Saturday was a great day for Young Ducks

Saturday was a day for the young Oregon athletes. AJ Acosta and Matt Centrowitz were very impressive. Oregon native Tom Pappas won his fifth US Decathlon championship, tying Bill Toomey and Oregon native Dan O'Brien for most titles. Brittney Henry finished her career well in an Oregon uniform.

AJ Acosta ran smartly and put the pieces together to get the win. The Freshman at Oregon stayed just off the pace and outkicked Oregon freshman to be Matt Centrowitz 3:49.53 to 3:49.54. Matthew Dettman finished 11th in 3:57.16. Washington high school senior Michael Chinchar of Federal Way kicked from the pack to get fourth in 3:51.45.

Tom Pappas, competing in just his second Decathlon in the last two years, improved on his mark from last year's US championship (8352 to 8319). The Pappas clan was rooting on their favorite son, brother, et al and celebrated his record tying championship.

Recently graduated Brittney Henry finished eighth in the Hammer Throw with a best throw 66.27. The winner was Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois at 72.41, 237-6, the only collegian to beat her. Also from the Oregon area was Loree Smith in seventh at 66.88m, Brittany Hinchcliffe in tenth at 65.47m, and Cari Soong in 12th at 63.74m..

Jordan Hasay broke the high school sophomore record with a time of 4:16.98 in the 1500 ahead of freshman sensation Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific (4:20.93) and Melissa Owens of Portland State was ninth in 4:36.00. Diana Pickler of Washington State finished second in the Heptathlon at 6029 points behind champion Hyleas Fountain (6090). Diana's sister Julie was sixth at 5654 points. In the women's Steeplechase Kelly Strong, former Tualatin athlete, was eighth at 9:53.29 behind the collegiate record of Jennifer Barringer of Colorado at 9:34.64 (and second fastest US time ever).

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