EUGENE, Ore. - NCAA champions Matthew Centrowitz, Melissa Gergel and Anne Kesselring led a group of 27 Ducks who were named All-Americans by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Under new rules adopted by the coaches last summer, everyone who qualified for the NCAA Championships earned an All-America certificate.
First team honors went to those competitors who scored at the Championships. For the Ducks, Gergel, the 2011 pole vault champion, and Kesselring, the 800 meter champion, joined Phyllis Francis (4x400 meter relay), Becca Friday (1,500 meters), English Gardner (100 meters), Jordan Hasay (1,500 and 5,000 meters), Claire Michel (3,000 meter steeplechase), Chizoba Okodogbe (4x400 meter relay), Laura Roesler (4x400 meter relay), Michele Williams (4x400 meter relay) and Jamesha Younblood (long jump) on the first team.
For the men, the first team honorees were 1,500 meter national champion Centrowitz, Mike Berry (400 meters), Elijah Greer (800 meters) and Luke Puskedra (10,000 meters).
On the second team for the men were A.J. Acosta (1,500 meters), Steve Finley (3,000 meter steeplechase) and David Klech (decathlon), as well as Bronwyn Crossman (10,000 meters), Okodogbe (400 meters), Roesler (800 meters) and Lanie Thompson (steeplechase) for the women.
Among the Ducks earning honorable mention status were the women's 4x100 meter relay team (Mandy White, Gardner, Lauryn Newson, Youngblood), Justin Frick (men's high jump), Parker Stinson (men's 10,000 meters), Jordan Stray (men's hammer), Alex Wolff (men's javelin) and Jordan Roskelley (pole vault).