On Wednesday, the start of the 2014 NCAA Championships the narrative for the Oregon Ducks Men became more clear as they pushed toward a Team Title. On the Women’s side, a big error will likely cost them the Team Crown, even though they finished the day in the top spot.Senior Phyllis Francis fumbled the baton handoff in the 4×100 race that included two new names compared to the team that has competed all season due to injuries, but the day ended on a high note with Oregon Ducks Freshman Edward Cheserek winning the 10,000 Meters.
Cheserek, along with Oregon Ducks Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson gave the team fifteen points and the first day lead, along with the Oregon Women. Dunbar finished fifth while Stinson crossed the line in eighth place. On other competition, Oregon Ducks Mike Berry qualified in the 400 meters by finishing third in his heat. The Oregon Ducks also had some competitors in the decathalon on Wednesday, the first leg of the two day event with Mitch Modin and Dakotah Keys in the Top 15 entering the second day.
The story for Day One for the Oregon Ducks Women was the 800 meters and Senior Laura Roesler. Roesler took her heat by running in two minutes and two seconds and will look to take the final in the 800 meters on Saturday. For the Men, Edward Cheserek will compete in the 5000 meters for the title on Saturday.