Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ducks Round Out Track and Field Rosters

Ducks Round Out Track and Field Rosters

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon has added a U.S. Olympic Trials finalist, a pair of NCAA all-Americans and a handful of other newcomers to the 2017 track and field rosters.

Elexis Guster, a six-time all-American sprinter at Iowa, has transferred to Oregon for her senior season. The three-time Big Ten 400 meter champion has a personal best in the event of 51.85.

The men added U.S. Olympic Trials long jump finalist Damarcus Simpson and All-American sprinter Kyree King.

Simpson finished eighth in the long jump at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials with an all-conditions best mark of 26-7.75/8.12m. He transferred to Oregon from Chadron State where he was a two-time NCAA Division II national champion and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

King, a senior, transferred to Oregon from Western Kentucky after the Hilltoppers dropped their men's program following the 2016 season. He was a member of WKU's 4x100 meter relay team that finished fifth at the 2016 NCAA Championships at Hayward Field.

The women also added NCAA triple jump qualifier ChaQuinn Cook from Portland State. The sophomore from Portland, Ore., was the 2016 Big Sky triple jump champion.

Other transfers include sophomore sprinter Julius Shellmire from Southern Oregon and a pair of Lane Community College transfers – junior hurdler Joshua Rambert and sophomore sprinter Rubie Cordey.

In addition, the men brought in a pair of freshmen hurdlers in Braxton Canady from Jacksonville, Fla., and Jonathan Harvey from Tracy, Calif.
Those newcomers join an impressive recruiting class that includes 2016 national Gatorade girl's cross country runner of the year Katie Rainsberger, as well as Jackson Mestler, Levi Thomet, Austin Tamagno, Makenzie Dunmore, Rhesa Foster, Kiana Phelps, Maddie Rabing, Alexis Rigmaiden and Hannah Waller.

ChaQuinn Cook (Benson Polytechnic High School / Portland State / Portland, Oregon)
Personal bests: 16-7.25/5.07m (Long Jump), 42-0.75/12.82m (Triple Jump)
2016 Big Sky triple jump champion, both indoors and outdoors … Placed third in the triple jump at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships ... Went over 42 feet for the first time at the USATF Junior meet, finishing with a mark of 42-0.75 (12.82m) … Won the Big Sky title in the triple jump with a then-personal-best jump of 41-02.50 (12.56m) ... Became just the second Viking to ever sweep the indoor and outdoor titles in the triple jump in a single season … Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in the triple jump, the first Viking to do so since 2009 … Named Sportswoman of the Year at Benson as a senior in 2015 … Earned 10 letters in high school between volleyball, basketball and track and field.

Rubie Cordey (Lincoln High School / Lane CC / Portland, Oregon)
Personal bests: 25.15 (200 Meters), 55.61 (400 Meters)
NWAC 400 meter champion and 200 meter runner-up for Lane Community College … Also placed fourth in the heptathlon, scoring 3,971 points … Scored in both relays at the Oregon 6A State Championship as a junior and senior for Lincoln High School … Also qualified for the state championship in the triple jump as a junior.

Elexis Guster (Berkmar High School / Iowa / Atlanta, Ga.)
Personal bests: 23.03 (200 Meters), 51.85 (400 Meters)
Six-time NCAA all-American and three-time Big Ten champion for Iowa … Qualified for the Olympic Trials in both the 200 and 400 meters in 2016 … Was also on the Hawkeyes' 2016 Big Ten champion 4x400 meter relay team and the 2014 Big Ten champion 4x100 meter relay team … Has four career outdoor all-America awards and two indoor … Won the Big Ten 400 meter title outdoor in 2014-15 and indoor in 2016 … Was the regional champion in 400 meters as a sophomore and 300-meter hurdles as a junior for Berkmar High School ... Set school records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and 300-meter hurdles ... Set 100-meter and 200-meter school records as an eighth grader.

Braxton Canady (Paxon School for Advanced Studies / Jacksonville, Fla.)
Personal Bests: 13:90 (110 Hurdles), 37.30 (300 Hurdles)
Was the 2016 Florida 3A state champion in 300 hurdles and the runner-up in the 100 hurdles for Paxon SAS … Placed fifth in the 110 hurdles at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals … 2016 New Balance Indoor Nationals 60 meter hurdles runner-up … Florida 2A state runner-up in both 110 and 300 hurdles as a junior in 2015.

Jonathan Harvey (De La Salle High School / Tracy, Calif.)
Personal Bests: 14.12 (110 Hurdles), 37.34 (300 Hurdles)
Took eighth at the 2016 CIF state championships in 110 hurdles … Also advanced to the California state meet in 300 hurdles … Was a 2015 CIF state championship finalist in the 300 hurdles.

Kyree King (Colony High School / Mt. San Antonio College / Western Kentucky / Ontario, Calif.)
Personal Bests: 6:76 (60 Meters), 10.23 (100 Meters), 20.51 (200 Meters)
Was a member of Western Kentucky's 4x100 meter relay team that finished fifth at the NCAA Championships … Was also an all-American in the 200 meters … Was the 2016 Conference USA champion in the 100 meters, and also ran on WKU's winning 4x100 meter relay team … Qualified for 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in four events (100, 200, 4x100, 4x400).

Joshua Rambert (East Providence High School / CC Rhode Island / Lane CC / Barrington, R.I.)
Personal Bests: 54.03 (400 Meter Hurdles)
Began his collegiate career at CC Rhode Island, where he competed primarily in the sprints as a freshman both indoors and outdoors in 2014 … Transitioned to the 400 meter hurdles as a sophomore at Lane Community College where he won the Southern Regional Championship (55.61) … Lowered his personal best in the 400 hurdles to 54.03 in a runner-up finish at the league championships … also ran a best 400 meters of 50.64 at Lane.

Julius Shellmire (Grant High School / Southern Oregon / Portland, Ore.)
Personal Bests: 6.90 (60 Meters), 10.72 (100 Meters), 21.95 (200 Meters)
Qualified for the NAIA Indoor Championships in the 60 and 200 meters in 2016 … Cascade Conference 4x100 meter champion team member and also placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 meters … Was a member of SOU's fifth-place 4x100 meter squad at the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Championships … Was the Oregon 6A state champion in the 200 meter for Grant High School in 2015 … The Oregon 6A state runner-up in the 100 meters and both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays in 2015 as he led Grant to a second place team finish … As a junior in 2014, placed third in the 200 at the state meet … Prep bests were 10.73 (100 meters) and 21.72 (200 meters).

Damarcus Simpson (Lafayette High School / Chadron State / Lafayette, Ga.)
Personal Bests: 6.71 (60 Meters), 10.47 (100 Meters), 22.19 (200 Meters), 6-7.5/2.02m (High Jump), 26-7.75/8.12m (w) (Long Jump), 48-9.5/14.87m (Triple Jump).
Placed eighth in the long jump at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in an all-conditions best 26- 7.75/8.12m (w) … Was a two-time NCAA Division II national champion in the long jump (2015-16) … A four-time Rocky Mountain Conference champion in the long jump, winning the indoor and outdoor titles in both 2015 and 2016 … At the 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, won the long jump, placed third in the 100 meters, fourth in the triple jump, fifth in the high jump and was on the runner-up 4x100 meter relay team … Was a former Georgia state long jump champion for Lafayette High School.

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