SEATTLE — Oregon track and field’s season opener was highlighted by the successful debut of a highly touted freshman hurdler and the rise of a veteran thrower.
There was plenty of good results in between as well for the Ducks during the UW Preview meet at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle.
Eric Edwards Jr. started off his Oregon career by leading a 1-2-3 finish for the Ducks in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.
The 2017 U.S. Junior champion’s time of 7.80 seconds was good enough for the win and immediately put him into sixth place all-time at Oregon. He was followed across the line by Johnathon Harvey in second place in 8.02 and Joseph Anderson in third place in 8.07.
Edward’s victory was one of six event wins for the Ducks, including an impressive all-around performance by Maddie Rabing in the women’s weight throw.
The redshirt sophomore came into the day with a personal-best of 60 feet, 8 1/2 inches, but threw farther than that on five of her six attempts before winning the competition with a final mark of 62-9 1/4 — fifth all-time at Oregon.
In the women’s 60 hurdles, Kaylah Robinson picked up the win as the sophomore finished in 8.34, just off her PR of 8.33. Freshman Emily Sloan was third in 8.43 to take over sixth place on the all-time school list.
In the women’s 60, sophomore Jasmin Reed set a PR with her win in 7.39. In second place in 7.43 was redshirt senior Venessa D’Arpino, who was competing unattached. D’Arpino also won the women’s 200 in 23.94, with Oregon’s Briyahna Desrosiers coming in second in 24.11. Desrosiers was also competing unattached.
Oregon’s other wins came from sophomore Rieker Daniel in the men’s 200 in 21.25 and Jacoby McNamara won the men's 400 in 48.95.
The Ducks had a handful of runner-up finishes as well, as newcomer Oraine Palmer placed second in the men’s 60 in 6.65, right in front of former Duck and school record-holder Kyree King, who was third in 6.66.
Palmer, a redshirt junior transfer, moved into fourth-place on Oregon’s all-time list.
Susan Ejore was second in the women’s 1,000 in 2:44.84, and Kiana Phelps set a PR in the women’s shot put with throw of 49-4 1/4 — sixth-best all-time at Oregon.
Oregon State high jumper Ann Wingeleth won her event with a clearance of 5-9 1/3.
It was also a solid day for members of Portland’s Nike Oregon Project.
Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha and Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen were both double winners in the men’s and women’s, respectively, mile and 1,000.
Kejelcha won the 1,000 in 2:18.34, just a step ahead of NOP training partner Clayton Murphy, who was second in 2:18.64. Former Duck Sam Prakel, in his professional indoor debut, was fourth in 2:19.87.
Kejelcha won the mile in 3:52.61.
Klosterhalfen won the mile in 4:29.06 and the 1,000 in 2:43.07.
Craig Engels of the NOP also won the men’s 3,000 in 7:50.79.