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USC claims NCAA title with spectacular finish

The USC Trojans won their second team outdoor championship title on Saturday at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championships.

The Trojans were all smiles on the podium as they hoisted their trophy in the midst of a downpour at Hayward Field.

But their fairytale finish didn’t come easy.

USC secured the team title with 53 points after trading spots back and forth throughout the day with Georgia and Stanford, who finished second and third, respectiverly, with 52 and 51 points. 

“I wanted it for the team. We wanted this so bad all season, …

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Georgia, USC men celebrate record-breaking NCAA meet

The University of Georgia Bulldogs won their first-ever national team title at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, but they were far from the only team celebrating.

USC finished fourth with 34 points, but they climbed onto the awards podium in spectacular fashion with three collegiate records.

Georgia built a 34-point lead after a solid opening day performance, and never dropped from first place throughout the two days of competition. The Bulldogs tallied a winning total of 52 points in front of the 11,644-person crowd at Hayward Field.

Two-time defending champion …

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2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor T&F Championships - DAY FOUR

Five Things to Watch

Women’s Triple Jump (3:40 p.m.)

Georgia senior Keturah Orji may have lost her American record to Tori Franklin last month, but her collegiate record remains intact after soaring 47 feet, 11 ѕ inches (14.62m) at the SEC Championships this year. She has won three straight NCAA outdoor titles – to go along with three indoor crowns – and she owns the top 12 marks in collegiate history. After winning the long jump on Thursday, Orji is poised to add another title her impressive resume.

Women’s 400 meters (4:32 p.m.)

USC senior Kendall …

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ASU’s Ewen wins shot put for third NCAA title

Maggie Ewen continues to add NCAA championships to her collegiate resume.

The Arizona State senior captured the third NCAA title of her collegiate career with a mark of 62 feet, 10 ѕ inches (19.17m) in the shot put at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Women’s Track & Field Championships before a crowd of 9,702 at Hayward Field on Thursday. 

“It felt great,” Ewen said. “The hammer didn’t go the way we wanted it to, so to be able to come out and win the shot put made up for it.” 

A 2017 finalist for The Bowerman, Ewen …

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2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor T&F Championships - DAY THREE

Five Things to Watch

Men’s 4x100m relay (5:32 p.m.)

This is always one of the most exciting races of the entire meet, and it is likely to set the tone for the team championship race. Florida and Houston were the top qualifiers in Wednesday’s semifinal and they rank 1-2 in the team projections compiled by Track & Field News. The Gators, who are seeking a third straight NCAA men’s outdoor title, clocked the fastest time at 38.49, while the Cougars were a step behind at 38.53.

Men’s 1,500 meters (5:42 p.m.)

New Mexico junior Josh Kerr …

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Georgia’s Comenentia claims NCAA crowns in hammer, shot put

Denzel Comenentia had never won a national championship title. 

Until Wednesday, when he won two on the opening day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in front of 9,767 fans at Hayward Field. 

Comenentia, a junior from Georgia, won the hammer throw and came back four hours later to capture the shot put. The sweep of the two events makes him only the third competitor to do so at the NCAAs, matching the accomplishments of Cal’s Jack Merchant (1922) and Auburn’s Cory Martin (2008).

“It feels amazing,” Comenentia said. “It …

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2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor T&F Championships - DAY TWO

Five Things to Watch

Women’s Pole Vault (4:30 p.m.)

If you’re wondering what happened to Arkansas twin sisters Lexi and Tori Weeks, fear not. The Razorback duo placed second and sixth, respectively, at last year’s NCAA meet, and both return to Hayward Field after getting married last summer. Lexi Jacobus is the favorite this year, with Tori Hoggard projected to place third. Other top contenders include Virginia Tech’s Lisa Gunnarsson and Rachel Baxter, plus reigning champion Olivia Gruver of Kentucky.

Women’s Javelin (5:15 p.m.)

Three-time Pac-12 champion Mackenzie Little of Stanford is the collegiate leader with …

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2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor T&F Championships - DAY ONE

Five Things to Watch

Men’s Hammer Throw (2 p.m.)

After placing second at NCAAs last year, Kansas sophomore Gleb Dudarev comes in as the favorite after improving his personal best by 12 feet this season (256-0/78.02m). Top challengers are Georgia junior Denzel Comenentia (250-3/76.28m) and Rutgers senior Rudy Winkler (242-3/73.84m), the 2016 Olympic Trials champion

Men’s Long Jump (6 p.m.)

Florida sophomore Grant Holloway placed second last year to his teammate, senior KeAndre Bates. Both of the Gators will be pushed by Oregon senior Damarcus Simpson. Holloway, the reigning NCAA 110m hurdles champion, and …

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TrackTown Tuesday honors Dellinger, Deal

There was no better way to wrap up the 2018 TrackTown Tuesday series than to honor legendary Oregon coach Bill Dellinger in his TrackTown Tuesday debut.

Dellinger was accompanied by three of his former athletes – Rudy Chapa, Mary Slaney and Pat Tyson – and the show also paid tribute to hammer throw extraordinaire Lance Deal.

Dellinger, 84, was welcomed to the Hayward Field track in front of the West Grandstand with a standing ovation from the crowd of 350 people as Slaney helped guide him to his chair.

To start his segment, those in attendance …

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