Galen Rupp at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene.
It was a pretty quiet weekend around here, but the Ducks got the sweep of the Washington schools, and have a chance to take a big step forward this week.
- At 9-4, Oregon is tied for 3rd in the Pac-12 with Arizona and Colorado. If they want to stay in contention for the Pac-12 title and a bye in the Pac-12 tournament, the Ducks must win on Thursday night at 2nd place Cal. Oregon suffered their biggest defeat of the year to the Bears earlier this season. The Ducks have the ability to play much better than they did last time around, but we've seen this team be uneven for most of the season, so it's hard to know what to expect.
- George Schroeder had an article yesterday on Oregon's three clutch players. Devoe Joseph, E.J. Singler, and Garrett Sim have all excelled this season with the game on the line. The three scored 20 of the final 24 points in the game against the Cougars on Saturday, and have been key to Oregon's performance in tight games.
- Kurt at FishDuck has a great article this morning on the history of black student-athletes at Oregon. Robert "Bobby" Robinson and Charles Williams played for Oregon in the 1920s, though they were banned from living in campus dorms their freshman year, before protestations from their teammates got the ban reversed, though with some despicable restrictions. There's much more to the story, so make sure to check it out.
- Oregon softball is underway, and the Ducks had a busy weekend. They played 5 games at the Kajikawa Classic, winning three and dropping two. But they got a win in their final game Sunday over San Diego State.
- Former Duck Galen Rupp had a huge performance at the USA Track & Field Classic on Saturday. He set the US record in the indoor two-mile with a mark of 8 minutes 9.72 seconds, surpassing Bernard Lagat's record of 8 minutes 10.07 seconds. Rupp dedicated the race to former Duck and Nike's first employee, Geoff Hollister, who passed away last week.
- In Oregon track English Garder had a great weekend, and set a school-record in the 60m with a time of 7.17 seconds. This time automatically qualifiers her for the indoor track championships next month in Boise. A couple hours after that performance, she PR'd the 200m to win that event at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque.
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