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Hampton Wins Pac-12 Title in the Javelin

May 13, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – Redshirt freshman Ty Hampton won the Pac-12 title in the men's javelin Friday night at the Pac-12 Championships, leading a collection of 22 points for the Men of Oregon in the event. Oregon also registered a runner-up performance from Alessia Zarbo in the women's 10,000 meters and a pair of bronze efforts by Aaron Bienenfeld (men's 10K) and Kohana Nakato (women's javelin).
Through three events scored, the UO men sit in first place with 28 points, ahead of Stanford (27 points) and Washington (20). On the women's side, the Ducks are in fifth place with 14 points at the end of day one; Washington (32) leads through four events scored.
From Friday's rounds of preliminary heats, the Men of Oregon advanced seven athletes to Sunday finals including four in the 1500 meters. The Women of Oregon picked up five qualifiers on day one including three in the 200 meters.
Advancing to Sunday Finals
200m: Micah Williams (20.73), Ryan Mulholland (20.95)
1500m: Reed Brown (3:43.38), Jack Yearian (3:43.68), James Gormley (3:43.79), Elliott Cook (3:43.99)
400m hurdles: Will Mundy (51.99)
200m: Iman Brown (23.40), Kemba Nelson (23.68), Jasmine Montgomery (23.67)
1500m: Izzy Thornton-Bott (4:20.83)
400m hurdles: Alexandra Webster (58.89)
In the decathlon, two-time defending champion Max Vollmer leads the way with UO teammates Jett Kinder and Nathan Poff in second and third, respectively, through five events. Vollmer posted outdoor bests in the 100 meters (10.72) and high jump (1.96m/6-5) on his way to 4,078 points after day one.
Eugene native Taylor Chocek put together a strong first day in the heptathlon, and goes into Saturday third overall with 3,290 points. She capped the day with a lifetime best of 25.09 in the 200 meters.
The combined events resume Saturday at 11 a.m. with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles and 1 p.m. in the heptathlon with the long jump.
With his victory, Hampton becomes the 17th man in program history to win a conference title in the javelin, and first since Cody Danielson in 2016. The North Bend, Ore., native recorded a day's best of 73.86m/242-4 on his second attempt of the day, nearly 20 feet clear of runner-up Roan Allen from Washington. All six marks by Hampton were good enough to win.
The Ducks' 1-3-5-7 also featured Eric Lyon, Dalton Rasmussen and Asher Krauel, respectively. Both Lyon (66.29m/217-6) and Rasmussen (65.15m/213-9) improved one spot in the final standings over the final three throws of the event. Kraul's best throw of the day at 62.36m/204-7 came in the second round.
Zarbo, in her collegiate debut at 10,000 meters, clocked a time of 32:28.57 to grab eight points for the Women of Oregon. She led at the bell and only relinquished the lead over the final 100 meters. The top four in Friday's final all finished under the previous meet record of 32:38.73 set last season by Carmela Cardama Baez in Los Angeles.
With Friday's outing, Zarbo becomes the No. 3 performer on the UO all-time list behind Cardama Baez (32:16.13) and school-record holder Jordan Hasay (32:06.64).
Oregon's first points of the weekend came from Nakato who finished just off her season-best measure with a toss of 48.45m/158-11 in the third round. She moved from fifth to third entering the finals and held steady to score six points for the UO women in her Pac-12 debut.
In the final event Friday, the UO men tacked on six points from Bienenfeld in his first 10,000 meters of the season. He crossed the line in 28:14.67, not a lifetime best (28:10.95) but strong enough to become the fifth-fastest performer in UO history. Bienenfeld is the first UO man to crack the program top-10 list since Edward Cheserek in 2014.
Along with his third-place showing, Bienenfeld added a top-10 regional mark for NCAA West Preliminary qualifying. Both Bienenfeld and Zarbo are scheduled for the long-distance double with the 5,000 meters Sunday afternoon.
Saturday finals in the field events begin at 1:45 p.m. with the men's hammer while prelims on the track continue at 4 p.m. with the women's 100-meter hurdles. Day two of the Pac-12 Championships will see champions crowned in the men's and women's steeplechase, men's and women's long jump, men's and women's shot put, men's hammer and combined events.
Friday Results
200 Meters – prelim
3. Micah Williams – 20.73Q
7. Ryan Mulholland – 20.95Q
14. Xavier Nairne – 21.51
1500 Meters – prelim
2. Reed Brown – 3:43.38Q
4. Jack Yearian – 3:43.68Q
6. James Gormley – 3:43.79Q
8. Elliott Cook – 3:43.99Q
13. Evan Holland – 3:44.91
10,000 Meters – final
3. Aaron Bienenfeld – 28:14.67 [6 points] [No. 5 UO]
400m Hurdles – prelim
3. Will Mundy – 51.99Q
1. Ty Hampton – 73.86m/242-4 [10 points]
3. Eric Lyon – 66.29m/217-6 [6 points]
5. Dalton Rasmussen – 65.15m/213-9 [4 points]
7. Asher Krauel – 62.36m/204-7 [2 points]
Decathlon – Day 1
1. Max Vollmer – 4,078 points
              1. 100 Meters – 10.72 (PR) [924 points]
              2. Long Jump – 6.88m/22-7 [785]
              1. Shot Put – 13.95m/45-9.25 [725]
              2. High Jump – 1.96m/6-5 (PR) [767]
              1. 400 Meters – 48.67 [877]
2. Jett Kinder –   3,739 points
              5. 100 Meters – 11.30 (PR) [795 points]
              1. Long Jump – 7.10m/23-3.5 [838]
              2. Shot Put – 13.51m/44-4 [698]
              3. High Jump – 1.93m/6-4 [740]
              6. 400 Meters – 53.32 [668]
3. Nathan Poff – 3,645 points
              5. 100 Meters – 11.17 [823 points]
              3. Long Jump – 6.77m/22-25 [760]
              5. Shot Put – 12.47m/40-11 [635]
              4. High Jump – 1.81m/5-11.25 [636]
              3. 400 Meters – 50.51 [791]
200 Meters – prelims
2. Iman Brown – 23.40Q
4. Kemba Nelson – 23.68Q
6. Jasmine Montgomery – 23.67Q
15. Jasmin Reed – 24.25
1500 Meters – prelim
8. Izzy Thornton-Bott – 4:20.83Q
15. Emilie Girard – 4:25.37
10,000 Meters – final
2. Alessia Zarbo – 32:28.57 [No. 3 UO] [8 points]
16. Caramia Mestler – 34:36.55
400m Hurdles – prelim
2. Alexandra Webster – 58.89Q
3. Kohana Nakato – 48.45m/158-11 [6 points]
Heptathlon – Day 1
3. Taylor Chocek – 3,290 points
              5. 100m Hurdles – 14.04 [973 points]
              3. High Jump – 1.67m/5-5.75 (=PR) [818]
              5. Shot Put – 11.38m/37-4 [620]
              5. 200 Meters – 25.09 (PR) [879]
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