Between competition at the condensed Husky Classic in Seattle and the opening day of the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., the Oregon track and field team registered seven wins, eight NCAA top-20 marks and nine UO top-10 performances.
Among those efforts were a pair of school-record outings by Jessica Hull in the women’s 3,000 meters and Cravon Gillespie in the men’s 200.
With the threat of a winter storm in the Seattle area, the Husky Classic was shortened to a Friday-only schedule and the Ducks responded with some of their top performances of the season.
Running in the loaded final section of the 3,000, Hull pulled away from the pack with 100 meters to go and crossed the finish line in an NCAA-leading and school-record time of 8 minutes, 53.91 seconds.
Hull took more than four seconds off her previous personal best and replaced the old UO mark of 8:57.46 set by Jordan Hasay in 2013.
Reed Brown and Cooper Teare each posted No. 4 national times Friday in the men’s mile and 3,000, respectively. Brown finished third overall in the mile with his time of 3:58.22, which was good for second among collegians in the field. Teare, who already had a sub-4:00 mile time this season, won the 3,000 with a time of 7:50.66. Teammate James West finished the race in sixth at 7:52.14.
A week after joining the Oregon top 10 in the women’s mile, Susan Ejore became UO’s No. 9 performer in the 800 with her time of 2:05.71, which is also ninth on this season’s NCAA performance list.
In the final race of the day in Seattle, Jackson Mestler put himself in the national conversation with a 13:46.90 showing in the 5,000. He took more than 16 seconds off his PR and now owns the No. 12 time in the NCAA in the event.
Oregon throwers produced three wins on the day, with Maddie Rabing setting a PR in the women’s weight throw at 65 feet, 9 inches. Kiana Phelps won the women’s shot put with a mark of 49-7 3/4, and Max Lydum won the men’s weight throw with a toss of 60-0 1/2.
In Albuquerque, Gillespie won the men’s 200 race and Iman Brown won the women’s race.
Gillespie ran 20.73 to set the school record, topping the previous time of 20.78 set by Marcus Chambers in 2017. Gillespie’s time converts to 20.80 (altitude) for NCAA qualifying purposes, a mark that stands at No. 12 in the country.
Oraine Palmer finished second overall and moved into fourth all-time at UO with a PR 20.96.
The Oregon women placed four in the top six of the 200, led by Brown who ran a PR 23.36, good for No. 9 on the UO all-time list.
The Don Kirby Invitational resumes Saturday.