Sunday, June 11, 2017

FHS Hall of Famer Maurica (Carlucci) Powell

Good news submitted by one of the Franklin Matters readers:

"Oregon Assistant Coach Maurica (Carlucci) Powell is an FHS Hall of Fame track athlete. She coaches the women's distance runners and set Oregon on this path by leading the women to the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championship. Over the years she has coached many of the top American female distance runners. Arguably one of the most successful female track/cross country coaches of all time."

"The University of Oregon women became the first women's program in NCAA Division I history to complete the triple crown of DI cross country, indoor track and outdoor track team titles in one school year. 
Though widely considered to be the best overall team in NCAA history, the Ducks have had their share of ups and downs. Star sprinter Hannah Cunliffe, the 2017 NCAA 60m champion, withdrew from West Prelims due to injury. Their NCAA record holding 4x100m relay was disqualified. On day one, several top women -- including defending NCAA 100m/200m champion Ariana Washington -- did not automatically advance to finals. In the 200m, NCAA leader and 2016 Olympian Deajah Stevens fell to the ground just meters from the finish line and was disqualified. "

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