New York – The Women of Oregon broke the collegiate indoor record in the distance medley relay to lead Oregon track and field to a strong showing on the first day of the Columbia East-West Challenge at the Armory Track and Field Center.
How it Happened – Women: Looking to secure a qualifying time for the NCAA Indoor Championships, the DMR team of Lilli Burdon (1,200m), Ashante Horsley (400m), Raevyn Rogers (800) and Katie Rainsberger (1,600) won in a blistering 10:48.77 to break the previous indoor collegiate record of 10:50.98 (Tennessee, 2009).
Seven-time all-American Sasha Wallace impressed once again in the 60 meter hurdles, winning in 7.91 seconds to best her own NCAA-leading mark. The Ducks went 1-2-3 in the finals as Alaysha Johnson (8.19) and freshman Rhesa Foster (8.39) followed Wallace to sweep the event.
The Women of Oregon capped the first day of competition in New York with another finals sweep, as Hannah Cunliffe, Deajah Stevens and Ariana Washington finished 1-2-3 in the finals of the 60 meters. Cunliffe raced to the top of the 2017 NCAA list by winning in 7.13 seconds, just .01 seconds off her own program record, and Stevens (7.23) and Washington (7.30) each set personal-bests.
Quotable: Head Coach Robert Johnson
"Overall it's been a really good trip so far, and we've got a full line-up tomorrow. I'm proud of the team and how they rallied around the DMR teams to help push them through. We were able to see something amazing on the women's side with those ladies setting the collegiate record, and it was really a great atmosphere with our team being allowed on the infield to cheer them on. The atmosphere was so exciting, and we were able to carry that into the 60 meters and 60 hurdles to finish out the day on a high note with PRs by Damarcus Simpson, Kyree King, Deajah Stevens and Ariana Washington and tremendous showings by Sasha Wallace and Hannah Cunliffe. It was a really fun and exciting 60 minutes or so, and now we need to carry that into tomorrow."
The Columbia East-West Challenge will continue on Saturday at the Armory Track and Field Center, beginning at 3 p.m. PT with the women's mile and the field events.
In Seattle on Saturday, Modin will finish up the heptathlon, Walsh will compete in the pole vault and Milligan will be in action in the high jump. Competition will begin at 9 a.m., with the heptathlon picking back up at 10:05 a.m. with the 60 meter hurdles.