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Oiselle's Kate Grace and Oregon's Dakotah Keys sparkle on a windy day at Hayward Field

Published Jan 01, 0001

Matthew Maton of Summit destroys a 10-year-old meet record in the boys high school 3,000.

EUGENE – Kate Grace didn't cheat herself en route to her first career victory at Hayward Field.

The pro from Oiselle led from start to finish to win the 800 meters Friday at the Oregon Relays, holding off a late push by fan favorite Anne Kesselring on the home straight before a crowd of 6,182.

Grace -- who moved to Bend this year -- finished in 2 minutes, 4.52 seconds. Kesselring of Oregon Track Club Elite, crossed in 2:05.33.

"I've haven't led wire-to-wire like that since college," said Grace, who sliced through a stiff breeze on the back straight in the process.

Oregon decathlete Dakotah Keys took down his personal record with a gutsy run in the 1,500, the last of the 10 events, to finish with 8,027 points. The mark improved on his previous best of 8,001 moved him to No. 4 in UO history and to third on this year's NCAA descending order list.

Running her first steeplechase since June, OTC Elite's Bridget Franek broke the meet record with a winning time of 9:56.72. Carrie Messner had held the record of 9:59.61 since 2006.

Oregon throwers Sam Crouser and Greg Skipper won the men's javelin and hammer respectively, and moonlighting UO football player Devon Allen dusted the field in the 400 hurdles, winning 52.56.

In high school competition, Summit junior Matthew Maton took over with a 61-second 400 split late in the race to run away with the 3,000, and Camas star Alexa Efraimson held off Ella Donaghu of Grant on the anchor leg of the girls distance medley relay in a thrilling finish.

Maton's time of 8:18.66 shattered the meet record of 8:23.32 set by Beaverton's Stuart Eagon in 2004. The Camas distance medley finished in 11:54.19 and Grant in 11:54.74. Both crushed the meet record of 12:02.52 that Camas set last year.

Grace said after the 800 she felt more confident in her strength than her speed, which is why she ran from in front even with the headwind on the east side of the track.

"That was my race plan going in – lead 600 meters and see what I have," she said. "Wind or no wind."

She had enough left coming off the Bowerman Curve to keep Kesselring at bay.

She couldn't see the kicking Kesselring, but Grace knew she was there.

"I heard the crowd, and I heard the announcer," Grace said. "I got a little bit nervous. I don't know if my shoulders hiked up, but I was happy with the way I was able to finish."

Ditto for Keys, who hadn't really planned on a big effort. The idea was to get a score that would qualify him comfortably for the NCAA Championships and call it good.

But things went well for eight events, and suddenly the PR looked like a real possibility until a subpar – for him – javelin throw of 204 feet 4 inches.

"I was really trying to push it so I wouldn't have to run as fast," Keys said of the javelin. "And that's the one event I think I tried too hard."

That left him needing a 4:28 1,500 to get the decathlon PR. Teammate Alec Fellows, who had failed to record a long jump mark and had no chance at a good overall score in the decathlon, agreed to pace Keys.

"It was a windy day, and he blocked the wind," Key said.

Keys did the rest, resetting his 1,500 PR of 4:25.76 in the process.

Franek, a 2012 Olympian, took a sabbatical from elite track last summer after failing to meet her expectations with a 12th-place finish in the USA Championships.

She skipped altitude training this spring to complete her MBA from Oregon, but seemed reasonably happy with her 2014 steeple debut.

"It's like riding a bike for me," she said. "It's trying to get back into the rhythm of things. I'm sure my next one is going to be a lot better."

Crouser dominated a good javelin field, throwing 247-4 to win by more than 18 feet. His four legal throws were 234-10 or further. Skipper also was reasonably consistent, winning with a best mark of 224-0 and bettering 215-2 on five of his six attempts.

Here are complete results from the second day of the Oregon Relays.

-- Ken Goe

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Track and field events and TV/radio listings for April 18-27

Published Jan 01, 0001

Track and field TV, radio schedule for April 18-27.

Don't see an event listing here? Email and let us know. Calendars are fluid, and often change when schedules are updated with time changes. Be sure to check back.

Frequent channel numbers
NBCSN (Comcast 32, DirecTV 220)
Golf (Comcast 33, DirecTV 218)
Root (Comcast 34, DirecTV 687)
ESPN (Comcast 35, DirecTV 206)
ESPN2 (Comcast 36, DirecTV 209)
CSN (Comcast 37, n/a on DirecTV)
FS1 (Comcast 408, DirecTV 219)
Pac-12 (Comcast 420, n/a on DirecTV)
ESPNews (Comcast 402, DirecTV 207)
ESPNU (Comcast 411, DirecTV 208)
TNT (Comcast 54, DirectTV 245)
TBS (Comcast 55, DirectTV 247)

The week ahead for Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 27
Track and Field
Ducks and Beavers track: Mt. SAC Relays (at Walnut, Calif.)
TBA Friday
Ducks and Beavers track: Oregon Relays
12 p.m. Friday
Ducks and Beavers track: Mt. SAC Relays (at Walnut, Calif.)
TBA  Saturday
Ducks and Beavers track: Oregon Relays
5 p.m. Saturday
National track: USA 1 Mile Road Championships TBA Tuesday
Beavers track: Titan Twilight
TBA Thursday
Ducks track: The 120th Penn Relays (at Philadelphia, Pa.)
TBA Thursday
Beavers track: Triton Invitational (at San Diego, Calif.)
TBA Friday
Ducks track: 120th Penn Relays (at Philadelphia, Pa.)TBA Friday
Ducks track: 120th Penn Relays (at Philadelphia, Pa.)TBA Saturday
Beavers track:Triton Invitational (at San Diego, Calif.)
TBA Saturday
National track: USA Masters 10 km Championships
TBA Sunday

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Keep an eye on the men's javelin and the 800 races today at the Oregon Relays; Oregon track & field rundown

Published Jan 01, 0001

Oregon's Brittany Mann is close to the school record in the shot.

Day 2 of the three-day Oregon Relays swings into gear this afternoon at Hayward Field after a wet start to yesterday's multi-events competition.

The weather was dicey enough that the high jump competition was moved under the west grandstands, which isn't exactly a made-for-spectators part of the venue.

It should be better today, with chance of rain at 10 percent and decreasing as the day goes on.

The multis resume at noon.

On paper, the best open events today probably are the men's javelin, in which Oregon's Sam Crouser will be mixing it up with post-collegian Ryan Brandel and Washington's Quinn Hale; the men's 800, expected to feature Oregon's Boru Guyota and the Oregon Track Club's Charles Jock, and the women's 800, matching Oregon's Sarah Penney with pros Anne Kesselring and Shannon Leinert of OTC, and Oiselle's Kate Grace.

A quick disclaimer on the entries. They have been known to change by the time events actually begin.

I featured Oregon's Brittany Mann in this profile for this morning's Oregonian. She will be chasing the UO school record today in the shot.

The non-multi, elite section of the meet begins at 3:40 p.m. with the women's hammer. High school competition starts at 6:50 p.m. with the girls pole vault.

Here is the meet schedule and the entry list for the Oregon Relays.

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Oregon State's Kinsey Gomez shatters the school record in the 10,000.

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Portland State will make a push at the Oregon Relays.

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Paul Merca: Western Washington's Lindsay Wells wins the hammer at the Cal State LA Twilight.

Team Schumacher rebrands as the Bowerman Track Club.

Jesse Squire's comprehensive look at the weekend's best match-ups for the Daily Relay.

How does world champion shot putter Ryan Whiting unwind? He knits.

Kara Goucher blogs about her latest sponsorship deal.

Queen Harrison is the latest subject of Jamie Nieto's Holla Atcha Boy video series.

Lelisa Desisa won last year's Boston Marathon, but it's what he did after the bombs went off that still resonates. Great piece by Jere Longman of the New York Times.

Mitch Kastoff previews the women's race at the Boston Marathon for Flotrack, and wonders whether there is too much pressure on Shalane Flanagan.

Flanagan and Desiree Linden won't be the only members of their families to run the Boston Marathon.

Ryan Hall prepped for this year's Boston Marathon at 9,000 feet in Ethiopia, as he explains in this Q-and-A with

The experts at rate the foreign contenders in the women's field at the Boston Marathon.

Public safety and race officials work to make this year's Boston Marathon as safe as possible.

Michigan has a special connection with the Boston Marathon.

Amby Burfoot talks marathons in this video.

Larry Eder writes about his Boston home away from home in RunBlogRun as his excellent adventure continues.

What's it like to live on the West Coast and pull an all-nighter to watch the London Marathon? Jason Halpin gives a stream-of-consciousness, almost minute-by-minute recap for the Daily Relay. It's pretty entertaining.

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Grant High School's Ella Donaghu is running toward the state record in the 3,000.

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Runner's World's daily wrap of racing news.

The USTFCCCA Daily roundup.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

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-- Ken Goe

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The Oregon Relays continue on Friday at Hayward Field

Published Jan 01, 0001

Friday's action concludes with the men's 10,000 meters.

EUGENE -- The three-day Oregon Relays track & field meet, which began on Thursday with first-day competition in the decathlon and heptathlon, will continue on Friday with a full slate of high school, college and professional action.

Friday events featuring college and professional athletes begin at noon with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles.

The first non-decathlon or heptathlon event will be the women's hammer at 3:40 p.m.

High school competition begins at 6:50 p.m. with the girls pole vault.

The day's action concludes with the men's 10,000 meters at 8:20 p.m.

Here is the complete schedule for the Oregon Relays.
-- Ken Goe

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Oregon's Dakotah Keys and Lauren Crockett lead the first day of the multi-events at the Oregon Relays

Published Jan 01, 0001

The Oregon Relays multi-events resume at noon Friday.

IVUQGPEKACQPYFW.20111118020543.jpgLauren Crockett
Oregon's Dakotah Keys recorded personal records in the long jump and shot en route to a first-day total of 4,110 points in the decathlon Thursday in the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field.

Keys is ahead of pace for his personal record of 8,001 points.

UO freshman Mitch Modin is second with 3,987 points.

Oregon's Lauren Crockett has the first-day lead in the heptathlon. Crockett has a four-event total of 3,233 points. Teammate Daphne Chambers is second with 3,193.

The Oregon Relays multi-events competition resumes on Friday with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles.

-- Ken Goe

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