Dom's sick, but never fear, we have all the track and field news you could ever need in today's fix.
- The Oregon women's team is on the board as Jamesha Youngblood took 3rd in the long jump, earning the Ducks 6 points. Unfortunately, a crash in the 4x100 relays knocked the Ducks out of the semifinals, and they won't have a chance to score in that event. But despite the setbacks, the Ducks are in the mix for the title, along with Texas A&M and LSU.
- But the Ducks young sprinters are making up for any problems. English Gardner had the fastest qualifying time during the prelims, not long after she went down in the 4x100. Gardner had extra pressure as Amber Purvis was unable to run in the 100, but she handled it well, and with Texas A&M and LSU both losing star sprinters in the 100, including favorite Semoy Hackett, Gardner has a great chance to get some points for the Ducks.
- The men didn't fare as well, as senior Alex Wolff failed to qualify in the javelin, finishing 22nd. The bright spot was Mike Berry. the Pac-10 champ in the 400 had the 3rd fastest qualifying time, and he'll be in the finals on Friday. Elijah Greer also qualified in the 800, and Steve Finley barely qualified in the steeplechase.
- On to some football news, the Napa Valley Register has a profile on John Boyett. He's back in Napa for two weeks, and is giving back in his community, helping out with a field day at a local elementary school.