SAN DIEGO — Headlined by an NCAA-leading performance by senior sprinter Cravon Gillespie, the Oregon track and field team capped the Aztec Invitational with a combined seven wins, eight personal bests and three program top-10 marks.
Gillespie, a two-time winner on Saturday, ran the second leg of the Ducks’ victorious 4x100-meter relay and clocked a slightly windy 10.04 (+2.2) seconds in the 100.
His performance was just off his all-conditions best of 10.02 from last year’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet at Hayward Field.
Coming into the weekend, 10.25 stood as the national leader in the 100. Overall, the Ducks put six in the top 20 of the event including Oraine Palmer (10.27) and Spenser Schmidt (10.55) in fourth and 10th, respectively.
Gillespie and Palmer teamed with Braxton Canady and Rieker Daniel in the 4x100 for a win in 39.33 — the fourth-fastest time in UO history.
The Oregon women’s 4x100 had the first win of the day as Makenzie Dunmore, Venessa D’Arpino, Jasmin Reed and Brianna Duncan posted a time of 43.82, good for the No. 2 time in the NCAA.
The Ducks also swept the 100 and 110 hurdles behind the efforts of freshmen Emily Sloan (13.78) and Eric Edwards Jr. (14.08), respectively.
Oregon picked up a pair of wins in the field events, including a sweep in the javelin. Sophomore Keira McCarrell won the women’s event with a throw of 160 feet, and redshirt junior Jackson VanVuren followed with a victory in the men’s event at 223-6.
Junior Kiana Phelps had a successful opener with a PR in the discus at 179-7, which moves her into a tie for third on the all-time list.