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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Galen Rupp
Player Profile:
Galen Rupp 32470
Position: Distance
Other Position: All-American
Height: 5'11"
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Portland, Ore.
High School: Central Catholic
Experience: 1 Letter

One of the greatest distance runners in UO history, Galen Rupp became the first person ever to win six NCAA distance races in the same calendar year when he captured the 2008 NCAA Cross Country crown, the 2009 NCAA Indoor 3,000 meter, 5,000 meter and distance medley titles and the 2009 NCAA Outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Went on to win the 10,000 meters at the USA Championships in his final race in an Oregon uniform. His 2009 indoor performace keyed Oregon's first-ever NCAA Indoor Track & Field national title. Became just the third Duck ever to win the NCAA individual Cross Country championship when he accomplished that feat in the fall of 2008. Joins Oregon legends Steve Prefontaine and Alberto Salazar as the school’s cross country national champions. Led Oregon to back-to-back NCAA Cross Country team championships in 2007-08. Redshirted the 2008 track season to focus on the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, where he qualified for his first Olympic Games by finishing second in the 10,000 meters (27:43.11) at Historic Hayward Field. A school-record 14-time All-American. Two-time Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional cross country champion. American collegiate 10,000 meter record holder (27:33.48). Owns UO’s outdoor 10,000 meter record and indoor 3,000- and 5,000-meter records. 2009 Bowerman Award winner. 2009 NCAA Division I Academic All-American of the Year. 2009 USTFCCCA national track indoor and outdoor athlete of the year. 2009 Pac-10 track athlete of the year. 2009 Pac-10 scholar-athlete of the year. 2006 and 2008 Pac-10 Men’s Cross Country Athlete of Year. 2008 Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year for men’s cross country. Overall owns six career All-America awards in track and three in cross country.

2008-09: Perhaps the greatest distance running season in collegiate history. Won an unprecedented six NCAA distance titles during the 2008-09 academic year. In November, won the NCAA Division I individual cross country title as he led Oregon to the national team championship. At the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, won the 3,000-meter run (7:48.94) and the 5,000-meter run (13:41.45). In addition, ran the anchor leg on the Ducks' NCAA champion distance medley relay team (9:29.59) as Oregon won its first NCAA Indoor Track national championship. In June, won a pair of championships at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. By winning the national titles in the 5,000-meter run (14:04.12) and the 10,000-meter run (28:21.45), became the first student-athlete in nine years to win both NCAA outdoor titles in the same year in addition to helping Oregon tie for second place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Ducks' best finish in 25 years. The first student-athlete in NCAA history to win six distance races at the national championships in the same academic year set a University of Oregon record by earning 14 All-American honors in his collegiate career. Set the United States record in the Indoor 5,000-meter run on February 13 with a time of 13:18.12. Was the Pac-10 10,000 meter champion (29:01.93). Named to the Academic All-America Track and Cross Country for the third time in his career. Became the first Oregon student-athlete, and only the second in Pac-10 history, to be named the NCAA Division I Academic All-American of the Year, an honor that covers all NCAA Division I sports. Became the first track and cross country athlete to be named as the Academic All-America of the Year in the University Division since the inception of the award in 1988. At the USA Track and Field Championships in late June, won the USA 10K championship with a time of 27:52.53, earning a trip to Berlin for the IAAF World Championships as a member of Team USA. Indoors - After setting the American record in the indoor 5,000 meters (13:18.12) at the Tyson Invitational and the American Collegiate Record in the indoor 3,000 meters (7:44.69) in Boston, led Oregon to its first indoor national title with NCAA wins at 3,000 and 5,000 meters, and also anchored the winning distance medley relay team. Also set school records in the indoor mile (3:57.86) and with the distance medley relay (9:29.39). Outdoors - Opened season with a win at 5,000 meters (13:55.75) versus UCLA. Collected a win in the 10,000 meters at the Oregon Relays in 28:28.68. At the Oregon Twilight, anchored Oregon's American record mile relay team (16:03.24). Opened Pac-10 Championships with a win at 10,000 meters in 29:01.93. Came back and took second in the 1,500 meters in 3:51.18. At the NCAA West Regional, advanced to the NCAA Championships by winning the 5,000 meters in 13:46.41. Performance for the ages at the NCAA Championships. Not only did he pull off an individual double-double in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, but he overcame near-disaster in the 10,000 meters as he was stepped on early in the race and had to stop to put his shoe back on. In spite of the setback, he came back to win the event by three seconds. Cross Country - The 2008 NCAA national champion in cross country. Won his first NCAA title by running a LaVern Gibson Course record 29:03.2 on the 10,000 meter circuit in Terre Haute, Ind. Became just the third national champion from Oregon, joining legends Steve Prefontaine (1970-71, 73) and Alberto Salazar (1978). Led Oregon to its second straight NCAA team cross country title and the school’s sixth overall. Also earned his ninth career All-America award. Won all three races he entered in the fall, including his second straight win in the NCAA West Regional (27:41.24), where he was 51 seconds faster than his closest competition. Became just the third Duck to post back-to-back NCAA West Regional wins, joining Jim Hill (1981-83) and Karl Keska (1995-96) in that elite club. Led Oregon to its third straight NCAA West Regional title. Made season debut a memorable one by winning the Pacific-10 Championships by nearly 30 seconds. Led Oregon to its third straight team title. Set a Springfield Country Club course record by running 22:55.14, beating the previous mark by 25 seconds. Became just the third Duck to win multiple Pac-10 cross country titles, joining Prefontaine (1970-71, ‘73) and Hill (1982-83). Was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA West Regional Athlete of the Year, the Pac-10 Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the Pac-10 Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. It is the first time that one athlete has won those four awards in the same season. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic first team. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 3:39.14 (PR), NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore. (5/30/09); 5,000 Meters - 13:46.41, NCAA West Regional, Eugene, Ore. (5/29/09); 10,000 Meters - 27:52.53, USA Track & Field Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/25/09). Indoors - Mile - 3:57.86 (PR), Husky Last Chance Qualifier, Seattle, Wash. (3/7/09); 3,000 Meters - 7:44.69 (PR), Boston Indoor Games, Boston, Mass. (2/7/09); 5,000 Meters - 13:18.12 (PR), Tyson Invitational, Fayetteville, Ark. (2/13/09).

2007-08: All-American in cross country. 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant. Ran in three races in the fall: the Pac-10, NCAA West Regional and the NCAA Championships, finishing first once and second in the other two events. Opened up at the Pac-10 Championships where he help Oregon win the team title with a runner-up finish (22:59) to teammate Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott. Was the individual champion at the NCAA West Regional (29:36) in leading the Ducks to the team crown. Ran second at the NCAA Championships (29:24), leading five Oregon All-Americans across the finish line as the Men of Oregon won their first cross country national championship since 1977. Earned All-America honors for the second time in cross country and the eighth time overall in his UO running career. Redshirted the 2008 track season to concentrate on the Olympic Trials, where he finished second in the 10,000 meters (27:43.11) to qualify for his first Olympic Summer Games. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, set the American Olympic record in the 10,000 meters with his 13th place finish in 27:36.99. Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic first team. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 13:59.14, U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore. (6/27/08); 10,000 Meters - 27:36.99, 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, China, (8/17/08).

2006-07: Set the U.S. collegiate record in the 10,000 meters (27:33.48). World Championships Qualifier in the 10,000 meters and an All-American in both cross country and track. Placed sixth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Overall, led team in all five of his races with Oregon’s 10th Pac-10 individual cross country title and another win in the Mike Hodges Invitational (23:03.2), and top-five finishes in Bill Dellinger Invitational (second) and West Regional (fourth). Outdoors on track, became UO’s 14th World Championships men’s distance qualifier. Earlier in postseason, claimed second NCAA 10,000 meters runner-up honors, running 28:56.19, staked UO’s second-ever Pac-10 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters double in same season, and won the West Regional 5,000 meters. During season, broke the UO 10,000 meters record once held by Bill McChesney, Jr. (27:50.82, 1982) when he ran his collegiate record at the Stanford Invitational. Also ranked fourth outdoors among collegians in the 5,000 meters (13:30.49) and sixth all-time for UO. Indoors, became first Duck to stake four individual All-America honors in his career with his finishes in the NCAA 3,000 meters (fourth, 7:56.79) and 5,000 meters (third, 13:40.38). During season, ran school records in the 3,000 meters (7:54.19) and 5,000 meters (13:38.62) and ranked top five nationally among collegians in each. Repeat Pac-10 and National All-Academic Track and Field First Team selection. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 13:30.49 (PR), Oregon Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/20/07); 10,000 Meters - 27:33.48 (PR), Cardinal Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (4/29/07). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 7:54.19 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/24/07); 5,000 Meters - 13:38.62 (PR), Husky Collegiate, Seattle, Wash. (2/10/07).

2005-06: NCAA All-American in track. In cross country, led team in the Willamette Invitational (sixth) and Pre-NCAA Invitational (12th). At the NCAA Indoor Championships earned All-America laurels with top-six placings in the 5,000 meters (fifth) and 3,000 meters (sixth). During regular season, his NCAA indoor automatic qualifying marks in the 5,000 meters (13:48.51) and 3,000 meters (7:54.90) then ranked first and third in school history. Outdoors, scored top-three finishes in the Pac-10 Championships 5,000 meters (third) and 10,000 meters (second). Earned NCAA outdoor 5,000 meters invitation after he placed third in the West Regional. Pac-10 and National All-Academic Track and Field First Team selection. Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meters - 7:56.3, Lignano, Italy (7/16/06); 5,000 Meters - 13:47.04, Heusden-Zoller, Belgium (7/22/06); 10,000 Meters - 30:42.10, Pac-10 Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore. (5/14/06). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 7:54.9, NCAA Last Chance Qualifier, (3/4/06); 5,000 Meters - 13:48.51, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/25/06).

2004-05: NCAA All-American in track. During the outdoor track and field season, was team’s high point scorer in the Pac-10 (5,000 meters, fourth, 13:57.43; 10,000 meters, second, 29:28.09) and NCAA Championships (10,000 meters, second, 28:23.75) and helped UO to the Pac-10 team title and a ninth-place NCAA effort. Took second in the 1,500 meters in the USA Junior Championships (3:47.47) and fourth in Pan American Junior Championships (3:50.96). In between those races, ran 1,500 meters/3,000 meters double in the Einlauf meet in Germany in July (PR 3:44.39 / 8:04.62). A week later broke the U.S. junior 3,000 meters record in Lignano, Italy (7:49.16). Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 3:44.39, Einlauf Meet, Cuxhaven, Germany (7/9/05); 3,000 Meters - 7:49.16 (PR), Nuova Atletica Dal Friuli Sport Solidarieti Meet, Lignano, Italy (7/18/05); 5,000 Meters - 13:44.72, KBC Night of Athletics, Heusden, Belgium (7/23/05); 10,000 Meters - 28:15.52, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/7/05).

Before Oregon: Led U.S. squad in 2005 World Junior Cross Country Championships (20th) in France in mid-March after he won the U.S. junior title in mid-February.

Prep: Claimed second in the 2003 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships as a senior (14:57). Won state cross country titles as a senior (14:55) and junior (14:56), and took sixth as a sophomore. Track and Field News Boys Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2004. As senior, ran state 1,500 meters record (3:45.3) en route to mile best (4:01.8). Also in ’01, led U.S. prep rankings in the mile (4:01.8), 3,000 meters (prep record 8:03.57) and 5,000 meters (U.S. junior record 13:37.91) and ranked second in the 1,500 meters (3:45.3). In 4A state meet as a senior, won the 1,500 meters (3:49.76) and 3,000 meters (8:22.00). Also scored in state meet as a junior in 1,500 meters (second, 3:53.58) and 3,000 meters (first, 8:14.36), and as a sophomore in 1,500 meters (eighth, 3:59.68) and 3,000 meters (third, 8:37.36).

Personal: Business major.

Personal Bests
1,500 Meters - 3:39.14,
NCAA West Regional,
Eugene, Ore., 5/30/09
Mile - 3:57.86 (i),
Husky Last Chance Qualifier,
Seattle, Wash., 3/7/09
5,000 Meters - 13:18.12 (i),
Tyson Invitational,
Fayetteville, Ark., 2/13/09
10,000 Meters - 27:33.48,
Cardinal Invitational,
Stanford, Calif., 4/29/07
3,000 Meters - 7:44.69 (i),
Boston Indoor Games,
Boston, Mass., 2/7/09

NCAA Championships Performances
2009 - Outdoors - 5,000 Meters, 1st, 14:04.12
2009 - Outdoors - 10,000 Meters, 1st, 28:21.45
2009 - Indoors - 3,000 Meters, 1st, 7:48.94
2009 - Indoors - 5,000 Meters, 1st, 13:41.45
2009 - Indoors - Distance Medley Relay, 1st, 9:29.59
2007 - Outdoors - 10,000 Meters, 2nd, 28:58.19
2007 - Indoors - 3,000 Meters, 4th, 7:56.79
2007 - Indoors - 5,000 Meters, 3rd, 13:40.38
2006 - Outdoors - 5,000 Meters, 20th, 14:14.02
2006 - Indoors - 3,000 Meters, 6th, 8:07.85
2006 - Indoors - 5,000 Meters, 5th, 13:56.41
2005 - Outdoors - 10,000 Meters, 2nd, 28:23.75

NCAA West Regional Performances
2009 - 5,000 Meters, 1st, 13:41.46
2009 - 1,500 Meters, 2nd, 3:39.14
2007 - 5,000 Meters, 1st, 14:08.03
2006 - 5,000 Meters, 3rd, 14:28.83

Pac-10 Championships Performances
2009 - 10,000 Meters, 1st, 29:01.93
2009 - 1,500 Meters, 2nd, 3:51.18
2007 - 5,000 Meters, 1st, 14:00.27
2007 - 10,000 Meters, 1st, 29:07.84
2006 - 5,000 Meters, 3rd, 14:00.94
2006 - 10,000 Meters, 2nd, 30:42.10
2005 - 5,000 Meters, 4th, 13:57.43
2005 - 10,000 Meters, 2nd, 29:28.09

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