It Took A Collegiate Record, But Oregon Wins First Ever NCAA Triple Crown

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The University of Oregon women became the first women's program in NCAA Division I history to complete the triple crown of DI cross country, indoor track and outdoor track team titles in one school year.

Though widely considered to be the best overall team in NCAA history, the Ducks have had their share of ups and downs. Star sprinter Hannah Cunliffe, the 2017 NCAA 60m champion, withdrew from West Prelims due to injury. Their NCAA record holding 4x100m relay was disqualified. On day one, several top women -- including defending NCAA 100m/200m champion Ariana Washington -- did not automatically advance to finals. In the 200m, NCAA leader and 2016 Olympian Deajah Stevens fell to the ground just meters from the finish line and was disqualified.

Yet, the Ducks persevered, and, like all great track and field championships, the tension came down to one final event: the 4x400m relay.

By then, Georgia led Oregon by 8.2 points. The Ducks would need to win gold in the 4x400m to win the team title, and they were up against NCAA leaders and indoor collegiate record holders USC, whose sprint group was firing on all cylinders this weekend.

Freshman Makenzie Dunmore got the Ducks off to a strong start with a 51.6 split, but USC's Amalie Iuel, who took third in the 400m hurdles earlier in the day, was first to the break and handed off to Deanna Hill in front. Oregon's Elexis Guster, who was sixth in the 400m final, ran right next to Hill and passed her coming down the homestretch with a 50.80 split, the fastest third leg in the final. Five-time NCAA 800m champion and half mile collegiate record holder Raevyn Rogers got the baton first with Kendall Ellis, third in the 400m final, right on her tail. Ellis passed Rogers on the inside of the first curve, but Rogers battled home first as both teams crossed the finish line under the old collegiate record of 3:23.75.

Rogers split 49.77 to take Oregon home in 3:23.13, and Ellis split 49.63 to get USC across in 3:23.35. Chrisann Gordon of Texas, the 400m champion today, ran the fastest split of the evening with a 49.41 anchor leg to place the Longhorns fifth overall.

The win was just enough to put the Ducks ahead of Georgia, 64 points to 62.2 points. But even once the race was over, the Ducks had to wait out a tension-filled 10 minutes as UGA filed multiple protests against the team champions.

Georgia sprint coach Ken Harnden filed two official protests: one against Stevens, for being allowed to run second leg on the 4x400m after being disqualified in the 200m, and another against Guster for impeding Hill on the third leg of the relay. Both protests were denied, and after an awkward few minutes in which ESPN on-field reporter Jill Montgomery asked Oregon head coach Robert Johnson how it felt to win, and then was directed to "throw it back" to the commentator booth, the Ducks were declared team champions.

You can see the protest paper work below:



Other highlights included Mikiah Brisco of LSU, who won the 100m in 10.96, the sixth-fastest mark in NCAA history.

You can read the full live blog here, which features event-by-event commentary.

Outdoor Track Is Back! Watch Top Races From The 49er Classic

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Outdoor track is BACK, and we were there to help kick off the season at the 49er Classic!

Buze Diriba, Ben True Kick To United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon Titles

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By Rich Sands, @sands© Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NEW YORK (18-Mar) -- Slow early paces led to fast finishes at the United Airlines NYC Half here, with Ben True of Hanover, N.H., and Buze Diriba of Ethiopia using blazing kicks to take the victories on a cold, windy morning. More than 22,000 runners started the race, an event record.

Ben True Victorious In Half Marathon Debut In New York City

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Ben True’s first foray into the half marathon went about as well as possible. The 32-year-old, best known for his abilities in the 5000 and 10,000m, used his track speed to outkick Dathan Ritzenhein to win the New York City Half Marathon in 1:02:39, becoming the first American man to win the race. 

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After Eight-Month Layoff, Costello Returns To Racing At NYC Half

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Photo: Liz Costello (third from right, back row) visiting Public School 1 in New York City in advance of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half.  

NEW YORK (16-Mar) -- When Liz Costello toes the line in Sunday's United Airlines NYC Half it will be her first race in eight months. The Princeton grad had to scrap most of her summer and fall racing plans after her debut marathon left her in a physical and emotional crater.

MSU T&F Grad Assistant Resigns In Protest Of Nassar Case Handling

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Michigan State track and field graduate assistant Kassie Powell resigned from her position on Thursday in protest of the university's handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Ritz Gears Up For Boston, Sisson Takes On Tough Field: NYC Half Preview

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With the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships scheduled for next weekend and major marathons in Boston and London on tap for April, the spring road racing season is in full swing. 

House Of Run: When A World Record Isn’t A World Record

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On this week’s episode of the House of Run, Jason and Kevin discuss the abundance of records at the NCAA Indoor Championships including Michael Norman’s world record in the 400m, Kendall Ellis and Sydney McLaughlin both running under the 400m American record, Eli Hall’s 60/200m double and the nonsensical tale of why USC’s men’s team won’t hold the 4 x 400m world record.

WATCH: Clarence Munyai Runs 19.69, Smashes South African 200m Record

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Clarence Munyai stunned the track and field world on Friday with a 19.69 clocking in the 200m. The 20-year-old from South African entered with a personal best of 20.10. The mark lopped 0.15 seconds off Wayde Van Niekerk’s South African national record and makes Munyai just the 10th man ever to run under 19.70. 

The Houston Men Might Break 31-Year Power Five Win Streak At NCAA Outdoors

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The Houston men finished seventh overall in the team standings at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships with 26 total points, 20 of which came from Eli Hall's impressive 60/200 sweep. But don't expect the Cougars to be anywhere near the bottom of the top 10 this outdoor season. In fact, the Houston men are legitimate outdoor team title contenders for three reasons.