Four wins highlight productive day at Mt. SAC Relays

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WALNUT, Calif. – The Oregon Track and Field team continued their busy week in California with four wins Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays. The list of featured Ducks winners Shana Grebo (400m hurdles), Lexi Ellis (triple jump), Ty Hampton (javelin) and the women’s 4×400 meters relay. The team also added five new top 10 performances to the program.

In the Ducks’ first victory of the day, Hampton extended his lifetime record to 71.78m/235-6 in the final round of the competition. He threw the javelin 69.65 meters on his second attempt and took the lead from then on. Hampton is now No. 9 in program history thanks to Friday’s measurement.

Rasmussen recorded a season-best mark of 66.85m/219-4, also in round six. He moved from third to second overall, passing James McNaney (66.17m) on the penultimate throw.

After two fouls to start the competition, Ellis responded with a 44-4.25 / 13.52m to take the lead for good. She continued to improve to hit a new lifetime best of 13.57m/44-6.25 on her sixth attempt, moving to No. 3 on the OU Top 10 list. Ellis had a previous overall PR of 13.56m / 44-6 from the 2020 indoor season.

Based on the scores going into the day, Ellis ranks in the top five nationally in the triple jump. Teammate Dominique Ruotolo is scheduled to compete in the invitational section of the event on Saturday.

Grebo, the Ducks’ first winner on the track, cleared the 400-meter hurdles in 56.43 to take first place. After cutting his steps before the final hurdle, the OU rookie trailed Milan Young of Texas (56.85) but caught the final strides for the win. In her first race of the day, Grebo ran 13.56 for a new PR in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries.

Picking up a second win on Friday, Grebo teamed up with Ella Clayton, Shaniya Hall and Katrina Wright win the 4×400 meters relay. The freshman quartet posted a winning time of 3:31.96, nearly seven seconds faster than runner-up Arizona (3:38.80). Earlier in the day, in their individual events, Wright and Clayton clocked personal bests of 53.31 in the 400 meters and 2:06.50 in the 800 meters, respectively.

In two rounds of the 100 meter hurdles, Alexandra Webster recorded two personal bests and finished the day with a time of 13.24 (-2.4) to finish second in the final; she ran 13.31 to qualify for the preliminaries. With his performance in the Finals, Webster moves up to No. 5 on Oregon’s all-time list.

The Oregon women will occupy a third of the nine-lane 100-meter final with Jadyn Mays (11.23), Kemba Nelson (11.33) and Iman Brown (11:36 a.m.) all out of Friday’s preliminary heats.
Mays was the fourth-quickest qualifier overall, with Nelson and Brown securing both spots on time.

On the men’s side, Xavier Naire secured his place in the final with a wind-assisted 10.15 (+2.9) to win the fifth run. His time was third fastest in the prelims. Ryan Mulholland had the fifth fastest outing in the heats with a 10.20 barely helped by the wind (+2.1) but finished second in his heat. With nine rounds in total, only the winner of each advanced to the final.

Mulholland added a top-10 performance to the program in his second race of the day. Running in the eight-of-nine heat in the 200 meters, Mulholland stopped the clock in a new PR of 20.49 to win the heat and finish in third place overall. The weather also moved Grass Valley, Calif., from No. 7 on Oregon’s all-time list.

Mays and Brown returned to lead a quartet of UO women in the top 30 in the 200 meters. For the second time this season, Mays went under 23 seconds in 22.95 with Brown not far behind her in 23.04, good for third and fifth, respectively. Jasmine Montgomery (23.27w) and Jasmine Reed (23.86) rounded out the Ducks’ performance.

Reigning Pac-12 Champion Alysah Hickey finished second in the long jump on Friday, setting the best record of the day – and a new outdoor PR – of 6.60m / 21-8 in the second round. The effort added an inch to his previous legal wind record of 6.59 yards from last year’s conference meet. With the mark, Hickey remains fourth on UO’s all-time list.

After qualifying in Thursday’s preliminaries, Jaida Ross and De Klerk mine were back to finish third and fifth respectively in the shot put. Ross got the day’s best at 17.09m / 56-1 in the third round, just short of his PR of 17.13m from the Hayward Premiere. De Klerk finished the day with a score of 16.61m/54-6 on his fifth attempt.

In the preliminaries of the 110 meters hurdles, Will Mundy recorded a new personal best of 14.25 to replace his old PR of 14.34 from the 2021 Pac-12 Championships. He then finished seventh overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.54, just shy of his lifetime best of 51.36 in the NCAA West prelims last year.

Sunday schedule

1:35 p.m. – w100 final: Iman Brown, Jadyn Mays, Kemba Nelson

1:40 p.m. – m100 final: Xavier Naire

2:19 p.m. – preliminary by invitation of the m100: Micah Williams

2:50 p.m. – wTJ invitation: Dominique Ruotolo

3:30 p.m. – mTJ invitation: Emmanuel Ihemeje

3:38 p.m. – m100 invitational final: to be determined
4:00 p.m. – invitation w4x100
4:07 p.m. – invite m4x100

In addition to the live broadcast from RunnerSpace and USATF.tv, the elite relay section of Mt. SAC will be broadcast live from 2-4 p.m. PT on CNBC.

The Ducks return next week for the Oregon Relays (April 22-23) at Hayward Field. Single-game and single-season tickets for the UO home schedule, as well as all-session and single-day tickets for the Pac-12 and NCAA championships, are currently on sale; Click on HERE or call 800-WEBFOOT (932-3668) to purchase.

Friday results

Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, CA)
MEN

100 meters | foreplay
3. Xavier Naire – 10.15wQ (+2.9)
ten. Ryan Mulholland – 10.20w (+2.1)

200 meters
3. Ryan Mulholland – 8:49 p.m. (PR) [No. 7 UO]

24. Xavier Naire – 9:28 p.m.

400 meters
22. Evan Mafilas – 47.04
46. Camden Wheeler – 48.26

110m hurdles | foreplay
23. Will Mundy – 2:25 p.m. (PR)

400m hurdles
7. Will Mundy – 51.54

Pole vault
9. Harrison Canfield – 4.75m/15-7
12. J Kai Yamafuji – 4.60m/15-1

Triple jump
ten. Jonas Tactay – 14.92m/48-11.5

Hammer
14. Mason Strunk – 59. 16m194-1

Javelin
1. Ty Hampton – 71.78m/235-6 (RP) [No. 9 UO]

2. Dalton Rasmussen – 66.85m/219-4

WOMEN

100 meters | foreplay
4. Jadyn Mays – 11.23Q (-0.1) (RP)
7. Kemba Nelson – 11.33q (-0.7)
8. Iman Brown – 11.36q (RP)
15. Jasmine Montgomery –11.53 (-0.5)
19. Jasmine Reed – 11.56w (+2.6)
21. Alysah Hickey –11.60 (-0.1)

200 meters
3. Jadyn Mays – 22.95
5. Iman Brown – 23.04
13. Jasmine Montgomery – 23.27w (+2.5)
29. Jasmine Reed – 23.86

400 meters
11. Katrina Wright – 53.31 (RP)

800 meters
5. Ella Clayton – 2:06.50 (PR)

100m hurdles | final
2. Alexandra Webster – 13.24 (-2.6) (RP) [No. 5 UO]

100m hurdles | foreplay
5. Alexandra Webster – 13.31Q
12. Shana Grebo – 13.56 (-0.3) (RP)

400m hurdles
1. Shana Grebo – 56.43

4x400m relay
1. Ella Clayton/Shaniya Hall/Katrina Wright/Shana Grebo – 3:31.96

big jump
9. Tori Sloan – 1.70m/5-7

long jump
2. Alysah Hickey – 6.60m/21-8 (PR) [No. 4 UO]

Triple jump
1. Lexi Ellis – 13.57m/44-6.25 (RP) [No. 3 UO]

Shot put
3. Jaida Ross – 17.09m/56-1
5. De Klerk mine – 16.61m/54-6

Javelin
4. Kohana Nakato – 47.68m/156-5

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