Sun Sets On Regular Season After Twilight
EUGENE, Ore. — Olympians and Oregon alums Devon Allen and Johnathan Cabral went 1-2 in the 110-meter hurdles Friday, the Bill McChesney Memorial 1,500 delivered two of the top-five times in UO history and the Ducks cleaned up in the field events during the Oregon Twilight meet at Hayward Field.
The last individual event of the night was the men's 1,500, in which Cooper Teare finished second in 3:35.97 and Cole Hocker was third in 3:36.47. Those times rank third and fourth all-time at Oregon in the event, respectively. Teare led with 400 to go, but Notre Dame's Yared Nuguse had the better lean at the finish to win in 3:35.96 — leading the top seven finishers home ahead of the previous meet record of 3:38.60.
"Looking at Pac-12s, the goal there is to win, win, win," Teare said of the upcoming conference championship meet. "This was kind of that last fun race where you just get to go from the gun. I'm grateful for the opportunity and grateful to have awesome competition. Now, we switch the mindset a little bit and we go out there to win every race. It's definitely a different strategy but I think that will play into our hands pretty well."
Oregon athletes swept the discus with Kiana Phelps winning the women's event with a throw of 183 feet, 2 inches to match her personal best, and Lucas Ribeiro on the men's side establishing a new PR of 176-5. Lauri Paredes won the javelin for the Ducks with a heave of 170-9, and Jaida Ross won the shot put with a mark of 52-10; both marks are personal bests.
Paredes and Phelps also were among the 30 seniors honored during a ceremony at Friday's meet, the last of their careers before the championship season begins. The Pac-12 Championships will be held May 14-16 in Los Angeles, followed by the NCAA Preliminary round later in the month and the NCAA Championships back at Hayward Field on June 9-12.
"It feels good especially for this time of year because, in the last three seasons, my best throws have come at regionals," Phelps said. "After every meet, I take the feedback and we incorporate one or two more tweaks in practice that next week. So typically, throws get better and better as the season goes on. I definitely feel like I'm in a good spot going into conference next week and then regionals."
Allen, the two-time NCAA champion and a 2016 Olympic finalist, made a victorious debut in reimagined Hayward Field by running 13.40 in the 110 hurdles to break his own meet record. Cabral, his UO teammate and fellow Olympic finalist, was second in 13.83.
"We're standing here so we get it but you have to come see it to believe it," Allen said of the facility. "It's pretty awesome. I don't see why anybody in track and field wouldn't want to come run here."
Jasmine Todd also made her return to Eugene on Friday and won the long jump with a leap of 18-7.25 inches, after taking second in the 100 meters in 12.49 seconds.
Tori Sloan of Oregon was second behind Todd in the long jump with a mark of 17-8.25. Alexa Webster gave the Ducks a win in the 100 hurdles in 13.93, Luis Peralta won the men's 800 in 1:48.82 and Max Vollmer was first in the pole vault at 15-3.