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NCU’s Stephanie Hescock Repeats as Academic All-American

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Stephanie Hescock (GoBeacons.com)
Stephanie Hescock
(GoBeacons.com)

Northwest Christian track and field athlete Stephanie Hescock is not only a star on the track, she’s also pretty talented in the classroom.

Hescock earned CoSIDA/Capitol One First-Team Academic All-America honors monday, repeating as representative. Hescock has earned CoSIDA/Capitol One Academic All-District honors three times and First-Team Academic All-America for consecutive years.

According to the GoBeacons website, “The 2013 Capitol One Academic All-America program, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom.”

Hescock was one of four athletes from the Cascade Conference to receive first team honors. The other athletes are Gabrielle Dixson (Concordia) as well Linsie Michels and Hilary Holt who are both from The College of Idaho.

Eligibility for Academic All-America Consideration:

  • Student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00
  • Have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution
  • Be nominated by his/her sports information director.

More than 15,000 student-athletes in NCAA Division I, II, III and the NAIA have been granted CoSIDA Academic All-American honors since the program’s inception in 1952.

On the track this season, Hescock won a third-consecutive CCC Championship in the 10,000m and was runner-up in the same event at the NAIA National Championship.

Hescock, from Drain, Oregon, is a graduate student in the Business Administration Master’s program at Northwest Christian. She currently holds a 3.96 GPA in the program following her completion of an undergraduate degree at NCU with a 3.90 GPA. She was also named Cascade Collegiate Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year earlier this month.

She leaves NCU a CCC All-Academic honoree (7x), Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete selection (5x) and a NAIA All-American (3x). Not too shabby…

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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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Ashton Eaton Currently in Second Place at USA Championships

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Ashton Eaton (OregonLive)
Ashton Eaton
(OregonLive)

Des Moines, Iowa – About 1,800 miles away and two time zones over scores over former Ducks track and field stars are making a big splash in a different pond.

Des Moines is the current host spot for the 2013 USA Track and Field Championships, and one particular Duck who is finding quite a lot of success is world record holder and gold medal Olympian Ashton Eaton.

Through five events thus far, Eaton sits in second place in the decathlon as they reach the halfway point.

Eaton’s Events Thus Far:

  • 100 Meter Dash: 10.48 seconds (1st place)
  • Long Jump: 7.59m, 24-11 (skipped his third attempt) (2nd place)
  • Shotput: 15.00 49 2 1/2 (3rd place)
  • High Jump: 1.90 6 2 3/4 (skipped his third attept) (12th place)
  • 400 Meter Dash: 46.89 (1st place)

Eaton has another five events to go to as he trails former Arkansas Razorback track star Gunner Nixon. Eaton needs to finish in the top-3 to be qualified for Team USA and compete in the IAAF World Track & Field Championships. The IAAF World Track & Field Championships will be held in Moscow in August.

Jordan Hasay, a more recent Oregon Ducks graduate is making her professional debut in the championships. She’ll look to qualify in the 10k.

English Gardner made her pro debut as well after forgoing her senior season with the University of Oregon. Gardner won her very first pro event, the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.85. You can see her reaction in the video below.

For a complete breakdown of the events, you can follow the event’s official link HERE and check back in to EDN periodically for more updates.

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Photos: NCAA Track and Field National Championships (Day 4)

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The NCAA Track and Field National Championships came to a close Sunday in Eugene with the Ducks finishing in fourth place on both the men’s and women’s side. Photographer Gary Breedlove highlights the final day of action.

Oregon’s English Gardner, Elijah Greer Post Wins for Track

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Oregon track stars embrace in a hug (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)
Oregon track stars embrace in a hug
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

Oregon’s English Gardner ran through pain to a first place finish in the women’s 100 meters at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, edging out UCF sophomore Octavious Freeman. Gardner won in a blazing 10.96 to withstand a late charge from Freeman and LSU standout Kimberly Duncan.

“I heard the crowd (in the last 20 meters),” Gardner said. “I had a little ‘go get em’ at the end from the crowd.”

In the men’s 100 meters TCU’s Charles Silmon managed to improve on the 9.92 he ran in qualifying, finishing in a slightly wind aided 9.89 to win the national championship. Flordia State’s Dentarius Locke and Isaiah Young of Ole Miss each turned in sub-10 performances as well.

Stanford’s Kori Canter turned in another fast time in the women’s 400 meter hurdles, finishing in a collegiate record 53.21, one of many quick times clocked at Hayward on Friday.

“It’s that Hayward Field magic,” Garnder said. “If you run in it you believe it.”

On the field side, LSU’s Damar Forbes finally got that elusive first place finish at the NCAA championships after a string of runner up showings. The Jamaican Olympian sailed 27-04.75 on his second jump of the day and nobody else was within 12 inches.

“I wanted to be a winner,” said Forbes “I was tired of being second. It was hurting me. A lot of people looked at me and said, ‘You’re always second, that’s got to be a good feeling.’ No it’s not. It’s not.”

Another streak was broken in the men’s high jump with Kansas State’s Erik Kynard missing out on what would have been his third straight title. Instead it was Derek Dourin of Indiana who nearly matched a collegiate record, clearing the bar at 2.31 meters and just missing at 2.34.

Oregon's English Gardner holds up her championship trophy (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)
Oregon’s English Gardner holds up her championship trophy
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

In the men’s 800 Penn State had two athletes in the top three, but both finished behind Oregon’s Elijah Greer who finished his last two laps as a Duck in 1:46.58.

In the evening’s final event Oregon legend Jordan Hasay ran her last 5,000 meter race at Hayward Field–as a Duck, that is. Hasay was within striking distance of the lead until the last lap and made her move with about 300 meters to go, but Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino made a power move on the back stretch and would leave Hasay — and everybody else — in her dust, winning in 15:43.68, nearly seven seconds ahead of 10,000 meter champion Betsey Saina of Iowa State. Hasay would finish third.

Kansas continues to lead in the women’s team race with Oregon in second. The Ducks are within striking distance but will need a virtually perfect final day to take the team title and complete the Triple Crown.

In the men’s race, USC and Texas are tied for the lead with Arkansas just a point and a half behind. The Ducks sit a distant sixth in the men’s team race, tied with UCLA.

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Interview With Oregon Track Freshman Greg Skipper

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Greg Skipper (GoDucks)
Greg Skipper
(GoDucks)

Oregon freshman thrower, Greg Skipper, was upbeat after his fourth place finish in the Men’s hammer; but it was obvious he is still hungry and anxious to improve.

Looking back on the year Skipper classified it as a success.

“My freshman year went well!” he then quickly added “it was alright. The training was fantastic, all of the training I received from (coach) Wilhoit was correct.”

After a fourth place finish at your first NCAA’s, how do you feel?

“Good. I was projected to finish fifth and I ended up fourth, so I got a fighter’s point there; but I feel good.”

How has your exposure to sports through your family help you prepare?

“Through my (family) I gained a lot of guidance and a mindset for competing. At first it helped me a lot to prepare, now (competition is) second nature.”

In all of the freshman’s comments their was an air of unfinished business. I asked him about his goals for the future, he didn’t mention any individual awards like a Pac-12 championship, or even a national championship, all he gave was a number.

“The 70-meter barrier is a big barrier for a hammer thrower and I hope to hit that number.”

It’s clear that Skipper is focused on bigger things than just his success with the Ducks. And, with his pedigree and focus, 70 meters better watch its back!

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Photos: NCAA Track and Field National Championships

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It was a big first day of the NCAA Track and Field National Championships with several impressive performances. Oregon four-star athlete Liz Brenner was eighth overall in the javelin, good enough to advance to the finals. The Ducks’ women sprinters also had a good day with the 4X100 team advancing and English Gardner as well in the 100 meters.

Cain’s Performance Highlights Outstanding Prefontaine Classic

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The Prefontaine Classic may have come to an end yesterday, but plenty around the nation are still buzzing about the performances that were turned out at the 2013 meet. One of the main highlights for the thousands in attendance was high school phenom Mary Cain‘s showing in the women’s 800 meters.

Competing in a field that included Francine Niyonsaba (BDI), Brenda Martinez (USA), Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN), and Alysia Montano (USA), Cain used a fast field to finish with a time of 1:59.51, a personal best for the budding track and field star that also saw her set the high school and U.S. Junior records in the event. Finishing up her junior year in high school, Cain has yet to announce where she will attend college, though there were plenty of fans encouraging her to bring her talents to Eugene, as they familiarized her with the “Come to Oregon!” chant.

The first high schooler to run the 800 meters in under two minutes, she bested the previous high school record of 2:02.04 that was set by Amy Weisenbach in 2011. Placing fifth overall, she finished right behind Montano, who edged Cain with a time of 1:59.43. After the race Montano gave her signature orchid to the high school phenom, signaling the emergence of a great track and field athlete.

Mary Cain astonished the Hayward faithful at the 2013 Prefontaine Classic | (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)
Mary Cain astonished the Hayward faithful at the 2013 Prefontaine Classic | (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

“I’m just so thrilled, I broke two minutes,” said Cain after the event. “Part of me was out there thinking today, no one has ever done this before. I’d be the first person to do it. That’s been my goal since eighth grade. I’m going to be that kid, I’m going to do it.”

Coming in first place in the women’s 800 meters was Niyonsaba, who finished with a time of 1:56.72 to set a new meet record while becoming the world leader in the event.

Aside from Cain’s astonishing finish and Niyonsaba’s world leading finish, plenty of other athletes set records and bests at the 2013 Prefontaine Classic, with one area record being set, 13 world leaders established, five meet records set, and three national records broken.

Setting the lone area record at the meet, Mutas Essa Barshim (QAT) cleared a height of 2.40 meters in the men’s high jump to overcome a strong field that included Erik Kynard (USA) and Derek Drouin (CAN). His clearance also made him the world leader in the event while also setting a new meet record and national record for his country. Drouin’s clearance of 2.36 meters set the new Canadian national record.

Silas Kiplagat (KEN), meanwhile, established a world leading time in the Bowerman Mile with a time of 3:49.48. He narrowly edged Asbel Kiprop (KEN), who finished right behind Kiplagat with a time of 3:49.53. Aman Wote of Ethiopia placed third in the event with a time of 3:49.88, a personal best for the 29-year-old.

Hansle Parchment (JAM) also established a world leading time in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 13.05 seconds that also saw him set a new Jamaican national record.

Renad Lavillenie (FRA) finished just as he did at the Olympic Games, placing first in the men’s pole vault to once again overcome Bjorn Otto (GER) and Raphael Holzdeppe (GER), who also finished just as they did in the past Olympics. Lavillenie cleared a height of 5.95 meters to become the world leader in the event this year.

Aleksandr Menkov (RUS) took home first in the long jump, as he reached a distance of 8.39 meters to become the world leader in the event. Mauro Vinicius Da Silva (BRA) placed second in the event, reaching a distance of 8.22 meters.

The men’s discus was won by Robert Harting (GER), who also became a world leader, throwing a distance of 69.75 to overcome Piotr Malachowski‘s (POL) distance of 68.19, a seasonal best for the 29-year-old.

James Kiplagat Magut (KEN), who did not finish in the Bowerman Mile, made up for his performance in the men’s international mile, becoming the world leader with a time of 3:55.24.

Edwin Sheruiyot Soi (KEN) became the world leader in the men’s 5,000 meters, finishing with a time of 13:04.75 while Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) finished with a time of 27:12.08 to become the world leader in the men’s 10,000 meters.

Several women’s records fell at the 2013 Prefontaine Classic as well, with Niyonsaba’s impressive performance leading the way. Aside from her effort, meet records in the women’s javelin and 1,500 meters were also set, as Christina Obergfoll (GER) threw for a distance of 67.70 in the javelin and Hellen Obiri (KEN) ran a 3:58.58 in the 1,500 to set the new meet records.

Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH), meanwhile, became the world leader in the women’s 5,000, finishing with a time of 14:42.01 to pace the field. A new world leader was also established in the women’s 400 meter hurdles, as Zusana Hejnova (CZE) finished with a time of 53.70 to see herself finish in first.

Olha Saladikha (UKR) rounded out the new world leaders at the Pre Classic, as she reached a distance of 14.85 in the women’s triple jump for the leading distance.

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Photos: Oregon Twilight

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It was another incredible outing at the Oregon Twilight with a home-coming for former Ducks Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz with 5,244 in attendance. Along with the Ducks in competition, Oregon Track Club Elite had a strong representation, particularly from Bridget Franek who had a time of 9:46.99 in the steeplechase. All photos in this photo essay are property of Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News.

Jordan Hasay Sets Pac-12 10K Record

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Now in her senior year of competition, Oregon track and field sensation and standout Jordan Hasay keeps making her mark at the University of Oregon, in the Pac-12, and in collegiate competition. Her latest effort at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational–held at Stanford–resulted in a new Pac-12 and school record in the women’s 10,000 meters.

Hasay set a new school record in the 10,000 meters at Stanford | Photo by Geoff Thurner/Goducks.com)
Hasay set a new school record in the 10,000 meters at Stanford | Photo by Geoff Thurner/Goducks.com

Though she finished sixth overall in a competition that brought together both professional and collegiate runners, Hasay’s time of 32:06.64 was good enough for the Pac-12 and University of Oregon records. Surpassing the Pac-12 mark of 32:12.47 (set by Deborah Maier of California in 2012) and the Oregon mark of 32:42.81 (set by Kathy Hayes in 1984), Hasay had the second-best collegiate finish in the event, with Iowa State’s Betsy Saina finishing with a time of 31:37.22.

Aside from the Pac-12 and school records she set, Hasay also bested her personal best by :40 seconds and achieved the fourth fastest time in NCAA history. Saina’s mark was good enough for the third fastest time in NCAA history. Other top-6 finishers in the event were Obare Roicah (Hitachi, 31:44.92), Ayumi Hagiwara (Uniqlo, 31:45.29), Kim Smith (New Balance, 31:46.37), and Marisol Guadalupe Romero (Mexico-FMAA, 31:46.37).

Oregon recorded two other sixth place finishes on the day, with Patrick Todd and Colby Alexander each placing in their events. Todd, who ran the 1,500, placed sixth in his heat with a time of 3:41.09 for the best mark of his season. Alexander, meanwhile, also finished sixth in his 1,500 meter heat with a personal best of 3:44.99.

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