Five Wins in Five Events at Titan Invite
EUGENE, Ore. – In a field-focused day at the Titan Invitational, the Oregon track and field team collected five wins Saturday at the meet hosted by Lane CC. The Ducks' winner circle included Ellie Akough, Travis Brewster Jr., Harrison Canfield, Mason Strunk and Jaida Ross.
In a familiar ending to last weekend's Hayward Premiere, Ross and teammate Mine De Klerk finished 1-2 in the discus, respectively. Continuing the similarity to the UO home opener, Ross posted her best mark of the day in the first round with a toss of 51.42m/168-8 to out-distance the field. The Ducks had three in the top four with De Klerk (48.62m) in second and Ellie Akough (40.59m) in fourth.
Brewster needed a legal effort in the third round to continue Saturday after fouls on his first two throws of the day. On his fourth attempt, he got the discus out to 47.04m/154-4 to strengthen his hold on first place. The result represents the first win of his Oregon career.
The Ducks posted another 1-2 finish in the pole vault with Canfield and J Kai Yamafuji in the pole vault. Canfield, a native of Lake Oswego, established a new lifetime best with a 4.95m/16-2.75 clearance. With the win in hand, he took three unsuccessful attempts at 5.05 meters. Yamafuji was second with a final clearance of 4.81m/15-9.25, a new season's best.
Oregon rounded out its set of wins with Akough and Strunk in the hammer. Akough recorded a season-best measure of 51.39m/168-7 in the third round. The mark is just off her overall PR of 51.68 meters, a toss produced last season while competing unattached. For Strunk (60.18m/197-5), any one of his three legal marks were good enough for the win.
Up next, the Ducks will look to add to their season résumé at the Bryan Clay Invitational (multis) and Mt. SAC Relays in California. The team is back at Hayward Field on April 22-23 for the Oregon Relays.
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1. Harrison Canfield – 4.95m/16-2-75 (PR)
2. J Kai Yamafuji – 4.81m/15-9.25
1. Travis Brewster Jr. – 47.04m/154-4
1. Mason Strunk – 60.18m/197-5
1. Jaida Ross – 51.42m/168-8
2. Mine De Klerk – 48.62m/159-6
4. Ellie Akough – 40.59m/133-2
1. Ellie Akough – 51.39m/168-7
3. Ashley Hodulik – 48.51m/159-2
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