All-American & Olympian Part of UO HOF Class

EUGENE – A trio of national champions, one World record-holder, one the school's best softball players of all time as well as a football All-American are among the headliners who will be inducted into the University of Oregon's 19th Athletics Hall of Fame class during the weekend of Sept. 18 when the Ducks host Portland State in Autzen Stadium.

Five individuals, in addition to the 1984 NCAA men's track & field champions, will formally join the elite collection of the university's former athletics standouts at a Sept. 17 banquet in Autzen Stadium, before being introduced at halftime of the next day's football game during Oregon's second home football game of the season.

Tickets for the Friday night banquet and induction ceremonies in the Club at Autzen are available to the general public through Sept. 3 by calling the Duck Athletic Fund at (541) 346-2246. Admission is $65 for adults and $30 for kids 12 and under, with a 5:30 p.m. social hour and dinner to be followed by the program at 7 p.m.

Selected to the university's 2010 Athletics Hall of Fame are World and American record-holder Roscoe Cook, first-team All-America offensive lineman Tom Drougas, two-time Olympic hammer thrower Ken Flax, 1978 NCAA men's gymnastic national champion Scott McEldowney, four-time Pacific-10 all-conference shortstop Kathy Stahl, as well as the 1984 NCAA men's track and field national champion team.

The inductees will join the previous 162 elite individuals and 19 teams who have been selected as part of the school's athletics showcase that originated in 1992.

Roscoe Cook

One of the first great sprinters University of Oregon history, Roscoe Cook developed into a World and American record- holder at 100 yards and indoors at 60 yards under legendary coach Bill Bowerman. The San Diego, Calif., native was the 1959 Pacific Coast Conference champion at 100 yards (9.5 seconds), as well as at 220 yards (21.0) before going on to earn All-America honors at 100 yards at the NCAA Championships that same year. It was at the 1959 NCAA meet that he set the World and American record in the 100 yards, finishing in 9.3 seconds. He then twice set the World and American indoor record at 60 yards, timing 6.0 seconds in both 1960 and 1961. Cook wrapped up his collegiate career with another All-America certificate in 1961 for his fourth-place NCAA showing in the 100 yards (9.6). Some 50 years later, he still ranks second all-time in school history at 100 yards, with that time also No. 6 on the American list. Cook graduated from Oregon with a degree in physical education and went on to earn a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts.

Tom Drougas

A first-team All-America selection in 1971, Tom Drougas was the leading blocker for the Ducks' high-powered offense that featured the likes of quarterback Dan Fouts, receiver Bob Newland and running back Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad). Coached by Jerry Frei, Drougas was an All-America and all-Pac-8 tackle in front of Moore, who in 1971 became the first 1,000-yard rusher in school history with a Pac-8 leading 1,211 yards. Drougas helped Moore post six 100-yard games in 1971, including a best of 249 versus Utah. Drougas was also on the line for Fouts' then-school record 396 yards passing versus Air Force in 1970, a mark that stood for 19 seasons. Drougas blocked as Newland corralled a then-school record 67 receptions in 1970. Newland's 1,123 receiving yards from that season remains the all-time UO standard some 40 years later. Following college, Drougas was selected to play in the 1972 Senior Bowl and was chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts (22nd overall) later that year. He played for Baltimore, Denver, Kansas City and Miami during his five-year NFL career.

Ken Flax

The first NCAA hammer champion in school history, Ken Flax is a two-time Olympian and holds one of the longest-standing records in school history. His career was just beginning under coach Bill Dellinger when Flax helped Oregon win the 1984 national title with a seventh-place finish in the hammer, throwing 222-feet, 3-inches. He repeated All-America honors in 1985 with his third-place throw of 244-5. He also was the Pac-10 hammer champ in 1984 (229-9) and 1985 (243-8). As a senior in 1986, Flax capped his career with his first NCAA title and set a school-record with a hammer toss of 257-0. It is a distance so impressive that no Duck came within 30 feet of that throw for 25 years. It still ranks among the top marks in NCAA history, as well as the American collegiate record, some 25 years after that 1986 NCAA meet. Flax also ranks third on the school's indoor weight throw list with a best of 64-0.5 coming in 1985. He was named the team's George Scharpf Outstanding Athlete Award winner for 1985. Following graduation, Flax was a U.S. Olympian for the 1988 and 1992 Summer Games. He was also a two-time American champion in the hammer in 1988 (256-3) and 1990 (249-6).

Scott McEldowney

Scott McEldowney was the 1978 NCAA national champion on the rings. A four-year letterman for Oregon's gymnastics team, McEldowney was a three-time Pac-8 rings champion (1976-77-78) and a two-time All-American (1977-78). During his career, he helped lead Oregon to a pair of fourth-place finishes at the NCAA championships in 1977 and 1978. As a senior, McEldowney was selected as the University's Emerald Athletic Trophy winner, which is awarded to the school's top senior student-athlete. That season, he was also one of only nine nominees for the Nissan-Emery Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate gymnast. During his career, McEldowney also claimed titles as the Pac Northwest rings champion from 1976-78, the UCLA Invitational rings champion in 1976 and 1978, and the Oregon Open rings champion in 1976-77. The Ducks won three straight Pac-8 championships during McEldowney's final three seasons, as the Ducks accumulated an impressive 50-4 dual meet record over his four-year career.

Kathy Stahl

A four-time all-Pac-10 selection at shortstop, Kathy Stahl was the cornerstone of the Oregon infield during the mid-1990s. As a freshman in 1993, she attained all-league first team honors with a .338 batting average. The next season as a sophomore, Stahl led the team with 49 runs, including a school-record four in one game versus Santa Clara, and helped lead Oregon to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years. It was also during the 1994 season that she set the school's single-game record with three doubles against Puget Sound. She was rewarded with an all-Pac-10 second team selection. As a junior in 1995, Stahl showed her power with a team-best 11 home runs – including a school-record three in one game versus Oregon State – 12 doubles, seven triples, 33 RBI and a slugging percentage of .784. Her seven triples in 1995 remains the school's single-season record 15 years after graduation. Her senior season, Stahl batted a career-best .420, which remains the third-highest average in school history, while matching her own record by scoring four runs in a single game against Ohio State. She was an all-Pac-10 first team selection both of her last two seasons and an all-region first team pick in 1996. Stahl led the Ducks in runs scored all four years in addition to concluding her career as the Ducks' all-time leader in doubles (39), triples (16), home runs (31), runs scored (149), walks (86) and batting average (.381). Those marks are still among the Ducks' all-time top 10, as are her totals in hits (227), and RBI (117). Stahl was also a three-time Pac-10 all-academic first team selection. She was later named to Oregon's all-decade team for the 1990s.

1984 Men's Track & Field Team

Capping one of the greatest eras in the storied history of Oregon Track & Field, the Ducks used an heroic double by future Olympic gold medalist Joaquim Cruz, plus 12 additional individual point scorers, to capture the Oregon men's fifth NCAA track & field national title in school history. Cruz' feats alone were remarkable. He became just the fourth man to win both the 800 (1:45.10) and 1,500 (3:36.48) meters in NCAA history. The time in the 1,500 was a school record and the second-fastest in NCAA history. While only Cruz captured individual titles that year, three additional All-Americans from that squad would go on to win NCAA individual crowns before their collegiate careers were completed. Oregon collected big points in the 1,500, with Dub Myers' third-place finish in 3:37.94 backing Cruz' win. The 1984 team also counted additional points from a trio of runners in the 5,000 meters and another pair in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. In the 5,000, Jim Hill took third (13:48.72), while John Zishka finished sixth (13:49.55) and Mike Blackmore took ninth (13:55.30). In the steeplechase, it was Matt McGuirk (8:33.03) and Harold Kuphaldt (8:34.86), finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. The Ducks' running depth continued with Chris Hamilton's tenth-place finish in the 10,000 meters (29:14.69) and Don Ward's 11th-place showing in the 400 meter hurdles (51.01). Oregon was also strong in the field, with Kory Tarpenning's second-place finish in the pole vault (18-0), Brian Crouser's fourth-place throw in the javelin (262-1), Frode Stormyr's eighth-place mark in the javelin (246-9) and Ken Flax, who was seventh in the hammer (222-3). The Ducks amassed a meet-record 113 points to better favorite Washington State's 94.5 total. As post-collegians, Crouser, Flax and Tarpenning would all go on to join Cruz as Olympians.

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