Oregon men capture NCAA track title
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon senior Mac Fleet successfully defended his title in the 1,500 meters Saturday at the NCAA track and field championships, denying Arizona senior Lawi 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 on the final day of the event.
Fleet became the first man to repeat in the 1,500 since Seneca Lassiter of Arkansas in 1997 and 1998.
Arizona State junior Shelby Houlihan won the women’s 1,500 in 4:18.10.
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.