Oregon track & field sweeps 2015 NCAA championships
TrackTown USA has officially become QuackTown USA, after Oregon track & field secured the sweep of the 2015 NCAA outdoor track & field championships on Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 11,734 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The championship marks the 478th NCAA title in the Conference of Champions. The women of Oregon, who finished with 59 points, faced a much more competitive field than the Oregon men. Your team-by-team recap of Saturday's events:
University of Oregon track & field head coach Robert Johnson describes sweeping the 2015 NCAA outdoor championships as the "crown jewel" for the Ducks. Headlining the action for Oregon on Saturday was redshirt junior Jenna Prandini, who won the NCAA individual title in the women's 100m at 10.96 seconds. Prandini took second in the women's 200m, clocking in at 22.21, a school record for Oregon. Less than a half-hour later, freshman Raevyn Rodgers won the NCAA individual title in the women's 800m with a time of 1:59.71, a personal record for Rodgers by more than two seconds. Rodgers now ranks as the fastest freshman to run the 800m in college history.
The women of USC track & field made the Pac-12 proud with a seventh-place finish in the 2015 NCAA outdoor track & field championships with 34 points. The women's 4x100 relay began the day for the Trojans, who took third place in the event with a time of 43.27 to give USC six points. Freshman Dior Hall then went on to take third place in the women's 110m hurdles with a wind-assisted time of 12.74 seconds. Also adding to the Trojans' tream tally was freshman Ky Westbrook, who finished fourth in the women's 100m with a wind-assisted personal record time of 11.11.
Nnenya Hailey was the sole Wildcat competing in Saturday's championship action. Hailey finished sixth in the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 56.98 to bring home another All-America honor for the Track Cats. The Arizona women's track & field team finishes tied for 51st place with three points, while the men finished tied for 19th place with 10 points.
Shelby Houlihan headlined the day for ASU track & field with a second-place finish in the women's 1,500m at 4:09.67. Houlihan also took seventh in the women's 5,000m with a time of 15:49.72. Houlihan is the first ASU All-American in the women's 5,000m since Jenna Kingma in 2006. Houlihan is now a 12-time All-American for the Sun Devils. The ASU women finish tied for 20th place with 10 points.
CU senior Sara Sutherland finished third in the women's 1,500m to highlight Saturday for the Buffs. Sutherland finished with a personal record time of 4:13.48 in the event. The third-place finish, good for six points, landed the CU women tied for 35th place. The Colorado men finish tied for 51st place with four points.
Freshman Bethan Knight competed for the Golden Bears on Saturday in the women's 5,000m. She finished in 16th place with a time of 16:22.08. It's Knight's first All-America distinction for California. She's the first Golden Bear to score in the event since 2012.
Junior Claudia Saunders raced her way to a second-place finish for the Card in the women's 800m on Saturday. Her time of 2:00.63 is a Stanford school record, a personal record by 1.16 seconds. She helped the Cardinal to a 13th-place finish in the 2015 NCAA championships with 18 points. In the women's 5,000m, senior Jessica Tonn finished third at 15:41.72 to give Stanford its second consecutive top-three finish.
Senior high jumper Zibby Boyer finished her collegiate career with a 16th place finish for UCLA track & field, clearing a height of 5' 9.75" for the Bruins on Saturday.
Sophomore Maddy Meyers held it down for UW as the only Dawg competing in Saturday's championship action. Meyers finished 21st in the women's 5,000 meters with a time of 16:44.94, earning an All-America honorable mention for the Huskies. The UW women finish tied for 42nd place with five points.
Junior Audrey Ketcham was the only competitor for WSU in Saturday's championship round. Ketcham finished tied for 21st place in the women's high jump after clearing 1.72m for the Cougs.