Cross Country, Track and Field

Hocker Runs to National Lead, Pac-12 Honor

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EUGENE, Ore. – For a second time this season, Cole Hocker has been named the Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Week as announced Wednesday morning by the league office. Hocker won the invitational 5,000 meters at the Oregon Relays (April 23), and now ranks among the top 15 nationally in three events.
 
Hocker stopped the clock in 13:19.98, good for the fastest time in the NCAA this season. With the performance, he moves to No. 5 on the UO top-10 list and becomes the 12th fastest on the all-time collegiate list. Hocker now leads the Pac-12 in three events: 800 meters (1:46.60), 1,500 meters (3:38.99) and 5,000 meters.
 
Friday’s race produced the top-four times nationally including a 13:20.24 by Cooper Teare in a runner-up effort.
 
Through the first five weekends of the outdoor campaign, the Ducks have collected a combined 13 top-10 marks in the NCAA. Five of those times were posted this past weekend during the Oregon Relays and USATF Grand Prix.
 
Oregon in the NCAA Top 10 (as of April 25)
Women’s 100 Meters
3. Kemba Nelson – 11.08w*
 
Women’s 200 Meters
4. Kemba Nelson – 22.79w
 
Men’s 800 Meters
2. Cole Hocker – 1:46.60
6. Charlie Hunter – 1:47.21*
9. Luis Peralta – 1:47.55
 
Men’s 5,000 Meters
1. Cole Hocker – 13:19.98*
2. Cooper Teare – 13:20.24*
 
Women’s 5,000 Meters
5. Carmela Cardama Baez – 15:36.41*
 
Women’s 10,000 Meters
7. Carmela Cardama Baez – 32:57.01
 
Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase
6. Jackson Mestler – 8:44.84
 
Men’s 4x100m Relay
6. Williams/Bouchereau/Daniel/Nairne – 39.02
 
Men’s High Jump
3. Ben Milligan – 2.25m/7-4.5
 
Decathlon
6. Max Vollmer – 7,695 points
* – from the Oregon Relays/USATF Grand Prix
 
In Monday’s release of the USTFCCCA national rankings, the Men of Oregon were up to No. 3 while the Women of Oregon check in at No. 12, season-high spots for both teams.
 
This Ducks are back in action this weekend with competition at the OSU High Performance (April 30-May 1) in Corvallis and the Desert Heat Classic (May 1) in Tucson, Ariz.
 
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Ducks Host Oregon Relays, Welcome USATF Grand Prix

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EUGENE, Ore. – As part of its third home weekend of the season, the Oregon track and field team will host the Oregon Relays beginning Friday afternoon at Hayward Field. The meet will also feature the USATF Grand Prix as part of the organization’s Journey to Gold series.
 
Day one of the Oregon Relays begins at 2:45 p.m. (PT) with the women’s discus and running events are slated to start at 6 p.m. with the women’s 400-meter hurdles. The opening day will close out with loaded invitational fields for the 1,500 and 5,000 meters. In a bit of a homecoming, several past UO standouts are set to return to Hayward Field; full list below.
 
How to Follow
Oregon Relays (April 23-24)
Live Stream: RunnerSpacesubscription required
Live Results: FlashResults
 
USATF Grand Prix (April 24)
Live Stream: USATF.tv – 1-2 p.m.
Watch: NBCSN/Peacock – 2-4 p.m.
Live Results: FlashResults
 
Start Lists: Oregon Relays x USATF Grand Prix | Meet Schedule
 
Friday Spotlight
Ducks in the Invitational 5,000 Meters –
Women: Carmela Cardama Baez, Alessia Zarbo, Hannah Reinhardt, Moira O’Shea, Caramia Mestler
Men: Cooper Teare, Cole Hocker, Jackson Mestler, James West, Jack Yearian
 
Last time out, the Ducks combined for six wins at the dual-host West Coast Classic. Kemba Nelson (100m) and Jackson Mestler (3,000m SC) each posted NCAA top-10 performances in their respective wins. Nelson posted a winning time of 11.18 in Tucson while Jackson Mestler stopped the clock in 8:44.84 to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Full list of Ducks in the NCAA top 10 is below.
 
Ducks in the NCAA Top 10
MEN
100 meters – 10. Xavier Nairne – 10.20
800 meters – 2. Cole Hocker – 1:46.60
800 meters – 8. Luis Peralta – 1:47.55
1,500 meters – 10. Cole Hocker – 3:38.99
3,000m SC – 4. Jackson Mestler – 8:44.84
4x100m relay – 7. Williams/Bouchereau/Daniel/Nairne – 39.02
High jump – 3. Ben Milligan – 2.25m/7-4.5
Decathlon – 4. Max Vollmer – 7,695 points
WOMEN
100 meters – 6. Kemba Nelson – 11.18
200 meters – 4. Kemba Nelson – 22.79w
10,000 meters – 7. Carmela Cardama Baez – 32:57.01
3,000m SC – 9. Aneta Konieczek – 9:59.42
 
Through the first four weeks of their outdoor campaign, the Men of Oregon are ranked sixth in the most recent USTFCCCA poll while the Women of Oregon check in at No. 13 nationally.
 
Playing with the Pros
Charlie Hunter (800m), Kemba Nelson (100m) and Emily Sloan (100mH) are all scheduled to compete Saturday during the USATF Grand Prix. Prelims of the women’s 100 meters start at 1:15 p.m. (PT) with the men’s 800 at 3:25 p.m. and the 100-meter hurdles to follow at 3:33 p.m.
 
#ProDucks competing at Oregon Relays/USATF Grand Prix
MEN
Cravon Gillespie – 100m
Marcus Chambers – 400m
Johnny Gregorek – 1,500m
Eric Jenkins – 1,500m
Sam Prakel – 1,500m
Damarcus Simpson – long jump
WOMEN
Hannah Cunliffe – 100m
Jenna Prandini – 100m
Phyllis Francis – 400m
Susan Ejore – 800m
Raevyn Rogers – 800m
Alli Cash – 1,500m
Jessica Hull – 5,000m
Chaquinn Cook – triple jump
 
For more news and information about Oregon Track and Field, follow @OregonTF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
 

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Hocker Recognized for NCAA-Leading Times

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EUGENE, Ore. – Cole Hocker is the Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Week after his standout performance at the Hayward Premiere. This marks back-to-back conference honors for the Men of Oregon on the heels of last week’s recognition for Xavier Nairne and Ben Milligan.
 
Earlier this week, Hocker was named the USTFCCCA Men’s National Athlete of the Week. He is third Oregon man to win that award this season. Fellow The Bowerman Award Watch members Charlie Hunter (Feb. 2) and Cooper Teare (Feb. 16) were recognized during the indoor season.
 
In his first outing of the outdoor season, Hocker recorded NCAA-leading times in winning the invitational sections of the 800 and 1,500 meters at the Hayward Premiere. He began the weekend with a time of 3:38.99 in the 1,500 meters and returned the next day to run 1:46.60 over 800 meters. In addition to the national lead, Hocker’s effort in the 800 meters put him at No. 7 on the all-time program list.
 
Hocker was one of four UO men to dip below 1:50 in the 800 meters at the Hayward Premiere, pacing the quartet that also featured Luis Peralta (1:47.55), Cooper Teare (1:48.99) and Reed Brown (1:49.95). Peralta’s time put him at No. 10 on the Oregon top-10 list.
 
This marks the first time since 2013 (Cabral, Greer) for two Oregon men to earn Pac-12 weekly track honor in the same year. Two other times the same Duck has won twice in the same year with Devon Allen in 2016 and Cravon Gillespie in 2019.
 
Through their first two competitions of the outdoor season, the Ducks has collected 11 top-10 national marks with NCAA-leading performances from Hocker and Milligan in the men’s high jump.
 
Top-10 Marks in the NCAA (thru April 4)
Men’s 100m – 7. Xavier Nairne – 10.20
Men’s 200m – 8. Micah Williams – 20.47
Women’s 200m – 4. Kemba Nelson – 22.79w (+2.5)
Men’s 800m – 1. Cole Hocker – 1:46.60
Men’s 800m – 6. Luis Peralta – 1:47.55
Men’s 1,500m – 1. Cole Hocker – 3:38.99
Men’s 1,500m – 8. Reed Brown – 3:40.90
Women’s 10,000m – 6. Carmela Cardama Baez – 32:57.01
Women’s 3,000mSC – 4. Aneta Konieczek – 9:59.42
Men’s 4x100m – 7. Micah Williams / Gaston Bouchereau / Rieker Daniel / Xavier Nairne – 39.02
Men’s high jump – 1. Ben Milligan – 2.25m/7-4.5
 
Oregon will look to add to that list with a trio of entries—Max Vollmer, Dalen Hargett and Nathan Poff—at the Jim Click Combined Events in Tucson, Ariz. The Ducks’ first decathlon of the season begins Thursday at 11 a.m. (PT).
 
Vollmer is the reigning Pac-12 champion in the decathlon with his personal-best score of 7,964 points at the 2019 conference meet, also held in Tucson. Hargett owns a best of 6,827 points, also from the 2019 Pac-12 meet where he finished fifth. Poff will be making his UO debut in the decathlon. The redshirt sophomore carries a PR of 6,126 points from his time at Lane CC.
 
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