School Record Highlights Day One in Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On a day highlighted by a school record for Alysah Hickey in the long jump, the Oregon track and field team combined for six top-10 program performances Friday at the Razorback Invitational.
Into the Record Books
Alysah Hickey – No. 1, women's long jump (6.66m/21-10.25)
Mason Strunk – No. 2, men's weight throw (20.84m/68-4.5)
Tori Sloan – No. 7, women's high jump (1.75m/5-8.75)
Iman Brown – No. 8, women's 200 meters (23.25)
Pierce LaCoste – No. 10, men's long jump (7.64m/25-0.75)
Jaida Ross – No. 10, women's weight throw (17.72m/58-1.75)
After threatening the mark in her first attempt, Hickey became the Oregon school-record holder in the women's long jump with a final measure of 6.66m/21-10.25 in the sixth round. Hickey just eclipsed the previous record of 6.65m/21-10 set by a victorious Jenna Prandini at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
"It's extremely motivating to know that this is my opener and I still have a lot of things to fix," Hickey said. "There are things I can tell on my own, and then I can go back to talk to (Coach) Johnson. It makes me happy that there are still things to fix because I know I can get progressively better. There's a lot to do and there's a lot of time so I'm very excited about what's to come."
Along with breaking the school record, Hickey is now tied for the NCAA lead in the event and the No. 3 jump in the world this year. The reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year threatened the UO mark right off the bat with a jump of 6.60m/21-8 in the first round. Coming into the weekend, Hickey owned an indoor best of 6.20m/20-4.25 from the 2020 season.
For a second-consecutive meet, Mason Strunk recorded a lifetime best in the weight throw, and with his mark of 20.84m/68-4.5 in the second round, the Salem, Ore., native becomes the No. 2 performer in UO history. He came into the meet with a best of 20.06m/65-9.75 from last weekend, a toss that had him at fourth on the all-time UO performance list already.
In the women's high jump, Tori Sloan established an indoor PR with a 1.75m/5-8.75 clearance, and in the process moved into sole possession of seventh on the UO top-10 list. She finished sixth in Friday's competition. Sloan owns an overall best of 1.78m/5-10, an outdoor mark from last April.
In the final individual event on the track, Iman Brown lowered her PR over 200 meters to 23.25 to move up a spot to No. 8 on the program's top-10 list. She finished fourth overall, and third among collegians in the field. Brown led a group of four Ducks—Jasmine Montgomery (23.65), Jadyn Mays (23.78) and Shana Grebo (24.04)—inside the top 20.
Jaida Ross added more than six feet to her lifetime best with a toss of 17.72m/58-1.75 in the women's weight throw, good for seventh overall. With that mark, the Medford, Ore., native moves to No. 10 on the program's top-10 list. Ross is also scheduled to compete Saturday in the shot put.
The Ducks' third top-10 performance of the day came from Pierce LaCoste in the men's long jump. On his first attempt Friday, the Eugene native posted an indoor best of 7.64m/25-0.75 to become the No. 10 performer in program history. LaCoste finished sixth overall and, based on marks entering the meet, now has the top jump in the Pac-12.
In the heptathlon, Max Vollmer sits in fourth place overall with 3,134 points at the end of day thanks in large part to a strong mark of 14.96m/49-1 in the shot put. He went from sixth to fourth with the effort and held on to the spot through the high jump, the fourth event of the day. Vollmer recorded a mark of 7.09m/23-3.25 in the long jump, just off his 7.11m indoor best from last year's NCAA Championships.
Nathan Poff, competing in his first collegiate heptathlon, is currently in eighth place with 2,884 points. The two-day, seven-event competition resumes Saturday at 8:15 a.m. (PT) with the 60-meter hurdles.
In the final event on the track, the UO men posted a time of 9:31.07 in the distance-medley relay with a time comprised of James Gormley, Evan Mafilas, Luis Peralta and Jack Yearian. Based on time entering the meet, the Ducks have the No. 2 time in the country trailing only Oklahoma State (9:28.88) who won Friday's race.
The Ducks finished third (11:11.80) in the women's DMR with a team of Aneta Konieczek, Shaniya Hall, Mia Moerck and Keely Small.
Saturday's SEC Network+ broadcast is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.
Friday UO Results
6. Rieker Daniel – 21.22
11. Ryan Mulholland – 21.43
16. Xavier Nairne – 21.73
25. Camden Wheeler – 22.14
2. James Gormley/Evan Mafilas/Luis Peralta/Jack Yearian – 9:31.07
6. Elliott Cook/Matthew Erickson/Vincent Mestler/Aaron Bienenfeld – 9:44.19
4. Arthur Katahdin – 4.75m/15-7 (PR)
5. Harrison Canfield – 4.60m/15-1
6. Pierce LaCoste – 7.64m/25-0.75 (PR) [No. 10 UO]
13. Jonah Tactay – 7.09m/23-3.25 (PR)
--. DJ Henderson – NM
4. Mason Strunk – 20.84m/68-4.5 (PR) [No. 2 UO]
11. Tyler Arbaugh – 18.85m/61-10.25
16. Travis Brewster Jr. – 18.20m/59-8.5 (PR)
Heptathlon – Day 1
4. Max Vollmer – 3,134 points
8. 60 meters – 7.14 [833 points]
6. Long jump – 7.09m/23-3.25 
2. Shot put – 14.96m/49-1 
6. High jump – 1.86m/6-1.25 
8. Nathan Poff – 2,884 points
7. 60 meters – 7.12 [840 points]
7. Long jump – 6.94m/22-9.25 
10. Shot put – 11.33m/37-2.25 
8. High jump – 1.86m/6-1.25 
4. Iman Brown – 23.25 (PR) [No. 8 UO]
10. Jasmine Montgomery – 23.65 (PR)
13. Jadyn Mays – 23.78 (PR)
18. Shana Grebo – 24.04
23. Ella Clayton – 24.25 (PR)
25. Alexandra Webster – 24.49
24. Katriina Wright – 24.82 (PR)
36. Sydney Holiday – 24.93
--. Jasmin Reed – DQ
3. Aneta Konieczek/Shaniya Hall/Mia Moerck/Keely Small – 11:11.80
5. Emilie Girard/Shana Grebo/Nicole Louw/Dania Holmberg – 11:26.38
6. Tori Sloan – 1.75m/5-8.75 (PR) [No. 7 UO]
1. Alysah Hickey – 6.66m/21-10.25 (PR) [school record]
7. Jaida Ross – 17.72m/58-1.75 (PR) [No. 10 UO]
14. Ellie Akough – 16.82m/55-2.5
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