Future Duck Ariana Washington shines bright during day one of USATF Junior Championships

The top junior athletes, ages 16-19, flocked to Eugene as Historic Hayward Field played host for the USATF Junior Championships Saturday.

The goal for all of the athletes is to qualify for the national team and represent the United States at the World Junior Championships, which is being held for the first time at Hayward Field later this month. To qualify an athlete must finish in the top-two of his or her event, as long as they also have a World Qualifying Standard.

Representing the host town were several current and future Ducks, five Oregon freshmen and six Oregon signees. After the first day of competition the young talent of Tracktown shined bright.

Incoming freshman sprinter Ariana Washington lived up to her expectations in the women’s 100. Washington entered the meet with the top qualifying time in the field (11.22), and by the end of the night not much had changed.

Washington finished second behind Kaylin Whitney as both qualified for the U.S. national team. Whitney, of Star Athletics TC, finished in 11.10 while Washington was right behind her, crossing in 11.30.

Washington’s meet isn’t over yet as she will look to perform well in the women’s 200 tomorrow. She enters that event ranked second.

Oregon freshman Cole Walsh won the men’s pole vault with a final mark of 17-6.25. His mark was a personal record. Walsh will join Washington on the national team as they both will next compete in the World Junior Championships.

Ashlee Moore, another incoming Oregon freshman, had a busy first day. Moore competed in two events, the preliminary heat in the women’s 100 hurdles and the high jump. She advanced through to the finals in the hurdles while placing third in the high jump (5-8.75).

Oregon signee Nate Moore, from Castro Valley High School, jumped well in the men’s long jump despite leaving things to the last minute. He secured a fourth place finish after launching himself 24-8.5 on his final attempt.

Two more Oregon signees competed against one another in the men’s javelin. John Nizich finished second (211-7) while future teammate Jhet Janis came in fifth (204-9). While Nizich’s placing puts him into the Junior World Championships, his qualification is in question as he doesn’t have the standard.

In the men’s discus, Oregon freshman Cullen Prena struggled to record legal marks. He scratched two of his three throws, settling for a best of 168-11 for 11th place. Prena will have a chance to bounce back tomorrow, as he will compete in both the hammer and shot put.

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The action will wrap up tomorrow for the conclusion of the USATF Junior Championships. The first event is scheduled to be the women’s discus.

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Phenom crashes champ’s party

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Oregon has a new phenom. Edward Cheserek became the first freshman in school history to win the NCAA men’s cross country championships on Saturday when he surged past defending national champion Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech with less than 2,000 meters to go for the 18-second …

USATF Makes Bid for 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships to Portland

TrackTown USA
TrackTown USA

USA Track & Field will make a bid to bring the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships to Portland with TrackTown USA of Eugene presenting the bid in Monaco on Nov. 15 of this year.

“We’re confident that the state of Oregon is a great place for the sport of track and field,” TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna said in an article by the Register Guard. “I think the heart and soul of the sport is located in Eugene and Hayward Field, and track and field has been prominent in our community for a long, long time.”

The state of Oregon has been center stage for many of the world’s most important track and field events over the past decade including the past two US Olympic Trials and another to come in 2016. Also upcoming will be the IAAF Junior World Championships.

“USATF considers it an honor as well as a duty to try to bring a world championship event back to U.S. soil,” CEO Max Siegel said. “Having hosted two very successful Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012, TrackTown USA has shown itself to be the premier host of world-class track events in this country.

“We look forward to presenting the bid and continuing to elevate the off-track profile of the United States in the international sports world.”

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Ashton Eaton, Nick Symmonds in Running for Jesse Owens Award

Ashton Eaton and Nick Symmonds
Nick Symmonds (left) and Ashton Eaton (center) | (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Former Oregon track and field stars Ashton Eaton and Nick Symmonds have both been nominated as finalists for the 2013 Jesse Owens Award, which goes to the nations’s best athlete in track and field year in and year out.

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Eaton, the defending golf medal olympian in the decathlon and current world record holder is considered one of the frontrunners for the award. But not too far behind is his former teammate Symmonds who also competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials. Symmonds currently holds the American record in the 800 meters at 1:43.03.

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Northwest Christian University Women’s Cross Country Places Second at Coyote Twilight

Northwest Christian University Women's Cross Country
Northwest Christian University Women’s Cross Country
(Jason Durmeyer/Concordia Portland)

CALDWELL, Idaho – The Northwest Christian University women’s cross country team finished in second place at the Coyote Twilight, hosted by The College of Idaho at Brothers Park. The race was to serve as a preview for the CCC championship, which will take place later this fall.

The #2 Yotes of COI won the event with 27 points to sweep the top three individual finishes. The Beacons, ranked #11, weren’t far behind with 48 points. Northwest Nazarene was received third place (104) followed by Corban at 113, Concordia with 132, and Northwest (Wash.) in sixth with 157 points. Oregon Tech was seventh (167) followed by Eastern Oregon (179).

Here’s How the Beacon Runners Finished:

  • Sierra Brown fourth-place finish (19:20)
  • Allison Duvenez fifth place (19:22)
  • Alyssa Harmon 10th place (19:42)
  • Shea Vallaire 13th place (19:52)
  • Emily McLean 16th place (19:56)
  • Michelle Fletcher 19th place
  • Ashley Kinney 20th place
  • Delaney McMahon 37th place
  • Heidi Gori 41st place
  • *Freshmen Natalie Kogutkiewicz and Macie Gale also ran for NCU.*

NCU will be off for two weeks before competing on October 5th at the Willamette Open in Salem.

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NCU Beacons Men’s Cross Country Takes Second in Coyote Twilight

NCU Beacons Cross Country
NCU Beacons Cross Country | (Jason Durmeyer/Concordia Portland)

CALDWELL, Idaho – The NCU Beacons men’s cross country team took second place on Saturday at the Coyote Twilight despite facing four teams currently ranked in the NAIA national coaches poll. The College of Idaho hosted event is a preview of the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship at Brothers Park later this fall to conclude the 2013 season.

Thirteenth ranked Eastern Oregon won the race with a collective 52 points. The No. 22 Beacons were just behind with 54 points and No. 15 Oregon Tech took third place with 68 points. College of Idaho and Concordia, followed in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Northwest Nazarene, the lone competitor no-CCC competitor, finished in sixth place, followed by Corban in seventh and Northwest University in eighth.

How the Beacons Faired:

  • Chris Zirkle, fourth place with a time of 26:30
  • Crosby Green, sixth place with a time of 26:42
  • Nick Lopez, eighth place with a time of 26:50
  • Alek Angeli, 14th place with a time of 27:19
  • Taylor Kraal, 22nd place with a time of 27:35
  • Hunter Tyler, 23rd place with a time of 27:38
  • Guillermo Torres-Sanchez, 42nd place with a time of 29:11
  • *David Carrasco ran in 65th place while freshman Tyler Arch made his collegiate racing debut in 73rd.

NCU’s next race will take place on October 5th when they travel to Salem for the Willamette Open.

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Ex-Duck Nick Symmonds Finishes Second at Brussels Diamond League Meet

Nick Symmonds
Nick Symmonds

Former Duck track athlete Nick Symmonds, now an olympic athlete, took the second-fastest 800m time in his career, en route to a silver medal in that category at the Brussels Diamond League Meet.

He finished the race in 1:43.03, eight-hundreths of a second slower than his personal best, and less than a second off the winning time by Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman.

The Oregon Track Club Elite member took second to Aman in this event a month ago at the world championships as well.

Symmonds set his 800m personal best time at Olympic Stadium in London last August.

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Two Incoming Oregon Track and Field Freshmen Shine at Pan Am

Oregon Track and Field
2013 Pan American Junior Championships

Two incoming freshmen for the Oregon Track and Field team had impressive performances in the 17th Pan American Junior Championships at Alfonso Galvis Duque Stadium in Medellin, Colombia. Sasha Wallace and Marcus Chambers each finished in fourth place for respective their events on their initial day of competition.

Wallace competed in the 100-meter hurdles finishing in 13.72 seconds, just sligtly slower than her 13.66 qualifying time in the semifinals. Alexis Perry was the event winner with a 13.56.

Chambers competed in the men’s 400-meter race, finishing in 46.75 while improving nearly a full second from his 47.71 time in the semifinals. Brandon McBride of Canada won the event with a 45.89.

Fellow incoming UO freshman MaryBeth Sant is also competing in the Pan Am, running the relays with Team USA later on.

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