Best 400m Women in '00s

The top Duck 400 meter runner of the decade came to Oregon as one of assistant coach Robert Johnson's first recruits, senior Keshia Baker. The junior has shown massive improvement since three-consecutive top-eight finishes in the California state championships over 400 meters (personal record 54.46 for third as a senior).

As a sophomore she made the NCAA meet indoors and outdoors and won a Pac-10 title and West Region runner-up finish.

This last March she ran 53.27 indoors in the preliminary races of the NCAA championship meet for a school record and then finished sixth in the final. She won her second consecutive Pac-10 title with a big personal best of 51.74 for second all-time among Ducks and then won her first West Region final in 52.49 and was fifth at the NCAA championships in a school record 51.29. She finished her season with an eighth place finish at the US championships.

Sofie Abildtrup ran in two NCAA championships and had two top-five Pac-10 finishes. She set the 200 and 400 Danish national records while she was at Oregon. Sophomore Amber Purvis ran in one open 400 (54.27) and won the race to qualify for the West Region championships. She was so fast over 400 in the 4x400 relay that she ran anchor for the NCAA championship team that finished 9th and ran a 52.2 anchor for the MPSF championship 4x400 meter relay. She earned her first all-American award running on the sixth place NCAA Distance Medley Relay.

Top 400 meter runners of the ‘00s (top time, UO ranking, all-American (a-a) awards in event and years of career)

1. Keshia Baker 51.29, SR, 53.27i, SR, 5th '09 NCAA outdoor and 6th indoor, '08 and '09 P-10 champ, 2x a-a, '07-present
2. Sofie Abildtrup 52.92, #4 UO a-t, 54.76i, #2 UO a-t, 2x NCAA comp, 2x P-10 scorer, '04-‘05
3. Amber Purvis, 54.27, a-a for 400 leg of DMR, '09-present
4. Janette Davis, 53.87, #6 UO a-t, '02 and '03 P-10 scorer, '00-‘03

90s – Camara Jones, 51.44, #2 UO a-t, #4 P-10 a-t, 3x a-a 80s – Grace Bakari, 53.3, #5 UO a-t, 2x 4x400/mile relay anchor, ran 51.2 in '80 to anchor AIAW win, 6th AIAW, 3x a-a, '80-'82, ‘84

Oregon has won six all-American awards with no NCAA champions in this event. In the 4x400 meter/mile relay the school has four all-American awards and one Collegiate (AIAW) championship.

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