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Men And Women Of Oregon Lead After First Days Of NCAA Track And Field Championship

Karen Richards

The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship is halfway done. The last two days feature nothing but finals. Both the University of Oregon’s men and women finished their first day in the lead.

The Duck men are looking to repeat last year’s title win. They performed well, as they were expected to, on Wednesday. Senior Sam Crouser won the javelin for the second year in a row and has high hopes for the team:

Crouser: “I feel like we’re all really prepared. You know, the coaches have gotten us ready this whole year. You know, for Pac 12s, regionals, we just execute everything that we need to do. I think the team is really focused right now so I feel like we’re going to do really well.”

The men now have 40 points, well ahead of second place Florida.

The Duck women opened their competition Thursday with several qualifiers for Saturday’s races. Freshman Nikki Hiltz was the last person to make it into the 1500 meter race. She looks forward to the next two days:

Hiltz: “Now we get a day in between, cheer on the guys, watch them win the National Championship, and then, we’re up next.”

Junior sprint standout Jenna Prandini was runner up in the long jump. She also qualified in the 100 and 200 will run the 4x100 meter relay.

The NCAAs continue Friday with the men’s final races; the women compete for their title starting at 1:30 on Saturday.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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