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NCAA track & field: Fleet, Allen push Oregon men to team title

First Published Jun 14 2014 09:53 pm • Last Updated Jun 14 2014 10:34 pm

Eugene, Ore. • Oregon senior Mac Fleet leaned at the finish line in the 1,500 meters, just to ensure he defended his NCAA title.

Arizona’s Lawi Lalang was right on his heels.

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Southern Utah’s Kayla Kover finished 20th in the women’s shot put on Saturday with a mark of 50 feet, 10.25 inches, completing her third event at the national meet. Iowa State’s Christina Hillman (58-2) won the shot put. Kovar placed 10th in the hammer throw on Wednesday, and 13th in the discus on Thursday.

BYU’s Kyle Baker finished 23rd in the men’s javelin Saturday with a throw of 196 feet, 9 inches. Oregon’s Sam Crouser (252-7) won.

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"I could see Lawi’s hands right here — he’s got that big arm swing — all the way to the end," Fleet said, gesturing over his shoulder.

Fleet’s victory Saturday at the NCAA track and field championships denied Lalang a ninth national title in his final college race.

Fleet pulled ahead down the stretch and bore down for the final 50 meters to win in a personal-best 3 minutes, 39.09 seconds, with Lalang close behind in 3:39.13 to the delight of the Ducks’ home crowd at Hayward Field.

"Big lean at the end," Fleet said. "I wanted to make sure."

Fleet’s victory helped push the Oregon men (88 points) to the team’s first outdoor national title since 1984. Texas A&M (75 points) won the women’s title.

Fleet became the first man to repeat in the 1,500 since Seneca Lassiter of Arkansas in 1997 and 1998.

On Friday night, Lalang won the 5,000 in a meet-record 13:18.36 for his eighth NCAA title. Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek took the lead on the final lap, but defending champion Lalang pulled back in front on the final 100 meters for the dramatic finish.

Lalang was vying to become the first man to win both the 1,500 and the 5K in the same year.


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"I’ve done my best. I have nothing to regret," Lalang said about his impressive college career. "I’m really happy."

Arizona State junior Shelby Houlihan won the women’s 1,500 in 4:18.10.

The Ducks went into the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Oregon, which has won eight straight Pac-12 titles, also claimed the NCAA indoor championship this year.

Second-ranked Florida finished second in the men’s standings with 70 points. The Gators and Texas A&M were the co-champions last year, when the outdoor championships were also held at Hayward Field.

The Texas women were the runners-up to the Aggies with 66 points. Oregon finished third with 59.

The Longhorns were ranked No. 1 by the USTFCCCA, followed by the Aggies. The third-ranked Ducks, coming off their sixth straight Pac-12 title, have not won an outdoor team title since 1985. Kansas was the defending champion.

Florida’s men defended their title in the 400 relay in 38.73 seconds, while Texas A&M defended on the women’s side in 42.80. The victory pulled the Aggies into the points lead in the team standings.

Texas A&M won the men’s 1,600 relay in 2:59.60, while the Texas women won the event in 3:24.21.

Florida junior Dedric Dukes won the 200 with in a wind-aided 19.91, while Texas A&M junior Kamaria Brown won the women’s 200 in 22.63.

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