Happy Monday, Ducks fans. Spring sports are in full swing in Eugene, and we've got the links with what's going on in the world of Oregon athletics.
- With a 6-3 win over Washington State on Friday, Oregon manager George Horton earned his 700th career D-1 victory. Jeff Gold improved to 9-0, the best record in the NCAA, as the Ducks won their eighth straight game. Oregon would go on to sweep the Cougars, with their win streak now at nine games.
- Speaking of milestones, Oregon lacrosse head coach Jen Beck earned her 100th win as Oregon defeated San Diego State 13-6 on Sunday. Two days earlier, the Ducks had locked up a postseason berth in the MPSF tournament with a clutch 10-8 win over USC. Oregon has two games left against Denver and Colorado this weekend before the MPSF tournament begins on May 1.
- We all may be at school or work today, but back east, it's Patriots Day, and 36,000 runners will hit the streets of Boston today for the 118th Boston Marathon. After last year's attacks, this year's race is expected to be both emotional and inspirational. Among the elite runner's will be Eugene's own Craig Leon. Last year, Leon finished 10th overall in 2:14:38, just over four minutes behind the winner and just over two minutes behind Jason Hartmann, the top overall American. Hartmann also has Eugene ties as he ran for the University of Oregon from 1999-2003. Look for a recap of their performances later today.
- Locally, a pair of Ducks made a strong debut at Hayward Field during the annual Oregon Relays. Freshman Edward Cheserek and transfer Eric Jenkins went 1-2 in the 5000 with Cheserek taking first place in 13:46.77 seconds while Jenkins was right behind in 13:46.80. The duo coasted to the finish line, celebrating their performance with a congratulatory fist bump as they finished.
- Oregon softball remained perfect as the top team in the nation, completing a three-game sweep against Cal on Saturday with a 7-2 win at Howe Field. The highlight of the series came on Friday when, with Oregon trailing 2-0 to Cal, the Ducks sent 19 hitters to the plate in the fourth inning, unleashing for 15 runs to cruise to the run rule win. Oregon will now make a quick weekend trip to the Bay Area to take on Stanford for a three-game set.