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Four Ducks Named District 8 All-Academic First Team
Release Date: 05/31/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Four members of the Oregon's track and field teams, three of whom will be in competition at next week's NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 track & field/cross country teams, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

All four were selected to the all district first team, meaning they now advance to the national ballot.

The three women advancing were Jordan Hasay, Anne Kesselring and Brianne Theisen. Hasay and Kesselring made the first team for the second straight year, while Theisen is a first time honoree. All three women will be competing at next week's NCAA Championships. They were joined on the first team by sophomore Ben DeJarnette.

Hasay, a junior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., holds a 3.98 grade point average in business administration and won the 2012 Pac-12 title at 1,500 meters for the second year in a row. She ranks fifth nationally in the 1,500 (4:13.28) and will compete in that event at next week's NCAA Championships. In March, Hasay helped Oregon win its third consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship by scoring in both the mile and 3,000 meters. In cross country, she was the national runner-up at the NCAA Championships and was the NCAA West Regional champion. The 13-time All-American was the 2011 national Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year as a sophomore last year, becoming the first sophomore in program history to claim the national honor.

Kesselring, a junior from Nurnberg, Germany, sports an impressive 4.05 grade point average in business administration. The 2011 NCAA champion at 800 meters will try to defend her title next week in Des Moines. Earlier this year. she helped Oregon win its third consecutive NCAA Indoor title by anchoring the distance medley relay team to a runner-up finish. Kesselring also helped Oregon win its fourth straight Pac-12 title by taking fourth in the 1,500 meters at the conference meet.

Theisen is a six-time NCAA champion (2 heptathlon, 3 pentathlon, 1 4x400 relay) who will be going for title number seven in the heptathlon next week. She has a 3.43 grade point average in business administration. She broke the Pac-12 record by winning the league's 2012 heptathlon title with 6,353 points, the third-highest score in NCAA history. Earlier in the year, she became just the second woman to win three consecutive NCAA indoor pentathlon titles. The senior from Humboldt, Sask., also scored a collegiate and Canadian record 4,555 points at Texas A&M. The nine-time All-American holds five school records and is listed in 14 different top-10 categories.

DeJarnette, a sophomore from Mechanicsville, Va., has a 4.00 grade point average in journalism. He was an NCAA West Regional scorer for the Ducks in cross country. In track, he ranks fourth on the team in the 10,000 meters (30:28.68).

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