The Oregon track and field team split and traveled to the OSU High Performance and the Penn Relays. Oregon won three events at the Penn Relays on Friday.
The Women of Oregon broke yet another collegiate record, winning the women’s sprint medley in 3 minutes 39.05 seconds. The time was also a Penn Relays record.
Makenzie Dunmore kicked things off in the 100-meter leg and tore past the other competitors to give Oregon an early lead. Deajah Stevens and Hannah Waller built on that lead in the 200-meter and 400-meter legs, respectively. That left Raevyn Rogers with more than a 30 foot lead to finish off the 800-meter leg as Oregon won effortlessly by more than four seconds.
Earlier, Stevens and Dunmore ran legs in the women’s 100-meter relay to bring Oregon its first victory of the day. After winning their heat on Thursday with the fastest time out of the rest of the teams in the field to advance to the Champ of America final, the quartet of Alaysha Johnson, Stevens, Dunmore and Ariana Washington broke the another Penn Relays record, finishing in 42.35 seconds.
The men also found success by winning the distance medley relay with a time of 9 minutes, 32.61 seconds. Marcus Chambers ran an impressive 400-meter leg in 45.58 seconds, almost two seconds faster than anyone else in the field. His performance moved Oregon from fifth place to first. During the 800-meter leg, Mick Stanovesk fell back into fourth, forcing Sam Prakel to make up the distance on the 1,600-meter leg. With 200-meters to go, Prakel broke out into a run to beat out the rest of the field on the straightaway.
The Ducks also earned two third-place finishes. The quartet of Marcus Chambers, Kyree King, Julius Shellmire and Damarcus Simpson qualified for the final in the 100-meter relay, which will take place on Saturday. Emma Abrahamson, Lilli Burdon, Jessica Hull and Samantha Nadel ran the 1,500-meter final in 17:39.78 to earn their third-place finish.
Meanwhile, at the OSU High Performance Meet, Frida Berge placed fifth in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and crossed the line in 10:21.27. Her time is the eighth-fastest in school history.
The men and women also delivered stellar performances in the hammer throw. Max Lydum won the event with a personal record of 182 feet, 8 inches. Austin Tharp also hit a personal best of 171-10. Madeline Middlebrooks finished second with a final distance of 182-8, while Maddie Rabing earned another personal record, hers of 177-5 to finish fifth.
Cole Walsh finished in second in the pole vault after a hard-fought battle with Justin Petz of Lane Community College. Both finished with heights of 16 feet, 8 inches, but since Walsh missed his first attempt, the win was given to Petz.
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