Lorenzo and Stiegeler Named Second-Team Academic All-Americans

June 14, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's track and field team placed two individuals, junior Santiago Lorenzo and redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler, on the 2001 Verizon Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America Second Team.

Lorenzo owns a 3.72 grade point average and majors in exercise and movement science, and Stiegeler was honored for his 3.83 grade point average and majors in mathematics.

On the track Lorenzo won the decathlon at the NCAA Championships earlier in June at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field with a personal best score of 7,889 points - a mark which ranks him fourth all-time for the Ducks. During the year, he hiked his preseason personal decathlon best by 250 points and posted wins at the Texas Relays (7,726), Pac-10 Championships (7,617) and NCAA Championships (7,889). He also scored for the team at the conference finale in the hurdles (fifth, 52.19) and long jump (seventh, 7.03m 23-0 3/4), and won six events during the year.

Three weeks ago, Stiegeler won the NCAA javelin crown with a school record throw of 252-10 that ranks him sixth all-time in Pac-10 history. Over the course of the year, he hiked his personal best in the event by more than 27 feet, and also became Oregon's seventh NCAA champion and 10th conference champion in the event.

The annual honor featured 15-man first, second and third teams and was selected by a vote by sports information directors across the nation. The Duck duo were eligible for the honor after being selected recently to the Verizon Regional All-Academic First Team, with the at-large category including sophomore athletes or older from the sports of track and field, tennis, lacrosse, golf and volleyball.

The first team featured an upper-class heavy list that included 12 seniors or graduate students among the 15 selections. Pac-10 first-team selections included Washington State junior Eric Dudley (track and field, jr., 3.95, mechanical engineering) and Stanford junior K.J. Hippensteel (tennis, jr., 3.50, human biology). Lorenzo and Stiegeler were the conference's only second-team selections, while the third-team included Arizona's Christian Banken (track and field, sr., 3.81, management and information systems).

Looking ahead to later in June, Stiegeler and five other Ducks - junior Micah Harris (110 hurdles), freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000), juniors Jason Boness and Niki Reed (pole vault) and freshman Sarah Malone (javelin) -- are eligible to compete at the USA Outdoor Championships, Thu.-Sun., June 21-24 at Hayward Field. For more information on the meet, the official web site is www.eugenechamps.com, with other meet information at www.usatf.org.

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