EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon has landed the top spot in the nation for both its men's and women's track and field 2010 recruiting classes, according to Track & Field News.
It is believed to be the first time in school history that both programs' recruiting classes have garnered T&F News' top spot.
In its January issue, the "Bible of the Sport" cited national prep boys' athlete of the year Sam Crouser, who set a U.S. junior record in the javelin with a throw of 255-4 in addition to his impressive marks in the shot put (64-5.5) and discus (205-10), as the anchor of the nation's top class. The magazine also mentioned No. 2 quarter-miler Michael Berry (46.13) and USA Junior 10,000 meter champion Parker Stinson (29:32.23), in addition to sub-4:10 milers Colby Alexander and Cole Watson. The men's ranking was also bolstered by a couple of transfers in Josh Heidegger, a former NCAA Division II runner-up in the javelin (223-2), and 7-2.5 high jumper Justin Frick.
The men also got points for freshmen Jacob Budwig in the discus (185-0), Dakotah Keys in the decathlon (7,024), pole vault (15-6) and long jump (23-8.5) and Brian Shrader in the 800 meters (1:52.89).
Crouser (Gresham), Watson (Rogue River), Keys (Sweet Home) and Heidegger (Medford) are natives of the state of Oregon.
A bevy of middle distance and quarter-milers lifted the Oregon women into the top spot, led by 22-time North Dakota state champion Laura Roesler, whose 800 meter best of 2:03.08 ranked second in the country last year.
The women's class also featured the No. 2 pole vaulter in Kortney Ross (13-6), the No. 4 miler in Megan Patrignelli (4:46.91) and the No. 5 400 meter runner in Chizoba Okodogbe (53.06).
They earned additional points from freshmen Phyllis Francis in the 800 meters (2:04.85), Sarah Andrews in the 5,000 meters (16:42.38), English Gardner in the 100 (11.56), 200 (24.01) and 400 (54.00) meters, and transfer Lauryn Newson, who ranked in the 100 (11.60), 200 (23.65) and long jump (21-7.25), qualifying for the 2010 USA Track & Field Championships in the field event.
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