Bend's Lauren Denfeld Signs Letter of Intent

May 18, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. -

Lauren Denfeld of Mountain View High School in Bend, Ore., has signed a national letter of intent to compete in women's track at Oregon State University, Beaver head coach Kelly Sullivan announced Tuesday.

Denfeld, who is currently competing in the 300-hurdles and 4x400 meter relay will move up to the 800 and 1500 meters at OSU, and is projected to compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the future during her college career.

'Lauren is a great all-around athlete with a wealth of untapped potential,' Sullivan said. 'She has good speed and with her hurdling and middle distance background, she has the skill level to move up to longer distances at the collegiate level.'

Denfeld is the reigning district champion in the 300-hurldes and is a member of the district champion 4x400 relay team. She was sixth at last year state's meet in the 300 hurdles. Denfeld has earned first team All-Intermountain Conference honors three times in both events.

'I'm very excited about the opportunity to be at Oregon State and be an initial member of the rebirth of the program,' Denfeld said. 'I've always been a Beaver, so this is something that is very special to me and my family.'

The women's track and cross country intercollegiate programs will begin competing in 2004-2005 after being disbanded following the 1987-88 seasons. Denfeld is the third athlete to sign with Sullivan in the last month, joining Kaitlin Poggi of Gladstone and Noelle Harer of Seaside.

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