Walker's Pace: Honors Keep Coming for Theisen, Lananna
Thurdsay, March 17, 2011
The awards keep coming in for Oregon's national championship women's track and field team.
Thursday, Brianne Theisen was named the MPSF's female athlete of the year, while Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna was named the MPSF women's coach of the year. Here is the text from the MPSF.
MPSF Women's Athlete of the Year
Brianne Theisen • Senior • Pentathlon • Humboldt, Saskatchewan
A senior from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Brianne Theisen twice set the collegiate record in the pentathlon in 2011 and won her second-straight NCAA crown in the event to help Oregon win its second consecutive national title. Her score of 4,540 bettered her previous all-time collegiate best mark of 4,507 set in January at the UW Invitational and ranked among the world's top five in the event for the season. Theisen would earn personal bests of 8.35 in the 60 meter hurdles, 6-½ (1.84m) in the high jump and 2:11.82 in the 800 meters en route to this season's national crown. The 60 hurdles and high jump marks are also Oregon indoor school records. Additionally, Theisen scored at the NCAA meet as a member of Oregon's eighth-place 4x400 relay team. At the MPSF Championships, Theisen was second in the high jump, third in the 60-meter hurdles and led off the winning 4x400 meter relay team as the Ducks won the conference championship for the second straight year. She was recently selected as the USTFCCCA Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season.
MPSF Women's Coach of the Year
Vin Lananna • Oregon • 6th Year
Under the guidance of head coach Vin Lananna, Oregon scored an impressive 67 points to win its second consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship in 2011. The Ducks counted national championships from Brianne Theisen in the pentathlon and Jordan Hasay in the mile and 3,000 meters. Oregon also scored in the distance medley relay, long jump, pole vault, 60 meters, 200 meters and 4x400 meters, plus its 1-3-4 finish in the mile. The Ducks also won their second consecutive MPSF title with Hasay taking the mile, Amber Purvis winning the 60-meter, and Melissa Gergel the pole vault, along with sweeping both the 4x400 meter and distance medley relays. During the season, the Ducks broke nine different school records, including the 60, 200, 3,000 and 5,000 meters, the mile, the distance medley relay, the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump and the pentathlon.