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The Ducks inch further ahead on the Track & Field News' men's form chart for the NCAA Championships; Oregon track & field rundown

Published Jan 01, 0001

The Ducks haven't won a men's outdoor team title in 30 years..

The Oregon Ducks padded their lead in the latest Track & Field News form chart for the upcoming NCAA Track & Field Championships.

The Ducks have a 76-70 edge on second-place Florida on the chart compiled by John Auka.

Here is how Auka sees the meet at the midpoint of the regular season.

Among Oregon's scorers, Auka has Mac Fleet winning the 1,500 meters, UO super freshman Edward Cheserek winning the 5,000 and finishing second in the 10,000, Greg Skipper placing third in the hammer, Sam Crouser winning the javelin and Dakotah Keys coming in fourth in the decathlon.

Sam Crouser's cousin, Ryan Crouser, is a thrower for Texas, and favored to win the shot and place fifth in the discus.

One note of caution: Auka has UO junior Johnathan Cabral finishing fourth in the 110 hurdles. He certainly is capable of that if healthy.

But Cabral has been MIA for Oregon's last two meets.

The Ducks won't discuss injuries. But if Cabral doesn't return to the track soon, Oregon's margin for error is gone -- unless Devon Allen, a sprinter/hurdler when not catching passes for the UO football team, can pick up the slack.

For all of Oregon's success in the past 10 years, the Ducks haven't won a men's team championship outdoors since 1984.

This year's NCAA Championships are at Hayward Field in Eugene, June 11-14.

Many of the Ducks' big guns are at this week's Penn Relays, and Oregon could do some heavy damage there.

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Track & Field News now has the Oregon women favored to win the NCAA outdoor title.

The Pac-12 honors UO sprinter Jenna Prandini for her performance at the Mt. SAC Relays.

The conference selects Prandini for a second time this month.

The UO men take over the top spot in the USTFCCCA rankings for the first time since 2009.

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Oregon State freshman thrower Melissa Ausman's heart always was in Corvallis.

Isaac Wood previews the men's 4xMile at the Penn Relays, and anoints Oregon the favorite.

Villanova's Emily Lipari hopes for an encore at the Penn Relays.

Mo Farah has a little over a month to decide whether he will compete in the Commonwealth Games.

Olympic gold medalists LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James are expected to tangle in the 400 meters at the Prefontaine Classic.

Jesse Squire tries to put the 2014 Boston Marathon in context in this piece for the Daily Relay.

Skechers' investment in Meb Keflezighi pays off.

Keflezighi's win in Boston is a bonanza for Skechers.

No more watching from a distance for 61-year-old Banks High School track coach Rob Frank; he'll be running the Boston Marathon next year.

Larry Eder leaves Boston on the final day of his excellent adventure, inspired by Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan.

Ray Fontaine takes a gloomy and way-too-early look at who could be running the men's marathon for Team USA in 2016.

Leo Manzano and Heather Kampf win USA 1-mile Road Championships.

RunnerSpace.com video of the USA Men's 1-Mile Road Championship.

RunnerSpace.com video of the USA Women's 1-Mile Road Championship.

Manzano talks about his victory in this RunnerSpace.com video.

Kampf chats about her race with RunnerSpace.com.

Pat Casey of OTC Elite talks about his second-place finish in the USA Men's 1-mile Road Championship with RunnerSpace.com.

Katie Mackey of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts talks to RunnerSpace.com about her runner-up finish in the women's race.

Dan O'Brien interviews iconoclastic mid-distance runner Will Leer in this video by USATF.TV.

Nebraska's Shawnice Williams stays humble despite her success.

The sky is the limit for French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie.

Ricky Faure of Rock Springs, Wyo., lives high and races fast.

What could top Dancing with Stars for Apolo Ohno? He says he's training for an Ironman Triathlon.

The front page for LetsRun.com.

Runner's World's daily wrap of racing news.

The links package for Track & Field News.

The USTFCCCA Daily roundup.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

-- Ken Goe




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Track & Field News now has the Oregon women favored to win the NCAA Outdoor Championship

Published Jan 01, 0001

The form chart now projects Prandini to win the 100 meters.

Track & Field News has published an updated form chart for the NCAA Track & Field Championships, and this one shows the Oregon women winning the national title.

The Track & Field News form chart last week showed Texas with a 10-point edge on the Ducks.

But that was before last weekend's Mt. SAC Relays, where Oregon's Jenna Prandini ran a wind-legal, 11.11 100 meters and UO 4x100 relay clocked a 43.31, the fourth-fastest collegiate time in history.

This week's form chart, compiled by Jack Pfeifer, shows Prandini winning the 100, Oregon's Phyllis Francis winning the 400, Oregon's Laura Roesler winning the 800, and the UO 4x100 finishing first. The projected final score shows the Ducks with 69 points, Texas with 65 and Texas A&M with 63.

This year's NCAA Track & Field Championships are at Hayward Field in Eugene, June 11-14.

The Ducks last won a NCAA women's outdoor team title in 1985.

Here is a look at the latest TF&N form chart for the women's meet.

-- Ken Goe

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The Pac-12 honors Oregon sprinter Jenna Prandini for her performance at the Mt. SAC Relays

Published Jan 01, 0001

Prandini has the fastest wind-legal, 100-meter time on the college level.

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The Pac-12 named Oregon sprinter Jenna Prandini conference track athlete of the week on Tuesday.

Prandini clocked a time of 11.11 to win the 100 meters in Saturday's Mt. SAC Relays, and beat a field that included former Oregon sprinter English Gardner.

Prandini's time is the fastest wind-legal time on the NCAA level this season, and second-fastest in the world.

She also ran a leg on Oregon's 4x100 relay, which sped to a time of 43.31, fourth-fastest in Pac-12 history.

Prandini was one of track & field four athletes honored by the conference. The others were
USC hurdler Aleec Harris, UCLA thrower Julian Wruck and UCLA heptathlete Alexis Walker.

-- Ken Goe

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LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James are expected to tangle in the 400 meters at the Pre Classic

Published Jan 01, 0001

Merritt won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in the 400.

LaShawn Merritt, reigning world 400-meter champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, is expected to tangle with 2011 world champion Kirani James in the 400 meters at this year's Prefontaine Classic.

James won the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics.

Merritt is a four-time, Pre Classic champion.

U.S. runner Tony McQuay, last year's world silver medalist and the 2012 NCAA champion, also is in the field.

This year's Pre Classic will be held May 30-31 at Hayward Field.

Here is the complete release from the Prefontaine Classic, which lists the entire field for the race.

-- Ken Goe


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Alberto Salazar says he wants Mo Farah to concentrate on the 5k and 10k for now; Oregon track & field rundown

Published Jan 01, 0001

Salazar wants Farah to commit to the two shorter races on the track through the 2016 Summer Olympics.

I caught up briefly with Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar yesterday.

He has been living out of a suitcase lately, with a trip to Kenya to supervise Mo Farah's training and to Britain for the London Marathon.

He said he was disappointed by Farah's eighth-place finish in London, but probably shouldn't have been.

While noting it is Farah's decision, Salazar said his counsel to Farah is to forget the marathon for the time being, and get back into track shape.

"Part of me doesn't like to see Mo get beat, but the fact that he did makes his decision clearer," Salazar said. "Let's stick with what he's best at in the world, stick to the track through Rio."

That would allow Farah to defend his Olympic titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Then, if Farah wants to turn to the marathon, Salazar said, he could do it without concern about compromising himself in the shorter races on the track.

"This was a good year to experiment, because there are no world championships," Salazar said. "Now Mo has a full year to get back in track shape for the world championships and another year to go until Rio."

Salazar said he has mixed feelings about whether Farah should run in this year's Commonwealth Games, July 23-August 3 in Glasgow, because of the possibility he could hurt himself by going all out before he is completely track ready.

"He's thinking about it seriously," Salazar said of the Commonwealth Games. "He hasn't committed, but he's open to the idea."

He also talked briefly about some of the other Oregon Project athletes:

-- Matthew Centrowitz opened up outdoors by winning the 1,500 at last weekend's Oregon Relays.

Centrowitz probably will be busy in the weeks to come, racing at Stanford's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on May 4, the Occidental High Performance Meet on May 15 in Los Angeles, and the Prefontaine Classic, May 30-31 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Salazar said he liked the way Centrowitz ran at the Oregon Relays.

"He hasn't raced for a while, and he's not in top shape," Salazar said. "But his training is going great. He realizes he has to train and has to race a lot. I think he will run the 5k at Stanford, maybe the 1,500 at Oxy and the mile at Pre."

-- Galen Rupp is expected to open at Occidental, probably in the 5,000, and run either a 5,000 or a 10,000 at the Pre Classic.

-- Mary Cain's schedule is up in the air as she tries to navigate around her prom and advanced placement college tests. At this point, she will run at the Pre Classic, but isn't scheduled for another race prior.

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The Oregon men's team vaults to the top of the USTFCCCA rankings.

Full speed ahead for Oregon's Devon Allen, who follows his success at the Oregon Relays with a standout football scrimmage.

Allen continues to sparkle in two sports.

USTFCCCA tabs Oregon ace Laura Roesler as an athlete of the week.

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Jesse Squire takes a typically comprehensive look at the state of college track for the Daily Relay, noting that the Oregon Relays typify the problems with track & field as a spectator sport. He singles out Roesler, Phyllis Francis, Ryan Crouser (Barlow High, Texas), Edward Cheserek and Dakotah Keys as he looks ahead to the NCAA Championships.

Kevin Sully analyzes the Boston Marathon results for the Daily Relays, and praises Ashton Eaton's willingness to tackle the 400 hurdles in the Monday Morning Run.

Meb Keflezighi is American strong in Boston.

The four names on his bib spurred on Keflezighi to victory.

Keflezighi's victory was historic and emtional.

An inspirational victory for Keflezighi.

Remember Ron Tabb? He now owns a bar in Cornelius, and proudly remembers mentoring a young Keflezighi in San Diego.

How Ryan Hall and Craig Leon helped Keflezighi win.

Leon talks about his race with Flotrack.

Writing for LetsRun.com, Dick Patrick explains how Keflezighi worked his magic again.

Scott Douglas writes an appreciation of Keflezighi for Runner's World.

Portland's Sarah Phelan, who went from open-heart surgery to the Boston Marathon, had a great race.

Shalane Flanagan set a rocket pace early, but Rita Jeptoo has a sensational finish.

Flanagan gave it all she had, and vows to be back.

Flanagan says she will keep coming back until she wins.

Flanagan says she ran her own race on a no-excuse day. Video by Flotrack.

Four thoughts on the women's race from the experts at LetsRun.com, who love the way Flanagan ran from the front.

Oregon represents in the 118th Boston Marathon.

Writing for the Deseret News, Kim Cowart says the spectators carried her through the Boston Marathon.

One year after the bombs, there was a celebration in Boston.

RunnerSpace.com video of the men's post-race presser from Boston.

RunnerSpace.com video of the women's post-race presser from Boston.

The House of Run guys review the Boston Marathon in their latest podcast.

Inika McPherson and Erik Kynard come away with titles at Drake's unique high jump competition.

Scott Bush catches up with Nicole Schappert for this Q-and-A.

Jeshua Anderson clears another hurdle at Mt. SAC.

Former world triple jump champ Walter Davis is slapped with a one-year ban.

Concordia's Emma Buchholz, Matthew Clowes and Nate Moses are honored by the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Linfield thrower Anna LaBeaume is named women's field athlete of the week by the NWC.

The front page from LetsRun.com.

The links package from Track & Field News.

Runner's World's daily wrap of racing news.

The USTFCCCA Daily roundup.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

-- Ken Goe

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