Oregon hosted the Oregon Twilight earlier today in Eugene, which saw other area schools, as well as many Duck alumni competing. The meet also served as senior night for 21 athletes, although it won't mark the end of any careers with the postseason still to come. This played out as somewhat of an alumni meet for the Ducks, as most events saw either a current or former Oregon athlete winning.
A trio of athletes was recently named to the Bowerman watchlist. Devon Allen, Edward Cheserek and sopohomore 800 specialist Raevyn Rogers were all announced. None of the athletes were expected to compete, as Rogers was held out altogether. After much hubbub, Cheserek was back in the 3,000 meters finishing in second (7:57.26).
Distance teammates Matthew Maton (3:42.68) and Chris Brewer took 1-2 in the men's 1,500. Teammate Molly Grabill won the women's race (4:26.85). Alum Jonathan Cabral won the 110 hurdles in 13.67, while Allen, the collegiate leader, was held out.
Allen did compete as a part of the 4x100 team alongside Christian Sourapas, Travonn White and Marcus Chambers. The foursome was victorious in 39.61, the fifth-fastest time in school history.
Alums dominated the sprints as Phyllis Francis won the women's 100 (11.34) and Arthur Delaney took the men's (10.18). It was a similar story in the 200 as Francis was a double winner (22.77).
The men's 400 was a showdown of Duck alums as well, with Olympian Ashton Eaton taking on Mike Berry. Berry edged out Eaton in 45.56.
WATCH: Oregon record holder Mike Berry wins the 400 in 45.56 just ahead of Ashton Eaton. Watch on Pac-12 Networks. https://t.co/HgbUokrDD5— Oregon Track & Field (@OregonTF) May 7, 2016
The Ducks had a strong showing in the field events, as Drake Brennan won the discus for the second straight meet in yet another personal best (186-7). Brittany Mann and Itohan Ikhionbare went 1-2 in the women's shotput, with Mann tying her school record of 56-6.75.Greg Skipper was a winner in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 227-3. Matt Hidalgo added a win in the pole vault, clearing a season-best 16-11.5".
Skylar Evans won her section of the women's 800 (2:12.66), while Jackson Darland ran a season-best 9:00.22 to take third in the men's steeplechase.
Oregon was able to get a sign of things to come from signee Katie Rainsberger, who finished in second place in the women's 1500. Her time of 4:14.20 was second to Treniere Moser, and ranked fifth all-time in high school history. Rainsberger beat out current Ducks Frida Berge, Emma Abrahamson and Brianna Nerud.
Head coach Robert Johnson will now be faced with the tough task of witling down the roster to 28 for both the men and women for the Pac-12 Championships.
More Ducks are in action this weekend as the Pac-12 Multis get underway Saturday and finish Sunday.