TORRANCE, Calif. — Cravon Gillespie hung in there with the pros on Saturday. He wasn’t the only Duck to do so.
Running in two elite invitational heats, Gillespie finished fourth in the 200 meters and fifth in the 100 during the final day of the Mt. SAC Relays at El Camino College.
Gillespie was the only collegian among the top-six finishers in the 200, crossing in 20.77 seconds. The winner was Paulo Andre Camilo of Brazil in 20.30.
In the 100, he finished in 10.34, with Houston’s Mario Burke fourth at 10.33. The top three were professionals, with Camilo winning again in 10.21, followed by Ameer Webb in second at 10.325, and former Duck Kyree King in third at 10.327.
Oregon’s Briyahna DesRosiers also held her own against elite competition, finishing third in the women’s 400 in 52.02, behind 2016 Olympic 400 hurdle gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad (51.62) and former USC star Kendall Ellis (51.75).
DesRosiers also anchored the Ducks' 4x400-relay team to a second-place finish in 3:30.57, getting defeated by a team of professionals anchored by Ellis.
Freshman Eric Edwards Jr. also continued his successful spring with a third-place finish in the men’s 110 hurdles in 13.70, making him sixth-fastest all-time at Oregon.
Former Duck Jenna Prandini ran 22.93 to take second in the women’s elite 200, and she was fifth in the 100 in 11.33.
In the men’s 400, former Duck Marcus Chambers ran 46.07 to finish sixth in a race won by former Trojan Michael Norman in 43.45, making Norman the fourth-fastest runner in history.
Saturday at the Cardinal Classic hosted by Stanford, Oregon sophomore Reed Brown won the top flight of the men’s 1,500 in 3:44.11, and freshman Taylor Chiotti set her second PR of the weekend when she won her 1,500 heat in a 4:23.01. Chiotti also ran her fastest time in the 800 on Friday.
At the Beach Invitational at Long Beach State on Saturday, Oregon State junior Ann Wingeleth placed fourth in the women’s high jump at 5 feet, 8 3/4 inches.
Oregon junior thrower Sebastian Barajas had a pair of wins Saturday night at the Titan Twilight meet at Lane Community College. Competing unattached, Barajas won the men’s shot put (55-5 3/4) and discus (159-9).
Oregon’s Jaimie Robinson, also competing unattached, won the women’s triple jump at 38-5 1/2, and the Ducks' Carly Kleefeld won the women’s elite 800 heat in 2:14.35.
Savannah Proske was one of four individual winners for Northwest Christian University, setting a school record in the women's high jump at 5-4 1/2 and breaking her own mark set earlier in the week at Cascade Collegiate Conference muti-event competitions.
Christy Seaton won a pair of events for the Beacons, with victories in the women's 100 hurdles (15.39) and long jump (16-6 1/2).
Also for NCU, Myah Harter won the women’s discus at 122-5, and Victoria Messer won the women’s 800 in 2:32.23.
Winners for the host Titans were Shayla Noil in the women’s 100 (12.33), Cody Gilbert in the men’s 800 (2:03.47), Andy Muha in the men’s 10,000 (32:58.31), Jonah Tactay in the men’s high jump (6-6 3/4), and Eryn Ricker in the women’s pole vault (11-5 3/4).