Men and Women both NCAA Champs





Oregon men and women win the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships


Oregon sweeps distance races to earn both men's and women's titles

Glen Rosales | Associated Press
Last Updated - Mar 16, 2014 00:18 EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --


Phyllis Francis had two record-setting runs and Edward Cheserek swept the distance races to help Oregon win the team titles Saturday night in the NCAA indoor track and field championships.

Francis sprinted down the backstretch in the 1,600-meter relay to catch Texas' Ashley Spencer at the tape, giving the Ducks 44 points - a half-point better than the Longhorns for a fifth consecutive championship.

Francis and her teammates finished in 3 minutes, 27.40 seconds, just ahead of Texas at 3:27.42, for a college indoor mark. Earlier, Francis set the indoor record in the 400 at 50.46 seconds. She was even faster in the relay, finishing her leg in 50.44.

The Ducks won the men's title with 62 points, eight more than Arkansas. Cheserek's performance won the 5,000 on Friday night in 13:46.67, and took the 3,000 on Saturday in 8:11.59.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Oregon men's track team has won the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship.

The Ducks put it away in the 3,000 meters, which freshman Edward Cheserek won and senior Trevor Dunbar was fifth.

They put the exclamation point on their victory with a seventh-place finish in the 4x400 relay.

Cheserek won two individual events for the Ducks, who weren't on anybody's radar coming into the meet.

I'll have a full story later with the team point totals. If my unofficial calculations are right, Oregon finished with 61 points. Arkansas was second with 53. But I hate trusting my math skills.


Oregon women come from behind, win the 4x400 and the meet




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ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, - Mar 15, 2014 - Oregon track and field director of operations Jill Steele celebrates when the men find out they won the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sat, Mar 15, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian


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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Oregon women clinched a fifth consecutive NCAA Indoor team title with a come-from-behind victory in the 4x400 relay.

Phyllis Francis, who earlier had won the 400 meters, made a dramatic surge on the home straight to go from second to first. Oregon's time: 3:27.40.

That gave the Ducks what they needed for the victory.

The Ducks finished with 44 points. The Oregon men had earlier clinched the men's team title.

I'll have a longer story with team scores later.

-- Ken Goe


Team Scores
Updated after each completed event


PlaceWomen's TeamScore
1Oregon44.0
2Texas43.50
3Georgia40.50
3Florida40.50
5Texas A&M35.0
6Arkansas30.0
7Dartmouth24.0
7Stanford24.0
9Kentucky23.0
10Miss State18.0
10South Dakota18.0
12LSU16.0
12Auburn16.0
14Penn State15.0
15Oklahoma St.14.0
16Missouri11.0
16Villanova11.0
16Georgetown11.0
19Arkansas St.10.0
19San Diego St.10.0
19Boise State10.0
19Purdue10.0
19South Carolina10.0
19TCU10.0
19Iowa State10.0
19Alabama10.0
27Baylor9.0
27Indiana State9.0
29Arizona St.8.0
29UCLA8.0
29Notre Dame8.0
29USC8.0
33Michigan7.0
33Akron7.0
35UAB6.0
35Virginia Tech6.0
35Michigan State6.0
35Kent State6.0
39McNeese State5.0
39Florida State5.0
39UTEP5.0
39Kansas5.0
43Duke4.0
43Wisconsin4.0
45Clemson3.50
45Miami3.50
47Eastern Michigan3.0
47William and Mary3.0
47Columbia3.0
47N. Carolina St.3.0
51Colorado2.0
51Minnesota2.0
51Coppin State2.0
54Maryland1.50
55Boston U.1.0
55Rice1.0
55George Mason1.0
55Providence1.0
PlaceMen's TeamScore
1Oregon62.0
2Arkansas54.0
3Florida35.0
4Florida State28.0
5Arizona24.0
6Oklahoma St.20.0
6Alabama20.0
8UTEP18.0
8LSU18.0
8Texas A&M18.0
11Wisconsin17.0
12Miss State16.0
12Stanford16.0
14Pittsburgh14.0
14Cornell14.0
16Akron13.0
17USC12.0
17Notre Dame12.0
17Nebraska12.0
20Texas11.0
20Duke11.0
22Baylor10.0
22BYU10.0
24Arkansas St.9.0
24Mississippi9.0
26Rutgers8.0
26Arizona St.8.0
26Iowa State8.0
26Georgia8.0
30Columbia7.0
30Texas Tech7.0
32Virginia Tech6.0
32Memphis6.0
32Youngstown St.6.0
32Indiana6.0
32Penn State6.0
32Colorado6.0
32Purdue6.0
32Villanova6.0
40Boston U.5.0
40Northwestern St.5.0
40Wyoming5.0
40Louisville5.0
40Michigan State5.0
45Kentucky4.0
45Eastern Michigan4.0
45North Carolina4.0
45New Mexico4.0
45Illinois State4.0
45Dartmouth4.0
45Kent State4.0
52Minnesota3.0
52Houston3.0
52SIU-Edwardsville3.0
52California3.0
56Albany2.0
56Charleston Southern2.0
56Air Force2.0
56Ohio State2.0
56Loyola (Ill.)2.0
56Clemson2.0
56Buffalo2.0
63Washington1.50
64Washington St.1.0
64N. Arizona1.0
64Mid. Tenn. State1.0
64Indiana State1.0
64UCLA1.0
69Kansas State.50



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Laura Roesler Destroys The Field In An Instant, Captures Women’s 800 Title – Can She Get Collegiate Record Outdoors?

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by LetsRun.com
March 15, 2015

Albuquerque, NM – Oregon senior Laura Roesler entered the final of the women’s 800 at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as the heavy, heavy favorite, having run 2.81 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.

Halfway around the first turn of the bell lap, when Roesler, who started the final lap in third on the rail, allowed herself to get boxed in in fourth by Minnesota’s Alena Brooks, who moved up on the outside, it was fine if you thought to yourself, “What is going on here? Could we possibly be on the verge of a shocking upset?”

800 Results
1   Laura Roesler   SR  UO  2:03.85 
2   Savannah CamachoFR  OKST    2:05.53 
3   Kaela Edwards   FR  OKST    2:05.72 
4   Andrea Keklak   JR  GTWN    2:06.42     
5   Amanda Smith    JR  VT  2:06.53     
6   Megan Krumpoch  SR  DART    2:06.84 
7   Alena Brooks    SR  MINN    2:08.31

But the doubt that was creeping into your head was soon instantly erased when Roesler started to make her move after slowing and dropping back so she could move outside to get some space. Her move honestly reminded us a someone playing a video game hitting the “turbo” button. Roesler flew by everyone with breathtaking speed as she’d pour it on all the way to finish and her lead would grow to a dominant 1.68 seconds in the span of about 160 meters. Roesler won going away in 2:03.85. She was so dominant that if you watched it live, you could be forgiven if you forgot there was a second-place finisher in this race.

Oklahoma State freshmen Savannah Camacho (2:05.53) and Kaela Edwards (2:05.72) were the only two women in the race to finish within 2 seconds of Roesler.

Quick Take #1: What an incredible final 160-170 by Roesler. After running a penultimate lap of 32.08, Roesler picked it up by more than two seconds and ran a final 200 of 29.90. Camacho and Edwards also picked it up a little bit in their last lap (Camacho went 32.05 – 31.79). Everyone else in the field slowed down. Pure domination.

Roesler summed things up perfectly on her post-race ESPN interview when she said, “I knew if I went no one would be able to go with me.”

QT #2: How fast can Roesler go outdoors? Might Suzy Hamilton’s collegiate record of 1:59.11 go down? Here’s our crazy plan for Roesler to do it.

We aren’t ruling out the CR. We started to say, “Get her a lane at the Pre Classic right now.”

The problem is Prefontaine is May 31st this year. The NCAA Regionals for the 800 are May 29 and May 30th in Arkansas. We say – do something a little crazy. It will be great PR and raise her marketability a ton. Sandbag the two rounds of the 800 at NCAAs, get on a private plane and fly from Regionals in Arkansas back to Eugene and run Pre in front of the adoring crowd.

Is it ambitious? Yes. But she has nothing to worry about in terms of losing NCAAs and the sport needs some craziness.

The collegiate record is ambitious but much less so if she runs Prefontaine. Sub-2:00 seems like a formality for the 2:00.23 performer.

Total Domination for Roesler

Total Domination for Roesler (click for photo gallery)

QT #3: The Oklahoma State freshmen might be be NCAA champs down the road but unlikely in 2014 as 2013 NCAA champion Natoye Goule will be in action for Clemson after sitting out a year for transferring from LSU.

QT #4: Teammates Savannah Camacho and Kaela Edwards were ecstatic and almost in tears about their 2-3 finish and said they “never thought in a million years” that they would have done that. They both run cross-country, so goes back to the old LRC mantra that strength makes for great mid-d runners.


Mar 15, 2014; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Edward Cheserek of Oregon wins the 3,000m in 8:11.59 in the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships at Albuquerque Convention Center.


Track And Field At Its Finest: The Greatness Of Phyllis Francis Leads Oregon To Title

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by: LetsRun.com
March 15, 2014

Phyllis Francis in Individual 400m

Phyllis Francis In Individual 400m (click for day 2 gallery)

There is no way it can get any better than this.

Final event 2014 NCAA women’s indoor track and field championships.

4 x 400. Oregon vs. Texas. The winner wins the NCAA Championship.

Texas anchored by former World Junior Champion Ashlee Spencer. Oregon anchored by Phyllis Francis, who set the American indoor 400m record (50.46)earlier in the meet. They get the baton side-by-side.

It is close, but Spencer leads the entire way. She has a couple of meters on Francis even coming off the final turn. All that is left is the short indoor straightaway. Oregon needs Francis to pass Spencer so it can win its fifth straight indoor title.

Dwight Stones on ESPN3, “I don’t see it (Francis catching her). I don’t see the gear shift.”

30 meters from the finish, Francis gains a little.

20 meters from the finish.  She gains a little more, but she is running out of track.

Stones: “It doesn’t (sic) going to happen.”

10 meters. Francis keeps gaining, but she’s really running out of track.

5 meters, 4 meters, 3 meters, 2 meters, they are now neck-and-neck. 1 meter, there is the line. There is a lean.

Who Won?

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Francis by .02 in 3:27.40 to Spencer’s 3:27.42.

Oregon wins its fifth straight NCAA title by half a point in the most dramatic fashion.

A battle between two 400m legends on a relay with the NCAA title on the line came down to .02 in the final race.

A new collegiate record.

It does not get better than this in collegiate track.

What a meet for Francis. She had never finished higher than third individually before at NCAAs and she leaves as the American record holder at 400, but also the team hero.

If you want to watch the race, ESPN3 has an archive of the broadcast. Click Here and go to the 2:55:00 mark.

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LetsRun.com distance fans, take note. Francis was a better 800m runner in high school than 400m. She ran 2:04.83 as a 16-year-old. Mike Fanelli  was the only guy who noticed her at the time. Now all of you had better take notice. It was her endurance training that saved her that last 20m tonight, right?

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Spencer was gracious in defeat. “I definitely felt her coming and I just tried to give it my all over the last 50. I really pushed it, I pushed it. I tried and I tried. And she got the best of me. Phyllis Francis is an amazing athlete. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But it was a great race,” she told the AP.

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This was Francis’ day: “Seeing my teammates’ effort, they were really pushing. I didn’t want to let them down. I totally went for it. I saw my team cheering us on and we just pushed us to the next limit. We won, the men’s team won, the woman’s team. It’s just mind blowing right now,” she told the AP.

Mar 15, 2014; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Phyllis Francis of Oregon wins the womens 400m in a collegiate record 50.46 in the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships at Albuquerque Convention Center.



ura Roesler Destroys The Field In An Instant, Captures Women’s 800 Title – Can She Get Collegiate Record Outdoors?

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by LetsRun.com
March 15, 2015

Albuquerque, NM – Oregon senior Laura Roesler entered the final of the women’s 800 at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as the heavy, heavy favorite, having run 2.81 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.

Halfway around the first turn of the bell lap, when Roesler, who started the final lap in third on the rail, allowed herself to get boxed in in fourth by Minnesota’s Alena Brooks, who moved up on the outside, it was fine if you thought to yourself, “What is going on here? Could we possibly be on the verge of a shocking upset?”

800 Results
1   Laura Roesler   SR  UO  2:03.85 
2   Savannah CamachoFR  OKST    2:05.53 
3   Kaela Edwards   FR  OKST    2:05.72 
4   Andrea Keklak   JR  GTWN    2:06.42     
5   Amanda Smith    JR  VT  2:06.53     
6   Megan Krumpoch  SR  DART    2:06.84 
7   Alena Brooks    SR  MINN    2:08.31

But the doubt that was creeping into your head was soon instantly erased when Roesler started to make her move after slowing and dropping back so she could move outside to get some space. Her move honestly reminded us a someone playing a video game hitting the “turbo” button. Roesler flew by everyone with breathtaking speed as she’d pour it on all the way to finish and her lead would grow to a dominant 1.68 seconds in the span of about 160 meters. Roesler won going away in 2:03.85. She was so dominant that if you watched it live, you could be forgiven if you forgot there was a second-place finisher in this race.

Oklahoma State freshmen Savannah Camacho (2:05.53) and Kaela Edwards (2:05.72) were the only two women in the race to finish within 2 seconds of Roesler.

Quick Take #1: What an incredible final 160-170 by Roesler. After running a penultimate lap of 32.08, Roesler picked it up by more than two seconds and ran a final 200 of 29.90. Camacho and Edwards also picked it up a little bit in their last lap (Camacho went 32.05 – 31.79). Everyone else in the field slowed down. Pure domination.

Roesler summed things up perfectly on her post-race ESPN interview when she said, “I knew if I went no one would be able to go with me.”

QT #2: How fast can Roesler go outdoors? Might Suzy Hamilton’s collegiate record of 1:59.11 go down? Here’s our crazy plan for Roesler to do it.

We aren’t ruling out the CR. We started to say, “Get her a lane at the Pre Classic right now.”

The problem is Prefontaine is May 31st this year. The NCAA Regionals for the 800 are May 29 and May 30th in Arkansas. We say – do something a little crazy. It will be great PR and raise her marketability a ton. Sandbag the two rounds of the 800 at NCAAs, get on a private plane and fly from Regionals in Arkansas back to Eugene and run Pre in front of the adoring crowd.

Is it ambitious? Yes. But she has nothing to worry about in terms of losing NCAAs and the sport needs some craziness.

The collegiate record is ambitious but much less so if she runs Prefontaine. Sub-2:00 seems like a formality for the 2:00.23 performer.

Total Domination for Roesler




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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Freshman star Edward Cheserek and the Oregon men put it away early, and the UO women waited until the very last step.

But both left the Albuquerque Convention Center with national championships Saturday in a can-you-believe-this finish to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships before a crowd of 1,272.

This never was on ice for the UO women, who arrived in New Mexico seeking a fifth consecutive NCAA indoor title, and were playing from behind almost from the moment their airplane touched down on the runway.

They dug a hole for themselves on Friday, and it got worse on Saturday when U.S. junior record-holder Sasha Wallace hit the fourth hurdle, crashed hard to the track and didn't finish the race.

Suddenly, the odds looked steep to everybody not wearing a black Oregon uniform.

"We had the best 400-meter runner in the country, the best 800-meter runner in the country, the best 4-by-4 in the country," Roesler said, treating the question contempt. "You can't count out a team with that much talent."

Still, the UO women were sitting in fourth place with one event to go, the 4x400-meter relay.

Georgia led with 40.5 points. Florida and Texas were tied for second with 35.5, followed by the Ducks with 34.

Florida, Texas and Oregon all had teams entered in the 4x400. Georgia did not. Texas had come to the meet with the indoor season's best 4x400 time this year.

 "I went back and told the girls, winner takes all," Johnson said of his last minute instructions to his 4x400 team of Chizoba Okodogbe, Roesler, and Phyllis Francis.

 Francis – who had set the U.S. indoor record while winning the 400 less than two hours earlier – got the baton in second place and spent most of her two-lap, anchor leg chasing Texas anchor Ashley Spencer.

 Spencer still had a lead of several meters coming off the curve and onto the home straight. Francis went wide, the crowd got loud and just before the finish line Francis pulled even. At the line she leaned.

"Coach told me we would be behind a little bit," Francis said of what she expected as she received the baton. "Then, on the home stretch, I was supposed to make a move. But I thought I was too late for a moment."

A hush fell over the crowd until, after a stage pause, Oregon's name went up on the official scoreboard with a time of 3 minutes, 27.40 seconds followed by Texas in 3:27.42. The UO time broke the college record of 3:27.66 set by the Longhorns in 2003.

Francis didn't see it at first. She didn't know the Ducks had pulled out both the race and the title until Roesler wrapped her in a bear hug.

Could it get any closer? Oregon finished with 44 points. Texas was second with 43.5.

It was the moment of the meet, but there were other memory-makers along the way:

-- Cheserek, who must have ice water in his veins to go with that killer kick, broke away on the final lap to win the men's 3,000 meters in 8 minutes, 11.59 seconds.

On Friday, the UO freshman dusted the supposedly unbeatable Lawi Lalang of Arizona in the 5,000. Lalang scratched out of the 3,000, and there wasn't anybody else in the field who had a chance of flagging down Cheserek when he opened it up in the final 150.

Cheserek now has run in three NCAA championship races, including the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships, and won them all. UO senior Trevor Dunbar slipped in for fifth place in the 3,000. Those 14 team points essentially locked away the UO men's first NCAA indoor title since 2009.

In the end, the Ducks had 62 points. Arkansas was second with 54. Pre-meet favorite Florida was a distant third with 35. Twenty Oregon points came from Cheserek.

"He's incredible," Dunbar said. "I wasn't surprised. I would have liked to see him take down Lawi Lalang again, because I know he would have."

-- Francis smashed the U.S. indoor record in the 400 meters with a runaway victory in 50.46 seconds.

Francena McCorory set the record of 50.54 in 2010, and held it until Francis left it in tatters. Her winning time would have claimed the World Indoor Championships earlier this month in Sopot, Poland.

"This is something we've been telling, preaching to Phyllis since she was a sophomore," Johnson said. "She's a special kid. It's great that she's finally starting to realize that."

-- Roesler broke wide with a decisive move on the last lap's back straight and won the 800 going away in 2:03.85.

She came across the finish line with a smile on her face, only to have the UO coaches hustle her out of the clerk's circle to get her ready for the 4x400.

"I walked to the back, changed uniforms and sat down and waited for the 4x4," Roesler said. "I honestly haven't had time to process or celebrate the 800."

The UO women were supposed to win, although perhaps not to turn the finish into such a cliffhanger. The Oregon men weren't even in the title discussion until they hung 24 first-day team points on the scoreboard.

The Ducks picked up where they left off on Saturday, with multi-events specialist Dakotah Keys going from sixth to fourth in the heptathlon standings in the last event of the seven-event competition, the 1,000 meters.

Keys clocked a time of 2:42.67 in the process to score in a national meet for the first time as a college athlete. It got the Ducks rolling.

"I could barely sleep because I was thinking about it," said Keys, who got a pre-competition pep talk from senior distance runner Parker Stinson.

"Parker said, 'Hey, keep the fire going, because it's hard to put out.' That's all I wanted to do today is just keep building the fire."

Mac Fleet came across third in the mile, Johnathan Cabral was fourth in the 60 hurdles and Mike Berry was fourth in the 400 as the Ducks kept rolling all the way to the title.

"We thought we were a little bit under-ranked," Johnson said. "We thought we were better than what the scoring tables and all the dope sheets had us."

So they were. The men won decisively. The women showed a flair for the dramatic.

And in the end, left with won titles.

-- Ken Goe

Cheserek, Johnson Earn USTFCCCA National Awards
Cheserek is the first freshman to win the award, and the first Duck on the men's side to win since Galen Rupp in 2009.
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release: 03/19/2014
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NEW ORLEANS – The nation’s indoor track & field coaches have voted, and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek the Division I Men’s National Athlete of the Year and Oregon head coach Robert Johnson both the Division I Men’s and Women’s National Coach of the Year.

Cheserek (Newark, N.J.) swept both the 3000 and 5000 meters events at the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., this past weekend – including taking the 5000 meters crown from The Bowerman Finalist Lawi Lalang of Arizona, the collegiate record holder in the event – to lead his Ducks to the national team title.

He outkicked the defending indoor mile and 3000 meter champion in the final two laps to earn the convincing win in 13:46.67 by more than six seconds over Lalang, who had been the winner of the past two indoor National Track Athlete of the Year awards. The next day he defeated Kirubel Erassa of Oklahoma State over 3000 meters with another late-race kick to win by two seconds in 8:11.59.

Cheserek is the first freshman to win the award, and the first Duck on the men’s side to win since Galen Rupp in 2009.

Johnson claimed both the National Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year honors after leading his men to their first title since 2009 and the women to their fifth consecutive national team crown. The men outscored 2013 champion Arkansas, 62-54, while the women just barely edged past Texas, 44-43½.

While the men’s team title was clinched well before the meet finale 4×400 relay, the women’s championship hung in the balance all the way until literally the final hundredths of a second of the meet. It was at the finish line of the 4×400 where Phyllis Francis leaned in ahead of Texas’ Ashley Spencer to win the race in 3:27.40 by just .02 and the meet by just half a point.

Johnson saw a number of his Ducks win national individual titles, including Cheserek (3000/5000), Francis (400) and Laura Roesler (800). Cheserek was named the Men’s Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year for his efforts.

This is Johnson’s fourth consecutive year earning the Women’s Indoor National Coach of the Year honor, and he was also named Women’s Indoor National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010.





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