Oregon's next great track star?
Hunter (left) in Eugene
Drew Hunter from Loudoun Valley High in Virginia set the American indoor record for the mile a week ago with a time of 3:58.25 during the Armory Track Invitational at The Armory in New York. His time bests the 15-year-old mark by Alan Webb, who ran 3:59.86 at the New Balance Games at The Armory in January 2001. That was the first sub-four-minute mile by a U.S. high schooler. Hunter, who is heading to the University of Oregon, competed in the men’s mile race Saturday won by 2012 NCAA champion Chris O’Hare. The winning time was 3:54.59. “Being in such a historic building where everyone appreciates running is amazing,” Hunter said in a news release. “If there is one place to break an indoor sub-4 it is here at The Armory knowing all the amazing races that have been run here.” The record comes a week after Hunter became the first high schooler to run 3,000 meters in less than eight minutes with a time of 7 minutes, 59.33 seconds at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The connection between Hunter and Webb goes deeper than the record. Hunter’s parents, Marc and Joan, were in their final year as coaches at South Lakes High in Reston, Va., where Webb attended high school before his collegiate career at Michigan. “It’s a testament to Drew’s maturity and the way he’s been brought up,” Webb said in the news release. “In a family where the measure of you isn’t the results of what you run but it’s based on how you conduct yourself. I’m proud of him for doing it the right way. There’s a certain purity to running at the high school level. It sparks the imagination and makes you think what could be and what’s possible. This is the beginning of the story for Drew. We’re going to witness him develop into being one of the next big stars.”
By Campus Insiders
Let's take a look at how the power rankings shape out this week.
Villanova picked up its second striaght win by beating Creighton on Wednesday, 83-58, but the Wildcats weren't done. They picked up another win against No. 11 Providence, 72-60.
The Sooners handled their business against TCU, beating the Horned Frogs, 95-72. Buddy Hield and Oklahoma then took a 80-69 loss on the road against Kansas State, which was a bit of a shocker.
The 71-65 upset loss to Louisville was a bit surprising, but you have to credit the Cardinals for defending their homecourt against the Tar Heels. North Carolina then fell on the road to Notre Dame, 80-76. It was an off week for the Heels.
The Terps took care of business on the road against Nebraska, to no surprise, beating the Cornhuskers, 70-65. Maryland then beat No. 18 Purdue, 72-61, to cap off the week.
Iowa wrecked the Penn State Nittany Lions on Wednesday, 73-49, as most expected. The Hawkeyes tacked on another win by beating Illinois on the road, 77-65, to extend their winning streak to three games.
Xavier's winning streak has now reached five games, and that's because of another couple of solid performances from the Musketeers this past week. Xavier beat St. John's, 90-83, on Wednesday and paired that with a 90-82 win over Marquette on Saturday.
The Jayhawks dominated their in-state rival, Kansas State, on Wednesday, beating the Wildcats, 77-59. Kansas followed that up by beating the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, 75-56.
The winning streak for the Cavaliers has now reached six games in a row. Virginia beat Boston College on Wednesday, 61-47, and it picked up a road win against Pitt on Saturday, 64-50.
The Spartans have been playing inspired basketball once again, having notched four straight wins with help from Matt Costello's dominance on the boards. Michigan State beat rival Michigan on Saturday, 89-73, to improve to 20-4.
Oregon has been playing great basketball as of late, having picked up six straight wins. This past week saw the Ducks tack on double-digit victories against Colorado, 76-56, and Utah, 76-66.
ESPN's "Way too early" 2016 football projections (UO #20)
By Mark Schlabach
2015 record: 9-4, 7-2 Pac-12
Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense, 2 special teams
Outlook: After slipping to a 9-4 record in 2015, Ducks coach Mark Helfrich is looking for a quick turnaround this coming season. Former Michigan coach Brady Hoke was hired to shore up Oregon's porous defense, which allowed 37.85 points per game last season. He replaces former defensive coordinator Don Pellum, who stayed with the team as linebackers coach. Receivers coach Matt Lubick was promoted to offensive coordinator and replaces Scott Frost, who left to become Central Florida's new coach. Montana State transfer Dakota Prukop has already enrolled in classes at Oregon and is the leading candidate to replace starting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr.