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Release Date: 06/06/2011
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Oregon will send 24 individuals and two relay teams to the 2011 NCAA Ourdoor Track & Field Championships June 8-11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The top-ranked women have 13 individuals and both relays, while the No. 13 men are sending 11 individuals.

Live results from the NCAA Championships will be available on the NCAA's web site, Final results will also be posted on

The top eight places in each event score. The points are assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

CBS will televise the final two hours of the meet live from 10 a.m. to noon PDT on Saturday. CBS Sports Network (Comcast Cable channel 412) will have a live broadcast window on Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. PDT. In addition, other than when CBS/CBS Sports Network is on the air, there will be a live web cast of the championships available at

The 2011 Women's Indoor Track & Field title was the 18th national championship in school history. The others are men's outdoor track & field in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1970 and 1984, women's outdoor track & field in 1985, men's indoor track & field in 2009, women's indoor track & field in 2010, men's cross country in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 2007 and 2008, women's cross country in 1983 and 1987, and men's basketball in 1939. The championship is the fifth women's title overall.

Oregon has now won seven of the last nine Pac-10 titles in men's track and field, including five in a row. The Ducks have conference men's track and field titles in 1924, 1934, 1965, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (15 overall). This year, Oregon became the first school to win five consecutive men's titles since UCLA took five straight between 1992-96. On the women's side, Oregon has now captured three consecutive titles for the first time in school history. The Ducks have five Pac-10 crowns overall: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Four members of the Oregon's track and field teams, all of whom will be in competition the NCAA Championships, have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 track & field/cross country teams. The four are first team selections Jordan Hasay (3.96 GPA, women's 1,500/5,000), Anne Kesslering (4.10 GPA, women's 800) and David Klech (3.96 GPA, decathlon) and second team selection Claire Michel (3.96 GPA, women's steeplechase).

Here's a look at Oregon's men's and women's NCAA Championships entries:

MEN (11 individuals; 11 entries in 9 events)
Competitor Event Season Best *Seed
A.J. Acosta, Sr. 1,500 Meters 3:44.68 1
Mike Berry, Fr. 400 Meters 44.91 10
Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. 1,500 Meters 3:41.73 2
Steve Finley, Sr. 3,000 Steeplechase 8:36.98 13
Justin Frick, Sr. High Jump 7-1.5 24
Elijah Greer, So. 800 Meters 1:47.47 1
David Klech Decathlon 7,581 16
Luke Puskerda, Jr. 10,000 Meters 29:19.68 22
Parker Stinson, Fr. 10,000 Meters 29:14.35 23
Jordan Stray, Sr. Hammer 219-11 11
Alex Wolff, Sr. Javelin 241-10 5

WOMEN (13 individuals, 2 relays; 16 entries in 11 events)
Competitor Event Season Best *Seed
Bronwyn Crossman, Jr. 10,000 Meters 33:36.74 10
Becca Friday, So. 1,500 Meters 4:17.93 5
English Gardner, Fr. 100 Meters 11.03 7
Melissa Gergel, Sr. Pole Vault 14-0.5 3
Jordan Hasay, So. 1,500 Meters 4:10.28 12
5,000 Meters 15:37.29 7
Anne Kesselring, So. 800 Meters 2:02.44 4
Claire Michel, Sr. 3,000 Steeplechase 10:02.55 6
Chizoba Okodogbe, Fr. 400 Meters 52.71 11
Amber Purvis, Jr. 100 Meters 11.21 21
Laura Roesler, Fr. 800 Meters 2:03.12 2
Jordan Roskelley, Sr. Pole Vault 13-5.25 7
Lanie Thompson, Fr. 3,000 Steeplechase 10:06.83 8
Jamesha Youngblood, Sr. Long Jump 21-3.25 6
4x100 Meter Relay 43.82 17
4x400 Meter Relay 3:29.63 7

* seeding based on performance at NCAA Preliminary Rounds

Oregon has an unusually high number of competitors -10 - who will be making their first NCAA Championships appearance. The list includes freshmen English Gardner (women's 100), Chizoba Okodogbe (women's 400 meters), Mike Berry (men's 400 meters), Roesler (women's 800 meters), Parker Stinson (men's 10,000 meters) and Lanie Thompson (women's steeplechase), junior Bronwyn Crossman (women's 10,000 meters) and seniors Claire Michel (women's steeplechase), Jordan Roskelley (women's pole vault) and David Klech (decathlon).

Conversely, Oregon's NCAA veterans include Jordan Hasay in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, Amber Purvis in the women's 200, Elijah Greer in the men's 800, Anne Kesselring in the women's 800, A.J. Acosta and Matthew Centrowitz in the men's 1,500, Becca Friday in the women's 1,500, Luke Puskedra in the men's 10,000 meters, Steve Finley in the men's steeplechase, Justin Frick in the men's high jump, Melissa Gergel in the women's pole vault, Jamesha Youngblood in the women's long jump, Jordan Stray in the men's hammer and Alex Wolff in the men's javelin. Acosta, Gergel and Wolff are all making their fourth career NCAA Championships appearances.

Following her remarkable win in the 100 meters at the Pac-10 Championships, where she ran 11.03 to break Angela Williams' USA junior record and Gail Devers' Pac-10 meet record, freshman English Gardner was named the USATF athlete of the week. She also broke her own school record of 11.30.

Freshman Mike Berry broke one of the longest standing records in school history when he won the Pac-10 400 meter title in 44.91. That broke Otis Davis' 51 year-old record of 45.07 from 1960. Davis was a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States in 1960 (400 meters, 4x400 meter relay).

Oregon shows the top seed in the 800 meters (Anne Kesselring/2:02.44), 1,500 meters (Jordan Hasay/4:10.28) and 5,000 meters (Hasay/15:27.29), as well as top-12 seeds in the 100 meters (English Gardner/No. 5 11.03), 8000 meters (Laura Roesler/No. 7 2:03.12), 3,000 meter steeplechase (Claire Michel/No. 5 10:02.55), 4x100 meter relay (No. 8 43.82), 4x400 meter relay (No. 3 3:29.63), pole vault (Melissa Gergel/No. 11 14-0.5) and long jump (Jamesha Youngblood/No. 7 21-3.25).

The men's entries include top seeded Steve Finley in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:36.98). The men also have top 12 seeds in the 400 meters (Mike Berry/No. 4 44.91), 800 meters (Elijah Greer/No. 7 1:47.47), 1500 meters (Matthew Centrowitz/No. 11 3:41.73), and hammer (Jordan Stray/No. 10 219-11).

Oregon has a number of competitors who are ranked among the nation's top 30. For the men, Steve Finley is No. 1 in the steeplechase (8:36.98), Mike Berry is No. 4 in the 400 meters (44.91), Elijah Greer is No. 7 in the 800 meters (1:47.70), Boru Guyota is No. 10 in the 800 meters (1:47.75), Jordan Stray is No. 11 in the hammer (219-7/66.93m), David Klech is No. 16 in the decathlon (7,581), Matthew Centrowitz is No. 16 in the 1,500 meters (3:41.73), Justin Frick is No. 21 in the triple jump (7-1.5/2.17m), Alex Wolff is No. 25 in the javelin (231-3/70.50m) and Brian Schaudt is No. 27 in the triple jump (51-9/15.77m).

For the women, Anne Kesselring leads the nation in the 800 meters (2:02.44) and is No. 13 in the 1,500 meters (4:16.55), Jordan Hasay is No. 1 in the 1,500 meters (4:10.28) and No. 2 in the 5,000 meters (15:37.29), English Gardner is No. 5 in the 100 meters (11.03) and No. 14 in the 200 meters (23.02), Claire Michel is No. 5 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:06.45), Jamesha Youngblood is No. 7 in the long jump (21-3.25/6.48m) and No. 29 in the triple jump (42-3.5/12.89m), Laura Roesler is No. 7 in the 800 meters (2:04.24), Melissa Gergel is No. 11 in the pole vault (14-0.5/4.28m), Amber Purvis is No. 12 in the 200 meters (22.97), No. 16 in the 100 meters (11.21) and No. 22 in the 400 meters (52.80), Lanie Thompson is No. 13 in the 3,000 meter steeplchase (10:12.09), Chizoba Okodogbe is No. 19 in the 400 meters (52.71), Bronwyn Crossman is No. 21 in the 10,000 meters (33:43.99) and Sarah Andrews is No. 26 in the 10,000 meters (33:53.44).

The women also rank third in the 4x400 meter relay (3:29.63) and 11th in the 4x100 meter relay (43.82).

Oregon has won five NCAA team championships: 1962 (Eugene), 1964 (Eugene), 1965 (Berkeley, Calif.), 1970 (Des Moines, Iowa) and 1984 (Eugene). In Fayetteville in 2010, Oregon tied for second, which was the team's best finish since winning it all in 1984.

Oregon has one women's NCAA title to its credit: 1985 (Austin, Texas). The Ducks have been the national runner-up the last two seasons (Fayetteville, Eugene), which is Oregon best finish since winning in 1985.

The University of Oregon recognized an exceptional group of 20 senior track and field student-athletes with an on-field ceremony during the Twilight Meet. Combined, they have 11 NCAA event titles, 10 individual Pac-10 crowns and a whopping 44 All-America certificates. They have also won 15 Pac-10 all-academic honors over the past three years.

The nine senior women are all Pac-10 qualifiers and eight of the nine are Pac-10 scorers. They have been part of Oregon teams that have won back-to-back NCAA Indoor Track & Field championships in 2010 and 2011, as well as three straight Pac-10 titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011. This group also contributed to Oregon's runner-up finishes at the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Outdoor meets.

The nine women include Sara Cole (2010 Pac-10 scorer, hammer), Melissa Gergel (2009 Pac-10 champion, pole vault; 2010 NCAA indoor runner-up, pole vault; 5-time All-American; school record: indoor pole vault), Claire Michel (2010 Pac-10 champion, steeplechase; school record: steeplechase), Jordan Roskelley (3-time Pac-10 scorer, pole vault; sixth in school history in the pole vault), Amy Skofstad (2008 Pac-10 qualifier, long jump), Brianne Theisen (5-time NCAA champion, heptathlon (twice), pentathlon (twice) 4x400 meter relay; 2-time Pac-10 champion, heptathlon (twice), NCAA record-holder: pentathlon; 6 school records, heptathlon, 100 meters, 4x400 meter relay, pentathlon-i, 60 meter hurdles-i, high jump-i; 8-time All-American), Mandy White (2010 Pac-10 champion, 4x100 meter relay; school record, 4x100 meter relay; 2-time All-American & Oregon's first All-American at 100 meters; third in school history in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters), Michele Williams (2-time NCAA champion, 4x400 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay-i; 2010 Pac-10 scorer, 400 meters; 2 school records, 4x400 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay-i; 3-time All-American; seventh in school history in the 400 meters) and Jamesha Youngblood (2010 NCAA champion, 4x400 meter relay-i; 5-time Pac-10 champion, long jump (twice), triple jump (twice), 4x100 meter relay; 5 school records, long jump, triple jump, 4x100 meter relay; long jump-i, 4x400 meter relay-i; 6-time All-American).

The 11 seniors on the men's side have led Oregon to five consecutive Pac-10 titles (2007, '08, '09, '10, '11), the 2009 NCAA Indoor national championship, runner-up showings at the 2009 outdoor and 2010 indoor NCAA meets, and a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA outdoor championships.

The list includes A.J Acosta (2-time NCAA champion, distance medley relay; 2010 NCAA runner-up, 1,500 meters; 6-time Pac-10 scorer; school record: 1,500 meters; 7-time All-American), Steve Finley (2011 Pac-10 steeplechase champion and currently No. 1 in the steeple; All-America transfer from Virginia), Justin Frick (2011 Pac-10 scorer, high jump; seventh in school history in the high jump ; All-America high jump transfer from Princeton), David Klech (2011 All-American, heptathlon; five-time Pac-10 scorer; sixth in school history in the 110 meter hurdles, ninth in school history in the high jump, 10th in school history in the decathlon), Kenny Klotz (2-time All-American, cross country; member of Oregon's 2007-08 NCAA cross country champions); Danny Mercado (2-time All-American, cross country; ran on Oregon's 2007 NCAA cross country champions), Ken Scoggin (Pac-10 all-academic second team selection), Jordan Stray (2010 All-American, hammer; 4-time Pac-10 scorer, hammer; eighth in school history in the hammer), Travis Thompson (2010 NCAA champion, distance medley relay; 3-time Pac-10 scorer; 2-time All-American; eighth in school history in the 800 meters), Vernell Warren (6-time Pac-10 scorer, long jump (four times), high jump, 4x100 meter relay) and Alex Wolff (2-time All-American, javelin; 4-time Pac-10 scorer, javelin; fourth in school history in the javelin).

A sore back that has hampered Brianne Theisen since the NCAA Indoor Championships in March has caused the senior from Humboldt, Sask., to miss the 2011 outdoor season. Theisen is the two-time Pac-10 and NCAA defending champion of the heptathlon and scored 23 points for the Ducks at the 2010 Pac-10 meet. "Brianne's back troubles have been an on-going issue and she is such a high-caliber athlete that we did not want to jeopardize her long term future," said Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "This difficult decision was a collaboration between Brianne, our coaches and our medical staff, and one that had to be made in Brianne's best interest." Theisen, who graduates this spring, does have the option of taking a redshirt season outdoors and returning in 2012, and also has one season of eligibility remaining indoors.

Oregon's men capped a near wire-to-wire victory with wins from Mike Berry in the 400 meters, Matthew Centrowitz in the 1,500 meters and Steve Finley in the 3,000 meter steeplechase May 13-14 at Arizona's Drachman Stadium.

The men won their fifth straight Pac-10 title with 129 points, followed by Arizona with 111 and USC, UCLA and Arizona State all tied with 99. They are the first team to win five straight league titles since UCLA in 1992-96.

Coming into the main portion of the meet with 11 points in the bank following the decathlon (David Klech second, Kevin Godfrey sixth), Oregon grabbed the lead late on the first day and never relinquished it.

Finley, a senior transfer from Virginia, won in dramatic fashion. He opened up a 30 meter lead midway through the race only to have Stanford's Benjamin Johnson slowly catch up and then pass him with 250 meters remaining. But Finley countered on the final hurdle, charging over the barrier with a burst of speed to pass Johnson and win in 9:04.62. Johnson finished in 9:05.09.

Finley's win was backed by an impressive 14-point performance in the long jump. Vernell Warren was the runner-up at 24-9/7.54m, a season-best for the senior from Portland, Ore., while Klech was third at 24-6/7.48m.

That 24-point outburst put Oregon ahead for good.

On day one, Oregon also tallied points in the high jump from Justin Frick, who cleared 7-1.5/2.17m on his third attempt to place fourth in the high jump. The senior transfer from Princeton had the seventh-best clearance in school history.

The Ducks claimed six points in the javelin with Alex Wolff placing fifth at 225-9/68.81m and freshman Ethan Powell moving up to seventh with a toss of 204-3/62.26m.

The Ducks also garnered seven points in the 10,000 meters, with Luke Puskedra taking fifth in 29:35.67, Parker Stinson seventh in 29:55.44 and Danny Mercado eighth in 29:58.78.

On the final day of competition, Centrowitz kick-started the men's title drive by winning his third consecutive Pac-10 title in a season-best 3:41.73. He outraced Arizona freshman Lawi Lalang as the two swapped the lead three times on the final lap. At the bell, the two broke from the pack with Lalang leading. The junior from Arnold, Md., then forced the issue by surging ahead with 300 meters to go and Lalang sprinted to recapture the lead. Centrowitz then tucked in behind the Wildcat runner and made his big move with 150 meters remaining, taking the lead to win going away. He became just the fourth man to win three straight at that distance, joining Gabe Jennings of Stanford (2000-02), Bernard Legat of Washington State (1997-99) and Hailu Ebba of Oregon State (1972-74). Ebba's three straight came in the mile.

Berry took the 400 meters by storm, winning in a school record 44.91. The freshman from Seattle, Wash., got out of the blocks quickly, sat back in the middle of the race and then shifted into overdrive with 150 meters remaining to hold off Trojans Joey Hughes (45.05) and Bryshon Nellum (45.56). Berry's time broke one of the oldest records in Oregon history, Otis Davis' 1960 time of 45.07.

From there, the men, meanwhile, kept adding on the points to keep potential challengers at bay.

Jordan Stray scored a third-place finish in the hammer. The senior from Centralia, Wash., had the No. 8 throw in school history at 219-7/66.93m.

Oregon's football players came through with a fifth-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay. The team of Dior Mathis, Berry, Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James ran 40.09, which was the seventh-fastest time in school history.

In addition to Centrowitz in the 1,500, senior A.J. Acosta earned two points with a seventh-place finish in 3:39.42. Klech and Eric Hersey added to the team total in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing fifth (13.97) and sixth (14.06) respectively.

The Ducks then extended their lead in the 800 meters, where sophomore Elijah Greer was second in a season-best 1:47.70 and freshman Boru Guyota was fifth in 1:49.34.

The Ducks also counted eight unexpected points in the pole vault from Austin Ouderkirk. The sophomore from Newport, Ore., finished second at a personal-best 16-9.5/5.12m.

Oregon then put the meet out of reach in the 5,000 meters, where Puskedra was fourth in 14:02.62 and Mercado was eighth in 14:18.73. The Ducks added another five points from the 4x400 meter relay team, which placed fourth. The group of Hersey, Bryan Harper, Greer and Berry ran 3:07.21, which was the seventh-best time in school history.

Brian Schaudt then wrapped up the scoring with a third-place finish in the triple jump. The junior from Philomath, Ore., jumped a legal-best 51-8.25/15.75m to move to No. 8 on the UO list.

The Oregon women rallied from a 57.5-point deficit to win its third straight Pac-10 title on the final event, the 4x400 meter relay, May 13-14 at Drachman Stadium.

The Ducks were actually in great position after the first day, having piled up big points in the pole vault and 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Oregon counted 16.5 points in the pole vault. In an entertaining competition, senior Melissa Gergel tied Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi for the best clearance at 14-0.5/4.28m, but Stefanidi won on fewer misses. Gergel took second, with freshman Kortney Ross claiming third at 13-4.5/4.08m. That mark was tied for the sixth-best in school history. Oregon earned another 2.5 points in the event from Jordan Roskelley, who tied for sixth at 13-0.75/3.98m.

The women were nearly as impressive in the 3,000 meter steeple chase, where the Ducks went 2-3-7.

Defending champ Claire Michel took second in 10:26.05, freshman Lanie Thompson surged for third in 10:33.35 and sophomore Taylor Wallace used a strong closing lap to climb to seventh in 10:41.25.

The day one success extended to the long jump, where Jamesha Youngblood took second by going a season-best 21-3.25/6.48m on her fourth attempt. The senior from San Pablo, Calif., was the two-time defending Pac-10 champion in the event. Lauryn Newson also scored in the long jump, finishing sixth at a season-best 20-2.5/6.16m.

The women also collected six points in the 10,000 meters with junior Bronwyn Crossman finishing fourth in 36:06.48 and freshman Sarah Andrews eighth in 36:42.28.

Host Arizona would not fade away, however, after scoring 31 points in the shot put.

The Wildcats' domination in the field proved pivotal on the final day when the women's top-seeded 4x100 meter relay team was disqualified. Moments later, Arizona racked up 22 points in the discus and suddenly the Ducks were behind by 57.5 points.

But the rally started with Jordan Hasay, who won the first of her two Pac-10 titles in the 1,500 meters. It was basically an all Oregon final as Hasay crossed in 4:19.18 and Oregon State's Laura Carlyle was second in 4:20.98. Oregon's Anne Kesselring was third in 4:21.36, fellow Duck Becca Friday was fourth in 4:25.03 and freshman Megan Patrignelli was sixth in 4:28.22 as Oregon collected 24 points in the event.

English Gardner continued the rally with arguably the performance of the meet. She won the 100 meters in 11.03, but that was only half the story. She broke two fairly significant marks. Her time was an American junior record, bettering the 11.04 run by Angela Williams of USC in 1999, and she broke the meet record of 11.05 by UCLA's Gail Devers in 1987.

The freshman from Voorhees, N.J., broke her own school record of 11.30, set earlier this season. The Ducks also got huge performances from junior Amber Purvis, who was third in a personal-best 11.21 (No. 2 on the Oregon list) and senior Mandy White, who was fourth in 11.57 for 21 points total in the 100.

Youngblood gave the Ducks six points with her third-place finish in the triple jump at 42-3.5/12.89m.

The Ducks picked up another six points from Chizoba Okodogbe, who finished fourth in the 400 in a personal-best 52.71. That moved the freshman from Antioch, Calif., to No. 4 on the UO top 10.

Oregon continued to chip away at the Arizona advantage in the 800 meters, where freshman Laura Roesler finished in a seasonal-best 2:04.24 (No. 6 on the UO list) and Kesselring was fifth in 2:07.41. Those 10 points left the Ducks 11.5 points back of the Wildcats going into the 200 meters.

Oregon moved into the lead for the first time in the meet in the 200 meters, where Ducks finished second, third and sixth. Purvis clocked a season-best 22.97 to place second, Gardner was third in a personal-best 23.02 (No. 2 on the UO list ) and White took sixth in 23.76.

That pushed the Ducks ahead by 2.5 points.

The Ducks and Wildcats then traded 11 points in the 5,000 meters, with Hasay taking the title in 16:24.10 and Michel grabbing a point with an eighth-place finish in 16:54.44.

That set the stage for an exciting 4x400 meters with the title on the line. Oregon's team of Okodogbe, Purvis, Phyllis Francis and Roesler won in a meet record 3:29.63 to seal the victory. That was the second-fastest time in school history.

The Ducks won the meet with 154.5 points. Arizona was second with 150 points, Arizona State third with 121 and USC finished fourth at 103.

David Klech and Kevin Godfrey scored 11 points for the Ducks at the Pac-10 decathlon in Tucson May 6-7. Both had personal bests, with Klech finishing second (7,581 points) and Godfrey sixth (6,853). Klech's score was the 10th-best in school history. He set decathlon personal bests in 100 meters (10.88), long jump (24-7.75/7.51m), shot put (36-6.25/11.13m), high jump (6-11/2.11m), discus (115-4/35.16m) and javelin (123-8/37.70m). He also won the 110 meter hurdles (13.94). His mark in the long jump tied his all-conditions PR from his senior year in high school. Godfrey, who fell out of a scoring position early on Saturday, used a personal best in the 1,500 meters to climb up to sixth in the final standings. The junior from Roseburg, Ore., set decathlon PR's in the 110 hurdles (15.56) and the pole vault, where he took sixth by clearing 15-5.75/4.72m. He climbed back into the points (from 10th) by finishing fourth in the 1,500 meters in 4:29.34.

Three UO women were named Pac-10 track athlete of the week in 2011.

Sophomore Jordan Hasay was named Pac-10 track athlete of the week for April 25-May 1 after staking her claim to the collegiate lead in the women's 1,500 meters by running 4:10.28, finishing fifth overall behind four professionals May 1 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. That time was more than a second faster than the 4:11.85 run by Villanova's Sheila Reed at the Mt. SAC Relays last month. Former Washington Husky Katie Follett, who now runs for Brooks, won in 4:08.95, a time that was tops among Americans outdoors in 2011.

In running a :03 personal best, Hasay, from Arroyo Grande, Calif., ran the second-fastest time in Pac-10 history and the fourth-fastest 1,500 meters in school history. Hasay's time was the best by a Duck in 27 years, trailing only Leann Warren's 1982 time of 4:05.88, Ranza Clark's 1984 time of 4:07.50 and Claudette Groenendaal's 1984 time of 4:08.13.

All three of those marks came prior to when the Pac-10 started conducting women's championships in 1987. On the league's lists, Hasay's time trails only Lena Nilsson, who set the Pac-10 standard for UCLA in 2003 at 4:07.69.

Sophomore Anne Kesselring was named Pac-10 track athlete of the week for April 18-24. The Nurnberg, Germany, native ran a nation-leading 2:02.44 800 meters at the Oregon Relays. That was the fifth-fastest time in school history.

Freshman English Gardner, who was a three-time winner at the Pepsi Team Invitational, was named the Pac-10 track athlete of the week for April 4-10. Gardner's three-victory performance helped No. 3 Oregon capture the Pepsi Team Invitational. She won the 100 (11.62) and 200 meter (24.06) events and joined her teammates to win the 4x100 meter relay (44.59).

Brianne Theisen, Jordan Hasay and Robert Johnson earned some honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as recipients of National Women's Field Athlete, Track Athlete and Coach of the Year, respectively, for the 2011 indoor track & field season in Division I.

A senior from Humboldt, Sask., Theisen twice set the collegiate record in the pentathlon in 2011 and won her second-straight NCAA crown in the event to help Oregon win its second consecutive national title. Her score of 4,540 bettered her previous all-time collegiate best mark of 4,507 set in January at the UW Invitational and ranked among the world's top five in the event for the season. Theisen would earn personal bests of 8.35 in the 60 meter hurdles, 6-0.5 (1.84m) in the high jump and 2:11.82 in the 800 meters en route to this season's national crown. The 60 hurdles and high jump marks are also Oregon indoor school records. Additionally, Theisen scored at the NCAA meet as a member of Oregon's eighth-place 4x400 relay team. At the MPSF Championships, Theisen was second in the high jump, third in the 60-meter hurdles and led off the winning 4x400 meter relay team as the Ducks won the conference championship for the second straight year.

Hasay, a sophomore from Arroyo Grande, Calif., would lead Oregon to a national team title with a meet-high 22 points, scoring individual national crowns in the mile and 3000 meters and as anchor of the Ducks' runner-up DMR squad. Hasay became the fifth overall and first to win the national mile-3k double since Northern Arizona's Johanna Nilsson in 2006. Hasay won the mile at the NCAA Championships in a personal-best and school record 4:33.01, a mark that is among the all-time top ten of American collegians. In the 3000, Hasay outlasted Villanova's Sheila Reid with a 9:13.71 run to avenge a previous head-to-head loss to Reid in the DMR the night before.

Oregon's women, mentored by Robert Johnson in conjunction with Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna, won back-to-back national titles and did so this year by a wide margin in topping runner-up Texas, 67-38. Twenty-nine points is the largest margin of victory since Texas won the 1998 title by 30 points over nearest challenger LSU.

In his first indoor season as Oregon's associate head coach, Johnson led the Ducks to the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team title and a number one national ranking throughout the season. Johnson is in his sixth year overall at Oregon.

For the fifth year in a row, the Starting Block will take place prior to every home meet and is geared to get kids moving and staying active. The concept features a high-energy, dynamic space for youth designed for fun and interactive activities that offers youth a chance to practice their athletic skills and learn more about the sport.

Brianne Theisen won the pentathlon with a record-setting performance and Jordan Hasay claimed titles in the mile and 3,000 meters as the Women of Oregon won their second straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field national championship March 11-12 in College Station, Texas.

Theisen scored the first 10 points of the meet for the Ducks by tallying an NCAA record 4,540 points to win the pentathlon.

The junior from Humboldt, Sask., set scores of records in the process. In spite of a sore back brought on by a marathon study session, Theisen set championship meet, collegiate, Gilliam Indoor Stadium and University Oregon records with her personal-best pentathlon total of 4,540 points.

Theisen opened the day by setting a combined events personal best in the 60 meter hurdles, running 8.35 seconds. That matched her overall PR and school record set at the 2011 MPSF Championships. Theisen was exceptionally impressive in the high jump where she made five straight first attempt clearances to set a pentathlon personal best at 6-0.5/1.84m. That mark did three noteworthy things - set the collegiate pentathlon high jump record, set the NCAA Championships pentathlon high jump mark and broke the Oregon indoor school high jump record that Theisen previously shared with Laurel Roberts.

Theisen then struggled with her next two events, throwing 40-7.5/12.38m in the shot put and going 19-6.75/5.96m in the long jump.

She then closed with an all-conditions PR in the 800 meters, running 2:11.82. Her score was just 10 points shy of the Canadian national record (4,550, Jill Ross-Giffen, 1982).

In the first race of day two, the Ducks used a dominating 1-3-4 finish in the mile by Hasay, Zoe Buckman and Anne Kesselring to all-but-lock up the 2011 crown. Oregon made it official when Amber Purvis finished fixth in the 60 meters, and then enjoyed the rest of the meet, including a punctuating win by Hasay in the 3,000 meters.

In the mile, Buckman led from the opening gun, while Hasay settled in behind her with 400 meters to go. Hasay then moved around her teammate with 100 meters remaining and ran to her first NCAA title in 4:33.01. In the process, the sophomore broke one of the most hallowed records in Oregon history, Leann Warren's 1982 mile time of 4:33.26.

Buckman held on for third in a personal-best 4:33.76 (No. 3 all-time at Oregon) and Kesselring also came from deep in the pack to hit a PR in a fourth-place finish in 4:34.96 (No. 4 all-time). That gave the Ducks 21 points in the mile.

Hasay made it a double-title day by winning a riveting battle with Shelia Reid of Villanova in the 3,000 meters. She bided her time for most of the race, floating between fourth and sixth place. Then Hasay, Reid and Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook broke from the pack on the final two laps.

The sophomore from Arroyo Grande, Calif., made a gutsy move by darting between Reid and Van Dalen with 250 meters to go and then held off a furious try by Reid to pass her on the outside.

Hasay won in 9:13.71, followed by Reid in 9:13.86 and Van Dalen in 9:14.12.

She became just th fifth person to win both the mile and 3,000 meters at the same NCAA Championships.

Oregon also saw a gutsy performance in a runner-up finish by the women's distance medley relay team that ran a school-record 10:52.90. The runners for Oregon were Kesselring (3:20.52), Chizoba Okodogbe (53.88), Becca Friday (2:08.05) and Hasay (4:30.47). The Ducks led for much of the race before Villanova went ahead on the final lap to win in 10:52.52, though Oregon still claimed eight team points.

Other scorers for the women included Jamesha Youngblood, who had an impressive series in the long jump to finish third and score six team points. She went 20-2.25/6.15m on her final attempt in the preliminaries to advance to the final round. In the finals, she improved to 20-3.75/6.19m on her fourth attempt and 20-6.5/6.26m on jump number five before hitting a season-best 20-11.75/6.39m on her final leap.

Gergel added a fourth-place finish in the pole vault with a clearance at 14-3.25/4.35m, which scored five points for the team.

Purvis scored in two events, taking fifth in the 60 meters (7.22) and seventh in the 200 meters (23.26) The junior from Hercules, Calif., ran 23:17 in the preliminaries to break her own 2010 school 200 record of 23.21 and had another school mark, 7.20, in the preliminaries of the 60 meters.

The Ducks added one more point with an eighth-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. The team of Okodogbe, Theisen, Purvis and Laura Roesler finished in 3:34.98.

The Ducks won with 67 points. Texas was second with 38, followed by Louisiana State with 37, Arkansas with 35 and Texas A&M with 32.

The NCAA title was the 18th in school history and the fifth women's NCAA crown for the University of Oregon.

"It was a great team effort," said Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "All the student-athletes did a fantastic job and the coaching staff did a great job setting the tone."

For the men, David Klech had terrific meet with a sixth place finish in the heptathlon with 5,831 points.

Competing in just his second career heptathlon, Klech had four heptathlon PRs.

His first day highlight was a combined events personal best clearance at 6-11/2.11m in the high jump. The senior from San Ramon, Calif., also set a personal best with a shot put of 35-0.5/10.68m. On day two, he ran a personal-best 7.88 in the 60 meter hurdles, which was also fourth-fastest 60 hurdle time in school history.

He hit another PR in the pole vault, clearing 13-9.25/4.20m. Klech finish second in the 1,000 meters in 2:32.15 to move up to sixth in the final standings with 5,831 points. That was the second-best score in school history. His 146-points PR got the men are on the board with three points.

The men also got five points from Matthew Centrowitz, who was fourth in the 3,000 meters in 8:04.88 a day after losing a shoe and suffering a severe cut on his heel in the distance medley relay.

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