Tuesday, September 18, 2012

David Klech

David Klech
Position: Volunteer Coach
Other Position: Combined Events

David Klech, a two-time All-American in the combined events, is in his first season as a volunteer coach. He will work with assistant coach Jamie Cook to train Oregon's decathletes and heptathletes.

Klech was one of Oregon's most versatile performers as a senior in 2011. With less than a year's practice in the combined events, he became an NCAA scorer in the indoor heptathlon and was the Pac-10 runner-up in the decathlon. His 18 points at the league meet led Oregon to its fifth straight Pac-10 championship. He set six PRs in the decathlon to score a personal-best 7,581points, No. 10 in school history. Klech also scored team points in the long jump with his third-place finish (24-6.5/7.48m) and his fifth place showing in the 110 meter hurdles (13.97). He went on to win all-America honors in the event at the NCAA Championships.

Indoors in 2011, in just his second career heptathlon, Klech set four heptathlon PRs to score 5,831 points and finish sixth at the national meet and earn All-America honors. His score was the second-highest in school history and he also set a PR in the 60 meter hurdles, 7.88, which was the fourth-fastest time in school history.

The accomplished hurdler also owns top-10 times at Oregon in both the 110 meter (13.82/No. 6) and 400 meter (50.75/No. 9) hurdles. The San Ramon, Calif., native was a five-time Pac-10 scorer for the Ducks.

Klech, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in psychology in 2010, was a standout in classroom as well, having earned first team academic all-America honors as a senior in 2011 and three Pac-10 all-academic first team awards. He earned his Master's degree in psychology research in 2011, and completed his USATF Level 1 coaching certification in the summer of 2011.

Courtesy Oregon

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