The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship meet entries were released late Tuesday and all it took was a cursory glance to conclude the Oregon men’s team is going to ride the legs of its middle distance and distance runners to as many points as possible.
The Ducks have 19 combined entries for the March 13-14 meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico. That includes nine men’s entries between the 800 meters, mile, 3,000 and 5,000, as well as their NCAA record-setting distance medley relay team.
Redshirt senior James West, who set the NCAA Indoor record in the 1,500 last week in Boston at 3:36.93, is entered in the mile, 3,000 and also ran the lead-off leg on the DMR team that set the national record with a time of 9:24.52 on Jan. 31.
It would be a challenging triple for West — or anyone really —with the mile prelims on the opening day at 4:20 p.m., followed three hours later by the DMR final. On Day 2, the mile finals are at 3:10 and the 3,000 final is at 5:10.
West ran the sixth-fastest 3,000 time in the NCAA this season at 7:47.10 and the 10th-fastest mile time at 3:57.43.
Also entered in the mile for Oregon are senior Charlie Hunter and freshman Cole Hocker. Hunter’s PR of 3:55.41 was the second-fastest nationally this season and the top time among entries, and Hocker’s first career sub-4:00 mile of 3:58.20 was ranked 18th.
Junior Cooper Teare also ran a 3:55.50 mile this season but is only entered in the 3,000 where his time of 7:46.45 ranked him fourth. Teare was fourth in the 3,000 at the NCAA Indoor meet last season.
Teare and Hunter were also on the DMR team, along with sophomore quarter-miler Jacob Miller.
Freshman Luis Peralta is entered in the 800 and senior Jackson Mestler is in the 5,000.
Redshirt freshman heptathlete Max Vollmer is ranked sixth following his 5,843-point outing to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title last weekend in Seattle.
Redshirt junior Isaiah Griffith has a chance to score in a pair of events as he’s entered in the triple jump and long jump.
The Oregon women built some momentum heading into the national meet by winning the MPSF team title.
The Ducks will be led by their horizontal jumpers as both senior Rhesa Foster (long jump) and sophomore Lexi Ellis (triple jump) are ranked third in their respective events.
Ellis moved into second all-time at Oregon with her PR of 44 feet, 6 inches. Foster, who was fifth at the NCAA Indoor meet in 2019, also moved into second all-time at Oregon this season with a PR of 21-6¾.
Redshirt senior Carmela Cardama Baez broke the school record in the 5,000 in December when she ran 15:25.41. That time remained sixth-fastest in the NCAA by the end of the year. Cardama Baez, the 2019 NCAA Outdoor runner-up in the 10,000, is also entered in the 3,000 and ran the final leg on the Ducks’ DMR team that qualified with a 10:59.39 at the MPSF meet.
Redshirt senior Susan Ejore was also on the relay team — along with sophomore Taylor Chiotti and grad transfer Gabby Beauvis — and is entered in the 800.
Ejore was on the 2018 and 2019 national championship DMR teams.
Senior sprinter Brianna Duncan is also entered in the 60 and freshman Mathilde Rey is entered in the pentathlon.
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