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German amputee jumper won't contest Euros exclusion

Published Jan 01, 0001

A German amputee long jumper will not contest the decision by his national federation to exclude him from the upcoming European Championships. Read more...

Usain Bolt calls Commonwealth Games tabloid report 'nonsense'

Published Jan 01, 0001

Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt caused a stir at the Commonwealth Games. Read more...

German federation drops amputee long jumper Markus Rehm from team

Published Jan 01, 0001

The German athletics federation has excluded an amputee long jumper from its team for the upcoming European Championships, saying his carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage. 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's 10 Greatest Athletes of All Time

Published Jan 01, 0001

These 10 stand above the rest after six weeks of reader input.

At the end of June, we posed the question to readers: Who is Oregon's greatest athlete of all time? After weeks of debate, discussion and polling, Ashton Eaton rose to the top. The rest of the top 10 is below.

1. Ashton Eaton

2. Steve Prefontaine

3. Terry Baker

4. Danny Ainge

5. Dick Fosbury

6. Mel Renfro

7. Galen Rupp

8. Robin Reed

9. Dale Murphy

10. Bob Lilly

Bios of each athlete

Ashton Eaton

Born in Portland, Ashton Eaton, 26, holds the world record in the decathlon, having scored 9,039 points in June 2012, and in the heptathlon, having scored 6,645 points. The multi-event star is a three-time USA outdoor champion, a 2012 USA Indoor long jump champion, a 2013 World Outdoor gold medalist, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, a two-time World Indoor gold medalist (2012, 2014), and a 2011 World Outdoor silver medalist. Eaton, who attended the University of Oregon, won three NCAA decathlon championships (2008-10), two heptathlon championships (2009-10), and is a three-time Pac-10 champion (2008-2010). 
--Erik C. Anderson

TR.UOcampusscenes 00004.jpgView full sizeThe Steve Prefontaine mural on the outside of Hayward Field in Eugene. 

Steve Prefontaine

Prefontaine was born in Coos Bay and attended Marshfield High starting in 1965. He won cross country state titles as a junior and senior and added state titles in the 1-mile and 2-mile races as a senior. He attended the University of Oregon where he won three NCAA cross country championships and four straight 5,000-meter titles in track. He never lost an NCAA race. He was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters. He set American records in every major distance race, but passed away in 1975 before his second chance at the Olympics in 1976. He is the most iconic American runner of the 1970s, helping spark Nike's position as global brand in the running world.
--Mike Richman

TerryBaker.JPGView full sizeTerry Baker 

Terry Baker
Baker was born in Minnesota before moving to Portland and attending Jefferson High School in late 1950s. He helped Jefferson win the city title in basketball in 1959 and led the baseball team to a state title during the same season. In football, he led Jefferson to back-to-back undefeated seasons and state championships during his junior and senior seasons. He played both basketball and football at Oregon State. Baker won the Heisman Trophy in 1962 and following it up by guiding the Beavers to the Final Four. He was a consensus all-American in 1962 and won  the Maxwell Award as the nation's top football player. The Los Angeles Rams selected him first overall in the 1963 NFL Draft. He played three seasons for the Rams before spending one season with Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League in 1966. He was elected to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and Oregon State Hall of Fame in 1988.
- Mike Richman

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Danny Ainge

Ainge was born in Eugene and was a three-sport star at North Eugene High School. He helped lead the team to back-to-back state basketball championships in 1976 and 1977, earning all-state honors in both seasons. He was a two-time all-state selection as a quarterback at North Eugene. Ainge was also one of top high school baseball players in the country. He was a Parade All-American and was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1977 amateur draft. Ainge was the youngest player in Blue Jays franchise history to hit a home run. He played three years of professional baseball before pursuing a career in the NBA. He was the 31st overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft, joining the Boston Celtics with whom he won NBA titles in 1984 and 1986.
- Mike Richman

Dick Fosbury View full sizeDick Fosbury  

Dick Fosbury

Fosbury, who was born in Portland, won the 1968 NCAA high jump championship for Oregon State using what was then a revolutionary technique in which he went over the bar backward — a technique he started using at Medford High School. By the time he won the  gold medal in Mexico City, the technique was known as the "Fosbury Flop." Enthusiastic Mexican fans chanted "Ole" every time Fosbury cleared. Now, virtually all elite high jumpers use the flop. An engineering student at OSU, Fosbury became a civil engineer in Ketchum, Idaho. 
-- Ken Goe

TerryBakerMelRenfro.JPGView full sizeFormer Jefferson quarterback Terry Baker (background) looks on as running back Mel Renfro carries the ball against Roosevelt High School during a 1959 game. 

Mel Renfro
Mel Renfro was born in Houston, Texas, but moved to Portland with his family and attended Jefferson High School.  Renfro excelled in both football and track and field at Jefferson and helped lead the Democrats to two-Class A-1 football state championships.  Jefferson won the 1959 state track and field title with Renfro finishing first in the 180-yard hurdles, the 120-yard hurdles and the broad jump.  Renfro went on to play football and run track at the University of Oregon.  In football he played running back and defensive back and was a two-time All-America selection.  He led the Ducks in rushing for three straight seasons, finishing with 1,540 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.  On the track, Renfro helped the Ducks win their first NCAA team championship as he finished second in the 120-yard high hurdles and third in the long jump.  The Dallas Cowboys selected Renfro with the 17th overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft.  Renfro spent 14 seasons in Dallas and still leads the franchise in interceptions (52).  He was a five-time All-Pro Selection and 10-time Pro Bowl selection.  Renfro was voted Co-MVP of the 1970 Pro Bowl and won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys.  He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of fame in 1983 and the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. 
--Jen Beyrle

No. 24: Galen RuppView full sizeGalen Rupp 

Galen Rupp
Rupp, who grew up in Portland, was a standout runner at Central Catholic High School where he graduated in 2004. While at Central Catholic, Rupp won two cross country state championships in 2002 and 2004 and three individual titles in track (1,500 meters in 2003 and 3,000 meters in 2003 and 2004). He set Oregon state records in the 1,500 meters and mile. His mile time of 4:01.8 is the eighth fastest ever run by an American high schooler. Rupp attended the University of Oregon in 2004 where he set junior records in 10,000 and 3,000 meters. He won the 10,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships from 2009-10. He earned a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team where he won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters. In 2014, he set the American record for the 10,000 meters. He also holds the American record for indoor track in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and the 2-mile.
--Mike Richman

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Robin Reed
Reed, who attended Franklin High School in Portland and Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State), is widely considered the greatest amateur wrestler in history. He won three AAU national championships while at OAC, and he coached Corvallis High School to a state title while he attended college. Reed won the Olympic gold medal at the 1924 games at 134.5 pounds, and won the Pacific Northwest Olympic Trials at four different weight classes. He won every match at the Olympics by fall, and led the OAC Beavers to the 1926 AAU team championship, the first-ever national title for the now Oregon State Beavers. He known for never losing a wrestling match at any level, despite often wrestling in classes above his actual weight.
--Billy Gates

Oregon Greatest AthleteView full sizeDale Murphy 

Dale Murphy

Born in Portland, Murphy collected 2,111 hits and 398 home runs in his career, which spanned from 1976 to 1993. He spent 14 seasons with Atlanta and was a seven-time MLB All-Star, won back-to-back MVP awards in 1982 and 1983, won five Gold Glove awards and four Silver Slugger awards. His No. 3 has been retired by the Atlanta organization. He won the Roberto Clemente Award, which "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team," in 1988. He also played for Philadelphia and Colorado late in his career.
--Billy Gates

1971 Bob Lilly.jpgView full sizeBob Lilly  

Bob Lilly

Bob Lilly was born in Throckmorton, Texas, in 1939 but moved to Pendleton for High School.  Lilly earned All-State honors in both football and basketball his senior year.  He accepted a scholarship to play football at Texas Christian University.  Lilly was named to the All-Southwest Conference team twice and was an All-American selection.  The Dallas Cowboys drafted Lilly with the 13th overall pick in the 1961 NFL Draft.  Lilly played in 196 games for the Cowboys from 1961 to 1974.  He was a seven time first-team All-Pro selection, two-time second-team All-Pro selection and eight-time All-Conference Selection.  Lilly became a Super Bowl champion when the Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in 1972.  He still holds an NFL record for 29-yard sack of Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
--Jen Beyrle

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