Track & Field Teams Announce Seven Men's and Women's Signees

July 28, 2003

EUGENE - The University of Oregon track and field teams announced the addition of three women's signees and four more men's signees for the upcoming 2003-04 season.

On the women's side, the Ducks announced three signings - a pair of redshirt junior transfer throwers in Bree Fuqua from the University of Wisconsin and Katherine Kersh from Sierra Junior College - and freshman hurdler and Eugenean Amanda Santana.

Bree Fuqua, a native of Polson, Mont., and 2000 Polson High School graduate, will transfer from the University of Wisconsin and arrives as a redshirtjunior in outdoor track and senior indoors. This season she ranked 31st indoors nationally among collegians in the shot put with a season best of 51-3, then redshirted outdoors. Her personal bests include a school record 51-5 1/2 in the shot put, 165-7 (then-school record) in the discus, 151-0 in the hammer, and 50-3 1/4 in the indoor 20-pound weight. The Badger transfer has scored in five events in the Big Ten Championships - 2003 (indoors - shot put, seventh, 14.65m; weight throw, 24th, 14.24m), 2002 (outdoors -shot put, fourth, 51-3 3/4; discus, fifth, 161-10; indoors - shot put, seventh, 48-0 3/4) and 2001 (indoors - shot put, seventh, 48-3 1/4). As a prep,the 2000 state Gatorade Athlete of the Year claimed three state titles in the discus and two in the shot put. She ended her career with state records in both, and also owned the school javelin record.

Also in the throws, redshirt junior Katherine Kersh from Sierra Junior College in Sacramento joins the Ducks after competing the 2001 and 2002 track seasons and the 2002-03 season in volleyball. Her all-time bests in the throws include 173-5 in the hammer, 42-8 in the shot put and 142-0 in the discus. As a sophomore in the 2002 California Community College Championships, she placed top three in the hammer (second, PR 171-1), shot put (second, PR 42-0 1/2) and discus (third, PR 142-10). In the 2001 edition, she placed top-eight in the hammer (third, 151-0), shot put (eighth, 40-1 3/4) and discus (eighth, 120-9). As a prep senior at Hoopa High School near Eureka, Calif., she finished top-12 in the 2000 Meet of Champions for Northern California in both the shot put (37-0) and discus (111-0), and owned prep bests of 38-9 and 111-3. The versatile athlete was also a two-year letterwinner as a softball centerfielder and a front-row volleyball hitter.

'I'm really excited to be a Duck,' Kersh said. 'I had an awesome coach on my JC team in Wayne Barby, and we really bonded, and I'm looking forward to the same type of thing with Lance (Deal, Oregon throws coach). It also makes me a little nervous because I don't want to disappoint him. I went to elementary school an hour east of Eugene, so I've always wanted to come back and am glad it's a reality.'

Arriving as a freshman hurdler in the fall, Eugene native and North Eugne High School graduate Amanda Santana won the 2003 state 4A 300 hurdles title as a senior (personal best 43.95), and also placed top-three as a junior (third, 45.34), and as a sophomore (second, 44.15 / 400, seventh, 58.75).

The Duck men will welcome one junior college sprint transfer and three freshmen - one sprinter, distance runner and thrower.

From the in-state junior college ranks, redshirt junior and sprinter Scott Lamb transfers from Mt. Hood Community College and returns to college competition after skipping the spring season while on a religious mission. As a sophomore in 2002, he broke the school record in the 400 in the Southern Region Preview (48.28) - rewriting his previous mark (48.40) from earlier in the season. He initially broke the school record as a freshman in 2001 (48.84) by .44 seconds. Also in 2002, he won the NWAACC title (47.52) and also clocked a 46.4 split on a 4x400 relay.

Also in the sprints, freshman-to-be Travis Ramme finished top-four in 2003 as a senior in the 4A 100 (fourth, 11.08) and 200 (third, 22.09) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay (3:21.16) for Sheldon High School. Overall during his final season, the Eugenean ranked first in the state in the 100 (10.69) and second in the 200 (21.73). As a junior he also placed in the state 200 (sixth, 22.47) and 4x400 (sixth, 3:22.50), and as a sophomore in the 100 (sixth, 11.15).

Among the incoming freshmen, Brandon Tower of Beaverton High School won the 2003 state 4A shot put title (59-1) and finished second in the discus (182-2). The senior from Beaverton, Ore., ranked second this season in the state in both events based on season bests - shot put (59-9) and discus (184-0). As a junior he finished 15th in the discus (139-10) after owning a regular season best of 177-2 that ranked him third in the state.

Another of a five-man in-state freshman distance class, Siuslaw High School's Luke Martindale competed in the 2003 3A state finals of the 1,500 (4:08.36) and 3,000 (8:59.78), and as a junior in the 800 (eighth, 2:05.45, 2:02.66-prelim) and 1,500 (11th, 4:16.73). In cross country, the Florence, Ore., native helped his team to a third-place finish (122nd, 19:35) as a senior in the fall of 2002.

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