Lorenzo and Stiegeler Named to Men's Verizon/CoSIDA District Team

May 25, 2001

EUGENE - Duck track and field athletes Santiago Lorenzo and John Stiegeler have been named first-team District VIII Verizon Academic All-Americans for the Spring At-Large Team.

Lorenzo, a 2000 All-American, claimed Oregon's eighth conference crown two weeks ago in the decathlon with a total of 7,617 points at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Berkeley, Calif. The junior from Buenos Aires, Argentina is seeded fourth nationally in the decathlon and will compete in next week's NCAA Championships at Hayward Field, Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31. His victory in Berkeley earned him Pac-10 Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors for the week of May 14 and he won similar honors in April for a win at the Texas Relays with a score and personal best of 7,726. Lorenzo, an exercise and movement science major, maintains a 3.72 GPA.

Redshirt sophomore and the NCAA's No. 1 javelin seed (245-9), Stiegeler also claimed a win for the Ducks at the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley (240-10). The Coos Bay, Ore. native posted his fourth meet above the 240-foot mark, with a winning toss of 73.40m/240-10 and he ranks second all-time for the Ducks in the javelin. Stiegeler is majoring in mathematics and owns a 3.83 GPA.

The Verizon Men's University Division District VIII Spring At-Large Teams are selected by voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher and be in at least the second year of participation at the school, and be an important squad member. The sports in the Spring At-Large category include golf, tennis, lacrosse, indoor/outdoor track and field, rowing (women), volleyball (men), and water polo (women). Ten student-athletes are selected for first-team honors and ten for second-team accolades.

Six of the 10 athletes with first-team honors represented Pac-10 universities including Arizona, Washington State, Stanford, USC and Oregon.

The District VIII first team student-athletes advance to the Verizon All-America national ballot with that team announced June 14, 2001.


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