Friday was filled with action on the track after storms caused the postponement of Thursday's events. The weather didn't cooperate on Friday either, as storms did cause brief delays. However, Oregon athletes were able to qualify in large numbers, punching 12 tickets to the NCAA Championships.
The women sprinters continued their season-long domination, with Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington both winning their heats in the 100. Cunliffe ran the top overall time (11.13) while Washington took fourth in 11.33.
#NCAATFWest: Oregon's Hannah Cunliffe destroys the field in Heat 2. Finishes in 11.13. Runner-up in the heat was at 11.50.— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) May 27, 2016
Edward Cheserek built off his win at the Pac-12 Championships with another standout performance in the men's 10,000. Cheserek won going away in 29:45.41 with the nearest competitor five seconds behind. The 13-time NCAA Champion already boasts back-to-back titles in the event.
A pair of Ducks earned their NCAA bids in the quarter mile. Marcus Chambers kept his stellar junior campaign going after claiming another Pac-12 Championship in the 400, finishing ninth in 46.48. Thiel ran a season-best 51.25 in the 400 hurdles to join his teammate.
The women's 800 qualified the usual suspect in Raevyn Rogers, as she and Annie Leblanc won their heats respectively. The teammates finished within hundredths of each other with Rogers (2:05.36) barely besting Leblanc (2:05.38). Brooke Feldmeier also qualified, running a season-best 2:06.22, good for second in her heat.
Raevyn Rogers kicks in hard over the last 100 to win her 800 heat. She will look to defend her title at the NCAA Championships! #GoDucks— Oregon Track & Field (@OregonTF) May 27, 2016
Cole Walsh got the Ducks going in the field events. The junior cleared 17-3.75 to take seventh in the pole vault for his first NCAA Championship appearance.
Cody Danielson and John Nizich both used late throws to secure spots in the javelin, taking eighth and eleventh place. Nizich saved his best for last, throwing 225-10 on his final attempt. Danielson used a mark of 224-3 to leapfrog a few competitors and clinch his spot in Eugune a few weeks from now.
Greg Skipper advanced in a more anti-climactic manner, as his 226-1 hammer throw Thursday stood for third place. His event was one of the only to take place Thursday, and the mark was his lone throw of the day.
Saturday marks the final day of competition, which gets underway with the men's discus at 9 a.m. CT.