Oregon Sprinters Micah Williams, Jadyn Mays Post Nation-Leading 60m Times; USC’s Omotade Ojora (60m Hurdles) One Of Four Early Season No. 1s
Story and Photos by Keenan Gray of DyeStat
SPOKANE – The USC and Oregon men’s and women’s teams put on a sprint and hurdle clinic to open their 2023 indoor seasons at The Podium in Spokane on Friday at the Cougar Classic with multiple nation-leading times.
Oregon sprint standout Micah Williams’ quest for a second NCAA indoor title in the 60-meter began with a first-place run of 6.54 seconds to rank him No. 1 in the country in only the third week of the season.
“Just ready to get back to work,” Williams said. “Been a long six months, so it’s good to brush the dust off so I’ll be ready for more in about two weeks.”
Williams comes into his junior season on the road to redemption after he went undefeated in the 60 last winter but saw his streak come to an end at the NCAA Championships when he false started in the preliminary round.
“I’m really just focused on one day at a time,” Williams said. “Things happen, and that’s life, so I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’ll be ready.”
Following Williams was Ducks teammate Jadyn Mays on the women’s side as she posted two top marks in the country in both the 60 and 200 races, running 7.25 seconds and 23.18 seconds.
“I feel pretty good about the times,” said Mays, an all-American in the 60 last season. “I obviously know there are some things that I can fix, which I’m happy about since it’s the first meet. I’m glad I didn’t go out there and felt like everything was executed perfectly because then we have a lot of left to go.”
The USC men and women totaled four nation-leading marks led by individuals Omotade Ojora and Jan’Taijah Jones. Ojora clocked a personal best time of 7.68 seconds to win the men’s 60-meter hurdles and Jones won the women’s 400 in 53.63.
Both 4×400 relay teams for USC came away with wins as the men’s team, made up of William Jones, Ashton Allen, Tamall Myers and Chris Borzor, ran 3:10.16; the women’s team, made up of Bailey Lear, Takiya Cenci, Caisja Chandler and Rae-Anne Serville, ran 3:37.92.
The Oregon women finished second behind the Trojans, posting the second fastest time in the country at 3:39.80.
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