SEATTLE — The Oregon track and field team won two events Friday during the opening day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet, getting a PR performance from men's sprinter Rieker Daniel and a NCAA Indoor Championships-clinching night by the women’s distance medley relay team.
The Ducks needed to secure a spot in the women’s DMR coming into the meet and went on to clock the No. 5 time in the nation this season.
The quartet of Susan Ejore, Gabby Beauvais, Taylor Chiotti and Carmela Cardama Baez combined for a time of 10:59.39, which was also good for the No. 9 time in UO history. The Ducks entered the race with a season best of 11:15.82 and ranked outside the national top 20.
Daniel had the Ducks’ first MPSF win of the weekend, taking the top spot at 200 meters. He ran a PR of 21.08, moving to No. 6 on the UO all-time list. Daniel entered the race with a previous best of 21.21 and having already qualified for the MPSF 60 final.
Max Vollmer began his hunt for an NCAA-qualifying score in the heptathlon as well. At the end of day one, the redshirt freshman leads the competition with a score of 3,218 points. Vollmer established PRs in the 60 (6.94) and shot put (48 feet, 10 3/4 inches), and tied his best with a clearance of 6-4 in the high jump.
Day two of the heptathlon begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and features the 60 hurdles, pole vault and 1,000. As of Friday, the No. 16 score in the country is 5,532 points.
The UO sprints crew advanced eight — four men, four women — to Saturday's finals. In the 60, Daniel and Oraine Palmer qualified for the men, and Brianna Duncan and Danyel White qualified for the women. Daniel (6.72) and White (7.47) each ran PRs during the prelims.
The Ducks will have a similar split in the 60 hurdles with Jonathan Harvey and Justin Collins, and Emily Sloan and Rhesa Foster each advancing. Already the No. 3 national performer in the long jump, Foster established a new PR of 8.34 in the hurdle prelims. Her previous best of 8.39 dated back to the 2017 season.