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Five Wins on Day One of Windy City Invite

Feb 11, 2022

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Oregon track and field team collected five wins, 15 indoor personal bests and a record-breaking performance on the opening day of the Windy City Invitational. The Ducks got wins from Jadyn Mays and Micah Williams in the 200 meters, J Kai Yamafuji in the pole vault and both DMR teams.

Day two of the Windy City Invitational gets going Saturday at 9 a.m. with the opening sections of the 3,000 meters. Click HERE for live results in Chicago.

In the final event of the day, #ProDucks Cooper Teare and Cole Hocker posted times of 3:50.17 and 3:50.35 in the Magnificent Mile but fell just short of the American indoor record of 3:49.89 held by Bernard Lagat who was also in the building Friday.

Behind a new lifetime best, Jadyn Mays led a 1-2-3 finish for the UO women in the 200 meters. She stopped the clock in 23.27 to win section two and take the top spot ahead of teammates Iman Brown (23.35) and Kemba Nelson (23.41). With her performance, Mays moves to No. 9 on the UO top-10 list.

Overall the Ducks occupied five of the top-nine spots with Shana Grebo (23.93) and Jasmin Reed (24.18) in fifth and ninth, respectively. Nelson and Grebo each finished with indoor personal bests.

Reigning NCAA 60-meter champion Micah Williams won the men's 200 meters Friday. In the first indoor 200 of his collegiate career, he crossed in a time of 21.05 to become the No. 7 performer in UO history. Including Williams, the Ducks placed four in the top seven with Ryan Mulholland (21.27) in third, Rieker Daniel (21.29) in fourth and Xavier Nairne (21.50) in seventh.

Freshman Ella Clayton made history Friday afternoon with a run of 1:28.61 over 600 meters, breaking the Canadian U20 record of 1:28.78 set by Brittany Simon in 2012. The Calgary, Alberta, native finished third overall in the race. Clayton entered the meet with a prep best of 1:35.11 from 2020.

In the men's race, fellow freshman—and Eugene native—Vincent Mestler recorded a time of 1:20.61 in a runner-up showing.

The Women of Oregon lowered their DMR season's best to 11:07.42 with the efforts of Emilie Girard, Katriina Wright, Keely Small and Aneta Konieczek. The Ducks move to No. 9 on the NCAA descending-order list based on times entering the weekend.

The men's distance-medley relay followed with a win of its own. The team of Reed Brown, Elliott Cook, Matthew Erickson and James Gormley combined for a winning time of 9:34.70, more than three ticks clear of the runner-up Oregon 'B' squad.

J Kai Yamafuji recorded a personal-best clearance of 4.90m/16-0.75 to lead a 1-3-4 finish for the Ducks in the open section of the men's pole vault. Teammates Arthur Katahdin and Harrison Canfield each had clearances of 4.70m/15-5 with Katahdin taking third with fewer misses.

In the Ducks' first result of the day, Tori Sloan matched her indoor PR with a clearance of 1.75m/5-8.75 in the women's high jump. She finished third overall while tying the best she established two weeks ago at the Razorback Invitational.

Jonah Tactay opened the men's long jump with a lifetime best of 7.10m/23-3.5, a mark that held up for third place in the competition. Multis-specialist Jett Kinder finished sixth with a jump of 6.85m/22-5.75, just three centimeters off his indoor best. 

Sydney Holiday was the fastest-overall qualifier in the opening round of the women's 60 meters. She and UO teammate Alysah Hickey each posted personal bests of 7.43 and 7.45, respectively. The next round—the semifinals—will be run Saturday at 11:22 a.m.

In other qualifying rounds, Kwabena Lynn (6.90), Pierce LaCoste (6.92) and Nathan Poff (7.16) posted times fast enough to advance to the semis of the men's 60 meters. LaCoste's time represents a lifetime best, ahead of his 6.94 from the season-opening Cougar Classic.

Notable: Quincy Norman (14:16.18) took nearly 16 seconds off his PR at 5,000 meters … Gianna Bullock (8.97 – PR), Colleen Uzoekwe (9.10) qualified for the semifinals of the women's 60H … Malia Pivec was sixth overall, third among collegians in the invitational section of the women's 5,000 meters (16:43.08) … Caleb Brown (14:07.35) was seventh overall, fourth among collegians in the invitational section of the men's 5,000 meters.

Friday UO Results
MEN
60 Meters – qualifying
3. Kwabena Lynn – 6.90q
5. Pierce LaCoste – 6.92q (PR)
15. Nathan Poff – 7.16q

200 Meters
1. Micah Williams – 21.05 [No. 7 UO]
3. Ryan Mulholland – 21.27 (PR)
4. Rieker Daniel – 21.29
7. Xavier Nairne – 21.50
21. Kwabena Lynn – 22.37
22. Camden Wheeler – 22.38

600 Meters
2. Vincent Mestler – 1:20.61

5,000 Meters – invitational
7. Caleb Brown – 14:07.35
--. Cameron Stein – DNF 

5,000 Meters
6. Quincy Norman – 14:16.18 (PR)

DMR
1. Reed Brown/Elliott Cook/Matthew Erickson/James Gormley – 9:34.70
2. Jack Yearian/Vincent Mestler/Luis Peralta/Tomas Palfrey – 9:37.99

Pole Vault
1. J Kai Yamafuji – 4.90m/16-0.75 (PR)
3. Arthur Katahdin – 4.70m/15-5
T4. Harrison Canfield – 4.70m/15-5 (PR)

Long Jump
3. Jonah Tactay – 7.10m/23-3.5 (PR)
6. Jett Kinder – 6.85m/22-5.75
11. Nathan Poff – 6.34m/20-9.75
--. Pierce LaCoste – NM 

Weight Throw
5. Mason Strunk – 19.90m/65-3.5
8. Tyler Arbaugh – 19.30m/63-4

WOMEN
60 Meters – qualifying
1. Sydney Holiday – 7.43q (PR)
4. Alysah Hickey – 7.45q (PR)
19. Kaylee Lewis – 7.67 

200 Meters
1. Jadyn Mays – 23.27 (PR) [No. 9 UO]
2. Iman Brown – 23.35
3. Kemba Nelson – 23.41 (PR)
5. Shana Grebo – 23.92 (PR)
9. Jasmin Reed – 24.18
13. Jasmine Montgomery – 24.41
23. Alexandra Webster – 24.93 
25. Sydney Holiday – 25.16
29. Kaylee Lewis – 25.47

600 Meters
3. Ella Clayton – 1:28.61 [Canadian U20 record | 1:28.78 – Brittany Simon, 2012]
6. Carly Kleefeld – 1:32.71

5,000 Meters – invitational
6. Malia Pivec – 16:43.08 (PR)

60m Hurdles – qualifying
11. Gianna Bullock – 8.97q (PR)
13. Colleen Uzoekwe – 9.10q

DMR
1. Emilie Girard/Katriina Wright/Keely Small/Aneta Konieczek – 11:07.42 (SB)
3. Nicole Louw/Mia Moerck/Izzy Thornton-Bott/Dania Holmberg – 11:25.09

High Jump
3. Tori Sloan – 1.75m/5-8.75 (=PR) [=No. 7 UO]
8. Colleen Uzoekwe – 1.60m/5-3

Pole Vault
5. Meagan Kiefer – 3.55m/11-7.75

Long Jump
8. Taylor Chocek – 5.40m/17-8.75
15. Gianna Bullock – 5.29m/17-4.25

Weight Throw
6. Jaida Ross – 16.91m/55-5.75
8. Ellie Akough – 16.82m/55-2.25
10. Ashley Hodulik – 16.10m/52-10 (PR)

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