Brianne Theisen

Oregon senior Laura Roesler named finalist for Bowerman award

Oregon senior Laura Roesler was named as one of three finalists for The Bowerman Trophy, one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate track and field, Thursday afternoon.

Also named as finalists were Sharika Nelvis of Arkansas State and Courtney Okolo of Texas.

Roesler dominated in her final season with Oregon. She was able to sweep the 800 at both the Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, winning by more than a second each time.

The Fargo, North Dakota native moved to No. 2 on the all-time, all-conditions indoor performers list in the 800 (2:01.32) on Kentucky’s oversized track while also winning the Mt. SAC Relays to move to No. 8 all-time outdoors with the fastest non-NCAA Championships performance (2:00.54).

She also was a key piece of the women’s 4

Track Power Couple Falls Just Short of Double Gold

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Brianne Theisen-Eaton
Brianne Theisen-Eaton
(Associated Press)

Shortly after bringing home gold, decathlon world-champion and newly wed husband Ashton Eaton turned fan as he watched his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton try to win her own gold medal. Unfortunately, Theisen-Eaton came up just short in her gold medal quest, earning silver honors in the IAAF World Championships.

“I’m way more proud of her than myself and she vice versa for me,” Eaton said. “It’s cool to be in the same event and be successful at the same time and be able to travel around the world together.”

Despite coming just shy of the double gold, it’s still quite the accomplishment. These two former Ducks are easily the most dominant couple in the track community, and are quickly making a case for best athlete couple for any sport.

“I’ve always watched him get his medals and think, ‘I wonder what that feels like?'” Theisen-Eaton said. “Now I’m getting a little taste of it.”

These two are set to take the world stage by storm. Eaton, of course, has already had quite the incredible professional career. He’s an Olympian and world-record holder, and now Theisen-Eaton will embark on her own pro career, and they might have to get a bigger house for all the incoming hardware.

Now that the track power couple is done with the IAAF World Championships, what’s next? Maybe a break for a honeymoon?

“We’re contemplating on the honeymoon, because now would be the perfect time to go lay down on the beach somewhere, but if we laid down on the beach, I just shut my eyes, and in 10 minutes, he goes, ‘How much longer do you think we’re going to lay here?'” Theisen-Eaton said. “If we’re going to do something, it has to be something where we’re out doing activities, because he can’t sit around for too long.”

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Ashton Eaton Brings Home Gold at IAAF World Championships

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Ashton Eaton
Ashton Eaton
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MOSCOW – Ashton Eaton is one ridiculous athlete. The Bend, Oregon, native and former University of Oregon star kept his honor as world’s greatest athlete with a gold medal finish the decathlon at the IAAF World Championships.

“It feels good. It was the last thing I had left on my list to do,” Eaton said. “Now I’ve done everything there is to do in multi-events.”

And also competing is fellow Oregon alum, and Eaton’s wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton of team Canada. She is competing in the heptathlon and is a favorite in the event.

“I’m way more proud of her than myself and she vice versa for me,” Eaton said. “It’s cool to be in the same event and be successful at the same time and be able to travel around the world together.

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Brianne Theisen and Ashton Eaton to Compete in Jerome Classic

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Brianne Theisen, Ashton Eaton
Brianne Theisen, Ashton Eaton

Former Oregon Ducks track and field stars and the current track and field power couple Brianne Theisen and Ashton Eaton have entered the Jerome Classic next Monday.

Thiesen (Canada) and Eaton (United States) are both Olympic representatives for their respective countries and participated in the 2012 London Olympics last summer.

Eaton, a Bend, Oregon native, is the current world record holder and defending gold medalist in the decathlon, a record he set at the 2012 US Olympic Trials in Eugene almost exactly a year ago.

More than 40 different Olympic athletes from 12 countries will compete in the 30th anniversary of the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic hoping to qualify for to the IAAF World Championship in Moscow, Russia from August 10-18th.

Tickets for the Jerome Classic are being sold at $10 for general admission and $25 for a spot at the finish line.

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Three Ducks Earn National Titles at USA Championships

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Ashton Eaton (Spokeo.com)
Ashton Eaton
(Spokeo.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa –- Former University of Oregon track stars Ashton Eaton, Matthew Centrowitz and Brianne Theisen each brought home individual national titles at the USA Track and Field National Championships this week.

Eaton, the current world record holder in the decathlon defended his title with a score of 8,291 points.

“It was a good two days,” said Eaton. “It was good to do another multi because it’s been since the (Olympic) Games. I feel pretty good about that. I have quite a bit of confidence. Obviously the high jump was very sub-par, the hurdles and the pole vault, and a lot of that stuff was very much ‘safety.’ If I can score 8,200 with those marks, I think at 100 percent, I’ll be OK.”

Centrowitz claimed the title in the 1,500m with a late surge, finishing with a time of 3:45.17.

“In my head I said, ‘Dominate the final’ and that’s what I set out to do, I didn’t really glance back,” said Centrowitz. “Definitely wanted to make a statement heading to Worlds. I’m in great shape, definitely looking forward to improving on my (Olympic) bronze medal.”

Theisen, a Canadian, brought home honors in her country for a score of 6,233 points in the heptathlon. It was her first national title in the event.

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Oregon Takes Early Lead After Day One

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Competing in a men’s dual meet against the second-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at the Oregon Relays this weekend, the fourth-ranked Ducks jumped out to an early 17-1 advantage with most of the competition scheduled to begin at noon today.

Using impressive efforts by Parker Stinson and Greg Skipper to lead the way, Oregon took the top two spots in both dual events yesterday–the 5000 meters and men’s hammer throw. Skipper got things going for the Ducks in the hammer throw, taking home first after throwing for an impressive distance of 62.80 meters on his final throw of the day. The Oregon freshman had reached a distance of 62.56 meters on his previous throw. He would also take home a victory in the non-dual meet hammer throw with a distance of 64.64 meters.

(Gary Breedove)
(Gary Breedove)

Miles Walk and Tanner Harris capped the impressive event for Oregon, finishing in 2nd and 3rd to give the Ducks a 1-2-3 finish in the hammer throw. Throwing for a distance of 56.42 meters, Walk bested teammate Harris for second, with Harris reaching a distance of 54.84 meters.

Devin Randall finished fourth in the event for the Razorbacks, with his best throw reaching a distance of 44.75 meters.

Leading the way for the Ducks later in the competition was Stinson, who paved the way for a 1-2 finish by Oregon in the 5000 meters. Separating himself from the other runners, Stinson finished with a time of 13:59.83, 10 seconds faster than teammate Matthew Melancon, who recorded a time of 14.09.37.

Solomon Haile of Arkansas placed third with a time of 14:13.08.

Competing in the non-dual meet portion of the Oregon Relays, the Ducks recorded wins from Jordan Hasay, Alyssa Monteverde, Lauren Crockett, Sammie Clark, Maggie Pietka, Ryan Pickering and Ryan Hunter-Simms.

Hasay found a relatively easy win in the women’s 5000 meters, finishing with a time of 16.01.54. Though Bridget Franek of Oregon Track Club Elite would finish just .04 second behind her with a time of 16:01.59, the two runners bested the rest of the field by 21 seconds.

Monteverde delivered one of the more thrilling performances of the night, dashing her way to an impressive victory in the 100 meter hurdles. Finishing with a time of 13.41 seconds in the event, Monteverde took first and also recorded the second-best time in the event in school history. Brianne Theisen currently holds the school record with a time of 13.30.

Another victory for the Ducks came in the women’s high jump, as Crockett set a personal best in the event to lead her to the win. Topping out at 1.81 meters (5-11.25), Crockett’s clearance also moved her up to sixth on the all-time list at Oregon.

Clark took home a win in the women’s pole vault, clearing a height of 3.80 meters (12-05.50) to see herself over Anna Jensen of Lane, who reached a height of 3.50 meters (11-05.75).

The final win for the Oregon women on day one of the Oregon Relays came in the form of Pietka, who finished with a distance of 11.72 meters in the women’s triple jump to see herself finish in front of Michele Turney of Oregon State.

Competing in the non-dual meet portion of the Oregon Relays, Pickering bested Layne Nixon of Arkansas in the men’s 10000 meters, finishing with a time of 29:48.52. Tate Kelly of Gonzaga finished in third.

Also competing in the non-dual meet portion was Hunter-Simms, who placed first in the men’s shot put with a distance of 16.30 meters. Finishing in second was Ron Perkins, a sophomore at Oregon who threw for a distance of 15.78 meters.

Competition on Saturday will begin at 10 am.

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Ducks Women Claim 4th Straight National Championship

The Oregon Ducks women’s indoor track and field team claimed its fourth consecutive national championship in dominating fashion. Oregon finished with a total of 56 points, well above the Kansas Jayhawks (44) and LSU Tigers (43) for second and third place respectively. The Arkansas Razorbacks finished in fourth place, not placing, with 42.5 points.

With the win, the Oregon women’s dynasty is now well ahead of any university team. The Ducks have dominated in track and field since the 1970s, but never before like this with each team seeming to get better and better.

Oregon celebrating with the championship trophy (Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
Oregon celebrating with the championship trophy
(Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

“The University of Oregon takes track and field very seriously,” Oregon head coach Vin Lananna said. “We knew we had a chance to win another title and do it close to home. And it’s very satisfying to win again.”

Oregon’s incredible weekend was due in large part to contributions from numerous women on the team.

One making a big splash for the Ducks was junior English Gardner, who has won a title each season she’s been with the program.

[gn_quote style=”1″]”Oregon is trying to make a better name for itself on the sprint side of things,” said Gardner, who was recruited by Oregon associate and sprinters coach Robert Johnson. “We’ve never been seen as a sprinting school and now we’re becoming more of a well-rounded team.”[/gn_quote]

Others with big performances were Jordan Hasay and Alexi Pappas who dominated in the 5,000 meters. Hasay set a school record with a time of 15:40.30, beating former teammate Alex Kosinski‘s time by four seconds.

Oregon senior Brianne Theisen won her fourth consecutive team title and her third straight individual title with 4,536 points in the pentathlon

“Once you’ve won once, it’s not as cool the other times,” Theisen said. “It’s more cool to get the 10 points. I don’t go out there to win another national title. I go out there to get the 10 points for my team. It’s good. I’m happy about the title.”

The Ducks men’s team (22) finished in a tie for sixth place with the University of Arizona. The Arkansas Razorbacks (74) took home first place with the Florida Gators (59) coming in second place. The men last won the national championship in 2009.

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