NCAA CHAMPIONS | Day 2
TrackTown, USA: We woke to an icy
cold motorhome. Okay, possibly a bit of an exaggeration. There was no
ice at all. After all those months in Palm Springs and after a week of
100-degree temperatures in Oregon, the weather has suddenly turned to 66
degrees. Sixty six. For a high. Not fair and not fun.
Dave and I had a meeting early this afternoon with the staff at the University
of Oregon Library. For several years we have funded a unique program where old
photographs from the Athletic Department have been scanned, repaired and
digitized by the University Library.
Athletes are identified and every photo is cataloged.
Leadership & Legacy
now houses thousands of photographs that can be searched, viewed and purchased
on line. There are even photos of
My Driver on the website:
Coach Bill Dellinger, DT, Gary Barger, Randy James, Scott Daggatt, Coach Bill
Terry Williams, Steve Prefontaine, Tom Hale
Looky who had been to school for just a few months and was on the
1973 NCAA Championship Cross Country team?
Our meeting today was to learn about another archival project the University
Library is undertaking - thousands and thousands of reels of film of Oregon
athletics that need digitalizing before they disintegrate. The film collection
has reels from 1930 until the world went digital around 2003-ish - old film reels, in
canisters. The crew have found amazing stuff, including footage of Duck Jim
Bailey (Australia) running the first sub-four-minute mile on American soil at
the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1956, a race that included young Oregon runner Bill
The film clip above is NOT the one we saw today from the
archives, but just an example of the subjects needing digitalizing and
archiving. Interesting fact: while it is important the film be transferred to a
digital format, the University will also strive to preserve the original film
Oh goodness, libraries are changing so rapidly. Visit, and donate to, your
favorite library today.
After this informative session, we walked to Historic Hayward Field for the
first day of the women's national collegiate track and field championships. It
was cold. It was raining. The sky grew dark.
The girls kept running.
Not going to lie. Though it was a sold-out stadium, there were many empty
seats today. Miserable weather? The meet is on television?
We are not wimps, so stuck it out all afternoon... though we did remain in
the hospitality booth sipping on sorta hot and sorta strong coffee. It didn't
help. We were cold.
There were two NCAA records set this afternoon. Raven Saunders
(Mississippi) set a new shot put record at 63 feet, 5 inches. Saunders broke a
33-year-old record (set in 1983 by Arizona's Meg Ritchie). The other record was
set by Maggie Malone (Texas A&M) by throwing the javelin 204 feet. Amazing work
- and in the pouring rain.
The only males competing today were the decathletes.
(Women's multi-event starts tomorrow.) Imagine competing over two days in
100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m, 100m hurdles, discus, pole vault
and javelin throw and then - hey guys - let's all run around the track four
times. Real fast.
It's enough to make me cry. The decathletes are so brave. So crazy. So
strong. I just love this event. Lindon Victor (Texas A&M) is the 2016 NCAA
Decathlon champion, with a very high score of 8379 combined points. Zach
Ziemek (Wisconsin) followed with 8300 points. Maicel Uibo of Georgia was
While the Oregon Duck women were not 100% favored to win, it was a very good
possibility. The Ducks had a very tough evening with an injury to 100m
sprinter Hannah Cunliffe, and then... oops... the Ducks dropped the baton in
the 4x400m relay prelims.
Notice the big empty space in Lane 5? No Ducks in the 4x400m
final. Dave was so sad. I'm not going to say it's impossible for the Duck women
because anything (and I mean anything) can happen in college sports.
Many things have to go right for the Ducks and many things have to go wrong for
a few other teams... and I will never, ever (no matter how devoted I am to the
Ducks) wish bad mojo on another team. Ever optimistic, My Driver has a scenario where the Duck women can still win the
championship. GO DUCKS!
After the races, after 8p, we went to Marche for
Dave had an appetizer of roasted asparagus with a poached egg
I had a great treat - a fish cake made with a fish I can actually eat:
I'm not sure who
DT ordered this little pizza.
Until my next update, I remain, your GO DUCKS correspondent.
You may also like:
Complete meet results
broadcast information for this track meet
The story behind the Oregon NCAA uniforms
Photo gallery of Oregon NCAA uniforms and shoes
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