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Oregon Ducks travel to Kentucky for the Rod McCravy Memorial indoor track meet

Published Jan 01, 0001

UO sprinter Jasmine Todd has the early indoor world lead in the 60 meters.

sp.uotf.jenna.prandini.jpgJennna Prandini. 

Oregon distance stars Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins are scheduled to make their 2015 debuts at the two-day Rod McCravy Memorial indoor track & field meet, which begins Friday at Lexington, Ky.

Cheserek won NCAA indoor titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters last year as a freshman. Jenkings was runnerup to Cheserek at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Cheserek is expected to run the 3,000 meters and Jenkins is entered in the 5,000.

Other UO indviduals scheduled to compete are sprinter-long jumper Jenna Prandini and sprinter Jasmine Todd.

Prandini is the reigning NCAA long jump champ outdoors. Todd clocked a 2015 world indoor best in the 60 last week in Seattle with a time of 7.15 seconds.

The UO men are ranked No. 2 and the UO women are No. 3 in the first set of indoor track rankings by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association.

The No. 1-ranked Florida women and No. 3-ranked Arkansas are part of the McCravy field.

-- Ken Goe

kgoe@oregonian.com

503-221-8040; @KenGoe

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Former Oregon track & field star Phyllis Francis will make her pro debut in New York

Published Jan 01, 0001

Francis will tangle with Olympians Sanya Richards-Ross and Francena McCorory.

Former University of Oregon All-American Phyllis Francis will be part of an all-star women's 400-meter field for the Millrose Games, on Feb. 14 in the Armory in New York City.

It will the first race as a professional for Francis, who set the collegiate indoor record in the 400 last year while winning the NCAA indoor championship in 50.46 seconds.

Other runners expected to be part of the Millrose's 400 field include Olympians Francena McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross.

Richards-Ross is the reigning Olympic gold medalist.

-- Ken Goe

kgoe@oregonian.com

503-221-8040; @KenGoe

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The Big Sky Conference selects Portland State's Jazmin Ratcliff as athlete of the week

Published Jan 01, 0001

Ratcliff qualified for the Big Sky Indoor Championships.

Jazmin_Ratcliff_Mug.jpgJazmin Ratcliff 

Portland State hurdler Jazmin Ratcliff was named women's Big Sky Conference indoor track athlete of the week on Tuesday.

Ratcliff clocked a time of 8.52 seconds while placing third in the 60-meter hurdles Saturday at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle.

The time qualifies her for the Big Sky Indoor Championships, and leads the conference bests list by .15 seconds.

Ratcliff is a senior from Portland's Benson High School.

Oregon's Sasha Wallace won the race in 8.27 seconds.

Here is the complete release from the Big Sky Conference about this week's selection for indoor track & field athletes of the week.

-- Ken Goe

kgoe@oregonian.com

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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Accused of throwing rocks from overpass, man is charged with felony assault

Published Jan 01, 0001

A grand jury indicted Matthew Logan McKinney and another man for the incident in November 2012 on an Interstate 5 overpass. A rock shattered a windshield and hit the driver in the face.

Runners Windshield RockMatthew Logan McKinney 

ROSEBURG — A man accused of throwing a rock from an overpass and injuring a University of Oregon runner was arraigned Monday in Roseburg on a felony assault charge.

The Register-Guard reports that 21-year-old Matthew Logan McKinney of Sutherlin was allowed to remain free while his case is in Douglas County Circuit Court.

A grand jury indicted McKinney and another man for the incident in November 2012 on an Interstate 5 overpass. A rock shattered a windshield and hit the driver in the face.

The car crashed and the driver, University of Oregon distance runner Molly Grabill, was hospitalized for two days.

-- The Associated Press

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3 things the Oregon Ducks need to do turn this thing around in the second half

Published Jan 01, 0001

Mariota needs some help.

Oregon is down 21-10 at halftime of the College Football Playoff Championship Game, but all is not lost.

Here are three things the Ducks can do to turn it around.

-- Protect Marcus Mariota.

Granted, he has the Heisman Trophy, but somebody still needs to block for him.

If the Ducks can hammer out a running game, that will help. It would slow down the pass rush, set up play-action and make Mariota more effective when he throws.

-- The defensive line needs to control the line of scrimmage.

If the Ducks can't stop Ohio State on the ground, they won't catch up.

If they can, they can put some heat on sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones and make him make plays.

-- Make better play calls.

There was no excuse for the Ducks to come up empty when they were inside Ohio State's 5 in the first half.

If they had kicked a field goal it would now be a once-score game. If they had scored a touchdown, they would be position to take the lead if they can get a stop on Ohio State's first possession of the third quarter.

-- Ken Goe

kgoe@oregonian.com

503-221-8040

@KenGoe

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