HARRISBURG,OR — Less than twelve hours after taking a victory lap at last Friday's Oregon Twilight meet, sixth year senior javelin thrower, Alex Wolff was putting the finishing touches on a gravel driveway of a Harrisburg home. The three-year team captain, who will complete his masters in human physiology and cardiac rehabilitation this summer, leaned on his shovel to catch his breath and smiled. "Hey it’s really coming together," Wolff remarked as he looked at teammate and fellow O-Heroes executive Ben DeJarnette. After several weeks of planning, Wolff and DeJarnette led a group of Oregon athletes 40 minutes north of Eugene to help build a backyard with Habitat for Humanity and athletes from in-state rival Oregon State University. The small flock of Ducks leveled the ground, planted trees, and built a play set for the family who will soon call this house a home.
"It's great to put the rivalry aside for a weekend, get together, and do
something great for the community," said Wolff, "I had the opportunity to do
this my freshman year, and I had a blast. Unfortunately, the tradition almost
died out over the past few years. I wanted to bring it back and I hope that
getting some younger guys involved today will revive it and keep it going."
A total of twenty Oregon athletes served alongside Wolff, a two-time All-American
javelin thrower form Newburg, OR that day. "Getting up at 7 A.M. on Saturday
morning after a meet isn't the easiest thing to do," said junior hammer thrower
Cam Norris, "but I think it speaks to our strength as a team and our commitment
as an athletic department to community service."
Wolff and his teammates will compete for their 5th straight Pac-10 championship
this weekend in Tucson, AZ. It will not be an easy road to victory, however, as
the top three teams are projected to score within 12 points of each other. The
Ducks, who are slated third, tied Pac-10 favorite UCLA in a dual meet earlier
this year at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles and have vowed to defeat the Bruins
and claim the Pac-10's last championship trophy before the conference becomes
the Pac-12 in July.
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