Oregon Takes Early Lead After Day One


Competing in a men’s dual meet against the second-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at the Oregon Relays this weekend, the fourth-ranked Ducks jumped out to an early 17-1 advantage with most of the competition scheduled to begin at noon today.

Using impressive efforts by Parker Stinson and Greg Skipper to lead the way, Oregon took the top two spots in both dual events yesterday–the 5000 meters and men’s hammer throw. Skipper got things going for the Ducks in the hammer throw, taking home first after throwing for an impressive distance of 62.80 meters on his final throw of the day. The Oregon freshman had reached a distance of 62.56 meters on his previous throw. He would also take home a victory in the non-dual meet hammer throw with a distance of 64.64 meters.

(Gary Breedove)
(Gary Breedove)

Miles Walk and Tanner Harris capped the impressive event for Oregon, finishing in 2nd and 3rd to give the Ducks a 1-2-3 finish in the hammer throw. Throwing for a distance of 56.42 meters, Walk bested teammate Harris for second, with Harris reaching a distance of 54.84 meters.

Devin Randall finished fourth in the event for the Razorbacks, with his best throw reaching a distance of 44.75 meters.

Leading the way for the Ducks later in the competition was Stinson, who paved the way for a 1-2 finish by Oregon in the 5000 meters. Separating himself from the other runners, Stinson finished with a time of 13:59.83, 10 seconds faster than teammate Matthew Melancon, who recorded a time of 14.09.37.

Solomon Haile of Arkansas placed third with a time of 14:13.08.

Competing in the non-dual meet portion of the Oregon Relays, the Ducks recorded wins from Jordan Hasay, Alyssa Monteverde, Lauren Crockett, Sammie Clark, Maggie Pietka, Ryan Pickering and Ryan Hunter-Simms.

Hasay found a relatively easy win in the women’s 5000 meters, finishing with a time of 16.01.54. Though Bridget Franek of Oregon Track Club Elite would finish just .04 second behind her with a time of 16:01.59, the two runners bested the rest of the field by 21 seconds.

Monteverde delivered one of the more thrilling performances of the night, dashing her way to an impressive victory in the 100 meter hurdles. Finishing with a time of 13.41 seconds in the event, Monteverde took first and also recorded the second-best time in the event in school history. Brianne Theisen currently holds the school record with a time of 13.30.

Another victory for the Ducks came in the women’s high jump, as Crockett set a personal best in the event to lead her to the win. Topping out at 1.81 meters (5-11.25), Crockett’s clearance also moved her up to sixth on the all-time list at Oregon.

Clark took home a win in the women’s pole vault, clearing a height of 3.80 meters (12-05.50) to see herself over Anna Jensen of Lane, who reached a height of 3.50 meters (11-05.75).

The final win for the Oregon women on day one of the Oregon Relays came in the form of Pietka, who finished with a distance of 11.72 meters in the women’s triple jump to see herself finish in front of Michele Turney of Oregon State.

Competing in the non-dual meet portion of the Oregon Relays, Pickering bested Layne Nixon of Arkansas in the men’s 10000 meters, finishing with a time of 29:48.52. Tate Kelly of Gonzaga finished in third.

Also competing in the non-dual meet portion was Hunter-Simms, who placed first in the men’s shot put with a distance of 16.30 meters. Finishing in second was Ron Perkins, a sophomore at Oregon who threw for a distance of 15.78 meters.

Competition on Saturday will begin at 10 am.

All photos are property Gary Breedlove