Track & Field News
Lane alums Kylee O'Connor and Austin Torres take 6th place at PAC-12 Multi Events
Nate Krueger, GoDucks.com
STANFORD, Calif. - The men's and women's Oregon track and field teams both received some early points towards next weekend's Pac-12 Championships as Kylee O'Connor and Austin Torres came away with sixth-place finishes in the Pac-12 Multi-Event Championships Saturday and Sunday at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
"Great start for the Ducks," said head coach Robert Johnson. "Anytime we can go to a championship setting and put points on the board for the team, that's always a plus.
"Good job by (multi's coach) Seth Henson getting those guys ready to go out and help our team. For Kylee to score in the heptathlon her senior year, that was really cool to see and we couldn't be more proud of her. And Austin, he's kind of an unsung hero to go out there with some nagging things and compete the way he did. We're pleased with where we're at heading into next weekend."
How it Happened: O'Connor entered conference competition as a relative unknown, having switched from the sprints and hurdles to the multi-events just a few months ago. The Eugene native finished with a personal-best 5,271 points to place sixth in the heptathlon and put three points on the board for the Women of Oregon, and her point total makes her the No. 10 performer all-time at Oregon in the heptathlon.
O'Connor was 11th through the first three events on Saturday, but ran 24.76 to place fourth in the 200 meters and move up four spots to seventh after the first day. After holding her position through the long jump, the redshirt junior enjoyed career performances in the final two events on Sunday to move up a spot and grab an extra point for the Ducks. O'Connor hit a PR on all three of her throws in the javelin, finishing at 118-6 (36.12m), and then ran a career-best of more than three seconds (2:15.51) to place second in the 800 meters and jump to sixth.
Torres, competing in the first decathlon of his career, started the decathlon strong on Saturday and was in third after the first five events. The junior transfer from Lane Community College was in the top three of the first event events and then closed the first day with a PR 52.97 in the 400 meters. Torres was third in the discus and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles on Sunday and was in second with two events to go, but he fell four spots after three fouls in the javelin. Torres ran 4:54.53 in the 1,500 meters to close out the weekend in sixth.
What it Means: The Men and Women of Oregon will both head to Stanford with three points on the board. The Ducks are looking for their 10th consecutive sweep of the conference team titles, and the UO men are seeking their 12th straight Pac-12 championship.
Up Next: The Ducks will be in Stanford on Saturday and Sunday (May 12-13) for the 2018 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships. Both days of the meet will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.