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Oregon women win 4×100 meter relay semifinals

It was a picture perfect finish for the Oregon women’s 4×100 meter relay team. With the home-filled crowd behind them, the Ducks made it look easy as they cruised to an easy win. In heat two of the prelims, the Ducks recorded an impressive 43.73 time against the likes of Kansas, Texas and Baylor as they now prepare for the upcoming final.

Phyllis Francis began the race off for the Ducks and set the tone for the rest of the race. As the home crowd anxiously awaited to see English Gardner in her first race of the day, they were soon up on their feet as Gardner gave the Ducks their first lead of the race in the second leg.

With two legs remaining, Gardner handed off the baton to Jenna Prandini as she watched her teammate take full control of the race. Prandini not only gave the Ducks a huge cushion, she essentially ended the race. Cruising to the finish line was Chizoba Okodogbe as Hayward Field erupted in applause after the impressive finish.

Finishing behind the Ducks were Kansas (44.32) and Texas (44.54). Despite both teams coming into today’s heat with better times, the Ducks managed to make it count in the semifinals. The Ducks now advance to the finals in the 4×100 meter relay, which will begin tomorrow.





Oregon men and women win Pac-12 Track and Field Championships again

The Oregon track and field team showed why Eugene is TrackTown USA. when both the men and women put on dominant performances in the Pac-12 Championships in Los Angeles this weekend. The women won their fifth consecutive conference championship, and the men won their seventh.

While Saturday and Sunday saw a mix of trials and finals, most of the finals took place on Sunday and Oregon was prominent on the medal stands in a litany of events.

For the women, the 200 meters was an all-UO affair, with English Gardner, Phyllis Francis and Jenna Prandini going 1-2-3, with Gardner’s 22.62 being a school record. In the 800 meters final, Laura Roesler led the way with a first place finish. Anne Kesselring came in third and Annie LeBlanc was fifth. In the 400, Phyllis Francis and Chizoba Okodogbe took first and second.

For the men, Elijah Greer won the 800 meters, Mike Berry was beaten just slightly in the 400, taking second. In the 110 meter hurtles, second and third place went to UO’s Johnathan Cabral and Trevor Ferguson. Mac Fleet placed third in the 1,500 meters.

More coming including final team point totals.

Patrignelli Sets Fourth-Best UO Steeple Time


Competing as the sole Oregon Ducks in the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday, Megan Patrignelli ran the fourth best 3,000 meter steeplechase in Oregon track and field history, finishing with a time of 10:17.29.

A junior for the Ducks, Partrignelli’s time was good enough for eighth in the event and bested her previous personal record by an impressive eight seconds.

Megan Patrignelli (Geoff Thurner/
Megan Patrignelli (Geoff Thurner/

Taking home first in the event was Alicia Nelson of Adams State with a time of 10:03.70. Michelle Finn (unattached) finished second, and Leslie Boozer of Georgia finished third.

Held at Historic Hilmer Lodge Stadium at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, the Mt. SAC Relays bring together some of the best track and field athletes in the nation, at all levels, to compete against one another. From high school to community college to elite competitions, the relays span the course of a week, with this years’ events kicking off on April 13 with the Mt. SAC Community College Invitational. Currently taking place are the Mt. SAC Collegiate/Elite/High School events.

The relays are considered to be one of the top track and field events of the early season, as it is one of the first opportunities for some of the top athletes in the nation to test their physical strength before the championships in the coming months.

Aside from Patrignelli, the Ducks have sent Katie Conlon, Alexandria Davidson, Phyllis Francis, Becca Friday, English Gardner, Anne Kesserling, Annie Leblanc, Chizoba Okodogbe, Sarah Penney, and Jenna Prandini to the 55th Annual Mt. SAC Relays.

Today’s participants from Oregon include Leblanc and Kesserling in the 1,500 meters, Okodogbe in the 200 meters, and Prandini in the 100 and 200 meters.

Oregon Men Take First, Women Second at Pepsi Invitational


The University of Oregon men’s track and field team used impressive efforts all across the board on a rainy day at Historic Hayward Field to continue their impressive season, overcoming the top-ranked Texas A&M Aggies at the Pepsi Team Invitational on Saturday.

Ranked fourth in the nation heading into the meet, the Ducks recorded victories in the 800 meters, 110 meter hurdles, 400 meter dash, hammer throw, and 5,000 meters. The Oregon women, ranked second in the nation heading, saw themselves finish second behind the No. 4 Aggies.

The Ducks’ men’s team recorded their first victory in the 110 meter hurdlers after runner-up finishes in the 4×100 meter relay, javelin throw, long jump, 1,500 meters, shot put, and pole valut. Johnathan Cabral jumped out of the gates and finished over half a second before Chris Williams of Washington with a time of 13.81 seconds.

(Gary Breedlove)
(Gary Breedlove)

Mike Berry then followed up Cabral’s win with a victory of his own in the 400 meters to give Oregon another nine points and place them in first after 10 events. His time of 46.20 seconds was quickly followed by Ricky Babineaux from Texas A&M, who finished second with a pace of 47.38 seconds. Kevin Anding finished third in the event with a time of 47.53 seconds to give the Ducks another six points.

The Aggies then recaptured the lead from Oregon with a first and second place finish in the 100 meters, as Prezel Hardy, Jr. recorded a time of 10.47 seconds and Michael Bryan finished with a time of 10.57 seconds to give Texas A&M an additional 16 points. De’Anthony Thomas finished third in the event with a time of 10.61 seconds to give Oregon six points.

Mac Fleet then jumped right out of the gates in the 800 meters and held off the rest of the field, finishing with a time of 1:48.70 to give the Ducks another nine points. Boru Guyota finished second in the event after an impressive closing effort that saw him run a 1:49.81.

Oregon would then place three competitors in the top-5 of the hammer throw, with Greg Skipper winning the event with a throw of 65.94 meters. Casey Strong of Texas A&M finished second with a distance of 59.05 meters.

After the Aggies used an impressive performance in the 200 meters to even the point total between them and the Ducks at 147.5, Oregon dazzled in the 5,000 meters as Jeramy Elkaim, Parker Stinson, and Matthew Melancon finished 1-2-3 in the event. Elkaim crushed the field in the event, running away from the competition with a time of 13:57.24, nearly eight seconds ahead of Stinson. Oregon then capped the day with a second place finish in the 4×400 meter relay, finish under a second behind Texas A&M’s time of 3:05.85.

On the women’s side of things, Oregon captured victories in the long jump, hammer throw, 1,500 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and the high jump.

The Duck women recorded their first victory on the day with a win by Jenna Prandini in the women’s long jump. She reached a distance of 5.97 meters to give Oregon an early advantage after nine events. LaQue Moen-Davis captured seven points in the event for the Aggies, jumping a distance of 5.90 meters. 

Jillian Weir then took first place in the next event to finish, the hammer throw, with a distance of 58.47 meters. Lauren Sens and Laura Bobek finished behind their Duck teammate to keep Oregon in the lead.

Jordan Hasay continued the trend of Oregon victories in the 1,500 meters, finishing with a time of 4:20.19. Becca Friday finished second behind Hasay with a time of 4:22.05 to give Oregon a valuable 16 points in the event.

After Texas A&M captured a victory in the 100 meter hurdles, Phyllis Francis gave the Ducks another win by finishing with a time of 52.55 seconds in the 400 meter dash. Laura Roesler then won the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.94. Teammate Anne Kesselring secured an additional seven points for the Ducks, finishing second in the event with a time of 2:05.69.

Oregon’s last women’s victory on the day came in the form of Lauren Crockett, who reached a height of 1.72 meters in the high jump.