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WOMEN’S PROFILES

The Women of Oregon 2009 Pac-10 Champions 2009 NCAA Outdoor Runners-up

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WOMEN’S TEAM ROSTER Name Keshia Baker Elizabeth Bies Nicole Blood Laura Bobek Mattie Bridgmon Zoe Buckman Sara Cole Bronwyn Crossman Alexandra Davidson Camilla Dencer Rebecca Friday Erin Funkhouser Melissa Gergel Jordan Hasay Alexandra Jones Jasmine Kelly Anne Kesselring Alexandra Kosinski Claire Michel Rebekah Noble Lindsay Pearson Mele Penitani Sarah Penney Kelly Petaja Maggie Pietka Amber Purvis Rebecca Rhodes Jordan Roskelley Keara Sammons Rita Santibanez Amy Skofstad Chloé Steinbeck Brianne Theisen Melanie Thompson Melanie Vertrees Taylor Wallace Bria Wetsch Mandy White Michele Williams Jamesha Youngblood Lauren Zaludek

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Hometown (High School/College) Sacramento, Calif. (Fairfield) Yankton, S.D. (Yankton) Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Royal - Simi Valley, Calif.) Astoria, Ore. (Astoria) Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie/Eastern Washington) Canberra, Australia (Canberra Grammar School for Girls) Independence, Ore. (Central/Western Oregon) Bellingham, Wash. (Squalicum) DuPont, Wash. (Steilacoom) Northridge, Calif. (West Valley Christian/UCLA) Bellingham, Wash. (Bellingham) Grass Valley, Ore. (Sherman) Glenwood, Ill. (Marian Catholic) Arroyo Grande, Calif. (Mission College Prep) Lake Oswego, Ore. (Saint Mary’s Academy) Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview) Nürnberg, Germany (Sigmund-Schuckert Gymnasium) El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge) Clackamas, Ore. (Clackamas) Spokane, Wash. (Rogers) Santa Barbara, Calif. (San Marcos) Portola Valley, Calif. (Mountain View) Paradise Valley, Ariz. (Xavier College Prep) Springfield, Ore. (Thurston) Vancouver, Wash. (Mountain View) Hercules, Calif. (Benicia) Salem, Ore. (South Salem) Spokane, Wash. (Mt. Spokane) Centennial, Colo. (Smoky Hill) Salem, Ore. (Cascade/Colgate) Gladstone, Ore. (Gladstone) Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge) Humboldt, Sask. (Humboldt Collegiate Institute) High Bridge, N.J. (Vorhees) Kent, Wash. (Kent-Meridian) Klamath Falls, Ore. (Henley) Chaska, Minn. (Holy Family Catholic) Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lakeridge) Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sierra/Adams State) San Pablo, Calif. (Hercules) Elmira, Ore. (Elmira) * - has utilized redshirt season


WOMEN’S PROFILES

The Women of Oregon 2009 Pac-10 Champions 2009 NCAA Outdoor Runners-up

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Keshia Baker Two-time Pac-10 Champion and five-time school record holder is one of the premier 400 meter runners in the country. Important scorer for the Pac-10 champions and NCAA runners-up. Is the two-time defending league champion at 400 meters, and broke the school record, held by Olympian Camara Jones, at the 2009 NCAA meet (51.29). Currently ranked No. 29 in the world (11th in the U.S) at 400 meters. Also holds Oregon’s all-time marks in the indoor 400 (53.27) and 300 meters (38.34), plus her spots on the record-setting 4x100 (44.17, third leg) and indoor 4x400 (3:36.52, first leg) meter relay teams.

Senior Sacramento, Calif. Fairfield High School Sprints Pac-10 Champion (400 Meters, twice) 5 School Records (400 Meters, 4x100 Relay; 300 Meters-i, 400 Meters-i, 4x400 Relay-i, ) 2-Time All-American Personal Bests 200 Meters - 23.53w (legal - 23.70), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/16/09 400 Meters - 51.29, NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., 6/13/09 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - 400 Meters, 5th, 51.29 2008 - 400 Meters, 28th, 56.12 NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - 400 Meters, 6th, 53.39 2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 9th, 3:37.08 2008 - 400 Meters, 11th, 53:79 2008 - Distance Medley Relay, 9th, 11:24.83 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 400 Meters, 1st, 52.49 2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay 2008 - 400 Meters, 2nd, 53.49 2008 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 7th, 3:40.10 2007 - 400 Meters, 9th, 54.90 2007 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 6th, 3:40.58 Pac-10 Championships 2009 - 400 Meters, 1st, 51.74 2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 3rd, 44.80 2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:37.10 2008 - 400 Meters, 1st, 53.27 2008 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:37.43 2008 - 4x100 Meter Relay 2007 - 400 Meters, 9th, 54.90 2007 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 8th, 46.73 2007 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 8th, 3:54.45

2008-09: Pac-10 champion at 400 meters and a two-time All-American in the event after finishing fifth at the NCAA outdoor championships and sixth at the NCAA indoor meet. Posted one of the best 400 meter seasons in school history. Indoors, took fourth at the New Balance Invitational (53.38) to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she broke her own school record in the preliminaries (53.27) before finishing sixth in the finals in 53.39. Became the first Oregon woman to score in the 400 at the NCAA indoor meet. Also clocked the school’s fourth-best indoor 200 time (24.44) and ran the anchor leg of the record-setting 4x400 meter relay team (3:36.52) at the MPSF Championships. Outdoors, won the 400 at the Pepsi Team Invitational (53.41) before ramping things up in the championships season. Started things off with a bang by winning the Pac-10 Championship in 51.74. Was a full second clear of the field at the finish line. Won the 400 at the NCAA West Regional (52.49) to advance to the NCAA Championships, where she scored for the first time. Won her preliminary heat in 53.12 and was third in her semifinal in 52.33 to make the final, where she placed fifth in a personal best and school record 51.29. Also qualified for the 2009 USA Track & Field Championships, where she advanced through the preliminary and semifinal rounds to make the national final, where she ran eighth in 52.47. Was also a Pac-10 scorer at 200 meters in 23.70, a time that stands as the fourth-best at Oregon, and on both relay teams. Was the third leg of the third-place 4x100 meter relay team (44.80). Ran that same leg during Oregon’s record-setting performance, 44.17, in the preliminaries of the NCAA West Regional. Was the anchor of the third-place Pac-10 4x400 meter relay team (3:37.10). Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection. Named the team’s Lynne Winbigler Performer of the Year. Season Bests: Outdoors - 200 Meters - 23.53 (w+2.2) (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/16/09); 400 Meters - 51.29 (PR), NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark. (6/13/09). Indoors - 200 Meters - 24.44 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09); 400 Meters - 53.27 (PR), NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas (3/13/09). 2007-08: Pac-10 champion at 400 meters and an NCAA Championships qualifier in the event. Became Oregon’s first medalist in the 400 meters in 13 years, winning the league final in a season-best 53.27. Advanced to her first NCAA Championships by placing second in the 400 at the NCAA West Regional (53.49). Also a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that placed third at the Pac-10 Championships (3:37.43) to help Oregon score 100 points and finish in the top three for the first time since 1996. Finished second in the 400 at the Pepsi Team Invitational (53.62). Also clocked Oregon’s top 200-meter time of the season, 24.31, at the Mt. SAC Relays. Indoors, opened season with three straight 400 meter wins at the UW Indoor Invitational, the MPSF Championships and Arkansas Last Chance meet, before finishing 11th at her first NCAA Championships (53.79). Also ran on the distance medley relay team that finished ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. USTFCCCA All-Academic selection. Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection. Season Bests: Outdoors - 200 Meters - 24.31, Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif. (4/17/08); 400 Meters - 53.27, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/17/08). Indoors - 300 Meters - 38.34 (PR), UW Indoor Preview, Seattle, Wash. (1/19/08); 400 Meters - 53.52, Arkansas Last Chance, Fayetteville, Ark. (3/7/08). 2006-07: Pac-10 scorer on the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams. Ran a seasonal best in her third 400 meter race outdoors (54.43) and then competed in the 400 meters at the Pac-10 and West Region Championships, in addition to running on the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. Was also a member of the 4x400 meter relay that ran the third-fastest time in school history at the Pepsi Invitational in April. Indoors, ran on the 4x400 meter relay squad that broke the previous school record in three of four appearances, including a second-place finish in the Mountain Pacific Championships that ranked UO 14th nationally. Season Bests: Outdoors - 100 Meters - 12.55 (PR), ASU Clif Bar Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (3/24/07); 200 Meters - 24.92, ASU Clif Bar Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (3/24/07); 400 Meters - 54.43, Oregon Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/21/07). Prep: Placed top-eight in the California state 400 meter final as a senior (third, 54.46), junior (seventh, 55.25) and sophomore (sixth, 55.76). Also ran in state on the 4x400 meter relay as a senior (third, 3:41.59) and junior (fifth, 3:48.25), and in the 4x100 meter relay as a junior (fifth, 46.73, 46.58). Clocked one of the nation’s best times in the 400 meters as both a senior (54.46) and junior (55.25). In summer action, finished top-six in the 400 meters in the 2006 Junior Olympic Championships. Honor Roll member. Personal: Psychology major..

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Elizabeth Bies Experienced championships-level runner in both track and cross country. Two-time NCAA West Regional 5,000 meter qualifier. Member of Oregon’s Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional second place cross country squads in 2007-08. 2008 Pac-10 scorer in the 10,000 meters (seventh). Scored a pair of top-12 Foot Locker Championships finishes as a prep and was a state cross country champion. 2009-10: Cross Country: Fourth-place run at the season-opening Pre’s Trail Pre-View.

Junior Yankton, S.D. Yankton High School Distance Personal Bests 5,000 Meters - 16:46.96, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore., 4/26/08 10,000 Meters - 36:20.61, Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/16/09 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2008 - 5,000 Meters, 24th, 17:32.77 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2008 - 83rd, 21:54.00 2007 - 77th, 21:57.55 Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 5,000 Meters - 24th, 17:44.09 2009 - 10,000 Meters, 10th, 36:20.61 2008 - 5,000 Meters, 20th, 17:52.35 2008 - 10,000 Meters, 7th, 38:01.08 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2008 - 44th, 21:26.60 2007 - 49th, 21:41.8

2008-09: NCAA West Regional qualifier at 5,000 meters. After one race indoors, saw action in three meets at 5,000 meters or longer. Ran season best 16:50.89 in the 5,000 at Stanford. Took fourth at that distance at the Pepsi Team Invitational (16:51.73) to help the Ducks win that event. Doubled at 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 Championships, where she notched a personal-best 36:20.61 in a 10th-place finish at the longer distance. In the fall, appeared in five cross country races, including the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional. Was among Oregon’s top six at the Bill Dellinger Invitational and the Mike Hodges Invitational, where she ran fifth overall (17:31). Pac-10 Cross Country and Track & Field All-Academic honorable mention selection. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 16:50.89, Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/27/09); 10,000 Meters - 36:20.61 (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/16/09). Indoors - 5,000 Meters - 17:01.28 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/27/09). 2007-08: One of Oregon’s top newcomers was a Pac-10 scorer at 10,000 meters and an NCAA Regional Qualifier in the 5,000 meters. In her first 10,000 of the season, ran seventh at the Pac-10 Championships (38:01.08) as the Oregon women scored 100 points and finished in the top three at the league meet for the first time in 12 years. Took sixth in the 5,000 meters at the Pepsi Invitational (16:57.47). Ran personal best time of 16:46.96 in the 5,000 at the Oregon Relays to qualify for the NCAA West Regional. Indoors, ran the 3,000 meters twice, including a season-best 9:43.30 at the UW Indoor Invitational. In cross country, raced in the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA West Regional. Capped scoring for Dellinger Invitational team champions (32nd, 21:10) and also stood third on team in the Mike Hodges Invitational (eighth, 17:31). Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meters - 9:43.20 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (3/22/08); 5,000 Meters - 16:46.96 (PR), Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/26/08); 10,000 Meters - 38:01.08, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/17/08). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 9:43.30 (PR), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (2/2/08). Prep: Placed top-12 in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships as a junior (10th) and senior (12th). Won the Nike Team Nationals as a junior and finished second as a senior. In the South Dakota 2A state cross country meet, she won the individual title as a junior and finished top-four as a senior (second), sophomore (fourth) and freshman (fourth), and helped her team win titles all four seasons. On the track she scored top-four individual finishes seven times, including efforts as a senior (1,600 meters, fourth; 3,200 meters, fourth), junior (1,600 meters, fourth; 3,200 meters, third), sophomore (1,600 meters, fourth; 3,200 meters, second) and freshman (1,600 meters, fourth). Personal: Spanish major.

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Nicole Blood

Senior Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Royal High School Distance Pac-10 Champion (Cross Country, 5,000 Meters) NCAA West Champion (5,000 Meters) School Record (Distance Medley Relay) 7-Time All-American 2-Time Academic All-American Personal Bests 1,500 Meters - 4:14.73, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore., 5/9/08 5,000 Meters - 15:38.61, USA Track & Field Championships, Eugene, Ore., 6/26/09 Mile - 4:39.61 (i), Husky Last Chance Qualifier, Seattle, Wash., 3/7/09 3,000 Meters - 9:08.44 (i), UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash., 2/2/08 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - 5,000 Meters, 2nd, 16:26.58 2008 - 5,000 Meters, 3rd, 15:49.22 2007 - 5,000 Meters, 15th, 16:50.00 NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - Mile, 12th, 4:42.88 2009 - 3,000 Meters, 6th, 9:15.84 2009 - Distance Medley Relay, 6th, 11:02.81 2008 - 3,000 Meters, 14th, 9:38.04 2008 - Distance Medley Relay, 9th, 11:24.83 NCAA Cross Country Championships 2009 - 48th, 20:54.6 2008 - 10th, 20:08.6 2007 - 8th, 20:18

The 2009 Pac-10 cross country champion is on the verge of becoming the most decorated female studentathlete in school history following her five All-America awards in 2008-09. With seven All-America awards and counting, only Leann Warren (10) and Kathy Hayes (8) have more. Is also one of a select few University of Oregon student-athletes who has won All-America honors for both her excellence on the track and in the classroom two years running. One of the nation’s top collegiate distance runners with a pair of career top-three finishes in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Track & Field Championships and a pair of career top10 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Currently ranks 16th in the United States at 5,000 meters. A 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials competitor and 2009 USA Track & Field Championships qualifier. 2008 Pac-10 champion at 5,000 meters. PRs in both the 1,500 meters (4:14.73) and 5,000 meters (15:38.61) rank fourth all-time at Oregon. Indoors, owns the second-fastest 3,000 meters (9:08.44) in school history and ran the lead leg on Oregon’s record-setting distance medley relay team (11:02.81). A 2009 ESPN the Magazine second team Academic All-America selection. 2009-10: Cross Country - Pac-10 Champion. Ran down Washington’s Kendra Schaaf with 1,000 meters remaining to become the first Pac-10 individual winner in 17 years. Finished in 19:41.71, :05 ahead of Schaaf, to lead the Ducks to a second-place finish. Placed 12th overall as Oregon’s No. 2 runner at the PreNational Invitational (20:47.8, 6,000 meters). Was Oregon’s No. 5 scorer, placing 15th overall (17:09.60, 5,000 meters), in helping the Ducks to a second-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Strong fifthplace run in 21:01.00 to help the Ducks finish second at the NCAA West Regional. Capped fall with her third straight NCAA Championship appearance. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic honorable mention. 2008-09: Runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships capped a year that saw her earn five All-America awards. Had one of the finest indoor seasons in recent memory as she finished sixth in the 3,000 meters (9:15.84) at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she also helped Oregon set the school record in the distance medley relay (11:02.81) in a sixth-place finish and added a third AllAmerica award in the mile by placing 12th in 4:42.88. Earlier indoors, ran a personal-best 4:39.61 in Seattle, which was the third-fastest mile in school history. Outdoors, excelled at 5,000 meters, where she finished no lower than third during the collegiate season, and also scored in the Pac-10 meet at 1,500 meters. Highlights at 5,000 meters include a third-place 15:42.13 at the Stanford Invitational, a win at the Oregon Relays (16:11.58), a second-place finish at the Pac-10 championships (16:16.56), a win at the NCAA West Regional (16:19.14) and a runner-up showing at the NCAA Championships (16:26.58), as Oregon finished second for its best team placing in a quarter century. Also helped Oregon win its first Pac-10 title in 17 years with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meters (4:27.87) to go along with her runner-up points at 5,000 meters. Capped outdoor season with a personal-best 15:38.61 in the 5,000 meters at the USA Track & Field Championships to finish seventh. Her time was the fourth-fastest in school history. In the fall, was an AllAmerican with her second straight top-10 finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Finished in the top-10 overall in all four races. Was Oregon’s No. 2 runner in the Pac-10 Championships, NCAA West Regional and NCAA Championships as Oregon finished second in all three contests. Was eighth overall at the Pac-10 Championships (20:25.28), second at the NCAA West Regional (20:01.23) and 10th at the NCAA Championships (20:08.6), where she garnered All-America status. Led Oregon to runner-up finishes at the three championship events for the second straight year. Opened season with a fourth place finish (third on the team) at the Dellinger Invitational (20:39.56) to help the Ducks win their home event. Garnered a slew of academic awards: ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team. Two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic first team. CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic first team. Pac-10 Track & Field All-Academic honorable mention. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic honorable mention. Coaches’ Award selection. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:17.55, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/09); 5,000 Meters - 15:38.61 (PR), USA Track & Field Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/26/09). Indoors - Mile - 4:39.61 (PR), Husky Last Chance Qualifier, Seattle, Wash. (3/7/09); 3,000 Meters - 9:15.84, NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas (3/14/09).

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WOMEN’S PROFILES NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 5,000 Meters, 1st, 16:19.14 2008 - 5,000 Meters, 2nd, 16:29.69 2007 - 5,000 Meters, 3rd, 16:19.15 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2009 - 5th, 21:01.00 2008 - 2nd, 20:21.83 2007 - 2nd, 20:05.35 2006 - 39th, 22:28.95 Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 1,500 Meters - 4th, 4:27.87 2009 - 5,000 Meters, 2nd, 16:16.56 2008 - 1,500 Meters - 4th, 4:23.73 2008 - 5,000 Meters - 1st, 16:33.70 2007 - 1,500 Meters - 6th, 4:25.24 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 1st, 19:41.71 2008 - 8th, 20:25.28 2007 - 4th, 20:08.5 2006 - 28th, 21:42.79

Nicole Blood (continued) 2007-08: Two-time All-American, earning honors for both cross country and the outdoor 5,000 meters, and an academic All-American as well. Was a 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier in both the 5,000 meters and the 1,500 meters. Also the Pac-10 Champion at 5,000 meters. Truly impressive collegiate outdoor season where she finished no lower than fourth in five 1,500 meter races and no worse than fifth in five of six 5,000 meter runs. The lone exception to the string of 5,000 meter success came at the Mt. SAC Relays, where, competing with elite professional runners, she set a season best time of 15:43.82 in finishing 11th overall, but third among collegians. That time was the fourth-best 5,000 at the University. Her excellence in the 5,000 began with a first-place finish at the Pepsi Team Invitational. After Mt. SAC, she won the event at the Pac-10 Championships, becoming the first Oregon woman to win the 5,000 since Nicole Woodward in 1992. Finished second in the 5,000 at the NCAA West Regional to advance to her second NCAA Championships. There, after a conservative fifth-place run in the preliminary round, she earned her first outdoor All-America award by finishing third in 15:49.22. At 1,500 meters, posted back-to-back second place finishes at the Pepsi Team Invitational (4:20.86) and the Oregon Relays (4:18.55) before running her personal-best time of 4:14.73 in a third-place finish at the Oregon Twilight. That mark was the fourth-fastest at the University. At the Pac-10 Championships, ran second in the preliminaries, before taking fourth in the final. Combined with her win in the 5,000, she contributed 15 points toward Oregon’s total of 100, and led the Ducks to their best finish in 12 years. Indoors, ran the third-fastest 3,000 meter time in school history, 9:08.44, at the UW Indoor Invitational to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she also ran on Oregon’s distance medley relay team. Helped Oregon set the school’s distance medley record, 11:10.48, earlier in the indoor season. In the fall, scored UO’s highest NCAA cross country finish (eighth, 20:18) since 1991. Paired with Alexandra Kosinski (13th) in NCAA finale to give UO its first pair of All-America honorees since ’97. Also led UO in the West Regional (second, 20:06). Placed fourth in the Pac-10 meet (20:08). Won the Bill Dellinger Invitational, running 20:04. ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team. USTFCCCA All-Academic first team. CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic first team. Pac-10 Track & Field All-Academic second team. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:14.73 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/08); 5,000 Meters - 15:43.82, Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif. (4/17/08). Indoors - Mile - 4:42.77, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08); 3,000 Meters - 9:08.44 (PR), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (2/2/08). 2006-07: NCAA Championships qualifier at 5,000 meters. Outdoors on track, made NCAA Championships debut in the 5,000 meter final and was the top freshman. Ran 5,000 meter seasonal best in West Regional to finish third. Ran a season best to score in the 1,500 meters at the Pac-10 Championships. Indoors, was an NCAA provisional qualifier in both the mile and 3,000 meters. Ran 1,600 meter anchor leg on indoor distance medley relay that won the Mountain Pacific Championships in a time that ranks second in UO history. Raced twice for Oregon in cross country in the West Regional and Pac-10 Championships. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:25.24, Pac-10 Championships, Stanford, Calif. (5/13/07); 3,000 Meters - 9:22.35 (PR), Pan American Junior Championships, Fortaleza, Brazil (7/6/07); 5,000 Meters - 16:19.15, West Regional, Eugene, Ore. (5/25/07). Indoors - Mile - 4:46.73, NCAA Last Chance Qualifier, Seattle, Wash. (3/3/07); 3,000 Meters - 9:29.87, Mountain Pacific Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/25/07). Prep: Ran in 2006 World Junior Cross Country Championships (39th, 21:28). Won three Foot Locker Northeast Regional titles. Won New York state titles as a junior, sophomore and freshman and broke the 2.5mile Van Cortlandt Park course record as a junior (13:57). On the track, led the nation as a junior in the 3,000 meters (9:29.44) and 5,000 meters (16:30.90). Won New York state titles in the 3,000 meters in ’04 (9:24.03) and ’03 (9:46.18). Won the 2005 USA Junior Championships 5,000 meters and later finished second in the Pan-American Junior Championships. Personal: Journalism major.

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Mattie Bridgmon NCAA All-American for Oregon’s national runner-up cross country and track and field teams. Top distance newcomer impressed with a seventh-place finish at 10,000 meters in the 2009 NCAA Championships. Went on to compete in the USA Track & Field Championships at that distance. Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships at both 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Earned All-America status at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships with an impressive closing 200 meters to claim the 40th and final All-America spot. One of three UO women to garner All-America status; the first time that’s happened since 1987. Joined the Ducks after qualifying individually in both the NCAA Cross Country and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships at Eastern Washington. Has one season of eligibility remaining for indoor and outdoor track and field.

RS-Senior Laramie, Wyo. Laramie High School/ Eastern Washington Distance 2-Time All-American Personal Bests 5,000 Meters - 16:09.29 (i), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash., 2/14/09 10,000 Meters - 33:37.73, Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif., 3/27/09 3,000 Meters - 9:17.49 (i), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash., 1/31/09 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - 10,000 Meters, 7th, 34:18.20 NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - 3,000 Meters, 14th, 9:26.32 2009 - 5,000 Meters, 16th, 16:20.95 NCAA Cross Country Championships 2008 - 40th, 20:43.6 2007 - 64th, 21:16.3 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 5,000 Meters, 7th, 16:31.97 2008 - 5,000 Meters, 9th, 16:51.90 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2008 - 13th, 20:21.70 2005 - 128th, 23:11.3 Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 5,000 Meters - 10th, 17:01.62 2009 - 10,000 Meters, 5th, 35:30.96 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2008 - 15th, 20:41.43

2008-09: All-American in cross country and at 10,000 meters. Made a claim as the women’s team’s top distance newcomer of the year by qualifying for all three NCAA Championships, and scoring for both Oregon’s national runner-up cross country and track and field teams. Indoors, set personal bests in the 3,000 meters (9:17.49) and 5,000 meters (16:09.29) to qualify for both events at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Time in the 5,000 ranks as the third-best indoor mark in school history. Outdoors, set personal bests at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, and scored at 10,000 meters at both the NCAA and Pac-10 championship meets. Early season sixth-place run at 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational vaulted her to sixth on the UO career lists (33:37.73). Set an outdoor PR at 5,000 meters in winning the Pepsi Team Invitational (16:26.21) to help Oregon take the team title. In the championships season, finished fifth in the 10,000 meters (35:30.96) to score for the Ducks first Pac-10 champions in 17 years. Ran seventh in the 5,000 (16:31.96) at the NCAA West Regional. Strong run in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships where she placed seventh in 34:18.20. Capped year with a 19th-place finish in the 10,000 at the USA Track & Field Championships (34:10.51). In the fall, was among Oregon’s scoring five in every cross country appearance. One of the highlights of the season came when she passed a dozen runners in the final 200 meters to finish 40th at the NCAA Championships (20:43.6) and claim her first career All-America honors. Was the Ducks’ third runner to cross the line as she helped Oregon finish second at the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row. Placed 13th overall and third among Oregon runners at the NCAA West Regional (20:21.70). Was the fifth Duck to cross the line at the Pac-10 Championships, where she ran 15th overall (20:41.43). Placed seventh at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (20:54.19) and helped the Ducks win the event as the team’s No. 4 runner. Ran second in her first outing as a Duck (17:01.06), the season-opening Pre’s Trail Run. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:27.12 (PR) Oregon Preview, Eugene, Ore. (3/21/09); 5,000 Meters 16:26.21 (PR), Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/4/09); 10,000 Meters - 33:37.73 (PR), Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/27/09). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 9:17.49 (PR), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/31/09); 5,000 Meters - 16:09.29 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/09). Before Oregon: 2007 NCAA individual national qualifier in cross country and a 2008 NCAA West Regional qualifier in the 5,000 meters for Eastern Washington. At the 2008 Big Sky Championships, finished second in the 5,000 meters (17:30.10) and third at 10,000 meters (36:58.52). Went on to a ninth-place showing in the 5,000 at the NCAA West Regional (16:51.90). Ran a season-best 16:33.60 in the 5,000 meters at the 2008 Oregon Relays. Clocked season-best 4:32.21 in the 1,500 meters at the Steve Scott Invitational. Finished fifth at the 2007 Big Sky Cross Country Championships with a time of 17:58.6. Advanced to the NCAA West Regional, where she placed 20th with a time of 21:01.35 to move on to the 2007 NCAA Championships. There, she was 64th overall with a time of 21:16.3. 2008 Big Sky all-academic selection. In 2006 cross country season, finished fifth at the EWU Invitational with a time of 19:00.90. Placed 12th at the Big Sky Championships (18:15.80). Redshirted the 2007 indoor season. Season best time in the outdoor 5,000 meters of 17:07.31 came at the Oregon Invitational. Netted season best in the 1,500 meters (4:45.02) at the Mt. Sac. Relays. At the 2007 Big Sky Championships, finished seventh in the 5,000 meters (18:08.21) and fourth in the 10,000 meters (career-best 37:56.81). Big Sky all-academic in cross country (2006) as well as indoor and outdoor track and field (2007). In her first year at EWU (2005-06), was an NCAA Regional qualifier in cross country. Finished 12th in the indoor 5,000 meters (19.48.90) at the Big Sky Championships. Ran a season best in the 3,000 (10:37.88) at the University of Washington Invitational. Redshirted the 2006 outdoor season. Big Sky all-academic cross country and indoors. Personal: Human physiology graduate student.

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Zoe Buckman The 2009 Pac-10 800 meter champion established herself as one of the NCAA’s top middle distance runners with a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters at the 2008 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Ran the fifth-fastest 800 meters in school history (2:02.50) at the 2008 NCAA West Regional. Is a two-time NCAA Cross Country Championships competitor and a three-time NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier. The World Junior Championships veteran joined the Ducks for spring term 2007 after completing her high school career in Australia. 2009-10: Cross Country - Made season Oregon debut at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Also appeared in her third Pac-10 Championships and NCAA West Regional race. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic honorable mention.

Senior Canberra, Australia Canberra Grammar School for Girls Middle-Distance Pac-10 Champion (800 Meters) School Record (Distance Medley Relay) 2-Time All-American Personal Bests 800 Meters - 2:02.50, NCAA West Regional, Northridge, Calif., 5/31/08 1,500 Meters - 4:15.66, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore., 5/9/09 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - 800 Meters, s-4th, 2:04.68 2008 - 800 Meters, 4th, 2:04.69 2007 - 800 Meters NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - Distance Medley Relay, 6th, 11:02.81 2008 - Distance Medley Relay, 9th, 11:24.83 NCAA Cross Country Championships 2008 - 100th, 21:12.5 2007 - 39th, 21:06 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 800 Meters, 2nd, 2:04.66 2008 - 800 Meters, 2nd, 2:02.50 2007 - 800 Meters, 5th, 2:06.82 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2009 - 42nd, 22:01.71 2008 - 34th, 21:00.53 2007 - 21st, 21:02.50 Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 800 Meters, 1st, 2:05.39 2008 - 800 Meters, 2nd, 2:04.52 2007 - 800 Meters, 3rd, 2:07.48 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 36th, 21:04.83 2008 - 32nd, 21:09.26 2007 - 17th, 20:41.5

2008-09: The Pac-10 champion at 800 meters and a key member of Oregon’s record-setting distance medley relay team. Earned All-America status after helping Oregon’s distance medley relay team place sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in a school-record 11:02.81. That effort was part of Oregon’s best-ever finish at the indoor nationals, a tie for ninth. Outdoors, had six top-five finishes at 800 meters. Helped Oregon win the Pepsi Team Invitational with a second-place showing in 2:08.28. Was also second at the Oregon Relays in 2:06.66. Win in the 800 in 2:05.39 scored 10 points towards Oregon’s record-setting total at the Pac-10 Championships, as the women took home the team trophy for the first time in 17 years. Placed second in the 800 (2:06.44) at the NCAA West Regional to advance to her third NCAA Outdoor Championships. After advancing through her preliminary heat at the NCAA meet, ran a season-best time, 2:04.68, to finish fourth in her semifinal. Also ran a personal best at 1,500 meters, 4:15.66 (school’s No. 7 all-time mark), at the Oregon Twilight. A top-six runner for Oregon in five cross country races, including all three championship events. Season debut was a 16th-place showing at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (21:21.73). Took second at the Mike Hodges Invitational (17:15) before helping Oregon finish second at the Pac-10, NCAA West Regional and NCAA Championships for the second year in a row. Pac-10 Track & Field All-Academic honorable mention. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 2:04.68, NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark. (6/11/09); 1,500 Meters - 4:15.66 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/09). Indoors - 800 Meters - 2:09.17, New Balance Invitational, New York, N.Y. (2/7/09). 2007-08: All-American at 800 meters. Sensational sophomore season at the 800-meter distance where she ran fourth at the NCAA Championships and second at both the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional. Had a first place finish in the 800 at the Oregon Preview and a couple of seconds at the Pepsi Team Invitational and the Oregon Twilight before her spring heated up in the championship season. Took home second at the Pac-10 Championships in 2:04.52. Repeated that performance at the NCAA West Regional where she ran a personal-best 2:02.50, the fifth-fastest 800 time at Oregon. Won her semifinal heat at the NCAA Championships (2:03.64) to move on to the finals where she placed fourth (2:04.69) to earn her first career All-America award. Also drew assignments on Oregon’s 4x400 meter relay team. In her first indoor season, placed second in the 800 meters at the MPSF Championships in 2:06.88, a time that ranks fourth at the University. Ran on Oregon’s NCAA Championships distance medley relay team that finished ninth (11:22.06). Helped Oregon set the school’s distance medley record, 11:10.48, earlier in the indoor season. Excelled in her first ever season of cross country, improving each time she competed. In NCAA Championships, unleashed a strong kick the final mile to gain 30 places and place 39th overall (21:06). Added All-Region honors in the West Regional (21st, 21:03) and a 17th-place finish in the Pac-10 Championships (20:42). USTFCCCA All-Academic first team. Pac-10 Track & Field AllAcademic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 2:02.50 (PR), NCAA West Regional, Northridge, Calif. (5/31/08); 1,500 Meters - 4:20.57, Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif. (4/17/08). Indoors 800 Meters - 2:06.88 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08). 2006-07: NCAA Championships qualifier in the 800 meters. Enrolled at Oregon in March for outdoor track season and made NCAA outdoor debut at 800 meters. In weeks prior, finished top-four in 800 meters in West Regional and Pac-10 Championships. Was also a 1,500 meter regional qualifier and ranked second on team and first among Pac-10 freshmen in both the 800 and 1,500 meters. Season Bests: 800 Meters - 2:06.82, NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore. (5/26/07); 1,500 Meters - 4:24.68, Cardinal Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (4/29/07). Prep: Finished 11th in the 2006 World Junior Championships in both the 800 and 1,500 meters (2:05.60/4:20.59). Also competed as a member of Australia’s 4x400 meter relay team in the 2004 World Junior Championships. Australia’s 2006 national under-20 800 meter champion and 1,500 meter runner-up. Personal: Psychology major.

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Bronwyn Crossman 2009 Pac-10 scorer in cross country returns for her second season with the distance corps. Was the only freshman to run for the Ducks at the 2008 Pac-10 cross country meet. Three-time state cross country champion from Washington. 2009-10: Cross Country - Helped Oregon win the Pre’s Trail Pre-View with a second-place finish. Solid 18th-place run (17:20.48, 5,000 meters) at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Was Oregon’s No. 4 scorer at the Pre-National Invitational, taking 51st overall (21:36.9, 6,000 meters). Pac-10 scorer as the team’s fifth runner (17th overall, 20:32.30) to help the Ducks take second at the league meet. Earned her first NCAA West Regional appearance. Capped fall with her first career NCAA Championship appearance. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic second team.

Sophomore Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum High School Distance Personal Bests 5,000 Meters - 16:55.65, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore, 5/9/09 NCAA Cross Country Championships 2009 - 205th, 22:07.0 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2009 - 47th, 22:08.08 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 17th, 20:32.30 2008 - 36th, 21:20.05

2008-09: Steady improvement at 5,000 meters during the outdoor season resulted in a PR in her final race of the year, 16:55.65, at the Oregon Twilight. Also ran the 5,000 at the Pepsi Team Invitational, finishing sixth, and the Oregon Relays. Indoors, raced at the mile distance three times with a season-best of 4:59.35 coming at the MPSF Championships. Ran in three cross country races during the fall, including the Pac10 Championships, where she was the lone Oregon freshman in the field (36th, 21:20.05). Placed ninth overall and fifth on the team at the Mike Hodges Invitational (17:39). Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:41.86 (PR), Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/27/09); 5,000 Meters - 16:55.65 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/09). Indoors - Mile - 4:59.35 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09). Prep: Won the 2007 3A cross country state crown, beating the second-place finisher by 32 seconds. Led Squalicum High School to the team title with her initial individual state championship in 2006. Outdoors, won all but one race at 3,200 meters as a senior, including the state 3A championship. Ran a personal-best 10:35.95 to finish second in the 3,200 meters in the 2007 state meet. Also in 2007, placed third in the 1,600 meters. Took second in the 3,200 meters as a sophomore. High School Bests: 3,200 Meters - 10:35.95, 2007 3A State Championships. Personal: Majoring in family and human services.

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Erin Funkhouser Pac-10 scorer in the heptahlon and a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection. Hard work for three years yielded a breakout performance at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. Multi-sport letterwinner for Sherman High School.

Senior Grass Valley, Ore. Sherman High School Heptathlon Personal Bests Heptathlon - 4,881 points, Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/9-10/09 Pentathlon - 3,396 points (i), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash., 1/30/09 Pac-10 Championships Performances 2009 - Heptathlon, 8th, 4,881 points 2009 - 800 Meters, p-4th, 2:15.04 2008 - Heptathlon, 12th, 4,720 points 2007 - Heptathlon, 10th, 4,450 points

2008-09: Breakout season saw her score in the heptathlon at the conference meet as the Ducks won the Pac-10 title for the first time since 1992. Was one of three Ducks to score in the heptathlon at the Pac10 Championships. Indoors, scored a personal-best 3,396 points in the pentathlon at the UW Indoor Invitational, which was just a few points out of the UO top five. Outdoors, improved in every heptathlon. Opened season by finishing third at the Big Green in the Desert (4,744 points). Topped that in a second-place finish at the Oregon Relays with 4,858 points, a 114-point improvement. Used a big finish in the 800 meters (fourth, 2:15.43) to set another PR and finish eighth at the Pac-10 Championships with 4,881 points. Also competed in the non-heptathlon 800 meters at the Pac-10 Championships. Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - Heptathlon - 4,881 points (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/9-10/09). Indoors - Pentathlon - 3,396 points (PR), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/30/09). 2007-08: One of three Pac-10 heptathlon competitors for the Ducks. Busy spring saw her compete in six meets, including three heptathlons. Improved her PR in the heptathlon each time out. First multicompetition was the Sacramento State Invitational where she was seventh with 4,529 points. Recorded 185-point improvement on that mark with a 4,696 effort at the Mt. SAC Relays in April. Then went over 4,700 points for the first time at the Pac-10 championships (4,720). Also competed for Oregon at the Oregon Preview, the Pepsi Team Invite and the Oregon Relays. Indoors, set a PR in the pentathlon with score of 3,279 points at the UW Indoor Invitational. Pac-10 All-Academic second team. Season Bests: Outdoors - Heptathlon - 4,720 points, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/8-9/08). Indoors - Pentathlon - 3,279 points, UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (2/1-2/08). 2006-07: Took 10th in Pac-10 Championships heptathlon - the nation’s top multi-event league - and finished two places better than her pre-meet ranking. At season’s end, ranked second on the team in the heptathlon and 100 meter hurdles, third in the long jump, and fifth in the 400 meter hurdles and javelin. Indoors, scored in the Mountain Pacific Championships pentathlon with a personal best. Season Bests: Outdoors Heptathlon - 4,450 points, Pac-10 Championships, Stanford, Calif. (5/5-6/07). Indoors - Pentathlon - 3,215 points, Mountain Pacific Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/22-23/07). Prep: Won Oregon 2A state titles as senior in the 4x400 meter relay and high jump, and as a junior in the 800 meters and 4x400 meter relay. Among her other 13 state appearances, she placed top-five in the 800 meters as a senior (second) and sophomore (third), in the 400 meters as a junior (third), sophomore (second) and freshman (fourth), in long jump as a senior (fifth), and high jump as a junior (third). Four-year letterwinner in track, volleyball (setter) and basketball (point guard). Played on state runner-up basketball and volleyball teams in 2004. Valedictorian of senior class. National Honor Society member and Scholar Athlete Award winner. Personal: Majoring in educational foundations.

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Melissa Gergel Became just the second Pac-10 pole vault champion in school history, joining Becky Holliday (2003). Has collected three All-America awards in her first four NCAA championship meets. Already ranks second outdoors and third indoors among the best clearances in school history. Is only the second Duck to clear 14-0. 2009 USA Track & Field Championships competitor. Currently ranked 14th in the United States in the pole vault. Bright future ahead for this national Junior Olympic champion in 2006 and ’07.

Junior Glenwood, Ill. Marian Catholic High School Pole Vault Pac-10 Champion (Pole Vault) 3-Time All-American Personal Bests Pole Vault - 14-2/4.32m, Pac-10 Championships Eugene, Ore., 5/17/09 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - Pole Vault, 14th, 13-5.25/4.10m 2008 - Pole Vault, 8th, 13-1.5/4.00m NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - Pole Vault, t-6th, 13-7.25/4.15m 2008 - Pole Vault, 8th, 13-5.25/4.10m NCAA West Track Regional Championships 2009 - Pole Vault, 1st, 14-1.75/4.31m 2008 - Pole Vault, 8th, 13-3.75/4.05m Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - Pole Vault, 1st, 14-2/4.32m 2008 - Pole Vault, 6th, 13-5.75/4.11m

2008-09: Pac-10 Champion with a clearance of 14-2. Became just the second Duck to win the league’s pole vault title and just the second Oregon vaulter to clear 14-0 outdoors (Becky Holliday). Earned her third All-America award with a sixth-place tie at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she cleared 13-7.25. Established a pair of indoor PRs, reaching 13-9.25 at the New Balance Invitational in New York, before 13-9.75 a week later at the Husky Classic. That mark is the third-best indoor clearance in school history. Outdoors, won the pole vault at the Oregon Preview and the Stanford Invitational before establishing an outdoor PR at the Mt. SAC Relays (13-7.25). Following a pair of second-place finishes at the Oregon Relays and the Oregon Twilight, mustered up one of the biggest surprises of the Pac-10 Championships by clearing the bar at 14-2 to win the 2009 title. Scored 10 team points toward Oregon’s first conference title since 1992. Clearance ranks No. 2 all-time at Oregon. Nearly matched that in winning the NCAA West Regional (14-1.75). At the NCAA Championships, advanced to the finals, where she tied for 14th at 13-5.25. Came back with another strong performance at the USA Track & Field Champiosnships where she tied for 12th at 13-9.25. Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. Named the team’s Harry Ritchie Award winner. Season Bests: Outdoors - Pole Vault - 14-2/4.32m (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/17/09). Indoors Pole Vault - 13-9.75/4.21m (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/09). 2007-08: Won All-America honors in the pole vault at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships. Also a Pac-10 scorer for Oregon’s third-place team. Cleared 13-5 six times in 2008. Terrific freshman campaign began indoors where she cleared 13-5.75 at the UW Indoor Invite. Vaulted personal-best 13-7 to finish second at the MPSF Championships. Went on to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she claimed her first All-America award by clearing 13-5.25 to finish eighth. Outdoors, after winning the Oregon Twilight, helped the UO women score 100 points at the Pac-10 meet for the first time in 12 years by finishing sixth. Set a seasonal best with a clearance of 13-5.75 at the Pac-10 Championships. Cleared 13-3.75 at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships. There, she again matched her 13-5.75 effort in the preliminaries to advance to the finals where she picked up her second All-America award of 2008 with an eighth-place finish (13-1.5). Season Bests: Outdoors - Pole Vault - 13-5.75, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/17/08) and NCAA Championships, Des Moines, Iowa (6/11/08). Indoors Pole Vault - 13-7, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08). Prep: Won Illinois state meet as senior, placed second as a junior and third as a sophomore. Also finished fourth in USA Junior Championships as a senior and seventh as a junior. Set personal best as a junior in the Junior Olympic regional meet (13-2.25). As a sophomore, she also cleared a then-personal best of 12-6 during the regular season. Lettered four seasons in track and field and four seasons in swimming as a diver. National Honor Society and honor roll member. Personal: Human Physiology major.

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Jordan Hasay The Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and an All-American in her first fall as a Duck. One of the most decorated women’s runners to ever sign with Oregon headlines an exceptional and well-rounded recruiting class. Sixtime junior national champion set 13 age group records and nine high school class records. Among those is the national prep record of 4:14.50 at 1,500 meters that she set in the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials at Historic Hayward Field. Is the first four-time California state champion at 3,200 meters and is only the second four-time CIF cross country champion. Among the national awards she collected during her remarkable career were Gatorade Girls National Cross Country Runner of the Year, Track & Field News’ Girls High School Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year, USA Today’s High School Track and Field Girls Athlete of the Year, SI.com’s Girls Athlete of the Year and SportsMaxPreps Female Athlete of the Year. Also the class valedictorian with a grade point average better than 4.5.

Freshman Arroyo Grande, Calif. Mission College Prep Distance Pac-10 CC Newcomer of the Year All-American Personal Bests 1,500 Meters - 4:14.50, U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore., 7/4/08 Mile - 4:42.21, Golden West Invitational, Sacramento, Calif., 2006 3,000 Meters - 9:19.6, CIF State Championships, 5/31/08 (3,200 meter race split) NCAA Cross Country Championships 2009 - 18th, 20:23.1 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2009 - 2nd, 20:52.46 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 3rd, 19:48.97

2009-10: Cross Country - Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year earned first All-America award at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Oregon’s No. 1 or 2 runner in every race this season. Did not disappoint in her Oregon debut, taking sixth at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in 16:39.71 (5,000 meters) as the top freshman in the race to help the Ducks to a second-place finish. Impressed on the national stage as the top Duck (third overall) at the Pre-National Invitational, covering the 6,000-meter LaVern Gibson Championship Course in 20:33.0. Had another strong performance at the Pac-10 Championships, where she finished third in 19:48.97 as the top freshman. Best showing to date at the NCAA West Regional, where she took second in 20:52.46. Was the Ducks’ top runner and the No. 3 freshman overall at the NCAA Championships, where she ran 18th in 20:23.1 to claim her first All-America award. Prep: Setting age group records as young as age 12 (3,000 meters, 9:48.77), became a four-time California 3,200 meter and cross country champion, as well as a six-time American junior champion. Her U.S. high school record of 4:14.50 in the 1,500 meter semifinals on the 4th of July at the 2008 Olympic Trials was one of the enduring moments of those games. As a senior in 2008-09, became the first four-time California state champion at 3,200 meters, winning in 10:05.29. Went on to win the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Junior Track & Field Championships to earn a spot on Team USA, which led to her first international victory, 4:26.26 in the 1,500 meters at the Pan American Junior Championships in Trinidad. Also won the two-mile at the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals with a time 10:10.89, sixth fastest among U.S. preps. During the cross country season in the fall, picked up her fourth CIF title (17:18) to go along with her fourth Foot Locker West Regional crown. Capped cross country season by winning her second Foot Locker National Championship in 17:22, becoming one of only six women to have won that race twice. Also won the USATF Cross Country title. Awards accumulated by the end of her senior year included Gatorade Girls National Cross Country Runner of the Year, Track & Field News’ Girls High School Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year, USA Today’s High School Track and Field Girls Athlete of the Year, SI.com’s Girls Athlete of the Year, DyeStat Girls Athlete of the Year and SportsMaxPreps Female Athlete of the Year. Was the lead feature story for the March 2009 issue of Track & Field News, becoming just the ninth high school athlete selected for the cover. Was also the class valedictorian with a 4.51 grade point average. Her junior year saw her win not only California state titles in cross country and at 3,200 meters (in a meet-record 9:52.13), but she also pulled off an impressive feat in national and international competition when she won the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Junior Track & Field Championships two weeks prior to her memorable run as the youngest competitor at the Olympic Trials. Then one week after the Trials, travelled to Bydgoszyz, Poland for the World Junior Championships, where she took fourth in the 1,500 meters in 4:19.02, the fastest time ever posted by an American at the World games. As a junior, she also won her first national USATF Junior Cross Country championship (20:32). Her sophomore year saw her win state 3,200 meter (10:06.76) and country (17:15) titles, as well as her first American junior track championship at 1,500 meters, which she did in a meet-record 4:16.98. Went on to place second at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Began her high school career by winning the 2005 Foot Locker National Cross Country championship (17:05), and added wins in cross country and at 3,200 meters (10:13.55) as a freshman at the California state meet. She was also the USATF junior champion at 3,000 meters (9:50.56) in the spring of 2006. High School Bests: 800 Meters - 2:09.64, 2009; 1,500 Meters - 4:14.50, 2008; 1,600 Meters 4:39.13, 2007; Mile - 4:42.21, 2006; 3,000 Meters - 9:19.6, 2008; 3,200 Meters - 9:52.13, 2008; 2-Mile - 10:10.89, 2009. Personal: Major is human physiology.

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Jasmine Kelly Scorer in the high jump for the 2009 Pac-10 Champions. Also qualified for her first NCAA West Regional. Two-time Pac-10 all-academic selection. As a prep, was a two-time Washington 4A state high jump champion and three-time district winner.

Senior Vancouver, Wash. Skyview High School High Jump Personal Bests High Jump - 5-9/1.75m, Washington State 4A Championships, 2005 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - High Jump, 9th, 5-8.75/1.75m Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - High Jump, 4th, 5-8.75/1.75m 2008 - High Jump, 9th, 5-7/1.70m 2007 - High Jump, 14th, 5-5/1.65m

2008-09: Pac-10 scorer in the high jump. Consistent final month of the season saw her clear 5-8 three different times. Matched her indoor PR with a clearance of 5-6.5 at the Husky Classic. Outdoors, won the high jump at the Oregon Preview. Terrific month of May saw her win the high jump at the Oregon Twilight in a collegiate best 5-8.75. That is the ninth-highest bar cleared in school history. Matched that clearance in a fourth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships to score five team points and help Oregon win its first league championship in 17 years. Closed season with her first NCAA West Regional appearance where she cleared 5-8.5 to take ninth. Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - High Jump - 5-8.75/1.75m, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/09) & Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/17/09). Indoor - High Jump - 5-6.5/1.69m (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/09). 2007-08: Just missed scoring in the high jump at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing ninth. Cleared season-best 5-7 in both of her final meets of the season, the Oregon Twilight, where she won the event for the second straight year, and the Pac-10 meet. Also claimed victory at the Oregon Preview and was third at the Pepsi Team Invite (5-5.75). Indoors, had two high jump appearances, including a best of 5-6.5 at the UW Indoor Invitational. Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - High Jump - 5-7, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/08) & Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/17/08). Indoor - High Jump - 5-6.5 (PR), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (2/2/08). 2006-07: Was one of three Ducks that competed in the Pac-10 Championships high jump (14th), finishing 11 places better than her pre-meet seeding. Scored first collegiate win to cap the regular season in the Oregon Twilight by equaling her season best. Did not compete indoors. Season Bests: Outdoors - High Jump - 5-5.75, Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/7/07) & Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/5/07). Prep: Won the Washington 4A state high jump title as a senior (5-6) and junior (5-9). Also placed in 4A state meet as a sophomore (fourth, 5-5) and freshman (11th, 5-0). Was a regional high jump champion as a junior and senior. Owned 2006 season best of 5-8. Also was a four-year district qualifier in the pole vault and owned a personal best of 10-1. Four-year track letterwinner and three-year volleyball letterwinner. Personal: Majoring in business administration.

Anne Kesselring Two-time IAAF World Junior Championships qualifier and four-time German junior champion with extensive international experience. Brings a PR of 2:04.96 at 800 meters. 2009-10: Cross Country - Impressive varsity debut was a victory at the Mike Hodges Invitational, where she led the Ducks to the team title. Solid run at the Pac-10 Championships with a 23rd-place finish (20:39.42). Capped fall with her first NCAA Championships appearance.

Freshman Nürnberg, Germany Sigmund-Schuckert Gymnasium Middle Distance Personal Bests 800 Meters - 2:04.96, Hengelo, Netherlands, 7/22/07 1,500 Meters - 4:19.84, 2009

Prep: Two-time IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships qualifier (2006, 2008). Four-time German junior champion. Ran a personal-best 2:04.96 in the 800 meters at Hengelo, Netherlands, in 2007, which would easily rank among Oregon’s all-time top 10. Had PR at 1,500 meters of 4:19.84 in 2009. Was the German youth champion at 800 meters in 2008 to advance to the IAAF World Championships in Poland. High School Bests: 400 Meters - 56.54, 2007; 800 Meters - 2:04.96, 2008; 1,500 Meters - 4:19.84, 2009. Indoor - 800 Meters - 2:06.61, 2008. Personal: Major is undeclared.

NCAA Cross Country Championships 2009 - 103rd, 21:19.2 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 23rd, 20:39.42

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Alexandra Kosinski Two-time cross country All-American and a member of Oregon’s record-setting distance medley relay team has blossomed into one of the finest middle distance runners in the country. Led Oregon with an eighth place finish at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships after earning recognition as the top freshman finisher at the NCAA meet the year before. NCAA Track & Field Championships (twice) and 2009 USA Track & Field Championships qualifier in the 1,500 meters. Ranks among the school’s all-time best in the 1,500 meters and the indoor mile and 3,000 meters. Finished second in the 1,500 meters at the 2008 Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships and then went on to finish sixth at the World Junior Championships. As a prep, drew national acclaim when she broke the national high school 1,600 meter federation record as a senior and was a two-time Foot Locker cross country qualifier.

Junior El Dorado Hills, Calif. Oak Ridge High School Middle Distance NCAA West Champion (Cross Country) School Record (Distance Medley Relay) 3-Time All-American Personal Bests 800 Meters - 2:07.45, Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/16/09 1,500 Meters - 4:18.64, Cardinal Invitational, Stanford, Calif., 5/2/09 Mile - 4:39.54 (i), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., 3/1/08 3,000 Meters - 9:11.24 (i), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., 2/18/09 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - 1,500 Meters, p-4th, 4:19.02 2008 - 1,500 Meters, 22nd, 4:29.01 NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - 3,000 Meters, 13th, 9:23.57 2009 - Distance Medley Relay, 6th, 11:02.81 2008 - Mile, 12th, 4:44.21 2008 - Distance Medley Relay, 9th, 11:24.83 NCAA Cross Country Championships 2009 - 81st, 21:10.5 2008 - 8th, 20:04.2 2007 - 13th, 20:34 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 1,500 Meters, 5th, 4:24.08 2008 - 1,500 Meters, 7th, 4:25.41 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2009 - 8th, 21:07.25 2008 - 2nd, 20:21.83 2007 - 6th, 20:36.45

2009-10: Cross Country - Opened season with an impressive second-place run at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (16:25.75, 5,000 meters) to lead Oregon to a second-place team finish. Struggled with the flu, but was still the Ducks’ fifth scorer at the Pre-National Invitational. Was the Ducks’ third runner and placed ninth overall (20:09.86) to help Oregon take second at the Pac-10 Championships. Also the team’s No. 3 runner in a solid eighth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional (21:07.25). Capped fall with her third straight NCAA Championships appearance. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic honorable mention. 2008-09: Key runner for Oregon’s best-ever NCAA indoor team and outdoor Pac-10 champions. Helped Oregon set the school record in the distance medley relay with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships (11:02.81). The Ducks tied for ninth overall for their best indoor showing as Kosinski captured her third career All-America award. Indoor PR of 9:11.24 at the MPSF Championships ranked third all-time at Oregon. Outdoors, doubled at the Pepsi Team Invitational and the Pac-10 Championships to help Oregon win both events. Won the 1,500 meters (4:18.43) and ran fourth in the 800 at the Pepsi meet. Was third in the 1,500 meters (4:27.29) and fifth in the 800 in a personal-best 2:07.45 to help the Ducks capture their first Pac10 championship in 17 years. One of the most consistent 1,500 meter runners with seven races between 4:18 and 4:20 on the season. Ran a personal best 4:18.64 at the Cardinal Invitational in May, which ranked as the ninth-best time in school history. Placed fifth in the 1,500 at the NCAA West Regional to secure her second straight trip to the NCAA Championships. Capped season by running ninth in her preliminary heat (4:18.87) at the USA Track & Field Championships. In the fall, repeated All-America honors in cross country. Led Oregon to the second-place trophy for the second consecutive year with her eighth-place finish (20:04.2) at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Teamed with Nicole Blood to give Oregon a pair of top-10 finishers. Joined Blood and Mattie Bridgmon as All-Americans, giving the Ducks a trio of national honor winners for the first time in 21 years. Won the NCAA West Regional (19:59.1) to become the Ducks’ first regional champion in 14 years. Was Oregon’s No. 3 runner and finished 11th overall (20:29.61) at the Pac-10 Championships. Led Oregon to the Bill Dellinger Invitational title with her first-place run in 20:19.90. Named the USTFCCCA West Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection. Pac-10 AllAcademic Track & Field honorable mention. Pac-10 All-Academic Cross Country honorable mention. Named the team’s Tom Heinonen Cross Country Award winner. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 2:07.45 (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/16/09); 1,500 Meters - 4:18.64 (PR), Cardinal Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (5/2/09). Indoors - Mile - 4:41.69, New Balance Invitational, New York, N.Y. (2/7/09); 3,000 Meters 9:11.24 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09). 2007-08: All-American and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in cross country. An NCAA Championships qualifier in the 1,500 meters and the indoor mile. Ran the second-fastest indoor mile in school history (4:39.54). Wrapped up freshman season with impressive showings in the U.S Junior and World Junior championship meets. Placed second in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Junior Championships where she ran a 4:19.22 to qualify for the World Junior Championships. There, she ran a season-best 4:19.14 in the preliminaries before finishing sixth in the finals (4:21.26). Good early season runs at 1,500 meters included a second-place finish at the Oregon Preview (4:23.33), a win at the Pepsi Team Invite (4:19.88) and a second-place showing at the Cardinal Invitational (4:19.48) before making her Pac-10 Championships debut. Finished seventh in the NCAA West Regional (4:25.41) to advance to her first outdoor NCAA Championships. Indoors, won the mile at the MPSF Championships to advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she finished 12th in 4:44.21. Also ran on Oregon’s ninth-place distance medley relay team (11:24.83). Helped Oregon set the school’s distance medley record, 11:10.48, earlier in the indoor season. In the fall, was the top freshman at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, where she surged over the last half of the race to finish 13th in 20:34, a key contributor to the Ducks’ second-place finish. After the season was tabbed the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year by league coaches after she finished third (19:55) in the Pac-10 Championships as the top non-senior

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WOMEN’S PROFILES Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 800 Meters - 5th, 2:07.45 2009 - 1,500 Meters, 3rd, 4:27.29 2008 - 1,500 Meters, 12th, 4:45.14

runner and sixth in the West Regional (20:37). Added another top-three finish in her collegiate debut in the Bill Dellinger Invitational (third, 20:24). Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 2:09.41, Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif. (4/17/08); 1,500 Meters - 4:19.14, World Junior Outdoor Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland (7/11/08). Indoors - Mile - 4:39.54 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08).

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 9th, 21:09.86 2008 - 8th, 20:25.28 2007 - 3rd, 19:54.1

Prep: In 2007, reset the national high school 1,600 meter record in the Meet of Champions (4:38.15) in late April in Sacramento, and also led preps nationally during the early season in the 800 meters with her time from the same meet. Finished second in the state at 1,600 meters as a sophomore and junior. Her junior season time ranked top-five all-time in state meet history and third nationally among preps in ’06. In cross country, she competed in the Foot Locker Championships as a senior (36th) and junior (20th), after she finished top-eight in the West Regional both seasons (seventh/eighth). A California state cross country runner-up as a senior, she also finished fifth as a sophomore and junior. Personal: Sociology major.

Claire Michel NCAA Championships finalist and school record-holder in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Ran impressive 10-second PR in the preliminary round at her first NCAA Championships to reach the final of the steeplechase. Two-time Pac-10 scorer in the steeple. Coming off a strong cross country season that included a 12th-place Pac-10 finish. Former Oregon 4A prep state champion both on the track (3,000 meters) and in cross country. Was additionally a two-time cross country state runner-up state and four-time Border Clash veteran.

Junior Clackamas, Ore. Clackamas High School Steeplechase School Record (Steeplechase) Personal Bests 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 10:13.56, NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., 6/10/09 3,000 Meters - 9:35.69 (i), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., 2/28/09 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 12th, 10:29.16 NCAA Cross Country Championships 2009 - 87th, 21:12.6 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 5th, 10:23.21 2008 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 7th, 10:26.62 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2009 - 26th, 21:40.51 Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 6th, 10:27.29 2009 - 5,000 Meters, 14th, 17:06.55 2008 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 7th, 10:36.83 2008 - 5,000 Meters, 14th, 17:31.97 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 12th, 20:22.39 2007 - 45th, 21:32.8

2009-10: Cross Country- Ran third at the season-opening Pre’s Trail Pre-View, her first cross country race in two years. Was Oregon’s No. 4 scorer, placing 13th overall (17:02.53, 5,000 meters), in helping the Ducks to a second-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Took 26th overall as the Ducks’ No. 3 runner at the Pre-National Invitational (21:15.1, 6,000 meters). Scored the best Pac-10 finish of her career, 12th (20:22.39), to help Oregon finish second at the league meet. In her first NCAA West Regional appearance, closed out the scoring for Oregon by taking 26th in 21:40.51. Capped fall with her first NCAA Championships appearance. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic first team. 2008-09: NCAA Championships finalist and Pac-10 scorer who broke her own 3,000 meter steeplechase record twice during the season. After racing twice indoors, got outdoor season off to a strong start by running a school-record 10:23.14 at the Stanford Invitational. Won the event at the Oregon Relays in 10:28.92. Helped Oregon win its first Pac-10 championship since 1992 with a sixth-place finish in 10:27.29. Just missed her own school record at the NCAA West Regional, where she ran 10:23.21 to finish fifth and earn her first bid to the NCAA Championships. In the preliminaries at Fayetteville, ran a blistering :10 PR (10:13.56) to shatter her own school record and advance to the final where she placed 12th (10:29.16). Redshirted the cross country season. Pac-10 Track & Field All-Academic first team. Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 10:13.56 (PR), NCAA Championships (preliminary), Fayetteville, Ark. (6/10/09). Indoors 3,000 Meters - 9:35.69 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09). 2007-08: Over the course of her freshman season, shaved more than 30 seconds off her first 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Pepsi Team Invite (10:57.86) to establish the school record in the event in her last race of the season at the NCAA West Regional, where she ran seventh in 10:26.62. Finished seventh in the steeplechase (10:36.83) to score for Oregon at the Pac-10 Championships. Had a good race versus a strong steeple field at the Oregon Twilight, where she finished sixth in 10:36.68, setting the stage for a 10-second PR at the NCAA West Regional. Indoors, ran twice at 3,000 meters, include an eighth-place finish at the Husky Classic in 9:49.35. In the fall, ranked top-eight on the cross country team in four of her five races. Scored as team’s second finisher in the Beaver Classic (fourth, 21:30). Capped season with Pac-10 Championships debut. Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 10:26.62, NCAA West Regional, Northridge, Calif. (5/31/08). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 9:49.35, Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/16/08). Prep: Won the Oregon 4A state title in the 3,000 meters as a junior and also made state appearances as a senior (3,000 meters, fifth), sophomore (1,500 meters, eighth) and freshman (3,000 meters, fifth). In cross country, won the state championship as a junior, and placed second as a senior and sophomore. Competed in the Foot Locker West Regional in 2005 (11th) and ’06 (28th) and ran the Oregon-Washington Border Clash all four seasons (11th-’06; third-’05; second-’04; 19th-’03). Personal: Romance languages and international studies double major.

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Lyndsay Pearson Pac-10 scorer and NCAA West Regional qualifier in the 400 meter hurdles. Oregon’s top intermediate hurdler as a freshman recorded the ninth-best time in that event last season (1:00.36).

Sophomore Santa Barbara, Calif. San Marcos High School Hurdles Personal Bests 100 Meter Hurdles - 14.00w (legal - 14.32), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/16/09 400 Meter Hurdles - 1:00.36, Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/16/09 60 Meter Hurdles - 8.79 (i), New Balance Invitational, New York, N.Y., 2/6/09; MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash, 2/28/09

2008-09: Freshman campaign saw her become a Pac-10 scorer and an NCAA West Regional qualifier in the 400 meter hurdles. Ran the No. 9 time in school history, 1:00.36, at the Pac-10 Championships. Indoors, steadily improved in the 60 meter hurdles to finish fifth at the MPSF Championships in a personal best 8.79. Also hit that time at the New Balance Invitational in New York. That is the third-fastest time in school history. Outdoors, competed mainly in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. Made big strides in the 400 hurdles in May, with a second-place finish at the Oregon Twilight (1:01.88) setting the stage for her best times of the season at the Pac-10 Championships. Ran a personal-best 1:00.36 in the preliminaries to advance the to the final, where she took sixth in 1:00.45. Scored three points as the women won the league title for the first time since 1992. Advanced to her first NCAA West Regional and also qualified for the USA Junior Championships. Set a PR in the 100 hurdles, 14.00, at the Pac-10 meet and competed at that distance seven times as a freshman. Also attempted a pair of triple jumps. Season Bests: Outdoors - 100 Meter Hurdles - 14.00 (w+3.3) (PR), Pacific-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/16/09); 400 Meter Hurdles - 1:00.36 (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/16/09). Indoors - 60 Meter Hurdles - 8.79, New Balance Invitational, New York, N.Y. (2/6/09) & MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09). Prep: Was twice named Santa Barbara News Press Athlete of the Year after claiming Santa Barbara County 100 and 300-meter hurdles titles. In addition, she finished fifth in the 300-hurdles at the 2007 CIF state championships and was seventh in that event as a freshman. Posted season bests of 14.30 in the 100 hurdles, 42.82 in the 300 hurdles and 39-3 in the triple jump as a junior. Also ran cross country for two years and played basketball for three seasons. High School Bests: 100 Meter Hurdles - 14.32; 300 Meter Hurdles 42.82. Personal: Majoring in biology. High school cross country team was named the state’s academic champions.

NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 400 Meter Hurdles, p-3rd, 1:01.91 Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 400 Meter Hurdles, 6th, 1:00.45 2009 - 100 Meter Hurdles, p-7th, 14.00 (w+3.3)

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Amber Purvis The fastest freshman in the country grabbed a piece of an amazing seven school records in 2009. An indoor All-American and Pac-10 scorer looking to make a splash outdoors after having to miss the 2009 NCAA meet due to a minor foot injury. Completely recovered in time to run second in the 100 meters at both the USA Junior Championships and the Pan American Junior Championships, where she broke her own school mark in the 100 (11.38). Ranks 23rd in the United States in the 200 meters, and 28th in the 100. A nationalcaliber competitor in the sprints. Teams with Jamesha Youngblood and Keshia Baker to give Oregon a formidable presence in the relays.

Sophomore Hercules, Calif. Benecia High School Sprints/Jumps 7 School Records (100 Meters, 200 Meters, 4x100 Relay; 60 Meters-i. 200 Meters-i, 4x400 Relay-i, Distance Medley Relay-i ) All-American Personal Bests 100 Meters - 11.32w (legal - 11.38), Pan American Junior Championships, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 7/31/09 200 Meters - 23.09, Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore., 4/4/09 400 Meters - 54.27, Oregon Preview, Eugene, Ore., 3/21/09 Long Jump - 19-10.25/6.05m, California State Championships, 2006 60 Meters - 7.34 (i), New Balance Invitational, New York, N.Y., 2/6/09 NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - 60 Meters, 12th, 7.39 2009 - Distance Medley Relay, 6th, 11:02.81 2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 9th, 3:37.08 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 100 Meters, 8th, 11.84 2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 3rd, 44.80 2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:39.23

2008-09: Three-time Pac-10 scorer, seven-time school record holder and an NCAA Indoor All-American. Wrote one of the best freshman chapters to a career in school history despite having to miss much of the championships season due to a minor foot injury. Grabbed headlines in her first meet as a Duck by setting school indoor records in the 60 meters - twice (7.48 in the preliminaries and 7.39 in the finals) - and the 200 meters (24.15) at the UW Indoor Invitational. Lowered that mark to her current best, 7.34, a week later at the New Balance Invitational in New York. Took third at the MPSF Championships in 7.38 and grabbed her third school record of the season as part of the MPSF winning 4x400 meter relay team (3:36.52). Wrapped up indoor season with her fourth school record of the year in helping Oregon take sixth in the distance medley relay (11:02.81) at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn her first All-America award. She also competed in the 60 meters (12th, 7.39) and on the 4x400 meter relay team (9th, 3:37.08) at the NCAA Indoor meet. Outdoors, continued her record-setting efforts by establishing the meet standard in the 400 meters at the Oregon Preview (54.27). Her only 400 of the season still ranked as the 10th-best at Oregon. Collected her fifth school record (and first outdoors) in the 4x100 meter relay at the Stanford Invitational (44.64) to shatter a 16-year-old record. Best single meet performance of the season was the Pepsi Team Invitational, where she sparked Oregon to a record-setting victory with school and meet records in both the 100 and 200 meters. Clocked 11.41 in the 100 to break Rosie Williams’ 20-year-old school record of 11.58 (matched by LeRenia Woods in 1993). And also smashed Williams 1991 meet record of 11.92. Time in the 200 of 23.09 broke Williams’ 1989 school record of 23.39 and Kelly Blair’s 1996 meet record of 24.14. Returned to action at the Mt. SAC Relays, where finished second in the 200 (23.69) and helped Oregon lower the record in the 4x100 meter relay at 44.61. Returned to action to help Oregon win both relays at the Oregon Relays (including a meet record 3:39.23 in the 4x400), before scoring in the 100 meters (8th, 11.84), 4x100 meter relay (3rd, 44.80) and 4x400 meter relay (3:39.23) at the Pac-10 Championships to help Oregon win its first team title in 19 years. At the NCAA West Regional, helped Oregon break the 4x100 meter relay record again at 44.17 in the preliminaries. After taking nearly a month off, finished second at the USA Junior Championships in the 100 meters (11.42) to earn a trip to the Pan American Junior Championships where she ran a wind-aided (+2.5) personal best of 11.32 in the preliminaries before breaking her own school record with a wind-legal 11.38 in the finals (second place). Also attempted three long jumps, with a best of 18-9.75 at the Stanford Invitational. Named the team’s Newcomer of the Year. Season Bests: Outdoors - 100 Meters - 11.32 (w+2.5) (PR), Pan American Junior Championships, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (7/31/09); 200 Meters - 23.09 (PR), Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/4/09); 400 Meters - 54.27 (PR), Oregon Preview, Eugene, Ore. (3/21/09); Long Jump - 18-9.75/5.73m (w+2.5). Indoors - 60 Meters - 7.34 (PR), New Balance Invitational, New York, N.Y. (2/6/09); 200 Meters - 24.15 (PR), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/31/09). Prep: As a senior in 2008, ranked 10th nationally in the 200 meters (23.75). Finished third in the 200 (23.75) and fourth in the 100 (12.05) at the 2008 CIF State Track and Field Championships. Finished eighth in the long jump as a junior with an effort of 18-7.75. Rocketed on to the national scene as a sophomore when she won the California state long jump title (19-10.25). Her 2006 best tied the high school All-American for the nation’s eighth-best prep mark in the country that season. In addition, she won the long jump in the 2006 Junior Olympics in 18-11.75. High School Bests: 100 Meters - 11.86; 200 Meters - 23.75; 400 Meters 54.79; Long Jump - 19-10.25. Personal: Major is family and human services.

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Jordan Roskelley One of the most improved student-athletes on the team saw her clearances jump more than a foot over her freshman season. Pac-10 scorer for the 2009 champions set four PRs and just missed a trip to her first NCAA Championships. No. 6 pole vaulter in school history. Former Washington state prep pole vault champion.

Junior Spokane, Wash. Mt. Spokane High School Pole Vault Personal Bests Pole Vault - 13-1.75/4.01m, NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore., 5/29/09 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - Pole Vault, t8th, 13-1.75/4.01m Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - Pole Vault, t5th, 13-0.25/3.97m

2008-09: Pac-10 scorer and NCAA West Regional qualifier in the pole vault. One of the better stories on the team improved her season best bar six times, including PRs the final three meets of her season. Competed in four meets indoors with a collegiate best of 12-6 at the Husky Classic. Opened outdoors with a clearance at 12-3.5 at the Oregon Preview. Upped her season best to 12-7.5 in a third-place finish at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Set the first of four PRs at the Mt. SAC Relays with a clearance of 12-11.5. Earned her first collegiate win and went over 13 feet for the first time when she cleared the bar at 13-0.25 at the Oregon Twilight. Matched that PR at the Pac-10 Championships, where she tied for fifth to help the Ducks win the team title for the first time in 17 years. Concluded season with another PR, 13-1.75 in a tie for eighth at the NCAA West Regional that was just one bar shy of an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. That clearance ranks as the sixth-best in school history. Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - Pole Vault - 13-1.75/4.01m (PR), NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore. (5/29/09). Indoors - 126/3.81m (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/09). 2007-08: Pole vaulted in four meets. Season best clearance was 12-1.5 twice. Cleared that height to finish third at the Oregon Twilight. Redshirted indoors. Season Bests: Outdoors - Pole Vault - 12-1.5, Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/5/08); Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/08). Prep: Won Washington state meet title as a senior by more than a foot, then cleared 12-8 in several meets afterwards and nearly converted several attempts at 13 feet. During prep career was a district, regional and state champion, and the state meet record holder in the pole vault (12-3). Lettered four years in track and field, three years in gymnastics in the all-around, two years in volleyball as a middle blocker and two years in cross country. Helped Mt. Spokane High School track and field squad to regional title and runner-up finish in the state meet, to a regional trip in volleyball, and to regional and state team appearances in cross country. Personal: Majoring in journalism.

Keara Sammons One of several Duck distance runners experienced at the national level. An NCAA outdoor qualifier in the 10,000 meters in 2007, she clocked the season’s fastest time nationally by a freshman (33:54.65), a time that ranks her seventh all-time for UO. As a prep, was a two-time top-20 Foot Locker Championships finisher and Midwest Regional champion. At the state level, was a cross country champion and two-time track runner-up. 2008-09: Did not compete.

RS-Junior Centennial, Colo. Smoky Hill High School Distance

2007-08: Redshirted the track seasons. In the fall, was one of the top harriers on the nation’s most improved team. Stood third on the cross country squad in her only appearance of the fall against a national-caliber field in the Bill Dellinger Invitational, where she placed eighth overall, spurring the Ducks to the team title. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic honorable mention.

Personal Bests 5,000 Meters - 16:31.71 (i), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., 2/24/07 10,000 Meters - 33:54.55, Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif., 3/31/07

2006-07: NCAA qualifier in the 10,000 meters. Outdoors, was the top freshman finisher in the NCAA 10,000 meters (12th, 34:01.09). Was a Pac-10 scorer in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. In March, ran a strong NCAA provisional time in the Stanford Invitational 10,000 meters, her event debut (33:54.65) that was team’s fastest mark since 1996 and seventh all-time at the University. Indoors, ran personal-best 16:31.71 5,000 meters at the MPSF Championships. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 16:42.78 (PR), Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/7/07); 10,000 Meters - 33:54.55 (PR), Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/30/07). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 9:44.70 (PR), UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (2/10/07); 5,000 Meters - 16:31.71 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/23/07).

NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2007 - 10,000 Meters, 12th, 34:01.09 Pac-10 Track Championships 2007 - 5,000 Meters - 8th, 16:57.87 2007 - 10,000 Meters - 4th, 35:51.13

Prep: Ran away with Colorado state cross country title as senior and placed fourth as a junior. On the track as a senior, she placed second in the state in both the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. Also finished top-five in the state 3,200 meters as a junior (fourth) and sophomore (fifth). Honor student. . Personal: Business administration major.

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Rita Santibanez Pac-10 scorer and the No. 7 thrower in the shot put in school history. NCAA West Regional qualifier. State native returned home and joined the Duck throws program in 2008. Previously, threw for Colgate University, where she set outdoor and indoor school records in the shot put. 2008-09: Pac-10 scorer and an NCAA West Regional qualifier in the shot put. Competed three times indoors and took eighth at the MPSF Championships (45-0.25). Opened outdoor season with a personal best effort of 48-10.75 to win the shot at the Oregon Preview. That throw ranks seventh all-time at Oregon. Also won the shot put at the Oregon Twilight and had top five finishes at the Stanford Invitational, the Pepsi Team Invitational and the Oregon Relays. Placed sixth in the shot at the Pac-10 Championships (45-5.25) to score three points for the team champions. Capped season with her first NCAA West Regional appearance (468). Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - Shot Put - 48-10.75/14.90m (PR),

RS-Senior Salem, Ore. Cascade High School/Colgate Throws Personal Bests Shot Put - 48-10.75/14.90m, Oregon Preview, Eugene, Ore., 3/21/09 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - Shot Put, 14th, 46-8/14.22m Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - Shot Put, 6th, 45-5.25/13.85m

Oregon Preview, Eugene, Ore. (3/21/09). Indoors - Shot Put - 45-0.25/13.72m, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09). 2007-08: Redshirt season. Competed unattached in a handful of indoor and outdoor meets. Set season best in the shot put with a throw of 47-10.5 in winning the event at the Oregon Relays, a mark that would have been an NCAA Regional qualifier and the ninth-best throw at the University. Season Bests: Outdoors - Shot Put - 47-10.5, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/26/08). Before Oregon: In two seasons at Colgate, competed in the shot put, discus and javelin. Set school outdoor record with a throw of 44-10.25 in finishing second at the 2007 Patriot League Outdoor Championships as a sophomore. That came on the heels of her shot put win at the Patriot League Indoor Championships (46-4.75, which also set a school record). Owns the Colgate javelin record (139-9). Indoors, had a seasonbest weight throw of 46-10.25. As a freshman, set indoor and outdoor shot put records that she broke as a sophomore. Colgate Bests: Outdoors - Shot Put - 44-10.25; Javelin - 139-9 (PR). Indoors - Shot Put - 464.75 (PR). Prep: Qualified for Oregon state championships three years (twice in the shot put, once in the javelin and discus, and twice in the 4x100 meter relay). Four-year conference champion. Also a four-year letterwinner at goalkeeper in soccer and was an all-region first-team and all-league selection. Graduated with honors degree. Personal: Political science major.

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Brianne Theisen

Junior Humboldt, Sask. Humboldt Collegiate Institute Heptathlon NCAA Champion (Heptathlon) Pac-10 Champion (Heptathlon) 4 School Records (Heptathlon, 100 Meter Hurdles; Pentathlon-i, 60 Meter Hurdles-i) 3-Time All-American Personal Bests Heptathlon - 6,086 points, NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., 6/11-12/09 200 Meters - 24.02w (legal - 24.10), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/9/09 100 Meter Hurdles - 13.47w (legal - 13.56), NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore., 5/30/09 High Jump - 5-11.25/1.81m (i), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash., 1/30/09; NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas, 3/13/09 Long Jump - w20-3.75/6.19m (legal - 19-9.75), Oregon Relays, 4/24/09 Javelin - 148-0/45.11m, NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., 6/12/09 Pentathlon - 4,321 points (i), NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas, 3/13/09 60 Meter Hurdles - 8.54 (i), NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas, 3/13/09 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - Heptathlon, 1st, 6,086 points 2008 - Heptathlon, 4th, 5,710 points NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - Pentathlon, 4th, 4,321 points NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 100 Hurdles, 4th, 13.47 (w+3.7)

Defending NCAA champion in the heptathlon is one of the elite combined events student-athletes in the sport. Competed for Team Canada at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Pac-10 champion (heptathlon) scored 16.5 points to help Oregon win the league title for the first time since 1992. One of the best all-around women’s track and field athletes in school history already holds four school records and is listed in an amazing 10 different University of Oregon top-10 lists (outdoor heptathlon, 100 meter hurdles, high jump, javelin, 4x100 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay; indoor pentathlon, 60 meter hurdles, high jump and long jump). Would be 12 lists if her outdoor PRs in both the long jump (20-3.75) and the 20 meters (24.01) weren’t wind-aided. As it is, her best legal long jump is just a quarter inch out of the top 10 and her best legal 200 is just .02 shy of the top 10. School records are in the heptathlon, pentathlon, 100 meter hurdles and indoor 60 meter hurdles. Canadian national senior heptatlon champion in 2009 and the junior heptathlon champion in 2006 and 2007. The 2007 Pan American Junior heptathlon champion also competed in the 2006 World Junior Championships and 2005 World Youth Championships. 2008-09: Breakout season saw her win the NCAA heptathlon championship, the Pac-10 heptathlon championship and the Canadian national heptathlon championship and compete for Team Canada at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Also broke four school records and etched her name on 10 different top-10 lists. Won All-America honors in the heptathlon and pentathlon. During her first indoor season, established a school record in her initial pentathlon of the season, scoring 4,181 points at the UW Indoor Invitational. Set the school record in the 60 meter hurdles, 8.65, during that competition and also recorded a personal best in the high jump, 5-11.25, which ranks second all-time indoors. Broke her own school records in the pentathlon and 60 meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Finished third with 4,321 points to score six points toward Oregon’s ninth-place finish and earn All-America honors. During that competition, lowered her school record in the 60 meter hurdles to 8.54, established an indoor PR in the long jump of 19-9 (No. 4 all-time) and matched her high jump PR. Outdoors, won four heptathlons before taking 15th at the world championships. Opened season with a win at the Big Green in the Desert (5,643 points). Set an outdoor PR in the high jump, 5-10 (No. 5 all-time), at that meet. Won the long jump at the Oregon Relays with a wind-aided personal best effort of 20-3.75. Also was a member of the secondfastest 4x100 relay team in school history, 44.74, at the Oregon Relays (lead leg). In the championships season, netted 16.5 points at the Pac-10 Championships to help lead Oregon to the team title for the first time in 17 years. Won the heptathlon with 5,986 points, a 200-point PR. Established personal records at the time in the 200 meters (w24.02), 800 meters (2:14.57), 100 hurdles (13.86) and shot put (39-0.25). Came back the following weekend of the Pac-10 meet score in the long jump (sixth, 20-2.5), high jump (seventh, 5-7) and 4x400 meter relay team (third, 3:37.10). Ran 13.56 to set the school record in the preliminaries of the 100 hurdles at the NCAA West Regional. Came back to run a personal best 13.47 to finish fourth in the final with a non-legal wind of +3.7. Became just the second NCAA heptathlon champion from Oregon at the 2009 meet in Fayetteville, Ark. Set the school record in winning with 6,086 points and helping Oregon take the runner-up trophy. Had a pair of PRs in the throws - 39-9.25 in the shot put and 148-0 in the javelin (No. 10 all-time) - and just missed PRs in the five other events to break 6,000 points for the first time in her career. Went on to win the Canadian national heptathlon title in June (5,847 points) to earn a trip to the IAAF World Championships. Finished 15th against the top heptathletes in the world (5,949 points) and set a personal best in the 800 meters (2:12.62) in the final event. Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. Named the team’s Mary Officer Award winner. Season Bests: Outdoors - Heptathlon - 6,086 points (PR), NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark. (6/11-12/09); 200 Meters - 24.02 (w+4.9) (PR), Pac-10 Championships heptathlon, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/09); 100 Meter Hurdles - 13.47 (w+3.7) (PR), NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore. (5/30/09); High Jump - 5-10.5/1.79m, Big Green in the Desert Multis, Mesa, Ariz., (3/25/09); Long Jump - 20-3.75/6.19m (w+3.5) (PR), Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/24/09); Javelin - 148-0/45.11m (PR), NCAA Championships heptathlon, Fayetteville, Ark. (6/12/09). Indoors - Pentathlon - 4,321 points (PR), NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas (3/13/09); 60 Meter Hurdles - 8.54, NCAA Championships pentathlon, College Station, Texas (3/13/09); High Jump - 5-11.25/1.81m, UW Indoor Invitational pentathlon, Seattle, Wash. (1/30/09) & NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas (3/13/09); Long Jump - 19-9/6.02m, NCAA Championships pentathlon, College Station, Texas (3/13/09). 2007-08: All-American in the heptathlon following her fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships. Also the Pac-10 runner-up in the event, where she scored a personal best 5,765 points to vault to second on the UO career list. Scored 5,710 points at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors. Was also Oregon’s top high jumper (5-8.75) and 100 meter hurdler (14.21) of 2008 and was an NCAA Regional

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WOMEN’S PROFILES Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 Heptathlon, 1st, 5,986 points 2009 - Long Jump, 6th, 20-2.5/6.16m (w+2.8) 2009 - High Jump, 7th, 5-7, 1.70m 2009 - 400 Meters, p-4th, 55.53 2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:37.10 2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay, p-4th, 46.11 2008 - Heptathlon, 2nd, 5,765 points 2008 - Javelin, 11th, 140-3 2008 - High Jump, 12th, 5-5 2008 - Long Jump, 13th, 18-11.25

qualifier in both the high jump and the javelin (144-8). Opened season with a pair of first-place finishes at the Oregon Preview, taking the 100 meter hurdles in 14.36 and the long jump in 19-6.25. Scored 5,575 points in her first heptathlon to win the Sacramento State Invitational. Won the 100 meter hurdles at the Oregon Relays (14.52), where she also took second in both the high jump (5-8.75) and the long jump (191.5). In addition to her second-place finish in the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Championships, also competed in the long jump, high jump and javelin. During the Pac-10’s heptathlon competition, set seasonal bests in the 100 meter hurdles (14.21), javelin (144-8) and the shot put (38-3.25). Season-bests in the high jump (5-8.75) and long jump (19-6.75) came at the NCAA Championships. Did not compete indoors. Season Bests: Outdoors - Heptathlon - 5,765 points, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/9-10/08); 100 Hurdles - 14.21, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/9/08); High Jump - 5-8.75, NCAA Championships, Des Moines, Iowa (6/13/08); Long Jump - 19-6.75, Des Moines, Iowa (6/12/08); Javelin - 144-8, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/10/08). Prep: Posted an impressive victory as a senior in the 2007 Pan-American Junior Championships heptathlon (5,413 points) and led field in the high jump, javelin and 800 meters and stood second in long jump and ran a PR in the 200 meters (25.025). Also competed for the Canadian National Team in the 2006 World Junior Championships (11th, 5,149) and 2005 World Youth Championships (fourth, 4,805). Named school’s junior and senior athlete of the year and Saskatchewan’s 2007 Female Athlete of the Year. Overall, lettered five seasons in track and field, four seasons in volleyball at middle blocker and one season in soccer at forward. Also trained and competed with the Saskatoon Track and Field Club. Honor roll member. Personal: Business administration major.

Taylor Wallace Oregon native and Foot Locker Cross Country national qualifier was a 13-time state champion in track and cross country. Led the state at 800 meters (2:10.57) as a senior and ranked in the top three at 1,500 and 3,000 meters. Won the 2009 Steve Prefontaine Award as the best high school runner in the state of Oregon. Two-time Gatorade state runner of the year. 2009-10: Cross Country - Made Oregon debut at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (24th, 17:28.11, 5,000 meters). Also ran at the Pre-National Invitational and the Pac-10 Championships.

Freshman Klamath Falls, Ore. Henley High School Distance Personal Bests 1,500 Meters - 4:28.79, Prefontaine Classic, Eugene, Ore., 6/8/08 3,000 Meters - 9:56.64, USATF Junior Championships, Indianapolis, Ind., 6/22/07 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 44th, 21:25.03

Prep: Thirteen-time state champion for Henley High School. Won four titles each at 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters and two in cross country, in addition to anchoring Henley’s three-time winning 4x400 meter relay squad. Led Henley to three track and field state championships. After taking her second straight OSAA cross country title (18:43.7), finished 20th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals in December 2008 (18:24). In the spring of her senior year, claimed her fourth straight Oregon state titles at 1,500 meters (4:33.83) and 3,000 meters (10:09.22). Also scored at 400 meters (fourth, 59.09). Had the fastest 800 meter time in the state as a senior (2:10.57). At the 2009 U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships, finished third in 4:29.09 and was also third at the Pan American Junior Championships in 4:31.76. Won the 2009 Steve Prefontaine Award as the best high school runner in the state of Oregon. As a junior, won state cross country (18:13), 1,500 meter (4:33.79) and 3,000 meter (9:58.30) crowns. Set a PR at 1,500 meters, 4:28.79 at the Prefontaine Classic, that ranked third nationally in 2008. Won the 2008 Nike Border Clash. Also ran at the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals her junior year after which, she was named the Johnny Carpenter athlete of the year. As a sophomore, repeated as 1,500 meter (4:43.34) and 3,000 meter (10:18.92) state champion. Also ran a prep-best 9:56.64 in the 3,000 meters at the 2007 Junior USATF Championships in Indianapolis. Gatorade cross country runner of the year in both 2007 and ’08. Earned her first 1,500/3,000 double state track titles as a freshman in 2006. In addition to running, was an all-state forward for the Henley basketball team and an all-league player for the volleyball squad. High School Bests: 400 Meters - 59.01, 2009; 800 Meters - 2:10.57, 2009 (state 4A record); 1,500 Meters - 4:28.79 (state 4A record), 2008; 3,000 Meters - 9:56.64, 2007. Personal: Major is undeclared.

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Bria Wetsch NCAA Cross Country Championships veteran adds depth and experience to the distance corps. Two-time Pac-10 scorer in cross country and once in track. Helped Oregon with its first Pac-10 league title in 17 years with a seventh-place run at 10,000 meters. Scored for cross country team in all five of her championship appearances in 2006 and ’07. As a prep, was a national 2-mile champion, top-10 Foot Locker finisher and five-time Minnesota state track and cross country champion. 2009-10: Cross Country - Made season Oregon debut at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Fourth on the team and seventh overall at the Mike Hodges Invitational. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic first team.

RS-Junior Chaska, Minn. Holy Family Catholic High School Distance Personal Bests 5,000 Meters - 16:38.64 (i), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., 1/31/09 10,000 Meters - 35:39.86, Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/16/09 NCAA Cross Country Championships 2008 - 184th, 21:50.3 2007 - 76th, 21:24 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2007 - 16th, 20:54.30 2006 - 34th, 22:24.95 Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 5,000 Meters - 16th, 17:13.65 2009 - 10,000 Meters - 7th, 35:39.86 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2007 - 16th, 20:41.2 2006 - 22nd, 21:28.25

2008-09: NCAA Cross Country national championships competitor and Pac-10 Track Championships scorer at 10,000 meters. Indoors, ran a personal best 16:38.64 in the 5,000 at the MPSF Championships. Outdoors, ran at every distance between 1,500 and 10,000 meters. Seventh-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 Championships (35:39.86) helped Oregon win its first league title in 17 years. In the fall, was the No. 7 runner for UO’s national runner-up squad at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Also raced in the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Pac-10 Track & Field All-Academic first team. Pac-10 AllAcademic Cross Country second team. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:35.70 (PR), Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/4/09); 5,000 Meters - 17:04.75 (PR), Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/27/09); 10,000 Meters - 35:39.86 (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/16/09). Indoors - Mile - 4:57.99 (PR), UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/31/09); 3,000 Meters - 9:50.76 (PR), New Balance Invitational, New York, N.Y. (2/7/09); 5,000 Meters - 16:38.64 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/27/09). 2007-08: Did not see any action in the spring. Redshirted the indoor season. One of the Ducks’ most consistent cross country performers at the championship level, finishing third for the team at the Pac-10 (16th, 20:42) and the West Region (16th, 20:55) championships. Raced to the team’s fourth position in her NCAA Championships debut (76th, 21:24), helping the Ducks bring home the second-place trophy. Also competed in the Bill Dellinger Invitational (21st, 21:02). Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection. 2006-07: Redshirted outdoor season and competed once indoors. In cross country, ranked second for the team in the West Regional (34th, 22:25) and fourth in the Pac-10 Championships (22nd, 21:29). Scored her third, top-20 finish in the USA Junior Cross Country Championships (18th). Prep: Placed eighth in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships debut in ’05 after she placed fourth in the Midwest Regional. In the state cross country meet, won title as senior in course-record time (13:54.7) and was eighth as a junior. Finished top-10 in the USA Junior Cross Country Championships in 2006 (eighth) and ’05 (10th). On the track, capped senior season with Nike Outdoor Nationals 2-Mile win (10:10.50), a time that was ranked second nationally on the U.S. season best list. Won state 3,200 meter titles as a sophomore, junior and senior. Also won state 1,600 meters as a senior and was second the prior two seasons. Personal: Accounting major.

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Mandy White One of the top sprinters on the team helped Oregon set the school record in the 4x100 meter relay and ranks No. 6 on the school’s 100 meter list. Also ranks among the school’s best indoors at 60 and 200 meters. Former two-time Oregon 6A state champion.

Junior Lake Oswego, Ore. Lakeridge High School Sprints School Record (4x100 Relay) Personal Bests 100 Meters - 11.70w (legal - 11.74), NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore., 5/29/09 200 Meters - 24.26, Pacific-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/16/09 60 Meters - 7.57, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., 2/28/09 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - 100 Meters, p-5th, 11.70 (w+2.3) 2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - 100 Meters, p-6th, 11.74 2009 - 200 Meters, p-6th, 24.26 2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 3rd, 44.80 2008 - 100 Meters, 10th, 11.92 2008 - 200 Meters, 11th, 24.41 2008 - 4x100 Meters Relay

2008-09: Pac-10 scorer. Record-setting performance on the 4x100 meter relay team was the highlight of a season that also saw her establish PRs at 100 and 200 meters outdoors and 60 and 200 meters indoors. Set a pair of indoor PRs at the MPSF Championships, where she took fifth in the 200 meters (24.62) and sixth in the 60 meters (7.58). Ran personal best 7.57 in the 60 meter prelims to claim the second-fastest time in school history. Mark in the 200 ranks fifth all-time. Outdoors, best legal time in the 100 meters, 11.74, came in the preliminaries of the Pac-10 Championships and ranks as the sixth-fastest all-time. Improved on that with a wind-aided 11.70 (w+2.3) in the preliminaries of the NCAA West Regional. Established a personal best in the 200 meters in the Pac-10 prelims (24.26). Key member of Oregon’s record-setting 4x100 meter relay team. That squad lowered the school record three times in 2009. Ran lead leg as Oregon broke its 16-year-old 4x100 relay mark in winning the Stanford Invitational (44.64). Trimmed .03 off that mark in a win at the Mt. SAC Relays (44.61). Relay squad was third at the Pac-10 Championships in 44.80 to score six points toward Oregon’s first championship in 17 years. Two weeks later at the NCAA West Regional, led off for the quartet that blazed to another school record, 44.17, in the preliminary round, before being disqualified in the final due to a lane violation. Season Bests: Outdoors - 100 Meters - 11.70 (w+2.3) (PR), NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore. (5/29/09); 200 Meters - 24.26 (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/16/09). Indoors - 60 Meters - 7.57 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09). 200 Meters - 24.62 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09). 2007-08: Pac-10 Championships qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters, and the 4x100 meter relay. Had Oregon’s top time in the 100 meters (11.92) and ranked second at 200 meters (24.32). Ran a season-best 11.92 in the 100 in her Pac-10 Championships debut. Won the 200 meters at the Oregon Relays in a seasonbest 24.32. Indoors, led Oregon at 60 meters, where she set a personal best five different times throughout the season. Debuted with a 7.93 preliminary round at the UW Indoor Preview, before improving to 7.80 in a third-place finish in the final. Next PR, 7.75, came two weeks later at the UW Indoor Invitational. Improved on that with a 7.72 time at the Tyson Invitational. Top two times of the indoor season came at the MPSF Championships, where she clocked 7.66 in the preliminaries before running her then-school record 7.65 in the finals to finish third. Season Bests: Outdoors - 100 Meters - 11.92, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/17/08); 200 Meters - 24.32, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/26/08). Indoors - 60 Meters - 7.65, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08). 200 Meters - 25.01, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08). Prep: In 2007, ran personal bests to win 6A state titles as a senior in the 100 meters and the 200 meters. Her times led the Oregon state prep rankings. She was also a top-10 state placer in other events as a senior (long jump, fourth), junior (100 meters, ninth; long jump, 10th), sophomore (100 meters, fifth; 4x100 meter relay, eighth) and freshman (100 meters, fifth). District champion in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Lettered in track and field four seasons and in cheerleading three seasons, helping the cheerleading team finish fifth in the state competition her junior and senior seasons. Personal: Business administration major.

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Jamesha Youngblood Rising national star in the horizontal jumps. Double Pac-10 champion in 2009 (long jump, triple jump) posted one of the best field seasons in school history. Won All-America honors in the long jump both indoors and outdoors, set the school record in the long jump (indoors and outdoors) and the triple jump, and on top of that, was a member of two record-setting relay teams. Scored 23 points towards Oregon’s first Pac-10 championship since 1992. Ranked No. 11 in the United States in the long jump and No. 22 in the triple jump. Was a PanAmerican Junior, USA Junior, Junior Olympic and Nike Indoor National champion in the long jump during her prep career. As a senior, ranked top-five nationally among preps in the 300 meter hurdles (second, 41.08), 400 meter hurdles (fifth, 58.66), long jump (first, 21-0) and triple jump (second, 42-2.75-indoors).

Junior San Pablo, Calif. Hercules High School Jumps/Hurdles 5 School Records (Long Jump, Triple Jump, 4x100 Relay; Long Jump-i, 4x400 Relay-i) Pac-10 Champion (Long Jump, Triple Jump) 2-Time All-American Personal Bests 200 Meters - 24.34w (legal - 24.96), Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore., 4/23/09 400 Meter Hurdles - 58.66, USATF Outdoor Championships, Indianapolis, Ind., 6/20/07 Long Jump - 21-5.5/6.54m NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., 6/11/09 Triple Jump - 43-2.25/13.16m, Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore., 5/16/09 60 Meters - 7.63 (i), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash., 1/31/09 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2009 - Long Jump, 3rd, 21-5.5/6,54m 2009 - Triple Jump, p-11th, 42-0/12.81m (w+2.1) NCAA Indoor Track Championships 2009 - Long Jump, 5th, 21-1.25/6.43m 2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 9th, 3:37.08 NCAA West Regional Track Championships 2009 - Triple Jump, t3rd, 42-8/13.00m (w+2.3) 2009 - Long Jump, 4th, 21-0/6.40m 2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay 2008 - Triple Jump 2008 - 4x400 Meters Relay, 7th, 3:40.10 Pac-10 Track Championships 2009 - Long Jump - 1st, 21-1.25/6.43m 2009 - Triple Jump, 1st, 43-2.25/13.16m 2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 3rd, 44.80 2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:37.10 2008 - Long Jump, 11th, 19-1.25 2008 - Triple Jump - 3rd, 41-5 2008 - 4x100 Meter Relay 2008 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:37.43

2008-09: Performed the rare feat of winning both the long jump and triple jump at the Pac-10 Championships. Went on to claim a piece of five school records and garner a pair of All-America awards in the long jump (indoor, outdoor). Opened year with impressive performances in the long jump, triple jump and 60 meters indoors. Broke the school record in the indoor long jump with a mark of 20-9.25 at the UW Indoor Invitational. Improved on that effort with a leap of 21-1.25 at the NCAA Championships, a mark that placed fifth and earned the first All-America honors of her career. Also indoors, recorded the No. 2 triple jump in school history with a leap of 40-6.25 at the UW Indoor Preview, and clocked the No. 3 60 meter time at Oregon, 7.63, at the UW Indoor Invitational. Additionally, ran the lead leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that ran to a school record 3:36.52 in winning the MPSF Championships and advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships (9th, 3:37.08). Outdoors, took second in both the long jump (19-3.5) and the triple jump (40-6.75) at the Stanford Invitational, before winning the long jump at the Pepsi Team Invitational (20-8) and Oregon Twilight (20-10). That set the stage for her remarkable performances at the Pac-10 meet, where she set school records in winning both jumps. Went 21-1.25 to take the long jump, and break Julie Goodrich’s 1988 records of 21-0.5, and then 43-2.25 to win the triple jump and break Sara Jessie’s 1995 record of 42-6. Joined Stanford’s Erica McLain as the only women in conference history to sweep the long jump and triple jump. Combined with her efforts on the third-place relay teams, scored 23 points toward Oregon’s first Pac-10 title in 17 years. At the NCAA West Regional, qualified for her first NCAA Outdoor Championmships in both jumps. Went 21-0 in the long jump and 42-8 (w+2.3) in the triple jump at the Regional. Terrific performance at the NCAA Championships in the long jump, where she broke her own record twice in a third place finish. Jumped 21-5.25 in the preliminaries, and then 21-5.5 in the finals to score six team points towards Oregon’s best finish - second - in a quarter century. Also ran the anchor leg on Oregon’s record-setting 4x100 meter relay team. First set the school mark at the Stanford Invitational (44.64). Lowered that to 44.61 at the Mt. SAC Relays before recording the current standard, 44.17, in the preliminaries of the NCAA West Regional. Ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 squad that finished third at the Pac-10 Championships (44.80) and the third leg of the 4x400 team that was also third at the Pac-10 meet (3:37.10, No. 7 all-time). Additionally, ran the anchor on the 4x400 meter relay team that set the Oregon Relays meet record (3:39.23). Named the team’s Lynne Winbigler Performer of the Year. Season Bests: Outdoors - 200 Meters - 24.34 (w+2.2) (PR), Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/23/09); Long Jump - 215.5/6.54m (PR), NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark. (6/11/09); Triple Jump - 43-2.25/13.16m (PR), Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/16/09). Indoors - 60 Meters - 7.63 (PR), UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/31/09); Long Jump - 21-1.25/6.43m (PR), NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas (3/13/09); Triple Jump - 40-6.25/12.35m (PR), UW Indoor Preview, Seattle, Wash. (1/17/09. 2007-08: Pac-10 scorer in the triple jump and 4x400 meter relay. Recorded marks that ranked among the school all-time top three in the triple jump, long jump and indoor long jump. Early start to the season began indoors at the Arkansas Last Chance meet, where she lept all the way to second on the school’s career list with an effort of 20-4.25. Kept rolling into the outdoor season, where she hit No. 2 on the school’s triple jump list with a leap of 41-11.25 at the Oregon Preview. Also went over 41 feet in finishing third at the Pac-10 Championships (41-5) and fourth at the U.S. Junior Championships (41-8.5). Got into the record books in the long jump in June at the U.S. Junior Championships with a leap of 20-9.75 to finish second. That second-place finish qualified her for the World Championships. In addition to her proficiency in the jumps, ranked third on the team in the 400 meter hurdles with a season-best mark of 1:00.94 from the Mt. SAC Relays. Ran personal best 24.96 in the 200 meters at the Oregon Relays. Ran on Oregon’s thirdplace 4x400 meters relay team at the Pac-10 Championships that clocked the sixth-fastest time in school history (3:37.43). Capped collegiate season with her first appearance in the NCAA West Regional (triple jump, 4x400 meter relay). Season Bests: Outdoors - 200 Meters - 24.96, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/26/08); 400 Hurdles - 1:00.94, Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif. (4/17/08); Long Jump - 20-9.75, U.S. Junior Championships, Columbus, Ohio (6/21/08); Triple Jump - 41-11.25, Oregon Preview, Eugene, Ore. (3/22/08). Indoors - Long Jump - 20-4.25, Arkansas Last Chance, Fayetteville, Ark. (3/7/08).

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WOMEN’S PROFILES Prep: Won the 2007 Pan-American Junior title in the long jump (21-0) less than a month after she won the USA Junior Championships long jump, and took fourth in the 400 meter hurdles (58.66). Added win during the summer in the Junior Olympics long jump and ran on third-place relays in the 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters. Earlier in the season, won the Golden West Invitational 300 meter hurdles and long jump and the Nike Indoor Nationals long jump and triple jump, where she set a PR with an effort of 42-2.75. As a junior, won national titles in the 2006 USATF Junior Olympic Championships long jump and triple jump and AAU Junior Olympics triple jump and 400 meter hurdles. As a senior in the California state championships, she won the 300 meter hurdles and the long jump and was third in the triple jump. As a junior, she was second in the 300 meter hurdles and third in the triple jump. She also finished sixth in the 4x100 meter relay as a senior and in the 100 meter hurdles as a junior. Also competed in the state meet as a sophomore in the 300 meter hurdles (third) and triple jump (sixth) and as a freshman in the triple jump and 100 meter hurdles. Personal: Major is family and human services. Her cousin Julius Thomas plays basketball at Portland State.

Lauren Zaludek In-state veteran runner with NCAA and Pac-10 Cross Country championship meet experience. Senior had a resurgent fall and was consistently among the team’s top five runners. Two-time state runner up at 1,500 meters. 2009-10: Cross Country - Opened season with a win at the Pre’s Trail Pre-View, her first victory as a Duck, to lead Oregon to the team title. Ran 12th overall and was the Ducks’ No. 3 finisher in helping Oregon to a second-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (16:59.83, 5,000 meters). Made return to the Pac10 Championships for the first time since her freshman season (29th, 20:49.80). Great effort in her first career NCAA West Regional, where she ran 25th (21:39.25) as Oregon’s No. 4 runner, produced the first all-regional team selection of her career. Also ran at the Pre-National Invitational. Capped fall with her first NCAA Championships appearance.

Senior Elmira, Ore. Elmira High School Distance Personal Bests 1,500 Meters - 4:37.46, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore., 4/24/09 NCAA Cross Country Championships 2009 - 103rd, 21:19.2 NCAA Cross Country West Regional 2009 - 25th, 21:39.25 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships 2009 - 29th, 20:49.80 2006 - 60th, 22:33.95

2008-09: Raced at 1,500 meters three times outdoors and set a PR (4:37.46) at the Oregon Relays. Was second in the 1,500 at the Oregon Twilight (4:39.39). Also ran the 5,000 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational. In cross country, competed in Pre’s Trail Run and the Mike Hodges Invitational. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:37.46 (PR), Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/24/09). 2007-08: Ran the 1,500 meters twice, at the Oregon Preview and the Oregon Relays. Did not compete indoors. In the fall, competed in three cross country races for UO and placed top-10 on the squad in each. Scored in Ducks’ fifth slot in the Beaver Classic (13th). Also competed in the Sunriver Open and Mike Hodges Invitational. 2006-07: On the track, competed in three races indoors and outdoors for UO. In fall, ranked fourth for the cross country team in the Pier Park Preview (sixth, 18:59) and was fifth on the squad in the Mike Hodges Invitational (ninth, 17:26). Also raced at the Pac-10 Championships and Bill Dellinger Invitational. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:43.82, Oregon Preview, Eugene, Ore. (3/17/07). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 10:04.91 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/25/07). Prep: Finished top-30 in all four of her 3A state cross country appearances, including fifth place as a junior and senior. Claimed state track runner-up honors in the 1,500 meters as a senior (4:46.25) and junior (4:38.70). Also finished second as senior in the 3,000 meters (10:09.37) with an 11-second personal best. High School Bests: 1,500 Meters - 4:38.70 (2005); 3,000 Meters - 10:09.37 (2006). Personal: Sociology major.

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Laura Bobek Three-time Oregon state champion in both the discus and shot put brings an impressive list of credentials in the throws. Ranked fifth nationally in the shot put and sixth nationally in the discus as a senior. Holds the alldivisions state record in the discus (162-1). Was undefeated during the high school season in both throwing events her junior and senior years.

Freshman Astoria, Ore. Astoria High School Throws

Prep: Won three consecutive state 4A titles in both the shot put and the discus for Astoria High School. Senior season saw her ranked fifth nationally in the shot put with a throw of 47-8, which came at the Dick Baker Invitational, as well as sixth nationally in the discus with a toss of 162-1 from the Anderson Relays. The latter mark set an Oregon prep all-classifications record. Won her third straight state shot (45-5.5) and discus (152-10) titles in 2009 to lead Astoria to a third place team finish. As a junior in 2008, dominated at the 4A level, winning both the discus (138-3) and the shot put (42-8) at the state meet for the second consecutive year and going undefeated during the high school season. Claimed her first state titles as a sophomore in 2007, throwing 41-6 in the shot put and 131-11 in the discus. Helped the Fishermen capture two second place finishes at the state championships during her sophomore and junior seasons. Was also the runner-up in both the shot put (43-3.5) and the discus (139-8) at the 2008 Washington/Oregon Meet of Champions. High School Bests: Shot Put - 47-8/14.52m, 2009; Discus - 162-1/49.40m, 2009. Personal: Majoring in biology. Older brother Sam rowed at Oregon State for four years. A member of the 4H Club, would like to study to be a large animal veterinarian.

Camilla Dencer Transfer from UCLA has NCAA Championships experience and posted some of the nation’s top times in the 800 and 400 meters as a high school senior in 2008. Prep All-American holds West Valley Christian school records in the 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters and the high jump.

Sophomore Northridge, Calif. West Valley Christian High School/ UCLA Middle Distance Personal Bests 400 Meters - 54.27, Cal/Nevada Championships, Los Angeles, Calif., 3/29/09 800 Meters - 2:07.54, 2008

Before Oregon: NCAA Championships qualifier (4x400 meter relay) as a freshman at UCLA. Ran on the Bruins’ West Regional championship 4x400 squad. Finished seventh in the 800 meters at the NCAA West Regional (2:12.88). Took third at that distance against USC (2:09.46). Won the RJ/JJK Invite open 800 (2:09.72). Season-best 800 meter time of 2:07.97 came at the Mt. SAC Relays. Also ran a regional qualifier in the 400 meters of 54.27 at the Cal/Nevada Championships. Indoors, clocked a season-best 400 meter time of 54.57 at the MPSF Championships. UCLA Bests: Outdoors - 400 Meters - 54.27 (PR), Cal/ Nevada Championships, Los Angeles, Calif. (3/29/09); 800 Meters - 2:07.97, Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif. (4/18/09). Indoors - 400 Meters - 54.57 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09). Prep: As a senior in 2008, was No. 9 nationally in the 800 meters (2:07.54) and No. 25 in the 400 meters (54.42) for West Valley Christian High School. Placed third at the 2008 USATF Junior Nationals in the 800 meters to earn All-American honors. Also competed at the World Junior Championships in 2008. Set state Division IV record with her time in the 800, and also holds school records at 200 meters, 400 meters and in the high jump. Was a state finalist in the high jump in 2006 (second) and 2007 (fourth) and a finalist in the 800 meters in 2008. Three-time Junior Olympic champion in the high jump. High School Bests: 200 Meters - 24.87 (PR); 400 Meters - 54.42, 2008; 800 Meters - 2:07.54, 2008; High Jump - 5-8/1.72m (PR). Personal: Major is psychology. Has six siblings (two brothers, four sisters).

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Rebecca Friday Three-time Washington state champion at 800 meters. Ranked second in the state among all high school classifications at 800 meters (2:11.40). Also captured the Washington 1,600 meter crown as a senior. 2009-10: Cross Country - Oregon debut came in an 11th-place finish at the Pre’s Trail Pre-View. Also finished 11th at the Mike Hodges Invitational as Oregon’s fifth runner. Prep: Won three straight Washington state 800 meter titles and added a 1,600 meter crown her senior year for Bellingham High School. As a senior, claimed the 800 championship in 2:12.46 and the 1,600 title in 5:01.87. Time from the Bill Harris Invite, 2:11.40 was the second-fastest 800 time in Washington in 2009. Won state crowns at 800 meters in 2:15.94 as a junior and in 2:16.48 as a sophomore. Also won the 1,600 meters at the 2008 Washington/Oregon Meet of Champions in 5:02.99 after taking third in the state meet (5:05.24). Set prep-best in the 1,600 of 4:53.6 at the 2008 Lake Washington Invitational. Was the state runner-up at 1,600 meters as a sophomore in 2007. Also had three top-12 finishes from the state cross country meet with a best of seventh coming as a junior in 2007. High School Bests: 400 Meters - 58.44, 2009; 800 Meters - 2:11.40, 2009; 1,500 Meters - 4:34.64; 1,600 Meters - 4:53.6, 2008. Personal: Major is undeclared.

Freshman Bellingham, Wash. Bellingham High School Distance Personal Bests 800 Meters - 2:11.40, Bill Harris Invite, Federal Way, Wash., 4/7/09 1,500 Meters - 4:34.64, Lake Washington Invitational, Kirkland, Wash., 4/26/08

Alexandra Jones Double winner at the 2008 Oregon state championships who was ranked sixth nationally at 3,000 meters. An all-state selection in both cross country and track. Prep: Won 2008 state 6A 800 meter (2:14.78) and 1,500 meter (4:42.32) crowns as a junior to lead St. Mary’s Academy to a third-place tie. Also ranked sixth nationally at 3,000 meters (9:54.39). That time came at the 2008 Oregon Relays at Historic Hayward Field, as did her high school best at 1,500 meters (4:37.56). In cross country, second-place finish individually (18:26.9) as a senior in 2008 helped St. Mary’s finish second at the state championships before an injury curtailed her final track season. High School Bests: 800 Meters - 2:14.76, 2008; 1,500 Meters - 4:37.56, 2008; 3,000 Meters - 9:54.39, 2008. Personal: Major is human physiology. Mother Gina was on the Oregon track team (hurdles, jumps) and father Dan played baseball, basketball and football for Lewis & Clark College.

Freshman Lake Oswego, Ore. St. Mary’s Academy Middle Distance Personal Bests 800 Meters - 2:14.76, MHC District Meet, Gresham, Ore., 5/13/08 1,500 Meters - 4:37.56, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore., 4/25/08 3,000 Meters - 9:54.39, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore., 4/25/08

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Sarah Penney Best prep runner from Arizona in the 800 meters comes to Oregon from top high school running program Xavier College Prep. 2009-10: Cross Country - Made Oregon debut at the Pre’s Trail Pre-View, finishing as the team’s No. 5 runner and 10th overall. Took fifth overall (third on the team) at the Mike Hodges Invitational. Also ran at the Bill Dellinger Invitational.

Freshman Paradise Valley, Ariz. Xavier College Prep Distance

Prep: Had the state’s top time in the 800 meters as both a junior and a senior for Xavier College Prep. Scored in three events at the Arizona state championships as a senior to help Xavier to a second-place finish. Was second in the 1,600 meters (5:12.52), sixth in the 800 meters (2:20.34) and seventh in the 3,200 meters (11:25.63). Helped Xavier win the 2008 state cross country championship with a runner-up finish. As a junior at the 2008 Arizona championships, placed second in both the 800 meters (2:14.75) and the 1,600 meters (4:50.72), helping Xavier to a second place team finish. Also recorded the fastest time in the state at 800 meters, 2:14.20, which was the winning mark in the Arizona Meet of Champions. Ranked 20th nationally in the mile in 2008 at 4:52.41. High School Bests: 800 Meters - 2:11.63, 2007; 1,600 Meters 4:50.72, 2008; Mile - 4:52.41, 2008; 3,200 Meters - 10:39.70, 2007. Personal: Major is undeclared.

Personal Bests 800 Meters - 2:11.63, 2007 Mile - 4:52.41, 2008

Chloé Steinbeck A 400 and 800 meter Oregon 6A state champion who also ran on Southridge High School’s three-time OSAA state titlist 4x400 meter relay team. Versatile runner raced at every distance between 200 and 1,600 meters and also ran on both relay teams. Prep: A member of three straight Oregon state 6A championship 4x400 meter relay teams for Southridge High School also won individual titles at 800 meters as a senior and 400 meters as a junior. Won 800 meters (2:16.32) and ran on the winning 4x400 meter relay and runner-up 4x100 meter relay teams to lead Southridge to the 2009 OSAA state title. Earlier her senior year, ran a season-best 2:12.19 800 meters at the Oregon Twilight and a 56.45 400 meters in the Southridge-Jesuit dual meet. As a junior, won the 400 meter state title in 2008 in 56.49. Placed second in the 400 meters at the 2008 Washington/Oregon Meet of Champions (58:15). Also ran cross country for Southridge. High School Bests: 200 Meters - 26.44, 2008; 400 Meters - 56.45, 2009;

Freshman Beaverton, Ore. Southridge High School Distance

800 Meters - 2:12.19, 2009. Personal: Major is human physiology.

Personal Bests 400 Meters - 56.45, Southridge-Jesuit Dual Meet, Beaverton, Ore., 4/29/09 800 Meters - 2:12.19, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore., 5/9/09

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Melanie Thompson One of three incoming freshmen who ran at the 2008 Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals. New Jersey state champion at 1,600 and 3,200 meters and in cross country. Claimed a total of six state championships during her outdoor, indoor and cross country high school career. Ranked seventh nationally in the mile (4:47.94) among all preps. Gatorade New Jersey runner of the year. Prep: A combined six-time New Jersey state champion in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. Capped career by winning state cross country, indoor 3,200 meter (10:39.39) and outdoor 1,600 meter (4:46.28) titles as a senior for Voorhees High School. Ranked seventh nationally in the mile as a senior (4:47.94). Gatorade New Jersey runner of the year. Prior to the 2009 track season, raced at the Foot Locker Nationals where she placed 17th (18:18). Was named the Express-Times Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for the second time in three years. As a junior, won both the indoor and outdoor state titles at 3,200 meters. Outdoor title came in a high school-best 10:17.18. Nationally, ranked fifth at both 3,200 meters (10:17.18) and two miles (10:20.76) in 2008. Was also an all-state point guard on the Voorhees basketball team. High School Bests: 800 Meters - 2:10.14; 1,600 Meters - 4:46.28, 2009; Mile - 4:47.94, 2009; 3,200 Meters - 10:17.18, 2008. Personal: Major is psychology. Goes by Lanie.

Freshman High Bridge, N.J. Voorhees High School Distance Personal Bests Mile - 4:47.94, 2009

Melanie Vertrees A prep national top-10 competitor in the heptathlon and the high jump. Washington all-classifications state champion in the heptathlon. Also the state runner-up in the high jump. Won 12 varsity letters in five different sports at Kent-Meridian High School. Prep: Won the Washington all-classifications state title in the heptathlon with 4,624 points as a senior in 2009. That mark ranked ninth nationally. Also took second in the high jump at the state meet (5-8) and was a state qualifier in the triple jump, shot put and 100 meter hurdles for Kent-Meridian High School. PR in the high jump of 5-10 at the West Central District meet was tied for 10th nationally. Was a four-time state qualifier in the high jump, a three-time qualifier in the 100 meter hurdles and a two-time qualifier in the triple jump. Was also an all-state selection in basketball her senior year. Named the Kent Reporters’ 2009 Female Athlete of the Year. Holds school records in the heptathlon, high jump, triple jump and javelin. Earned 12 varsity letters in five different sports (track, basketball, cross country, swimming, volleyball) and was a state qualifier in swimming. Ranked No. 10 in her graduating class with a grade point average of 3.898. High School Bests: Heptathlon - 4,624 points, 2009; 100 Meter Hurdles - 15.05, 2009; High Jump 5-10/1.77m, 2009; Long Jump - 17-6.24/5.34m, 2009. Personal: Majoring in human physiology.

Freshman Kent, Wash. Kent-Meridian High School Heptathlon Personal Bests High Jump - 5-10/1.77m, West Central District Meet, Tacoma, Wash., 5/22/09

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Michele Williams Four-time NCAA Division II All-American for Adams State becomes another talented runner for Oregon’s deep pool of sprinters. Personal best in the 400 meters (53.49) would rank No. 5 all-time for the Ducks, while her 200 meter best (23.99) would be No. 10.

RS-Junior Colorado Springs, Colo. Sierra High School/Adams State Sprints Personal Bests 200 Meters - 23.99, 2009 400 Meters - 53.49, 2009 60 Meters - 7.95 (i), 2009

Before Oregon: Four-time NCAA Division II All-American at Adams State scored at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in both the 400 meters and the 4x400 meter relay. Her sophomore season (2009) saw her earn points in the 400 meters both indoors and outdoors. Was third at both meets, running 54.47 in the final outdoors and 55.89 indoors. Also scored as the lead leg on Adams State’s indoor 4x400 meter relay team that took sixth (3:53.58). Additionally, qualified for the 2009 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships at 200 meters. Was named the USTFCCCA Central Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year after helping the Grizzlies win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Crown. Top times of 2009 were 23.99 in the 200 meters and 53.49 at 400 meters. Was an indoor All-American as a freshman in 2008 in the 4x400 meter relay. Also qualified for the indoor NCAA meet in the 400 meters. Redshirted the 2007 season. Adams State Bests: Outdoors - 100 Meters - 12.23 (PR), (2009); 200 Meters - 23.99 (PR), (2009); 400 Meters - 53.49 (PR), (2009). Indoors - 60 Meters - 7.95 (PR), (2009); 200 Meters - 24.92 (PR), (2009); 400 Meters - 55.31 (PR), (2009). Prep: Ran a leg on the state championship 4x200 meter relay team for Sierra High School in 2005. Helped team to a third place finish in the state that year. Had personal bests of 26 seconds (200 meters), set in 2006, and 58 seconds (400 meters), set in 2005. Finished eighth in the 400 at the 2006 state meet as a senior. Also high jumped and played basketball. High School Bests: 200 Meters - 26, 2006; 400 Meters - 58, 2005. Personal: Major is psychology.

Others to Watch

Sara Cole

Alexandra Davidson

Mele Penitani

Kelly Petaja

Junior / Throws Independence, Ore. Central High School/ Western Oregon

Freshman / Sprints Dupont, Wash. Steilacoom High School

Freshman / Throws Portola Valley, Calif. Mountain View High School

RS-Freshman / Jumps Springfield, Ore. Thurston High School

Maggie Pietka

Rebecca Rhodes

Amy Skofstad

Freshman / Jumps Vancouver, Wash. Mountain View High School

Sophomore / Sprints Salem, Ore. South Salem High School

Junior / Jumps Gladstone, Ore. Gladstone High School

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