EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon track and field teams have added two signees to their already impressive 2009 recruiting classes, Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna announced Thursday.
Signing National Letters of Intent with the Ducks are Jacob Wilson of Vancouver, Wash., and Anne Kesselring from Germany.
"Coaches Maurica Powell and Lance Deal have continued to do an excellent job of assessing our programs’ needs and attracting these talented student-athletes to the University of Oregon," said Lananna. "We will have two very exciting classes to welcome to Track Town, USA."
Wilson ranked 10th nationally and led the state of Washington in the javelin as a junior in 2008 with a best throw of 207-10. That throw was the winning effort at the Washington 4A state meet. He also won the javelin at the 2008 Washington/Oregon Meet of Champions with a throw of 204-4. As a sophomore in 2007, Wilson placed fifth in the state meet (170-0) and is a two-time district javelin champion.
Wilson was also an all-Greater St. Helens League second team selection at defensive lineman as a senior in the fall.
Kesselring, from Nuremberg, Germany, ran the 800 meters for her home country at both the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China.
She also finished fifth in the 800 meters at the 2007 European Junior Championships.
Competing for Sigmund-Schuckert Gymnasium, from which she will graduate this spring, Kesselring’s career best in the 800 meters is 2:04.96 from July of 2008, and her indoor best in the 800 is 2:06.61 from February of 2008.
She also holds a career mark of 4:22 at 1,500 meters.
Wilson joins five multi-talented high school student-athletes from across the country who signed NLI’s earlier this year, Ben Dejarnette of Mechanicsville, Va., Mac Fleet of San Diego, Calif., Elijah Greer of Lake Oswego, Ore., Mitchell Hunt of Fremont, Neb., and Elliott Jantzer of Medford, Ore.
The men’s signees will join an Oregon team in 2009-10 that will feature All-Americans A.J. Acosta, Chad Barlow, Matthew Centrowitz, Ashton Eaton, Kenny Klotz, Daniel Mercado, Diego Mercado, Luke Puskedra, Andrew Wheating and Alex Wolff, not to mention world-leading javelin thrower Cyrus Hostetler.
Kesselring adds to an impressive group of eight previously signed women, including Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Jordan Hasay of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Laura Bobek of Astoria, Ore., Becca Friday of Bellingham, Wash., Alexandra Jones of Lake Oswego, Ore., Sarah Penney of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Chloe Steinbeck of Beaverton, Ore., Melanie Thompson of High Bridge, N.J., and Taylor Wallace of Klamath Falls, Ore.
The women’s signees will join 10 All-Americans on the 2009-10 Oregon roster, including Keshia Baker, Nicole Blood, Mattie Bridgmon, Zoe Buckman, Melissa Gergel, Alexandra Kosinski, Rebekah Noble, Amber Purvis, Brianne Theisen and Jamesha Youngblood.
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