Top-Ranked Women to Send Dozen Entries to NCAA Championships
Men will send three to Boise State.
The top-ranked Women of Oregon will have 12 entries for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be contested Friday and Saturday in Nampa, Idaho. Oregon was won the last two NCAA women’s indoor titles.
The Ducks will have top-seeded Brianne Theisen in the pentathlon. The senior from Humboldt, Sask., is the two-time defending champion of this event and broke the NCAA and Canadian record by scoring 4,555 points at Texas A&M in January.
Like the 2011 meet, the mile could again be the key to the Ducks’ success. Led by Jordan Hasay, the Ducks went 1-3-4 to all but lock up the title a year ago. Hasay is back in the mile as the No. 7 seed (4:37.29) while Anne Kesselring comes in at No. 2 in a school-record 4:32.61. Becca Friday is also in the mile at No. 9 (4:37.53). Hasay will also look to defend her title in the 3,000 meters as the No. 6 seed (9:03.95).
English Gardner is the No. 2 seed in the 60 meters (7.19A), while the Ducks are also the No. 2 seed in the distance medley relay (Friday, Chizoba Okodogbe, Claudia Francis, Kesselring/10:55.78).
Oregon has two entries in the 5,000 meters, No. 5 Alex Kosinski (15:47.81) and No. 9 Bronwyn Crossman (15:56.35).
Other entries for the Ducks include Phyllis Francis at No. 12 in the 400 (53.18), Laura Roesler at No. 12 in the 800 (2:05.07) and the No. 7 4×400 meter relay team (Amber Purvis, Roesler, Okodogbe, Phyllis Francis/3:33.70).
The men will have three entries to the championships. Mike Berry is the No. 6 seed in the 400 meters (46.16), Parker Stinson is the No. 6 seed in the 5,000 (13:39.22) and Trevor Dunbar comes in as the No. 11 seed in the 3,000 (7:51.55).