James and Barner Achieve Rare Pac-10 Double
Tuesday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. PDT
The backfield duo of LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner added to what already has the makings of quite a legacy at Oregon this past weekend, helping the men’s track and field team to a Pac-10 championship. As a result, they became the first student-athletes in 74 years – and second and third ever - to win conference titles in both football and track in the same academic year, joining former Duck football captain and javelin thrower Bob Parke, who achieved the double in 1933-34.
James, the Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year, and fellow frosh Barner, who ranked ninth in the conference in all-purpose yards in the fall, made up half of UO’s 4x100 meter relay team that ran a season-best 40.36 to place fourth and earn five team points at the championships. For Barner, it marked the only second time he had ever competed in track and field in his life, the first coming a week earlier at the Oregon Twilight Meet.
If LaMichael James' speed work on the track team makes him faster on the football field, watch out.
James also claimed four points in the 100 meter dash, taking fifth place in the finals with a time of 10.72. In Saturday’s prelims, he ran the sixth fastest time out of 27 entrants and second fastest mark among freshmen with a 10.52.
With three years remaining in each sport, it appears this dynamic duo is just getting started.
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