The Oregonian, Portland, Ore., Oregon track & field rundown column
Feb 02, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Oregon men's distance medley relay turned in a bravura performance Friday at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in the Armory.
The race had no sooner started than Oregon's Brett Johnson crashed and lost the baton.
But Johnson scrambled to his feet, recovered the baton and got the Ducks back into the race.
Oregon's team of Johnson, Mike Berry, Elijah Greer and Mac Fleet came in second in 9 minutes 35.06 seconds. Stanford won in 9:34.20.
Here is the Flotrack video of the race, including Johnson's crash.
Oregon's time is the third-fastest in the country this season, which is remarkable considering the early fall, and bodes well for the Ducks as we look ahead to the postseason.
It reminds me of a story about Abraham Lincoln, who lost the 1858 senate election in Illinois. As he was walking home afterward, he slipped on a muddy path.
As he later told the story: "The path was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way, but I recovered and said to myself, 'It's a slip and not a fall.'"
And guess what Steven Spielberg made a movie about him.
OK, more links:
The UO men's DMR rebounds from Johnson's fall on the opening leg to clock a season's best time at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
Two exciting DMRs highlight the first day for the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
Ducks' DMR dodges disaster in the Armory, and other notes from the R-G's Curtis Anderson.
Record-setting day for the LSU women in the Armory.
Portland State's Geronne Black sets a Big Sky record in the 60 in the Armory, and climbs the national season best list.
Police arrest a man in the rock-throwing incident that injured UO runners Molly Grabill and Chris Brewer as they drove on I-5.
Oregon State football commit Walter Jones is a 24-foot long jumper who plans to compete for the OSU track team.
Flotrack interviews Robby Andrews in this video after he just missed the U.S. record in the 1,000 at the Armory Collegiate.
Andrews and Ben Malone are two Garden Staters who were born to run.
RunnerSpace.com catches up with OTC/Portland's Matt Tegenkamp prior to the USA Cross Country Championships.
Here, RunnerSpace.com talks to OTC/Portland's Elliott Heath, the former Stanford All-American.
It's going to be cold and windy at the USA Cross Country Championships.
Bobby Mack talks sponsorship at the USA Cross Country Championships in this video.
Galen Rupp has a "ton of confidence" heading into the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, and teammate Matthew Centrowtz says Rupp's intensity rubs off.
Toni Reavis writes about Rupp, Alberto Salazar, the will to win, and the methodology to do it.
Larry Eder's notes from the pre-meet presser for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
Here is Flotrack's video of the news conference at the New Balance Indoor.
Flotrack video of an interview with Centrowitz as he heads into the New Balance Indoor.
Boston Globe writer Shira Springer, who has more guts than I do, tries pole vaulting under the guidance of Jenn Suhr.
SpeedEndurance.com's Q-and-A with former Oregon star Matt Scherer, the world's best rabbit.
Ajee Wilson is the USATF "athlete in the spotlight."
Sports and PEDs, Conway Hill makes the case for legalization.
The USTFCCCA Daily roundup.
The links package from Track & Field News.
The links package from LetsRun.com.
Ken Goe: 503-221-8040
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