Unlike other sports where entire teams either advance or go home, track & field is a race-by-race proposition. After a sterling run of performances at the Western Prelimiminary Rounds in Austin, Texas this weekend, where the Ducks advanced 29 of their 46 competing athletes, the flock is both advancing and flying home to Eugene for the big show – The NCAA Championship meet.
The Ducks showed their team depth in the relays, advancing all four relay teams to the national championship meet, which starts June 5th in the friendly confines of Hayward Field. While finishing fourth in their heat, the men’s 4 x 100 meter relay nailed a season-best time of 39.96. Great news for football fans — Arthur Delaney, who was joined by Dior Mathis, B.J. Kelley and De’Anthony Thomas, is the only member of the four man squad not out for football.
The women’s relay advanced by winning their heat of the 4 X 100, aided by English Gardner, who also made school history by becoming the first Duck to make Nationals in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. The Ducks’ domination spilled into the field events where those advancing included Greg Skipper in the hammer, and Liz Brenner and Sam Crouser in the javelin.
This was an incredibly successful weekend for our Ducks as they keep their championship aspirations very much alive by bringing such a large group of athletes back home for championship competition. Our Ducks have the numbers and the talent to achieve greatness as they race toward the finish line in what promises to be one of the best years in Oregon track & field history.