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Sprint Teams Win Big at Penn Relays

The busy weekend for the Ducks is still in full swing.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A hectic weekend for the Oregon track & field team has members split between three meets. The Titan Twilight meet concluded Thursday, while day one of the OSU High Performance Meet and day two of the Penn Relays are now in the books.

The Titan Twilight saw many of the Ducks top field athletes competing, garnering six wins in all. Itohan Ikhionbare continued to be a stalwart, capturing a pair of victories in the discus (163-11) and shotput (53-5.75). Teammate Madeline Middlebrooks tossed a personal best in the hammer throw of 184-8, which would not be contested.

The men featured a couple of 1-2 performances in the discus and shotput. Cullen Prena was able to follow up his personal bests at the Oregon Relays with a win in the discus (176-2). Drake Brennan followed his lead with his own personal best of 175-1. The Ducks were able to replicate that success in the shotput with the tandem of T.J. Brassil (53-10.25) and Austin White (53-0.25).

The Penn Relays already have two Duck winners with one day remaining. Surprise, surprise, they both belong to the womens' sprint teams. The 4x100 team of Danielle Barbian, Deajah Stevens, Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington continued their domination, claiming a Wagon Wheel on Friday in 43.44. Cunliffe and Washington later teamed up to keep the sprint medley title in Oregon, along with Brooke Feldmeier and Raevyn Rogers. Rogers anchored at her trademark 800 distance and put the championship on ice, finishing in 3:46.40.

Emma Abrahamson, Ashley Maton, Alli Cash and Annie Leblanc almost secured another win in the 1,500 relay. The team took second to the Villanova Wildacats in a time of 17:44.67.

The Ducks were well represented in the individual sprints as well. Jasmine Todd and Danielle Barbian both moved on to the finals in the 100 meters. Todd claimed the fastest time of the day in winning her heat, while Barbian ran an 11.17.

Sasha Wallace and Alaysha Johnson followed up on that by both registering finals-qualifying times in the 100 hurdles. Wallace blazed to a prelim-best 13.25, while Johnson finished in 13.85.

The wins kept coming at the OSU High Performance Meet Friday in Corvallis. Bryan Ferndandez won the 5,000 in a personal-best time of 14:21.87. The Ducks dominated at 1,500 meters, with freshman Lilli Burdon running 4:19.92 to win the women's race. Chris Brewer claimed the top spot in the men's race.

Chris Mulverhill and Brianna Nerud kept the sweeps coming in the steeplechase. Mulverhill won the men's competition in 9:07.71 while Nerud posted a time of 10:15.23 to win the women's race.

Cullen Prena managed to secure his second win in as many days, taking the hammer throw with a monstrous personal-best 192-8 heave. Madeline Middlebrooks took second for the women (181-9), concluding a big two-day stretch of her own.

The final day of action in the Penn Relays is underway and can be streamed on Final day action of the OSU High Performance Meet is also on tap.

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