Ducks triumphant! Photo by Kim Spir

The University of Oregon captured its first-ever Penn Relays Championship of America with a relatively easy 9:30.69 victory.

Oregon’s Matthew Centrowitz Jr. broke away from the pack on the final straightaway of the opening leg and took the lead at the first exchange. Oregon maintained its lead through Chad Barlow’s 400, with Penn State second. Texas’s Tevan Everett moved into third on the first lap of the 800, then into second. Cody Harper of Villanova moved into second on the backstretch, gaiing a bit of separation on the chase group, but still about seven meters down on Oregon. Columbia, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgetown, Texas and Penn State were all in the hunt.

Andrew Wheating looked smooth as he extended the Ducks’ lead steadily over the anchor leg. Texas’ Patrick Todd moved up to the front of the chase, with Michigan’s Lex Williams moving into second with 200 meters to go. Wheating crossed the line in 9:30.69. Carl MacKenzie came on strong to grab second for Villanova in 9:33.93.

Oregon’s splits: Matthew Centrowitz (2:56.10), Chad Barlow (46.72), Mac Fleet (1:48.04), Andrew Wheating (3:59.84).

Interesting trivia: Matthew Centrowitz Jr’s dad (Matt Sr.) coaches the American University team, which won the third heat of the DMR.

Results are posted here.

Andrew Wheating celebrates victory. Photo by Kim Spir