AUDIO: Both the Men and Women’s Side Look Ahead to NCAA Track and Field Championships

As the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championships are set to begin tomorrow both the men and the women held separate press conferences. Both sides spoke on the long season that was but are now fully focused on the task ahead and obtaining championships. A bit of history is on the line as well. This will be the last meet before the renovations begin to Hayward Field this summer. The athletes and coaches reflected on what Hayward Field has meant for them in their careers. For the third consecutive year the men and women will compete on separate days. The men will hold their preliminary rounds tomorrow (June 6th) and their finals on Friday (June 8th). The women will start their preliminary rounds on Thursday (June 7th) and the finals will be on Saturday (June 9th)

Men’s Press Conference¬†

Florida Head Coach Mike Holloway, Texas Tech Head Coach Wes Kittley, Damarcus Simpson of Oregon, Michael Norman of USC and Josh Kerr of New Mexico

Women’s Press Conference

Oregon Head Coach Robert Johnson, USC Head Coach Caryl Smith Gilbert, Georgia Head Coach Petros Kyprianou, Karissa Schweizer of Missouri and Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky

-Gabriel Ornelas

AUDIO: No. 1 Oregon Softball Heads to OKC with Championship Hopes in Tow

Though the road to the Women’s College World Series has not been easy for no. 1 Oregon Softball, the Ducks understand that nothing will get easier for them in Oklahoma City on the quest for a national championship. Oregon followed a Super Regional opening loss 9-6 to Kentucky with back-to-back dominant elimination game victories, but still must face the seven other highest seeded teams in the country in OKC. Before the team headed out to the Midwest, Head Coach Mike White, catcher Gwen Svekis, and third baseman Jenna Lilley all spoke to the media Memorial Day morning about the challenges awaiting them. The team plays Arizona State at 9AM PT on Thursday, while Oklahoma and Washington will do battle on the other side of the pool; UCLA, Georgia, Florida, and Florida State comprise the other side of the bracket.

Head Coach Mike White

Catcher Gwen Svekis

Third Baseman Jenna Lilley