Men’s and women’s track snag Pac-12 titles, No. 3 softball set to begin postseason run
— Both the men and women of Oregon clinched the Pac-12 track and field championships Sunday in Eugene. Kyree King for the men and Deajah Stevens for the women swept the 100 and 200 meters, while Edward Cheserek pulled off yet another win in the 10,000 and Blake Haney returned to peak form in the 1,500.
— Following a sweep of Stanford last weekend, Oregon softball received a No. 3 rank in the NCAA Tournament, where they will face Illinois-Chicago on Friday to open their postseason run. On Monday, seven Ducks earned all-Pac-12 honors, including Maggie Balint, Megan Kleist, Danica Mercado and Nikki Udria, each of whom was named to the first team.
— Oregon baseball suffered a home sweep at the hands of Oregon State, all but assuring it will miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. On the bright side, junior Taylor Travess, a Springfield High School graduate, has carved himself a starting spot on the roster despite walking on to the team after two years of junior college ball.
— Both Oregon men’s and women’s tennis were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament Saturday. The men advanced to the regional final for the second-straight year but fell 4-0 to No. 12 Texas A&M, while the women — in their first NCAA Tournament in 10 years — lost 4-2 to No. 30 North Carolina State.
— Oregon men’s golf sits in third place after the first round of the NCAA regional. Three Ducks finished in the top 11 on the individual leaderboard: Edwin Yi is tied for third overall, three shots behind the leader, while Wyndham Clark and Norman Xiong shot part to tie for 11th.
— The Oregon Ducks have a ‘special’ defensive talent in freshman nose tackle Jordan Scott, writes the Oregonian’s Andrew Greif. The Ducks badly need a formidable presence on their defensive line, and Scott has made strong impressions not only in spring football practice but for his foresight off the field and in the classroom.
— The Oregon track team has transformed from a destination for long-distance runners to a hotbed for sprinters, writes the Register-Guard’s Austin Meek.
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