Oregon Ducks Women Fight, But Finish Runner Up To Arkansas

Jun 9, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Dominique Scott of Arkansas celebrates after winning the women
Jun 9, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Dominique Scott of Arkansas celebrates after winning the women /

The NCAA Track and Field Championships wrapped up at Hayward Field on Saturday and Oregon appeared in the running from the start.

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To begin the day, the Ducks did not have ten points on the board when it came to the Team Title. After two four races on the track, Oregon found themselves in second place and within striking distance of Arkansas.

The 4×100 got things started and a third place finish was good, but the Ducks were topped by .01 of a second by Pac-12 foe USC for second place. On a day when every point mattered for the home team, it could have made a difference. Annie LeBlanc, in her final Championship run in the 1500 Meters for Oregon earned some points for a fifth place finish.

The Power Hour for the Oregon Ducks Women’s Track and Field team started at 4:15 as Sasha Wallace took fourth place in the 110 Meter Hurdles. Ten Minutes later Arianna Washington took a wind aided 10.95 first place finish in the 100 Meters to put the Ducks into second place, but would it last?

Raevyn Rogers would push into her kick as they rounded the final corner in the Women’s 800 Meters to earn her second NCAA Championship and put Oregon just six points behind Arkansas for the team title. Oregon would continue to fight in the 200 Meters as Arianna Washington finished first, her team mate Deajah Stevens came in second as Oregon took the Team total lead by four points.

Alli Cash would add some points following her performance in the 5000 Meter fifth place finish, but Arkansas finished first giving the Razorbacks the Team lead back. It was by just two points, but several things would haunt Oregon and back to back team titles on the Women’s side.

The drop in the 4×400 from Thursday, and a slim third place finish by USC earlier in the day in the 4×100 Relay. Second place is not a bad place to be for a team that was expected to be somewhere in the top five. It was a fight to the finish and the Oregon Ducks Women’s Team gave their all in 2016.

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Oregon would finish as the runner up 72-62 to Arkansas. Georgia was third with 41 team points to end the day.