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Tyson Gay wins 100 meters in pouring rain in Paris

Published Jan 01, 0001

Former world champion Tyson Gay ran 10.04 seconds in pouring rain to win the 100 meters at the Montreuil meeting on Monday. Read more...

Pistorius' defense team plans to wrap case

Published Jan 01, 0001

The defense team for Oscar Pistorius plans to close its case after its last witness, a physician who has treated the athlete, completed his testimony at the murder trial on Monday, a lawyer said. Read more...

Video footage shows Oscar Pistorius reenacting killing

Published Jan 01, 0001

Newly released video footage shows Oscar Pistorius participating in a re-enactment of how he says he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and then carried her out of a toilet cubicle in his home. Read more...

NCAA Track & Field Championships: Follow the Ducks and athletes with Oregon ties (live updates)

Published Jan 01, 0001

The meet at Hayward Field in Eugene begins at noon Wednesday with the decathlon.

ENGLISH-GARDNER-062312.jpgView full sizeOregon's English Gardner is among the favorites in the women's 100 meters.
The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships get under way Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Oregon has the likes of Dakotah Keys, Elijah Greer, Laura Roesler, Phyllis Francis, Mike Berry, Liz Brenner and English Gardner competing on Day 1.

The Ducks women, runners-up the past four years, are looking for their first title since 1985 and also are trying to win the triple crown -- the championship in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. No women's team has ever achieved that feat.

Meanwhile, the UO men are looking for their first title since 1984.

Here's a look at all of the Ducks athletes competing Wednesday, plus several others with Oregon ties:

Ducks in action on Wednesday
Event finals in bold
Noon: Dakotah Keys in decathlon | Keys 15th after Day 1
1:30 p.m.: Jillian Weir in women's hammer | Weir finishes 17th
4 p.m.: Oregon women in 4x100 relay | Ducks advance to final
4:15 p.m.: Oregon men in 4x100 relay | Ducks don't advance | De'Anthony Thomas video
4:30 p.m.: Laura Roesler in women's 800 | Roesler-Goule showdown in final?
4:45 p.m.: Elijah Greer in men's 800 | Greer wins heat | Video
5 p.m.: Phyllis Francis and Chizoba Okodogbe in women's 400 | Francis advances
5:15 p.m.: Mike Berry in men's 400 | Berry eliminated by razor-thin margin
5:15 p.m.: Liz Brenner in women's javelin | Brenner finishes 8th
5:30 p.m.:
English Gardner and Jenna Prandini in women's 100 | Gardner set to defend title | Video: Gardner 'having fun'

Others of note
Noon: Nathanael Franks (Barlow High School) of Arkansas in decathlon
| Franks 16th after Day 1
5:15 p.m.: Brianna Bain (Aloha High School) of Stanford in women's javelin
| Bain finishes 3rd
5:30 p.m.: Ryan Crouser (Barlow High School) of Texas in men's shot put | Crouser wins with one legal throw
6:45 p.m.: Jared Bassett of University of Portland in men's 3,000 steeplechase | Bassett makes final

Follow the meet with live updates from Eugene below, or view the ticker on a mobile device.


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Team USA's Kendal Williams and Kaylin Whitney go back to work in 200 qualifying at the World Juniors

Published Jan 01, 0001

Dina Asher-Smith, who won the 100 final on Wednesday night, opts not to run the 200.

EUGENE — It was a quick turnaround for sprinters at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships Thursday morning at Hayward Field.

The first round of 200-meter qualifying Thursday came less than 14 hours after the men's 100 final.

Britain's Dina Asher-Smith, who won the women's 100 gold on Wednesday night, scratched out of the 200.

Men's gold-medal winner Kendal Williams of Team USA showed up, qualified on time for the Thursday evening semifinals with a 21.16-second clocking, but begged off interviews afterward.

"I'll get them later," he told a USA Track & Field official in reference to waiting reporters. "I have to warm down."

Ecuador's Angela Tenorio and Team USA's Kaylin Whitney, second and third respectively in the women's 100 final on Wednesday, ran and advanced in the 200. But neither appeared to really push the accelerator. Tenorio finished in 23.55. Whitney won her heat in 23.31.

"It was a bit complicated because I'm not fully recovered from last night's final," Tenorio said through a translator. "But I'm used to it."

Whitney used an excellent start to grab an early lead and never surrendered it. Despite shutting down early, she posted the morning's second-fastest qualifying time.

"The plan today was to get out early, set the race up right so when I hit the straightaway I could cruise on in," she said.

Team USA runners Trentavis Friday and Jada Martin, by contrast, were fresh.

Friday won his heat in 20.60, and said he was fully charged to run after watching teammates Williams and Trayvon Bromell go 1-2 in the 100 final the night before.

"That really got me motivated yesterday," Friday said.

"We talked about it last night before we all went to bed."

Martin qualified sixth overall by winning her heat in 23.62 despite running on the outermost lane.

Team USA pole vaulter Devin King advanced out of the Thursday morning prelims, but teammate Cole Walsh of the University of Oregon did not.

Walsh cleared just one bar — 16 feet, 4¾ inches on his third attempt — before leaving the competition at 16-8¾.

"I'm a little disappointed," Walsh said. "I never got a rhythm. I don't feel like I was locked in the same way that I was at junior nationals."

Here are results from Thursday's competition.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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