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Ben DeJarnette: The Season Begins Anew

Friday, September 9, 2011, 11:45 a.m.

Hello Duck fans!

Greetings from our annual preseason training camp in Sunriver, Oregon!  We arrived Tuesday to sunny skies and mild temperatures, setting the perfect stage for the Men of Oregon to begin what promises to be another exciting year of cross country and track & field.  This year's team is bolstered by a strong contingent of newcomers, whose enthusiasm, energy, and talent are already providing a lift.  Over the coming weeks, I'll use this blog to introduce you to our stellar freshmen class.

In the immediate future, several track and field veterans will be making their cross country debuts against the Gonzaga Bulldogs Saturday in Sunriver.  Known for their speed in the middle distance events, Cole Watson and Boru Guyota take to the cross country course for the first time as Ducks.  Chris Kwiatkowski, Mitch Hunt, Travis Stanford and I will fill out the field in what promises to be an enjoyable return to competition after a long, challenging summer of training.

Of course, it wouldn't be a training camp blog if I didn't mention all the good food being served up at dinner.  Red meat has been the trend of Week 1, with beef and spinach lasagna being followed up by build-your-own tacos. Friday night, Mitch Hunt will be preparing his signature Nebraska-style steaks on the grill (but don't worry Mom, salad and vegetables have been included with every meal).

Finally, I'd like to give a shout out to all of our Oregon teammates, past and present, who turned in superb performances at the World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea.  Matthew Centrowitz stunned the running world (but not his teammates) with a bronze medal finish in the 1,500-meter race, making him the youngest American ever to medal in the event.  In the 4x400-meter relay, Michael Berry and Keshia Baker brought home gold medals for their legs in the preliminary heats.  And with a dazzling 1500-meter performance in the decathlon's final event, Ashton Eaton secured the silver medal by a margin of just 4 points.  The Oregon contingent's success in Daegu confirmed what everyone here already knew: it's a great time to be a Duck! The 2012 Olympic Trials at Hayward Field will be amazing!

Well, that's all for now. Check in again next week to meet two of our newest Ducks. And for more frequent updates on training camp, follow me on Twitter @BenDJduck.

Go Ducks!
Ben D.