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Grand Prix A Grand Show At Hayward

Apr 24, 2021

Ducks past and present helped introduce new Hayward Field to a wider audience Saturday afternoon, during a nationally televised broadcast of the USATF Grand Prix that capped the two-day Oregon Relays.

Alumni including Raevyn Rogers, Jenna Prandini, Phyllis Francis, Cravon Gillespie and Eric Jenkins were on hand to compete, and several current Ducks ran during the Grand Prix portion of the meet. Charlie Hunter just missed the Olympic 'A' standard when he ran 1:47.21 in the 800, Luis Peralta won a section of the 800 specifically for collegians in 1:49.25, and Kemba Nelson took fifth in the 100 in 11.22, just behind Prandini.

"Today was crazy because a few months ago I didn't see myself here," Nelson said, "so the experience was a lot to take in. At first, I was, 'I don't think I can do it.' But then I put all that aside because I had nothing to lose, so I gained a lot to see how this feels going into Olympic Trials back home. It was a very good experience."

Rogers, whose image appears on the tower looming outside the Bowerman Curve, ran her first competitive 800 of the season. The former six-time NCAA champion and eight-time all-American finished third in a controlled season-opening effort of 2:03.89.

"It was great," Rogers said. "The track is definitely great quality, of course. Even doing some practice runs for our pre-meet (Friday), I could just feel how bouncy it was."

Current UO student-athlete Emily Sloan also ran during the Grand Prix portion of the meet, running 13.22 in the 100 hurdles. Susan Ejore was second in a section of the 800 for collegians in 2:05.11, Cravon Gillespie was sixth in the 100 in 10.35, Alli Cash was seventh in the 1,500 in 4:08.37 and Francis was seventh in the 400 in 53.04.

In the men's 1,500, Sam Prakel was fourth in 3:37.74, John Gregorek was seventh in 3:40.89 and Jenkins was 12th in 3:43.60.

Earlier in the day, Oregon's Ben Milligan won the Oregon Relays high jump at 7 feet, 1/4 inch, and Maxwell Shannon won the 100 in 10.88 seconds. Alum Marcus Chambers won the 400 in 46.53.

Jessica Hull, the 2018 NCAA champion in the 1,500, was on hand Saturday to rabbit the women's 5,000 in the Grand Prix.

"I was blown away," she said. "I came down and visited a few weeks ago, and was blown away with what we've got here. And then walking out on the track, it was special."

Oregon Relays – Results: Day 2
MEN
100 Meters
1. Maxwell Shannon – 10.88
3. Kwabena Lynn – 11.00
 
400 Meters
1. Marcus Chambers – 46.53 – #ProDucks
6. Nathan Poff – 49.80
 
800 Meters
4. Austin Tamagno – 1:53.41
 
110m Hurdles
3. Will Mundy – 14.85
4. Justin Collins – 14.97
5. Dalen Hargett – 15.41
 
High Jump
1. Ben Milligan – 2.14m/7-0.25
 
WOMEN
100 Meters
3. Alysah Hickey – 12.14
4. Jaimie Robinson – 12.44 [12.435]
5. Rhesa Foster – 12.44 [12.438]
6. Tori Sloan – 12.55
8. Dominique Ruotolo – 12.91
 
800 Meters
4. Megan Bolton – 2:10.92
6. Reagan Mahoney – 2:15.76
7. Nicole Louw – 2:17.10
 
100m Hurdles
4. Taylor Chocek – 15.05
 
High Jump
4. Dominque Ruotolo – 1.67m/5-5.75
 
USATF Grand Prix
MEN
100 Meters – prelims
7. Cravon Gillespie – 10.40 – #ProDucks
 
100 Meters – final
6. Cravon Gillespie – 10.35 – #ProDucks
 
800 Meters
3. Charlie Hunter – 1:47.21 [No. 9 UO]
 
800 Meters/invitational
1. Luis Peralta – 1:49.25
2. Matt Wisner – 1:49.44
 
1,500 Meters
4. Sam Prakel – 3:37.74 – #ProDucks
7. Johnny Gregorek – 3:40.89 – #ProDucks
12. Eric Jenkins – 3:43.60 – #ProDucks
 
WOMEN
100 Meters – prelims
2. Kemba Nelson – 11.08w (+2.4)
5. Jenna Prandini – 11.20w (+2.4) – #ProDucks
13. Hannah Cunliffe – 11.40 – #ProDucks
 
100 Meters – final
4. Jenna Prandini – 11.22 [11.212] – #ProDucks
5. Kemba Nelson – 11.22 [11.214]
 
400 Meters
7. Phyllis Francis – 53.04 – #ProDucks
 
800 Meters
3. Raevyn Rogers – 2:03.89 – #ProDucks
 
800 Meters/invitational
2. Susan Ejore – 2:05.11 – #ProDucks
7. Mia Moerck – 2:08.53
 
1,500 Meters
7. Alli Cash – 4:08.37 – #ProDucks
 
100m Hurdles
7. Emily Sloan – 13.22

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