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Cole Watson
Position: Middle Distance
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
City/State: Rogue River, Ore.
High School: Rogue River
Experience: High School
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Pac-12 competitor both on the track and in cross country. Versatile runner has competed in the 1,500 meters, steeplechase and cross country (8,000 meters) at the conference level. Seven-time state champion and a two-time USA Junior Track & Field Championships competitor from one of Southern Oregon’s finest prep programs. Won an impressive three state track titles as a junior in 2009 and another two at the 2010 championships.

2013-14: Cross Country - Ran in the opening meet of the year at the PSU Vikings Classic and posted a mark of 22:22.62. Pac-12 Cross Country Championships with a time of 26:08 on the 8,000-meter course as Oregon took the runner-up spot. Took 43rd on the 10,000-meter course at the NCAA West Regionals with a mark of 30:44. Earned Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors.

2012-13: Outdoors - Appeared in six meets outdoors. Timed a seasonal best 9:12.30 in a third place finish in the steeple versus Arkansas. Indoors - Ran in three meets. Clocked a season-best 8:11.65 in the 3,000 meters  at the MPSF Championships. Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention. Cross Country - Started the season with a strong presence by placing first with a time of 17:52:69 (6,000 meters) at the Park Pier Invitational. Helped the team finish second overall in the 8,000 meter event at the Dellinger Invitational, coming in 16th with an individual time of 24:06 and figured into scoring for the team, propelling Oregon’s second place finish. At the Pre-Nationals, competed with a time of 24:02.4 (8,000 meters) and placed 49th out of 272 racers. Was a key contributor to the Oregon team’s rank of third among 40 teams at the meet. Placed 39th overall at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 24:31 (8,000 meters) and added to the team average of 24:02, winning third place in the Pac-12. Helped Oregon take fourth overall at the NCAA West Regional, contributing an individual time of 31:30 (10,000 meters). Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 9:12.30, Arkansas Dual, Eugene, Ore. (4/20/13). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 8:11.65 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/23/13).

2011-12: Outdoors - Pac-12 qualifier in the steeplechase. Made appearances at wide range of distances between 800 meters and 5,000 meters. Focused on the steeplechase the later part of the season. Placed second in the steeplechase at the John Knight Twilight in 9:12.78. Set a seasonal best in the steeple, 9:12.21, at the Oregon Twilight. Capped season in the steeple at the Pac-12 Championships. Indoors - Saw action in four meets. Ran the 3,000 meters at the UW Indoor Preview and the MPSF Championships. Was in the mile in three meets, including a best of 4:08.45 at the Husky Classic Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention. Cross Country - Was one of five freshmen who figured into the scoring at the Pac-12 championships. Placed 51st overall in 24:45 (8,000 meters) as Oregon’s No. 6 finisher. Oregon’s No. 5 runner (20th overall) at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (24:18.88/8,000 meters). Placed fifth at the season-opening dual meet with Gonzaga (20:08.6/4 miles) in his cross country debut. Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 3:51.87, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/21/12); 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 9:12.21 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/5/12).

2010-11: Outdoors - Pac-10 qualifier in the 1,500 meters to wrap up freshman campaign. Huge charge down the final few meters led to a runner-up finish in the 1,500 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational (3:48.25), clipping Stanford’s Chris Derrick by .01. Ran a personal best 800 meters at the Oregon Preview, 1:51.78. Indoors - Oregon debut came as the lead leg of the runner-up distance medley relay at the UW Indoor Preview. Timed 4:07.72 in first indoor mile at the UW Invitational, where he also ran the lead leg of the winning distance medley relay team (9:35.98). Dropped mile time to 4:06.42 at the Husky Classic. Nearly matched that time in a fifth-place finish at the MPSF Championships (4:07.00). Just missed scoring in the 800 meters as well (1:52.42). Cross Country - Redshirt season. Competed unattached at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:51.78 (PR), Oregon Preview, Eugene, Ore. (3/19/11); 1,500 Meters - 3:48.25 (PR), Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/9/11). Indoors - 800 Meters - 1:52.42 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/26/11); Mile - 4:06.42 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/12/11).

Prep: Truly impressive record his final two years for Rogue River High School, capturing six state titles, including back-to-back wins at 1,500 meters. Capped senior year by qualifying for the 1,500 meters at the 2010 USA Junior Track & Field Championships. Began senior season by winning his first state cross country title (2009) and his time, 15:52, was the fastest of all six classifications over the 5,000 meter course. Followed that in the spring with state titles at 1,500 (3:55.76) and 3,000 (8:47.55) meters to help Rogue River finish second overall. Prep best time in the 1,500, 3:50.84, came at the 2010 Oregon Relays at Historic Hayward Field, while his best in the 3,000, 8:45.10, happened at the 2010 Prefontaine Rotary Invitational. Put on an impressive performance as a junior at the 2009 state 3A championships where he was a three-time champion, taking titles at 400 meters (50.57), 800 meters (1:56.85) and 1,500 meters (4:06.32). Was also the state 800 meter champion as a sophomore in 2008 (1:54.71). Was a 2009 USA Track & Field Junior Championships competitor in the 800 meters and was the 2009 recipient of the Nike Oregon Sports Awards Steve Prefontaine Award. Also a three-year starter for the Rogue River basketball team. High School Bests: 400 Meters - 50.57, 2009; 800 Meters - 1:52.48, 2009; 1,500 Meters - 3:50.84, 2010; 3,000 Meters - 8:45.10, 2010.

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Personal Bests
800 Meters - 1:51.78,
Oregon Preview,
Eugene, Ore., 3/19/11

1,500 Meters - 3:48.25,
Pepsi Team Invitational,
Eugene, Ore., 4/9/11

NCAA Cross Country West Regional
2013 - 43rd, 30:44
2012 - 101st, 31:29.7

Pac-12 Track Championships
2012 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 15th, 9:18.07
2012 - 5,000 Meters, DNF
2011 - 1,500 Meters, p-9th, 4:03.63 (Pac-10)
2011 - 5,000 Meters, DNF, (Pac-10)

Pac-12 Cross Country Championships
2013 - 33rd, 26:08
2012 - 39th, 24:30.7
2011 - 51st, 24:45
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