EUGENE, Ore. -- Liz Wilson, currently a Brooks Sports executive, former NCAA track and cross country all-American and four-time Olympic Trials qualifier, has been named the winner of the University of Oregon's 2013 Becky L. Sisley Award.
The Sisley Award, to be presented on Friday at a ceremony in Matthew Knight Arena prior to the women's basketball game against Washington, is awarded to a former UO female athlete 20-to-25 years after her collegiate eligibility, based on career success, volunteerism, and UO support.
Anyone interested in attending Friday's ceremony honoring Wilson should contact Beth Campbell in the Duck Athletic Fund (firstname.lastname@example.org/541-346-4460).
A two-time Pac-10 cross country champion, Wilson has gone on to a successful corporate role in the sporting apparel industry and expansive volunteer work within the Eugene-Springfield community, while maintaining a competitive post-collegiate running career.
Wilson currently is the director of apparel sales for Brooks Sports, Inc., in Bothell, Wash., where she has lived since 2007. Before Brooks, Wilson worked for 16 years at SportHill, a Eugene sports apparel company. Starting in shipping and customer service in 1991, Wilson rose in the company to become national and international sales manager for SportHill.
At Brooks, she won the in-house Launch Award in 2008 as the company's most "impactful" newcomer.
While in Eugene, and running as much as 100 miles per week, Wilson volunteered with Bolder Options for Youth, as well as the Oregon Track Club and Order of the O.
She served on Bolder Options' board of directors 1995-2002, mentored at-risk teenagers, and coordinated the yearly Truffle Shuffle road race.
Wilson was an inspirational member of the OTC board of directors for 14 years and served its executive committee as secretary. She organized a yearly mini-meet for local youth after UO track meets, officiated the ages 4-6 long jump at mid-summer all-comers meets, and volunteered at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
While working full-time and traveling extensively, Wilson extended her athletic career on the national stage for 13 years after graduation. She was a finalist in the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials 3,000 meters and the 10,000 meters in 1996. Later coached by Mike Manley, she finished fifth in the Olympic Trials marathon in 2000 and 13th in 2004. Wilson's lifetime marathon best is 2:37.27 achieved at the 2000 Trials.
She made the U.S. team and competed in the world cross country championships four times (1992, 1995, 1996, 1998).
Wilson also served for eight years as a key member of the board of directors in the Order of the O, a group for UO athlete alumni. She is a lifetime member of both the Order of the O and the UO Alumni Association.
As a runner for the Ducks from 1986-90 under coach Tom Heinonen, Wilson was a six-time all-American and won eight letters combined in track and cross country. She finished seventh in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the 1989 NCAA Championships after placing 11th in the 5,000 the year before. She was also the 1990 Pac-10 champion in the 3,000 meters.
In cross country, Wilson helped Oregon win the 1987 NCAA Championship by finishing 15th overall as a freshman. She also placed 17th in 1988 and 32nd in 1990 at the national cross country meet. She twice won the Pac-10 cross country individual title, first in 1988 and again in 1990. Academically, she was a Pac-10 all-academic selection in 1990.
Wilson graduated from Oregon in 1991 with a degree in business and an emphasis in marketing.
Wilson was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved frequently as the family followed her father's Army career. She graduated from AFCENT International High School in Brunssum, The Netherlands. She currently lives in Bothell, Wash.
In the 14-year history of the Sisley Award, Wilson will be the third track and field athlete to win the honor. Kim (Roth) Geelan won in 2007 and Grace Golden was the Sisley recipient last year.
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