What remained of Oregon's track & field team traveled to Stanford Sunday for the Payton Jordan Invitational. The Ducks were well-represented in the 1,500 fields for both men's and women's as only distance runners were sent.
Blake Haney was featured in the top section of the men's 1,500, running a personal best in a heat filled with both college and pro competitors. Sam Prakel was the top finisher in the second section of the event, with a time of 3:40.46, another personal best.
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Other competitors included Jeramy Elkaim and Matthew Maton, finishing in seventh and eighth place in their respective heats. Elkaim's time of 3:45.32 and Maton's (3:45.67) both represented season-best performances.
What may have been an even bigger story in the men's race was who was not competing. Thirteen-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek withdrew from the race, set to compete for the first time since the Pepsi Invite. There, you may remember, he was outkicked by Washington's Cody Gilbert down the home stretch. It was admitted that he wasn't fully healthy in the race, and it's still ambiguous as to his condition. An Oregonian report cites a calf strain.
Jake Leingang was the sole Duck in the men's 5,000. The junior turned in a season-best of his own(13:51.80) good for 12th in his section.
The women had a pair of athletes racing; Frida Berge and Molly Grabill. Berge took 12th in the steeplechase in 10:25.03. while Grabill turned in a season-best time in her heat of the 5,000. Grabill finished in 17th with a time of 16:00.01.
The Ducks return to Hayward Field to host their last meet of the season, the Oregon Twilight. Hayward Field will also be the venue for the NCAA Championships in June.