The Oregon Ducks again begin the Indoor Track and Field Season ranked in the Top 10. The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranked the Oregon Men 3rd and the Women 4th respectively in the Preseason poll which was released on Monday. Four time defending champion, the Ducks will begin their quest for a fifth in 2014.
According to the release:
At No. 3 with 165.33 ranking points, Oregon (sixth at 2013 NCAAs) is without a top-ranked individual in any event but has a bevy of top-10 individuals in nearly every discipline on the track. Mike Berry (400 meters), Boru Guyota (800 meters), and Trevor Dunbar (5000 meters ) all checked in at No. 2 in their respective events, and the Ducks placed three returners among the top 10 in the mile, 3000 meters and 5000 meters. All that without taking into account 2013 cross country champion Edward Cheserek, who will be competing in his first collegiate track season.
The season will be Robert Johnson’s second with the Ducks. Other Pac-12 teams on the Men’s Top 25 include Arizona at 17 and Stanford at 20. On the Women’s poll other Pac-12 teams include Stanford at 9, Washington at 20, and Arizona State at 23. Last season the Oregon Men finished in 3rd place. The Women on the other hand finished the year ranked number 1.
According to GoDucks.com, the 2014 indoor season will begin Jan. 17, at the Washington Preview while the outdoor season will start March 22, at Hayward Field with the Oregon Preview.