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University to Honor Four Academic All-Americans Friday
Release Date: 11/03/2010
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EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere and Director of Athletics Rob Mullens will recognize Oregon's four most recent national Academic All-Americans in a ceremony Friday at 2 p.m. at the John E Jaqua Center.

The four scholar-athletes are Nicole Blood (women's track & field/cross country), Jack Dukeminier (men's golf), Cyrus Hostetler (men's track & field) and Alex Wolff (men's track & field). Coaches Vin Lananna and Casey Martin will also take part in the ceremony.

The name of each of Oregon's previous Academic All-Americans is etched into the wood floor on the first lever of the Jaqua Center. The four honorees from the spring of 2010 bring Oregon's all-time total of national Academic All-America awards to 72.

Nicole Blood (Women's Track & Field/Cross Country)
Distance standout Nicole Blood, the 2010 Pac-10 champion at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters, is a three-time Academic All-American. The Saratoga Springs, N.Y., native joins Kathy Hayes (1983-85) as the only women's track and field student-athletes in school history to earn All-America honors in both the classroom and on the track three years in a row.

The career nine-time All-American on the track was a second team Academic All-America selection as a senior in 2010 for her 3.47 grade point average in journalism.

In addition to her two wins at the 2010 Pac-10 track meet, she was also the 2009 Pac-10 cross country champion, and placed third in the 10,000 meters at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She is also the school record-holder for the indoor 5,000 meters (15:51.59).

At the 2010 Pac-10 track meet, Blood put forth a truly impressive performance by winning both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. She broke Carol Gray's 22-year-old meet record in the 10,000 meters (33:28.28) and then became the first woman since Oregon's Stephanie Wessell in 1990 to win both the 5,000 and the 10,000 when she captured the 5,000 in a season-best 16:06.74.

Jack Dukeminier (Men's Golf)
Jack Dukeminier became the first men's golfer in school history to earn Academic All-America honors when he was named to the 2010 Men's At-Large third team in the spring.

The Eugene, Ore., native currently carries a 4.04 cumulative grade point average as an economics major. Dukeminier was also the recipient of the 2010 NCAA Elite 88 award for men's golf at the NCAA Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he helped lead the Ducks to their highest finish ever.

Dukeminier enjoyed his best season on the links as a junior in 2009-10 with a career-low scoring average of 72.55. He tied for 34th in the 156-man field at the NCAA Championships, tying the competitive course record at The Honors Course with a final round of 66 (6-under par) to lead the Ducks into match play. In match play, he went 2-0, helping Oregon to a school-best tie for third at the national tournament.

Cyrus Hostetler (Men's Track and Field)
Two-time NCAA All-American and 2008 Olympic Trials competitor Cyrus Hostetler earned his first career Academic All-America award with a 3.64 grade point average in art. The Newberg, Ore., native was a national first team Academic All-America selection and led the nation with a throw of 256-6 in the javelin.

As a senior in 2010, Hostetler won his second consecutive Pac-10 javelin title with a throw of 253-4. He also collected his second straight All-America award for his 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships (225-4).

Alex Wolff (Men's Track and Field)
Alex Wolff was an NCAA championships qualifier for the third straight year and finished fourth in the javelin at the Pac-10 championships (235-8) during his fifth season at Oregon in 2010. Wolff's personal-best effort of 242-7 at USA Championships in Des Moines Iowa placed him fifth nationally in 2010.

The graduate student from Newberg, Ore., with a 3.76 GPA in human physiology, was a second team Academic All-America selection. A model of perseverance following injuries and surgeries that resulted in medical redshirts his first two seasons in Eugene, Wolff will return to the Ducks as a rare sixth-year senior in 2011.

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