2013 Schedule 2013 Indoor Track and Field Schedule Date Event Jan. 12 Blue and Orange Opener Jan. 25–26 UW Invitational Feb 1 Armory Collegiate Invitational Feb. 8–9 Husky Classic Feb. 16 Millrose Games Feb. 22-23 MPSF Championships March 2 Alex Wilson Invitational March 2 UW Final Qualifier March 8-9 NCAA Indoor Championships
Location Nampa, Idaho Seattle, Wash. New York, N.Y. Seattle, Wash. New York, N.Y. Seattle, Wash. Notre Dame, Ind. Seattle, Wash. Fayetteville, Ark.
2013 Outdoor Track and Field Schedule March 16 Oregon Preview Eugene, Ore. March 27–30 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Austin, Texas April 29-30 Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif. April 6 Pepsi Team Invitational Eugene, Ore. Oregon, Texas A&M, Washington, Washington State April 12 John Knight Twilight Monmouth, Ore. April 18-20 Mt. SAC Relays Walnut, Calif. April 19-20 Oregon Relays Eugene, Ore. April 25–27 Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa. April 26 OSU High Performance Meet Corvallis, Ore. April 28 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational Stanford, Calif. May 3 Oregon Twilight Eugene, Ore. May 4-5 Pac-12 Conference Hep./Dec. Los Angeles, Calif. May 11–12 Pac-12 Conference Championships Los Angeles, Calif. May 23–25 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds Austin, Texas June 5–8 NCAA Outdoor Championships Eugene, Ore.
2013 Season The NCAA Championships and visits from Texas A&M and Arkansas highlight an exciting 2013 track and field schedule. One of the most attractive home slates of recent years includes not only the 2013 NCAA meet, but also a dual meet with the Arkansas men as well as Texas A&M, Washington and Washington State at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Oregon opens the outdoor season by hosting the Oregon Preview on March 16. Then the Ducks hit the road for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays March 27-30 in Austin, Texas, and the Stanford Invitational March 29-30. The home slate then picks up with the Pepsi Team Invitational on April 6, with the Aggies returning to TrackTown for the second straight year along with Pac-12 rivals Washington and WSU. It will be the Cougars’ first appearance in the Pepsi meet since 1997. A small number of Ducks will go to the John Knight Twilight on April 12 in Monmouth, Ore., and the Mt. SAC Relays April 18-20 in Walnut, Calif. Hayward Field will then host another exciting dual meet when Arkansas comes calling. The Men of Oregon and the Razorbacks will meet during the middle of the Oregon Relays, which will be held April 19-20. Another interesting date on the calendar is the April 26 OSU High Performance Meet. That competition will mark Oregon’s first appearance in Corvallis since 1987. Oregon concludes up April with a pair of big invitationals, the Penn Relays April 25-27 in Philadelphia and the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational April 28. The annual Oregon Twilight wraps up the regular season on May 3. The post season gets underway with the Pac-12 combined events May 4-5 at USC, with the main portion of the meet a week later, May 11-12. Texas will again host the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Rounds May 23-25 in Austin. The NCAA Championships come to Hayward Field June 5-8 for the 11th time in its storied history. Only Chicago, which hosted 13 times in the first half of the last century, has hosted more NCAA Championship meets than TrackTown. For the indoor season, the men and the three-time defending NCAA champion women will open the 2013 schedule at the Blue & Orange Opener Jan. 12 in Nampa, Idaho. The Ducks then go to Seattle for the Jan. 25-26 UW Invitational and the Feb. 8-9 Husky Classic. Oregon will also venture to Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 8-9 for the Tyson Invitational. Then it’s the MPSF Championships Feb. 22-23 at Washington, with a couple of last chance meets a week later. Arkansas will host the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark. For more ticket information, visit www.goducks.com/tracktickets.
Pepsi Team Invitational
MEN’S TEAM PREVIEW
Time to Shine The 2013 season will be somewhat unusual for the Men of Oregon in that the bulk of the team returns from 2012 and there are relatively few new faces vying for spots. The Ducks’ biggest loss to graduation from 2012 was All-American distance start Luke Puskedra, and Oregon will also have to fill in some holes left by solid Pac-12 scorers Eric Hersey (hurdles), Brian Schaudt (triple jump), Travis Stanford (800), Travis Thompson (800, relays), Bryan Harper (400, relays), Chris Kwiatkowski (10,000) and Danny Marconi (high jump). But an overwhelming majority of Oregon’s conference point scorers - including all four Pac-12 champions return for 2013 as the Ducks look to extend their remarkable run of league championships to seven. The young Ducks will be led by defending Pac-12 champs Dakotah Keys (decathlon), Johnathan Cabral (110 hurdles), Sam Crouser (javelin) and Elijah Greer (800). All but Greer are entering their just sophomore seasons. Greer, now a senior, represents the veteran leadership of the team along with junior Mike Berry, who was the 2011 Pac-10 400 meter champion.
While those five will provide frontline points for the Ducks, Oregon’s recent success can be traced to its depth. To that end, the team has an additional 18 Pac-12 scorers back in the fold for 2013. That number includes sophomores Colby Alexander (1,500), Arthur Delaney (100, 200, 4x100 relay), Alec Fellows (decathlon), Trevor Ferguson (110 hurdles), Russell Hornsby (800 meters), Chad Noelle (1,500 meters) and De’Anthony Thomas (4x100 relay), juniors Tim Costin (steeplechase), Trevor Dunbar (1,500, 5,000), Mac Fleet (1,500), Bory Guyota (800 meters), Tanner Harris (hammer), Dior Mathis (4x100 relay), Ethan Powell (javelin) and Parker Stinson (5,000, 10,000), and seniors Kevin Godfrey (decathlon), Joeal Hotchkins (100, 4x100 relay) and Austin Ouderkirk (pole vault). Fleet and Godfrey are both coming off redshirt seasons after having scored at the 2011 Pac-10 meet. There are some newcomers looking to get in the mix as well. Virginia transfers Kevin Anding (sprints), Brett Johnson (middle distance) and Patrick Todd (middle distance) all moved to Eugene for their senior seasons, while junior Nejmi Burnside came from South Carolina to help shore up the hurdles. Freshman to watch include Bradley Laubacher in the high jump and Ryan Hunter-Simms and T.J. Brassil in the throws, as well as redshirt freshmen Greg Skipper (hammer), Jeramy Elkaim (distance), Jack Galpin (sprints), Matt Jablonski (middle distance), Matthew Melancon (middle distance) and Ryan Pickering (distance).
Sprints/Hurdles/Relays Mike Berry blazed the way for the men in the quarter mile in 2012, and he’ll be looking for help from a number of up-and-coming sprinters in their second year in the program in 2013. Berry, a junior from Seattle, Wash., holds the 400 meter record at the University (44.75) and was the national runner-up at that distance at the NCAA meet a year ago. He’ll be joined by all-American and Pac-12 champion Johnathan Cabral (Calabasas, Calif.), who will pace the Ducks in the hurdles. Cabral was an NCAA and Olympic Trials qualifier in the 110 meter hurdles last spring. In his first season, he ran 13.45 in the 110 meter hurdles, fastest ever by a freshman and No. 2 all time at Oregon.
A number of veterans and newcomers are vying to be in the mix in the sprints. Pac-12 scorers Arthur Delaney and Joeal Hotchkins head that group. Delaney, a sophomore from Gresham, Ore., came on strong at the end of the outdoor season, taking third in both the 100 and 200 meters at the Pac-12 meet before advancing to the NCAA Championships in the 200. Hotchkins, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., placed seventh in the 100 at the league meet. Among those looking to make the leap this year are senior Korey Brown (Hacienda Heights, Calif.), redshirt freshman Jack Galpin (Medford, Ore.) sophomore Jordan Latt (Tigard, Ore.) and senior Chris Stubbs (Eugene, Ore.). Middle distance star Elijah Greer (Lake Oswego, Ore.) was also a key on the 4x400 meter relay and could be joined there by Virginia transfer Kevin Anding. The Ducks could get an additional boost from football players De’Anthony Thomas, Dior Mathis and B.J. Kelley. Thomas and Mathis joined Delaney, Berry and Hotchkins on the 4x100 meter relay team that was the runner-up at the Pac-12 meet and advanced all the way to the national semifinals in Des Moines. South Carolina transfer Nejmi Burnside (Nassau, Bahamas) will join Cabral n the hurdles, as will sophomore Trevor Ferguson, a triple jumper who was a Pac-12 scorer in the 110 hurdles a season ago.
Middle Distance/Distance Oregon’s traditional strength in the distance and middle distances can again be found in the likes of senior Elijah Greer and juniors Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson. The Ducks also look forward to the continued development of a plethora of young runners looking to break through at the collegiate level. Greer (Lake Oswego, Ore.) ranks third only to Olympians Joaquim Cruz and Andrew Wheating in the 800 meters (1:45.06), a distance where he won the Pac-12 title and was third at the NCAA Championships in 2012.
MEN’S TEAM PREVIEW Backing Greer is a pair of distance runners, Dunbar and Stinson. Dunbar (Kodiak, Alaska) placed sixth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championships, while Stinson was 10th. The remainder of Oregon’s distance group is filled out by talented runners looking to make the jump to the next level. Junior Boru Guyota (Portland, Ore.) and sophomore Russell Hornsby (Williamsburg, Va.) are both Pac-12 level performers at 800 meters, while sophomores Colby Alexander (Strongsville, Ohio) and Chad Noelle (Greene, N.Y.) reached that level at 1,500 meters. The Ducks also welcome junior Mac Fleet (San Diego, Calif.) back to the track. The school record in the indoor mile (3:57.70) returns to the track following a two-year absence. Others on the team include senior Hank Morrison (Carmel, Calif.), juniors Tim Costin (Springfield, Ore.), a Pac-12 scorer in the steeplechase, Ben DeJarnette (Mechanicsville, Va.), Mitch Hunt (Fremont, Neb.), Cole Watson (Rogue River, Calif.) and Daniel Winn (Portland, Ore.) and redshirt freshmen Chris Brewer (Vista, Calif.), Jeramy Elkaim (Livingston, N.J.), Matt Jablonski (Cockeysville, Md.), Matthew Melancon (Eugene, Ore.) and Ryan Pickering (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Newcomers include a pair of interesting transfers from Virginia in junior Brett Johnson and senior Patrick Todd, as well as senior Matt Miner (Dartmouth) and freshmen Chris Bray (Kyoto, Japan), Joe Holvey (Eugene, Ore.) and Trent Warren (Chula Vista, Calif.).
Jumps/Pole Vault The 2012 season saw the graduation of some of the most reliable jumpers in Oregon history such as Brian Schaudt and Danny Marconi, both of whom finished their careers ranked among the UO top 10 in at least one jump.
However, their departure opens the door for a number of youngsters to move to the forefront. The men’s jumps will be led by pole vaulter Austin Ouderkirk (Newport, Ore.), decathlete Dakotah Keys (Sweet Home, Ore.) and triple jumpers Trevor Ferguson (Oregon City, Ore.) and Tyler Pinkney (Everett, Wash.). All four are Pac-12 competitors, while Keys won the league’s decathlon title as a freshman in 2012. He’s also the Ducks’ top returning long jumper (23-11.75/7.31m). Ouderkirk, a senior, is a Pac-12 scorer in the pole vault with a PR at 16-10.25/5.14m. Ferguson, a sophomore, and Pinkney, a senior, are both 50-foot triple jumpers. In the high jump, the Ducks will look to prep state champion Bradley Laubacher from Bend, Ore. He cleared 6-10/2.08m last year for Summit High School. Other men to watch are senior Jordan Alviso (Granite Bay, Calif.) and freshmen Matt Hidalgo (Banks, Ore.) and Philippe Ueng (Temple City, Calif.) in the pole vault, while junior Caleb Kruse (Coos Bay, Ore.) returns in the triple jump.
Throws The Ducks look to continue to improve in the throws under the direction of new throws coach Erik Whitsitt. Pac-12 javelin champion Sam Crouser (Gresham, Ore.) leads the way after having won a silver medal at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a heave of 265-1/80.80m. That was the second-longest throw in school history. Freshman Greg Skipper (Oregon City, Ore.) looks to resume a promising hammer career that saw him throw 204-0/62.17m early in 2012 before an injury forced him to take a medical redshirt. Juniors Ethan Powell (Tenmile, Ore.) and Tanner Harris are Pac-12 scorers in the javelin and hammer, respectively, as both look to get closer to the national meet.
There could be a number of new faces throwing for the Ducks this spring, including freshmen Cameron Acosta (Portland, Ore.), T.J. Brassil (Clayton, Calif.), Ryan Hunter-Simms (Highland, Calif.) and Marcus McArdle (Independence, Ore.). Senior Miles Walk (Lilburn, Ga.) and sophomore Ron Perkins (Redmond, Ore.) could also see some action throughout the spring.
Decathlon The men boast Pac-12 decathlon champion Dakotah Keys as well as fellow conference scorers Alec Fellows and Kevin Godfrey. Keys, a sophomore from Sweet Home, Ore., was impressive in winning the decathlon as a freshman with 7,793 points. That was the seventh-best total in school history and he went on to earn All-America status at the NCAA Championships. Fellows, a sophomore from Woodway, Wash., finished eighth in the decathlon at the 2012 Pac-12 meet with 6,815 points. Godfrey, a senior from Roseburg, Ore., returns to the Ducks after redshirting the 2012 season with an injury. He was 6th at the 2011 league meet with 6,853 points. They will be joined by Blake Kemp, a freshman from Coos Bay, Ore., who redshirted the 2012 season. Triple jumper Trevor Ferguson is also a possible in the multi events.
WOMEN’S TEAM PREVIEW
Chasing a Championship Oregon has been the NCAA outdoor runners-up for four straight seasons. It’s a remarkable run unmatched in Oregon history. Yet it’s no secret that the women are still actively chasing the one thing that has eluded them during this latest golden era - an outdoor national title. This year’s team may be the most talented yet to make a run at the trophy when Historic Hayward Field hosts the NCAA meet June 5-8. It will be impossible to replace seven-time NCAA champion Brianne Theisen and the Ducks will also miss All-Americans Bronwyn Crossman (distance), Alex Kosinski (distance), Lauryn Newson (triple jump), Amber Purvis (sprints/relays) and Lanie Thompson (steeplechase). But factor in a collection of talent that spans across nearly all of the track and field disciplines, combined with a number of capable newcomers and the Ducks will be entertaining to watch in 2013. The middle distance group, led by All-Americans Jordan Hasay, Anne Kesselring, Becca Friday and Laura Roesler, may be without parallel. Hasay can also step up to the longer distances along with sophomore All-American Allie Woodward. Sprinter English Gardner is a budding superstar in the sport with Phyllis Francis and Chizoba Okodoge right behind her.
The Ducks also have depth in the field with Pac-12 scorers Lauren Crockett, Chancey Summers, Sammie Clark, Kortney Ross and Laura Bobek. There are Pac-12 champions across the board with Gardner (100, 200), Francis (400), Kesselring (800), Roesler (800) and Hasay (1,500). The list grows even deeper when expended to Pac-12 scorers. Bobek (discus), Clark (pole vault), Crockett (high jump), Alexandria Davidson (relays), Claudia Francis (800), Friday (800, 1,500), Okodogbe (400), Megan Patrignelli (1,500), Ross (pole vault), Summers (high jump), Taylor Wallace (steeplechase) and Woodward (5,000, 10,000) bring the total to 16 current Ducks who have scored at the league meet. That depth is supplemented by a wealth of new talent including throwers Liz Brenner, Brittany Mann and Jillian Weir, middle distance runners Annie Leblanc and Ashley Maton, distance runners Megan Fristoe and Abbey Leonardi, and sprinters and jumpers Ashante Horsley, Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd.
Sprints/Hurdles/Relays With NCAA champion English Gardner leading the way, the women exhibited great strength in the sprints during the 2012 season. With a number of roster additions, the Ducks look to be even better in the sprints this spring. It all starts with Gardner (Voorhees, N.J.), a junior who won the 2012 NCAA 100 meter title in 11.10 seconds. She’s also capable at 200 meters (22.82 outdoors), as the reigning Pac-12 champion in both the 100 and the 200, and even led off Oregon’s record-setting 4x400 meter relay at the 2012 NCAA championships.
Gardner is joined by all-American juniors Phyllis Francis (Queens, N.Y.), Chizoba Okodogbe (Antioch, Calif.) and Laura Roesler (Fargo, N.D.). Francis was fifth in the 400 meters at the 2012 NCAA meet and won the Pac-12 title at that distance, while all three are key members of the relay teams. They will be joined by senior Alexandria Davidson (senior, DuPont, Wash.). Newcomers for the women include freshmen Ashante Horsley (McMinnville, Ore.), Jenna Prandini (Clovis, Calif.) and Jasmine Todd (Chandler, Ariz.) Look for freshman Alyssa Monteverde (Fresno, Calif.) and sophomore Anetra Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the hurdles.
Middle Distance/Distance The calling card for the success of the Ducks’ women’s team has been the distances and middle distances. Oregon has been able to load up on points between 800 and 10,000 meters, especially at the conference level, and the vast majority of those points return for 2013 in senior runners Jordan Hasay, Becca Friday and Anne Kesselring and junior Laura Roesler. Combined, those four runners own 4 NCAA titles, 6 Pac-12 titles and 38 All-American honors. Hasay (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) was the 2011 NCAA indoor champ in both the mile and 3,000 meters and is the three-time defending league champion in the 1,500 meters. She was third in the 1,500 at the 2012 NCAA meet.
WOMEN’S TEAM PREVIEW Kesselring (Nurnberg, Germany) is a former NCAA and Pac-12 outdoor 800 meter champion. Friday has been a gritty performer since day one for the Ducks. The Bellingham, Wash., native was ninth nationally in the 1,500 meters in 2012. Roesler (Fargo, N.D.) is looking to defend her Pac-12 title in the 800, while also improving upon her fourth place NCAA finish in the event. Those four are joined by a number of talented and experienced runners. Sophomore Claudia Francis (Queens, N.Y.) is an NCAA qualifier 800 meters. Sophomore Allie Woodward (Green Bay, Wis.) impressed as an All-American in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters last spring. Other returners in the distance group include sophomore Molly Grabill (Poway, Calif.) and juniors Megan Patrignelli (Monroe, N.Y.) and Sarah Penney (Paradise Valley, Ariz.). Seniors Taylor Wallace (Klamath Falls, Ore.) and Katie Conlon (Jamestown, N.D.) will handle the bulk of the steeplechase duties for the Ducks after school record-holder Lanie Thompson had to forego her final season of eligibility due to a chronic back condition. Newcomers to the distance group include freshmen Skylar Evans (Crozier, Va.), Megan Fristoe (Bend, Ore.), Annie Leblanc (Repentigny, Quebec), Abbey Leonardi (Kennebunkport, Maine) and Ashley Maton (Bend, Ore.).
Jumps/Pole Vault The 2012 season saw the graduation of some of the most consistent jumpers in Oregon history such as Lauryn Newson and Rebecca Rhodes, in addition to the multitalented Brianne Theisen. However, their departure should be buffeted by the development of a number of youthful jumpers.
The Ducks saw solid contributions last season from Lauren Crockett (Ogden, Utah) and Chancey Summers (Eagle Creek, Ore.) in the high jump and Sammie Clark (North Bend, Ore.) and Kortney Ross (San Diego, Calif.) in the pole vault. Crockett and Summers, both sophomores, broke into the Ducks’ outdoor high jump record book last season – Summers at 6-0/1.83m and Crockett at 5-10.75/1.80m. Clark, a junior, was a pleasant surprise in the pole vault last season with a PR of 13-5.25/4.10m. Ross, also a junior, peaked at the Pac-12 outdoor meet a year ago where she tied for fourth at 13-4.5/4.08m. In the triple jump, senior Maggie Pietka (Vancouver, Wash.) has been a consistent force during her career and is on the verge of cracking Oregon’s career top-10 in the event. Beyond those five veterans, the Ducks will look to younger jumpers to bolster their roster. Some of the more anticipated newcomers include freshmen Jenna Prandini, a dynamic jumper from Clovis, Calif., who redshirted a season ago, Jasmine Todd from Chandler, Ariz., and Madelayne Varela from Kent, Wash.
Throws New throws coach Erik Whitsitt has the Duck women on the rise for 2013. Junior Laura Bobek leads an intriguing group of throwers that includes newcomers Brittany Mann and Jillian Weir. Bobek (Astoria, Ore.) looks to carry a strong 2012 outdoor season into 2013. Bobek saw big improvements in the spring where she cracked the school’s top ten list in the discus by scoring at the Pac-12 meet (170-6/51.96m). She also hit an all conditions best of 47-8/14.53m in the shot put. Weir, a sophomore transfer from Long Beach State, had a remarkable fall and could be a pleasant surprise for the Ducks. She had a shot put best of 46-11/14.30m competing unattached last spring. Mann (Beverly Hills, Mich.) looks to be able to contribute right out of high school with top prep marks of 165-2 in the discus and 44-7 in the shot put.
Redshirt freshman Liz Brenner (Portland, Ore.) could also provide a significant boost for the Ducks when she joins the team following the basketball season. Track and field will be the fourth varsity sport at Oregon for the multi-talented athlete who had prep bests of 155-11 in the javelin and 45-11 in the shot put. The women also have depth on the roster in sophomores Daphne Chambers (Springfield, Ore.) and Lauren Sens (Elk Grove, Calif.), freshmen Katie Gruys (Maple Lake, Minn.) and Annie Whitfield (Sweet Home, Ore.) and juniors Felicia Odle (Camas, Wash.) and Rachel Sherrell (Parkdale, Ore.).
Heptathlon Oregon’s women will be hard pressed to replace the loss of Boweman Trophy finalist and seven-time NCAA champion Brianne Theisen. The women will look to redshirt freshman Alyssa Monteverde to take over Theisen’s spot. Monteverde, from Fresno, Calif., got off to a promising start in 2012, including an 18-0.25/5.49m long jump at the indoor opener, before an injury sidelined her for the rest of the season. High jumper Lauren Crockett may also get a look in the heptathlon.