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Ducks Collect 14 NCAA Qualifiers

Mar 1, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon track and field team will send 14 qualifiers—seven men, seven women—to the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships as national entries were announced Monday evening. This year's national meet will take place March 11-12 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
 
Defending NCAA champions Emmanuel Ihemeje (triple jump), Kemba Nelson (60 meters) and Micah Williams (60 meters) are among the Ducks' list of national entries, along with Reed Brown who won an NCAA title last season as the member of the men's distance-medley relay. For the fourth time in his career, Brown earns a national spot in the mile.
 
First-time NCAA Indoor qualifiers are Iman Brown (200 meters), Alysah Hickey (long jump), Jadyn Mays (60 meters) and Jack Yearian (mile). Additionally, the Men of Oregon have now had multiple entries in the mile for an eighth-consecutive season.
 
Aaron Bienenfeld
Event: 5,000m
Qualifying Mark: 13:21.99 [No. 5 overall qualifier]
 
First appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships at Oregon; second overall … recorded a lifetime best of 13:21.99 in victory at the BU Last Chance Meet (Feb. 27) … broke the German national record with the effort and became the second-fastest indoor performer in program history … owned a prior best of 13:31.65 from last year's NCAA Championships, a fifth-place effort during Cincinnati career … was third in the 3,000 meters at the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 12) with a personal best of 7:46.09, good for No. 5 in UO history; also a top-20 time in the NCAA this season.
 
Iman Brown
Event: 200 Meters
Qualifying Mark: 23.25 [No. 16 overall qualifier]
 
First appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships … qualifying performance of 23.25 came at the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 28) … moved to No. 8 on the UO top-10 list and replaced previous best of 23.36 from the 2019 season … began the season with a win in 23.65 at the Cougar Classic (Jan. 14) and established a lifetime best of 7.37 over 60 meters … recorded a time of 23.35 in a runner-up outing at the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 11) … first UO woman to qualify in the 200 meters since 2017.
 
Reed Brown
Event: Mile
Qualifying Mark: 3:54.77 [No. 6 overall qualifier]
 
Fourth appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile … lowered lifetime best in the event to 3:54.77 at the BU Last Chance Meet (Feb. 27) … became the 11th-fastest performer in NCAA history and moved to No. 6 on the program's all-time list … knocked more than two seconds off previous best of 3:56.61 from a season ago … has recorded seven sub-4:00 miles during UO career … posted a 3K time of 8:08.16 in season debut at the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 12) … 2021 NCAA champion (DMR).
 
Alysah Hickey
Event: Long Jump
Qualifying Mark: 6.66m/21-10.25 [No. 3 overall qualifier]
 
First appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships … broke the Oregon school record with jump of 6.66m/21-10.25 at the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 28) … overtook the mark previously held by Jenna Prandini (6.65m/21-10) … entered the season with an indoor best of 6.20m/20-4.25 from 2020 Don Kirby Invitational … lowered personal best in the 60 meters to 7.43 at the Pac-12 Invitational (Feb. 25).
 
Emmanuel Ihemeje
Event: Triple Jump
Qualifying Mark: 16.69m/54-9.25 [No. 2 overall qualifier]
 
Defending NCAA champion in the event … recorded a season-best jump of 16.69m/54-9.25 to win the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 12) … had three marks during the series of 16.30m or farther … improved on season-opening effort of 15.85m/52-0 from the Razorback Invitational … competed in the long jump for the first time at the season-opening Cougar Classic (Jan. 15), had a best of 7.28m/23-10.75 to win.
 
Aneta Konieczek
Event: Mile
Qualifying Mark: 4:34.76 [No. 12 overall qualifier]
 
Second appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships at Oregon; third overall … recorded a lifetime best of 4:34.76 in winning the event at the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 12) … moved up a spot to No. 8 on the UO top-10 list … lowered from previous best of 4:35.88 from a season ago … anchored the DMR to a qualifying effort of 10:57.28 and victory at the Pac-12 Invitational (Feb. 25) … returned to the track the next day for a personal best of 9:12.47 in the 3,000 meters ... NCAA Division II qualifier for Western State (Colo.) in 2018.
 
Jadyn Mays
Event: 60 Meters
Qualifying Mark: 7.15 [No. 5 overall qualifier]
 
First appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships … earned national spot with 7.15 performance at the Pac-12 Invitational (Feb. 26) … equaled her previous season best of 7.27 in the prelims … had also run 7.27 in two previous meets this season … currently tied for fourth—with Jasmine Todd and Jenna Prandini—on the UO all-time performers list … replaced old lifetime best of 7.26 from the 2021 indoor season … established a personal best of 23.27 over 200 meters at the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 11), good for No. 9 on the program's top-10 list and a top-25 time in the NCAA this season.
 
Kemba Nelson
Event: 60 Meters
Qualifying Mark: 7.15 [No. 6 overall qualifier]
 
Defending NCAA champion in the event … clocked a season-best time of 7.15 at the Pac-12 Invitational (Feb. 26) … entered the meet with a season's best of 7.16 from a win at the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 29) … opened the indoor season with a victorious run of 7.19 at the Cougar Classic (Jan. 15) … won the 60 meters at the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 12) in 7.20 … recorded four times of 7.20 or faster going into the national meet … also finished third (23.41) in lone 200-meter appearance of the season at the Windy City meet.
 
Luis Peralta
Event: 800 Meters
Qualifying Mark: 1:47.32 [No. 9 overall qualifier]
 
Third appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships … lowered personal best to 1:47.32 to win the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 12) … became the fourth-fastest indoor performer in Oregon history … also lowered his own national record for the Dominican Republic … entered the season with a best of 1:47.61 from a season ago … posted time of 1:49.61 at the BU Last Chance Meet (Feb. 27) … ran time of 4:09.37 in first collegiate mile at the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 29).
 
Max Vollmer
Event: Heptathlon
Qualifying Mark: 5,801 points [No. 10 overall qualifier]
 
Third appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships … recorded qualifying tally of 5,801 points at the Pac-12 Invitational (Feb. 25-26) … posted four season bests (60m, 60m hurdles, shot put and pole vault) and a personal best in the 1,000 meters at the meet … did not have a season score entering the meet.
 
Micah Williams
Event: 60 Meters
Qualifying Mark: 6.48 [No. 2 overall qualifier]
 
Defending NCAA champion in the event … lowered his own school record with a 6.48 performance at season-opening Cougar Classic (Jan. 15) … moved into a tie for No. 6—with Leonard Scott (Tennessee), Cameron Burrell (Houston)—on the all-time collegiate performance list … matched that time in winning the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 29) … won the 60 meters at Windy City and Pac-12 Invitational meets in identical times of 6.55 … five races at 6.55 or faster this season … clocked 21.05 in first collegiate indoor 200 meters at Windy City Invitational (Feb. 11), good for No. 7 in UO history.
 
Jack Yearian
Event: Mile
Qualifying Mark: 3:54.54 [No. 4 overall qualifier]
 
First appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships … ran a lifetime-best 3:54.54 in a third-place finish at the BU Last Chance Meet (Feb. 27) … first sub-4:00 mile of his career … entered the season with a PR of 4:00.85 on the same track from the 2020 season … became the eighth-fastest performer in collegiate history … moved to No. 5 on the Oregon top-10 list … also established a personal best of 7:47.29 in the 3,000 meters at the Windy City Invitational (Feb. 12); moved to No. 9 on UO top-10 list … time ranks in the top 25 in the NCAA this season.
 
Women's 4x400m
Qualifying Team: Ella Clayton/Shaniya Hall/Katriina Wright/Shana Grebo
Qualifying Mark: 3:32.64 [No. 11 overall qualifier]
 
Women's DMR
Qualifying Team: Izzy Thornton-Bott/Katriina Wright/Mia Moerck/Aneta Konieczek
Qualifying Mark: 10:57.28 [No. 6 overall qualifier]
 
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