The confines of Hayward Field were buzzing today as the top athletes from around the nation began the first day of competition at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, begin today with many of the shorter distance races. That schedule was particularly favorable for the Oregon Ducks Track & Field team who were able to advance seven of its nine competing athletes to the final round of competition.
Although there were some very impressive performances throughout the day (for example, Elijah Greer and Laura Roesler, who both took first place during their respective heats in the 800 meter race), the headlining story after the first day of competition was the Women’s 4×100 meter relay team who were able to capture first place in their heat, allowing them to also advance to the final round.
It’s important to note that also running in their heat was Arizona, ranked just behind Oregon at #6, and #1 Kansas. Those deciding the heat orders must love drama, considering the championship could very well be decided between Oregon and the Jayhawks. It was a hard fought race and, moreover, one that was crucial in starting Oregon off on the right foot for this championship weekend.