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Sebastian Coe calls for overhaul of track calendar as part of IAAF presidential campaign

Published Jan 01, 0001

Outlining his vision for the future of track and field, Sebastian Coe has called for an overhaul of the sport's "disjointed" competition calendar and for the creation of a global street race circuit. Read more...

Sebastian Coe declares candidacy for IAAF president

Published Jan 01, 0001

Sebastian Coe declared his candidacy Thursday to become president of track and field's world governing body, setting up a likely election battle against pole vault great Sergei Bubka. Read more...

Renaud Lavillenie, Valerie Adams named IAAF athletes of the year

Published Jan 01, 0001

Pole vault indoor record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France and shot putter Valerie Adams of New Zealand were named world athletes of the year on Friday. Read more...

NCAA Track & Field Championships: Follow the Ducks and athletes with Oregon ties (live updates)

Published Jan 01, 0001

The meet at Hayward Field in Eugene begins at noon Wednesday with the decathlon.

ENGLISH-GARDNER-062312.jpgView full sizeOregon's English Gardner is among the favorites in the women's 100 meters.
The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships get under way Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Oregon has the likes of Dakotah Keys, Elijah Greer, Laura Roesler, Phyllis Francis, Mike Berry, Liz Brenner and English Gardner competing on Day 1.

The Ducks women, runners-up the past four years, are looking for their first title since 1985 and also are trying to win the triple crown -- the championship in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. No women's team has ever achieved that feat.

Meanwhile, the UO men are looking for their first title since 1984.

Here's a look at all of the Ducks athletes competing Wednesday, plus several others with Oregon ties:

Ducks in action on Wednesday
Event finals in bold
Noon: Dakotah Keys in decathlon | Keys 15th after Day 1
1:30 p.m.: Jillian Weir in women's hammer | Weir finishes 17th
4 p.m.: Oregon women in 4x100 relay | Ducks advance to final
4:15 p.m.: Oregon men in 4x100 relay | Ducks don't advance | De'Anthony Thomas video
4:30 p.m.: Laura Roesler in women's 800 | Roesler-Goule showdown in final?
4:45 p.m.: Elijah Greer in men's 800 | Greer wins heat | Video
5 p.m.: Phyllis Francis and Chizoba Okodogbe in women's 400 | Francis advances
5:15 p.m.: Mike Berry in men's 400 | Berry eliminated by razor-thin margin
5:15 p.m.: Liz Brenner in women's javelin | Brenner finishes 8th
5:30 p.m.:
English Gardner and Jenna Prandini in women's 100 | Gardner set to defend title | Video: Gardner 'having fun'

Others of note
Noon: Nathanael Franks (Barlow High School) of Arkansas in decathlon
| Franks 16th after Day 1
5:15 p.m.: Brianna Bain (Aloha High School) of Stanford in women's javelin
| Bain finishes 3rd
5:30 p.m.: Ryan Crouser (Barlow High School) of Texas in men's shot put | Crouser wins with one legal throw
6:45 p.m.: Jared Bassett of University of Portland in men's 3,000 steeplechase | Bassett makes final

Follow the meet with live updates from Eugene below, or view the ticker on a mobile device.


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Oregon star Laura Roesler wins the 2014 Bowerman Award as college track & field's top woman athlete

Published Jan 01, 0001

Deon Lendore of Texas A&M wins the men's award. Oregon's Edward Cheserek was one of three finalists.

Oregon's Laura Roesler won the 2014 women's Bowerman Award Wednesday in Phoenix, Ariz.

The award, sponsored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, is college track & field equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. It is presented annually to the top men's and women's college track & field athlete.

Texas A&M sprinter Deon Lendore won the men's award. Edward Cheserek, who had a breakthrough freshman season for Oregon last year, was one of three men's finalists.

Roesler is the first UO woman to win the award. Former Oregon stars Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton won the men's award in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Roesler was supported by a large contingent of fans from her hometown of Fargo, N.D. during the awards show held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort. She congratulated fellow finalists Courtney Okolo of Texas and Sharika Nelvis of Arkansas State while accepting the award.

"I want to thank all the fans who voted and helped me win the fan vote," Roesler said. "That was exciting. I especially want to thank the University of Oregon, and all the coaches – coach Curtis (Taylor), coach Maurica (Powell), and especially coach (Robert) Johnson.

"I know you had to put up with a lot with me. But we're here now."

In a spectacular 2014 senior season, Roesler won NCAA indoor and outdoor 800-meter titles, and ran on the Ducks' winning 4x400 relay that clinched the NCAA indoor team title.

She clocked the eighth fastest women's 800 time in collegiate history, 2 minutes, 0.54 seconds, and was named the Pac-12 women's scholar athlete of the year for track & field.

Johnson, Oregon's head coach, paid Roesler tribute.

"The one thing you can guarantee you're going to get from Laura Roesler is her competitive spirit," Johnson said. "She's going to bring her best, good, bad or indifferent, every day."

After graduating, Roesler turned professional and trains in San Antonio, Texas.

As a freshman last year, Cheserek won NCAA individual titles in cross country, in the 3,000 and 5,000 indoors, and the 10,000 outdoors.

Lendore took home the men's award after a 2014 season in which he won the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in the 400, and anchored the Aggies' winning NCAA 4x400 outdoors.

The other men's finalist was Arizona's Lawi Lalang.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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