A busy weekend for the Ducks saw most athletes compete in the Hayward-hosted Oregon relays, while some members of the sprint team took on the world's elite at the Mt. Sac Relays. The throwers put on a show at home, winning five events. Greg Skipper followed up his success at the Pepsi Relays with another winning hammer throw, this time of 223-1. Ryan Hunter-Simms took the discus title with a mark of 188-7, good for a personal best. Cullen Prena added a pair of personal bests in the discus and shot put, taking third in both events.
On the women's side Itohan Aikhionbare had a big day, winning the shot put with a season-best 54-4.5 toss. Aikhionbare also nearly won the discus, leading with a mark of 166-6 that didn't hold up and allowed her to claim second.
A few more stellar performances came in the jumps. Travonn White leapt a monstrous 24-7.75 to take the long jump by a foot, while Chance Whitehurst took the triple jump with a personal best of 49-9.25.
Mitch Modin set off a sweep in the decathlon, claiming the title with 7,468 points. Teammates Joe Delgado and Blake Kemp (second and third) rounded out the scoring with 7,402 and 6,813 respectively.
Cole Walsh soared to a personal best in the pole vault (17-9) for another win.
It was another banner day for Devon Allen. Allen took care of business in the 200 in 20.68 with teammate Marcus Chambers trailing him for second in 20.94. Allen would come back to take the 110 and 400 hurdles on day three in 13.48 and 51.32.
He also teamed up with Kirk Merritt, Tony Brooks-James and Marcus Chambers for his fourth win in the 4x100, finishing in 40.18. Chambers would later win the open 400 in 46.95, building on his Pepsi Invite win the week prior. Ashante Horsley was not to be outdone, proving victorious in the women's 400. This was Horsley's second win of the weekend, following up on a day two victory in the 200.
The Ducks got another win from the 4x400 relay of Jack Galpin, Grant Grosvenor, Cameron Stone, and Bradley Laubacher in 3:14.46. Grosvenor also took the track for the 800, finishing second in 1:50.70. Ashley Maton took second in the women's 800, setting a personal record of 2:09.08 in the process.
The only distance performances of the weekend saw a second place finish from Chris Brewer in the men's 1500 with a time of 3:45.01, while Jackson Darland and Chris Mulverhill went 3-4 in the steeplechase.
The Mt. Sac Relays welcomed a select group of Duck sprinters and they did not disappoint. The quartet of Jasmine Todd, Deajah Stevens, Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington continued their fast start by winning the 4x100 meter relay over top competition in 42.68. The time marked the second straight meet the foursome has broken the school record.
Stevens and Cunliffe didn't stop there. Stevens claimed an individual title in the 200 (22.61) with Cunliffe breathing down her neck for second in 22.71. Cunliffe went on to run a blazing 10.99 in the elite 100, bested only by former Duck Jenna Prandini in 10.95. Prandini's 10.95 was the fastest women's time in the world this year. Ariana Washington won her heat in 11.24.
Jenna Prandini wins the Women's Invitational 100m, Heat 1, in a time of 10.95, at the #MtSACRelays. World leading time.— Mt. SAC Relays (@TheMtSACRelays) April 16, 2016
Alaysha Johnson and Sasha Wallace finished fourth and fifth in their world-class heats of the 100 hurdles, in times of 13.01 and 13.04 respectively. Wallace's heat featured indoor national champion Cindy Ofili of Michigan, who ran a meet-fastest 12.66.
Sophomore Raevyn Rogers picked up a third in the 800 (2:02.81). Teammate Annie Leblanc wasn't far behind, finishing in 2:03.90.
The Ducks will be back in action next week, as the Penn Relays get started Thursday.