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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.

Liz Brenner nominated for SI College Athlete of the Year

When you’re a four sport athlete at the division one level, people tend to take notice. First it was the AAU, which made Brenner the only collegiate finalist for the prestigious Sullivan Award — the AAU’s equivalent of the Heisman — and now it’s Sports Illustrated, which has nominated Brenner for Female College Athlete of the Year.

The sophomore has made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances with the volleyball team, played with Mike White and the softball team in the Women’s College World Series, spent two seasons on Paul Westhead’s basketball team and even won the javelin competition at the Oregon Twilight. Her main focus in college has been volleyball, though she initially joined the basketball and softball teams when injuries opened up roster slots.

Also nominated is Baylor star Brittney Griner, Taylor Thornton of Northwestern lacrosse, Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU track and North Carolina field hockey player Loren Shealy. Trey Burke and Kahled Holmes are among the nominees for the men’s award.

 

Photo Essay: Pepsi Invitational Track Meet

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It was a strong outing for the men and women’s track teams in the Pepsi Invitational at Eugene’s Historic Hayward Field. The men came out strong for a first place finish with the women grabbing second place behind Texas A&M. Football stars like De’Anthony Thomas and Dior Mathis flashed their speed on the track as well. Thomas finished third in the 100m with a time of 10.61 seconds to give Oregon six much needed points.

All photos copyright Gary Breedlove for EDN

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