Birmingham, Ala. – Everyone knows that Oregon’s men team is good but this 2016 NCAA Championship showed they are great. Oregon racked up 62 to take the title. Arkansas took second with 39 points and Tennessee third with 34 points. The crowd watched some great battles and records fall.
The Ducks started off the day with Blake Haney taking 2nd in the mile and Sam Prakel taking 4th. Oregon’s next points was at the hands of speedy Devon Allen with a time of 7.56 in the 60 meter Hurdles. “I PR and won so I am happy, stated Allen.” Senior Ronnie Baker had his eye on winning the 60 Meters and when he crossed the line in 6.47 he was the new NCAA meet and Facility owner. “When everyone is on their A game you have to step up. That is what I did, stated Baker.” Houston’s junior Cameron Burrell was second at 6.48 and provided he stay healthy we may be speaking about him next year. “Ronnie ran an amazing race. We were neck and neck. 6.48 is a personal best for me and I am happy about that, stated Cameron Burrell.” Third place went to sophomore Christian Coleman of Tennessee and fourth to Junior John Teeters of Oklahoma State, both were faster than the facility record. Christian Coleman day got a lot better when he took 1st in the 200 meters with a facility best 20.55. In the 400 meter Michael Cherry of LSU was first in his heat with a time of 46.34 but the battle was between Zack Bilderback of Texas and Nathan Strother of Tennessee. Senior Zack Bilderback was the victor with a time of 46.03. The strong performances by Tennessee’s young team was definitely noticed. We also notice that Florida’s seniors Arman Hall and Najee Glass added 4th and 6th place points for the team. Before the race Najee Glass stated, ” I just want to run my race better.”
The 800 meters is what I ran in high school so I was stoked to see how this race would finish. Well 4 runners Clayton Murphy, Eliud Rutto, Shaquille Walker and Hector Hernandez were faster than the facility record. Clayton Murphy was the winner with a time of 1:46.48. “I feel good about the win. It shows the cross county training paid off, stated Murphy.” Being from Tampa we had our eye what
Matthew Oneal from South Florida and Jeremiah Green from Alabama would do in the triple jump. Matthew came in second with a jump of 16.60 meters and Jeremiah placed eighth with a jump of 16.10. The 3000 meters was extremely exciting as everyone watched 10 runners come in faster than the facility record of 8:05.59. Junior Edward Cheserek added another 1st place finish for the Ducks with a time of 8:00.40. Going into the last race and crowd favorite 4 x 400 meters Florida had to put in the alternate. When they placed 2nd it showed they still have some horses in the stable for the outdoor season. LSU placed 1st with the team of Cyril Grayson, Lamar Bruton, Michael Cherry and Fitzroy Dunkley. Michael Cherry said “I transfered to LSU because I knew they could give me what I want. If they can turn a high jumper into a 45 runner. I could only imagine what they will do for me.”