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1984 Men's Track & Field Team
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1984 Men's Track & Field Team 936339
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2010
Capping one of the greatest eras in the storied history of Oregon Track & Field, the Ducks used an heroic double by future Olympic gold medalist Joaquim Cruz, plus 12 additional individual point scorers, to capture the Oregon men’s fifth NCAA track & field national title in school history. Cruz’ feats alone were remarkable. He became just the fourth man to win both the 800 (1:45.10) and 1,500 (3:36.48) meters in NCAA history. The time in the 1,500 was a school record and the second-fastest in NCAA history. While only Cruz captured individual titles that year, three additional All-Americans from that squad would go on to win NCAA individual crowns before their collegiate careers were completed. Oregon collected big points in the 1,500, with Dub Myers’ third-place finish in 3:37.94 backing Cruz’ win. The 1984 team also counted additional points from a trio of runners in the 5,000 meters and another pair in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. In the 5,000, Jim Hill took third (13:48.72), while John Zishka finished sixth (13:49.55) and Mike Blackmore took ninth (13:55.30). In the steeplechase, it was Matt McGuirk (8:33.03) and Harold Kuphaldt (8:34.86), finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. The Ducks’ running depth continued with Chris Hamilton’s tenth-place finish in the 10,000 meters (29:14.69) and Don Ward’s 11th-place showing in the 400 meter hurdles (51.01). Oregon was also strong in the field, with Kory Tarpenning’s second-place finish in the pole vault (18-0), Brian Crouser’s fourth-place throw in the javelin (262-1), Frode Stormyr’s eighth-place mark in the javelin (246-9) and Ken Flax, who was seventh in the hammer (222-3). The Ducks amassed a meet-record 113 points to better favorite Washington State’s 94.5 total. As post-collegians, Crouser, Flax and Tarpenning would all go on to join Cruz as Olympians.
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