Men's Track and Field Signs Prep Distance Runner Seth Pilkington

May 27, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's track and field team announced that Seth Pilkington, one of the nation's prep top distance runners, has signed a national letter of intent for the upcoming 2001-2002 season.

The senior from Roy High School in Roy, Utah, currently ranks 12th nationally in the mile (4:12.05) and his 1,600 time of 4:11 from earlier in the season is a state record. In the 3,200, he owns a sea-level best of 9:06 from last June's Golden West Invitational - a time he duplicated indoors earlier this year at the Nike Indoor Championships in Landover, Md.

Two weekends ago at the Utah 4A state championships, he won the 1,600 (4:13) and 3,200 (9:20) at the Provo-hosted meet (4,700 feet). He also won both titles as a junior (4:17 / 9:11).

In cross country, he won the state title as a senior, took second as a junior, ninth as a sophomore and 22nd as a freshman.

'There are several different things that attracted me to Oregon,' Pilkington said. 'I felt like Coach (Martin) Smith was the right coach for me, and I have a lot of confidence he can take me to the next level. He seems like a strength-oriented coach, and that's my background also. The team is a young team but with a lot of potential, and I liked the guys on the squad. And just the atmosphere of Eugene, obviously it's the track center in the United States, and I really liked Hayward Field. The area seemed like a great place to train, and there seemed to a lot of trails around to train on nearby, something I don't have a lot of around at home.'

Looking ahead to the rest of his season, he is slated to run the 1,500 next weekend in Vancouver, B.C. at the Harry Jerome Classic, June 2, then will take on many of the nation's top preps in the 3,200 at the Golden West Invitational, June 9, in California.

The newest Duck is the son of one of America's top marathoners, Paul Pilkington, winner of the 1994 Los Angeles Marathon, and a 1995 World Championships marathon participant.

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