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Record Attempt Caps Productive Day at Oregon Relays

Apr 23, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – Increasing its weekend total to 14, the Oregon track and field team collected eight wins on the final day of the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field. The Ducks also posted a pair of top-10 program efforts and three top-20 nationally ranked performances including the fourth-fastest time this season in the men's 4x100-meter relay.
 
The Men and Women of Oregon swept the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays and added individual wins by Shana Grebo in the women's 200 meters, Tori Sloan in the women's high jump, Harrison Canfield in the men's pole vault and Dominique Ruotolo in the women's triple jump.
 
In the final event of the weekend, former Oregon standouts Matt Wisner, James West, Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare combined for a 4xMile time of 15:52.05 in an attempt at the world-best time in the event. Despite missing the record of 15:49.08 set by Ireland in 1985, the #ProDucks produced the No. 2 time in world history for the event.
 
The atmosphere at Hayward Field was enhanced with fans lining the track in lanes seven through nine. Current Ducks Brown, Jack Yearian, Elliott Cook and Evan Holland (16:29.87) finished second.
 
To kick off Saturday evening's high-performance session, the UO men recorded a season-best 38.83 to win the 4x100 relay. The team of Ryan Mulholland, Micah Williams, Will Mundy and Xavier Nairne also moves to No. 4 on the Oregon top-10 list. The Ducks have lowered their season best in their past two races including last week's 39.08 effort at the Mt. SAC Relays.
 
Ruotolo had Oregon's first win of the day with a first-place measure in her signature event. The reigning Pac-12 champion established the winning jump of 13.33m/43-8.75 on her second attempt, and moves into the top 20 in the NCAA this season. Additionally, Ruotolo is currently second in the conference, only behind teammate Lexi Ellis (13.57m/44-6.25).
 
The Women of Oregon added another top-20 national performance from Sloan who set a new personal best of 1.81m/5-11.25 to win the high jump. She entered the meet with a previous best of 5-10 from last season, and with the improvement, is now No. 7 on the UO all-time list. Ruotolo, back from a win in the triple jump, completed the 1-2 UO finish with a 1.78m/5-8.75 clearance, also good for a new PR.
 
In the women's 200 meters, Grebo—the school-record holder in the 400-meter hurdles—continued her strong freshman campaign with a time of 23.23 to win. She lowered her outdoor best from 24.23 while improving on her overall best of 23.92 from the recent indoor season.
 
Mundy was part of both relay wins for the UO men Saturday. He teamed with Nathan Poff, Evan Mafilas and Max Vollmer for a time of 3:11.10 in the 4x400-meter relay, more than four seconds clear of runner-up Wisconsin. Earlier in the day, both Mundy and Vollmer ran personal bests of 21.36 (200 meters) and 14.40 (110-meter hurdles), respectively.
 
The women's 4x100-meter relay was another showcase of the Ducks' depth in the sprints group. The team of Sydney Holiday, Kemba Nelson, Jasmin Reed and Jasmine Montgomery got the baton around the track in 44.59 for the win over Oregon State and Wisconsin.
 
In the final event of the collegiate schedule, the team of McKenna Ramsay, Mia Moerck, Carly Kleefeld and Izzy Thornton-Bott pulled away from the competition to win the women's 4x400-meter relay. The team of middle-distance standouts combined for a time of 3:46.52 in front of the Hayward faithful.
 
Harrison Canfield paced a 1-2-3 Oregon finish in the pole vault. The Lake Oswego, Ore., native finished with a clearance of 4.88m/16-0, tying Vollmer for high bar of the day but taking the victory with fewer misses throughout the competition. Arthur Katahdin, another UO multi-eventer, was third.
 
Freshmen Ella Nelson and Katriina Wright posted top-five finishes in the invitational section of the 800 meters. Nelson crossed the line in 2:06.66 to finish as the top collegiate runner in the field, and second overall behind pro Marta Freitas (2:05.17). Wright, in her second-ever 800, won the first of two sections in 2:08.93 and finished fifth overall.
 
In the men's invitational 800 meters, UO freshman Matthew Erickson was the team's top finisher in a fifth-place outing. The Nelson, British Columbia, native finished in 1:48.68 to establish a new lifetime best in the event. Erickson was second among collegians in the field.
 
Mason Strunk was the top collegian and second overall in the men's hammer. The Salem, Ore., native produced a day's best of 63.14m/207-2 in the fifth round of throws. Ethan Katzberg, runner-up in last year's Canadian Trials, threw 74.16m/243-3 to win the event.
 
It was a two-PR weekend for Ellie Akough who finished fifth overall and third among collegiate entries in the women's hammer with a lifetime best of 53.75m/176-4 in the fourth round. She had three measures on Saturday that surpassed her previous PR of 51.68m/169-7 from last year's Oregon Twilight.
 
The Ducks will split for two meets next weekend, the OSU High Performance in Corvallis and the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The next home meet is the Oregon Twilight, set for May 6 at Hayward Field.
 
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Saturday Results
MEN
200 Meters
2. Will Mundy – 21.36 [-0.5] (PR)
3. Evan Mafilas – 21.75 [-0.5]
4. Camden Wheeler – 22.02 [-0.5]
 
800 Meters | invitational
5. Matthew Erickson – 1:48.68 (PR)
8. Luis Peralta – 1:50.50
9. Benjamin Reynolds – 1:50.91 (PR)
10. James Gormley – 1:50.93
12. Tomas Palfrey – 1:51.91
--. Vincent Mestler – DNF
 
800 Meters
5. Angus Folmli – 1:52.62
 
110m Hurdles
4. Max Vollmer – 14.40 (PR)
 
4x100m Relay
1. Ryan Mulholland/Micah Williams/Will Mundy/Xavier Nairne – 38.83 [No. 4 UO]
 
4x400m Relay
1. Nathan Poff/Will Mundy/Evan Mafilas/Max Vollmer – 3:11.10
 
Pole Vault
1. Harrison Canfield – 4.88m/16-0
2. Max Vollmer – 4.88m/16-0
3. Arthur Katahdin – 4.73m/15-6.25
--. J Kai Yamafuji – NH
 
Shot Put
7. Jett Kinder – 13.69m/44-11
 
Hammer
2. Mason Strunk – 63.14m/207-2
 
WOMEN
200 Meters
1. Shana Grebo – 23.23 (PR)
3. Alexandra Webster – 24.60
 
800 Meters | invitational
2. Ella Nelson – 2:06.66 (PR)
5. Katriina Wright – 2:08.93 (PR)
8. Carly Kleefeld – 2:09.83
10. McKenna Ramsay – 2:10.71
12. Emilie Girard – 2:13.58
14. Mia Moerck – 2:16.47
--. Nicole Louw – DNF
--. Izzy Thornton-Bott – DNF
 
800 Meters
3. Dania Holmberg – 2:16.51 (PR)
 
100m Hurdles
3. Taylor Chocek – 14.00 (PR)
5. Colleen Uzoekwe – 14.38 (PR)
7. Gianna Bullock – 15.41
 
4x100m Relay
1. Sydney Holiday/Kemba Nelson/Jasmin Reed/Jasmine Montgomery – 44.59
 
4x400m Relay
1. McKenna Ramsay/Mia Moerck/Carly Kleefeld/Izzy Thornton-Bott – 3:46.52
 
High Jump
1. Tori Sloan – 1.81m/5-11.25 (PR) [No. 7 UO]
2. Dominique Ruotolo – 1.75m/5-8.75 (PR)
5. Taylor Chocek – 1.65m/5-5
 
Triple Jump
1. Dominique Ruotolo – 13.33m/43-8.75
 
Shot Put
2. Jaida Ross – 16.88m/55-4.75
3. Mine De Klerk – 16.57m/54-4.5
9. Colleen Uzoekwe – 12.10m/39-8.5
 
Hammer
5. Ellie Akough – 53.75m/176-4 (PR)
12. Ashley Hodulik – 42.10m/138-1
 
Javelin
2. Kohana Nakato – 47.71m/156-6
8. Riley Traeger – 43.47m/142-7
12. Josephine Krohn – 39.64m/130-0
 
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