I recently had the opportunity to view some excerpts from the documentary We Grew Wings, a project centered on the women's track program at the University of Oregon. The implementation of Title IX in 1972 is the matrix in which two successful eras in women's track at Oregon were joined together.
Many younger track fans might take the recent success of the University of Oregon Women's track program for granted.
After all, they are the three-time defending NCAA Indoor champions and runners-up in the last three NCAA Outdoor championships. They have gained a level of respect and honor throughout the collegiate sphere never before experienced in school history.
It may appear that the current days of glory have been going on forever.
In actuality, much of the fruit we see and enjoy today is the product of a seed that was planted decades ago—in soil that bore little resemblance to the fertile, sandy loam which lines the banks of the Willamette River.
In those days, for women athletes, it was often a rocky, dry and hard row to hoe.
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