Ducks repeat as men’s track champs; De Grasse sweeps sprints


By Bob Baum, AP

EUGENE, Oregon–Canadian Andre De Grasse of USC swept the sprints with a pair of exceedingly fast, if wind-aided, times and host Oregon won its second straight men’s team title Friday at the revamped NCAA outdoor track and field championships.

In a span of 55 minutes in the meet’s compacted schedule, De Grasse won the 100 in 9.75 seconds and the 200 in 19.58. His 200 time was the fastest ever by a collegiate runner under any conditions.

Marquis Dendy of Florida dominated the triple jump, winning with a wind-aided 58 feet, 1 1/4 inches. He also won the long jump on Wednesday, his second straight victory in the two events.

Oregon entered its final event, the 5,000, needing three points. The Ducks got 22 in a 1-2-4 finish �X Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins going first and second, as they did in the 10,000 two days earlier.

Oregon scored 85 points. Florida was a distant second with 56 and Arkansas third with 53.

It was the second time, and first in 50 years, that Oregon won the men’s crown two years in a row. The Ducks, despite their storied track history, hadn’t done it since 1964-65.

Under the new meet format, the men and women are competing on alternate days. The women will finish on Saturday. Oregon led the women’s team race after Thursday’s competition.

The Oregon men and women never have won the NCAA championship in the same year. The Ducks haven’t won the women’s title since 1985.