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Memphis hires UO women's assistant.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The University of Memphis has plucked an assistant basketball coach from University of Oregon women's coach Paul Westhead's staff.

Keila Whittington was named an assistant coach in charge of post players, Memphis announced on Tuesday. She will join Melissa McFerrin's staff, which led the Tigers to a 25-8 record and second-round appearance in the WNIT this past season.

"We're excited to add someone with coach Whittington's experience to our staff," McFerrin said in a news release. "She brings very high level recruiting and coaching experience, including Sweet 16 and Elite Eight experience."

A native of Louisiana, Whittington spent three seasons at Oregon as the recruiting coordinator and also working with the team's post players.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity that Coach Westhead provided me when I joined the University of Oregon family," she said.

During Whittington's time at Oregon, the Ducks have a 46-49 record, and advanced to the third round of the WNIT in 2010.

UO's Miernicki, Wong named all-Americans

University of Oregon men's golfers Daniel Miernicki and Eugene Wong have been named PING all-Americans, the second time in they've been awarded the honor by the National Golf Coaches Association.

The seniors were both placed on the 10-person first team, and joined the Texas twosome of Dylan Frittelli and Jordan Spieth as the only pair honored from the same squad on the first team.

Two other Pac-12 golfers on the first team were Patrick Rodgers of Stanford and Chris Williams of Washington. Four conference members were selected to the second team - Patrick Cantlay and Pedro Figueiredo of UCLA, Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington and Andrew Yun of Stanford. Max Homa of California was named to the third team.

In 2011-12, Wong and Miernicki stood fourth and 11th nationally in scoring average (70.35 Wong, 70.70 Miernicki) and capped their careers ranked second and first career-wise for UO in number of rounds of par or better (82 Wong, Miernicki 90), respectively.

Their 2011-12 scoring averages ranked first and third in school history, and the duo stood third and fourth all-time for the Ducks in number of rounds of par or better in a season (Wong 26, Miernicki 24) behind their totals from 2009-10 (32 Wong, 28 Miernicki).

Miernicki and Wong are tied for second-most All-America honors in school history behind Peter Jacobsen who was a three-time, second-team choice (1974-76).

Other first-team members include Blayne Barber of Auburn, Julien Brun of TCU, Stephan Jaeger of Chattanooga, Thomas Pieters of Illinois and Justin Thomas of Alabama.

Baseball coaches honor OSU's Conforto, Smith

Oregon State University freshman Michael Conforto has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-West Region first team while junior infielder Tyler Smith was named to its second team.

It is part of a growing list of honors for Conforto, who has been named a second team all-American by the ABCA, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America. He was also named the freshman hitter of the year by the NCBWA and Lousiville Slugger after being named the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year.

Conforto is one of just two players in the Pac-12 to finish the season in the top 10 in batting average (eighth, .349), runs batted in (first, 76) and home runs (tied for first, 13). He's the first Beaver to lead the league in RBIs since Jim Wilson led the Pac-10 North with 62 in 1982.

Smith joined Conforto as an All-Pac-12 First Team selection this season after batting .343, which ranks 10th in the league. He finished with 11 doubles, two triples, one home run and 39 RBI this season in 58 games.

OSU's Poyer, Romaine on special teams watch lists

Oregon State senior Jordan Poyer and sophomore Trevor Romaine have been selected to the 2012 College Football Performance Awards preseason watch lists for punt returners and specialists.

Poyer, a senior from Astoria, is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the nation and was a Pac-12 Conference second-team selection last season on defense. In addition, he averaged 14.1 yards per punt return last year and 22.7 yards on kickoff returns.

Romaine, a sophomore from Corona, Calif., was one of eight true-freshmen kickers at the Football Bowl Subdivision level in 2011. He set an OSU record for touchbacks with 10 (from the 30-yard line) and made 15 of 22 field-goal attempts. Romaine accounted for 72 points, second among true freshmen kickers, for the season.

The Beavers begin practicing for the 2012 season Aug. 6 with the home opener Sept. 1 vs. Nicholls State at Reser Stadium.

Ultra endurance athlete stops in Eugene for Q&A

Ultra endurance athlete Jason Lester will hold a Q&A session at about 4 p.m. today at the Nike Running Store to share his insight on sport, community and sustainability with local runners, community partners and store athletes.

Lester is on a 4,800-mile journey across America on Nike's Journey for a Better World. He is spreading the message about the power of sport to change lives and positively impact communities.

Local runners are invited to meet at the Nike Running Store and run 1.875 miles out from the store to meet Lester. The group will then run back together, where he will hold a Q&A session. For more information on his project, visit:

Women's half marathon preview on Sunday

The Eugene Women's Half Marathon and Run Momma Run will hold a free preview of the race on Sunday. The preview, open to all walkers and runners, begins at 8 a.m. at 5th Street Public Market in downtown Eugene.

Participants of the noncompetitive preview can check out eight miles of the half marathon course.

"This is a great opportunity for runners to get out and get excited about the race," said event director and two-time Olympian Nicole Teter. "We've had such a great turnout the past two years for this event because it's a low key, fun way for runners to meet other runners and check out part of the course."

Runway run ready to take off today at airport

The Active 20-30 Club of Eugene and the Eugene Airport will be staging the first-ever "5k on the Runway" at 6:30 p.m. today.

Runners can choose a run or walk with all proceeds benefiting local children's charities. In addition to the 5k race there will be a free children's fun run and a post race celebration with live music, awards, food and beverages, as well as booths set up by area children's non-profits that the 20-30 Club supports.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Entry fee ranges from $20 to $35.

Parking will be at the airport's overflow parking area. For more information, visit
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup; Whittington was recruiting coordinator on Westhead's staff
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 27, 2012
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