It was a picture perfect finish for the Oregon women’s 4×100 meter relay team. With the home-filled crowd behind them, the Ducks made it look easy as they cruised to an easy win. In heat two of the prelims, the Ducks recorded an impressive 43.73 time against the likes of Kansas, Texas and Baylor as they now prepare for the upcoming final.
Phyllis Francis began the race off for the Ducks and set the tone for the rest of the race. As the home crowd anxiously awaited to see English Gardner in her first race of the day, they were soon up on their feet as Gardner gave the Ducks their first lead of the race in the second leg.
With two legs remaining, Gardner handed off the baton to Jenna Prandini as she watched her teammate take full control of the race. Prandini not only gave the Ducks a huge cushion, she essentially ended the race. Cruising to the finish line was Chizoba Okodogbe as Hayward Field erupted in applause after the impressive finish.
Finishing behind the Ducks were Kansas (44.32) and Texas (44.54). Despite both teams coming into today’s heat with better times, the Ducks managed to make it count in the semifinals. The Ducks now advance to the finals in the 4×100 meter relay, which will begin tomorrow.