It's a great day when you win a national title. It's an even better day when you win two.
The Ducks brought national championships No. 24 and 25 back to Deady's hallowed hall today, sweeping the men's and women's titles at hte NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque. The win marked an incredible five-peat for the Oregon women, and was the second title for the men, who also won in 2009.
The men, eight point winners over defending national champion Arkansas, were led by freshman sensation Edward Cheserek. Fresh off his national cross country championship in the fall, Cheserek won both distance races, the 3,000 and the 5,000 to lead the Oregon victory.
The real drama was on the women's side. Oregon entered the final event, the 4x400 relay, knowing they needed a victory to catch Texas for the team title. Phyllis Francis, already the winner in the individual 400, caught Texas' Ashley Spencer just before the finish line, giving Oregon the win by .02 seconds and taking home the title by half a point over the Longhorns.
Oregon now gears for the outdoor season, where a national championship has just eluded them over the past handful of seasons.