Men's Track & Field Signs Three Prep Stars
Feb. 5, 2002
EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's track and field team announced the signing of three of the nation's top high school seniors, eligible to be freshmen for the 2002-2003 collegiate season.
The Ducks welcome sprinter Matthew Scherer of Red Hill High School in Bridgeport, Ill., and a pair of high jumpers - Teddy Davis of White Salmon High School in White Salmon, Wash., and Jeffrey Lindsey of Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas.
Scherer ranked sixth nationally in the 400 with a season best of 46.84 that also ranked him fourth in his class. In the 2001 Illinois 1A state championships, he placed top four in four events - the 400 (second, 48.06), 100 (third, 10.87), 200 (third, 22.42) and long jump (fourth, 22-1 3/4).
Lindsey's 2001 season best of 7-1 ranked him fifth nationally and third in his junior class. A week later in the 2001 Texas 5A state championship, he took fourth as a junior (6-8) while competing with an abdominal muscle injury that occurred after leaping his personal best the week before.
Davis won the Washington state 2A high jump title (6-11) by a seven-inch margin, and also scored in the triple jump (third, 43-6) and long jump (seventh, 20-6). He also won the state 2A title as a sophomore (6-7) and took sixth as a freshman (6-0).
'It's a credit to our coaches' hard work and the team's success that we were able to sign three athletes of this caliber early,' Oregon men's head coach Martin Smith said. 'All three are hard-working student-athletes that fill primary needs in the jumps and sprints. They have the potential to make an immediate impact next season, and we're excited to have them join our program.'