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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Ben DeJarnette
Player Profile:
Ben DeJarnette 470230
Position: Distance
Height: 5'8"
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Mechanicsville, Va.
High School: Atlee
Experience: 4 Years

2012 NCAA Elite 89 Award Winner

2012-13: Outdoors - Limited to four meets on the season. Ran the 5,000 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational, where he just missed a PR (14:21.53), and the West Coast Invitational and the 10,000 meters at the Oregon Relays. Indoors - Did not compete. Pac-12 all-academic first team. Cross Country - Earned second in the Park Pier Invitational (17:53:00, 6,000 meters) where eight of the top nine finishers represented Oregon. Finished third overall running the 8,000 meter race with a final time of 23:49 at the Dellinger Invitational and helped the Oregon team claim second at the meet with an average time of 24:00. At thePre-Nationals, finished with a time of 23:52.3 (8,000 meters) and placed 28th out of 272 runners. Was a main contributor to Oregon’s third place team finish. Competed in the Pac-12 Championships (8,000 meters) and recorded a 25:12 finish. Was a member of the squad that placed fourth overall at the NCAA West Regional with an individual time of 31:03 (10,000 meters). Placed 154th at the NCAA Championships with an individual time of 31:07.9 (10,000 meters). Was the fourth place finisher for Oregon, helping the Ducks place 20th out of 31 schools. Earned first team Pac-12 all academic honors. Named the 2012 winner of the NCAA Elite 89 Award for showing high academic standards and athletics performance. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 14:21.53, Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/6/13); 10,000 Meters - 30:42.75, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/19/13).

2011-12: Outdoors - Made appearances in the 5,000 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational and the Oregon Relays. Also ran the 10,000 meters at the John Knight Twilight, finishing second in 30:28.68. Indoors - Redshirt season. Pac-12 all-academic first team. Cross Country - The team’s No. 5 scorer at the NCAA West Regional. Oregon’s No. 4 runner at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Was 34th at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (24:37.41/8,000 meters). Won a tough battle with Gonzaga’s Willie Milam to capture medalist honors at the season-opening dual with the Bulldogs (19:39.5/4 miles). Also ran at the Pac-12 Championships. Pac-12 all-academic first team. Season Bests: Outdoors - 10,000 Meters - 30:28.68, John Knight Twilight, Monmouth, Ore. (4/13/12).

2010-11: Outdoors - Redshirt season. Ran unattached at the Oregon Relays and Oregon Twilight. Indoors - Ran 8:15.61 in the top section of the 3,000 meters at the UW Invitational. Was in the mile at the Husky Classic. Season debut came as the anchor leg of the distance medley relay at the UW Indoor Preview. Cross Country - Was a winner his first varsity race, taking the season-opening John Frank Memorial in 19:36.1 (four miles). Came in as the Ducks’ No. 5 finisher in 24:30 (8,000 meters) to help Oregon win the Notre Dame Invitational. Finished 13th at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in 24:14.49 (8,000 meters). Placed 26th in his Pac-10 Championships debut in 24:14.71 (8,000 meters). Was Oregon’s No. 5 scorer at the NCAA West Regional, finishing 28th in 30:41.28 (10,000 meters) to help Oregon win the meet. Capped season with first NCAA Championships appearance. Pac-10 all-academic first team selection. Season Bests: Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 8:15.61, UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/29/11).

2009-10: Outdoors - Varsity debut was in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational (14:38.02). Came back to run the 1,500 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational (3:50.69). Doubled in both events against UCLA, going 3:50.08 in the 1,500 and 14:37.59 in the 5,000. Established personal best in the 5,000 meters at the Oregon Relays, 14:26.47. Indoors - Opened season with a solid 8:12.49 in the 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic. Ran 4:06.96 in the mile at the MPSF Championships. Also ran mile leg on the distance medley relay team that took seventh at the MPSF meet (9:53.68). Cross Country - Redshirt season. Posted an unattached eighth-place run at the Mike Hodges Invitational. Also unattached in a third-place finish at the Beaver Classic (24:38, 8,000 meters). Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 3:50.08 (PR), UCLA Dual, Eugene, Ore. (4/17/10); 5,000 Meters - 14:26.47 (PR), Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/30/10). Indoors - Mile - 4:06.96 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/27/10); 3,000 Meters - 8:12.49 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/13/10).

Prep: After finishing second in both the 1,600 meters (4:14.84) and the 3,200 meters (9:25.18) at the 2008 Virginia state meet, broke through with a win at 3,200 meters as a senior in 2009. Ran a season-best 9:06.28 to claim that title. Additionally, won the Virginia state indoor 3,200 meter title. Also as a senior, ran a season-best 4:16.01 to win the 1,600 meters at the Central Region Meet before finishing sixth at that distance at the state championships (4:16.14). In cross country, finished second in the 2008 Virginia State AAA meet as a senior after winning the Central Regional Championships. Named the Richmond Times Dispatch Runner of the Year for the season, during which he also won the McDonald’s XCountry Festival at Maymont and the Capital District meet. Also named the 2009 Richmond Times Dispatch Scholar-Athlete of the Year. High School Bests: 1,600 Meters - 4:14.84, 2008; Mile - 4:15.64, 2009; 3,200 Meters - 9:06.28, 2009.

Personal: Major is journalism.

Personal Bests
5,000 Meters - 14:26.47,
Oregon Relays,
Eugene, Ore., 4/30/10

10,000 Meters - 30:28.68,
John Knight Twilight,
Monmouth, Ore., 4/13/12

3,000 Meters - 8:12.49 (i),
Husky Classic,
Seattle, Wash., 2/13/1010

NCAA Cross Country Championships
2012 - 154th, 31:07.9
2010 - DNF

NCAA Cross Country West Regional
2012 - 75th, 31:03.00
2011 - 72nd, 30:54
2010 - 28th, 30:41.28

Pac-12 Cross Country Championships
2012 - 59th, 25:12
2011 - 64th, 25:18
2010 - 26th, 24:14.17 (Pac-10)