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An athlete who succeeds at whatever she tries

Ivar Vong Her initial reaction is to dismiss the idea as crazy, too much, not feasible. But Jamesha Youngblood stops. She has to think about it. She’s not sure she can’t do it. With the exception of pentathlete Brianne Theisen, an NCAA champion in the indoor pentathlon, Youngblood is Oregon …

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Eaton dominates field at Texas Relays

But for the strong winds blowing in Austin, Ashton Eaton would have shattered the Oregon decathlon record. Yet again. The senior from Bend won the decathlon with a personal-best 8,310 points in his outdoor debut at the Texas Relays over Wednesday and Thursday, the fourth-best mark of all time among …

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Eaton up a record

Dave Martinez The Oregon Ducks’ performances at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field wChampionships in Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend were about more than individual athletic triumph. They were about separation. The Duck women, often outshined in recent years by their male counterparts, separated themselves from the rest of the …

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Ducks send 22 to indoor championships

Courtesy of Geoff Thurner The No. 1-ranked Oregon women and the No. 2-ranked Oregon men have a combined 25 entries for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held today and tomorrow in Fayetteville, Ark. The women have 16 total entries in the field, including the distance medley relay and …

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Three Ducks register qualifying marks at Last Chance Qualifier

A.J. Acosta hit an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark in the men’s mile at the Husky Last Chance Qualifier in Seattle on Saturday. The Oceanside, Calif., native finished second in 3:58.08, behind Ben Blankenship of Minnesota but ahead of former teammate Galen Rupp, competing for Nike. Acosta’s time is a personal best …

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Marra jumps right into ‘whirlwind’ of multi-events

ODE Harry Marra has wasted no time getting acclimated to the Oregon track and field team. “I interviewed on a Tuesday,” Marra said, “and I was on the track coaching Wednesday afternoon.” Assigned to instruct multi-event athletes, pole-vaulters and high jumpers, the former U.S. national team decathlon coach was hired …

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No. 1 women take top spot, No. 2 men finish sixth in Seattle

The No. 1 Oregon women and No. 2 Oregon men each turned in strong performances this weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle, with the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships just two weeks away. And while it wasn’t a specific focus, the Duck women took home …

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Ducks see 21 athletes set qualifying marks

Nicole Blood and Andrew Wheating set NCAA bests in the 5,000 meters and 800 meters, respectively, and the women’s 4×400-meter relay team lowered its school record in another dramatic weekend for Oregon track and field. Competing at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Blood won Friday’s 5,000m in 15:51.69 in a …

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Ducks to try their fate in Fayetteville

The Oregon track and field team, ranked No. 4 in the nation for indoors on the men’s and women’s sides, is splitting up today for the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Husky Classic in Seattle, both to be held today and Saturday. In Fayetteville, the men’s and women’s …

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Oregon signs 15-person recruiting class

The Oregon track and field teams received letters of intent from seven men and eight women from the recruiting class of 2010. Headlining the class is javelin thrower and Gresham native Sam Crouser, whose personal best throw of 239 feet led the nation this season. Crouser had verbally committed to …

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Eaton sets collegiate record in heptathlon

A slew of NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships provisional and automatic qualifying marks was headlined in grand fashion by Ashton Eaton, who set an NCAA record in the heptathlon over Friday and Saturday at the Texas A&M Challenge. Eaton set personal bests in the first three events of the …

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Gergel nabs automatic bid for NCAAs

Four Ducks turned in provisional- or automatic-qualifying performances for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and a host of others set personal bests at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle, the first indoor meet on Oregon’s schedule. Pole vaulter Melissa Gergel was the star of the meet, tying for …

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Oregon’s indoor title defense begins at UW Preview

Oregon assistant athletic director Vin Lananna was excited to announce to assembled media on Wednesday that tickets for all sessions of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships — to be held at Hayward Field — would go on sale next Friday. “This has been a day that we …

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Marra hired as assistant track and field coach

Harry Marra, the former Team USA decathlon coach from 1990 to 2000, has been named assistant track and field coach for the Ducks, replacing Dan Steele.  “Harry Marra has been a leader within the combined event community and has guided athletes to success in the biggest meets in our sport …

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Selection of new head coach expected within a week

Oregon head cross country coach and assistant athletic director Vin Lananna told reporters Tuesday that the coaching search to replace departed assistant director of track and field Dan Steele has been narrowed down to three candidates. “We’re not ready to make a decision (yet). We should be wrapped up by …

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Dan Steele leaving Oregon track and field teams for Northern Iowa

Oregon director of track and field operations Dan Steele was announced Tuesday as the new head coach of track and field and cross country at Northern Iowa. Steele, a native of Moline, Ill., began his career with the Ducks as a volunteer assistant coach in 2000-01, working with men’s hurdlers …

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Graduation will follow finals

Students graduating in spring 2010 will now be able to walk in June’s commencement ceremony knowing they have completed their required courses, because University administrators backed out of a plan to hold the ceremony before spring term final exams.

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Women provide thrills en route to Worlds

The women’s USA Track and Field Championships featured some thrilling finishes and local favorites making the national team that will compete in Berlin in August. Carmelita Jeter of Nike set a Hayward Field record in the 100 meters and beat out Muna Lee by 0.001 of a second to send …

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The Hayward edge

Opperman, Jarod Galen Rupp’s amazing year somehow just keeps getting better. Last week he finished his college career with six individual NCAA titles. This week he’s a USA champion. At the 2009 USA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field, Rupp outlasted a field full of professionals to win the …

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On track to Berlin

The national stage is again coming to the University and Eugene as the 2009 United States Track and Field National Championships take over Hayward Field from June 25-28. A year after the USA Olympic Trials showcased Eugene as Track Town, USA, athletes will compete to represent their country at the World Championships in Berlin in August.

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On track to Berlin

The national stage is again coming to the University and Eugene as the 2009 United States Track and Field National Championships take over Hayward Field from June 25-28. A year after the USA Olympic Trials showcased Eugene as Track Town, USA, athletes will compete to represent their country at the …

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A bittersweet ending

Now that the dust has settled on the 2009 track and field season, people can look back on one of the best teams in University and national history. The historic season was capped by an exciting four days in Fayetteville, Ark. at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where the Ducks placed …

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NCAA championships winners

Men: Galen Rupp: 5,000 and 10,000-meters national champion (six-time NCAA champion) Ashton Eaton: Decathlon national champion (two-time winner) Andrew Wheating: 800-meter national champion (first-time national champion) Women: Brianne Theisen: Heptathlon national champion Rachel Yurkovich: Javelin national champion (two-time national champion)

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