The U of O women were ranked third going into this week's NCAA Track and Field competition at Hayward Field in Eugene.
After Thursday's semifinals, they're on track for a place on the podium.
Track and field is an individual sport, but when a school vies for a championship, it's a team effort. Sabrina Southerland won her heat in the 800 Thursday and is predicted to win the final on Saturday. Southerland says she's running more than simply her own two laps:
Southerland: “I feel like I'm more motivated knowing that all my teammates are in it with me and and that they all have the potential to win a championship on their own as well, and a team title overall would be nice. Makes it feel like more cohesive, more together, in this fight, not just alone.”
Other Duck qualifiers for the finals include Jessica Hull in the 1500, Alaysha Johnson in the 100 meter hurdles, Ariana Washington in the 100, Makenzie Dunmore and Briyahna Desrosiers in the 400, as well as both relay teams. The men's championships conclude Friday; the women's finals are Saturday.