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Four Wins Highlight Opening Night of Hayward Premiere

Apr 1, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – Coupled with a top-10 program performance, Malia Pivec won the steeplechase Friday as one of the Ducks' four winners on the opening night of the Hayward Premiere. Pivec was joined in the UO winners' circle by Matthew Erickson, Evan Holland and Dominique Ruotolo. The team also registered 12 personal bests Friday evening.
Competition at Oregon's home opener resumes Saturday at 11 a.m. (PT) with the women's discus while running events begin at 12:30 p.m. with the 4x100 relays.
Pivec led throughout the race and stopped the clock in 10:19.06, more than three seconds clear of the runner-up. Friday's showing doubled as the second fastest of her career and the No. 10 effort on the all-time program list. Pivec owns a lifetime best of 10:13.22 from last year's NCAA West Preliminary during her time at Boise State.
In the first running event of the day, Erickson ran to victory in the open section of the 1500 meters. His time of 3:48.58 also represents a personal best. Teammate Quincy Norman ran a PR of his own, posting a 3:51.33 to round out the top five.
Holland, competing in the open section of the 5,000 meters, won in his Hayward debut while urging the fans to their feet while coming down the storied home stretch. The Ashland, Ore., native posted a time of 14:27.05 in victory.
The Ducks' lone win in a field event Friday came from Ruotolo who led a 1-2 UO finish with teammate Colleen Uzoekwe in the long jump. Uzoekwe led until the penultimate jump of the event when Ruotolo got out to a mark of 5.85m/19-2.5, a mere centimeter separating the two Ducks. Uzoekwe's best effort of 5.84m/19-2 came in the first round.
In the invitational sections of the 1500 meters, Luis Peralta and Izzy Thornton-Bott each finished second with Thornton-Bott registering a new best of 4:16.56 along the way. Runner-up finish aside, she was the top collegiate performer in the race trailing only Jennifer Randall (4:14.23).
Oregon also had runner-up outings from Dania Holmberg in the open 1500 meters, Jonah Tactay in the long jump and Kohana Nakato in the javelin.
Eric Lyon, in his debut appearance as a Duck, provided the final spark Friday night with a huge throw in the sixth round. With a new PR of 67.14m/220-3, he moved from sixth to third overall.
Friday Results
1500 Meters Invitational
2. Luis Peralta – 3:46.97
3. Aaron Bienenfeld – 3:48.36
7. Angus Folmli – 3:55.10
1500 Meters
1. Matthew Erickson – 3:48.58 (PR)
5. Quincy Norman – 3:51.33 (PR)
8. Steven Neumaier – 3:52.53
21. Vincent Mestler – 4:10.77
5,000 Meters Invitational
8. Cameron Stein – 14:15.65
5,000 Meters
1. Evan Holland – 14:27.05
Pole Vault
3. Harrison Canfield – 4.85m/15-11 (PR)
5. Max Vollmer – 4.70m/15-5
8. Jett Kinder – 4.70m/15-5
11. Nathan Poff – 4.40m/14-5.25 (PR)
Long Jump
2. Jonah Tactay – 7.21m/23-8
7. Mason Strunk – 64.44m/211-5 (PR)
3. Eric Lyon – 67.14m/220-3 (PR)
4. Ty Hampton – 65.81m/215-11
5. Asher Krauel – 64.38m/211-3
7. Dalton Rasmussen – 62.84m/206-2
1500 Meters Invitational
2. Izzy Thornton-Bott – 4:16.56 (PR)
6. Nicole Louw – 4:20.54 (PR)
8. Ella Nelson – 4:21.61
9. Mia Moerck – 4:21.94
1500 Meters
2. Dania Holmberg – 4:26.42
5,000 Meters Invitational
5. Alessia Zarbo – 16:16.50
6. Caramia Mestler – 16:20.09 (PR)
5,000 Meters
3. Melissa Berry – 17:00.29 (PR)
5. Anika Thompson – 17:13.71
3,000m Steeplechase
1. Malia Pivec – 10:19.06 [No. 10 UO]
6. Harper McClain – 10:40.64
Long Jump
1. Dominique Ruotolo – 5.85m/19-2.5
2. Colleen Uzoekwe – 5.84m/19-2
5. Gianna Bullock – 5.61m/18-5 (PR)
10. Lexi Ellis – 5.51m/18-1
11. Tori Sloan – 5.50m/18-0.5
15. Taylor Chocek – 5.41m/17-9 (PR)
23. Hannah Ganashamoorthy – 4.91m/16-1.5
12. Ellie Akough – 50.86m/166-10
18. Ashley Hodulik – 45.06m/147-10
2. Kohana Nakato – 47.65m/156-4
9. Riley Traeger – 41.88m/137-5
14. Josephine Krohn – 40.46m/132-9
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