Oregon Men Claim 4th Straight Pepsi Invitational

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFive firsts lifted the Oregon men’s track team past top ranked Texas A&M in Saturday’s Pepsi Invitational at Hayward Field. Wins by Mike Berry (400m; 46.20), Johnathan Cabral (110m Hurdles; 13.81), Mac Fleet (800m; 1:48.70), Greg Skipper (Hammer; 216’-04”) and Jeramy Elkaim (5,000m; 13:57.24) led the Ducks past the Aggies by a margin of 194.5 to 180.5 in the four-way meet. Washington State was third with 165.5 followed by Washington with 129.5.

The Aggies flipped the script on the women’s side of the meet with third ranked Texas A&M out pointing the #2 Oregon. Washington finished third with 146, ahead of Washington State with 138.

Jenna Prandini won the long jump with a mark of 19’-7” and set the third best mark in school history in finishing second in the 100m in a time of 11.47.

Oregon added firsts in the 400m (Phyllis Francis; 52.55), 800m (Laura Roesler; 2:03.94), Hammer (Jillian Weir; 192’-08”) and the 1,500 with the incomparable Jordan Hasay winning with at time of 4:20.19.

Other highlights included football running back De’Anthony Thomas placing third in the 100m (10.61) and anchoring the runner-up 4X100 relay team – after taking full reps in the morning football workouts.

Liz Brenner added a fourth collegiate sport to her resume, throwing the javelin 142′-02″, good for third place. In her two years on campus Brenner has donned a Duck jersey for volleyball, basketball, softball and now track & field.

The next home competition for the Ducks will be the Oregon Relays and will feature a men’s dual meet with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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