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Ben DeJarnette: New Guys Ready for Notre Dame

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:30 a.m.

Hello Duck Fans!


After two and a half weeks of superb training at Sunriver, the time has finally arrived for school to resume. We returned to Eugene last Thursday in time for everyone to settle into their new living arrangements and get prepared for the first day of classes. For many it will be a short week in the classroom, as nine men and nine women will be departing Wednesday afternoon for the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The men's race on Friday will be 8,000 meters and will feature a strong field of squads from around the country. Two new faces will be making their Oregon debuts in South Bend, so let's get to know them a bit first!

Meet the Freshmen:

Parker Stinson
Austin, Texas
Major: Business/Environmental Studies
Greatest Achievement: Finishing 6th in the 10,000 meters at the 2010 World Junior Track & Field Championships.
Favorite Movie: The Big Lebowski
Favorite Quote: "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but he who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite Food: Anything that involves steak
Top Played Song on iPod: Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"
Why the Ducks? "Many years from now, hoping that I am still striving for excellence in the field of distance running, I want to be able to have no regrets. I don't want to regret that I did not submit myself to the fullest towards the goal of becoming the best runner I can be.  By coming to Oregon and giving it my all, then down the road, when it becomes time to throw off my spikes and finish my career as a runner, whether I achieved every goal I sought or not, I know I will look back with happiness and satisfaction, knowing that I gave everything."

Blogger's Spin
To those who know Parker, it will come as little surprise that he takes the cake for "Meet the Freshmen" longest responses. Never at a loss for words, Parker keeps runs entertaining and jovial with his frequent commentary. This two-time American junior 10K champion certainly gave his peers in the running community something to talk about last spring, when his sixth place finish in the World Junior 10,000 meter race made him the highest finishing American ever in the event.

Brian Shrader
Flagstaff, Ariz.
Major: Undeclared
Greatest Achievement: Qualifying for Footlocker Nationals
Favorite Movie: Starsky and Hutch
Favorite Quote: "When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful."
Favorite Food: Mom's homemade manicotti.
Most Played Song on iPod: "1901" by Phoenix
Why the Ducks? "This is the team I always looked to when I began running. When I had the chance to join them, I jumped on the opportunity to run with some of the greatest runners in the United States."

Blogger's Spin
Quickly dubbed "sexy man" by his teammates, Brian's GQ Magazine looks are trumped only by his unassuming and friendly personality. His humble demeanor at practice might lead you to overlook him, but he in fact was the fifth place finisher at Footlocker Nationals last fall and comes to Oregon as one of the country's top freshman distance runners.

Finally, big kudos to our undefeated women's volleyball team for their big win last week over #6 Washington. With Chip Kelly's football squad ranked #4 in the nation and both cross country teams ranked in the top-5, it could be an excellent fall for Oregon athletics!

Until next time,

Go Ducks!
Ben D.

Matthew Centrowitz and teammates get properly hydrated (left); Brian Shrader and Chris Kwiatkowski do some dynamic flexing.