Ducks add three champions and a school record on day two


EUGENE, Oregon – Oregon’s track and field team added three Pac-12 champions and a school record on day two of the 2022 Pac-12 Championships at Hayward Field. Max Vollmer won a third consecutive decathlon title, Alysah Hickey successfully defended her crown in the women’s long jump and a native of Eugene Pierce Lacoste won the men’s long jump for his first career conference title.

On his way to a second-place finish in the shot put, Jaida Ross broke the school record with a score of 17.55m/57-7 in the first round. Ross surpasses Brittany Mann’s previous record of 17.49m/57-4.75 at the 2016 NCAA Championships.

At the end of day two, the Oregon men and women lead the team standings with 67 and 60 points, respectively. The Ducks will have a seven-point lead over Washington in Sunday’s men’s final while the OU women have a 16-point home court advantage with second-place Colorado (44).

Between their efforts in the preliminary rounds, both teams advanced 14 to Sunday’s finals. The Oregon men advanced seven of Saturday’s heats, including three each in the 100 and 800 meters. On the women’s side, the Ducks had nine other scoring opportunities, including four in the 100 yards.

Access to the Sunday finals
MEN

100m: Micah Williams (10.08), Xavier Naire (10:35 a.m.), Ryan Mulholland (10.41)
800m: Matthew Erickson (1:49.39), Tomas Palfrey (1:50.18), Elliott Cook (1:50.20)
110mH: Will Mundy (14.33)
WOMEN

100m: Kemba Nelson (11.23), Jadyn Mays (11:38 a.m.), Jasmine Montgomery (11.57), Jasmine Reed (11.59)
400m: Ella Clayton (53.09), Katrina Wright (53.66)
800m: Carly Kleefeld (2:04.94), Ella Nelson (2:05.02)
100mH: Alexandra Webster (13.04)

Williams and Webster were the fastest qualifiers in their respective events, with Webster lowering his lifetime best to 13.04 – the previous one was 13.24 – and tied for No. 3 on the all-time list. OU time.

Vollmer becomes the fourth UO man to win three consecutive Pac decathlon titles, joining Craig Brigham (1973-75), Ashton Eaton (2008-10) and Dakotah Keys (2012-14). Vollmer had four personal bests over the two-day competition and finished with 7,961 points. He capped the victory with a lifetime best of 4:30.98 in the 1,500 meters.

One day from having collected 22 points in the javelin, the Oregon Men have again collected points (21) in the decathlon. Vollmer led the UO trio with Jett Kinder scoring eight points as second and Nathan Poff adding three to sixth place.

Hickey becomes the first consecutive women’s long jump conference champion since former OU star Jamesha Youngblood won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Hickey took the win early with a first-round measurement of 6 .41m / 21-0.5, and followed by two other brands that would have won the competition.

Completing the 1-2 UO finish, Dominique Ruotolo put together a series of four jumps that included a new lifetime record. She was fifth after three jumps but in the fourth round, Ruotolo, the reigning triple jump champion, came out at 6.24m / 20-5.75 to move three places to second place.

Hickey (high jump) and Ruotolo (triple jump, high jump) are expected to make an appearance or two on Sunday.

LaCoste’s victory continues a current trend with the Oregon men winning four of the last five Pac-12 titles in the long jump. On his fifth attempt, he jumped 7.73m / 25-4.5 to set a new life best and extend his lead over his teammate. Emmanuel Ihemeje who finished second in 7.64m/25-0.75, another personal best.

Both men will return to competition on Sunday with LaCoste entering the high jump and Ihemeje seeking his first conference title in the triple jump. Ihemeje is the current NCAA leader in this event with his performance of 17.00m/55-9.25 at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 16).

Between Ross and De Klerk mine, the OU women had 13 points in the shot put. The pair will be back on Sunday at the discus at 11 a.m.

In the steeple, Aneta Konieczek came away with third place in 9:50.80 and Malia Pivec took almost 10 seconds off his lifetime best, stopping the clock in 10:01.93 for fifth place. The time also bumps Pivec from ninth to sixth on the program’s top 10 list.

Taylor Chocek started the second day of the heptathlon with lifetime records in the long jump (5.70m/18-8.5) and javelin (40.92m/134-3). To finish in 13and place in last year’s conference meeting, Chocek improved his personal best to 5,523 points to finish fourth in his hometown. She also moves up to No. 4 on Oregon’s all-time list in the heptathlon.

Day 3 of the 2022 Pac-12 Championships will air on the Pac-12 Network beginning at 1 p.m. PT.

Saturday Results
MEN

100 meters – preliminary*
1. Micah Williams – 10.08Q
5. Xavier Naire – 10.35Q
7. Ryan Mulholland – 10.41q (RP)
11. Rieker Daniel – 10.61 (SB)

400 meters – preliminary*
ten. Evan Mafilas – 47.03 (SB)

800 meters – preliminary*
3. Elliott Cook – 1:50.20Q
4. Matthew Erickson – 1:49.39Q
8. Tomas Palfrey – 1:50.18q (SB)
ten. Luis Peralta – 1:50.50

110m hurdles – preliminary*
4. Will Mundy – 14.33Q

3000m steeplechase – final
15. Quincy Norman – 9:14.86
–. Steven Neumaier – DNF

long jump
1. Pierce Lacoste – 7.73m/25-4.5 (PR) [10 points]

2. Emmanuel Ihemeje – 7.64m/25-0.75 (PR) [8 points]

ten. Jonas Tactay – 7.12m/23-4.5

Hammer
13. Mason Strunk – 61.35m/201-3

Decathlon
1. Max Vollmer – 7,961 points [10 points]

1. 110m hurdles – 14.83 [870 points]

3. Disc – 40.33m/132-3 [671]

3. Pole Vault – 4.61m/15-1.5 [793]

1. Javelin – 64.84m/212-8 (PR) [811]

3. 1500 meters – 4:30.98 (PR) [738]

2. Jett Kinder – 7,124 points [8 points]

6. 110m hurdles – 16.49 [679 points]

4. Disc – 39.38m/129-2 (SB) [652]

4. Pole Vault – 4.61m/15-1.5 [793]

2. Javelin – 62.76m/205-11 (SB) [779]

6. 1500 meters – 5:14.02 [482]

6. Nathan Poff – 6,398 points [3 points]

7. 110m hurdles – 22.29 [191 points]

5. Disc – 37.48m/122-11 [614]

6. Pole Vault – 4.01m/13-1.75 [620]

5. Javelin – 47.82m/156-10 [556]

1. 1500 meters – 4:25.90 [772]

WOMEN

100 meters – preliminary*
3. Kemba Nelson – 11.23Q
4. Jadyn Mays – 11.38Q
6. Jasmine Montgomery – 11.57Q
8. Jasmine Reed – 11.59q

400 meters – preliminary*
4. Ella Clayton – 53.09Q (PR)
6. Katrina Wright – 53.66Q

800 meters – preliminary *
8. Carly Kleefeld – 2:04.94q (RP)
9. Ella Nelson – 2:05.02q (RP)
12. Mia Moerck – 2:07.58

100m hurdles – preliminary*
1. Alexandra Webster – 13.04Q (PR) [=No. 3 UO]

3000m steeplechase – final
3. Aneta Konieczek – 9h50.80 [6 points]

5. Malia Pivec – 10:01.93 (PR) [4 points] [No. 6 UO]

ten. Harper McClain – 10:20.22

long jump
1. Alysah Hickey – 6.41m/21-0.5 [10 points]

2. Dominique Ruotolo – 6.24m/20-5.75 (RP) [8 points]

Shot put
2. Jaida Ross – 17.55m/57-7 (RP) [No. 1 UO] [8 points]

4. De Klerk mine – 16.98m/55-8.5 [5 points]

Heptathlon
4. Taylor Chocek – 5,523 points (RP) [5 points] [No. 4 UO]

4. Long Jump – 5.70m/18-8.5 (PR) [759 points]

3. Javelin – 40.92m/134-3 (PR) [685]

6. 800 meters – 2:22.58 [789]

* placement ranked by qualification policy, not by time

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