Quack Fix: Track qualifies 39 for NCAA championships, baseball and softball eliminated in respective tournaments

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Current Ducks gear up for the NCAA track & field championships, a former Duck breaks his own record at Hayward, and our Ducks on the diamond had bittersweet endings to their season.

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  • We'll kick this week off with some good news. Oregon track & field will send 39 qualifying athletes to this year's NCAA championships, right here in Eugene. The Ducks will hope for a little Hayward magic as they try and win their first outdoor title in 29 years.
  • It was a bittersweet ending for the Oregon softball team as the Ducks were eliminated from the Women's College World Series on Sunday in a 2-0 loss to Alabama. Despite the outcome, Oregon still finished the season with 56 wins, a new school record. Oregon's matchup with Alabama was also the first time in school history the Ducks reached the semifinals, needing just four wins to take home their first national championship. Plenty of silver linings in this one.
  • The Oregon baseball team also saw their season come to a close on Sunday, falling to Vanderbilt 3-2 in the regional final. The Commodores mounted a late comeback, scoring a run in the eighth and one more in the ninth to advance to their third Super Regional in the past four seasons. The loss marked the second consecutive year the Ducks fell short in the regional final. If you're looking for another positive takeaway, A.J. Balta, Mitchell Tolman, Tyler Baumgartner and Shaun Chase were named to the All-Tournament team for their performance in Nashville.
  • On Friday night, Galen Rupp returned to his old stomping grounds in record-setting fashion. Rupp set a new American record in the 10,000 meters at the first day of the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field, using two final laps under 60 seconds to finish in 26:44.36. What's even more impressive is the fact that Rupp broke his own record of 26:48.00 which he has held since 2011.
  • The University of Oregon's athletic department held its annual scholar-athlete awards ceremony this week. Marcus Mariota received the Emerald Athletic Award, given to a senior based on achievements in athletics, service and scholarship. Basically, a stud athlete who is also a pretty decent human being in his spare time. Track star Laura Roesler received the Jackson Athletic Award, the same award as the Emerald Athletic Award, but for female athletes. Tennis player Rabea Stuekemann had the highest GPA among student-athletes (4.10), and about 30% of student-athletes were recognized for earning a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or having a 3.0 for the past three terms in a row.

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