Women of Oregon Head Home with 14 NCAA Qualifiers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Women of Oregon added 12 national qualifiers on the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark. Overall, the Ducks will have 14 entries in nine events at the NCAA Championships.
Coupled with the men's nine NCAA qualifiers, the Ducks will have a total of 23 entries when the NCAA's best come to Hayward Field in 11 days.
Advancing to the NCAA Championships
Iman Brown – 200 meters
Mine De Klerk – shot put
Lexi Ellis – triple jump
Jaida Ross – shot put & discus
Jadyn Mays – 100 meters
Jadyn Mays/Kemba Nelson/Jasmin Reed/Jasmine Montgomery – 4x100m relay
Jasmine Montgomery – 100 & 200 meters
Kemba Nelson – 100 meters
Malia Pivec – 3,000m steeplechase
Dominique Ruotolo – triple jump
Izzy Thornton-Bott – 1500 meters
Alexandra Webster – 400m hurdles
Jaida Ross, having already advanced in the shot put, was the Ducks' first qualifier of the day behind a PR in the discus. Competing in flight two of three, the Medford, Ore., native had a mark of 55.97m/183-7 in her third attempt which stood tall through the third flight as the ninth-best effort of the day. Ross added more than a foot to her previous best to strengthen her hold as the No. 3 performer in UO history.
Oregon's first track qualifier came from the 4x100-meter quartet of Jadyn Mays, Kemba Nelson, Jasmin Reed and Jasmine Montgomery. The Pac-12 champions stopped the clock in a season-best 42.74 to win heat two and post the fastest time of the day. The performance also moves the team to fifth on the UO all-time list.
In the 1500 meters, Izzy Thornton-Bott secured a spot at the NCAA Championships. She finished with a time of 4:20.58 which was good enough to claim an at-large qualifier. The UO distance crew picked up another qualifier with Malia Pivec in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She posted a time of 10:08.66 and will be making her NCAA debut.
The Ducks went 3-for-3 in the 100-meters with Nelson, Mays and Montgomery all returning to the track to grab individual qualifiers. Nelson lowered her all-conditions best to 10.85 (+2.6) as the third fastest in the quarterfinal round. Mays—the 2021 NCAA 60-meter bronze medalist—and Montgomery tied with a time of 11.12, both windy, to complete the nationals-bound trio.
Montgomery is one of two freshman in the country—and only one in the West—to advance to Eugene in the 100 meters.
Alexandra Webster locked up a return trip to Hayward Field in the 400-meter hurdles. Running in the fastest heat of the day, Webster crossed the finish line in 57.41 to post one of the three at-large marks. She will be making her first-career appearance at the NCAA Championships.
Within minutes of each other, the Ducks registered four more qualifiers—two each in the triple jump and at 200 meters. In the final field event of the weekend, Dominique Ruotolo (13.63m/44-8.75) and Lexi Ellis (13.42m/44-0.5) advanced to the second national meet of their respective careers. The mark for Ruotolo is a season best.
Iman Brown recorded a lifetime-best performance of 22.71 which moves the UO senior to No. 8 on the program's all-time list. She entered the day with a best of 22.92 from the Aztec Invitational in March. In the first heat of the event, Montgomery tallied her third qualifier—second individual—of the day. She crossed in a new all-conditions best of 22.74 (+2.6) to finish third in the heat and ninth overall.
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Q – advances to NCAA Championships
100 Meters – quarterfinals
3. Kemba Nelson – 10.82wQ (+2.6)
10. Jadyn Mays – 11.12wQ (+2.2)
11. Jasmine Montgomery – 11.12wQ (+2.6)
200 Metes – quarterfinals
8. Iman Brown – 22.71Q (PR) [No. 8 UO]
9. Jasmine Montgomery – 22.74wQ (+2.6)
400 Meters – quarterfinals
13. Ella Clayton – 53.03
15. Katriina Wright – 53.22
800 Meters – quarterfinals
23. Carly Kleefeld – 2:08.60
1500 Meters – quarterfinals
12. Izzy Thornton-Bott – 4:20.58Q
5,000 Meters – semifinals
13. Alessia Zarbo – 16:19.32
100m Hurdles – quarterfinals
21. Alexandra Webster – 13.40 (+2.8)
400m Hurdles – quarterfinals
11. Alexandra Webster – 57.41Q
3,000m Steeplechase – quarterfinals
12. Malia Pivec – 10:08.66Q
18. Aneta Konieczek – 10:17.70
22. Harper McClain – 10:25.01
4x100m Relay – quarterfinals
1. Jadyn Mays/Kemba Nelson/Jasmin Reed/Jasmine Montgomery – 42.74Q (SB) [No. 5 UO]
21. Tori Sloan – 1.76m/5-9.25
4. Dominique Ruotolo – 13.63m/44-8.75wQ (+2.4)
7. Lexi Ellis – 13.42m/44-0.5Q
9. Jaida Ross – 55.97m/183-7Q (PR) [No. 3 UO]
34. Mine De Klerk – 48.92m/160-6
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