Des Moines, Iowa – About 1,800 miles away and two time zones over scores over former Ducks track and field stars are making a big splash in a different pond.
Des Moines is the current host spot for the 2013 USA Track and Field Championships, and one particular Duck who is finding quite a lot of success is world record holder and gold medal Olympian Ashton Eaton.
Through five events thus far, Eaton sits in second place in the decathlon as they reach the halfway point.
Eaton’s Events Thus Far:
- 100 Meter Dash: 10.48 seconds (1st place)
- Long Jump: 7.59m, 24-11 (skipped his third attempt) (2nd place)
- Shotput: 15.00 49 2 1/2 (3rd place)
- High Jump: 1.90 6 2 3/4 (skipped his third attept) (12th place)
- 400 Meter Dash: 46.89 (1st place)
Eaton has another five events to go to as he trails former Arkansas Razorback track star Gunner Nixon. Eaton needs to finish in the top-3 to be qualified for Team USA and compete in the IAAF World Track & Field Championships. The IAAF World Track & Field Championships will be held in Moscow in August.
Jordan Hasay, a more recent Oregon Ducks graduate is making her professional debut in the championships. She’ll look to qualify in the 10k.
English Gardner made her pro debut as well after forgoing her senior season with the University of Oregon. Gardner won her very first pro event, the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.85. You can see her reaction in the video below.
For a complete breakdown of the events, you can follow the event’s official link HERE and check back in to EDN periodically for more updates.