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No. 1 women take top spot, No. 2 men finish sixth in Seattle



The No. 1 Oregon women and No. 2 Oregon men each turned in strong performances this weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle, with the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships just two weeks away.

And while it wasn’t a specific focus, the Duck women took home the championship trophy — their first in school history.

Oregon scored 133 points to take the women’s title over Stanford (113 points), Arizona (109) and Arizona State (75). The Duck men finished sixth in the team standings with 59 points, while UCLA (108.5) took home the title.

The Ducks opened Friday’s competition with two NCAA provisional-qualifying marks. Claire Michel finished third in the 5,000 meters in a personal-best 16:28.03, and Ashton Eaton tied for fourth place in the pole vault. His 17-foot-3-inch clearance is a personal best in all conditions.

Jordan Hasay secured the Ducks’ first NCAA automatic-qualifying mark on Saturday, winning the women’s mile in 4:35.01. The time is second in school history and an MPSF meet record. Middle distances were also kind to fellow freshman Anne Kesselring, who won the 800 meters in an NCAA provisional time of 2:05.72.

Amber Purvis broke her own school record in the 60-meter dash, winning the event in 7.30 seconds. Purvis’ mark is an NCAA provisional-qualifying time.

The highlight of the meet for the men was Andrew Wheating’s mile race, which he won in a personal-best 3:58.20. Wheating’s time ranks fourth in school history.

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