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Ducks Win Men’s #NCAATF DMR Title

Mar 12, 2021

Meet Results

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Powered by a meet-record performance, the Men of Oregon won the distance-medley relay Friday afternoon at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The team of Reed Brown, Xavier Nairne, Charlie Hunter and Cooper Teare combined for a time of 9:19.98, less than a half second off the Ducks' own collegiate record.
Between the DMR and Max Vollmer's finish in the heptathlon, the Oregon men sit in sixth place with 13 points at the end of day two, and will have eight scoring opportunities Saturday. The Men of Oregon advanced five runners from the prelims with additional chances from Teare and Cole Hocker at 3,000 meters and Emmanuel Ihemeje in the triple jump.
The Women of Oregon secured three finalists Friday with Kemba Nelson in the 60 meters, Aneta Konieczek in the mile and Emily Sloan in the 60-meter hurdles. Along with their qualifiers, the Ducks will have Dominique Ruotolo competing in the triple jump on day three of the national meet.
Moving On…
60 meters
Micah Williams, Gaston Bouchereau
Final: Saturday – 12:10 p.m. (PT)
800 meters
Charlie Hunter
Final: Saturday – 12:40 p.m. (PT)
Cole Hocker, Reed Brown
Final: Saturday – 12 p.m. (PT)
60 meters
Kemba Nelson
Final: Saturday – 4:10 p.m. (PT)
Aneta Konieczek
Final: Saturday – 4 p.m. (PT)
60m Hurdles
Emily Sloan
Final: Saturday – 4:30 p.m. (PT)
The men's DMR title is the fifth in program history, and first since 2016. In addition to the meet record, the Ducks posted the No. 2-fastest time in collegiate history, trailing only their NCAA record of 9:19.42 from earlier this year. Including Oregon, four teams finished under the old meet record of 9:27.27 set by the Ducks' quartet of Matthew Maton, Ben Thiel, Grant Grosvenor and Edward Cheserek.
The Men of Oregon have now won 22 NCAA indoor title with the distance-medley relay tied with the 3,000 and 5,000 meters as their most-won event with five each.
Vollmer scored the Ducks' first points of the weekend with his sixth-place effort in the heptathlon. He finished the two-day, seven-event competition with 5,726 points. During the national meet, Vollmer established two personal bests (long jump, shot put) to go along with a pair of season bests (60 meters, 60m hurdles).
Nelson established a personal best of 7.13 on the way to a second-place finish in heat two. With that result, she moved to No. 3 on the program's all-time list in the 60 meters. Nelson entered the weekend with a best of 7.19 from the season-opening Razorback Invitational (Jan. 30).
Nelson and Sloan were making their NCAA debuts while Konieczek had prior national experience at the Division II level from her time at Western State (Colo.). She was part of the Mountaineers' NCAA DMR championship team and was third individually at 3,000 meters in 2018.
Among its group of qualifiers from Friday, Oregon will have two in the 60 meters with Micah Williams and Gaston Bouchereau, two in the mile with Hocker and Reed Brown and one in the 800 meters with Hunter. Williams (6.52) and Hocker (3:56.57) were the top individual qualifiers in their respective events.
Up Next: Day three of the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships begins at 10:30 a.m. (PT) for the men's finals and 3 p.m. for the women's finals. Each session will be streamed live on ESPN3.
NCAA Indoor Championships – Day 2
60 Meters – preliminary
1. Micah Williams – 6.52Q
6. Gaston Bouchereau – 6.63q
15. Rieker Daniel – 6.92
800 Meters – preliminary
5. Charlie Hunter – 1:48.47Q
13. Luis Peralta – 1:49.87
Mile – preliminary
1. Cole Hocker – 3:56.57Q
5. Reed Brown – 3:58.01q
Distance-Medley Relay
1. Brown/Nairne/Hunter/Teare – 9:19.98 [meet record]
6. Max Vollmer – 5,726 points
               5. 60m hurdles – 8.20 (SB) [932 points]
               7. Pole vault – 4.76m/15-7.25 [837]
               12. 1,000 meters – 2:54.63 [718]
60 Meters – preliminary
3. Kemba Nelson – 7.13Q (PR) [No. 3 UO]
12. Brianna Duncan – 7.30
Mile – preliminary
3. Aneta Konieczek – 4:38.59Q
5,000 Meters
--. Hannah Reinhardt – DNF
60m Hurdles – preliminary
5. Emily Sloan – 8.09Q
Distance-Medley Relay
10. Moerck/Bolton/Kleefeld/Zarbo – 11:22.74
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