Welcome to Campus Roundup, our new weekly column here at Addicted to Quack where we roundup all the action from the teams on campus that don't get treated to the same spotlight as others like football and basketball. They're out there working their tails off, so we wanted to make sure we work our tails off to get them the coverage they deserve. Spring time is just around the corner on campus, and with the longer days comes the busiest time of the year for athletics in Eugene. So let's take a look at what's been happening this week.
Acrobatics & Tumbling
If you've never seen this team in action, you should get yourself to one of their meets this year. While they have one of, if not, the shortest home schedule on campus, Oregon's acrobatics and tumbling team is one of the hidden gems on campus. They're good...real good. As a matter of fact, they defeated Baylor last week for their 22nd consecutive win. The last time they lost was in 2011 to Maryland, a program that no longer exists. The Ducks return to action on March 16 when they take on Quinnipiac and Asuza Pacific at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Oregon men's golf team wrapped up play at The Prestige tournament this week with a seventh place finish. Sophomore Ryan Ree led the Ducks with respective round scores of 70-72-70, tying for 16th place, his second top-20 finish of the season. As a team, the Ducks shot +1 during the week. The Pac-12 went 1-2-3 with Stanford shooting a -21 to edge out Washington (-19) and UCLA (-11) for the win. Next up for the Ducks is the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate tournament this weekend in Palm Springs, California.
Last weekend, the No. 16 Oregon women's golf team took fifth place at the Peg Barnard Collegiate in Stanford, California, carding a two-round score of 596 (+28). The hometown Stanford Cardinal took first overall with a two-round score of 570 (+2), 16 strokes better than UC Davis who finished second with a score of 586 (+18). In Oregon's six tournaments this season, the Ducks have finished in the top five all but once. Oregon junior Cassy Isagawa led the Ducks, tying for fourth with a two-round score of 141 (-1), her fourth top-10 finish of the season. The Ducks will now head to Peoria, Arizona for the Westbrook Invitational beginning on Sunday.
After a season opening loss to Cal Poly, the No. 6 Oregon softball team has rattled off nine straight wins, most recently a 12-1 win over Cal State Northridge last weekend at the Easton Desert Classic. Oregon's bats came alive early with a two-run home run from Alexa Peterson in the first inning. Oregon tacked on four more runs in the third inning with a home run from Kailee Cuico and a throwing error from the catcher, which allowed three runs to score. In the fourth inning, the offensive production continued from the Ducks with five more runs thanks to home runs from Jamie Rae Sullivan and Koral Costa and a two-RBI triple from Cuico. The game lasted just four and a half innings due to Oregon leading by at least eight runs. The win marked the fifth game that Oregon has run-ruled their opponent. Next up for Oregon is the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic this weekend in Cathedral City, California.
Track & Field
The men's and women's track teams had strong showing over the weekend at the Husky Classic in Seattle and the Don Kirby Elite in Albuquerque. At the Don Kirby Elite, the women's 4x400 team of Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler, Christian Brennan and Phyllis Francis turned in a school-record time of 3:30.08, the best in the NCAA this season. Freshman Sasha Wallace had about as good a debut as one could, setting the Oregon school record in the triple jump on her first legal attempt. Her last jump of 42-5.5 (12.94m) is good enough for 11th in the NCAA. Wallace also tied the school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.10, good enough for fifth in the NCAA this year.
At the Husky Classic, Megan Patrignelli posted the second best 3,000-meter time in school history, finishing in 9:04.96. Mac Fleet and Brett Johnson both broke four minutes in the mile with respective times of 3:58.25 and 3:59.39. Jonathan Cabral missed Oregon's school record by just .01 seconds with a personal best time of 7.68 in the 60-meter hurdles. The Ducks return to Seattle next weekend for the MPSF Championships from February 28-March 1.