Crouser bests Brenner in javelin at Oregon Relays

EUGENE, Ore. - No. 4 Oregon used commanding performances in the hammer and 5,000 meters to jump out to a 17-1 lead in its men's dual meet with No. 2 Arkansas Friday night at Historic Hayward Field.

"We had a huge day for the hammer throw," said head coach Robert Johnson. "Anytime you get a sweep it's good. Also, the 5K one-two split was great. We thought we would get a one-three split, so we will take a one-two split any day of the week."

Greg Skipper won the hammer as the Ducks went 1-2-3 in the opening event for a 9-0 lead. Skipper threw 206-0/62.80m to pace the Ducks. He was backed by senior Miles Walk in second at 185-1/56.42m and junior Tanner Harris in third at 179-11/54.84m.

"My throws felt really good," said Skipper. "I went heavy on the weights to get through this meet and I was happy with today."

Later, Parker Stinson led the Ducks on the track with a dual meet win in the 5,000 meters. The junior from Austin, Texas, was first in 13:59.83, followed by freshman Matthew Melancon in 14:09.37 as the Ducks took the event 8-1.

The main portion of the dual will be contested Saturday beginning at noon.

"The dashes will be important," said Johnson. "Good events for us will be the 800 and 1,500 meters which have huge implications. Any points out of the jumps will be huge as well.

Meanwhile, a number of women shone in the Oregon Relays on Friday.

Alyssa Monteverde brought the East Grandstands crowd to its feet with a rousing win in the 110 meter hurdles. The freshman from Fresno, Calif., won in 13.41, which was the second fastest time in school history, behind only seven-time NCAA champion Brianne Theisen's 13.30. Monteverde came back to take fourth in the women's 400 meter hurdles in a personal best 1:03.49.

"I didn't feel like it was my cleanest race, but I'm very happy," said Monteverde.

Senior Jordan Hasay was also an easy winner, coasting to victory in the women's 5,000 meters along side of Oregon Track Club Elite's Bridget Franek to the finish line. Hasay crossed in 16:01.54 with Franek on her shoulder in 16:01.59.

"I just wanted to stay relaxed and comfortable as possible," said Hasay. "It's a fun even and great to be in front of this crowd. It was a great chance to race at home. I only have a couple more chances as a senior."

In the field, Skipper was a winner in the open men's hammer earlier on Saturday. He went over 210 feet for the third straight meet, taking the Relays portion of the competition Friday with a throw of 212-1/64.64m.

The Ducks were also successful in the women's hammer where Jillian Weir recorded a two-foot personal best in a second place finish. The sophomore from Sunnyvale, Calif., hit her big throw of 194-7/59.30m on her final attempt. That was the third best effort in school history.

"It was my last throw and I was just building on each throw," said Weir. "It felt great to finally get over 59 meters.

"The season has been great. I'm feeling great about it and I'm not even close to peaking."

Lauren Crockett won the women's high jump with a personal best clearance at 5-11.25/1.81m. That moved the sophomore from Ogden, Utah, to No. 6 on the UO career list.

Other winners for the Ducks included freshman Ryan Hunter-Simms, who won the men's shot put in a personal best 53-5.75/16.30m. Senior Maggie Pietka won the women's triple jump with a best leap of 38-5.5/11.72m. Junior Sammie Clark won the women's pole vault with a clearance at 12-5.5/3.80m.

Liz Brenner scored a collegiate best in a second place finish in the women's javelin. The freshman from Portland, Ore., moved into eighth on the UO career top 10 with a mark of 153-1/46.66m. High schooler Haley Crouser won the open javelin with a heave of 162-10/49.64m.

For the men, freshman Ryan Pickering won the 10,000 meters in 29:48.52, a personal best by more than a minute.

Sophomore Chad Noelle had a :04 PR in a runner-up finish in the men's 1,500 in 3:41.87.

Former Duck Andrew Wheating of OTC Elite, in his first 2013 appearance at Hayward Field, won the men's 800 meters in 1:49.24.