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Ducks beef up both indoor, outdoor schedules.

Byline: Curtis Anderson The Register-Guard

The Oregon men's and women's track and field program has completed its indoor and outdoor schedule for the upcoming 2010 season.

It looks to be one of the most ambitious in school history.

During the indoor season, the Ducks will visit College Station, Texas, to compete in the Texas A&M Challenge, a unique scoring meet that pits three conferences against one another: the Pac-10, SEC and Big 12.

Oregon will join forces with Stanford and Washington State for the Pac-10 entry. The SEC team is made up of Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina, and the Big 12 contingent is Baylor, Texas and host Texas A&M.

In each event, individual and relays, the scoring will be by conference. The two-day meet will be held Jan. 29-30.

The Ducks also have a trip to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Feb. 12-13. It's the same site as the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 12-13.

They'll probably send a small group of elite athletes to the Tyson meet, because Oregon also is scheduled to compete in the Husky Classic in Seattle on the same dates.

The 2010 outdoor season, which culminates with the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 9-12 at Hayward Field, opens March 20 with the annual Oregon Preview, just one week after the indoor championships.

There are two noteworthy home meets on Saturdays in April.

The Pepsi Team Invitational on April 10 could be one of the best on record with a power-packed lineup featuring Texas A&M, the reigning NCAA outdoor champions for both men and women. The Ducks finished second to both Aggie squads at the 2009 NCAA meet.

Washington and Missouri also are sending men's and women's teams to the Pepsi meet, and Illinois will bring only its men's team.

Despite the head coaching change at UCLA this past summer, the Oregon-UCLA men's dual meet will be held for the third straight season on April 17. The Bruins fired longtime coach Art Venegas last summer and replaced him with former Boise State coach Mike Maynard.

The last two home meets are the Oregon Relays, April 30-May 1, and the Oregon Twilight on May 8. At one of those two meets, the UO women are expected to launch a record attempt in the 4x1,500-meter relay.

Tennessee set the world, U.S. and collegiate best of 17 minutes, 8.34 seconds at the 115th Penn Relays last year.

The UO road trips include stops at the Texas Relays (March 31-April 3), the Mt. SAC Relays (women only, April 15-16), the Penn Relays (April 22-24), the Pac-10 championships in Berkeley, Calif., (May 15-16) and NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas (May 27-29).

Three transfers join Ducks for '09 season

There are three notable transfers on the UO men's and women's rosters this year.

Princeton graduate Michael Maag, a former standout at Jesuit High School in Portland, joins the men's team for one season of indoor and outdoor eligibility.

Maag lists personal bests of 3:46.53 in the 1,500, 13:41.17 in the 5,000, 31:02.47 in the 10,000 and 4:00.43 in the indoor mile. His 5,000 PR is a Princeton record.

Maag placed 10th in that event at the 2009 NCAA outdoor meet.

On the women's side, Michele Williams, a junior transfer from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., and Camilla Dencer, a sophomore transfer from UCLA, have both joined the Ducks.

Williams placed third in the 400 at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships last year. She comes to Oregon with personal bests of 53.49 in the 400 and 23.99 in the 200, and she ran on both relays at the national meet.

Dencer was a member of the Bruins' 4x400 relay that won the NCAA West Regional title and competed at the NCAA championships. Her personal bests are 24.87 in the 200, 54.27 in the 400, 2:07.54 in the 800 and 5-8 in the high jump.

Fleshman among 5K entrants in Corvallis

Oregon Track Club Elite's Lauren Fleshman, who sat out the 2009 track season after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of her foot, has entered the Strand's 5K road race in Corvallis on Saturday.

Nearly 300 runners are expected to compete in the 9 a.m. race that loops through the Oregon State campus.

Other top female entries include former Tualatin High School and Iowa standout Meghan Armstrong, who recently won the Twin Cities 5K; Eugene's Sally Meyerhoff, who was fifth at the U.S. marathon championships, and Eugene's Jane Rudkin, the reigning Butte To Butte 10K champion.

On the men's side, former Stanford all-American Jonathon Riley, who now competes for the Portland branch of OTC, is among the entries, along with twin brothers Carlos and Esteban Trujillo of Eugene Running Company.

Carlos Trujillo won the Pac-10 10,000-meter title for Oregon in 2008.

All proceeds from the race will benefit Childhelp, an organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.
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Title Annotation:Track-Field Oregon; Trips to Texas A&M and Arkansas for indoor meets and a loaded Pepsi Team Invitational are highlights
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 22, 2009
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