Oregon Garner 28 All-America Awards

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon garnered 28 All-America awards from the recently completed 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships, as announced by the USTFCCCA.

Leading the way for the Ducks were national champions Andrew Wheating (800 and 1,500 meters), Ashton Eaton (decathlon), Brianne Theisen (heptathlon) and the women’s 4×400 meter relay team.

Senior Nicole Blood also won All-America honors for her third place finish in the 10,000 meters, which marked her ninth career All-America award. That’s the third-highest in school history, trailing only Galen Rupp’s 14 and Leann Warren’s 10.

Wheating, the senior from Norwich, Vt., who became just the fifth man to win both the 800 and 1,500 in the same year, collected his seventh and eighth career All-America certificates. Eaton’s award was also the eighth career for the senior from Bend, Ore.

Theisen, a junior from Humboldt, Sask., not only won for the heptathlon, but also as the lead leg on the 4×400 meter relay team. Theisen now shows six career All-America awards.

Keshia Baker was Oregon’s only three-time All-America winner at the 2010 championships. She was recognized for her scoring performances in the 400 meters and on the 4×400 and 4×100 meter relays. The senior from Fairfield, Calif., finished her career with seven All-America awards.

Double winners for the women, who finished second in the team competition, also included Alexandra Kosinski (1,500, 5,000), Amber Purvis (4×100, 4×400 relays), Mandy White (100 meters, 4×100 relay) and Jamesha Youngblood (long jump, 4×100 relay).

White, a junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., became Oregon’s first-ever All-American in the women’s 100 meters, and was part of the Ducks’ first-ever 4×100 meter All-America relay team. It was her first two career All-America honors.

Kosinski, a junior from El Dorado Hills, Calif., picked up her fourth and fifth career All-Americas, as did Youngblood, a junior from San Pablo, Calif., and Purvis, a sophomore from Hercules, Calif.

Junior Melissa Gergel captured her fifth career All-America award in the pole vault.

Freshman Jordan Hasay, a freshman from Arroyo Grande, Calif., collected the fourth All-America award of her young career with a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters.

Freshman Anne Kesselring was an All-American in the 800 meters for her third award this year, while junior Michele Williams also gathered her third career All-America award for her leg on the winning 4×400 meter relay team.

The men saw a couple of first-time All-Americans in junior Jordan Stray in the hammer and senior Jordan McNamara in the 5,000 meters.

Sophomore Luke Puskedra, from Ogden, Utah, was an All-American for the sixth time in the 10,000 meters, while junior A.J. Acosta collected his seventh career All-America award for his runner-up finish in the 1,500 meters.

Sophomore Matthew Centrowitz was also an All-American in the 1,500, his third career, while freshman Elijah Greer followed up his indoor All-America honor in the 800 with an outdoor one in the same event.

Senior Cyrus Hostetler wrapped up his career with his second straight All-America award in the javelin.

Updated 06-16-2010

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