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Ducks tally seven event wins during season-opener at UW Indoor Preview

Four Ducks achieved personal bests and a meet record was broken as Oregon racked up seven event wins during the Ducks’ season-opener on Saturday at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle. After she sustained hamstring injury at last season’s NCAA Outdoor Championships that kept her from competing in the final, Hannah …

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Preview: Oregon track and field set to kick off promising indoor campaign in Seattle

A “mixed bag” of athletes, as University of Oregon head coach Robert Johnson calls it, will be making their 2017 debut in Seattle on Saturday at the UW Indoor Preview. There, the Ducks will encounter fellow Pac-12 competitors Washington State, Stanford and Washington, along with athletes from other schools mostly along the west …

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Ducks hope for another successful indoor track and field season

Coming off a season during which both the men’s and women’s track and field teams took home the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championship title, Oregon will begin the 2017 indoor season with high hopes and expectations. The women’s team holds a preseason ranking of first nationally, while the men rank second, …

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Oregon athletes to watch as Ducks prepare for indoor track season

The Oregon indoor track program sprung onto the scene in 2009 when Vin Lananna, then head coach, guided the men’s team to its first indoor NCAA title. From then on, Oregon has never been too far from the podium – the women’s team won six titles in the past seven …

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TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna wins USA Track & Field presidency by acclamation

TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna was voted president of USA Track & Field during a meeting on Thursday in Orlando, Florida. Initially, it had been a two-person race between Lananna and former Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The latter later withdrew her name from consideration, leading to a Lananna win by acclamation. Thank you to …

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Edward Cheserek is leaving a legacy that is about more than just running achievements

Five-time NCAA champion. Three-time NCAA Cross Country champion. Three-time Bowerman Award Finalist. These are just some of the numerous achievements that unashamedly take up a solid chunk of space on Edward Cheserek’s bio on the University of Oregon’s athletics roster. His social media handle, King Cheserek, aptly describes the senior’s …

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Distance prep standout Kate Murphy set to join Oregon’s champion cross country team

After the Oregon women claimed their fourth NCAA championship title in a huge upset last Saturday, the distance program is already in the works of building on their depth to keep their championship hopes alive for the future. The first woman of the recruiting class of 2017 is high school senior Kate Murphy. The …

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Devon Allen will forgo remaining college eligibility and begin professional track and field career

Devon Allen announced Wednesday in a press conference that he will forgo his remaining athletic eligibility at the University of Oregon and fully focus on a professional track and field career.   @DevonAllen13 to focus on professional track career. Press conference coming up. #TeamUSA @OregonTF @WinTheDay pic.twitter.com/pea60FIih8 — Shawn Medow …

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Distance runner Reed Brown verbally commits to Oregon

The Ducks secured another elite distance runner for the future on Tuesday when Reed Brown, a standout from Southlake Carroll High School, verbally committed to Oregon for next season. Brown, a native of Southlake, Texas, a Dallas-area suburb, has already competed at Hayward Field as a prep athlete. During the 2016 …

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Ducks add nine athletes to deep 2017 track and field class

In order to redeem themselves after both the women’s and men’s teams placed second in the NCAA Track and Field Championships last year, Oregon recently added nine more sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers to their already deep 2017 track and field roster. Four transfer students were added to the men’s roster, …

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Catching up with Oregon’s track and field Olympians

Eugene, also known as TrackTown USA, is home to some of the most prestigious track and field meets in the country. This past summer, Hayward Field was home to the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and many current and former Ducks competed. Some even finished in the top three …

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How will current and former Duck athletes fare at Rio Olympics?

The track and field portion of the Rio De Janeiro Olympics kick off Friday morning, and the U.S. team is filled with athletes who carry University of Oregon ties. In total, 18 current and former Ducks qualified for Rio, with 11 earning a spot on the American team at the U.S. Olympic Trials …

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TrackTown Summer Series draws heavy praise from athletes

Following her fifth-place finish in the women’s 1,500 at Hayward Field Friday, July 29, U.S. Olympian Emma Coburn’s eyes began to wander toward the scoreboard as she addressed the media. Coburn did her best to field questions, but when the gun for the women’s 800-meter race went off, she laughed and said, …

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Will Claye wins triple jump shootout with former Gator teamate at Summer Series meet

Friday at Hayward Field, during the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series meet, Will Claye, representing Team Portland, won the triple jump with a distance of 57 feet, 5¾ inches, beating out his former Florida teammate Omar Craddock. “It was a great meet for me,” said Claye. “It’s good having this meet …

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Team Philadelphia wins first ever mixed 4×400 relay at TrackTown Summer Series meet

It was an evening of firsts at the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series on Friday at Hayward Field. Not only was this the first meet of its kind, but the 4×400 relay was run in a way that has never been seen. For the first time in history, the 4×400 relay …

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What to watch for: TrackTown Summer Series inaugural meet

At Hayward Field on Friday, professional American track and field athletes will represent the cities of Portland, Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco at the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series meet. This is the first meet of its kind, and though there will only be one meet this year, the non-profit TrackTown …

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Tracktown Summer Series could help revitalize professional track and field in U.S.

For many years, while the American track and field circuit snoozed during the summer months, athletes would migrate to Europe to compete on the international level during Europe’s thriving summer season. This meant that during the summer, professional track and field in America is basically non-existent, but that is all about …

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First-time Olympian Barbara Nwaba wins heptathlon

Barbara Nwaba was on her victory lap after winning the heptathlon on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Trials when she spotted her mom in the crowd, who had come up to Eugene from Los Angeles to surprise her. “When I saw her I was like, ‘Oh my god,’” Nwaba said. …

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Matthew Centrowitz continues his family legacy with 1,500 meter win at U.S. Olympic Trials

Coming into Sunday’s 1,500 meter final, each of the men in the 13-man field was prepared for a fast pace. Only five of the runners had achieved the Olympic qualifying standard prior to Sunday, and each of the eight men on the outside looking in were aware that their finish …

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Deajah Stevens becomes first active University of Oregon woman to qualify for Olympics

Two Ducks will be flying down to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the women’s 200 meter dash at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Oregon sophomore Deajah Stevens and former Duck star Jenna Prandini both passed the finish line in time to make the team, but in opposite fashions. Stevens crossed …

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Erik Kynard wins fourth straight U.S. title in men’s high jump, sets eyes on gold in Rio

After a heavy rainstorm soaked the runway and thinned out the men’s high jump field on Friday, a familiar face emerged as the American champion on Sunday. Erik Kynard, a 25-year old Kansas State alum now competing for Brand Jordan, emerged victorious with a winning leap of 7 feet, 6 inches. It …

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Two former Florida Gators finish 1-2 in men’s triple jump

It was a repeat of the triple jump event of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials as former University of Florida standouts Christian Taylor and Will Claye made their second Olympic team Saturday on Day nine of the U.S Track and Field Olympic Trials. Only this time, they switched podium spots. “When …

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Devon Allen puts football career on standby as he becomes first Duck Olympian since 2008

After winning the biggest race of his life, all Devon Allen wanted to do was find his family. A two-sport star who has already registered too many big moments to count on both the track and football field, Allen delivered the most dramatic performance of his career Saturday evening with …

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Olympic Trials day nine round up: Claye wins men’s triple jump, Malone wins women’s javelin

Day nine of the Olympic Trials began with the heptathlon and through four events, Santa Barbara Track Club member Barbara Nwaba leads with 3903 points. Her two biggest point tallies came in the 100 meter hurdles and the high jump. For the hurdles she ran a 13.65 second race that …

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Bernard Lagat, at 41 years old, qualifies for fifth Olympic games with 5,000 meter victory

When Bernard Lagat lined up to start the 5,000 meters at Hayward Field on Saturday, he did not know that 13:35.50 minutes later that he would be an Olympian for the fifth time; he only hoped. The 41-year-old Lagat took first with a 52 second final lap, and at the …

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Ducks flock to 1,500 meter final; six-of-twelve finalists have Oregon ties

During day seven and eight, the men’s 1,500 at the U.S. Olympic Trials has acted more like a homecoming for many of the competitors than a professional track and field meet. Eight racers represented the Oregon Ducks in the first round of the 1,500 on Thursday. The former Ducks included: Matthew …

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High school athletes steal the show in men’s 200 meter dash at U.S. Olympic Trials

LaShawn Merritt ran the fastest 200 meter time in the world on Friday evening, but it was two athletes who are nearly half his age that stole the show. The 2008 Olympic champion at 400 meters, Merritt cruised to victory in heat three with a wind-legal time of 19.74 seconds. …

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Jordan McNamara navigates through controversy to reach 1,500 meter final at U.S. Olympic Trials

After initially being told that he had qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trial 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field Friday afternoon, Jordan McNamara’s hopes were left in limbo for approximately 90 minutes. McNamara, a former standout at the University of Oregon who now competes for Eugene-based Oregon Track Club Elite, clinched what …

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