SACRAMENTO — The Oregon track and field teams added nine more individual qualifiers and three relay teams on the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary meet on Saturday at Hornet Stadium.
The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet on June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.
Leading the way for the Ducks on Saturday were men's sprinters Cravon Gillespie and Oraine Palmer and defending NCAA women's 1,500 champion Jessica Hull.
Gillespie and Palmer began the day by leading Oregon to a win in its heat of the men's 4x100 relay in 39.03 seconds to easily advance to Austin. Gillespie and Palmer, who qualified for the NCAA meet in the 100 on Friday, did so in the 200 on Saturday with times of 20.54 and 20.56, respectively.
Hull, who won the NCAA 1,500 title at Hayward Field last year, won her heat Saturday in a season-best time of 4 minutes, 9.90 seconds to earn the right to defend her national title in less than two weeks.
The Oregon women qualified both of their relays teams for nationals as the 4x100 team won its heat in 43.59 and the 4x400 team posted the third-best overall time with a season best of 3:30.36.
The Ducks' other women's qualifiers Saturday were triple jumpers Chaquinn Cook and Lexi Ellis. Cook has a season-best leap of 44 feet, 4¾ inches for the top mark of the night, and Ellis advances with a personal-record mark of 42-5½.
Oregon also had two qualifiers in the men's 110 hurdles as Eric Edwards posted the second-fastest time of the night in 13.60 and Joseph Anderson clocked 13.80 for a PR.
The Ducks advance to two men's distance runners as well with Reed Brown qualifying in the 1,500 with a time of 3:42.28, and Cooper Teare moving on in the 5,000 with a time of 13:46.92, the third-best of the night.