ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rhesa Foster and Ben Milligan became two of Ducks’ top all-time performers in their respective events Thursday, highlighting the first day of competition at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational indoor track and field meet.
Foster won the women’s long jump with a mark of 21 feet, 6¾ inches, moving her into second-place all-time at Oregon behind only Jenna Prandini’s school-record of 21-10.
It was also Foster’s first time with a 21-foot jump. The senior’s previous personal record was 20-10½.
Freshman Alysah Hickey also finished second Thursday with a one-foot PR of 20-4¼ to move into sixth all-time at Oregon.
In the men’s high jump, the redshirt senior Milligan posted a 2¼-inch PR with his clearance of a 7-3¼ to finish second. It was the best mark by an Oregon jumper since Chris Nelson set the school record of 7-4½ in 1996. No other Duck has ever cleared a 7-3 bar.
Adding to the impressive afternoon for Oregon’s jumpers was Kasin Pendergrass Anderson getting the win in the men’s long jump with a mark of 24-7¼.
Two weeks after Max Vollmer didn’t clear a height in the pole vault during his heptathlon at the Razorback Invitational, the redshirt freshman set a pole vault PR on Thursday at 16-1¾ to finish in second place.
In the women’s 200 meters, the Ducks placed four in the top six as Danyel White was third in 23.68, Breanna Duncan was fourth in 23.82, Iman Brown was fifth in 23.826 and Hannah Waller was sixth in 23.829.
Rieker Daniel was fourth in the men’s 200 as he tied his PR with a time of 21.21.
The Ducks are back in action at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday for the final day of the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. They also have their distance squad and throwers in Seattle for the first day of the Husky Classic.