Ducks Collect Six Wins During Relays Opener
EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon track and field team collected six wins, five top-10 program performances and 17 lifetime bests on day one of the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field. The Ducks also recorded four top-10 national efforts during the Relays opener.
Friday marked the return of high school competition to the Oregon Relays schedule. The meet resumes Saturday at 11 a.m. with the high performance window beginning at 4:15 p.m.
UO Winner's Circle | Oregon Relays, Day 1
Ella Clayton – w400
Tomas Palfrey – m1500
Alessia Zarbo – w5000
Aneta Konieczek – w3KSC
Jonah Tactay – mLJ
Mine De Klerk – wDT
Along with the victories, the Ducks got a top-three program performance from Ty Hampton in the men's javelin. The North Bend, Ore., native unleashed a throw of 77.08m/252-10 on his fourth pass down the runway which moved him into third on the UO top-10 list, just one centimeter—with the same imperial measure—ahead of John Steigler (2001). Based on throws entering the day, Hampton also moves to No. 3 in the NCAA this season.
Konieczek held off Grace Fetherstonhaugh of Oregon State, 9:44.72-9:44.76, with a final lean at the tape to get the win in the women's steeplechase. Those two times are the No. 4 and 5 times in the NCAA this season with just over a month until the West Prelims (May 25-28) in Fayetteville, Ark. In seventh, Malia Pivec tied her PR of 10:13.22 which puts her at No. 9 on the Ducks' all-time list.
In a tightly bunched women's discus, De Klerk came through with the victory with a 53.27m/174-9 from the second round. The top three in the event were separated by just five inches with Jaida Ross in third at 53.15m/174-4, a new lifetime best. The outing also moved Ross to seventh on the UO top-10 list. Ellie Akough, in fifth place, had a day's best of 48.08m/157-9 to add 10 feet to her PR.
Izzy Thornton-Bott was the top collegian—and second overall—in the invitational section of the 1500 meters. She clocked a personal-best time of 4:13.75, finishing just behind Angel Piccirillo (4:13.45) of OTC Elite. With her performance, Thornton-Bott cracks the program's top-10 list at 10th in UO history.
On the men's side of the invitational 1500 meters, Reed Brown knocked more than two seconds off his lifetime best. The 2022 NCAA Indoor bronze finisher (mile) crossed the finish line in 3:36.44 in a runner-up outing and elevates to the fifth-fastest performer in program history. Brown was one four Ducks to register a PR in Friday's race along with Elliott Cook (3:41.23), James Gormley (3:41.41) and EJ Holland (3:42.52).
In the open section of the men's 1500 meters, Palfrey out-paced the field with a time of 3:45.25 in the second of two sections. He and fellow Duck Matthew Erickson (3:47.66) were 1-2 overall with Vincent Mestler (3:52.37) in fifth overall; the Eugene native won the opening section.
Zarbo secured the Ducks' sixth win on day one of the Oregon Relays, posting a first-place effort in the 5,000 meters. She finished in a season-best 15:58.07, more than three seconds clear of Shea Ruhly of Wisconsin in second.
In the Bill McChesney Jr. 5,000 meters, Aaron Bienenfeld established a 14-second lifetime best with a time of 13:28.13 in the final event of the night. He took down his previous best of 13:42.72 from July 2020 and finished third overall in Friday's race. Based on times entering the day, Bienenfeld currently ranks within the top 15 in the NCAA this season.
Hampton entered the day with a best of 235-6 from last week's Mt. SAC Relays but tallied three marks beyond that during Friday's competition. Teammates Dalton Rasmussen (67.72m/222-2) and Eric Lyon (67.58m/221-8) recorded season and personal bests, respectively. The crowd-pleasing competition with a loaded field also featured 80-meter efforts from pros Cameron McEntyre (81.96) and Curtis Thompson (81.73).
The Ducks' first winner of the weekend was Tactay, taking the top spot in the men's long jump. On his second attempt of the day, he got out to a wind-aided 7.13m/23-4.75 (+3.0) to establish the eventual winning mark.
Clayton secured Oregon's first win on the track, establishing a new PR of 53.19 to win the women's 400 meters. She entered the day with a best of 54.10 from last year's World U20 Championships where she finished sixth. Clayton and UO teammate Shaniya Hall (54.38) finished 1-2 in the race.
The Oregon Relays will end with a world-best attempt in the 4xMile relay by former UO standouts and current #ProDucks Cole Hocker, Cooper Teare, James West and Matt Wisner. That race is scheduled to go off Saturday at 7:35 p.m.
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2. Pierce LaCoste – 10.69 (-0.7) (PR)
3. Kwabena Lynn – 10.74 (-0.7)
4. Max Vollmer – 10.75 (-0.7)
9. Jett Kinder – 11.42 (-0.7)
2. Camden Wheeler – 48.39
4. Jacob Williams – 49.94
1500 Meters | invitational
2. Reed Brown – 3:36.44 (PR) [No. 5 UO]
6. Elliott Cook – 3:41.23 (PR)
7. James Gormley – 3:41.51 (PR)
8. Evan Holland – 3:42.52 (PR)
1. Tomas Palfrey – 3:45.25
2. Matthew Erickson – 3:47.66 (PR)
5. Vincent Mestler – 3:52.37
7. Steven Neumaier – 3:52.65
12. Luis Peralta – 3:55.49
15. Benjamin Reynolds – 3:59.82
--. Angus Folmli – DNF
Bill McChesney Jr. 5,000 Meters
3. Aaron Bienenfeld – 13:28.13 (PR)
12. Quincy Norman – 13:48.36 (PR)
19. Jack Yearian – 13:55.84
20. Caleb Brown – 13:56.14
--. Cameron Stein – DNF
1. Jonah Tactay – 7.13m/23-4.75w (+3.0)
3. Emmanuel Ihemeje – 6.81m/22-4.25
4. Travion Phillips – 6.77m/22-2.5
3. Travis Brewster Jr. – 47.42m/155-7
5. Max Vollmer- 41.39m/135-9
4. Ty Hampton – 77.08m/252-10 (PR) [No. 3 UO]
7. Dalton Rasmussen – 67.72m/222-2
8. Eric Lyon – 67.58m/221-8 (PR)
11. Asher Krauel – 62.12m/203-9
2. Sydney Holiday – 12.02
1. Ella Clayton – 53.19 (PR)
2. Shaniya Hall – 54.38
5. Alexandra Webster – 57.13
1500 Meters | invitational
2. Izzy Thornton-Bott – 4:13.75 (PR) [No. 10 UO]
7. Emilie Girard – 4:22.47
8. Nicole Louw – 4:22.75
10. Dania Holmberg – 4:35.11
--. Carly Kleefeld – DNF
1. Alessia Zarbo – 15:58.07
7. Harper McClain – 16:36.77
8. Anika Thompson – 16:46.28 (PR)
10. Melissa Berry – 17:28.61
--. Caramia Mestler – DNF
1. Aneta Konieczek – 9:44.72
7. Malia Pivec – 10:13.22 (=PR) [No. 9 UO]
4. Meagan Kiefer – 3.42m/11-2.5
4. Colleen Uzoekwe – 5.65m/18-6.5
5. Lexi Ellis - 5.63m/18-5.75 (PR)
9. Gianna Bullock – 5.47m/17-11.5
1. Mine De Klerk – 53.27m/174-9
3. Jaida Ross – 53.15m/174-4 (PR) [No. 7 UO]
5. Ellie Akough – 48.08m/157-9 (PR)
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