Oregon’s Women Win NCAA DI Outdoor Title, Completes Triple Crown
EUGENE, Oregon – The Women of Oregon made history and did so in dramatic fashion.
Oregon became the first NCAA Division I women’s program to complete the Triple Crown, winning team titles in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field during the same academic year.
It took 21 events – and several agonizing moments withstanding a protest on the result of the 21st – for the Ducks to bring home the outdoor title in front of their home crowd on Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Oregon scored 64 points compared to 62.2 for runner-up Georgia.
The stakes couldn’t have been higher for the Ducks entering the 4×400 relay. If Oregon won, they’d be champions. If not, the Bulldogs would take the trophy back to the Peach State.
It came down to the final leg between Raevyn Rogers for Oregon and Kendall Ellis for Southern California. Ellis and Rogers were neck and neck until 100 meters to go, which is when Rogers – who became the 1st woman to win three career outdoor 800-meter titles earlier in the day – pulled away to close out a 49.76 last lap and the Triple Crown. Rogers and her teammates also set a collegiate outdoor record in the process with their time of 3:23.13.
Enough can’t be said, however, about Georgia’s effort at Historic Hayward Field because it was downright sensational. No team in meet history scored more points using just field events. The previous high was 45 set by Arizona in 1985 and the Bulldogs smashed that and the overall field scoring record of 59 (Arizona State, 2008) with their total of 62.2. Georgia received individual titles from Madeline Fagan (high jump), Kate Hall (long jump), Keturah Orji (triple jump) and Kendell Williams (pentathlon).
Southern California brought the second most entries into the day (9) and turned that into a 3rd place finish. The Women of Troy were buoyed a runner-up finish in the aforementioned 4×400 relay and a 2-3 result in the 400 hurdles (Anna Cockrell and Amalie Iuel).
Kentucky finished 4th in the team standings and did so thanks to a meet-opening victory in the 4×100 relay and runner-up finishes in the 100 hurdles (Jasmine Camacho-Quinn) and triple jump (Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile).