STANFORD, Calif. — There’s more on the line this weekend for Oregon than fast times, big marks and individual performances.
The Ducks also have a long winning streak to extend at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships Saturday and Sunday at Stanford’s Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Oregon has ruled the conference meet for nearly a decade, having swept the team titles the last nine years.
The men’s streak is longer still, with 11 straight team titles, including last season’s 175-point victory that gave them their Pac-12-record 18th title overall.
The women’s streak isn’t as long, but the Ducks have been downright dominant. They have scored an average of 179 points during their nine straight wins, including a record-setting 215 points in 2010. The previous 22 winners scored an average of 153.
Oregon’s plan this weekend is for more of the same.
“It’s one of those things where we expect to go there and compete well and put our best foot forward,” coach Robert Johnson said. “And of course, as we always talk about here, be Oregon, and part of being Oregon is going there and doing really well.
A portion of the meet on each day will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Both teams head into the weekend with three points each thanks to sixth-place finishes in the decathlon and heptathlon by Austin Torres and Kylee O’Connor, respectively, last week during the multi-events portion of the meet.
Both teams will also have plenty of opportunities to score much more.
The Oregon women have six athletes seeded No. 1 in their respective events, including defending Pac-12 champions Chaquinn Cook (triple jump) and Alaysha Johnson (100-meter hurdles).
NCAA Indoor 800 champion Sabrina Southerland is the No. 1 seed in that event, as is Jessica Hull in the 1,500, freshman Lauren Rain Williams in the 200 and Carmela Cardama Baez in the 10,000.
The Ducks have also entered 2017 Pac-12 long jump champion Rhesa Foster, 2016 NCAA 100 and 200 champion Ariana Washington, and distance runner Lilli Burdon, who is seeded third in the 1,500 and fifth in the 5,000.
“I feel like there’s a lot on the line and it’s expected of us to win,” said Southerland, a fifth-year senior in her first season at Oregon after transferring from Georgetown. “We’re hoping to just maintain that streak and as a newcomer, it’s really exciting. I feel like we can do it again.”
Sprint-heavy Southern California has finished second to the Ducks the past four seasons and some projections have the third-ranked Trojans pulling the upset this weekend while getting most of their points from the 100, 200, 400 and 100 hurdles.
“We can 100 percent win,” Burdon said. “I think this year we just have to really fight and work together more cohesively. … We’re excited to get out there and do our thing.”
The Oregon men will lean on their diverse group of talent as well.
The Ducks have five No. 1 seeds, including defending long jump champion Damarcus Simpson, who is also seeded second in the 100.
Cravon Gillespie is the top seed in the 100 and second in the 200, Sam Prakel is the top seed in the 1,500, Braxton Canady is No. 1 in the 110 hurdles and John Nizich is seeded No. 1 in the javelin.
The Trojans appear to be the Ducks’ top challenger, with star sophomore sprinter Michael Norman leading the way.
“We’re definitely ready to keep this streak going,” Simpson said. “It’s going to be a tougher year this year but we can do it.”