Rupp Earns World Championships 10,000m Bid

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – University of Oregon junior Galen Rupp became the Ducks' 14th World Championships qualifier in men's distance events, thanks to his runner-up finish in the 10,000m Thursday night in the AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus.

The Portland, Ore., native ran a time of 28:23.31 and finished second in an all-star field topped by U.S. season leader Abdi Abdirahman (28:13.51), while recent Eugene transplant Dathan Ritzenhein of Nike finished third (28:31.88).

Other top finishers in the 25-lap event included Alan Culpepper of Nike (fourth, 28:34.01), Jorge Torres of Reebok (fifth, 28:36.85), Jason Hartman of Boulder Performance Club (sixth, 28:46.76), Ryan Hall of Asics (seventh, 28:51.77) and Ryan Shay of Saucony (eighth, 28:54.35).

Rupp entered the meet ranked second in the U.S. this season in the 10,000m with his American collegiate record from late April's Cardinal Invitational at Stanford (27:33.48) – a mark that also ranks seventh all-time among Americans.

In May, Rupp became the second Duck ever to win the Pac-10 Championships 5,000m and 10,000m the same season, then added the West Regional 5,000m title in Eugene two weeks later. Earlier in June, he scored his second NCAA 10,000m runner-up finish (28:56.19) – his sixth track All-America honor for the Ducks and seventh overall thanks to his sixth-place NCAA Cross Country Championships finish last fall.

Since he also met the World Championships ‘A' qualifying standard (27:49.00) this past year, Rupp is the fifth Duck to earn a World Championships invitation in the 10,000m since the meet began in 1983 and joins Bill McChesney, Jr. (1983), Alberto Salazar (1983), Dan Nelson (1993) and Karl Keska (2003).

Other ‘Men of Oregon' to qualify for the meet in distance events include former Olympic champion Joaquim Cruz (800m, 1983), Jim Hill (5,000m, 1983), David Mack (800m, 1983, '87), Brad Hudson (marathon, 1991, '93), Nelson (steeplechase, 1991), Keska (5,000m, 1999) and Nick Rogers (5,000m, 2001).

The World Championships will take place in Osaka, Japan, August 25-September 2, and more meet information is available at the www.iaaf.org website.

In the men's javelin Thursday, senior Ryan Brandel placed seventh in his USA Championships debut (214-4 (65.34m).

The Milwaukie, Ore., native entered the meet ranked 11th in the U.S. with his personal best from late April (238-0 (72.54m) – far better than his preseason best of 214-3 – and currently ranks third all-time for UO behind a pair of former NCAA champions. In the postseason, Brandel won UO's ninth conference title (235-4), then scored a West Regional runner-up finish (218-3) and All-America honor in the NCAA Championships (seventh, 225-11).

On the women's side, freshmen Nicole Blood comfortably won the junior 3,000m title (9:27.81) over Angela Bizzari of Illinois (second, 9:38.42) and Keri Bland (third, 9:49.43). Blood's time was just shy of her personal best (9:24.03) from '04 and was the team's fastest this season.

The Simi Valley, Calif., native won her second U.S. junior title on the track after she won the 5,000m in 2005, and she also won the U.S. junior cross country title in February 2006

Complete results are available at the www.usatf.org and www.flashresults.com websites.

Earlier Thursday in Indianapolis, freshmen Kenny Klotz and Ashton Eaton placed second and third, respectively, in the junior event finals of the 5,000m and decathlon.

Klotz narrowly took second place in the 5,000m (14:37.42) behind Elliott Heath (first, 14:36.32), while unattached Duck freshman Eric Dettman followed in 14th place (15:44.37).

In the decathlon Thursday, Eaton posted second day bests in the 110m hurdles (14.47, w:2.0), discus (133-4) and pole vault (14-1 1/4), and his other final day marks were 115-3 in the javelin and 4:58.35 in the 1,500m. His second day total of 3,235 points was also a decathlon best.

The Bend, Ore., resident entered the day in the lead with a five-event score of 3,920 points from Wednesday. His first day included decathlon personal bests in the 100m (10.58w, w:3.7), shot put (42-0) and 400m (48.48), and his other marks Wednesday were 21-10 3/4 (w:0.8) in the long jump and 6-1 1/2 in the high jump.

Overall in the event, Niall Adcock of Missouri won with a score of 7,293 points, and edged Wesley Bray of Houston (second, 7,158) and Eaton (third, 7,155).

Looking ahead to Friday, five Ducks are tentatively slated to compete (and subject to change) in junior events – freshmen Nicole Blood (1,500m), A.J. Acosta, Eric and Matt Dettman (1,500m) and Isaac Stoutenburgh (10,000m) and six potential athletes in senior events – sophomores Ashley McCrea and Rachel Yurkovich (javelin), graduate student Brian Richotte (hammer), senior Tommy Skipper (pole vault), redshirt junior Michael McGrath and redshirt sophomore Scott Wall (1,500m).

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