The University of Oregon women completed a story book season winning the 2017 Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a script straight out of Hollywood. To set the stage, the Women of Oregon had already laid claim to the cross country and indoor championships and were seeking to become the first program to complete the “triple crown” winning all three championships in a single scholastic year.
In pursuit of that task, the Ducks found themselves trailing Georgia 62.2 to 54 when Oregon’s 4X400 team – Makenzie Dunmore, Elexis Guster, Deajah Stevens and Raevyn Rogers – settled into the starting blocks. A second place finish would leave the Ducks .2 points behind the Bulldogs for the team title, so it was first place or nothing when the starter’s gun went off.
With Pac-12 champions USC in the adjacent lane, the Ducks took the lead in the third lap and Rogers brought home the big trophy with a 49.765 anchor leg to edge the Trojans by .25 seconds.
Rogers also repeated as the 800m champion. earlier in the competition.
The men had a tougher go of it, finishing with 19.5 points, well behind the champion Florida Gators’ 61.5 points. Kyree King placed fourth in both the 100m and 200m to highlight the men’s score sheet.