SEATTLE — The Oregon track and field team closed out the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet Saturday with runner-up finishes from Susan Ejore and Cravon Gillespie.
Back on the track after Friday’s winning effort in the distance medley relay, Ejore continued her strong weekend with a personal-best 4 minutes, 34.83 seconds in the mile.
The effort keeps her among the NCAA top 16 and moves her up to No. 7 on the program's all-time list. Oregon’s Amanda Gehrich was sixth in a PR 4:41.44.
Led by Gillespie, the Oregon men put together a 2-4-6 finish in the 60 meters. Gillespie ran his second 6.62 of the weekend to win his heat and finish second overall in the final. Oraine Palmer (6.68) and Spenser Schmidt (6.81) were fourth and sixth, respectively.
All three Ducks entered in the women's shot put turned in career-best performances, led by redshirt sophomore Kiana Phelps, who became the No. 4 performer in UO history with a mark of 52 feet, 6 inches to finish fourth. Maddie Rabing (50-8 1/4) and Ronna Stone (48-11 1/2) were sixth and ninth, respectively.
Freshman Lexi Ellis finished third in the women's triple jump at 41-10 to became the No. 3 performer in UO history.
In the men's 3,000, James West and Cooper Teare finished third and fourth, respectively. West set his PR at 7:51.18.
In other finishes, Charlie Hunter was fourth in the men’s 800, Jasmin Reed was fourth in the women’s 60 and Emily Sloan was fifth in the women’s 60 hurdles.
Oregon placed third in both team races.
The men finished in a tie with California with 63 points. BYU was the champion with 93 points and UCLA was second with 76.
The women scored 61 behind USC (120) and Stanford (67.5).
The indoor season culminates March 8-9 with the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. National qualifiers — the top-16 individuals and top-12 relays —will be announced early this week.
Quigley beats Houlihan for U.S. Indoor title
NEW YORK — Colleen Quigley pulled off the upset against training partner Shelby Houlihan with a win in the women’s mile during the second day of the U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championship meet Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility on Staten Island.
Quigley and Houlihan, both members of Portland’s Bowerman Track Club, finished 1-2 in the race, with Quigley winning in 4 minutes, 29.47 seconds to 4:29.92 for Houlihan.
It was the first time in her last eight national championship races that Houlihan did not come away with the win.
Portland native Ryan Crouser won the men’s shot put title with a throw of 72 feet, 10 3/4 inches.
Former Oregon 800-meter stars Raevyn Rogers and Laura Roesler advanced to Sunday’s final in the women’s 600 and 1,000, respectively. Hanna Green of Eugene’s Oregon Track Club Elite also made the final in the 1,000.
Donavan Brazier and Clayton Murphy of Portland’s Nike Oregon Project had the top qualifying times in the men’s 600 and 1,000, respectively.
Former Duck Marcus Chambers finished second in the men’s 300 final but was later disqualified for running out of his lane.