Today, the University of Oregon’s women’s track and field team enters the third day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships meet, taking place in Eugene. The team is in good position to win, though the team’s star sprinter, English Gardner, hobbled away from the finish line after failing to advance in the 200-meter dash. She says inflamation of her ankle has been a low-grade but persistent injury all year. With Gardner the lynchpin of the two relays and the defending champion in the 100 meters, that is bad news for the Ducks.
If the Ducks can hang on and win it will be a third feather added to what’s already been an outstanding season. Last year, the cross country squad dominated their championship and the indoor track team claimed its fourth straight title. If they win the outdoor meet they’ll be the first team in NCAA history to take a triple crown.
With two days left, the Ducks must hold off strong challenges from Kansas, Texas A&M and LSU, the most dominant in NCAA history.