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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Matthew Melancon
Player Profile:
Matthew Melancon 771164
Position: Middle Distance
Height: 6'0"
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Eugene, Ore.
High School: Sheldon
Experience: High School

Pac-12 All Academic, Second Team (2015)

2015-16: Cross Country - Good season opener in a fourth place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (24:26.2)...finished 18th at the Washington invitational in 23:37.7...Oregon's fifth runner and the 56th overall finisher at the Pre-National Invitational in 24:02.3...29th overall finisher and Oregon's fifth runner at the Pac-12 Championships in 23:58.3...Oregon's third runner and 24th overall finisher at the NCAA West Regionals in 31:41.3...98th overall at the NCAA Championships in 30:56.2...Pac-12 all-academic second team.
2014-15: Outdoor - Pac-12 and NCAA Regional qualifier...ran a personal-best 29:10.38 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational...claimed a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the Oregon Relays in a personal-best (13:52.40)...just missed scoring in the 10,000 at the Pac-12 Championships (ninth) before finishing the season at the NCAA West Regional. Indoor - Did not compete. Cross Country – Strong runner-up finish to teammate Edward Cheserek in the season-opening Bill Dellinger Invitational (24:26, 8,000 meters)...earned another top-10 finish at the Battle in Beantown (10, 24:42, 8,000 meters)...was Oregon's No. 3 runner, placing 15th overall in 24:08 (8,000 meters) at the Pac-12 Championships...placed 28th at the NCAA West Regional in 30:05.6 (10,000 meters)...wrapped up season with an appearance at the NCAA Championships...Pac-12 all-academic second team. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 13:52.40 (PR), Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/18/15); 10,000 Meters - 29:10.38 (PR), Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (4/4/15).

2013-14: Outdoor – Qualified for the Pac-12 Championships in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters…placed seventh at the Oregon Relays in the 5,000 with a time of 14:14.57…finished in 14th at the Oregon Twilight with a 3:52.49 mark in the 1,500…took fifth in the 10,000 at the Pac-12 Championships with a mark of 30:00.04. Indoor – set an indoor personal record at the Husky Classic in the 5,000 with a mark of 14:11.67…came in at 14:42.98 at the MPSF Championships in the 5,000. Cross Country - Completed the four mile at the PSU Vikings Classic in 20:20.21 and finished in sixth place…finished seventh in Boston, Mass., at the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown with a time of 24:18 in the 8,000 meter as UO took first behind six top-10 finishers…took 10th at the Ducks’ lone home meet, finishing with a time of 24:26 in the 8,000 meter at the Bill Dellinger Invitational as Oregon claimed its second-straight title…placed 74th overall in a field of 359 participants at the Pre-Nationals meet with a time of 24:26.06 in the 8,000 meters…clocked in at 26:50 at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships 8,000-meter race in Louisville, Colo.…crossed the finish line in 30:39 on the 10,000-meter course at the NCAA West Regionals, good for 37th place…named to Pac-12 Second-Team All-Academic…finished the 10,000-meter race at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 33:16.1. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 14:14.57, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/18/14); 10,000 Meters - 30:00.04, Pac-12 Championships, Pullman, Wash. (5/18/14). Indoors - 5,000 Meters - 14:11.67 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/14).
2012-13: Outdoor - Shone over the final month of the season with impressive performances at the Pac-12 and NCAA West meets. Set personal 10,000 meter best of 29:31.82 early in the season at the Stanford Invitational. Was the runner-up at 5,000 meters against Arkansas (14:09.37). In the championship season, impressed with a fourth place showing in the 10,000 meters at the Pac-12 meet (29:39.36). Best race of the year may have been the NCAA West Preliminary, where he fought for the 12th and final spot to the NCAA Championships (30:27.59). Placed 20th at the NCAA Championships in his first national final (30:42.16). Indoor - raced at the UW Invitational and the MPSF Championships. Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection. Cross Country - Strong contributor to the Oregon squad through all meets during the year. Placed eighth in the Park Pier Invitational with an individual time of 18:12.81 (6,000 meters). Was Oregon’s sixth finisher at the Dellinger Invitational with a time of 24:29 (8,000 meters). Recorded a time of 24:12.0 in the 8,000 meter race at the Pre-Nationals, placing 65th out of 272 individuals and helping Oregon win third in the team competition. Had a strong showing at the Pac-12 Championships, finishing 31st with a time of 24:19 (8,000 meters). Finished fourth for Oregon at the NCAA West Regional, recording a time of 30:25 (10,000 meters). Helped the Ducks place fourth overall out of 26 teams. Was part of the 20th place Oregon team that competed at the NCAA Championships. Ran the 10,000 meter race in 30:41.2 as the Ducks’ No. 2 finisher and earned a 97th place individually. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 14:09.37, Arkansas Dual, Eugene, Ore. (4/20/13); 10,000 Meters - 29:31.82, Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/29/13). Indoors - 3,000 Meters - 8:14.89 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/23/13); 5,000 Meters - 14:17.76, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/22/13).

2011-12: Outdoor - Redshirt season. Qualified for the U.S. Junior Championships in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. was fifth in the 10,000 (31:52.40) and sixth in the 5,000 (14:51.93). Ran unattached at the Oregon Preview, Oregon Relays and Oregon Twilight. Set a personal best in the 3,000 meters at the Twilight (8:18.93). After the season, ran 3:56.68 in the 1,500 meters at the Portland Track Festival. Indoor - Redshirt season. Cross Country - Redshirt Season. Ran unattached at the Beaver Classic where he placed fifth in 24:57 (8,000 meters). Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meters - 8:18.93, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore., (5/5/12).

Prep: Ran a 12-second personal best to capture the 2011 state 6A title at 3,000 meters (8:30.78) as a senior for Sheldon High School. Also placed fourth in the 1,500 meters (4:01.53) as a senior. Opened senior year by winning the Oregon 6A cross country championship and was named the state’s Gatorade Runner of the Year. Ran 15:36 to win the state title (5,000 meter course), after earlier setting his best time at 5,000 meters of 15:10.6 at the Concordia Puma Classic. As a junior, was fourth in the state at 3,000 meters in 2010 (8:46.55) after setting a season-best at that distance of 8:42.08 at the Oregon Relays. High School Bests: 1,500 Meters - 4:01.53, 2011; 3,000 Meters - 8:30.78, 2011.

Personal: Major is product design. Father Randall Melancon ran track at Arkansas and later for Athletics West.

Personal Bests

5,000 Meters – 13:52.40,
Oregon Relays,
Eugene, Ore., 4/17/15

10,000 Meters - 29:10.38,
Stanford Invitational,
Stanford, Calif., 4/4/15

NCAA Outdoor Championships
2013 - 10,000 Meters, 20th, 30:42.16

NCAA Cross Country Championships
2015 – 98th, 30:56.2
2014 – 181st, 32:17.1
2013 - 239th, 33:16.1
2012 - 97th, 30:41.2

Pac-12 Championships
2015 – 10,000 Meters, 17th, 30:36.73
2014 – 10,000 Meters, 5th, 30:00.04
2014 – 5,000 Meters, 15th, 14:31.12
2013 - 10,000 Meters, 4th, 29:38.36

Pac-12 Cross Country Championships
2014 – 15th, 24:08
2013 - 56th, 26:50
2012 - 31st, 24:18.4

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