- The first day of the NCAA Track & Field Championships is in the books, and the Oregon women did what they needed to do do stay in contention for the championship. English Gardner advanced to the 100m final despite conserving her energy for her other sprints. Liz Brenner came out of nowhere and picked up a point n the javelin with a PR and a 8th place finish. In a close meet like this, that could prove to be very important.
- Ken Goe has a run-down on the women as well, and talks about their main competition, Kansas. They had a roller coaster of a day, losing Diamond Dixon in the 400 (projected 5th place finish), but gaining a few points in other events. At this point, it's too close to call, with Kansas, Texas A&M, LSU, and Oregon all having a good shot.
- Unfortunately, the Oregon men didn't fare quite so well. Mike Berry, runner-up at last year's championships, failed to advance to the 400m finals, finishing 9th in the qualifiers by 4-thousandths of a second. Pac-12 Decathlon champ Dakotah Keys is also struggling, only at 15th place halfway through the decathlon. It was a long shot for the Oregon men to win a title, but it's looking pretty unlikely at this point.
- One fun sidenote for the men's team, the 4x100 team, which had De'Anthony Thomas, Dior Mathis, and B.J. Kelley, ran a season-best 39.89, but that was only good for 16th overall. Oh well, back to football.
- Oregon looks to be changing up how they license apparel. The University will now be required $500,000 in minimum royalties from any licensing partner. While this will no doubt help the bottom line of the University, it's at the expense of those small partners that have been with the Ducks for years.
- Lastly, a little bit of football. Duck Territory continues their Top Opponents series, and looks at the wide receivers the Ducks will be playing this year. Hey, look at that. No Marquise Lee!
Lastly, a very important Oregon-related story from my hometown. Leave anything else in the comments. GO DUCKS!