UK Travels to TrackTown for Oregon Team Invitational
By Jacob Most
April 10, 2015
Results | Meet Central
EUGENE, Ore. -- Kentucky will preview the terrain upon which the 2015 NCAA Championships will be contested -- Hayward Field -- on Saturday at the Oregon Team Invitational.
Oregon's 2015 home opener brings a fan-friendly format to the sport of track and field as the meet will pit Kentucky in a triangular competition against Oregon and Washington.
The meet will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET with gates opening at 3:30 p.m.
The Oregon Team Invitational will feature a compelling team competition. The Oregon men's team is No. 3 with the women are ranked No. 6 in this week's computer rankings released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Kentucky women are No. 5 while the men are No. 24.
The meet will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Live results will be available at results.flotrack.org.
The top six finishers in each individual event will contribute to their team's scores. Scoring for those events will be 7-5-4-3-2-1. The top three relay teams will be scored 7-5-4. Only two athletes from each team can score in individual events while only one relay entry per team can score.
Kentucky brings 15 Wildcats to this weekend's meet that have competed at Hayward Field at previous NCAA, USATF and IAAF World Junior Championships.
This weekend's meet will afford the full team a chance at competing on one of track and field's grandest stages.
Four Wildcats competing at this weekend's meet won NCAA medals in Eugene last spring.
The Wildcats could try some of their top relay lineups this weekend in hopes of acclimating to the NCAA Championships setting.
Events to watch
Men's Javelin -- When last Kentucky's Raymond Dykstra and Oregon's Same Crouser faced off -- the 2014 NCAA Championships on the same field where they are scheduled to face off on Saturday -- fans were treated to one of the more dramatic javelin competitions collegiate track and field has ever seen.
Dykstra led for each of the first five rounds of the 2014 NCAA Championships. But Crouser took the lead on his final throw, spurred on by some strong encouragement from his home crowd. Entering the fifth round, Dykstra had a two-foot advantage over Crouser at 251-feet, 8 inches/76.72 meters to 249'11"/76.17m, with Crouser throwing second to last and Dykstra the final thrower.
Crouser threw 252'7"/76.98m to take the lead, while Dykstra threw 229'2"/69.87m on his last try.
Crouser is the early-season NCAA leader with a career-best 259'/78.94m in his season debut at the Trojan Invitational, while Dykstra ranks second in the nation with his 252'1"/76.83m at the UTSA Challenge.
Women's 100m hurdles ¬-- Kendra Harrison will look to open up in the short hurdles in a manner similar to the way she did in the hurdles race over 400m last weekend. There, she ran a world-leading time and the second fastest performance of her career.
Harrison will face completion from teammate Jacklyn Howell -- fresh of a UK freshman record performance of 13.08 last weekend at the Florida Relays and Oregon's Sasha Wallace, who was fifth to Harrison's first in the NCAA 60m hurdles Championship final.
Men's 800m -- Keffri Neal will make his return to the site of his NCAA Bronze Medal a year ago. Also in the field is Oregon's Johnny Gregorek who placed fourth in the NCAA mile final and was part of the distance medley relay NCAA Championship team in addition to earning All-America status during his time at Columbia before transferring to Oregon.
Men's 1,500m -- Robert Sandlin ran the SEC-leading 1,500m time -- 3:44.14 -- last weekend at the Florida Relays. That time ranks seventh nationally, but he could be in for an increase in competition level on Saturday. Four runners who have broken four minutes in the mile are entered, including Oregon's Daniel Winn Gregorek and Washington's Izaic Yorks are other notable names in the field.