Cross Country, Track and Field

UO Men Sweep National Academic Honors

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EUGENE, Ore. – Pairing success in the classroom and on the track, the Men of Oregon have been selected the National Scholar Team of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Individually, three-time national champion and The Bowerman finalist Cole Hocker was named the National Scholar Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
 
The two academic team awards are the first in program history for the UO men, and first indoor honor for the Pac-12 since Stanford was recognized in 2008. The Men of Oregon posted a 3.025 cumulative team GPA during the 2020-21 academic season.
 
The UO men won the 2021 NCAA Indoor team title with 79 points, the second-highest score in meet history. The Ducks then capped the outdoor season with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field.
 
Over the course of the two national meets, the Men of Oregon collected nine NCAA titles including six victories during the indoor meet. Hocker swept the mile and 3,000-meter titles at the NCAA Indoor Championships and won the 1500 meters in Eugene.
 
Individually, both the Men of Oregon had 11 All-Academic honors while the Women of Oregon racked up 13 All-Academic certificates. The UO women—3.263 cume GPA—also earned All-Academic team accolades.
 
Among qualifying criteria, student-athletes had to carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA while ranking in the top 96 in any championship event (indoor) or participated in any round of the NCAA Championships, preliminary site included (outdoor). Teams had to have at least a 3.0 collective GPA.
 
USTFCCCA All-Academic (individuals)
Men of Oregon
Isaiah Griffith
Cole Hocker
Pierce LaCoste
Steven Neumaier
Lucas Ribeiro
Mason Strunk
Cooper Teare
Max Vollmer
James West
Matt Wisner
Jack Yearian
 
Women of Oregon
Carmela Cardama Baez
Rhesa Foster
Alysah Hickey
Aneta Konieczek
Mia Moerck
Lauri Paredes
Kiana Phelps
Hannah Reinhardt
Mathilde Rey
Jaimie Robinson
Jaida Ross
Emily Sloan
Alessia Zarbo
 
All-Academic honors were announced Thursday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
 
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Hocker Named Finalist for The Bowerman

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EUGENE, Ore. – In recognition of his standout season, three-time NCAA champion Cole Hocker has been named one of three finalists for The Bowerman as announced Wednesday afternoon. Hocker is the ninth Oregon finalist overall—and fifth UO man—in the award’s history.
 
Named for legendary Oregon head coach Bill Bowerman and first awarded in 2009, The Bowerman is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female performer in collegiate track and field.
 
At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Hocker completed the mile-3000 double and became the first to sweep the two events since 2013. Hocker’s winning time in the mile of 3:53.71 broke the meet record of 2013 finalist Lawi Lalang. An hour later, Hocker was back on the track to lead a 1-2 finish with teammate Cooper Teare in the 3,000 meters to clinch the NCAA team title for the Men of Oregon.
 
Earlier in the season, Hocker became the No. 2 mile performer in NCAA history and No. 8 on the all-time world list with his 3:50.55 showing at the Tyson Invitational (Feb. 12). He trails only Teare (3:50.39 in the same race) on that collegiate list.
 
Along with his individual efforts during the indoor season, Hocked helped the UO men break the collegiate record and set an all-time world best in the distance-medley relay at the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 29). Hocker was the lead leg and teamed with Luis Peralta, Charlie Hunter and Teare for a time 9:19.42 to surpass the previous record of 9:24.52 set by Oregon one year prior. Hocker split 2:49.89 on his 1200-meter opening leg.
 
For his impressive achievements throughout the first two months of the 2021 campaign, Hocker was named the USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
 
Hocker capped his collegiate season with a victory in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field. He stopped the clock in a then-lifetime best of 3:35.35 to secure his third national title of the year. That time also made Hocker the fourth-fastest performer in NCAA history. Roughly 90 minutes later, the Indianapolis, Ind., native returned to the track for a fourth-place performance at 5,000 meters. Hocker’s time of 13:18.95 set another lifetime best and made him a top-15 performer in NCAA history.
 
In a show of his range, Hocker ranked among the top eight nationally in three events during the outdoor season. His marks at the NCAA Championships in the 1500 and 5,000 meters ranked second and fourth, respectively, and his 800-meter time of 1:46.39 from the Pac-12 Championships was the eighth fastest in the country.
 
Hocker was the Pac-12 champion at 5,000 meters to go along with a bronze showing in the 800 meters. Heading into the national meet, Hocker added USTFCCCA West Region Track Athlete of the Year to his list of honors.
 
Following the collegiate season, Hocker turned his attention to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials where he became the U.S. champion in the 1500 meters. Using a familiar kick he’d displayed throughout the season, Hocker crossed the finish line in 3:35.28 on his way to becoming an Olympian.
 
All-Time Oregon Finalists for The Bowerman
2009: Galen Rupp (winner), Ashton Eaton
2010: Ashton Eaton (winner), Andrew Wheating
2012: Brianne Theisen
2014: Laura Roesler (winner), Edward Cheserek
2015: Jenna Prandini (winner), Edward Cheserek
2016: Edward Cheserek
2017: Raevyn Rogers (winner)
2021: Cole Hocker
 
Hocker is joined by fellow finalists JuVaughn Harrison (LSU) and Turner Washington (Arizona State). The women’s finalists—Tara Davis (Texas), Tyra Gittens (Texas A&M) and Athing Mu (Texas A&M)—were announced Tuesday. This year’s winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 17 during the annual USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
 
The Bowerman voting panel consist of national and regional media personnel, track and field statisticians, NCAA collegiate administrators, past winners and presidents of affiliated organizations. USTFCCCA members and fans receive one collective vote apiece. Online fan voting is now open at http://thebowerman.org/vote and fans may vote up to five times per day. Online fan voting closes Tuesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. (PT).
 
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Hocker, Teare Named Bowerman Semifinalists

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EUGENE, Ore. – In recognition of their standout efforts throughout the 2021 collegiate season, Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare have been named two of the 10 men’s semifinalists for The Bowerman. The list of was announced Thursday afternoon. Award finalists will be announced at a later date.
 
Hocker won the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships for his third national title of the year. He crossed the finish line at Hayward Field in a time of 3:35.35 to become the No. 4 performer in collegiate history. He added a fourth-place national finish in the 5,000 meters. Hocker posted a personal-best time of 13:18.95 to become the No. 13 performer in NCAA history.
 
The Indianapolis, Ind., native was the Pac-12 champion in the 5,000 meters to go along with a bronze effort in the 800 meters. Hocker made his watch-list debut in March.
 
Having appeared on all seven watch lists this year, Teare capped his collegiate season with an NCAA title in the 5,000 meters. The Alameda, Calif., native stopped the clock in 13:12.27 to break the NCAA Championships meet record, surpass the previous UO record—13:14.8 by Bill McChesney Jr.—and record the No. 2 time in collegiate history.
 
Teare, the Pac-12 champion at 1,500 meters, currently ranks as the No. 10 performer on the all-time list for that event with his 3:35.97 at the Oregon Twilight (May 7). He was also the Pac-12 runner-up at 5,000 meters.
 
This year marks the fourth time—2010, 2014, 2016, 2021—the UO men have had multiple semifinalists for The Bowerman.
 
2010: Ashton Eaton, Andrew Wheating
2014: Devon Allen, Edward Cheserek
2016: Devon Allen, Edward Cheserek
2021: Cole Hocker, Cooper Teare
 
Named for legendary Oregon head coach Bill Bowerman and first awarded in 2009, The Bowerman is presented annually to the year’s most outstanding male and female performers in collegiate track and field.
 
Five Ducks have won The Bowerman, a list featuring Galen Rupp (2009), Ashton Eaton (2010), Laura Roesler (2010), Jenna Prandini (2015) and Raevyn Rogers (2017). Bowerman, Eaton and Rogers are three of the five UO icons depicted on the tower at Hayward Field.
 
The women’s semifinalists were revealed Wednesday. The Bowerman winner will be announced December 16 as part of the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando.
 
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No. 2 Ducks Collect Regional Accolades

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EUGENE, Ore. – In advance of next week’s NCAA Championships at Hayward Field, the Men of Oregon collected a trio of USTFCCCA regional accolades Friday. Robert Johnson and Ben Thomas were voted the West Region Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively, while Cole Hocker is the region’s Track Athlete of the Year.
 
The Men of Oregon, ranked No. 2 in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, are tied for the national lead with 15 entries in the NCAA Championships. Overall, the UO men will be represented by 13 individuals across nine events and the team’s 4×100-meter relay. Behind a meet-record 185 points, the Ducks won the 2021 Pac-12 Championships to extend their conference streak to 14 in a row.
 
Johnson was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for a fifth time after leading Oregon to the men’s title. On the men’s side, he will have two qualifiers at the national meet in Isaiah Griffith and Emmanuel Ihemeje in the triple jump. Ihemeje set a new school record of 16.98m/55-5 at the NCAA West Preliminary while Griffith recorded a season’s best of 16.20m/53-1.75 at the regional meet to secure his spot at NCAAs.
 
With Friday’s release, Johnson is now a six-time (2013-15, ’17-18, 2021) West Region Men’s Coach of the Year; eight overall including recognition as the top women’s coach in 2012 and 2016.
 
Hocker is a double qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Championships, having earned spots in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters. He accounted for 16 points at the Pac-12 Championships with a title run in the 5,000 meters and a third-place effort over 800 meters. The Indianapolis, Ind., native owns the nation’s top time at 5,000 meter (13:19.89) along with additional NCAA top-10 marks of 1:46.39 and 3:36.47, in the 800 and 1,500 meters, respectively.
 
Dating back to the 2007 season, Hocker is the fifth UO man to be named West Region Track Athlete of the Year. He joins the list that also includes Galen Rupp (2007, ’09), Andrew Wheating (2008, ’10), Kyree King (2017) and Cravon Gillespie (2019).
 
Thomas has seen his distance crew collect eight NCAA entries with at least two entries in three events including three in the 1,500 meters—Hocker, Reed Brown, James West. Thomas’ group accounted for 72 of the Ducks’ 185 points at the Pac-12 Championships, aided by conference titles from Hocker at 5,000 meters, Cooper Teare over 1,500 meters and Jackson Mestler in the steeplechase.
 
This marks the third such accolade for Thomas who was previously recognized as the top men’s assistant for the Southeast Region in 2017 and 2018 (Virginia Tech). Thomas is the two-time defending National Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
 
Oregon will host the 2021 NCAA Championships (June 9-12) at Hayward Field. The Ducks have 24 qualifiers—15 men, nine women—stemming from their collective efforts at the NCAA West Preliminary. In this week’s national rankings, the Men of Oregon hold steady at No. 2 for a third-consecutive week while the Women of Oregon are up to No. 8, tying a season-high position.
 
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Hocker, Teare Hold Steady on Watch List

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EUGENE, Ore. – Behind a pair of Pac-12 title performances last weekend, Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare maintain their spots on The Bowerman Watch List. The post-conference edition of the watch list was announced Thursday afternoon.
 
Hocker accounted for 16 points at the Pac-12 Championships with his victory at 5,000 meters and bronze showing in the 800 meters. He recorded a personal best of 1:46.39 in the 800 final and, in an hour’s time, was back on the track to run 13:32.68 over 5,000 meters to win his first Pac-12 title.
 
The Indianapolis, Ind., native currently owns top-10 national marks in three events with an NCAA-leading time of 13:19.98 over 5,000 meters. Hocker also ranks fourth in the 1,500 meters (3:36.47) and seventh in the 800 meters with his performance at the Pac-12 Championships. He is entered in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters for the upcoming NCAA West Preliminary.
 
Hocker: 2021 Season Bests
800 Meters – 1:46.39
800 Meters(i) – 1:48.44
1,500 Meters – 3:36.47
Mile – 3:50.55
3,000 Meters – 7:46.15
5,000 Meters – 13:19.98
 
Teare began his 2021 postseason campaign with a win in the 1,500 meters at the Pac-12 Championships, earning the second conference title of his career (5,000m – 2019). He stopped the clock in 3:39.81 in victory, and went on to add eight more points for the Men of Oregon with a runner-up effort in the 5,000 meters.
 
The UO standout ranks second nationally in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters. His 3:35.97 performance at the Oregon Twilight (May 7) makes him the No. 8 performer in collegiate history. Teare owns a season-best time of 13:20.24 for the 5,000 meters, which is where he will focus for the NCAA West Preliminary.
 
Teare: 2021 Season Bests
800 Meters – 1:48.99
800 Meters(i) – 1:49.29
1,500 Meters – 3:35.97
Mile – 3:50.39
3,000 Meters – 7:46.10
5,000 Meters – 13:20.24
 
Along with Hocker and Teare, redshirt freshman Emmanuel Ihemeje is receiving votes in the latest edition of The Bowerman Watch List. In his first appearance since the Hayward Premiere (April 3), Ihemeje broke the UO record with a mark of 16.60m/54-5.5 in a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championships.
 
Named for legendary Oregon head coach Bill Bowerman and first awarded in 2009, The Bowerman is presented annually to the year’s most outstanding male and female performers in collegiate track and field.
 
Five Ducks have won The Bowerman, a list featuring Galen Rupp (2009), Ashton Eaton (2010), Laura Roesler (2010), Jenna Prandini (2015) and Raevyn Rogers (2017). Bowerman, Eaton and Rogers are three of the five UO icons depicted on the tower at Hayward Field.
 
The next updates of the watch list are set for June 7 (women) and June 8 (men).
 
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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
 
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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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