On the last day of the NCAA National Championship meet at historic Hayward Field, Duck athletes had to work hard to earn their hardware. However, the Oregon men’s track & field team still walked away with a fourth place finish, while the women earned third place overall.
Laura Roesler took 2nd in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:00.06. The Ducks spent a lot of time on the third place podium after this weekend as Phyllis Francis in the 400m, 17 time All-American Jordan Hasay in the 5000m, and the men’s 4×400 relay team all finished in that position. Oregon was also well represented on the field with Sam Crouser bringing home 3rd place honors in the men’s javelin, despite having two of his throws disqualified.
The Ducks finished in first place three times. Elijah Greer pulled ahead at the last second of the 800m race, winning it by three hundredths of a second. Although sitting in a comfortable 4th place position for the majority of the 1500m race, Mac Fleet turned on the afterburners down the final stretch, winning the race with a time of 3:50.25. Perhaps the most stunning performance of the weekend came from English Gardner, who took off like a rocket out of the blocks, sprinting her way to the finish line and a second consecutive NCAA 100m title at 10.96 (a Pac-12 and school record).
Although some athletes are bound to be disappointed with their finishes, both the men’s and women’s squads walked away with top 5 finishes as well as multiple individual victories, which speaks volumes about the skill level of our Track & Filed program.