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by Frank Baldwin October 02, 2015




Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bellotti among Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees



Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bellotti among Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees


Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bellotti among Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees

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Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bellotti among Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees

The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & Museum has announced its 2015 class of inductees. According to Mike Rose, induction chairman, the Hall of Fame will induct seven new members to join over 350 prior inductees. The presentations will be made at the Multnomah Athletic Club, Thursday, November 19.

This year's class includes Mike Bellotti, 20 year veteran football coach and athletic director of University of Oregon; Michael Doherty, winningest Oregon high school basketball coach in history; Jack Folliard, veteran PAC 12 referee and member Intercollegiate Football Officials Association; Elmer Kolberg, veteran Oregon State football and basketball star, NFL player; Damon Stoudamire, college and Portland Trailblazers basketball star; Leann Warren, University of Oregon track and field star; 2000 Oregon State Fiesta Bowl champion football team.

Each year the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame helps preserve Oregon's rich sports heritage through its recognition of outstanding Oregon athletes and special contributors to sport. In addition, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame college scholarships will be awarded to Oregon scholar-athletes, made possible by contributions from the MacTarnahan Family Trust. Six student-athletes will be awarded $3000 scholarships to be used for continuing their education at Oregon colleges and universities.

This year's student athletes are:

Wesley Riddell - Central High School
Pete Lahti - Taft High School
Tanner Scanlon McMinnville High School
Jensen Haigh - Henley High School
Katherine Totten - McKenzie High School
Quincy Pendergrass - Adrian High School



Oregon track adds 12 to 2015 class (some real studs, here)


EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon track and field team put the finishing touches on the 2015 recruiting class with the addition of 12 student-athletes, Thursday.

The incoming class supplements the previous five standout prep athletes who signed letters of intent earlier in 2015. A mix of high school and college transfers, the 12 additions consists of six northwest natives including four Oregonians. It is headlined by a group of transfers that includes three athletes with NCAA Championships experience: former Oklahoma All-American Hannah Cunliffe, Ole Miss All-American Brooke Feldmeier and Georgetown All-American Ryan Gil. The group of transfers also includes Harvard’s Ivy League Champion Danielle Barbian. Jessica Hull, Australia’s 1,500 meters and cross country junior champion, and Monique Stander, South Africa’s 800 meters junior champion with a 2:02.57 personal best, provide an international presence for the incoming class.

“Our coaching staff believes that we have found a group of newcomers who will make an immediate impact for our team at the NCAA level,” said Head Coach Robert Johnson. “We are excited about each of these individuals and can’t wait for them to get started with our team over the next couple weeks.”

Track and Field News Magazine has ranked Oregon’s women’s track and field recruiting class at the top of the country each of the last two years, and three of the last five. The men’s class has received top three ratings, including second in 2014 and first in 2013, during five of the last six years.

Danielle Barbian (Hamilton High School / Harvard / Sussex, Wis.)
Personal Bests: 100 Meters – 11.46; 200 Meters – 24.03 

Transfer from Harvard with one year of outdoor eligibility remaining…named First Team All-Ivy League at 60 meters and 200 meters indoors and at 100 meters outdoors…set a school and Ivy league record of 7.40 in the 60 while winning the indoor Heps in 2015…set a school and conference record in the 200 while winning Heps in 24.03… outdoors she won the 100 conference title in 11.59.
Hannah Cunliffe (Federal Way High School / Oklahoma / Federal Way, Wash.)
Personal Bests: 60 Meters – 7.28; 100 Meters – 11.58
Transfer from Oklahoma with four years of eligibility remaining outdoors and three years of eligibility indoors…as a freshman she was the runner up in the 60 at the Big 12 Championships with a personal best of 7.28…second team All-American after finishing 12th in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships…competed only at the 2015 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays during the outdoor season, finishing the 100 in 11.74…in high school Cunliffe won Washington state titles in the 100, 200 and 4x100 as a senior in 2014…competed for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championships and finished fourth in the 200.
Brooke Feldmeier (Tumwater High School / Mississippi / Olympia, Wash.)
Personal Bests: 800 Meters – 2:03.13; 400 Meters – 54.74
Comes to Oregon after competing as a freshman at Mississippi…earned All-American status after scoring for the Tigers in the 800 indoors, finishing eighth (2:05.80)…runner up at the SEC Indoor Championships  in the 800 with a time of 2:04.34…qualified for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800…ran a personal best of 2:03.13 in the 800 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds…in high school Feldmeier was the Washington 2012 and 2013 heptathlon champion (2A)…as a junior and senior, she won state titles at 200 meters, 400 meters and in the 100 hurdles…holds Tumwater high school records in the 200, 400, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and heptathlon.
Ryan Gil (North Allegheny High School / Georgetown / Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Personal Bests: 3,000 Meter Steeplechase – 8:42.46; 1,500 – 3:46.48   

Graduate transfer was the Big East champion in the steeplechase for Georgetown…U.S. Championships qualifier in the steeple…in 2015, won the Big East 3,000 meter steeplechase crown in 8:58.67…followed that with a personal best in the event of 8:42.46 at the NCAA East Regional, finishing third to advance to the NCAA Championships…was eighth at the NCAA meet in 8:46.62 to earn first team all-America honors…Big East scorer in the steeplechase at the 2013 league championships…placed 14th at the 2012 USA Junior Cross Country Championships…in high school, was the state champion in the 3,000 meters at the 2011 Pennsylvania Indoor State Track & Field Championships and the 2010 Pennsylvania State Cross Country Championships for North Allegheny High School…was the runner-up as a junior in the 3,200 meters at the 2010 Pennsylvania Outdoor State Track & Field Championships…finished 31st at the Footlocker Cross Country National Championships as a junior…placed sixth in the boy's 3,000-meter run at the 2011 Penn Relays.

Madi Greenleaf (Lakeridge High School / UCLA/ Lake Oswego, Ore.)

Personal Bests: 100 Hurdles – 14.65

Joins the Ducks after transferring from UCLA…finished second in the 100 and 300 hurdles at the OSAA 6A Championships in 2013.
Jessica Hull (Albion Park High School / Albion Park, Australia)
Personal Bests: 800 Meters - 2:07.87; 1,500 Meters - 4:20.49; Mile - 4:41.67; 3,000 Meters - 9:08.85

Was the 2015 Australian Junior champion at 1,500 meters...placed third in the 800 meters at that meet...finished seventh in the 3,000 meters at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships (9:08.85)...good showing at the 2015 IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships where she finished 69th.

Khadejah Jackson (The Lovett High School / Atlanta, Ga.)

Personal Bests: 300 Hurdles – 43.45; 100 Hurdles – 15.08

2013 GHSA 2A State Champion in the 300 hurdles  and runner up in the 400…finished second in the 300 hurdles in 2014 and third in the triple jump.
Max Lydum (Central High School / Independence, Ore.)

Personal Bests: Hammer Throw – 197-0; Shot Put – 47-10.5

As a junior in 2014 Lydum finished eighth at the OSAA 4A State Championship in the shot put…won the 2015 Oregon Relays hammer throw with a personal best of 197-0.

Ben Milligan (Sherwood High School / Portland, Ore.)

Personal Bests: High Jump – 7-1.50

Milligan became the fifth Oregonian to break the 7-foot barrier at the 2015 Oregon relays where he cleared 7-0.25…set his personal best a week later clearing 7-1.50…won the OSAA 5A Championship as a senior with a clearance of 6-11 after finishing second in 2014 (6-7).

Monique Stander (Kempton Park High School / University of Johannesburg / Kempton Park, South Africa)

Personal Bests: 800 Meters - 2:02.57; 1,500 Meters - 4:16.45

Standout from the University of Johannesburg was the 2012 South African junior champion at 800 meters…holds the South African Junior record at 800 meters (2:02.57)...was a 2012 IAAF World Junior semifinalist in the 800 meters after winning that event at the South African Junior and U18 championships…finished third in the 800 at the 2013 South African National Championships.

Christian Sourapas (Francis Parker High School / San Diego, Calif.)

Personal Bests: 100 Meters – 10.82; 200 Meters – 21.49

Qualified for the California State Championships in both the 100 and 200 meters as a senior in 2015…won the 200 at the San Diego Sectional with a personal best of 21.49.


Jackson VanVuren (Faith Bible Christian High School / Hillsboro, Ore.)

Personal Bests: Javelin – 201-9

Won the OSAA 2A State Javelin Championship in 2015 with a personal best throw of 201-9…also finished fourth at the state meet in the long jump.


The group will join five others who were announced in April, a contingent of nationally ranked student-athletes in the distances, jumps, throws and sprints:

Matthew Maton (Summit High School / Bend, Ore.)

Personal Bests: 1,500 -3:49.38; 3,000 – 8:18.66; 5,000 – 15:54.61

Maton has won six 5A Oregon state track and cross country tiles, winning both the 1,500 and 3,000 at the state track and field championships as a sophomore and junior, running 3:49.38 at the meet in 2014…Won the 5,000 at both the U.S. Junior National Championships (14:47.10) and the Pan American Junior Championships (14:20.58)…Thrilling performance at the 2015 Oregon Twilight where he ran the mile in 3:59.38…Became just the sixth high schooler to break 4:00; his time was the third-fastest ever by a prep runner In Cross Country, he won the 5A state title in 2013 and 2014 after finishing second in 2012. Maton took third at Foot Locker Nationals as a junior and second at Nike BorderClash as a senior…In 2014, he broke Galen Rupp’s legendary Oregon High School State Cross Country record, running 14:45 and finishing almost a minute ahead of second place…His sister, Ashley is a junior on the Oregon track and field team and his mother was the 1988 NCAA Cross Country Champion while running for Indiana.
Travonn White (Central Arizona / Phoenix, Ariz.)

Personal Bests: Long Jump – 25-10; 200 – 22.16;

White will come to Oregon from Central Arizona Junior College where he was the NJCAA Division I National Champion in the long jump in 2014…He was also part of the 4x100 relay team which finished second at the national meet…At the 2015 NJCAA Indoor Championships, White took third in the long jump…He finished fourth at the World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in the summer of 2014…In High School, White was the Arizona Division I State Champion in the long jump in 2012 and finished third in 2013 for Mountain Pointe High School.
Tanner Anderson (North Central High School / Spokane, Wash.)

Personal Bests: 1,600 – 4:13.00; 3,200 – 8:56.80

Anderson won the 2014 Nike Cross Nationals after placing third in 2013…He won the Washington 3A Title in the 3,200 as a sophomore in 2013 in 9:01.79…Anderson placed second in the event at the state meet as a junior in 2014 despite running a personal best of 8:56.80…Anderson also took fourth in the mile as a junior with a personal best of 4:1300…In cross country, He won the 3A WIAA State Cross Country Championships as a junior and a senior after finishing third as a sophomore.
Cameron Stone (Sheldon High School / Sacramento, Calif.)

Personal Bests: 400 – 46.99; 200 – 22.50

Stone finished seventh at the California State Championships in the 400 as a junior, running 47.67 in the finals…Earlier in the season, he ran a 46.99 at the CIF-SJS Division I Championships, setting a personal best in the event.
Ronna Stone (Valley Christian High School / San Jose, Calif.)

Personal Bests: Shot Put – 44-9; Discus – 161-9

Stone won the California State Championship in the discus with a personal best of 161-9, ranking eighth in the country among high schoolers…also took eighth in the CIF shot put championships…She finished fifth in the discus at the CIF CCS Finals in 2014 and 15th at the state championships in the shot put…Stone threw a personal best of 44-9 in the shot put while finishing second at the CCS Top 8 in April.



Cross Country Returns To Action At Washington


EUGENE, Ore. – After three weeks of training in Sunriver, the Oregon cross country teams return to action for the Washington Invitational Friday afternoon at Jefferson Park in Seattle, Wash.

The men’s race features four of the nation’s top 12 teams - No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Oregon, No. 11 UCLA and No. 12 Brigham Young, along with Portland and host Washington, who are also receiving votes.

The women have No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Oregon headlining, but No. 15 Washington and No. 23 BYU should not be overlooked.

For the men, the meet at Jefferson Park could mark the Oregon debuts of talented freshmen Matthew Maton and Tanner Anderson, as well as Georgetown transfer Ryan Gil. Sophomore Blake Haney may also run for the Ducks for the first time this fall.

The women return five of the six runners who helped the Ducks win the Washington Invitational a year ago. Frida Berge finished eighth and Molly Grabill was ninth, with Maggie Schmaedick (13th), Alli Cash (14th) and Brianna Nerud (15th) close behind.

Grabill, Schmaedick and Abbey Leonardi are set to open up for the first time this fall, while the Washington meet will also mark the Oregon debut for Australia’s Jessica Hull.

While much of the pre-race attention will go to newcomers Maton, Anderson, Gil and Hull, two-time defending NCAA champion Edward Cheserek will be running in Seattle for the first time in cross country. Cheserek has won nine of his last 10 starts, as well as 10 of 13 career starts overall. The Washington race will be the next step as the Ducks look to build a wealth of depth behind Cheserek against a competitive field. This will be the men’s team’s first regular season meet in Seattle since the 2003 Sundodger Invitational.


The women won this event in 2014 with the Ducks’ posting an impressive :21 spread between their first and sixth place runners. The Washington Invitational was the first of a number of races that saw Oregon run well as a pack throughout the season.

Women's results: http://www.rtspt.com/events/uw/wa_inv15/ / www.goducks.com


Men's Results: http://www.rtspt.com/events/uw/wa_inv15/ / www.goducks.com





Marcus Mariota named NFL's top offensive rookie for September

Marcus Mariota's NFL debut has been very good, probably better than many people expected.

The Tennessee Titans and former Oregon quarterback has performed admirably, sometimes under intense pressure. The performances during the Titans' first three games earned him the NFL's top offensive rookie award for the month of September, the league announced Friday morning.

Mariota started his pro career with a historic and perfect performance. He threw threw four touchdown passes in the first half against Tampa Bay, becoming the first quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in the first half of his first game. He finished with a perfect quarterback rating of 158.2 in the game.

Mariota has thrown four more touchdown passes combined in the next two games. He has completed 61-of-97 passes (62.9 percent) for 833 yards. He has thrown two interceptions, but one was not his fault - tight end Delanie Walker couldn't hold on to a pass that was eventually intercepted during the Titans loss to Indianapolis in Week 3.

Mariota has played like a poised veteran during the first three games. He still is learning to read defenses and his progressions, but the numbers are impressive, particularly for a rookie who entered the league with questions about adapting to the NFL.


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