Ducks Add Six More to Track and Field Recruiting Class

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UO Men's and Women's Track Teams (GoDucks)
UO Men's and Women's Track Teams (GoDucks)
UO Men’s and Women’s Track Teams
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University of Oregon Track and Field Head Coach Robert Johnson has announced the signing of six additional recruits for the 2013 class, and it’s quite an impressive haul for the program joining an already stellar list.

The list is headlined by the 2013 U.S. Junior champion in the men’s 400 meters and the rest aren’t that far behind him.

Another notable includes one star who received 35 Division-1 scholarship offers but chose to sign with the Ducks who didn’t offer one.

The Oregon men’s team finished the season in fourth place and the women in third, both pictured above, at the Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene a month ago.

Here’s Oregon Six Additional Recruits:

Marcus Chambers

Chambers, of Tacoma, Washington, is the crown jewel of the list. As mentioned above, Chambers won the national 400 meter title at the U.S. Outdoor Junior Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa where he posted a time of 46.55. Chambers also represented Foss High School during his senior season with consecutive Washington State titles in the 400 and 200 meters. His 400 at the Washington State Championships was a blazing 46.36 (second fastest time nationally among prep runners in 2013) and his 200 an incredible 21.30. He was honored as the 2012-13 Gatorade Washington Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Maria Elbon

The Ducks’ next prospect on the list is a transfer from Belmont University where she was he 2012 Ohio Valley Conference cross country individual champion and 23rd place finisher at the NCAA South Region Championships with a time of 20:43.4, a PR. As a sophomore she had four top 10 finishes in six races. On the track side, she finished in seventh place in the 10k at the 2012 Atlantic Sun Championships as a freshman with a PR in 37:57.81. She will be a junior in cross country (two seasons of eligibility) and a redshirt sophomore in both indoor and outdoor track and field (three seasons of eligibility).

Ted Foster

Next on the list is Foster, an incoming freshman, from Lincroft, New Jersey. He was the 400 meter state champion with the fourth-fastest indoor time in the nation this winter at 47.85. Foster transferred his senior season, but prior to that was the 2012 New Jersey state Group A/Non-Public Schools 400 meter champion at Christian Brothers Academy in addition to anchoring the school’s winning 4×400 meter relay.

Mel Newberry

Newberry, another incoming freshman, is the only foreign athlete on the list and comes from London, England. She was a two-time NCAA East Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the 3,000 meter steeplechase while at Princeton and also a two-time Ivy-League scorer. She boasts a PR of 10:18.66. She will have one season of eligibility next Spring with the Ducks.

Kelly O’Neill

O’Neil, a prospect from just up north in Lake Oswego, Oregon, stared for OSAA 6A Lakeridge High School. O’Neill placed in both the 800 (5th) and 1,500 (8th) meter events at the OSAA Championships and ran a PR of 4:37.09 at the 2013 Three Rivers League Championships.

Alec Smith

Smith of Westview High School might be the most interesting prospect on this list. The Oregon prep star won back-to-back OSAA 6A State titles in the 800 meter his junior and senior years. He set a PR in a win at the USA Miler’s Club meet in Portland, Oregon, with a time of 1:50.43. He also won a semifinal heat in the 800 meter event at this year’s U.S. Track and Field Junior Championships with a final time of 1:51.54. He had 35 Division-1 programs offer scholarships, but ultimately decided to walk-on at the University of Oregon where no scholarship was offered. You can read more about his story HERE.

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