Over the weekend the Oregon Men’s Track and Field team took home their first Outdoor Title since 1994 at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, while the Oregon Women’s team placed third respectively. On Tuesday the Pac-12 Conference honored the Oregon Ducks as the team swept the post season awards.
Oregon Ducks Head Coach Robert Johnson was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Freshman Devon Allen, who ran the 110 meter hurdles, was named Newcomber of the Year and Sophomore Jenna Prandini was honored as Female Athlete of the Year for 2014. Both Allen and Prandini brought the speed factor in their respective events.
Allen took the 110 meter hurdles becoming the fastest to run the event since 1979 and the second best time ever. Prandini won the high jump and placed third in the 100 meters and second in the 200 meters picking up twenty eight points for the Oregon Women over the four days of the Championships, the most for any one female athlete during the event. The Track and Field season may be over, but Allen’s time with Oregon is just getting started.
He will play football this Fall for the Oregon Ducks, at a position of need, at Wide Receiver. In watching him on the track over the weekend I am among those who can’t wait to see that speed unleashed at Autzen Stadium this year. Fall Camp for Oregon Football begins in August.