for the 60 hurdles. Sasha Wallace and Alaysha Johnson secured the top two spots in the women’s race, finishing in 8.14 and 8.15, respectively. Devon Allen recorded the second fastest time in the men’s prelim, winning his heat in 7.88.

Half of the women’s 60 meter finals field will be made up of Ducks as Cunliffe (7.28), Jasmine Todd (7.32), Stevens (7.40) and Washington (7.42) all advanced through the preliminaries. It was another impressive mark for Stevens, as the personal record was the sixth-fastest time of the day and slotted her ninth on the Oregon all-time list.

Kirk Merritt set a personal best in the men’s 60 with a time of 7.77 and will take part in tomorrow’s final.

Mitch Modin finished the first day of the heptathlon in second place with 3,225 points, only 32 points out of the lead. Modin was propelled by a personal best in the long jump of 23-7.25 (7.20m) and ended the day with an indoor PR of 6-6.25 (1.99m) in the high jump. The junior, who is looking for an NCAA qualifying mark, is on record pace after finishing the day 71 points ahead of his previous first-day best from 2015 (3,154).

Cole Walsh set an indoor best in the pole vault of 17-3.75 (5.28m). The redshirt junior took three more good attempts at 17-9.75 which, would have been a personal best, but came up just short to finish tied for third in the event.

Brittany Mann finished second in the women’s weight throw after tossing a best of 64-8 (19.71m) on her third attempt.

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Cheserek, Ducks Sweep Dellinger Meet

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EUGENE, Ore. – Edward Cheserek won for the ninth time in the last 10 races to lead the Oregon cross country teams to a sweep of the season-opening Bill Dellinger Invitational on a warm Friday evening on Pre’s Trail at Alton Baker Park.

The No. 6 Men of Oregon won with 15 points, followed by Gonzaga with 46 and Portland State with 85. On the women’s side, the sixth-ranked Ducks won with 23 points. Gonzaga scored 35 and PSU had 78.

How It Happened – Men: Oregon dominated from the outset with as many as 10 Ducks running in a large lead pack for most of the race. Paced by Cheserek, Oregon’s top five moved to the lead on the final lap and finished first through fifth for a perfect 15 point score. Finishing within a second of Chererek were Sam Prakel (24:26.0), Travis Neuman (24:26.1), Matthew Melancon (24:26.2) and Jake Leingang (24:26.3). The Ducks also had Chris Brewer in eighth (25:20.9) and Bryan Fernandez ninth (25:21.1).

How It Happened – Women: Oregon and Gonzaga waged a back-and-forth battle throughout most of the race before Oregon used its considerable depth to put the race away. It was the first career win for Cash, a sophomore from Lenexa, Kan., who crossed the line in 20:27.5. Senior Waverly Neer continued right where she left off from her all-America performance at the NCAA Outdoor meet with a runner-up showing in 20:29.5. Sophomore Frida Berge was the third UO runner across the line, finishing fifth in 20:39.6. Duck newcomer Emma Abrahamson and junior Ashley Maton locked up the victory for the Ducks by coming in seventh and eighth, respectively. Abrahamson, a sophomore transfer from Vanderbilt finished her first race as a Duck in 21:01.5, with Maton at 21:14.9.

What It Means: While more of a race to shake out the cobwebs than anything else, the Ducks proved they are certainly deserving of their No. 6 national rankings for both teams. The Ducks also showed tremendous depth with a tight :01 spread among the top five men’s runners, and Cash and Neer taking the reins in the women’s race with veterans Molly Grabill, Annie Leblanc and Maggie Schmaedick sitting out the opener.

Odds and Ends: One of the more encouraging sights on Friday was redshirt freshman Sarah Baxter making her debut in an Oregon uniform. One of the top distance recruits of the class of 2014 finished 10th overall in 21:37.7, but her time was irrelevant as she works to get back to full speed following an injury that has kept her from running for much of the last two years…In 13 career cross country starts, Cheserek has now won 13 times. He has never finished lower than fourth in a cross country race…It was an encouraging season opener for Leingang who struggled last year as a sophomore with no finishes better than 24th…The meet began with a moment of silence in honor of the 14th anniversary of 9/11.

What’s Next: Fall training camp in Sunriver, Ore., followed by the Washington Invitational, Oct. 2, Seattle, Wash.

Quoteworthy: “Alli Cash has been on the cusp of being pretty good here. She made the NCAA meet as a freshman, and she made it again last year. She is getting better and really she is right there, so it was good to see her take a really positive step in the right direction,” said Oregon assistant coach Maurica Powell.

“For those guys to pack it up and run together, that was really kind of the main objective. We weren’t quite able to do that last year and spread out a little bit. If they already have that figured out now, it’s going to make my job a lot easier,” said associate head coach Andy Powell.

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Track and Field: Ashton Eaton Breaks Own World Decathlon Record, Looks Ready For More Olympic Gold

I would prefer that Oregon native, University of Oregon graduate and Eugene resident Ashton Eaton only break the decathlon world record at his home track, the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, and maybe he would as well. But athletes can’t choose where and when they break a record. If they train and prepare well enough […]

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World record for Ashton Eaton

Oregon graduate Ashton Eaton set records for the Ducks and now holds the world record in the decathlon after a sizzling performance at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

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