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)
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
11,644 people were in attendance to watch the NCAA Men’s Track and Field National Championships hosted at Hayward Field. The day was started with excitement as the Houston Cougars set the 4×100 NCAA, meet, and stadium record with a time of 38.17. That was just the first of the records on the day. USC sophomore Michael Norman ran a 43.61 to win the 400m. Norman made himself the sixth fastest athlete ever in that event. It was the fastest time in the world this year, as well as a NCAA, meet, and stadium record. His teammate Rai Benjamin followed him up in the 400m hurdles and ran a time of 47.03 to win the event. That’s the second fastest time ever, and also set the NCAA, Hayward, and meet records. USC finished their huge day in the 4×400, winning the event with a time of 2:59.00, breaking the three records. But USC only took third in the team standings. It was Georgia who triumphed with 52 points to take the team title. Florida finished runner-up with 42 points. It was a meet full of close races and upsets. NCAA record holder and heavy favorite Josh Kerr of New Mexico finished third in the 1500m after being out-kicked by Wisconsin’s Oliver Hoare. Isaiah Harris of Penn State shocked NCAA record holder Michael Saruni of UTEP in the 800m. Sean McGorty of Stanford upset NCAA Cross Country champion Justyn Knight to take the 5,000m. The 200m and the 110m hurdles were each decided by a hundredth of a second. As for the Oregon Ducks, a bit of a quiet day from them to finish with just 8 points and tied for 35th place. Sam Prakel took sixth in the 1500m and Cravon Gillespie took fourth in the 100m to get those points for the Ducks. The NCAA Championships will continue Saturday as the women will get their turn. First field event is slated for 3:00, and first running event will take place at 3:32 PM.
Meet Story ( by Sean MacPherson)
Oregon Middle Distance Runner Sam Prakel
Oregon Middle Distance Runner Mick Stanovsek
Houston 4×100 Relay Team
Oregon Sprinter Cravon Gillespie
USC Sprinter Michael Norman
Florida Hurdler Grant Holloway