Quack Fix: Track & Field falters, but Mac Fleet, English Gardner, and Elijah Greer win titles

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It was an exciting weekend for Track & Field fans at Hayward Field, but unfortunately, the Ducks couldn't win any team titles.

  • Unfortunately, it wasn't the weekend everyone hoped for. Both teams came up short, but that doesn't mean it was a total loss. Mac Fleet won the 1500m in dramatic fashion, helping the men to a 4th place. Fleet joined Elijah Greer as an NCAA champion, after Greer won the 800m on Friday.
  • For the Oregon women's team, the disappointment was much more poignant. The were hoping to sweep Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track, but unfortunately had a few major setbacks during the meet. The 3rd place finish is still great, but this is a team that aspired for more, and came up short in painful fashion. It's especially tough because this was the last time we'll see English Gardner, Jordan Hasay, and Anne Kesselring run as Ducks.
  • Can the Oregon women come back next year? It'll be a lot tougher without their seniors and English Gardner, who will be turning pro. While we'll miss her, it's always great to see Ducks compete on the bigger stage.
  • Finally, a bit of college football. Over at Football Study Hall, kleph has compiled a preseason magazine power poll. Oregon comes in 4th behind Alabama, Ohio State, and Stanford. Come on, Stanford? Didn't these magazines see that Oregon was an early 4-point favorite at Stanford?
  • And if you're interested to see how those early lines imply rankings, Chase Stuart over at Football Perspective ranks each teams by the Vegas lines released Friday. I actually find this really interesting, only because you see that Texas comes in at #6 while Stanford comes in at #12. I've long been questioning Stanford this season, but this shows an obvious disconnect between where teams will perform, and how Vegas is valuing them (but as HRD reminded us in last week's thread, point spreads are only meant to predict gambling behavior).

Anyway, that's all I got. Leave anything else below. GO DUCKS!

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