AUSTIN, Texas – Oregon senior Cravon Gillespie may not be bringing home a national championship, but he’ll return to Eugene with the satisfaction of two historic performances Friday evening at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Gillespie broke his own school record in the 100 with a scorching 9.93 while finishing second to Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech, who ran 9.86. It was Gillespie’s second sub-10 time of the season and put him in a tie for sixth with three others on the NCAA Outdoor Championship all-time list. Oduduru’s time was the second-fastest wind-legal mark ever at the NCAA meet.

It was a similar story in the 200 where Gillespie dipped under 20 seconds for the first time at 19.93, breaking his own school record, but Oduduru took the victory with a meet record 19.73.

Gillespie’s performances were a huge improvement over 2018, when he was fourth in the 100 at 10.27 and did not make the 200 finals, running 20.71 in the semifinals.

All things considered, Gillespie said he was very pleased with his races.

“You never like to lose, but to PR by a lot and still lose, it happens at times. But at the end of the day, I’m pretty satisfied,” Gillespie said.

“I had my family here, my brother, my dad. It was definitely pretty cool, so I was just happy everyone was proud of me, and I’ll continue working to keep them proud.”

As a team Oregon finished in 12th place with 23 points. In addition to the 16 points from Gillespie’s two runner-up finishes, the 4x100 relay placed sixth in 38.76 to gain three points and the fifth-place finish by Max Vollmer in the decathlon accounted for the other four. Gillespie ran the second leg on the relay. Florida won the event in 37.97, becoming the first college team to ever break 38 seconds.

Boosted by Oduduru’s two sprint wins, Texas Tech won its first NCAA championship in any men's sport with 60 points. Anticipated challenges from Florida and Houston never materialized, as those schools placed second and third with 50 and 40 points, respectively.

The 110 hurdles, which included Oregon freshman Eric Edwards Jr., lived up to all the hype about the duel between Kentucky’s Daniel Roberts and Florida’s Grant Holloway. Holloway got a step on Roberts early in the race and maintained a slim margin all the way to the tape, as they finished in 12.98 and 13.00. Holloway’s time broke Renaldo Nehemiah’s collegiate record of 13.00 set in 1979 and is a 2019 world-leader.

Edwards got off to a good start, and mid-race was close to the two leaders. But he clipped the seventh hurdle and veered off the track around the next two hurdles, resulting in a disqualification, before regaining his balance and clearing the final hurdle.

Sophomore Cooper Teare also competed in the 5,000 meters on Friday. Teare dropped off the pace early in the race and finished 22nd in 15:04.51.

Gillespie said he will run at U.S. Nationals in late July, but will get a well-deserved break first. The U.S. team for the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, will be selected at the U.S. Meet, and Gillespie wants to be on it.

“Hopefully I get a couple days off, get off my feet and get ready for U.S. Trials and try to make the team,” he said.

Going into the NCAAs, it seemed like Gillespie’s best event was the 100 meters, but after running 19.93 here it is at least a legitimate question. His 200 time ranks him fourth on the NCAA Outdoor Championship all-time performance list, just ahead of Justin Gatlin. He says he has no preference but relishes the competition with sprinters like Noah Lyles and Michael Norman.

“Both (events) are pretty fun. It’s going out there and competing with the best . . . Confidence plays a big role in track and field. Mentally you’ve got to be prepared. In the 100 and 200 I feel like I’m up there with the best of them. I’m going to go out there this summer, compete with them, try to make the team, and take what I can get.”

Earlier in the day, Duck sophomore Keira McCarrell competed in the women's javelin final, which had been postponed due to weather delays on Thursday. McCarrell recorded a season-best mark of 160-2 to place 17th in the event.