Ducks Productive at Mt SAC

This weekend's Mt SAC relays was very productive for Oregon's elite throwers with three season bests and one significant personal record. On the collegiate scene Ryan Brandel moved up to second nationally (of throws going into the weekend) with a throw of 72.54 meters (238-0 feet) in the javelin.

Brandel's throw on Saturday was 11 feet longer (227) than his previous personal best that was established at the ASU Clif Bar Invitational that puts him third on the all-time Oregon list behind NCAA champions John Stiegler and Art Skipper. Incidentally, the mark Brandel achieved at the ASU Clif Bar Invitational was 11 feet (216) better than any previous attempt he had made. The throw on Saturday also gives him the third best personal record among returning collegians (behind current national leader and Tarheel Justin Ryncavage and Arizona's Saku Kuusisto).

Britney Henry faced off against many of the top collegians (two of the top three) and post-collegian Americans and threw a season-best (66.49, 218-2). Collegiate leader Brittany Riley of Southern Illinios had a personal record (PR) at 227-2 feet. Six time US finalist Bethany Hart was second, last year's national champion Jessica Cosby was third, second ranked collegian Eva Orban of USC was fourth and Henry was sixth. Volunteer assistant coach Cari Soong was eleventh with her best throw of the year (63.72m, 209-1).

Former World Ranker and NCAA champion Libor Charfreitag gained a measure of revenge over last year's Mt SAC and US champion AG Kruger with his seventh Mt SAC win by throwing a world leading 80.36 meters (263-8 feet) surpassing the previous world best by Slovenian Primoz Kozmus (77.99m). Brian Richotte was ninth in a very competitive field including many US placers from the last few years (Kibwe Johnson fourth, Travis Nutter fifth, Michael Mai sixth, Nick Welihozkiy seventh, Jacob Freeman eighth), with a season best 65.61m (215-3) moving him to tenth on the collegiate list and seventh on the Duck all-time list.

Rachel Yurkovich was fourth (51.80, 169-11) with her worst throw of the year against two-time collegiate champ Dana Pounds and two international competitors, but everyone had a down meet indicating bad conditions. Former Duck all-American Sarah Malone was seventh (49.69, 163-0) and Ashley McRae was eight (46.06, 151-1).

The highlight of the meet was the 5,000 meter performance by former North Carolina NCAA champion Shalene Flanagan (14:44.80) breaking the American Record of Regina Jacobs (14:45.35) run at the 2000 Olympic Trials in Sacramento.

Results can be viewed at http://www.mtsacrelays.com/

In other action at the Azusa Pacific Decathlon, freshman Marshall Ackley qualified for the US junior meet with a mark of 6110, 60 points over qualifying.

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