Rolling off of Indoor National Championships for both the men and women, last week, Oregon will begin its outdoor season at Historic Hayward Field for the Oregon Preview, Saturday, March 22 at 12:20 p.m.
The meet will be the first chance for Oregon fans to welcome freshmen and transfers to their first meet at Hayward Field, while most Oregon veterans will be competing non-traditional events. During the meet, there will be a celebration to honor the men’s and women’s 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships.
A live stream of the weekend’s action will be on goducks.com, here. Former Oregon Coach Tom Heinonen will call the meet with Kevin Sully, a writer for dailyrelay.com. Live stats will also be provided here.
Sweeping Through Indoors:
The men’s and women’s teams were crowned champions at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, upsetting the field as neither team entered with a No. 1 ranking. The men entered the weekend ranked sixth but rolled behind Edward Cheserek to amass 62 points, the most in school history, and an eight-point win over second-place Arkansas. The women were ranked second, and used some late dramatics in the 4x400 to finish with 44 points, half a point ahead of Texas.
The Ducks won four individual events in addition to a thrilling women’s 4x400. Edward Cheserek swept the 5,000 and the men’s 3,000 on the men’s side. Laura Roesler earned her first individual championship by winning the 800 while Phyllis Francis captured the 400-meter title in American-record fashion.
Johnson Named Coach of the Year:
Robert Johnson was honored as both the 2014 Division I NCAA Indoor Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. Johnson is a five-time recipient of the award and has earned the honor four-straight years as the Women’s Coach of the Year.
Cheserek Named Track Athlete of the Year:
Edward Cheserek was named the 2014 Division I NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year after his sweep at the NCAA Championships. Cheserek is the first freshman to win the award, and the first Duck on the men’s side to win since Galen Rupp in 2009.
Phyllis Francis’ winning time of 50.46 in the 400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships is an American record and collegiate indoor record in addition to being the fastest time in the world in 2014.
The Women of Oregon are now five-time defending NCAA Champions. The streak is tied with LSU for the longest in NCAA history which won five straight from 1993-97.
Roesler Sets All-American Record:
With two All-Amerca honors at the indoor championships, Laura Roesler is now the most decorated Track and Field All-American in Oregon history with 15 (six outdoor, nine indoor). Jordan Hasay held the previous record of 14.
Roesler, Taylor Earn Regional Awards:
Oregon senior middle distance runner, Laura Roesler and assistant coach, Curtis Taylor were honored as the regional athletes and coaches of the year for the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor track and field season were announced, Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Roesler was named the West Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Taylor was voted the West Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Senior Laura Roesler and freshman Jasmine Todd were included on March’s edition of The Bowerman Women’s Watchlist while Edward Cheserek appears on The Bowerman Men’s Watchlist.
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