SACRAMENTO — The Oregon track and field teams added 12 more qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet during Friday's action at the NCAA West Preliminary meet at Hornet Stadium.
After qualifying five athletes Thursday, the Ducks had a big day on the track and in the field Friday, qualifying two or more athletes in the men's javelin and 100 and the women's 400 meters for the NCAA Outdoor meet June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the NCAA meet.
Oregon qualified three women in the 400 as Briyahna DesRosiers, Venessa D'Arpino and Hannah Waller finished second, seventh and 10th, respectively. DesRosiers (personal record 51.72 seconds), and Waller (52.50) earned return trips to the NCAA meet while D'Arpino, who ran on the Ducks' 4x400 relay at last year's NCAA meet, qualified with a PR of 52.22 that moved her into the top 10 all-time in Oregon history.
Cravon Gillespie turned in the day's fastest time in the men's 100 in 10.03 to earn a repeat trip to nationals. He'll be joined by teammate Oraine Palmer, who was eighth in 10.28. Later in the day, both easily qualified for Saturday's quarterfinals in the 200 and both will be on Oregon's 4x100 relay team in Saturday's quarterfinals.
In the men's javelin, John Nizich earned his third straight trip to nationals by finishing sixth at 223 feet, 6 inches. Teammate Jackson Van Vuren earned his first national berth by finishing 11th at 221-3.
Oregon's Orwin Emilien earned a return trip to the NCAA meet by finishing ninth in the men's 400 in 45.52, a PR, and Jonathan Harvey was 11th in the men's 400 hurdles in 50.55 to secure a trip to Austin.
In the women's 800, Susan Ejore finished eighth in 2:03.96 to advance to nationals, and Brianna Duncan was sixth in the 100 in 11.23 to advance to Austin.
The most dramatic qualifying berth from an Oregon athlete came from Kiana Phelps, who moved from 13th to ninth on her final throw of the women's discus competition with a PR of 183-2, which made her the No. 2 all-time performer in school history.
Also advancing to Saturday's quarterfinals were Kaylah Robinson and Emily Sloan in the women's 100 hurdles, and Eric Edwards and Joseph Anderson in the men's 110 hurdles. Robinson turned in a PR of 13.12.
The meet concludes Saturday.