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Ducks, competitors on even footing after first day

The Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams performed to expectations on Wednesday. Unfortunately for them, so did their main competitors. A crowd of 9,891 fans, vocal from start to finish, electrified Hayward Field and the primary competitors. Alas, the weather did not completely hold up, with many events …

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Leaping to the top

Ivar Vong He has four NCAA multi-event individual titles, two in the indoor heptathlon and two in the decathlon, and he’s poised to add a fifth by the end of the week. He has a lucrative professional track career waiting for him the moment he loses college eligibility. He is …

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Aggies, Lady Tigers provide stiff competition for Ducks

Though much of the focus this week will be on the hometown Oregon women’s track and field team, plenty of other talented teams are in Eugene for the NCAA Championships. They hail from all over the country, from the sunshine of Florida to the plains of Texas. What follows is …

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Out of nowhere

Jack Hunter Andrew Wheating knows exactly what to do the next time he wins a big race. “If you do something amazing like that, first of all, go find your family. Second of all, you go find your coach,” the senior from Norwich, Vt., said. “Third of all, you go …

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Ducks anticipate Hayward’s huge home-field advantage

Ivar Vong Oregon associate head track and field coach Robert Johnson stood at the podium, addressing a group of ardent Duck supporters last week at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center bonus room. Outside, the sky was gray, and the rain was consistent.Johnson and the Ducks had just returned from …

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Register-Guard reporter’s insight: UO women will win

Curtis Anderson, the track and field beat reporter for The Register-Guard, is in his 13th year with the Eugene daily. He is the 2008 recipient of the Jesse Abramson Award, presented by the Track & Field Writers of America for general excellence in track and field coverage. His beat encompasses …

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Regional performances highlight NCAA contenders

Ivar Vong Track Town USA is all too familiar with the numerous Oregon track and field male athletes, and over the next three days, there will be more than a handful of other big-name contenders looking to make some noise at Hayward Field. Based on their regional performances, here’s a …

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Hayward’s mystique makes NCAAs unique

I was a freshman when I first walked through the green gates of Hayward Field. I stared around in awe at the track, which some of the world’s finest athletes have run on, and I imagined what it would be like to be coming around on the bell lap with …

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Blood’s career a demonstration of fulfilled potential

Nick Cot Nicole Blood entered Oregon as one of the most decorated women’s track and field recruits in recent memory. The Saratoga Springs, N.Y., native was a three-time Foot Locker Northeast Regional cross country champion who competed at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in 2006. Blood was also the …

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Ducks advance 17 women, 16 men from West Regional

The No. 1 Oregon women secured 17 entries to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships — including both the 4×100-meter and mile relay events — and the No. 2 Oregon men secured 16 entries as the Ducks made it through the NCAA West Regional competition at Mike A. Myers …

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Ducks’ mindset: survive and advance

Jack Hunter Alex Wolff and the Oregon men’s javelin throwers have a friendly wager with the men’s 1,500-meter runners heading into the NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas, today. “We’re going to have a little competition to see if the javelin throwers can score more points than the 1,500-meter runners …

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Several Ducks move on in West Regional

Ivar Vong It was a strong opening day at the NCAA West Regional for the Oregon track and field teams Thursday afternoon in Austin, Texas, with more than a handful of athletes advancing on to Friday’s quarterfinals, while some locked down positions at the NCAA Championships. In the 1,500-meter event, …

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Men, women win conference championships – again

the decathlon, the men’s long jump and the 110-meter hurdles. Four straight officially in the books. With 168.5 points, the Oregon men captured their fourth consecutive Pacific-10 Conference track and field title on Sunday, battling second-place USC (156) to the meet’s final events. The Trojans needed big points in the …

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Men go for fourth straight Pac-10 title

Jach Hunter History is primed to be made at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships this weekend in Berkeley, Calif. For the first time since 1988, all 10 schools will field both men’s and women’s teams. Oregon State, which dropped track and field 22 years ago but brought back a distance running-focused …

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Standing tall

Nick Cote The Oregon Twilight meet was the setting for the breakthrough performance Brian Schaudt yearned for and the Duck men needed. “I came into it pretty tired so I was a little worried, but when I was warming up, I was feeling really good,” the sophomore from Philomath said. …

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Running down the Pac-10

Jack Hunter ARIZONAAccording to the Arizona Daily Wildcat, the University has been at the bottom of the Pac-10 in graduation rates for the last five years. The NCAA released its “Report National Averages,” and Arizona was last in the conference with a 61 percent Graduation Success Rate. The school is …

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From blocking to the blocks

Ivar Vong Less than four months ago, Dior Mathis was still in high school. The freshman cornerback decided to enroll early at Oregon and underwent spring football practice for head coach Chip Kelly. On Saturday night, at the Oregon Twilight at Hayward Field, Mathis staked his claim as the fastest …

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The night awaits

Jack Hunter Saturday’s Oregon Twilight meet at Hayward Field represents the last “regular season” meet for the Duck track and field teams, both of which are riding positive momentum. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rewarded the Oregon men for a strong team performance at last …

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Outdoor debuts successful for Wheating and Hostetler

Ivar Vong Galen Rupp decided to take his challenge of the American record for the 10,000 meters to the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. No problem for the Oregon Relays, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field. Andrew Wheating successfully doubled in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters, …

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Fleet of feet

Jack Hunter Were it up to Mac Fleet, he might be competing in a different sport in college than track and field. “My true love was basketball. Still is,” said the freshman, who counts the Los Angeles Lakers and Duke Blue Devils among his favorite teams. “I played a little …

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Ducks score two wins at Penn Relays last weekend

Ivar Vong The Oregon track and field teams enjoyed a break from the usual competition with their appearances in the prestigious Penn Relays. The Duck men and women entered a number of middle-distance and distance runners in the Relays’ signature distance events — the 4xMile relay, the 4×800-meter relay and …

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Women set 4×400 school record

30.69 for the Ducks? first-ever win at the Penn Relays. The Oregon men had top-two finishes in three distance relays, while the Oregon women saw a school record fall in the mile relay at the prestigious Penn Relays, which concluded Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The women’s 4x400m relay …

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Assistants named new head coaches

Oregon track and field assistant coaches Andy Powell and Robert Johnson have been promoted to associate head coaches in charge of the men’s and women’s programs, associate athletic director Vin Lananna announced Wednesday. According to a media release, Powell and Johnson are responsible for “managing the daily operation of the …

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Coaches express interest in keeping UCLA dual meet

Ivar Vong UCLA men’s track and field coach Mike Maynard got his first taste of the revitalized dual meet between his Bruins and the men of Oregon last week at Hayward Field and was pleased with what he saw. That is, unless he caught a glance at the scoreboard. The …

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Field events lead Oregon to rout of UCLA in dual meet

Jack Hunter At last season’s dual meet between the Oregon men and UCLA at Hayward Field, the meet score came down to the final event, the mile relay. This Saturday’s contest saw the Ducks take home the title before the last event, the 5,000 meters, even got underway. Resting most …

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Women, men remain ranked No. 2, No. 3

The Oregon women remain the nation’s second-ranked team and the Oregon men remain the nation’s third-ranked team after the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its weekly poll on Tuesday. The top five positions in both the men’s and women’s polls remain intact from last week. …

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Oregon faces off with UCLA in dual

45 a.m. In last year’s clash between the Oregon men and the UCLA men at Hayward Field, the meet came down to one final event: 4x400m relay. With the Ducks and Bruins tied at 79 and the relay winner earning five coveted points, the winner would take all. UCLA’s Stan …

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Oregon sends only five competitors to Mt. SAC Relays

Ivar Vong Five Oregon Ducks are slated to compete at the Mt. SAC Relays, beginning today and running through Friday in Walnut, Calif. Oregon will be represented by three multi-event athletes — Aaron McVein and Ingmar Kerem in the decathlon, and Erin Funkhouser in the heptathlon — and two pole …

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Starting off on the right foot

Ivar Vong Jordan Hasay’s Hayward Field debut as a collegian was an unqualified success, and Amber Purvis swept the 100 meters and 200 meters as the Oregon women won the Pepsi Team Invitational on Saturday with strong performances across the board. The No. 2 Ducks won their 16th Pepsi women’s …

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Texas A&M fast becoming a rival to the Ducks

Dave Martinez The spirit of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be reborn at the site of the 2010 NCAAs. The Pepsi Team Invitational, Oregon track and field’s first home competition with team scoring this season, pits the Ducks against Washington, Missouri, the Illinois men — and …

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