Twilight Chilly but Ducks Warmed Up

Eugene -- The 2007 Oregon Twilight meet saw several members of the University of Oregon Track and Field team qualify for the NCAA West Regionals, to be held later in the month at Hayward Field. Senior Britney Henry won the women's hammer event with a throw of 221-07.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Chris Winter runs in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the Oregon Twilight Meet held at Hayward Field on Saturday, May 5, 2007. (Photo by Steve Summers)

Freshman Kenny Klotz's time of 14:07.78 in the 5,000 meters, the last race of the day qualified him for the West Regionals in his very first race in an Oregon uniform. As the 5,000 finished, it was announced that Mark Lewis won the shot put with a throw of 53-06.50.

Missing from the competition was Galen Rupp, who had captured the U.S. Collegiate record in the 10,000 meters last week in Stanford. Rupp held out of today's contest even though he took a victory lap for the hometown crowd.

For Track Head Coach Vin Linanna, the event helps his staff prepare for the next few weeks of May.

"The reality was that we were doing everything we could to put everybody in events so that we could make some final decisions for the Pac-10s and the regional meets," said Linanna of the Twilight meet. "We had a lot of questions answered and created some new questions for our staff."

Klotz's time was his best time as a collegian and along with Rupp should provide the Ducks with a strong combination for the Pac-10 championship meet to be held next week at Stanford.

Lewis, who had just completed spring football for Mike Bellotti's Ducks last week was one of three gridiron stars to participate in the Twilight meet. Lewis effort was his first win of the season in the shot put. His football teammate, defensive tackle David Faaeteete was eighth in the competition with a throw of 45-06.50. Cornerback Walter Thurmond made his initial track appearance for the season and finished third the 110 meter high hurdles clocking in at 14.61.

Former Duck runner Matt Scherer won the Men's 800 meters.

Sprinter Ashley Bridenbeck was a Duck winner in the 100 meters (section 1) clocking 12:20, while Irie Searcy notched a time of 56:38 in the first section of the women's 400 meters. Oregon's Emily Mathis finished second in 1500 meters B Section at 4:40.08. Leah Worthen, gave Duck fans reason to cheer with her win in the 400 meter hurdles with a 1:02.81 time. Two Duck women, Emily Gillespie and Jasmine Kelly tied for first place in the high jump with a 5-05.75 effort.

Rebekah Noble was second in the women's 800 meters with a time of 2:03.94 with Zoe Buckman a few steps behind at 2:07.72. Rachel Yurkovich was pleased with her throw of 185-11 that was good enough to place second in the Javelin.

"I had a feeling I'd do good," said Yurkovich of her effort. "And I did."

The Oregon men winners included Phil Alexander in the 100 meters in a wind-aided time of 10.50. Marcus Dillion won the 200 (section I) 21.23 (w) and teammate Chad Barlow won the 400 meter in 47.69.2.

Esteban Tujillo finished fourth in the 1500 meters (B Section) coming in at 3:53.59. Jared Huske of Oregon was first in the 110-meter hurdles. The Ducks' Dave Moore was best in the pole vault at 16-06.75.

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