TEMPE, Ariz. — Senior sprinter Cravon Gillespie led the charge for Oregon on Friday during the opening day of the Sun Angel Classic track and field meet hosted by Arizona State.
In his first 200-meter race of the outdoor season, Gillespie won in 20.74 seconds for the Ducks’ only first-place finish of the day.
Gillespie, who won a Pac-12 title in the 100 last season and was second in the 200, ran a wind-aided 10.04 in the 100 two weeks ago in Oregon’s season-opening meet in San Diego.
Senior Oraine Palmer also was fourth for the Ducks on Friday in the 200 with a time of 21.19.
Junior Makenzie Dunmore was second in the women’s premiere 200 in 23.35, though she was first among collegians in the race won by professional Schillonie Calvert-Powell of Jamaica in 23.14. Dunmore was followed by Oregon’s Iman Brown in third (23.48) and Briyahna DesRosiers in fifth (23.67).
In the men’s 5,000, sophomore Reed Brown ran a personal-best time of 14:22.98 in his runner-up finish behind Javier Perez’s win in 13:55.96.
Oregon sophomore Austin Tamagno was also fourth in 14:26.18.
Junior Max Lydum was third in the men’s premiere hammer competition with a throw of 204 feet, 10 inches. Junior Maddie Rabing was fifth in the women’s premiere hammer event with a mark of 200-0. Former Duck Jillian Weir finished second in 226-10, behind the 237-10 thrown by NCAA record-holder and former Sun Devil Maggie Ewen, now in her first season as a Nike-sponsored professional.
Oregon State’s Lindsay McShane was also sixth in the premiere hammer with a mark of 190-0.
The Beavers’ Tory Edwards finished fourth in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 11-61/2.
The Sun Angel Classic concludes Saturday.
Also in Monmouth on Friday, Oregon freshman Caramia Mestler won the women’s 1,500 during the John Knight Classic at Western Oregon.
The former Sheldon standout crossed in 4:47.61 to take the title.
Senior Rachel Vinjamuri was second in both the women’s 200 (25.38) and 400 (58.23). Redshirt junior JoJo Ananouko was also second in the women’s javelin with a throw of 134-9, and sophomore Sydnee Walker was third in the women’s hammer with a throw of 154-5.
In Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, Oregon State heptathlete Saskia McNairy finished fourth at the Jim Click multi-events meet with a PR 5,234-point performance.