Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Week Stiegeler To Miss Rest of Season

April 9, 2002

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's track and field team received word Tuesday evening that redshirt junior and returning NCAA javelin champion John Stiegeler will miss the rest of the 2002 outdoor track and field season due to a knee injury suffered Saturday, April 6 in the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

The Coos Bay, Ore., native will undergo surgery later this week after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial meniscus in his left knee. The injury occurred on his fourth throw of the meet, and he immediately withdrew from competition. The third-year Duck still won the competition with a throw of 242-11, and was subsequently honored Monday as Pac-10 Men's Field Event Athlete of the Week.

So far this season, Stiegeler leads the collegiate qualifying list by six feet with his season best and NCAA automatic mark of 247-0 from the Weber State-Montana Triangular, March 16. That effort also ranks second in 2002 among Americans behind U.S. record holder Breaux Greer.

Stiegeler broke the Oregon school record last May in the 2001 NCAA Championships in Eugene, with his NCAA-winning throw of 252-10, and in June was honored as a Verizon National Second Team Academic All-American. At the conference level, he won the 2001 league javelin title, and was honored to its All-Academic First Team.

The remainder of the Duck men's and women's squads take on the University of Washington in their annual duals, Saturday, April 13 at Hayward Field. The first field events, the women's javelin and men's hammer, are scheduled for noon. The final events, the women's and men's 4x400 relays, are scheduled for 3:50 p.m.

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