Four Wins Highlight Productive Day at Mt. SAC Relays
WALNUT, Calif. – The Oregon track and field team continued its busy week in California with four wins Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays. The Ducks' list of winners featured Shana Grebo (400m hurdles), Lexi Ellis (triple jump), Ty Hampton (javelin) and the women's 4x400-meter relay. The team also added five new top-10 program performances.
In the Ducks' first win of the day, Hampton extended his lifetime best to 71.78m/235-6 in the final round of the competition. He'd gotten the javelin out to 69.65 meters on his second attempt, and held the lead from that point. Hampton is now the No. 9 performer in program history thanks to Friday's measure.
Rasmussen recorded a season-best mark of 66.85m/219-4, also in the sixth round. He moved from third to second in the overall standings, surpassing James McNaney (66.17m) on the penultimate throw.
Staring down two fouls to start the competition, Ellis responded with a 13.52m/44-4.25 measure to take the lead for good. She went on to improve to a new lifetime best of 13.57m/44-6.25 on her sixth-round attempt, moving to No. 3 on the UO top-10 list. Ellis had a previous overall PR of 13.56m/44-6 from the 2020 indoor season.
Based on marks entering the day, Ellis moves into the top five nationally in the triple jump. Teammate Dominique Ruotolo is slated to compete Saturday in the invitational section of the event.
Grebo, the Ducks' first winner on the track, navigated the 400-meter hurdles in 56.43 to claim the top spot. After chopping her steps going into the final hurdle, the UO freshman trailed Texas' Milan Young (56.85) but made up ground over the final strides to get the win. In her first race of the day, Grebo ran 13.56 for a new PR in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles.
Collecting a second win Friday, Grebo teamed with Ella Clayton, Shaniya Hall and Katriina Wright to win the 4x400-meter relay. The all-freshman quartet posted a winning time of 3:31.96, nearly seven seconds faster than runner-up Arizona (3:38.80). Earlier in the day in their individual events, Wright and Clayton registered personal bests of 53.31 at 400 meters and 2:06.50 over 800 meters, respectively.
In two rounds of the 100-meter hurdles, Alexandra Webster posted two personal bests and ended the day with a time of 13.24 (-2.4) to finish second in the final; she ran 13.31 to advance in the preliminary round. With her performance in the final, Webster moves to No. 5 on the Oregon all-time list.
The Women of Oregon will make up one third of the nine-lane final in the 100 meters with Jadyn Mays (11.23), Kemba Nelson (11.33) and Iman Brown (11.36) all advancing out of Friday's preliminary heats.
Mays was the fourth fastest qualifier overall with Nelson and Brown securing the two on-time spots.
On the men's side, Xavier Nairne secured his spot in the final by way of a wind-aided 10.15 (+2.9) to win heat five. His time was the third fastest of the preliminary round. Ryan Mulholland had the fifth-fastest outing in the heats with a barely wind-aided 10.20 (+2.1) but finished second in his heat. With nine heats total, only the winner from each moved on to the final.
Mulholland added a top-10 program performance in his second race of the day. Running in heat eight of nine in the 200 meters, Mulholland stopped the clock in a new PR of 20.49 to win the heat and finish in third place overall. The time also moved the Grass Valley, Calif., native to No. 7 on Oregon's all-time list.
Mays and Brown returned to lead a quartet of UO women inside the top 30 of the 200 meters. For the second time this season, Mays dipped below 23 seconds in 22.95 with Brown not far behind her 23.04, good for third and fifth, respectively. Jasmine Montgomery (23.27w) and Jasmin Reed (23.86) rounded out the Ducks' showing.
Defending Pac-12 champion Alysah Hickey finished second in the long jump Friday, establishing a day's best—and new outdoor PR—of 6.60m/21-8 in round two. The effort added a centimeter to her previous wind-legal best of 6.59 meters from last year's conference meet. With the mark, Hickey remains fourth on the UO all-time list.
After qualifying in Thursday's prelims, Jaida Ross and Mine De Klerk were back to finish in third and fifth place, respectively, in the shot put. Ross got the implement out to a day's best of 17.09m/56-1 in round three, just off her PR of 17.13 meters from the Hayward Premiere. De Klerk finished the day with a mark of 16.61m/54-6 on her fifth attempt.
In the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles, Will Mundy recorded a new personal best of 14.25 to replace his old PR of 14.34 from the 2021 Pac-12 Championships. He went on to finish seventh overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.54, just shy of his lifetime best of 51.36 from last year's NCAA West Preliminary.
1:35 p.m. - w100 final: Iman Brown, Jadyn Mays, Kemba Nelson
1:40 p.m. - m100 final: Xavier Nairne
2:19 p.m. - m100 invitational prelim: Micah Williams
2:50 p.m. - wTJ invitational: Dominique Ruotolo
3:30 p.m. - mTJ invitational: Emmanuel Ihemeje
3:38 p.m. - m100 invitational final: TBD
4:00 p.m. - w4x100 invitational
4:07 p.m. - m4x100 invitational
In addition to the RunnerSpace and USATF.tv live stream, the elite section of the Mt. SAC Relays will air live from 2-4 p.m. (PT) on CNBC.
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Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.)
100 Meters | prelims
3. Xavier Nairne – 10.15wQ (+2.9)
10. Ryan Mulholland – 10.20w (+2.1)
3. Ryan Mulholland – 20.49 (PR) [No. 7 UO]
24. Xavier Nairne – 21.28
22. Evan Mafilas – 47.04
46. Camden Wheeler – 48.26
110m Hurdles | prelims
23. Will Mundy – 14.25 (PR)
7. Will Mundy – 51.54
9. Harrison Canfield – 4.75m/15-7
12. J Kai Yamafuji – 4.60m/15-1
10. Jonah Tactay – 14.92m/48-11.5
14. Mason Strunk – 59. 16m194-1
1. Ty Hampton – 71.78m/235-6 (PR) [No. 9 UO]
2. Dalton Rasmussen – 66.85m/219-4
100 Meters | prelims
4. Jadyn Mays – 11.23Q (-0.1) (PR)
7. Kemba Nelson – 11.33q (-0.7)
8. Iman Brown – 11.36q (PR)
15. Jasmine Montgomery – 11.53 (-0.5)
19. Jasmin Reed – 11.56w (+2.6)
21. Alysah Hickey – 11.60 (-0.1)
3. Jadyn Mays – 22.95
5. Iman Brown – 23.04
13. Jasmine Montgomery – 23.27w (+2.5)
29. Jasmin Reed – 23.86
11. Katriina Wright – 53.31 (PR)
5. Ella Clayton – 2:06.50 (PR)
100m Hurdles | final
2. Alexandra Webster – 13.24 (-2.6) (PR) [No. 5 UO]
100m Hurdles | prelims
5. Alexandra Webster – 13.31Q
12. Shana Grebo – 13.56 (-0.3) (PR)
1. Shana Grebo – 56.43
1. Ella Clayton/Shaniya Hall/Katriina Wright/Shana Grebo – 3:31.96
9. Tori Sloan – 1.70m/5-7
2. Alysah Hickey – 6.60m/21-8 (PR) [No. 4 UO]
1. Lexi Ellis – 13.57m/44-6.25 (PR) [No. 3 UO]
3. Jaida Ross – 17.09m/56-1
5. Mine De Klerk – 16.61m/54-6
4. Kohana Nakato – 47.68m/156-5
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