Oregon’s roster is set for next week’s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, with Ducks entered in 14 individual events and both distance medley relays.
The No. 8 Oregon have nine individual entries and the sixth-ranked Duck women have five individual entries for the March 8-9 meet in Birmingham, Ala.
Among them is Jessica Hull, the senior distance runner who goes into the 3,000 meters with the second-fastest time in the nation this season at 8 minutes, 53.91 seconds — a school record. She is expected to anchor the women’s DMR as well.
Hull, who finished third in the 3,000 last season, also could have qualified in the mile. She set the school record in that event this season, too, running the second-fastest time in the NCAA at 4:31.03.
Oregon coach Robert Johnson moved his media availability from Wednesday to Friday because of the hazardous weather conditions in Eugene, but last week he said it was doubtful Hull would compete in three events at the NCAA Indoor meet.
With the DMR and mile prelims both scheduled for the first day in Birmingham, and the mile and 3,000 finals set for Day 2, it was the mile that got taken off Hull’s plate.
The team of freshman Taylor Chiotti, junior Makenzie Dunmore, senior Susan Ejore and Hull ran the seventh-fastest time (10:57.87) in the NCAA last weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet in Seattle.
The Ducks won a national title in the women’s DMR last season.
Other individuals entered for the Oregon women are senior Chaquinn Cook in the triple jump, junior Rhesa Foster in the long jump, junior Hannah Waller in the 400 and Ejore in the mile.
The Oregon men will be led by a distance crew that has three runners in the mile and two in the 3,000.
Sophomore Cooper Teare and senior James West have the eighth- and 11th-fastest times among the accepted entries in the 3,000. Mile entries freshman Charlie Hunter (3:57.74), sophomore Reed Brown (3:58.22) and senior Blake Haney (3:58.73) are among six Ducks who have run under four minutes this season.
West, Brown, Teare and freshman Jacob Miller ran the men’s DMR to an NCAA qualifying 9:28.62 two weeks ago in Seattle.
Oregon also has two entered in the 60 hurdles in freshman Eric Edwards Jr. and junior Braxton Canady. Edwards has been out all month with a broken collarbone but Johnson suggested last week he could be back in time for the NCAA Indoor meet. The Ducks have until Tuesday to declare Edwards a medical scratch.
Oregon will also have senior sprinter Cravon Gillespie in the 60 and senior Tristan James in the long jump.