Ducks Send Two to National Indoor Meet

EUGENE – University of Oregon freshman Matt Centrowitz has been entered in the men's 3,000 meter run in addition to the school's indoor school record-setting distance medley relay during this weekend's AT&T USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Centrowitz, the son of former Oregon Olympian Matt Centrowitz, is one of only two collegians entered in the 3,000, which is slated to begin at 2:40 p.m. (PST) Saturday. Daniel Kanyaruhuru of Queens College is expected to be the field's only other collegiate entry, with Jonathan Riley (unattached/Nike) posting the fastest qualifying mark in the event of 7:51.24.

The Ducks' relay quartet of Mike McGrath (1200 meters), Chad Barlow (400), Andrew Wheating (800) and A.J. Acosta (1600) will compete at 1:35 p.m. (PST) Sunday.

Oregon's foursome posted a time of 9:36.21 in the distance medley earlier this month in Seattle, eclipsing the previous school record by more than one second, and has recorded the third-fastest collegiate time so far this year. The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships provisional qualifiers remain more than two seconds shy of the automatic qualifying standard of 9:34.00.

Texas owns the nation's fastest relay mark of 9:25.97, followed by LSU's 9:35.31.

Saturday would mark the first 3,000 for Centrowitz at the collegiate level. He posted a personal-best of 8:20.09 in winning the event at the Penn Relays in the spring of 2006.

The NCAA indoor mile provisional qualifier turned in a time of 4:00.26 last weekend in Seattle to rank third all-time on Oregon's career list behind Steve Prefontaine (3:59.2) and McGrath (3:59.25), which currently places him 13th on this year's collegiate ledger.


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