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NCAA Meet Analysis
By Steve Ritchie / Special to the Statesman Journal
June 10, 2010

Ashton Eaton - University of Oregon

EUGENE - Thursday, day two of the meet, marked the end of the Duck men's chances for a NCAA title. They failed to score in the javelin, and had to have those points to have any shot. Cyrus Hostetler and Alex Wolff were both in the second flight and the weather worsened dramatically for the throwers in that flight. Neither approached their season or personal bests.

Then Luke Puskedra put the exclamation point on a not so great day when he decided to go out fast in the 10K and run with Sam Chelanga, the collegiate record holder in that event. After about half the race he started to fade, eventually falling all the way back to 14th place. Good try I guess, but you have to question the all or nothing strategy.

Better luck for the Duck 1500 meter runners. All three men qualified for finals and looked good doing it, and two of the three women did so. Jordan Hasay looked good in her heat but Zoe Buckman shockingly didn't make the finals, putting a dent in the Ducks' hopes.

Oregon's 4x4 relay made it through easily and Ashton Eaton set several records today in the first day of the decathlon, running 46.28 in the day's last decathlon event, the 400, and recording a new one day high of 4500 points.

Here's some "best of" items I did for the Statesman.

BEST ARGUMENT TO MAKE EUGENE THE PERMANENT SITE FOR THE MEET – While the weather doesn’t always cooperate, the Hayward Field crowd is the best. Not only do they turn out – 11,172 strong on Thursday – but they get loud. The loudest cheers are reserved for the Ducks, of course, but the fans know track and love to see outstanding performances, even if the success of that athlete hurts Oregon’s team chances. Many athletes competing here seem almost incredulous about the vocal support they received.

BEST FLASHBACK – Oregon had six 1500 meter runners – three men and three women – at this meet, hearkening back to the Bowerman era when the Ducks were known primarily for great milers like Dyrol Burleson, Jim Grelle and Roscoe Divine. Five of the six UO runners qualified for Saturday’s finals.

All three Duck men – A.J. Acosta, Andrew Wheating and Matthew Centrowitz – are capable of winning or placing high. Freshman Jordan Hasay will carry the women’s hopes in this event, since second-ranked Zoe Buckman didn’t advance.

BEST MOMENT FOR THE DUCKS – Although Brianne Theisen was in second place at the end of the first day, she left no doubt on day two in winning her second consecutive heptathlon title. The Oregon junior dominated the long jump, winning by nearly a foot, and went on to win by over 400 points, scoring a PR of 6,094.

LOOKING AHEAD – Friday’s events will provide the UO women a chance to gain an edge over their rivals from Texas A&M. The Ducks have potential scorers in four events, and none will be more crucial than Keshia Baker in the 400. She has the fastest time of the collegiate season, 50.76, but in this loaded field is not considered the favorite. If Baker can win or place second, it will be huge for the Ducks. On the men’s side, all eyes will be glued to the much-anticipated showdown between Andrew Wheating and Robby Andrews in the men’s 800.
NCAA 2010 - University of Oregon

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