Eugene – Friday night was an annual meet, one historic Hayward Field had hosted multiple times, but with the entire complex as we know it set for a complete overhaul starting in June, this one in particular had a lot of sentimental value.
Not only did the meet provide the opportunity for a handful of UO track team members to clinch spots in the Pac-12 championships at Stanford, but it also drew in a delegation of Oregon Alumni that had previously competed, and flourished, at the hallowed venue.
Raevyn Rogers posted a lifetime best of 56.02 in her 400 meter win; Devon Allen swept the 100 and 110 hurdles, setting meet records in both. Marcus Chambers won the 200 in 20.9 seconds, Mike Berry posted a 46.42 in winning the 400, Jasmine Todd won the long jump with a 20 foot 7 and ¾ inch leap, and Ryan Hunter-Simms succeeded in a 185 foot, 6 inch discuss throw.
Allen’s finishes of 13.42 in the 110 and 10.29 in the 100 were, as mentioned; meet records, and also personal bests. Allen said he’ll be looking to rewrite the records yet again at Hayward’s final event before renovation, the Prefontaine Classic.
Current UO student athletes fared well also. Maddie Rabing won the shot with a mark of 48-6 1.4, while also placing second in the hammer throw. Kaylah Robinson won the 100 meters in 12.03, Keera Stephen captured the 100 hurdles in 14.33, Madi Greenleaf conquered the 400 hurdles in 1:01.09, and Lilli Burdon sprinted away from the field to win the 1,500 in 4:15.16.
On the men’s side, Sam Parkel won the 800 with a time of 1:49.57, Reed Brown corralled the 1,500, posting a time of 3:41.75, Drew Russert came away with the triple jump leaping 46-8 ¾, and Max Lydum posted a 196-10 in the hammer throw.
All in all, the event provided a perfect-weathered curtain call as current UO students turned their attention toward the Pac-12 championships and heralded alumni focused on continuing to set personal bests while eyeing the next Olympic Trials, now a mere two years away.
The Prefontaine Classic, Hayward’s official final hurrah, takes place Friday May 25th and Saturday May 26th. Tickets remain available.