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Wins, Top-10 Program Marks Highlight Day Two in Chicago

Feb 12, 2022

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Oregon track and field team closed out competition at the Windy City Invitational with 10 wins and seven top-10 program performances Saturday afternoon. Collectively, the Ducks will leave Chicago with 15 wins from this weekend's meet.
 
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Luis Peralta led a trio of Ducks under 1:50 in the invitational men's 800 meters, lowering his indoor best to 1:47.32 in victory. Elliott Cook (1:47.95) and Matthew Erickson (1:49.96) each finished in the top 10 of the race. With their times, Peralta and Cook become the No. 4 and 6 performers in UO history. Peralta entered a previous best of 1:47.61 from last season while the race was Cook's first indoor 800 meters.
 
Oregon also picked up a winning effort from Mia Moerck in the invitational section of the women's 800 meters. She clocked a season-best time of 2:07.56 to hold off a tightly bunch at the finish line. The top three were within two tenths of one another.
 
Aneta Konieczek added another win for the Ducks with a lifetime-best performance in the Gold Coast Mile. The UO standout stopped the clock in 4:34.76, knocking more than a second off her previous PR from a season ago. With the effort, Konieczek moves up to No. 8 on the program's all-time list and now has the eighth-fastest effort in the NCAA this season based on times entering the day.
 
Reigning NCAA champion Emmanuel Ihemeje put together a series with three marks of at least 16.30m including the winning measure of 16.69m/54-9.25 in the men's triple jump. He won by more than four feet and, based on marks entering the weekend, moves to No. 2 in the NCAA this year. Ihemeje entered the weekend with a season best of 15.85m/52-0 from the Razorback Invitational.
 
In the women's triple jump, Lexi Ellis led throughout the competition and, with victory in hand, got out to a day's best of 13.03m/42-9 in the sixth round of jumps.
 
For a third time in as many meets this season, Micah Williams and Kemba Nelson swept the victories in the men's and women's 60 meters. Williams recorded a winning time of 6.55 while Nelson crossed the finish in 7.20, leading a 1-2 finish with Jadyn Mays (7.27) as the race runner-up. With her outing, Mays tied her season-best time.
 
Aaron Bienenfeld and Jack Yearian each posted an Oregon top-10 mark in the invitational section of the men's 3,000 meters. Bienenfeld was third overall—second among collegians—in 7:46.09, marking a PR of more than four seconds and Yearian was fourth in 7:47.29, taking more than three ticks off his best from the Razorback Invitational two weeks ago.
 
Bienenfeld and Yearian now sit fifth and ninth, respectively, on the UO top-10 list for 3,000 meters.
 
The Ducks' final win of the weekend came in the women's 4x400-meter relay. The team of Ella Clayton, Shaniya Hall, Katriina Wright and Shana Grebo combined for a season-best time of 3:33.83 which is the fastest for the UO women since the 2018 indoor campaign.
 
In the semifinal round of the women's 60-meter hurdles, Alexandra Webster won heat two in 8.26 and was the second-fastest overall qualifier. That time established a new personal best and moved Webster to No. 6 on the UO all-time list. She went on to finish fifth (8.35) in the event final.
 
Jaida Ross recorded a runner-up finish in the women's shot put, moving from third to second with a PR throw in the sixth round. The Medford, Ore., native finished the day with a best of 15.94m/52-3.75 and became the No. 5 performer in program history.
 
The Ducks swept the open sections of the men's and women's 800 meters with wins by Tomas Palfrey (1:51.59) and Nicole Louw (2:10.92), respectively. It was a 1-2 finish for the UO men with Eugene native Vincent Mestler crossing in 1:52.97 behind his teammate.
 
In the open section of the women's mile, Dania Holmberg crossed the line in 4:46.61 for a second-place result. She entered the weekend with a previous best of 4:58.90 from 2020 during her career at Seattle Pacific. Freshman Cameron Stein (4:07.49) also posted a runner-up effort in the men's open mile.
 
Notable: Harper McClain (9:37.34) finished fourth in the open section of the 3,000 meters, taking more than 25 seconds off her opener two weeks ago in Arkansas … Mason Strunk moved from fourth to third with an indoor PR of 16.58m/54-4.75 on his final attempt in the men's shot put … James Gormley tallied a time of 4:00.34 to finish fifth in the invitational men's mile, just missing UO's second sub-4:00 effort of the season … Caramia Mestler (9:28.28) lowered her PR at 3,000 meters for a second-consecutive meet, finished ninth in the invitational section.
 
Saturday UO Results
MEN
60 Meters – final
1. Micah Williams – 6.55
3. Ryan Mulholland – 6.79
5. Rieker Daniel – 6.82
8. Xavier Nairne – 6.88
 
60 Meters – semifinals
1. Micah Williams – 6.62q
2. Rieker Daniel – 6.77q
4. Ryan Mulholland – 6.77q
8. Xavier Nairne – 6.89q
13. Kwabena Lynn – 7.00
14. Pierce LaCoste – 7.04
22. Nathan Poff – 7.21
 
400 Meters
7. Camden Wheeler – 49.32
 
800 Meters – invitational
1. Luis Peralta – 1:47.32 (PR) [No. 4 UO]
7. Elliott Cook – 1:47.95 [No. 6 UO]
9. Matthew Erickson – 1:49.96
 
800 Meters
1. Tomas Palfrey – 1:51.59
2. Vincent Mestler – 1:52.97
 
Mile – invitational
5. James Gormley – 4:00.34
 
Mile
2. Cameron Stein – 4:07.49
 
3,000 Meters – invitational
3. Aaron Bienenfeld – 7:46.09 (PR) [No. 5 UO]
4. Jack Yearian – 7:47.29 (PR) [No. 9]
 
3,000 Meters
9. Reed Brown – 8:08.16
 
4x400m Relay
3. Rieker Daniel/Evan Mafilas/Luis Peralta/Camden Wheeler – 3:12.48
 
Triple Jump
1. Emmanuel Ihemeje – 16.69m/54-9.25
7. Jonah Tactay – 14.43m/47-4.25
 
Shot Put
3. Mason Strunk – 16.58m/54-4.75 (PR)
9. Jett Kinder – 13.52m/44-4.25
12. Arthur Katahdin – 12.04m/39-6
 
WOMEN
60 Meters – final
1. Kemba Nelson – 7.20
2. Jadyn Mays – 7.27
4. Jasmine Montgomery – 7.40
5. Jasmin Reed – 7.43
7. Iman Brown – 7.48
 
60 Meters – semifinals
1. Jadyn Mays – 7.32q
2. Kemba Nelson – 7.34q
4. Jasmine Montgomery – 7.42q
5. Jasmin Reed – 7.43q
6. Iman Brown – 7.44q
9. Sydney Holiday – 7.49
11. Alysah Hickey – 7.52
 
800 Meters – invitational
1. Mia Moerck – 2:07.56
9. Carly Kleefeld – 2:15.23
10. Keely Small – 2:15.89
 
800 Meters
1. Nicole Louw – 2:10.92
 
Mile – invitational
1. Aneta Konieczek – 4:34.76 (PR) [No. 8 UO]
7. Emilie Girard – 4:45.09
8. Izzy Thornton-Bott – 4:48.09
 
Mile
2. Dania Holmberg – 4:46.61 (PR)
 
3,000 Meters – invitational
9. Caramia Mestler – 9:28.28 (PR)
 
3,000 Meters
4. Harper McClain – 9:37.34 (PR)
7. Anika Thompson – 9:40.53
 
60m Hurdles – final
5. Alexandra Webster – 8.35
 
60m Hurdles – semifinals
2. Alexandra Webster – 8.26 (PR) [No. 6 UO]
9. Shana Grebo – 8.58
11. Colleen Uzoekwe – 8.77 (PR)
17. Gianna Bullock – 9.03
 
4x400m Relay
1. Ella Clayton/Shaniya Hall/Katriina Wright/Shana Grebo – 3:33.83
 
Triple Jump
1. Lexi Ellis – 13.03m/42-9
8. Tori Sloan – 11.77m/38-7.5
 
Shot Put
2. Jaida Ross – 15.94m/52-3.75 (PR) [No. 5 UO]
 
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