Track and Field Indoor Champs; Men Ranked No. 1

After sweeping the NCAA Indoor Championships, the women and top-ranked men of UO track and field prepare for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene.

By UO student Chelsea Fullmer

After an exciting sweep of the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, the No. 1-ranked men’s and No. 4-ranked women’s track and field teams look to continue the TrackTown USA legacy during the NCAA’s outdoor season.

With the wrap-up of the Oregon Relays this past weekend, the Ducks are hoping to close strong with the Penn Relays, Oregon Twilight, Pac-12 Championships, and finally the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.

Eric Jenkins and Edward Cheserek
(Photo: Eric Evans)

Standout freshman star Edward Cheserek made his Hayward Field debut at the Oregon Relays, winning the 5,000 meter race alongside teammate Eric Jenkins. Cheserek crossed the finish line with a time of 13:46.77, a 16-second outdoor personal record. Jenkins crossed over right after Cheserek at 13:46.80. The two paced each other the entire race to take the number one and two spots, likely securing qualifying spots for both runners at the NCAA Regionals.

The men also got three wins from freshman Devon Allen in the 400-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, and the 110-meter hurdles. Allen is also a redshirt freshman for the UO football team at wide receiver. Redshirt senior and cornerback for the Duck football team Dior Mathis finished third in the 100-meter dash. He also aided the first place finish in the men’s 4x100 relay with Jack Galpin, Arthur Delaney, and Marcus Chambers. Chambers won the men’s 400-meter dash in a season-best 46.88 seconds. Matt Hidalgo had a personal best in pole vault at 17-3/4 for the win, and Josh Melu secured the number one spot in triple jump at 49-6 1/2.

The UO freshmen ladies took the number 1-2 spots for the 5,000 meter race on Saturday. Maggie Schmaedick pulled out the win, finishing in 16:18.24. Frida Berge followed shortly after at 16:18.38. Haley Crouser and Liz Brenner placed first and second in javelin, Laura Bobek took home the victory for discus, and Ashante Horsley won the 400-meter dash to round out the women’s dominating success.

With a strong presence at the Oregon Relays, the women have remained steady through the season, ranking fourth or higher in all meets, hitting the number one spot prior to the Indoor Championships. The men started the season with a consistent streak of a third place ranking in the first meets, but have slipped throughout the season to as low as sixth place—with the exception of winning the Indoor Championships. However, they have climbed in the polls as the outdoor season progressed, and claimed the No. 1 spot in the most recent rankings.

The Ducks hit the road for the remainder of April and beginning of May, travelling to The 120th Penn Relays in Philadelphia, the OSU High Performance Meet in Corvallis, and the Payton Jordan Invitational meet in Stanford, California. Only one home meet remains after the away-games stretch, the Oregon Twilight on May 9 at Hayward Field, before the Ducks prepare for the Pac-12 Championships and NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.

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