Oregon women join men as track champs; sweep a first for Ducks
EUGENE, Oregon - Just one year after the Oregon men's track and field team ended their 30-year drought of winning the NCAA Track and Field Championship, the women followed in their footsteps.
The Ducks swept the outdoor team titles on Saturday afternoon at Hayward for the first time in school history, and the women won the NCAA title for the first time since 1985.
As if they learned from the men's team a day earlier, the Ducks busted up all form charts on their way to a title, digging themselves in a hole early when the 4x100 relay team was disqualified after a rough exchange 200 meters into the race.
Then came Jenna Prandini and Raevyn Rogers to the rescue.
On her way to helping rack up 59 points, Prandini won the 100-meter dash by .01 seconds with a wind-aided 10.96, then returned to the track an hour later to place second in the 200 with 22.21.
Inspired by Prandini's will to win, freshman Raevyn Rogers ran a sub-2:00 800 to win the title in 1:59.71, a PR by nearly two seconds. In winning, Rogers became the second fastest freshman to ever win the NCAA women's 800 while running the fastest time in collegiate history by a freshman.
Even though the Ducks took a hit with the DQ of the relay team and an inability to score any points from Nikki Hiltz in the 1,500, it did not matter. The eight points Prandini contributed with her second-place finish in the 200 made Oregon unreachable to any other team.
And just like that, the Oregon women were 2015 NCAA Champions.