NCAA track & field championships: Oregon men win second straight national team title
After Oregon men's track & field won its second consecutive NCAA outdoor championship on Friday, Eugene may just as well be rebranded as QuackTown. In front of an announced Hayward Field crowd of 11,168, the hometown Ducks cruised to the 2015 NCAA title by a margin of 29 points. The win marks the 477th NCAA team championship in the Conference of Champions. USC also impressed with a fifth-place finish on the national stage, including two titles for junior sprinter Andre De Grasse. Your team-by-team recap of Friday's men's championship round:
King Cheserek, née Edward, just can't stop making history. His win today in the men's 5,000m (13:48.67) is his second consecutive title in the event and his eighth individual championship. That puts him past track legend Steve Prefontaine, who won seven NCAA championships in his time at Oregon. Not bad for a sophomore. His teammates Eric Jenkins and Will Geoghegan finished second and fourth behind him, respectively, in the 5,000m and secured Oregon's second straight NCAA outdoor title with a whopping 23 points in the event.
Also contributing to the cause on Friday was senior Jonathan Cabral, who took second in the 110m hurdles (13.22 seconds) and sophomore Marcus Chambers, who finished second in the 400m at 45.59. Freshman Blake Haney finished the 1,500m in 3:55.12 for third place and added six points to the Ducks' total. The Oregon women, also leading the field through the semis, will take center stage Saturday with all eyes on star sprinter and jumper Jenna Prandini. Her 100m dash final will be live on ESPN2 at 2:55 p.m. PT.
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After winning the 100m and 200m national titles with wind-assisted times of 9.75 and 19.58 seconds, respectively, junior sprinter Andre De Grasse has a pretty distinctive, pretty cool title: the fastest man in college. While his times won't count as records due to the wind, his 100m was the fastest time in history for a Canadian under any conditions. His 200m time was the fastest time at Hayward field under any conditions. He's the first Trojan to win the 100m and 200m since the venerable Clancy Edwards did it in 1978, and he joins the likes of Justin Gatlin and Jesse Owens who also accomplished the feat.
The men's 4x100m relay team, which included freshman All-American Adoree' Jackson, clocked the second-fastest time in USC history at 38.75 seconds fot a fourth-place finish. Randall Cunningham earned an All-American distinction with a clearance of 2.16m in the high jump and finished in eighth place. The USC men ended their season in a very commendable fifth-place overall at the NCAA's.
Sophomore Collins Kibet finished in seventh place in the men's 800m on Friday for the Track Cats, earning his first All-American accolade in doing so. In the field, sophomore Gerhard de Beer took 17th in the discus with a toss of 56.38m. de Beer becomes the first Wildcat to be an All-American since 2007. Arizona junior Nnenya Hailey will be the final 'Cat to compete on Saturday, running in the 400m hurdles at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
Three Sun Devils were still standing in Friday's championship, with junior Bryan McBride competing in the high jump, senior Michael Ohakwe in the discus and junior Josh Dixon in the triple jump. McBride cleared 2.19m to finish sixth place for the Devils and earned a first-team All-American accolade in the process. Ohakwe also tendered at top-10 performance, finishing eighth in the discus with a throw of 58.49m and earning first-team All-American honors. In the triple jump, Josh Dixon finished in 16th place at 15.79m. NCAA champion Shelby Houlihan will take the track Saturday for ASU to defend her 1,500m title at 2:15 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
Junior Morgan Pearson culminated his junior season with a 17th place showing (14:21.10) in the men's 5,000m championship on Friday for the Buffs. Sara Sutherland is the last-remaining CU runner in the mix. She will hit the track on Saturday for the women's 1,500m championship live at 3:15 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
The mighty Card men finished 15th in this year's NCAA's behind a fantastic decathlon performance from Harrison Williams on Thursday. The Stanford men finished their showing in Eugene on Friday with top-10 finishes from redshirt freshman Sean McGorty and senior Erik Olson in the 5,000m. McGorty finished in eighth place at 13:53.63, while Olson finished ninth at 13:55.74. In true Stanford fashion, all four men the Card brought to Eugene finished in the top 10 of their events. The Trees also paid a visit to a track & field landmark in Eugene:
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Lane Werley was the lone Bruin on the track today for UCLA. His junior year came to and end with a 16th place finish in the 5,000m at 14:15.63. It was Werley's first NCAA outdoor championships appearance. UCLA senior Zibby Boyer will be the last Bruin to compete on Saturday in the high jump at 1:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
Junior Izaic Yorks was the only Dawg in competition in Friday's championships, and he brings an All-American distinction back to Seattle. Yorks finished 13th in the men's 1,500m at 3:56.76. He was less than two seconds behind the winner in a very packed field.
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