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Ducks Thrive in Dual-Site West Coast Classic

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EUGENE, Ore. – Competing in the dual-host West Coast Classic, the Oregon track and field team recorded six wins and seven top-10 program performances. In the team competition, the Men and Women of Oregon out-distanced the field with 134 and 138 points, respectively.
 
In the unique format, the West Coast Classic featured a seven-team field—Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, Oregon and UCLA—that split its teams with sprints and jumps competing in Tucson, Ariz., and distance and throws competing at Hayward Field in Eugene.
 
The Ducks’ first win of the day came from Alysah Hickey in Tucson, where she led a 1-2 finish for the Women of Oregon in the long jump with Rhesa Foster. In her final attempt of the competition, Hickey moved from fourth to first with her jump of 6.47m/21-2.75, a mark that also makes her the No. 4 performer in UO history. Foster tallied a day’s best of 6.36m/20-10.5 in the fifth round.
 
“I would have like to see what my second attempt was because it felt like a big one but I scratched,” Hickey said. “With the last jump, I proved to myself what I could really do when it comes together. Every (indoor) meet, I felt like I was doing a little better but not what I am capable of so it was good for me to just step back and re-focus.”
 
Saturday marked Foster’s first long jump in a UO kit since the 2020 indoor season.
 
Oregon added another program top-10 mark from Tori Sloan in the high jump who finished second overall with a 1.78m/5-10 clearance. The effort ties the No. 8 performance in UO history, and Sloan becomes the first to crack the program top 10 in the event since 2014. Hickey, in her second event, and Dominique Ruotolo each established personal bests with clearances of 1.73m/5-8.
 
In Eugene, the Ducks got into the winner’s circle with Jackson Mestler in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Having not competed in the event since the summer of 2019, Mestler stopped the clock in 8:44.84, just .12 off his PR. Based on times reported through Saturday evening, his time currently ranks third in the NCAA.
 
“It’s a beautiful day with sunny weather,” Mestler said. “People travel around the country to get weather like this and we happened to have it here this weekend so I wanted to take advantage of it and just go.”
 
Kemba Nelson, the NCAA champion at 60 meters, made her season debut at 100 meters and recorded a winning time of 11.18 that puts her at No. 7 on the all-time UO performance list. She later posted a wind-legal personal best of 23.03 to finish second in the 200 meters. Nelson opened the outdoor campaign with a wind-aided 22.79 at the Aztec Invitational.
 
Gaston Bouchereau and Jonathan Harvey were double winners Saturday, each as a leg of the Ducks’ 4×100-meter relay and then separately in the 100 meters (10.29) and 400-meter hurdles (51.14), respectively. Harvey’s busy day also featured a personal best of 14.02 in the 110-meter hurdles where he finished second overall. In addition to the PR in the 100 meters, Bouchereau added a time of 21.01 as a new career best in the 200 meters.
 
The Ducks’ 4×100-meter relay posted a time of 39.20 and featured Harvey, Bouchereau, Rieker Daniel and Jacoby McNamara.
 
In the women’s triple jump, Dominque Ruotolo, Lexi Ellis and Jaimie Robinson finished 2-3-4, respectively, all with UO top-10 marks. After Saturday’s competition, that list includes Ruotolo (12.99m/42-7.5) in fifth overall, Ellis (12.96m/42-6.25) in a tie for sixth and Robinson (12.82m/42-0.75) in ninth.
 
The first event on the track in Tucson was the women’s 100-meter hurdles where Emily Sloan lowered her PR to 13.16, which strengthened her hold on the No. 4 spot in program history.
 
Freshman Elliott Cook was just out-leaned at the tape in the men’s 800 meters in Eugene but posted a personal best of 1:49.98 to become the fifth UO man to dip below 1:50 this season. Along with Cook, that group includes Cole Hocker (1:46.60), Luis Peralta (1:47.55), Cooper Teare (1:48.99) and Reed Brown (1:49.95).
 
In another mid-distance highlight in Eugene, Hannah Reinhardt—NCAA indoor qualifier at 5,000 meters—took more than nine seconds off her previous PR in the 1,500 meters. She entered the race with a best of 4:24.05 from 2019 but crossed the line Saturday in 4:14.91, second to Stanford’s Ella Donaghu (4:14.15). Reinhardt was one of four Ducks—Mia Moerck, Melissa Berry and Caramia Mestler—to PR in the race.
 
“I haven’t run the (1,500 meters) in almost two years so it was time,” Reinhardt said. “I wanted to commit to a hard pace right off the rip and go for it to see what I could churn out. We’re going through a heavy training block right now so I just wanted to get some work in.”
 
Up Next: The Ducks will host the Oregon Relays (April 23-24) at Hayward Field. As part of the Journey to Gold series, day two of the meet will feature the USATF Grand Prix. More information including broadcast details and entries will be announced as it becomes available.
 
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Vollmer Posts NCAA Lead in Decathlon

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TUCSON, Ariz. – In his first decathlon since the 2019 NCAA Championships, redshirt sophomore Max Vollmer posted an NCAA-leading score of 7,695 points to win the two-day, 10-event competition at the Jim Click Multis. Teammates Nathan Poff—with a near 700-point PR—and Dalen Hargett finished sixth and ninth, respectively.
 
Entering the day in second place overall, Vollmer pulled to within nine points of the lead with the help of a personal best of 42.60m/139-9 in the discus. He replaced his previous best of 41.01m/134-6 from last week’s Hayward Premiere. Vollmer took over the lead with another all-time best, this time a 5.00m/16-4.75 clearance in the pole vault.
 
Vollmer extended his lead in the javelin, and with a national-qualifying score in sight, cruised through the 1,500 meters. His total of 7,695 takes over the early season NCAA lead, surpassing the previous top score of 7,536 points. At season’s best the top 24 scores in the country will advance to the NCAA Championships (June 9-12) at Hayward Field.
 
Poff entered the weekend with a personal-best score of 6,126 points from his time at Lane CC. With the help of six PRs over the 10-event competition, Poff posted a final score of 6,807 points at the Jim Click meet. Three of the six all-time bests came Friday with his efforts in the discus, pole vault and javelin. In the final event, Poff was second in the 1,500 meters.
 
Hargett finished the meet with a score of 6,575 points, good for ninth place overall. In the javelin, the Newport, Ore., native posted a day’s best of 54.64m/179-3 in his first attempt. The mark was good for third in the event and was his best in the event since the 2016 Big Sky Championships during his time at Montana State.
 
Jim Click Multis – Decathlon Day 2
1. Max Vollmer – 7,695 points (total)
               3. 110m hurdles – 14.85 (-1.1) [868]
               1. Discus – 42.60m/139-9 (PR) [718]
               2. Pole vault – 5.00m/16-4.75 (PR) [910]
               1. Javelin – 60.04m/196-11 [738]
               11. 1,500m – 5:18.58 [457]
6. Nathan Poff – 6,807 points (PR) (total)
               13. 110m hurdles – 16.06 [726]
               9. Discus – 35.29m/115-9 (PR) [569]
               11. Pole vault – 4.10m/13-5.25 (PR) [645]
               8. Javelin – 48.26m/158-4 (PR) [563]
               2. 1,500m – 4:37.08 [699]
9. Dalen Hargett – 6,575 points (total)
               9. 15.73 (-1.2) [763]
               11. Discus – 33.05m/108-5 [525]
               13. Pole vault – 3.90m/12-9.5 [590]
               3. Javelin – 54.64m/179-3 [658]
               8. 1,500m – 4:59.43 [563]
 
Next week, the Ducks will compete in the West Coast Classic, which will feature co-host duties for Oregon and Arizona. The meet will have a seven-team field that will split between the two locations: distance and throw events in Eugene, and sprint and jump events in Tucson. The West Coast Classic is set for Saturday, April 17.
 
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Vollmer in Second at Jim Click Multis

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TUCSON, Ariz. – After day one of the decathlon at the Jim Click Multis, redshirt sophomore Max Vollmer sits in second place overall with 4,004 points. Vollmer is one of three Ducks currently in the top 10 along with Nathan Poff (3,605 points) in sixth and Dalen Hargett (3,476 points) in 10th place.
 
The competition resumes Friday at 10 a.m. (PT) with the 110-meter hurdles.
 
Vollmer finished among the top four in four of five events Thursday including a first-place result in the shot put where he got the implement out to 15.48m/50-9.5, a new outdoor personal best. During the day, Vollmer also established season best in the long jump (6.86m/22-6.25) and high jump (1.82m/5-11.5). He bookended his day with times of 10.88 and 48.78 in the 100 and 400 meters, respectively.
 
Vollmer enters the weekend with a decathlon PR of 7,964 points from the 2019 Pac-12 Championships where he is the reigning champion. Hakim McMorris of Cal leads the competition with 4,146 points.
 
In his UO decathlon debut, Poff recorded personal bests in three of five events with marks of 11.10 in the 100 meters, 1.85m/6-0.75 in the high jump and 49.50 in the 400 meters. Poff enters the meet with a personal best of 6,126 points at the 2019 NWAC Southern Region Championships from his time at Lane CC.
 
Hargett’s day was highlighted by a PR in the shot put where he finished second in the event behind Vollmer. He finished with a mark of 14.21m/46-7.5, more than three feet past his previous best. Hargett carries a decathlon personal-best score of 6,827 points from the 2019 Pac-12 Championships where he was fifth.
 
Jim Click Multis – Decathlon Day 1
2. Max Vollmer – 4,004 points
               3. 100m – 10.88 (-2.1) [888]
               4. Long jump – 6.86m/22-6.25 (SB) [781]
               1. Shot put – 15.48m/50-9.5 (PR) [819]
               12. High jump – 1.82m/5-11.5 (SB) [644]
               2. 400m – 48.78 [872]
6. Nathan Poff – 3,605 points
               5. 100m – 11.10 (+1.2) (PR) [838]
               10. Long jump – 6.54m/21-5.5 [707]
               11. Shot put – 11.10m/36-5 [552]
               8. High jump – 1.85m/6-0.75 (PR) [670]
               5. 400m – 49.50 (PR) [838]
10. Dalen Hargett – 3,476 points
               9. 100m – 11.33 (+1.2) [789]
               15. Long jump – 6.21m/20-4.5 (-1.0) [632]
               2. Shot put – 14.21m/46-7.5 (PR) [741]
               14. High jump – 1.73m/5-8 [569]
               10. 400m – 51.55 [745]
 
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Wins Highlight Hayward Premiere Finale

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EUGENE, Ore. – Closing out an incredible home weekend at Hayward Field, the Oregon track and field team recorded five wins and four top-10 program marks Saturday on day two of the Hayward Premiere. NCAA indoor champions Cole Hocker and Emmanuel Ihemeje were part of the Ducks’ winner’s circle along with Iman Brown (200m), Jaida Ross (shot put) and Kiana Phelps (discus).
 
“It was a great day to be a Duck,” head coach Robert Johnson said following the meet. “The weather gods held up for us and it was an absolutely glorious day. We couldn’t ask for a better day this early in the month of April. Lots of wins for the Men and Women of Oregon and lots of top 10s on our UO record lists with a bunch of PRs. Like I’ve said, those are things we celebrate here: doing better than you’ve ever done.”
 
A day removed from a victory in the invitational section of the 1,500 meters, Hocker collected his second win of the weekend with a 1:46.60 performance in the 800 meters. Sitting in fourth place with 100 meters to go, Hocker put in a final kick down lane one as the field swung wide. Based on times entering the weekend, Hocker’s effort is No. 1 in the NCAA and now ranks seventh on the all-time UO list.
 
“I’m really happy with pretty much the same feeling as yesterday with how I was able to run with the point we are in training,” Hocker said. “Having speed at this point so early in the season gives me a lot of confidence in what I’m able to do at the end of races especially when I’m in peak shape.”
 
Hocker and Luis Peralta—third in 1:47.55—were two of four UO men to dip below 1:50 on Saturday. In the heats earlier in the program, Cooper Teare and Reed Brown posted times of 1:48.99 and 1:49.95, respectively. Peralta moves to 10th in program history with his showing Saturday.
 
The Ducks’ first winner of the day was Phelps in the discus with a day’s best of 51.94m/170-5 in the fourth round. She also posted a runner-up finish in the shot put behind Ross who became the newest member of the Oregon top-10 club. Ross won the competition in 15.53m/50-11.5 which makes her the No. 8 performer in UO history in the event.
 
“It’s insane, just being in the middle of Hayward (Field) and feeling everyone’s energy just gravitating toward the middle,” Ross said. “It’s great. It got me on my toes pretty quickly so my first three throws weren’t the best but eventually I just picked up and went with it. But it feels amazing.”
 
In his first outing since winning the NCAA indoor title, Ihemeje won the triple jump on Saturday with a short-approach mark of 15.87m/52-0.75 which sits at No. 6 on the all-time UO performance list.
 
Iman Brown led a 1-2-3 finish for the Women of Oregon in the 200 meters, stopping the clock in 23.79 to post the team’s final win of the day. She was followed by teammates Gabby Beauvais (24.13) and Megan Bolton (24.26). Earlier in the day, Brown had a second-place finish in the 100 meters.
 
Along with their winning efforts, the Ducks racked up 13 personal bests and nine runner-up finishes.
 
Combined with results from day one, the Men and Women of Oregon combined for nine wins in the return of Hayward Field to the competition calendar. The list of UO winners this weekend features:
 
Iman Brown – Women’s 200 meters
Cole Hocker – Men’s 800 meters/invitational
Cole Hocker – Men’s 1,500 meters/invitational (from Friday)
Emmanuel Ihemeje – Men’s triple jump
Kiana Phelps – Women’s discus
Jaida Ross – Women’s shot put
Tori Sloan – Women’s long jump (from Friday)
Matt Wisner – Men’s 1,500 meters (from Friday)
Jack Yearian – Men’s 5,000 meters (from Friday)
 
Hayward Premiere – Day Two
Men of Oregon
100 Meters
2. Maxwell Shannon – 10.74
5. DJ Henderson – 10.76
9. Kwabena Lynn – 10.82
 
200 Meters
5. Jacob Williams – 21.88w (+2.8)
 
400 Meters
2. Jacoby McNamara – 47.37
7. Jacob Williams – 50.28
 
800 Meters/Invitational
1. Cole Hocker – 1:46.60 [No. 7 UO]
3. Luis Peralta – 1:47.55 [No. 10 UO]
6. James West – 1:52.49
 
800 Meters
2. Cooper Teare – 1:48.99
4. Reed Brown – 1:49.95 (PR)
5. Matt Wisner – 1:50.31
9. Elliott Cook – 1:51.28
17. Jackson Mestler – 1:52.72
19. Austin Tamagno – 1:52.86
24. Steven Neumaier – 1:56.52
 
110m Hurdles
5. Justin Collins – 14.53w (+3.4)
7. Max Vollmer – 14.77 (PR)
9. Dalen Hargett – 15.13 (PR)
10. Will Mundy – 15.37w (+3.4)
11. Nathan Poff – 16.05
 
400m Hurdles
4. Will Mundy – 52.67 (PR)
7. Justin Collins – 54.44 (PR)
8. Nathan Poff – 56.26
 
High Jump
2. Ben Milligan – 2.06m/6-9
5. Jett Kinder – 1.86m/6-1.25
6. Max Vollmer – 1.81m/5-11.25
 
Triple Jump
1. Emmanuel Ihemeje – 15.87m/52-0.75 (-1.3) [No. 6 UO]
 
Shot Put
3. Lucas Ribeiro – 15.62m/51-3
 
Discus
2. Lucas Ribeiro – 53.08m/174-1
4. Travis Brewster Jr. – 49.54m/162-6 (PR)
10. Max Vollmer – 41.01m/134-6 (PR)
 
Women of Oregon
100 Meters
2. Iman Brown – 11.81
3. Alysah Hickey – 11.89
5. Gabby Beauvais – 12.02
6. Rhesa Foster – 12.17
7. Alexa Webster – 12.23
8. Jaimie Robinson – 12.38
 
200 Meters
1. Iman Brown – 23.79
2. Gabby Beauvais – 24.13
3. Megan Bolton – 24.26
11. Taylor Chocek – 26.24
12. Mathilde Rey – 26.98
 
800 Meters/Invitational
6. Mia Moerck – 2:06.83 (PR)
 
800 Meters
19. Reagan Maloney – 2:18.69
 
100m Hurdles
2. Alexa Webster – 13.83 (-0.4)
7. Taylor Chocek – 14.76 (PR)
 
High Jump
4. Dominique Ruotolo – 1.72m/5-7.75 (PR)
7. Tori Sloan – 1.67m/5-5.75
8. Alysah Hickey – 1.62m/5-3.75
10. Mathilde Rey – 1.62m/5-3.75
12. Taylor Chocek – 1.57m/5-1.75
 
Shot Put
1. Jaida Ross – 15.53m/50-11.5 (PR) [No. 8 UO]
2. Kiana Phelps – 14.71m/48-3.25
10. Christalee Kirby – 12.50m/41-0.25
 
Discus
1. Kiana Phelps – 51.94m/170-5
6. Christalee Kirby – 44.31m/145-4 (PR)
10. Jaida Ross – 38.94m/127-9 (PR)
 
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And They’re Off!

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EUGENE, Ore. — The curtain was raised on opening night for the grandest stage in all of track and field Friday.

Oregon hosted the first day of the first meet at refurbished Hayward Field, kicking off two days of competition in the Hayward Premiere. The Ducks were able to celebrate four event victories, and more than a dozen personal bests.

Most of all, they were able to celebrate the return of competition at their home facility. And what a remarkable facility it is.

“This has been a long time coming for us here, and our program,” said UO head coach Robert Johnson, whose team last hosted an outdoor meet in the spring of 2018. “To see over the last couple days the other teams — not only the athletes, but the coaches — and then get all the pats on the back about, ‘This is amazing,’ it’s been a surreal moment today. …

“I woke up this morning excited and giddy — couldn’t wait to shoot the gun. Almost like it was Christmas morning. Because I know the blood, sweat and tears that went into pulling this off.”

2021 Hayward Premiere, Eugene Oregon on April 2, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

The Hayward Premiere officially began with the men’s hammer throw, and in short order the Ducks had their first personal best in the new facility. That was recorded by Austin Tharp, who threw 195 feet even to finish third in the event.

Beginning with the hammer and throughout the evening, there were cheers from pockets of the facility as attendance was limited to friends and family of the participants. Still to be experienced is a meet in the new facility with packed grandstands. But Friday was a start.

“The feeling was unreal,” Tharp said. “Just walking in with all the officials and other competitors, it felt like Hayward magic was back. I’m from Eugene and my last home meet was the Oregon Twilight in 2018, so it was really nice to have family watching me compete at Hayward again for the first time in a few years.”

Competitors fed off the energy from the fans who were in attendance, and the support of their fellow student-athletes. Perhaps none of the Ducks generated more than freshman Jett Kinder, a decathlete who entered the javelin Friday and recorded six successive personal bests. He finished fifth overall, three spots behind teammate Dalton Rasmussen.

2021 Hayward Premiere, Eugene Oregon on April 2, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Johnson said he has a meet-day tradition of arriving early and individually greeting each of the meet officials. Usually, that’s with a high-five or fist-bump. Under pandemic conditions, he opted for what he termed an “air-five” on Friday.

It was during that point in the day, Johnson said, that the butterflies really started to flutter in anticipation of breaking in the new facility. Then, it was time to compete.

The first UO victory in the newly reimagined Hayward Field was notched by Matt Wisner, in the open men’s 1,500. He crossed in 3:42.95, and soon after Jack Yearian won the open 5,000 in 14:11.22.

While those races were being contested, Tori Sloan was in the process of winning the long jump in a personal-best 19 feet, 5 1/4 inches. Later, Cole Hocker won the invitational section of the 1,500, in 3:38.99.

The Oregon Ducks race at the Hayward Premiere against Arkansas, Boise State, BYU, Colorado, Iowa State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Southern Utah, Tulsa, UC Davis, Utah, Washington State, Weber State, Wichita State and unattached competitors at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on April 2, 2021 (Isaac Wasserman/ Eric Evans Photography)

“It was definitely different and even though it wasn’t a full stadium, there was something different about the energy, especially with other teams being in there and in the mix,” Hocker said. “They definitely put on a good race, too. It was fun.”

The evening was capped off by the 10,000 meters. For the Ducks, Carmela Cardama Baez began the race in the middle of the the pack, then methodically stalked the lead group over the final 3,000 meters, moving up from ninth to finish third in 32:57.00.

“I feel like this is my home,” she said afterward, “and I’m welcoming everyone to my house to do my favorite things, which are running and racing.”

2021 Hayward Premiere, Eugene Oregon on April 2, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

By that point in the evening, Johnson was making his way up into the stands, after his jumpers had wrapped up competition. He spent a few minutes taking in the meet as a fan, in what he called “the five-star resort at Hayward Field.”

“The video board and the capabilities there — we’re watching the 10k and we’re able to split every lap,” he said. “The Hayward faithful is going to love that. They’re so knowledgable, they’re usually doing that on their own. (They can) put their stopwatches down, stop doing the math.”

For the Ducks who competed Friday, Johnson said, “this was an experience, and they’ll remember this for the rest of their lives. But wait until we have the real Hayward and people are here, and you can’t hear the person next to you because it’s so loud. That’s the Hayward Field they remember, and the Hayward Field I want them to experience.”


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