Day one of the Pac-12 Championships saw the Ducks bring home four titles. Brittany Mann successfully defended her Pac-12 title in the shot put with a throw of 55-7. Teammate Itohan Ikhionbare made it a 1-2 sweep.
The men continued the strong start in the throws with another 1-2 showing in the javelin. Cody Danielson's throw of 238-5 claimed first while John Nizich took second. The win marks the fifth straight year the javelin title has stayed in Eugene. The women kept the points coming as Liz Brenner was second and Annie Whitfield took sixth.
Greg Skipper finally broke through to win the men's hammer throw (230-9) after placing each of the last three years.
Edward Cheserek finally got back on top in the men's 10,000 (28:58.57) after a rocky regular season hampered by injuries. The win showcased the Cheserek of old, as he dominated from start to finish en route to a NCAA regional qualifying time. Teammate Matt Melanconin took sixth to tack on three points.
A trio of second place finishes rounded out the scoring. Jasmine Todd's long jump (20-7) marked a season-best. Frida Berge's time of 9:56.79 set a school record in the process as well as a huge personal best. Berge wasn't the only scorer in the steeplechase as Brianna Nerud finished in fifth. Molly Grabill was the other runner-up in the 10,000 running a 33:40.38.
Much of the excitement will have to wait for tomorrow, as the majority of the track events will hold finals then. Devon Allen continued his dominant season in the prelims of the 110 hurdles, taking first in a Pac-12 meet-record time of 13.32. This put him nearly a second ahead of the next finisher, as no other time under 14 seconds was recorded. Allen also qualified for the 100 and 200 finals.
Highlight: Oregon’s Devon Allen breaks Pac-12 track & field championship record in 110 meter hurdles prelim https://t.co/ueQdw0tY6L— Duck Sports Now (@DuckSportsNow) May 14, 2016
4x100 teammate Marcus Chambers qualified in the 200 and 400, registering the fastest 200 time. Christian Sourapas, Travonn White, and Ben Thiel all advanced as members of the 4x100 in a top time of 40.55, with Thiel yet to defend his 400 hurdles title.
The women sprinters put themselves in position to score in bunches tomorrow. All four of the legs of the 4x100 team qualified as Hannah Cunliffe (11.08), Ariana Washington (11.18), Deajah Stevens (11.19) and Danielle Barbian (11.52) were all within earshot of each other. Cunliffe, Stevens and Washington all added qualifying performances in the 200 as well.
Deajah Stevens (22.69), Ariana Washington (23.08) and Hannah Cunliffe each win their 200 heats and advance to the final. #GoDucks— Oregon Track & Field (@OregonTF) May 15, 2016
Sasha Wallace and Alaysha Johnson made sure the hurdlers were invited to the party, with qualifying times separated by hundredths (13.27 and 13.28).
The Ducks will be well accounted for in the men's 1500 with the likes of Sam Prakel, Matthew Maton and Chris Brewer. Grant Grosvenor is the lone male 800 representative, while the women can claim reigning national champion Raevyn Rogers as the winner of her heat.
The women's 1500 also saw a pair of competitors move on as Lilli Burdon and Annie Leblanc each won their heats.
The women lead after day one with 57 points, while the men maintain a close second to Washington. Day two will continue with Pac-12 coverage at 9 a.m.