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Ashton Eaton
Player Profile:
Ashton Eaton 77492
Position: Decathlon
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
City/State: Bend, Ore.
High School: Mountain View
Experience: High School

WORLD RECORD - Heptathlon (6,499 points)

2010 Bowerman Award Winner
5-Time NCAA Champion (Decathlon, three time, Heptathlon-i, twice)
5-Time Pac-10 Champion (Decathlon, three times, 110 Meter Hurdles, Long Jump)
2-Time Bowerman Award Finalist
USTFCCCA Field Athlete of the Year (Indoor, twice, & Outdoor, twice)
Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Year (twice)
World, American, NCAA & School Record (Heptathlon-i);
NCAA Meet, Pac-10 & School Record (Decathlon)
8-Time All-American

The world record-holder in the indoor heptathlon after winning the 2010 NCAA championship with 6,499 points to break Dan O'Brien's 1993 mark by 25 points. Also became the first person in history to win three consecutive NCAA decathlon titles. The top combined event competitor among the college ranks finished his career with five straight NCAA Championships (2008 decathlon, 2009 heptathlon, 2009 decathlon, 2010 heptathlon, 2010 decathlon). The 2010 Bowerman Award winner. The 2010 USTFCCCA Outdoor and Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. Put on a performance for the ages at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, winning three events and taking second in another. 2009 and 2010 Bowerman Award finalist. Represented Team USA in the decathlon at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin after finishing second at the 2009 USA Track & Field Championships (8,075 points). The 2009 USTFCCCA Indoor & Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Year. Contributed 10 team points with his heptathlon win (5,988 points) as Oregon claimed its first ever NCAA Indoor Track & Field title in 2009. Matched that with a decathlon win (8,241 points) and 10 points for the national runners-up at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor meet. Accounted for nearly 90 points (89.5) during Oregon’s run of four straight Pac-10 championships (39.25 in 2010, 26 in 2009, 17.5 in 2008 and 6.75 in 2007). Was the top collegian at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials (8,122 points). Invaluable member of Oregon’s sprint, relay and long jump corps, in addition to the decathlon.

2009-10: NCAA champion and world record in the heptathlon (6,499 points); also won third straight NCAA decathlon title. Was named the 2010 Bowerman Award winner as the male college track and field athlete of the year. Also won the Thorpe Award. Outdoors - Ranked first nationally in the decathlon, fifth in the 110 meter hurdles, ninth in the long jump and 11th in the 100 meters. Capped collegiate career by winning his third straight NCAA decathlon title at Historic Hayward Field. Broke meet, school and Pac-10 records in winning the title with 8,457 points. Score was the second-best ever by a collegian, and just six points off the all-time record. Was named the USTFCCCA Men's Co-Field Athlete of the Year, along with Ryan Whiting of Arizona State. Was also the Pac-10 men's co-field athlete of the year and the USTFCCCA West Region field athlete of the year. Won his eighth career All-America award at the 2010 NCAA meet. In winning the 2010 NCAA title, set a personal best in the 400 meters, 46.28, which was the seventh-fastest time in school history. Also had decathlon PRs in the long jump (25-11.0/7.90m) and 110 meter hurdles (13.68). Was also an NCAA qualifier in the long jump. At the NCAA West Regional, leapt a personal-best 26-4.5/8.04m to finish second by a centimeter. Jump was the second-best in school history. Performance of the ages at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships where he won his third straight decathlon with a legal best score of 8,154 points. Also won the 110 meter hurdles in 13.54, the long jump (25-7.5), took second in the 100 meters (10.33) and ran the second leg on the Ducks' fourth-place 4x100 meter relay team (40.36). Was named the men's performer of the meet, accounting for 39.25 of Oregon's 168.5 winning total. Became just the second person to win three consecutive decathlon titles, joining Oregon's Craig Brigham (1973-75). In winning the decathlon, set multi personal bests in the 110 hurdles (13.79) and pole vault (16-10.75). A week later at the Pac-10 Championships, ran a wind-aided personal-best 10.19 in the 100, before the legal-best 10.33 in the final. That mark ranks seventh all-time. In the 110 hurdles, time of 13.54 stands No. 2 all-time at Oregon. Most dramatic of the three wins came in the long jump, where he passed USC's Brenden Ames by a centimeter on his final attempt. Opened remarkable outdoor season by scoring a wind-aided 8,310 points at the Texas Relays decathlon. It was also the second time he had gone well beyond the current school mark of 8,176 points, only to have an over the limit wind of greater that plus 4.0 meters per second. At the Texas Relays, established a PR in discus (143-5/43.71m), and decathlon PRs in the 100 meters (10.34w) and shot put (43-0.25/13.11m). Nine days later, set a then-personal-best in the 110 hurdles in 13.64w to win the event at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Also ran the lead leg on Oregon's runner-up 4x400 meter relay team at the Pepsi (3:08.41) and won the long jump (25-6/7.77m) to help Oregon win that meet. Followed that with victories in the 100 (10.52) and 200 meters (personal best 21.03) versus UCLA to lead the Ducks to victory in their dual meet. Time in the 200 is the ninth-fastest ever at Oregon. Indoors - Performance for the ages in setting a world record at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships where he scored 6,499 points to break Dan O'Brien's 1993 record of 6,476 points. Set heptathlon personal bests in all seven events, and scored overall PRs in four. Lifetime bests came in the three running events - 60 meters (6.71), 1,000 meters (2:32.67) and 60 meter hurdles (7.77) - and the high jump (6-11/2.11m). Also registered heptathlon personal bests in the pole vault (16-8.75/5.10m), long jump (25-4.5/7.73m) and shot put (43-0.5/13.12m). Time in both the 60 and 60 hurdles rank second all-time in school history. Also moved up to No. 3 on the indoor long jump list. Wrapped up his indoor career by running the second leg on Oregon's sixth-place 4x400 meter relay team (3:08.42) to earn All-America honors in that race. Prior to the NCAA meet, set the NCAA record in the heptathlon, scoring 6,256 points at the Texas A&M Challenge. That mark surpassed Trey Hardee’s previous NCAA mark of 6,208 points set for Texas in 2006. Had at the time, heptathlon personal 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 at 6-9.5 in the high jump and 16-3.25 in the pole vault. After the Texas A&M Challenge, helped 4x400 relay team hit an NCAA provisional standard (3:08.66) at the Tyson Invitational. Also ran 6.79 in the 60 meters at that meet. At the MPSF Championships, set an all-conditions personal-best in the pole vault, clearing 17-3. That mark tied for fourth and was also an NCAA provisional qualifier. Also helped the 4x400 meter relay team finish second at the MPSF meet in a season-best 3:07.61. Opened season with a high jump clearance at 6-9 at the UW Indoor Preview. Season Bests: Outdoors - Decathlon - 8,457 (PR), NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/10-11/10); 100 Meters - 10.19w (PR), Pacific-10 Championships, Berkeley, Calif. (5/15/10); 200 Meters - 21.03 (PR), UCLA Dual, Eugene, Ore. (4/17/10); 400 Meters - 46.28, NCAA Championships decathlon, Eugene, Ore. (6/10/10); 110 Meter Hurdles - 13.54 (PR), Pacific-10 Championships, Berkeley, Calif. (5/16/10); Long Jump - 26-4.5/8.04m (PR), NCAA West Regional, Austin, Texas (5/27/10); Pole Vault - 16-10.75/5.15m (PR), Pacific-10 Championships decathlon, Berkeley, Calif. (5/9/10); Indoors - Heptathlon - 6,499 (PR), NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon, Fayetteville, Ark. (3/12-13/10); 60 Meters - 6.71 (PR), NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon, Fayetteville, Ark. (3/12/10); 60 Meter Hurdles - 7.77 (PR), NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon, Fayetteville, Ark. (3/12-13/10); High Jump - 6-11/2.11m, NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon, Fayetteville, Ark. (3/12/10); Pole Vault - 17-3/5.26m (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/26/10); Long Jump - 25-4.5/7.73m (PR), NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon, Fayetteville, Ark. (3/12-13/10).

2008-09: Bowerman Award finalist was a two-time NCAA champion and a Pac-10 champion during a remarkable junior season. Won the NCAA Indoor heptathlon and Outdoor decathlon titles, as well as the Pac-10’s decathlon crown. Scored 26 points in five events as the Ducks won their third straight Pac-10 title and was named the Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Year. Named the USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. Two-time All-American. Indoors, etched his name all over the Oregon record book. Broke his own school record in the heptahlon at the UW Indoor Invitational (6,194 points). Scored 5,988 points in winning his first NCAA heptathlon title, and helped lead Oregon to its first ever NCAA Indoor championship. Other noteworthy indoor marks included a 7.90 in the 60 meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships and 6.84 in the 60 meters at the UW Invitational. Both marks came during heptathlon performances. Also cleared seasonal-bests of 6-10.25 in the high jump at the UW meet and 16-8.75 in the pole vault at the NCAA meet. Scored more than 8,000 points in all five decathlons of the outdoor season. Made first combined events appearance at the Oregon Relays, where he won with 8,023 points. Successfully defended his Pac-10 decathlon title by scoring 8,091 points. Also scored in the long jump (second, 25-6.75), 400 meters (third, 46.34) and on both relays to earn performer of the meet honors. Time in the 400 was a personal best that led Oregon in 2009 and ranks seventh all-time at the University. Was an NCAA West Regional qualifier in the 400 (6th, 47.19). Set bests in the 100 meters (10.35w) and the 110 meter hurdles (13.85) in scoring a wind-aided 8,241 points to win his second straight NCAA decathlon title. Time in the hurdles ranks as the seventh-best in school history. Scored 10 points for the national runners-up as Oregon has its best finish at the NCAA meet in a quarter century. Earned a spot on Team USA by finishing second in the decathlon at the USA Track & Field Championships (8,075 points). Notched a seasonal-best in the pole vault, 16-9, in an OTC all-comers meet in July before heading off to the IAAF World Championships. There, he again topped 8,000 points (8,061) in an 18th-place finish that was highlighted by his legal personal best leap in the long jump, 25-9.25. That mark is the eighth-best long jump at Oregon. Named the team’s Harry Ritchie High Point Award winner. Season Bests: Outdoors - Decathlon - 8,241w, NCAA Championships decathlon, Fayetteville, Ark. (6/10-11/09); 100 Meters - 10.35w, NCAA Championships decathlon, (6/10/09); 400 Meters - 46.34, Pac-10 Championships (5/17/09); 110 Meter Hurdles - 13.85, NCAA Championships decathlon, Fayetteville, Ark. (6/11/09); High Jump - 6-8.75/2.05m (PR), Oregon Relays decathlon, Eugene, Ore. (4/23/09) & USA Track & Field Championships, Eugene, Ore (6/25/09); Pole Vault - 16-9/5.10m, OTC All-Comers Meet, Eugene, Ore. (7/30/09). Long Jump - 25-9.25/7.85m, IAAF World Championships decathlon, Berlin, Germany (8/19/09). Indoors - Heptathlon - 6,174, UW Indoor Invitational heptathlon, Seattle, Wash. (1/30-31/09); 60 Meters - 6.84, UW Indoor Invitational heptathlon, Seattle, Wash. (1/30/09); 60 Meter Hurdles - 7.90, NCAA Championships heptathlon, College Station, Texas (3/14/09); High Jump - 6-10.25/2.09m, UW Indoor Invitational heptathlon, Seattle, Wash. (1/30/09); Pole Vault - 16-8.75/5.10m, NCAA Championships heptathlon, College Station, Texas (3/14/09); Long Jump - 24-11/7.59m, UW Indoor Invitational heptathlon, Seattle, Wash. (1/30/09).

2007-08: Was the 2008 NCAA Champion in the decathlon, as well as being the Pacific-10 Champion in the event. Was a Pac-10 scorer in five events: decathlon (first, 10 points), 200 meters (sixth, 3 points), long jump (seventh, 2 points) 4x100 meter relay (seventh, 2 points) and the 4x400 meter relay (second, 8 points) to play a role in 25 of the Ducks’ 144.5 total points in winning the team crown for the fourth time in the last six years. Took part in four decathlons in 2008. Opened with an NCAA automatic mark of 7,792 points at the Sacramento State Invitational. Won the Pac-10 decathlon with 7,604 points. Broke the 8,000-point barrier in winning the NCAA Championships, scoring 8,055 points. Became just the second NCAA decathlon champion from Oregon, joining Santiago Lorenzo (2001). Scored a career-best 8,122 points at the U.S. Olympic Trials to finish as the highest collegian and fifth overall. That mark ranks second all-time at Oregon, just 45 points behind the record of 8,167 set by Pedro daSilva in 1992. Had Oregon’s best time in the 400 meters, an NCAA provisional 46.74, that earned him a first-place finish in the UCLA dual meet in April. Had Oregon’s best overall long jump of the outdoor season, a 25-2.5 effort in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships. Also Oregon’s top competitor in the 110 hurdles, winning the Pepsi Team Invite in 14.30. Ranked second on the squad in the 200 meters (21.39) and third in the 100 meters (10.57). Also a member of Oregon’s NCAA Championship-qualifying 4x400 meter relay team, which had a season-best of 3:04.85 in finishing second at the Pac-10 Championships, and the NCAA Regional 4x100 squad (40.20). Indoors, shattered Santiago Lorenzo’s school record heptathlon record of 5,608 points with his 5,859-point performance at the UW Indoor Invite, which was highlighted by a 25-3.25 long jump. Went on to finish sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships (5,676). Placed second in the 60 meter hurdles at the MPSF Championships (8.12). Earned All-America status with the indoor 4x400 meter relay team which finished seventh at the NCAA Championships (3:07.89).  Season Bests: Outdoors - Decathlon - 8,122 (legal PR), U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore. (6/29-30/08); Long Jump - 25-2.5, NCAA Championships decathlon, Des Moines, Iowa (6/11/08); 100 Meters - 10.57, Pac-10 Championships decathlon, Tempe, Ariz. (5/9/08); 200 Meters - 21.39, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/16/08); 400 Meters - 46.74, Oregon-UCLA Dual, Eugene, Ore. (4/19/08); 110 Hurdles - 14.30, Pepsi Team Invite, Eugene, Ore. (4/5/08). Indoors - Heptathlon - 5,859, UW Indoor Invite, Seattle, Wash. (2/1/08); Long Jump - 25-3.25, UW Indoor Invite, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08); 60 Hurdles - 8.03, MPSF Indoors, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08).

2006-07: Pac-10 scorer in the long jump and decathlon. NCAA Qualifier (long jump, 4x100 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay). Was one of only three freshmen to qualify provisionally for NCAAs in the combined events both indoors and outdoors. Finished second in Pac-10 Championships decathlon with a season-best 7,123 points in only his second career decathlon. Earlier in the season, won the Jim Click Open Decathlon with 6,977 points. Competed in NCAA Championships long jump (18th, 24-2.5) after he placed fifth in the West Regional (24-6.25) and Pac-10 Championships. Helped the 4x100 meter relay to third-place finishes in the Pac-10 and West Regional (40.63/40.26) and a 14th-place effort in the NCAA finale (40.77). Added to busy schedule in NCAA finale in Sacramento with leg on 4x400 meter relay (14th, 3:07.24) after third- and fourth-place finishes in the West Regional and Pac-10 Championships. Placed third at the USA Junior Championships decathlon (7,155 points) and second in the long jump (24-0.25), the latter of which earned him a trip to Brazil for the Pan American Junior Championships. Indoors, in the team’s season opener, met the NCAA provisional score in his heptathlon debut in the UW Invitational (second, 5,370). At indoor season’s end, led UO in the heptathlon and long jump, and ranked top three in the 60 meters, high jump and 60 meter hurdles. Also ran on indoor 4x400 meter relay that placed second in the Mountain Pacific Championships. Season Bests: Outdoors - Decathlon - 7,123, Pac-10 Championships Decathlon, Stanford, Calif. (5/5-6/07); Long Jump - 24-6.25 (w:1.3), West Regional, Eugene, Ore. (5/25/07); 100 Meters - 10.66, Jim Click Open decathlon, Tucson, Ariz. (3/22/07); 200 Meters - 21.62 (w:2.1), California Collegiate Challenge, Berkeley, Calif. (4/28/07); 400 Meters - 48.55, Jim Click Open decathlon, Tucson, Ariz. (3/22/07). Indoors - Heptathlon - 5,370, UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/26-27/07); Long Jump - 24-3, UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/26/07).

Prep: In 2006, won Oregon 4A state titles as a senior in 400 meters (48.69) and long jump (24-0 1/4w), and was runner-up in the 200 meters (22.10) to land athlete of the meet honors. As a junior posted a second-place state finish in the long jump with a then-personal best (23-2 1/4). Led the state long jump rankings in 2006 (24-1) and also ranked top-three in the state in the 100 meters (third, 10.84), 200 meters (second, 21.69) and 400 meters (second, 48.69). Also lettered in football as a halfback and wrestled.

Personal: Majoring in psychology. His grandfather James Eaton was a Michigan State halfback.

Personal Bests
Decathlon - 8,457 points,
NCAA Championships,
Eugene, Ore., 6/10-11/10
100 Meters - 10.19w (legal - 10.33),
Pacific-10 Championships,
Berkeley, Calif., 5/15/10
200 Meters - 21.03,
UCLA Dual,
Eugene, Ore., 4/17/10
400 Meters - 46.28,
NCAA Championships decathlon,
Eugene, Ore., 6/10/10
110 Meter Hurdles - 13.54,
Pacific-10 Championships,
Berkeley, Calif., 5/16/10
High Jump - 6-11/2.11m (i),
NCAA Indoor Championships,
Fayetteville, Ark., 3/12/10
Pole Vault - 17-3/5.26m (i),
MPSF Championships,
Seattle, Wash., 2/26/10
Long Jump - 26-4.5/8.04m,
NCAA West Regional,
Austin, Texas, 5/27/10
Heptathlon - 6,499 (i),
NCAA Indoor Championships,
Fayetteville, Ark., 3/12-13/10
60 Meters - 6.71 (i),
NCAA Indoor Championships,
Fayetteville, Ark., 3/12/10
60 Meter Hurdles - 7.77 (i),
NCAA Indoor Championships,
Fayetteville, Ark., 3/13/10

NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
2010 - Decathlon, 1st, 8,457 points
2010 - Long Jump, 22nd, 23-8.75/7.23m
2009 - Decathlon, 1st, 8,241 points
2008 - Decathlon, 1st, 8,055 points
2007 - Long Jump, 18th, 24-2.5 /7.37m
2007 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 14th, 40.77
2007 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 14th, 3:07.24

NCAA Indoor Track Championships
2010 - Heptathlon, 1st, 6,499 points
2010 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 6th, 3:08.42
2009 - Heptathlon, 1st, 5,988 points
2008 - Heptathlon, 6th, 5,676 points
2008 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 7th, 3:07.89

NCAA West Regional Track Championships
2010 - Long Jump, 2nd, 26-4.5/8.04m
2010 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 17th, 3:08.34
2009 - 400 Meters, 6th, 47.19
2008 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 2nd, 3:05.07
2007 - Long Jump, 5th, 24-6.25/7.47m
2007 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 3rd, 40.26
2007 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:08.79

Pac-10 Track Championships
2010 - Decathlon, 1st, 8,154 points
2010 - 110 Hurdles, 1st, 13.54
2010 - Long Jump, 1st, 25-7.5/7.81m
2010 - 100 Meters, 2nd, 10.33
2010 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 4th, 40.36
2009 - Decathlon, 1st, 6,664 points
2009 - Long Jump, 2nd, 25-6.75/7.79m
2009 - 400 Meters, 3rd, 46.34
2009 - High Jump, t10th, 6-6.75/2.00m
2009 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:08.95
2009 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 7th, 41.23
2008 - Decathlon, 1st, 7,604 points
2008 - 200 Meters, 6th, 21.43
2008 - Long Jump, 7th, 23-8.25/7.21m
2008 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 2nd, 3:04.85
2008 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 7th, 40.62
2007 - Long Jump, 5th, 23-8.25/7.21m (w: 6.7)
2007 - 4x100 Meter Relay, 3rd, 40.63
2007 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 4th, 3:09.93

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