Walker's Pace: Eaton, Wheating Head To Bowerman Ceremony
Monday, December 15, 2010, 5 p.m.
Oregon graduates Ashton Eaton and Andrew Wheating are off to San Antonio, Texas, where they will attend the 2010 Bowerman Award ceremony Wednesday night, along with Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna.
Announced in conjunction with the USTFCCCA convention, The Bowerman is track & field's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, and Wheating and Eaton, along with Ryan Whiting of Arizona State, are the three 2010 men's finalists.
By now, faithful readers of the 'Pace know their stats by heart, but just in case you need a reminder, here are links to the biographies of Ashton Eaton and Andrew Wheating. In one sentence, here's what we're talking about: a world-record holder and five-time NCAA champion (Eaton) or an Olympian and the first man to double in the 800 and 1,500 in 26 years (Wheating). Voters certainly had a difficult decision. I wonder if they could give co-Bowermans (why not; they do it at the Oscars).
In any event. Eaton and Wheating are vying to become the second straight Duck to win the award; distance great Galen Rupp claimed the inaugural men's trophy in 2009.
Below are the USTFCCCA's brief snapshots of the two Duck finalists. And be sure to follow the presentation on this link to the official Bowerman web site.
Eaton, a native of Bend, Ore., netted a second-straight NCAA heptathlon title during the indoor season and a third-consecutive NCAA decathlon crown outdoors. Scoring 6,499 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Eaton topped the 17-year-old world record held by Dan O’Brien. Twice during the indoor season, Eaton bettered the heptathlon collegiate record. Outdoors, Eaton scored over 8,150 points in each of his three decathlons, and beat the NCAA Championships and Pac-10 record in the event. Eaton was the USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year during the indoor season and shared the award with Ryan Whiting outdoors.
Andrew Wheating, Oregon
Wheating, a native of Norwich, Vt., won NCAA outdoor crowns in the 800 and 1,500 meters, becoming the fourth overall and first to accomplish the double win since 1984. Wheating also defended his outdoor 800-meter national crown with the win and was the first American to do so since 1994. In the 1,500, Wheating led Oregon to a 1-2-3 national sweep of the event. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Wheating anchored the DMR team to their second-straight national title and was the national runner-up in the 800 meters. Wheating was the outdoor USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year and the West Region Track Athlete of the Year during the indoor season.
Here's a link to Oregon's updated 2010 performances.
Here's a link to the 2010 Oregon Track & Field Multi-Media Guide.