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Asafa Powell wins 100m in his fastest time of 2014

Published Jan 01, 0001

Former world-record holder Asafa Powell won a 100-meter race in Brazil in 10.02 seconds on Sunday, his fastest mark of the year. Read more...

Heather Lendway, Steven Mantell win USA Triathlon titles

Published Jan 01, 0001

Heather Lendway and Steven Mantell won the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships on Saurday at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World. 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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The Oregon women are No. 2 and the men are No. 3 in the first USTFCCCA cross country rankings

Published Jan 01, 0001

The UO men are led by sophomore Edward Cheserek.

The University of Oregon women are ranked second in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocation's Division I preseason cross country rankings.

Michigan has the top spot, followed by the Ducks, Florida State, Stanford and Georgetown.

The UO men are ranked third, behind Colorado and Northern Arizona, and ahead of Oklahoma State and Stanford.

UO sophomore Edward Cheserek is the defending NCAA men's champion and the reigning national cross country athlete of the year.

Here are the complete women's rankings and men's rankings from the USTFCCCA.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Oregon's Devon Allen -- who wants to set a collegiate hurdles record -- tackles football with high expectations, too

Published Jan 01, 0001

Oregon's freshman receiver is about to play for the first time and already has heavy expectations heaped upon him.

EUGENE -- Devon Allen has heard all kinds of bold predictions about what an encore to his surreal spring could entail, and if he's being honest, the mentions of him being a Heisman Trophy candidate make him chuckle just a little bit more than most.

"I don't really pay too much attention because right now it doesn't seem realistic to me," said the Oregon Ducks' redshirt freshman receiver from Phoenix.

No offense to Allen but, considering his exploits during track season, he might not be the best person to judge what is and isn't possible. 

After all, who saw him winning the NCAA outdoor national championships in the 110-meter hurdles as a freshman in June? And running the fastest time by a collegian in 35 years in the process? And then two weeks later lining up against a field of former world and U.S. champions at the U.S championships in Sacramento, and winning again?

"I don't know what to expect," he said this week, "because I haven't done it yet."

Few know what to expect from the 6-foot, 185-pound Allen this fall as he lines up at receiver for the No. 3 Ducks, either, but heavy expectations have been heaped upon him anyway after his out-of-nowhere spring.

His run to dual track national titles offers a certain roadmap for how he could succeed quickly on the gridiron.

Playing two sports in April pulled Allen between three schedules -- football, hurdles and class -- and required precision focus to juggle them. What helped him stayed in his routine. The training room became a second home as a result, and strength coach Jim Radcliffe became a trusted confidant.

What held him back was pared away, such as a few pounds of unnecessary weight. 

The benefits of being detail-oriented have crossed over to fall camp, where Ducks receivers coach Matt Lubick grades on a strict four-part rubric: effort, precise routes, catching ability and toughness.

Precise routes? It would seem Allen should be fine in that regard. He's already tinkering with his hurdles steps to reach his next goal of becoming the first collegian ever to run a sub-13-second 110 meters. His personal best is 13.16.

Is that possible?

"Uh, yeah, that's the goal," he said, adding he'll now take seven steps to reach the first hurdle instead of eight. "That's going to cut maybe a tenth right there ... Technique-wise I can drop two-hundreths per hurdle and that's two tenths over the whole race."

If he can transfer his success from track to field he could be the latest receiver to make his influence felt in his first season. Bralon Addison caught 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns in 2012; De'Anthony Thomas (while splitting time at running back) caught 46 passes for 605 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011; and Josh Huff went for 19 receptions, 303 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.

Some might consider fighting for playing time with six other capable receivers a step down from the such great heights he achieved on the track.

And slowly but surely during the first three weeks of fall camp, he went from one of the most-interviewed Ducks to just another face walking out of practice. Meanwhile running back Royce Freeman emerged as the newest untested freshman wunderkind drawing rave reviews.

Yet after rising from unknown freshman entering spring drills, to spring game star, to U.S. champion in a span of about three months, Allen says he's happy to cede the spotlight and transfer it to his teammates. For a unit whose goal is to be "one of the best, if not the best, receiving corps in the country," senior Keanon Lowe said this week, it helps to have a receiver among them who actually is the best in the country at something.

"Everyone's telling me the game's a little slower than practice," he said, "so that'll be nice to kind of slow down and get going and have fun."

He's proven, though, that he's liable to get it back in the time it takes for a starting pistol to fire. You just never know what's possible.

-- Andrew Greif | @andrewgreif

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