Women's Track & Field Adds Murphy and Fraser as Sixth and Seventh Signees

Aug. 29, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon women's track and field announced the addition of two additional athletes from West Coast junior colleges to its sprints and jumps units for the upcoming 2001-2002 season.

Mary Murphy will join the Ducks for her junior and senior seasons after competing at Clackamas Community College the past two seasons. In 2001, she placed in eight individual and relay events at the NWAACC Championships - 200 (sixth), 400 (third), long jump (fifth), triple jump (fifth), high jump (first), 4x100 (second), 4x400 (second) and heptathlon (fourth). The high jump is arguably her top individual event based on her personal of 5-8.

'Mary has great potential in the high jump but we'll likely train as a heptathlete,' assistant coach Mark Stream said, 'and could even help us in the 400. Mary is a very talented individual who should have an immediate impact on the team.'

The Ducks also inked transfer Torkwase Fraser, a 5-7 sprinter from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. As a sophomore this past season, she ran her personal best in the 400 of 57 seconds, while other bests of 11.7 (100) and 24.5 (200) were from the 1999 season. She won conference titles in the 100 the past two seasons, and at the state JC championships this year was a top-five placer in the 100 (fourth), 200 (fifth), 4x100 (fourth) and 4x400 (third). The JC transfer is a Toronto, Ontario native and a 1998 high school graduate of St. Joseph's.

'Torkwase is a talented, hard-working, mature young lady whose leadership skills will help our young sprint group immensely,' Stream said.

The women's team is scheduled to open its 2002 home season with the Oregon Preview, tentatively set for Saturday, March 16, with an approximate start time just before noon.

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