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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Andrew Wheating
Player Profile:
Andrew Wheating 56164
Position: Distance
Height: 6'5"
Year: Senior
City/State: Norwich, Vt.
High School: Kimball Union Academy
Experience: High School

2008 Olympian
5-Time NCAA Champion (800 Meters twice, 1,500 Meters, Distance Medley Relay twice)
Pac-10 Champion (800 Meters, three times)
2010 Bowerman Award Finalist
USTFCCCA Track Athlete of the Year (Outdoor)
Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Year
3 School Records (Mile, 800 Meters-i, Distance Medley Relay)
8-Time All-American

A 2008 Olympian. Became just the fifth man to win both the NCAA 800 and 1,500 meter titles when he accomplished that remarkable feat at the 2010 NCAA Championships. His sweep was the first since Oregon's Joaquim Cruz in 1984. Led the Ducks' 1-2-3 finish in the 1,500 meters to provide yet another magical Hayward Field moment and secure his spot among the legends of Hayward. Also ran a remarkable mile anchor leg as Oregon defended its NCAA Indoor distance medley relay title in 2010. A 2010 Bowerman Award finalist. Broke the school's mile record, running 3:51.74, in his final amateur race at the 2010 Prefontaine Classic. One of the nation’s most exciting 800 meter runners at all levels earned his first two NCAA titles in 2009 and was an integral part of Oregon’s near-triple crown in 2008-09. Was the 2009 NCAA Outdoor champion at 800 meters and the NCAA Indoor 800 meter runner-up in both 2009 and 2010. Also ran the 800-meter leg on Oregon’s 2009 NCAA Indoor Champion and school record-setting distance medley relay team. A three-time Pac-10 champion at 800 meters and a Pac-10 scorer in cross country, at 1,500 meters and on the 4x400 meter relay team. His 800 meter runner-up performance remains one of the indelible moments of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. Is the first native of Vermont to run a sub-4:00 mile.

2009-10: The 2010 NCAA champion at both 800 and 1,500 meters, becoming just the fifth man to sweep both races and the first to do it since Oregon's Joaquim Cruz in 1984. Also won his third straight Pac-10 800 title. Was named the USTFCCCA track athlete of the year, the West Region track athlete of the year and the Pac-10 track athlete of the year. One of three Bowerman Award finalists. Outdoors - Led the nation in the 1,500 meters and ranked No. 10 at 800 meters. Opened season at the Penn Relays, where he anchored Oregon to a win in the distance medley relay (9:30.69) and a second-place finish in the 4x800 meter relay (7:15.55). In his home debut, ran the nation's best time in the 1,500 meters (3:37.83) and then came back the next day to win the 800 meters in 1:47.71. Won his third straight Pac-10 title at 800 meters in 1:47.77 to help Oregon win its fourth straight league crown. Is the first man to win three straight Pac-10 800 titles since Oregon's David Mack (1980-82). Also ran the second leg on Oregon's fourth place 4x400 meter relay team (3:10.13), his first collegiate 4x400 relay. Running four races in three days, fought through the heat and a blistering track at the NCAA West Regional to make the NCAA Championships in both the 800 and 1,500 meters. On the first day of competition won his first round 800 meter race in 1:49.45 and also took his first round 1,500 meter race in 3:43.90. On day two, won his 800 quarterfinal heat in 1:46.44 to advance. On the final day of the Regional, won his 1,500 meter quaterfinal in 3:37.52. Time in the 1,500 is the fourth-fastest in school history. At the NCAA Championships, began his remarkable sweep by winning his 800 meter semifinal heat in 1:48.80. Followed that the next day with a third-place finish in his 1,500 semifinal in 3:45.24 to move on to the final. A day later, captured his second straight 800 meter title. Was in fourth after a brisk first lap and did not hesitate in breaking from the field to win going away by more than a second in a season-best 1:45.69. The 1,500 final was a little different story. A slow pace kept the pack together until the final lap, which turned into an all-out sprint. Still in the middle of the pack unleashed the final thunderous kick of his college career to surge past the field and hold off teammate A.J. Acosta to win his final collegiate race at Hayward Field in 3:47.94. Acosta was second in 3:48.01 with Oregon's Matthew Centrowitz third in 3:48.08 as the Ducks became the first school ever to go 1-2-3 in the 1,500 meter finals. Won All-America honors at both distances, bringing his career total to eight. In his final amateur race, the Prefontaine Classic, broke the school record in the mile, running 3:51.74 in his last run in an Oregon singlet; the previous record was 3:53.00 by Cruz in 1984. Indoors - Added another chapter to a legendary career by leading Oregon to a remarkable come-from-behind win at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the distance medley relay. Taking the baton in eighth on the final leg (mile), he drifted to the back of the field as the race drew to a crawl and the field tightened up. Made his move to the outside with 400 meters remaining, first climbing to sixth, and then going fot it when Arkansas miler Dorian Ulrey made his break. Was in second with one lap remaining before passing Ulrey in a thunderous charge off the final banked turn. Oregon won in 9:36.87, with Arkansas right behind in 9:37.53. Also was the NCAA indoor runner-up at 800 meters for the second straight year. Won his preliminary in 1:49.23, before finishing second by .01 in the final to Virginia's Robby Andrews (1:48.40-1:48.39). Was an All-American in both events. Impressive run in his first race of the season at the Feb. 13 Husky Classic, where he shattered his own school record in the 800 meters in posting a national-best 1:46.36 in a win. That time was an NCAA automatic mark. Won the mile at the MPSF Championships in an NCAA automatic time of 3:58.20. That time was less than a second off his all-conditions personal best. Cross Country - Redshirt season. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:45.69, NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/11/10); 1,500 Meters - 3:37.52 (PR), NCAA West Regional, Austin, Texas (5/29/10); Mile - 3:51.74 (PR), Prefontaine Classic, Eugene, Ore. (7/3/10). Indoors - 800 Meters - 1:46.36 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/13/10); Mile - 3:58.20 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/27/10). 

2008-09: The 2009 NCAA Outdoor and Pac-10 champion at 800 meters. Also was the 800 meter runner-up at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships and ran the anchor leg of Oregon’s winning distance medley relay team as the Ducks captured their first ever NCAA Indoor title. After helping the Ducks set the school record in the distance medley relay (9:29.39) at the UW Indoor Invitational in January, ran his second career sub-4:00 mile at the New Balance Invitational (3:59.11, fourth all-time indoors at Oregon). One week later, set the school record in the 800 meters in winning the Husky Classic in 1:47.03. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, helped lead Oregon to its first national title by taking second in the 800 meters (1:48.54) and running the 800-meter leg on Oregon’s national championship distance medley relay team (9:29.59), earning a pair of All-America certificates along the way. Outdoors, won all five finals at 800 meters and posted a first and a third at 1,500 meters for good measure. Opened up with a win at 800 meters versus UCLA (1:48.76) to help Oregon defeat the Bruins. Doubled up with a pair of victories at the Oregon Relays, taking the 1,500 meters in 3:40.92 and the 800 in 1:47.66. Helped Oregon win its third straight Pac-10 title with his second straight victory at 800 meters in 1:49.83 and a third-place finish at 1,500 meters in 3:51.27. Cruised to his second straight NCAA West Regional 800 meter title in 1:49.48. Gutsy effort at the NCAA Championships to claim his first outdoor title. Won his preliminary heat in 1:49.42 and captured his semifinal race in 1:46.21. In the final, overcame a tight calf down the stretch and used all of his 6-5 frame to lean at the tape and win in 1:46.21. Also played a key role as the second leg on Oregon’s collegiate record in the 4-mile relay (16:03.24) at the Oregon Twilight Meet. In the fall, ran three races for the back-to-back NCAA cross country champions. Opened season by winning the Mike Hodges Invitational (19:40). Helped Oregon win its third consecutive Pac-10 title by finishing ninth (23:46.79) as the fifth Oregon runner to cross the line. Made NCAA Championships debut in his first 10,000 meter race. Named the team’s Harry Ritchie High Point Award winner. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:46.21, NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark. (6/11/09 & 6/13/09). 1,500 Meters - 3:40.92, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/24/09). Indoors - 800 Meters - 1:47.03, Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/09); Mile - 3:59.11 (PR), New Balance Classic, New York, N.Y. (2/7/09).

2007-08: Phenomenal outdoor season for the 2008 Olympian saw him win 11 straight races before finishing second by .01 in the finals of the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships (1:45.32). That only served as a prelude to his silver medal run in the final of the 800 meters at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, clocking a PR 1:45.03 to become the first Oregon undergraduate to compete in the Olympic Games since Matt Centrowitz in 1976. That time ranks second on the school’s all-time 800 list. All-American was the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional champion in the 800. Became the first native of Vermont to run the mile in under 4:00 when he clocked a 3:58.16 at the Oregon Relays. Truly impressive run of victories in the 800 (nine straight) actually began in the indoor season with a win at the MPSF Championships (1:48.82). Nearly matched that time in his outdoor 800 debut in helping Oregon win the UCLA dual meet by taking the event in 1:48.83. Improved his best time to 1:47.82 in winning the Cardinal Invitational. After winning his preliminary 800 heat at the Pac-10 championships, set yet another personal best in winning the final in 1:46.83. Became Oregon’s first Pac-10 800 meter champion since Simon Kimata in 2002. Scored another pair of firsts in breezing though the preliminaries and finals  (1:47.93) at the NCAA West Regional. Was equally as impressive at the NCAA Championships, winning his two preliminary rounds in 1:48.88 and 1:47.15 to set up the most exciting race of the national meet. Just missed an NCAA Championship when he finished second to Texas’ Jacob Hernandez by one hundredth of a second in the finals. Set yet another personal best in that race, 1:45.32. In the U.S. Olympic Trials, thrilled the Hayward Field crowd by advancing through the two preliminary heats in 1:47.85 (first) and 1:46.23 (second), respectively, before taking part in the signature moment of the 2008 Trials, the final of the men’s 800. Hanging near the back of the pack with eventual champ Nick Symmonds for most of the race, Wheating used his trademark kick on the final curve to surge around the pack and finish second to Symmonds in a personal record 1:45.03 that ranks second all-time on the Oregon top 10. That finish earned him his first trip to the Olympic Games, where he took fourth in his preliminary round (1:47.05). Opened outdoor season with a 3:47.11 in the 1,500 meters to win the Pepsi Team Invite. Only other 1,500-meter race of the season was a win at the Oregon Twilight, where he ran a seasonal-best 3:38.60. Saw action indoors on the distance medley relay team, where he helped Oregon set the school record at the USATF Indoor Championships (9:34.06) and then finish ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships (9:36.80). In cross country, was one of six All-Pac-10 honorees for UO by finishing 14th in only his second collegiate race, and helped Ducks to repeat as team champions. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:45.03 (PR), U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore. (6/30/08). 1,500 Meters - 3:38.60, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/9/08). Mile - 3:58.16, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/25/08). Indoors - 800 Meters - 1:48.82, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08).

2006-07: Pac-10 scorer in the 800 meters and an NCAA Regional qualifier in the 800 and 1,500 meters. At season’s end, led Ducks in the 800 meters (1:50.17). Valuable member of Mountain Pacific Championships distance medley champions, and part of three relays that ranked top-five in school history and met the NCAA provisional standard. Did not compete in cross country. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:50.17, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/6/07); 1,500 Meters - 3:45.17, Oregon Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/20/07). Indoors - 800 Meters - 1:52.13, UW Indoor Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/27/07); Mile - 4:04.77, Husky Collegiate, Seattle, Wash. (2/10/07).

Prep: In his first season in track and field in 2006, ranked fourth nationally in 1,500 meters with his personal best from the USA Junior Championships (eighth, 3:54.28) and was also the fastest prep indoors in 2006 in the 5,000 meters (14:55.28). Ended outdoor season as one of four Duck freshmen that ranked top 10 nationally in 1,500 meters and placed top-10 in the USA Junior Championships. Coached as a prep by well-known distance mentor Jeff Johnson, and focused on soccer previous seasons.

Personal: Majoring in sociology.

Personal Bests
800 Meters - 1:45.03,
U.S. Olympic Trials,
Eugene, Ore., 6/30/08
1,500 Meters - 3:37.52,
NCAA West Regional,
Austin, Texas, 5/29/10
Mile - 3:51.74,
Prefontaine Classic,
Eugene, Ore., 7/3/10

NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
2010 - 800 Meters, 1st, 1:45.69
2010 - 1,500 Meters, 1st, 3:47.94
2009 - 800 Meters, 1st, 1:46.21
2008 - 800 Meters, 2nd, 1:45.03

NCAA Indoor Track Championships
2010 - 800 Meters, 2nd, 1:48.40
2010 - DMR, 1st, 9:36.87
2009 - 800 Meters, 2nd, 1:48.54
2009 - DMR, 1st, 9:29.59
2008 - DMR, 9th, 9:36.80

NCAA Cross Country Championships
2008 - 75th, 30:40.3

NCAA West Regional Track Championships
2010 - 800 Meters, 1st, 1:46.44
2010 - 1,500 Meters, 1st, 3:37.52
2009 - 800 Meters, 1st, 1:49.48
2008 - 800 Meters, 1st, 1:47.93
2007 - 800 Meters, 7th, 1:51.61

Pac-10 Track Championships
2010 - 800 Meters, 1st, 1:47.77
2010 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 4th, 3:10.13
2009 - 800 Meters, 1st, 1:49.83
2009 - 1,500 Meters, 3rd, 3:51.27
2008 - 800 Meters, 1st, 1:46.83
2007 - 800 Meters, 7th, 1:50.96

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships
2008 - 9th, 23:46.79
2007 - 14th, 23:26.5

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