Rain and wind didn’t keep these Oregon Ducks from soaring.
After battling through adverse conditions Saturday — wind gusts ripped shingles off the roof of one of the grandstands at Hayward Field — Oregon’s women’s track and field team emerged from the weekend with a firm grasp on the No. 2 national ranking, per the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Though they had a successful weekend, the men’s team slipped from fourth to sixth.
Oregon’s teams swept the Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene, Ore., with the women posting a 185-point performance to coast to victory. BYU and Washington State tied for second with 152 points each, while Washington brought up the rear with 112.
On the men’s side, the Ducks logged a score of 171 to edge BYU by 11 points. Washington State followed close behind with 157 and Washington again brought up a much-closer rear with 154.
“It was good; I was really excited just to get back out there,” redshirt senior distance runner Alli Cash said, per the athletic department’s official site. “Our team just does a great job of saying, ‘We’re the Ducks. This is us; this is Oregon.'”
Oregon’s women’s team remains the highest-ranked Pac-12 program in the sport, with USC hot on its tail at No. 3. The same goes for the men, with the Ducks sitting at No. 6 and the Trojans at No. 7.
ICYMI: @OregonWLAX got their first win against a ranked team since 2008! The ladies beat ASU 21-8 on Friday, then crushed #16 USC 18-11 on Sunday. On Saturday, @OregonTF fought through the rain to place first in the Pepsi Team Invitational. pic.twitter.com/3TgNA3qCIK
— UO Women in Flight (@UOWomeninFlight) April 9, 2018
— Robert Johnson (@Run4Ducks) April 8, 2018
— Oregon Track & Field (@OregonTF) April 9, 2018