Oregon Invitational Results

As expected, the Oregon Invite distance under the lights on Friday night had some national class performances by distance runners. The biggest Oregon performance was the personal record win by Galen Rupp in the 5000 meters.

Rupp defeated four-time NCAA champion Chris Solinsky of Wisconsin by five one-hundreths of a second with a devastating kick after being down by 13 meters with 150 meters to go. The time of 13:30.49 put him sixth on the UO all-time list and fourth on the collegiate list and broke a personal record from three years ago (US high school and junior record), 13:37.91.

The women's 5000 had a meet record performance by Kara Goucher in a reversal of the loss to Lauren Fleishman at last year's US championship (15:16.86 to 15:25.92). In the process the Portland native qualified for next year's Olympic trials and became the third fastest American this year.

Tom Nowhill, running unattached, proved his seed time of 8:24 and ran the second fast American time of 8:33.61 over Max King of the Oregon Track Club (8:34.78) collegiate leader Corey Nowitzke of Eastern Michigan (8:35.10). The women's steeplechase had a season-best performance (10:17.25) by Jane Rudkin of Team XO putting her eighth on the US list and she edged collegian Stacie Lifferth of Utah State (10:18.89), who posted the sixth fastest collegiate time this year.

In the 1500 meters Nicole Teter continues to show her return to form after not running in 2005. While off her personal record of 4:04.19 from 2002, her time of 4:14.83 is second on this year's US list. 2005 NCAA 5000 meter champion Megan Metcalfe finished second in 4:16.28 and NCAA division two freshman phenom Jessica Pixler was third in 4:19.81. In sixth in a regional qualifying time was Duck freshman Zoe Buckman (4:25.97).

Stephen Pifer of Colorado knocked off a strong post-collegiate Oregon Track Club group and moved to sixth on the collegiate list (3:41.77). Andrew Acosta showed a tremendous kick to move into second with a new personal best of 3:42.40 beating his high school pr (3:45.73) ran at the 2006 Oregon Twilight meet.

2005 World Championship fourth-placer Christina Sherwin (Denmark) was a last minute entry and won the javelin over Rachel Yurkovich (186-8 to 172-5) for Rachel's first loss at Hayward Field in four years. Ashley McRae had her second best throw ever (165-2) and defeated ex-Duck all-American and former US runner-up Sara Malone (159-3)

Brian Richotte had another seasonal best (218-8) and moved to eighth on the collegiate list over formerly eight ranked David Paul of Eastern Washington (211-6). Ex-Duck Lauryn Jordan won the Long Jump (6.11 meters, 20-0 ½), former Division two all-American Justin Lawrence won the triple jump (49-7 ¼), and Norris Frederick of Washington won the high jump (7-1).

The weather on Saturday dampened athletes' hopes and expectations. Expected star sprinters Carmelita Jeter and Mike Marsh did not participate and nine-time NAIA champ Ruky Abdulai did not participate as expected. With the exception of the 800s for men and women, the women's hammer, and 37 year-old former USC All-American Jeff Laynes, Saturday's portion of the meet was a competition between Big Sky schools, Oregon athletes and small school athletes from the northwest.

The men's 800 ended up being the outdoor coming-out party for two-time NCAA champ Ryan Brown of Washington. He moved to fifth on this year's collegiate list (1:48.60) by running-down 2006 world junior competitor and 2007 Mt SAC Lachlan Renshaw (1:48.69) and running away from a pack of national class 800-meter runners and former Oregon 400 all-american Matt Scherer.

The women's 800 ending up being a time trial for Rebekkah Noble (2:03.22). She chased down rabbit and Friday night 1500-meter champ, Nicole Teter and got a season best and the second fastest collegiate time of the year. Mt SAC winner Madeline Pape of Australia tried to make it interesting at the end (2:03.86).

The sprints and jumps were not spectacular due to the poor conditions. Mostly Seattle athletes won the jumping events with unremarkable performances - Teona Perkins (Seattle Pacific) in the high jump, Washington's Norris Frederick won the high jump and long jump, ex-Husky Carly Dockendorf won the pole vault. The exceptions were the Duck's Colin Witter-Tilton in the pole vault and Lori Vaught of Sacramento State won the triple jump.

The women's hammer had a highly competitive hammer throw won by Duck volunteer throws coach Cari Soong over Duck school record holder Britney Henry (210-7 to 210-3) for her second consecutive Hayward Field win.

Jeff Laynes, 37 year-old USC All-American, swept the 100 and 200. Other events were won in unremarkable performances except for a big throw by Mt SAC champion Dylan Armstrong (66-1), who broke the meet record by almost four feet.

Significant Oregon Results:    
Season Best and Regional marks: Personal Records:  
Men Men  
1500 100 10000
Andrew Acosta 3:42.40 pr Aaron Campbell 11.18 (collegiate best) future Duck Jordan McNamara 29:36.33 LCC school record
Andrew Wheating 3:45.17 pr    
    110 hurdles
5000 200 Alexey Shkuratov 14.85 (collegiate pr)
Galen Rupp 13:30.49 pr Marcus Dillon 21.30 (auto time pr) Justin Harderson 15.93
Carlos Trujillo 14:06.71, 14.3 second pr Chad Barlow 22.11 (auto time pr)  
Jon Thomas 14:07.84 pr    
  400 400 hurdles
  Phil Alexander 47.30 (outdoor pr) Jared Huske 52.85 (collegiate pr)
*Joaquin Chapa Unattached 14:07.41 pr   Justin Harderson 55.79
Shot Put Ryan Waite 1:52.05 (collegiate pr) High Jump
Mark Lewis 55-4 ¼ (outdoor pr)   Jack Jensen 2.05m 6-8 ¾
Hammer James Withers 3:48.08 Hammer Throw
Brian Richotte 218-8 AJ Casteel 3:49.93 Scott Penney unattached 157-8
Steven Johnson 185-10, pr Duke Wastenay 3:49.98  
  Ian Terpin 3:57.68  
  Matt Dettman unattached 3:55.90 Women
400 Matt Cravens unattached 3:58.87  
Keshia Baker 54.43 Ken Scoggin unattached 4:04.88 200
  David Bondi unattached 4:07.06  
800   Kavina Hall 24.88
Rebekkah Noble 2:03.22 (#2 collegiate time)   Leah Worthen 25.11
  5000 Ashley Bridenbeck 25.64 (collegiate best) into a 2.0 m/s headwind, fastest time in six years (freshman in high school)
1500 Kenny Klotz 14:14.72  
Zoe Buckman 4:25.97 (collegiate season best) Daniel Mercado 14:15.46 400 hurdles
  Esteban Trujillo 14:44.59 Leah Worthen 64.28 (fell at 8th hurdle while challenging for the lead – winner ran 61.59)
    Erin Funhouser 65.20
    Lucy Cridland 46.76m 153-5

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