NCAA Track and Field: 5 Good Reasons Why the Oregon Men Are Title Contenders

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NCAA Track and Field: 5 Good Reasons Why the Oregon Men Are Title Contenders
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In recent years, much has been written about the powerful women's track program at the University of Oregon.

And rightly so. Consider these accomplishments:

—Reigning NCAA champions in cross country.

—Four straight NCAA Indoor Championship wins

—Three consecutive runner-up finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

—A legitimate shot at the final jewel in college track's triple crown: NCAA titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor championships in a single academic year. It would be an unprecedented sweep.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that the men's and women's 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be contested on Oregon's home track, Hayward Field in Eugene, OR on June 5-8.

But a college doesn't exist within the boundaries of a municipality known as "Track Town, USA" based on the success of only half its available track and field resources.

While it is true the men's program took a huge hit recently with the departure of perennial scorers such as Ashton Eaton, Andrew Wheating and Matthew Centrowitz, the legacy of overall excellence at Oregon is about to get a boost back into national contention from some surprising male athletes.

Let's take a look at a few of the Ducks' potential high scorers.

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