Photos courtesy of Kevin Cline
Before the start of the NCAA basketball tournament, our men’s athletics program was tied for 5th place with Georgetown in the Capital One Cup Standings. This relatively new measurement system, designed to determine which schools are the most successful in collegiate athletics, has been quite favorable for the Ducks. Not only were the men tied for 5th in the standings, but the women were in sole possession of 5th themselves due to a very strong season in cross country, indoor track and volleyball, among other sports. The success of the men’s programs came from finishing the season 2nd in the football polls; and, of course, the track and field programs are always highly rated.
After the conclusion of the Ducks’ basketball season and the start of baseball, softball, and track and field, our Ducks have risen. As of the latest released standings on April 1st, our men’s athletics have taken sole possession of 5thplace and our women have jumped all the way to number two in the nation, just a mere point behind Penn State.
These rankings truly reflect the ability of a school to support coaches who can successfully recruit and direct incredibly gifted student athletes who strive to succeed. It is truly an honor that Oregon is so high on both the men’s and women’s list and we should treat it as such. Due to our incredibly generous donors, our smart and diligent athletic department, and our great coaches and athletes, Oregon has set one of the highest standards for student athletics in the country.