Best 400m Runners of the '00

The best Duck 400 meter sprinter of the ‘00s would be a tight decision. Based on the sheer number of all-American awards (nine to six) I would have to give the distinction to Matt Scherer over Kedar Inico.

Scherer's personal record of 45.19 also just edges out Inico at 45.22. Scherer helped the relay teams to six all-American performances (four over 4x400 meters) and in 2005 he finished ninth indoors over 400 meters and in 2006 he finished fourth outdoors (45.41). That year he was also Pac-10 champion.

Junior College transfer Inico had a similar year the year before and earned all-American honors with a sixth place finish indoors, a Pac-10 championship, and an eighth place finish outdoors. That year Inico and Scherer teamed with the fourth best long-sprinter of the decade, Jordan Kent to run 3:00.81 at the NCAA championships for a new school record and third place finish. Kent usually ran the 200 (2003 West Region champion) but as his conditioning improved during the season (after playing basketball) he would run occasional 400s.

1. Matt Scherer 45.19 #2 UO a-t, 45.95i SR '03-‘06
2. Kedar Inico 45.22 #3 UO a-t, 46.41i #2 UO '04-‘05
3. Marcus Dillon 46.18 #6 UO a-t, 2x all-American '07-‘08
4. Jordan Kent 46.95, 46.3 (opening leg of 2006 relay) '03,'05,'06
5. Chad Barlow 46.69 (46.24 '08 Nci relay – not first leg) 47.19i #4 UO, '07-(Present)

90s Pat Johnson 45.38 #4 UO, '95 P-10 champ, 2x a-a, '95-‘96
80s Pat Lanning 46.38 #8 UO, '87-‘88
70s Weldon Vance 46.7 440 yd #2 a-t UO, anchored NCAA mile relays to 3rd and 2nd place finishes in 1971 and 1972, respectively '70-‘72
60s Otis Davis 45.07, SR, '60 Olympic Champion and set World Record at 440 yd, 44.9

Oregon athletes have won five all-American awards and one NCAA championship over 400 meters. Oregon 4x400 meter/mile relay athletes have won eight all-American awards and no NCAA championships.

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