Oregon women win first NCAA track title since 1985

EUGENE, Ore. -- On Friday, the Oregon men celebrated their team title at the NCAA Track & Field Championships by dousing coach Robert Johnson with a Gatorade shower.

EUGENE , Ore. -- On Friday, the  Oregon  men celebrated their team title at  the NCAA  Track & Field Championships by dousing coach  Robert Johnson  with a Gatorade shower. On Saturday, the  Oregon  women followed suit, immersing Johnson in the wet stuff on the award stand at Hayward Field.

Junior  Jenna Prandini  and freshman  Raevyn Rogers  ran to individual titles as the Ducks totaled 59 points to win their first women's championship in 30 years. It is the first time one school has claimed the men's and women's crowns since  Texas A&M  pulled the double in 2009.

"We saw how pumped up the men were," said Prandini, who accounted for 26 of  Oregon 's points. "We didn't want them to outshine us. We got on the track and did our thing."

Kentucky  was runner-up with 50 points. Defending champion  Texas A&M  finished third with 47, followed by Arkansas  (43) and  Georgia  (41).

Oregon , which finished third at  the NCAA  meet a year ago, last won a women's crown in 1985. The Ducks had placed among the top three in each of the last six years.


"We've been right there so many times," said Johnson, in his third year as coach of the Oregon programs. "Finally getting one on the anniversary of the '85 team is pretty special."

The Ducks have won  the NCAA  Indoor Championships in each of the last two years and won  the NCAA cross-country crown in 2012.

"We're a balanced program," Johnson said. "We take each championship seriously. We're going to compete hard in cross country. We're going to compete hard in indoors. We're going to 100 percent compete hard in outdoors. That's the crown jewel."

Going into the final day of competition, the Ducks led with 31 points, with  Arkansas  trailing with 22 and Georgia  with 21.

Oregon  was disqualified in the 400 relay for passing out of lane on the second exchange, costing the Ducks important potential points early on the final day. It was only a temporary misstep.

On Thursday, Prandini finished second in the  long jump . On Saturday, Prandini won the 100 and was second in the 200. The eight points in the latter event clinched the title for the Ducks.

"This is the one we wanted," Prandini said. "Ever since I've been here, they've been emphasizing winning that team title outdoors. To be able to do it in front of this amazing crowd, it's incredible."

Prandini overcame a poor start to win the 100 in 10.96. The native of Clovis, Calif., was last out of the blocks but outleaned  Texas  junior  Morolake Akinosun , who finished second in 10.97.


A half-hour later, Rogers raced to victory in the 800 in a school-record 1:59.71.

"Raevyn is a freshman, ladies and gentlemen," Johnson said. "Look out, world, for  Raevyn Rogers ."

Twenty minutes after that, Prandini was nipped at the line by  Kentucky  senior Dezerea Bryant in the 200. Bryant won in 22.18, followed by Prandini in 22.21.  Texas A&M  senior  Kamaria Brown  was third and  Florida sophomore  Kyra Jefferson  fourth, both in 22.24.

Texas A&M  was led by sophomore  Shanier Little , who came from behind after the final hurdle to claim the 400 hurdles title in a 2015 world-best 53.74.  Kentucky  senior  Kendra Harrison  was second in 54.09. She earlier had outdueled  Michigan  junior  Cindy Ofili  to claim the 100 hurdles crown in 12.55.

Mississippi State sophomore Rhianwedd Price used a stirring stretch run to overhaul defending champion Shelby Houlihan  of Arizona State and win the 1,500 in 4:09.56. Houlihan, a senior, placed second in 4:09.67.

Florida  State junior  Colleen Quigley  won the 3,000  steeplechase  in a personal-record 9:29.32, moving her into third place on the all-time U.S. collegiate list.

Running from the outside in Lane 8,  Florida  State junior  Kala Funderburk  surprisingly won the 400 in 51.67. Texas  sophomore  Kendall Baisden  edged  Oklahoma  sophomore Daye Shon Roberson for second, both runners timed in 51.74.

NOTES:  Texas A&M  sophomore  Shanier Little 's winning 400 hurdles time was a 2015 world best. ... Kentucky  senior  Kendra Harrison 's winning 100 hurdles time was just off her PR and season best of 12.50, which ranks No. 2 on the world list this year. ... In the same race, USC freshman  Dior Hall  set a world junior record, placing third in 12.74. ...  Oregon  freshman  Raevyn Rogers ' winning 800 time was less than a second shy of the collegiate and NCAA meet records -- 1:59.11 set by  Wisconsin 's  Suzy Favor  in 1990. ... The 5-foot Bryant is believed to be the shortest runner ever to win an NCAA outdoor sprint title. ...  Oregon was disqualified in the 400 relay for passing out of lane on the second exchange, costing the Ducks important potential points early on the final day.

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