FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Oregon women dug their way out of a deep deficit to overcome nearly a dozen teams and win their fourth straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field national title Saturday night at the Randal Tyson Center.
The women locked up the meet with their only event win of the meet — the 4x400 meter relay — to secure the title with 56 points.
Kansas was second with 44, Louisiana State third with 43 and host Arkansas fourth with 42.5.
The team of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis won the 4x400 relay for the Ducks in a school record 3:30.22. Gardner put Oregon ahead on the opening leg and Oregon never looked back. Gardner timed 53.64 on the opening leg, followed by Okodogbe’s 52.54, Roesler’s 52.64 and Francis’ impressive 51.42.
The UO men proved resurgent, too, with Elijah Greer winning the 800 meters en route to a top 10 finish. Arkansas won the team title with 74 points, followed by Florida (59), Wisconsin (33), Texas A&M (30), Texas Tech (28), and Oregon and Arizona (22).