Oregon’s Hostetler Breaks Pac-10 Javelin Record

Courtesy: Greg Walker, Oregon Sports Information

April 6, 2009   

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EUGENE, Ore. – Amber Purvis’ school records in the 100 and 200 meters powered the Oregon women’s track and field team to a record-setting win Saturday at the Pepsi Team Invitational. On the men’s side, Cyrus Hostetler’s Pac-10 and meet record javelin throw of 272 feet, 10 inches thrilled the sun-drenched Historic Hayward Field crowd of 4,636.

Hostetler’s monstrous heave, which came on his on his opening attempt, met the "A" standard for the 2009 IAAF World Championships. The junior from Newberg, Ore., shattered John Stiegeler’s 2001 school record of 252-10 by 20 feet. He also broke Art Skipper’s Pepsi meet mark of 251-8, set in 1992 and the Pac-10 record of 268-7, set by Arizona’s Esko Mikkola in 1998.

"I came out and I just hit it," said Hostetler. "It felt like I didn’t even use my arm. I looked at Alex (Wolff) and I couldn’t believe it. I feel like I am on cloud nine right now, and I think this will set in sometime next week. I never expected this to happen this early in the season."

Hostetler also recorded the fourth-best javelin mark in NCAA history on Saturday.

The Duck women won the competition by scoring a meet-record 233.5 points. Indiana was second with 167 points, Utah State was third at 132.5 and Kansas State finished fourth with 119 points. The previous high for a Pepsi meet was 204 points by Oregon in 2003. The 66.5 point margin of victory was the largest in meet history.

"The women had something to prove," said associate director of track and field Dan Steele. "They really wanted to win this meet. They believe they have got a great team and I agree with them. This team is really serious about winning everything they compete in. We are feeling very good about their progress. I think it’s going to be an enjoyable experience for everybody."

Purvis opened her day by helping the Ducks win the 4×100 meter relay in 45.35 seconds. She was just getting started.

The freshman from Hercules, Calif., then blazed to a school record in the 100 meters, running 11.41 with a legal plus-1.4 tailwind. Thirty-five minutes later, Purvis, who said she was a little under the weather, smashed another UO mark with her 23.09 time in the 200 meters, which came with a legal plus-1.6 wind.

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