Oregon wrapped up NCAA West action Saturday with 18 more qualifiers. In total, the Ducks will send 32 athletes, (17 men and 15 women) to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene.
It was a big day for the hurdlers, as Alaysha Johnson broke the school record in the 100 hurdles. Her time of 12.97 put her in select company, becoming the first Duck to run under 13 seconds. Sasha Wallace won her heat in 13.20 to join her.
Devon Allen had another busy day, qualifying in all three events in which he competed. Allen was once again uncontested in the 110 hurdles, running 13.37 for a near season-best. Allen later took to the track for the 200, finishing second in his heat in a personal best time of 20.62.
Devon Allen qualifies for his second individual event! Allen runs a PR of 20.62 in the 200 and moves to fourth in UO history. #GoDucks— Oregon Track & Field (@OregonTF) May 28, 2016
The 1,500 race sent another five Ducks to the promised land. Sam Prakel (3:43.38) and Blake Haney (3:46.41) each won their heats in the men's race, while teammate Matthew Maton ran 3:43.62 to join them. Annie Leblanc and Lilli Burdon both qualified for the women. Leblanc's third-place finish (4:17.36) secured her second spot, having already qualified in the 800 yesterday. Burdon earned her spot by finishing second in 4:21.33.
Both 4x100 teams also punched tickets to the big meet. Allen, along with Christian Sourapas, Travonn White and 400 qualifier Marcus Chambers finished third in their heat (39.76). The women's team fared just as well with the foursome of Danielle Barbian, Deajah Stevens, Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington winning their heat in 43.75 to post the second-fastest time of the day. They weren't the only women's team to move on, as the 4x400 team of Ashante Horsley, Stevens, Brooke Feldmeier, and Raevyn Rogers grabbed a spot (3:29.74).
Oregon sends another back to Eugene as Ariana Washington wins the Sixth Heat of the Women's 200-meter, 22.76 #NCAATF— FloTrack (@FloTrack) May 28, 2016
Washington will be another double entree after racing to a personal best in the 200. Washington (22.76) and Stevens (22.48) each won their heats and climbed up the Oregon all-time rankings in the process.
Brittany Mann made sure to represent the throwers in final day action. Mann threw a near personal-best 56-6 on her final attempt in the shot put to finish as the runner-up. Teammate Itohan Ikhionbare narrowly missed qualifying, finishing in thirteenth.
More distance Ducks clinched their spots in the 5,000. Edward Cheserek turned on the jets to put away the field in his heat (14:10.66). Teammate Jake Leingang (14:14.62) took sixth in Cheserek's heat to join him. Alli Cash was the lone female qualifier, taking fourth in the fastest heat in 16:21.47.
56.16 LAST LAP!!! EDWARD CHESEREK WINS! pic.twitter.com/utMdHa2wHy— FloTrack (@FloTrack) May 28, 2016
There were a few shocking twists to the weekend as well. Hannah Cunliffe showed she is human after all, finishing well off of her normal 200 time in 23.30. The sophomore failed to qualify, taking sixteenth overall. The Ducks were also dealt a major blow when Jasmine Todd abruptly quit the team, making her announcement on Instagram.
The Ducks will wrap up the season back at Eugene for the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 8-11 at Hayward Field.