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Track Teams Head to Seattle, Fayetteville
Release Date: 02/10/2010
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Oregon sends its teams to Seattle and Fayetteville this weekend. While the majority of the squad will head north for the Husky Classic, the 4x400 meter relay teams are off to Fayetteville for the Tyson Invitational. Competition at Arkansas begins at 10 a.m. (PST) each day. In Seattle, Friday’s distance carnival gets underway at 6 p.m., followed by a full slate of track and field Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m.


In Fayetteville, the Ducks will enter the men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relay teams. The men’s squad will be comprised of Chad Barlow, Matt Butcher, Ashton Eaton and Travis Thompson. The women’s travel party includes Keshia Baker, Amber Purvis, Mandy White, Michele Williams and Jamesha Youngblood. Each competitor will also see action in individual events. Eaton, the newly minted NCAA heptathlon record holder, Purvis and White will race in the 60 meters, Barlow and Williams will run at 400 meters and Thompson will go at 800 meters. Baker, Butcher, Barlow, Purvis and White are also entered at 200 meters, while Youngblood is in the long jump.


Many of Oregon’s 23 NCAA qualifiers will be in action in Seattle, plus a few who will compete for the first time in 2010. Tentative season debuts include Andrew Wheating (800 meters), LaMichael James (60 meters) and freshman Ben Dejarnette (3,000 meters). Others among the Ducks’ contingent of 40 include NCAA automatic qualifiers Melissa Gergel (pole vault), Nicole Blood (5,000 meters) and Brianne Theisen (200 meters, 60 meter hurdles, long jump, shot put). Provisional qualifiers in action in Seattle include Elijah Greer (800 meters), Luke Puskedra (mile, 5,000 meters), Scott Wall (5,000 meters) and Colin Witter-Tilton (pole vault) for the men, and Anne Kesselring (mile), Zoe Buckman (800 meters, mile), Jordan Hasay (3,000 meters) and Mattie Bridgmon (5,000 meters),

A complete list of entries can be found at: for the Husky Classic, and at: for the Tyson Invitational.


For live results, check (Husky Classic) and (Tyson Invitational). Final results will also be posted on


Senior Ashton Eaton broke the NCAA heptathlon record Jan. 29-30 at the Texas A&M Challenge. The senior from Bend, Ore., scored 6,256 points to surpass Trey Hardee’s NCAA mark of 6,208 points set for Texas in 2006. Eaton’s score is also the fifth-best overall by any American heptathlete. Eaton had personal heptathlon bests in the 60 meters (6.78), long jump (25-1.75), shot put (41-2.5), 60 meter hurdles (7.86) and 1,000 meters (2:38.02) to go along with clearances of at 16-3.25 in the pole vault and 6-9.5 in the high jump.


The 2010 season finds a number of school indoor record-holders on the roster. The men’s list is headlined by the new NCAA record-holder in the heptathlon, Ashton Eaton (6,256 points). Other record holders for the men include Andrew Wheating in the 800 (1:47.03) and members of the distance medley relay team (9:29.39/Jordan McNamara, Chad Barlow, Wheating). The women’s list is impressive with Amber Purvis holding the 60 meters (7.33) and 200 meters (24.15) marks, Keshia Baker at 400 meters (52.79) Brianne Theisen in the pentathlon (4,321 points) and 60 meter hurdles (8.54), Jamesha Youngblood in the long jump (21-1.25) and members of both relay teams: 4x400/3:36.16 (Youngblood, Baker, Michele Williams, Purvis) and the distance medley/10:59.64 (Jorday Hasay, Baker, Anne Kesslering, Nicole Blood).

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