|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • Oregon men top No. 1 Texas A&M at Pepsi invite

  • EUGENE — Wins by Mac Fleet, Mike Berry, Jeramy Elkaim, Johnathan Cabral and Greg Skipper propelled the fourth-ranked Oregon men's track and field team to victory over No. 1 Texas A&M on Saturday at the Pepsi Team Invitational.
    • email print
  • EUGENE — Wins by Mac Fleet, Mike Berry, Jeramy Elkaim, Johnathan Cabral and Greg Skipper propelled the fourth-ranked Oregon men's track and field team to victory over No. 1 Texas A&M on Saturday at the Pepsi Team Invitational.
    The No. 2 Oregon women dropped a tightly contested battle to the third-ranked Aggies on a showery spring afternoon before 5,367 fans at Historic Hayward Field.
    The men finished with 194.5 points, followed by Texas A&M with 180.5, Washington State with 165.5 and Washington with 129.5.
    The Aggies won the women's meet with 201 points, followed by Oregon with 181, No. 15 Washington with 146 and the Cougars with 138.
    "It was a great meet on the men's side," said Oregon head coach Robert Johnson. "To have our No. 4 team go out and beat the No. 1 men's team in the nation in Texas A&M was really good for us. On the flip side to have us get beat by Texas A&M on the women's side was not the best. We will have to have to go back to the drawing board on that one."
    Running in his first race at Hayward Field since 2010, Fleet surprised the stadium with an early move in the 800 meters to win going away. The junior from San Diego, Calif., burst through the middle of the pack and cleared the field with 250 meters to go. He remained well ahead of the completion around the Bowerman Curve and won easily in a personal best 1:48.70.
    Teammate Boru Guyota closed hard to take second in 1:49.81.
    Elkaim led an impressive 1-2-3 Oregon finish in the 5,000 meters. The freshman from Livingston, N.J., ran out front with teammate Parker Stinson for much of the race before pulling away to win in 13:57.24, nearly a 1:00 outdoor best. Stinson, a junior from Austin, Texas, was second in 14:05.06, with freshman Matthew Melancon third in a personal best 14:13.91.
    Cabral was impressive in the 110 meter hurdles once again, mowing down the competition to win in 13.81. The sophomore from Calabasas, Calif., has yet to lose at that distance in 2013. He was also third in the 400 meter hurdles in a personal best 52.42.
    Berry, a junior from Seattle, Wash., held off a challenge from A&M's Ricky Babineaux to win the 400 meters in 46.20. Babineaux was second in 47.38 with the Ducks' Kevin Anding, a senior transfer from Virginia, third in 47.53.
    Skipper just missed a personal best in winning the hammer with a throw of 216-4/65.94m. That was just an inch off the personal best the freshman from Oregon City set last week at Texas. Also in the hammer, senior Miles Walk was third in a personal best 191-0/58.22m.
Reader Reaction
      • calendar