Attempting to qualify for his fifth U.S. Olympic marathon team, former Oregon Duck Galen Rupp flew to Orlando. The Olympic Team Trials were held on Saturday, Feb 3 at 10 a.m. ET.
Rupp started strong and he was in a top-ten position through the first 20 miles or so. However, as the finish line crept closer and closer, the Duck’s mile pace tapered off.
Finishing in 2:14:07, Rupp crossed the line in 16th place, pushing himself out of the qualifying time and the top five qualifying spots.
At a blazing 5:07 pace, he wasn’t quite fast enough to secure his ticket to Paris. However, Rupps’ Nike teammate Conner Mantz won the 26.2-mile race. Mantz ran a 4:56 pace and finished in just 2:09:05 – 55 seconds past the qualifying time.
More Oregon Ducks news:
Bo Nix, and fellow former Ducks, appeared in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday afternoon in Mobile, AL.
Nix threw a touchdown. Defensive back Evan Williams got an interception. The Ducks were everywhere on the field.
The Ducks looked good if not great during their final chance to show off their in-game capabilities heading toward the NFL Draft.
The Oregon women’s tennis team completed a 7-0 sweep over the Eastern Washington Eagles on Friday evening.
The men’s team completed an additional sweep for the weekend, defeating Northwestern 4-0.
The Ducks’ tennis center featured shiny new scoreboards (thanks to the Duck Athletic Fund) during the weekend matchup and it proudly displayed Oregon’s dominant scores.
More college sports news:
South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler won the MVP trophy from the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Rattler went 3-3 for 53 yards with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Georgia wide receiver Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint.
Iowa women’s basketball star Caitlin Clark is just 65 points away from the NCAA WBB all-time scoring record, currently held by Kelsey Plum (3,527). Clark is only 205 points away from the scoring record for both men’s and women’s basketball, currently held by Pete Maravich (3,667).