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Oregon distance runner Matthew Centrowitz foregoes senior season, turns pro



Oregon distance runner Matthew [email protected]@bio: http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=925196@@ — the 2011 bronze medalist in the 1,500 meters at the IAAF World [email protected]@see bio@@ — announced Tuesday he will skip his final year of NCAA eligibility in order to turn [email protected]@http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=4367&SPID=243&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205339795&DB_OEM_ID=500@@

Centrowitz, one of the most decorated competitors in the history of Oregon track and field, made the announcement after signing with U.K.-based PACE Sports [email protected]@http://www.pacesportsmanagement.com/news_detail.asp?news_id=954@@

“I am very grateful to the University of Oregon and the coaching staff for all they have done for me,” Centrowitz said in a statement. “This important decision has taken me a couple of months to decide on, but (it’s) a decision I feel that is best for me in reaching my upcoming goals.”

Centrowitz won U.S. and NCAA titles in the 1,500 last season before claiming the bronze medal in Daegu, South Korea, last [email protected]@http://www.daegu2011.org/do/front/main/en@@ He became the first Oregon undergrad to win a U.S. title since Steve [email protected]@http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2011/11/matthew_centrowitz_explains_hi.html@@

“Matthew has had an enormous impact on the University of Oregon track program,” Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna [email protected]@http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=156985@@ in a release from the Oregon athletic department. “Oregon has a great tradition in distance running, and we are proud of his accomplishments in adding to that tradition.”

Centrowitz is the son of Matt Centrowitz, Sr., a two-time Olympian and former track star for the [email protected]@http://www.aueagles.com/sports/c-xc/mtt/centrowitz_matt00.html@@


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