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Mitchum collects first Pac-10 honor.

Byline: Curtis Anderson The Register-Guard

Oregon senior Eric Mitchum earned the Pac-10 men's outdoor track and field athlete of the week award on Monday after sweeping two hurdle races and running legs on two relays at the Pepsi Team Invitational at Hayward Field on Saturday.

The UO team captain won his fourth Pepsi Team Invitational title in the 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.68 seconds. Mitchum also won the 400 hurdles in his season debut with a 52.09 clocking, only .82 seconds off his personal best of 51.27 that ranks him 10th on the all-time UO list.

The Calumet City, Ill., native ran on the 4x100 relay that posted a winning time of 40.33 and the 4x400 relay that took second in 3:11.31.

Mitchum, a five-time all-American indoors and outdoors, owns the school record in the 110-meter hurdles (13.38) with a time that ranks fifth in Pac-10 history. He also owns the school record in the indoor 60-meter hurdles (7.67).

Young, others set

to make season debuts

Three of Oregon's top multi-event competitors are scheduled to make their season debuts in the heptathlon and decathlon on Wednesday at Azusa Pacific University.

Senior Andy Young, the Pac-10 runner-up in the decathlon last year and a two-time NCAA qualifier, enters the two-day California Invitational Multis with a personal best of 7,372 points. He will be shooting for an NCAA automatic qualifying score of 7,500 or provisional qualifier at 7,000.

Two Ducks will compete in the heptathlon.

Senior Lauryn Jordan, who stands fifth on the all-time UO chart with a PR of 5,367, will be joined by redshirt freshman Kalindra McFadden at the meet. This will be the first collegiate heptathlon for the nine-time state champion from Bozeman, Mont. The automatic NCAA qualifier is 5,500 and the provisional qualifier is 5,000.

Several other UO athletes will compete at the Mount SAC Relays this week.

They include junior Colin Veldman in the discus, shot put and hammer throw; freshman Rachel Yurkovich in the javelin; junior Tommy Skipper in the pole vault; senior Brittany Hinchcliffe in the hammer throw; junior Britney Henry in the hammer throw and senior Eric Mitchum in the 110-meter hurdles.

Blair LaBounty earns

Central Washington honor

Kelly Blair LaBounty, who is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Oregon track and field program, is one of three individuals to be inducted into the Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame in Kennewick, Wash., on May 19.

A 1989 graduate of Prosser High School in eastern Washington, Blair LaBounty was a three-sport standout for the Mustangs and declared `arguably the best schoolgirl athlete ever in the state' by The Seattle Times.

Besides winning 10 state titles in track, Blair LaBounty led her high school basketball team to the state championship, earned all-state honors twice, and was an all-league player in volleyball.

Gray's shoes raise funds for children's hospital

South Eugene's Erin Gray, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, is an official shoe designer.

Gray, along with four other former patients at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, were asked to design their own Nike shoes to be sold nationwide in a fund-raising event for the pediatric health center.

Gray's shoe, an Air Pegasus model with purple and crimson trim, is now on sale at the local Nike store at Fifth Street Public Market. The shoe sells for $80 with all proceeds going to the children's hospital.

`A lot of people have called and asked about the shoe because of Erin's local connection,' Nike store manager Gavin McKinnon said.

Gray, who will redshirt the cross country and track season at Arkansas this year, underwent cardiac surgery at Doernbecher when she was 11 years old to repair a heart defect.

`When they told me the shoe was in the stores, I was very excited,' Gray said.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 11, 2006
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