Oregon’s Ashton Eaton Leads Ducks to Dual Win over UCLA
EUGENE, Ore. – Ashton Eaton won the 100 meters, the long jump and led off Oregon’s clinching 4×400 meter relay team as No. 1 Oregon defeated No. 16 UCLA 84-79 in a scintilating dual meet before 5,039 fans Saturday at Historic Hayward Field.
"It was a great day and terrific crowd coming down to the last event," said Oregon associate head coach Dan Steele. "It was great to see the stars come through and get the points. Also I was happy for our third place finishes because those decide the meet. Those things make a difference."
The Ducks had sweeps in the 5,000 meters, both hurdles and the javelin to counter the Bruins’ sweeps in the 200 meters, triple jump, shot put and discus.
All that trading off meant that the teams entered the final event, the men’s 4×400 meters, tied at 79-79. Oregon’s quartet of Eaton, Marshall Ackley, Travis Thompson and Chad Barlow was neck-and neck with UCLA until the Bruins dropped the baton on the final exchange, and Barlow raced around the final 400 meters, armed extended at the finish line to bring home the victory in 3:12.21.
"We were figuring it was going to come down to the last race," said Eaton. "I just wish they wouldn’t have dropped (the baton). That would have been one of those epic Hayward Field moments.