After two days of exciting competition at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, the Oregon Ducks walked away with both the men’s and women’s team titles.
For the men, it was their first NCAA indoor title since 2009. For the women, it was their fifth consectuvive championship.
Thanks to a pair of great performances by freshman phenom Edward Cheserek, who won both the 5,000 meters and the 3,00 meters, the men’s team wound up beating the Arkansas Razorbacks by a comfortable eight points for the title.
On the women’s side of things, however, the Ducks needed a couple of record-setting performances to secure the win. Instrumental to the effort was Phyllis Francis, who set the U.S. indoor record in the 400 meters — in a time that would have beaten the mark posted by Francena McCorory at the recent World Indoor Championships, interestingly enough — before anchoring the 4×400 relay team. Thanks to a great leg by Francis, the Ducks beat the Texas Longhorns by 0.02 seconds in the relay — breaking the Longhorns’ 2003 collegiate record of 3:27.66 by 0.24 seconds in the process — propelling the the Ducks to a 0.5-point victory in the overall standings.
If you want to see some great (Oregon-only) photos from the meet, head here.
[Source: Oregon Live]