NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championship Ends in Dramatic Fashion

The Southern California Trojans won the NCAA Track and Field Championships with an overall score of 53 points. USC was trailing Georgia by nine points heading into the final race, the 4X400, at current Hayward Field. With Purdue leading the race and Oregon in second, USC anchor Kendall Ellis ran down her two opponents, taking the race and the championship. Overall the Ducks finished in seventh place. The best finish for Oregon was 1500-meter runner Jessica Hull, who won the race with a time of four minutes and 8.75 seconds. In the 400-meter race, Oregon sophomore Makenzie Dunmore pulled up toward the end and struggled to finish. Lilli Burdon had a great last race in Hayward Field, finishing third in the 5000-meters with a time of 15 minutes and 43.22 seconds. Many other women had notable performances as well. Karissa Schweizer of Missouri continued her dominace as she won the 5000 meter and overall sixth NCAA title. Maggie Ewen of Arizona State double dipped in the field events, Ewen won the shot put and the discus. Keturah Orji of Georgia won her seventh NCAA triple jump title. Lynna Irby of Georgia set a meet record and ran a personal best time 49.80, in the women’s 400. This was the last meet and NCAA Championship at Historic Hayward Field before the renovations begin this summer. Next years NCAA Championship will take place at the University of Texas.

Meet Story (by Gabriel Ornelas)

Meet Audio

Oregon Women’s Head Coach Robert Johnson

Oregon’s 4×100 Meter Relay Team

Oregon’s 1500 Meter Champion Jessica Hull

Oregon’s Lilli Burdon

USC 4×100 Meter Relay Team

-Gabriel Ornelas

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