A Duck Dynasty

When we think of sports dynasties, we think of teams such as the ’47-’62 New York Yankees, the ’91-’98 Chicago Bulls, or more recently Alabama’s football team.  After this weekend, we can add another team to this list – the men of Oregon’s Outdoor Track & Field Team, who locked up their seventh consecutive Pac-12 Championship.  The Duck women, who coasted to their fifth consecutive Pac-12 championship, aren’t far behind.

Going into the second and final day of competition, our men’s squad looked to close the gap between them and UCLA, as they found themselves in second place with 49.5 points to UCLA’s 53.5.  With clutch victories in events such as the 4×400 meter relay, our Ducks prevailed as they finished the weekend’s contest with 149.50 points (the closest being USC with 108 points).  The men’s team dominated this weekend, but the outcome was no surprise.

Dior Mathis getting standing ready for the 4x100 meter relay in the Pepsi Team Invitational

2013; Gary Breedlove

Dior Mathis gets ready for the 4×100 meter relay at the Pepsi Team Invitational.

In terms of “big picture,” this championship doesn’t have any bearing on qualifying for the Western Preliminary Rounds (the first round of the final NCAA Championship meet) which begin on May 23rd.  Regardless, a win is a win, and provides confidence going into national championship competition.  What’s more is that this particular win marks, again, our seventh consecutive Pac-12 title.  It not only speaks volumes about our track & field program – from recruitment, all the way to athlete development and conditioning – but also allows our team to claim the title of a “Dynasty” in the Pac-12.

Everyone knows we’re good, but few know that we’re this good — good enough be one of the most successful athletic programs in school history.

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