Ducks Satisfied At Every Level

Eugene – Oregon's Vin Lananna was clear about the results of the NCAA West Regional held on Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field. Linanna now riding the crest of success after winning the Pac-10 track crown last week and having a very strong showing this weekend, is ready to take the momentum generated into the National Championships at Sacramento in two weeks.

"I would say I'm satisfied at every level, from the attendance, from the support of the crowd, from the performance of our athletes to the intensity at which the kids performed, after coming off the Pac-10s and still doing a great job," said Lananna. "I think we exceeded our expectations in every area."

On Saturday, the Ducks got managed a second place from Marcus Dillion in the 400 meters (46.31). Rebekah Noble ran a very comfortable race in the women's 800 meters to take second place in a time of 2:04.95. In the same race, Zoe Buckman finished fifth in 2:06.95. Meanwhile the men scored a third place finish in the 4x400 meters at 3:08.78, being just edged out by Washington (3:08.73). Earlier in the day in the 4x100, the Ducks finished third (40.26) while Britney Henry was third in the hammer with a throw of 215-03.

"It all comes down to how hard each athlete had to compete," observed Lananna. "Certainly there was a lot of positive momentum that will carry into the National Championships. Momentum from the Pac-10s and now we'll see if we can roll into Sacramento the same way we came in today."

USC was the over all winner in the men's competition with 83 points while Oregon finished second at 75 with the Huskies of Washington coming in third with 70 points.

Carol Rodriquez of USC had a hat trick winning the 100 meters in a wind-aided time of 11.29. She also won the 200 in 22.87 and was the anchor of the winning 4x100 relay.

Arizona State won the women's competition, 94-74 over USC.

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