Football Student-Athletes Granted Pac-10 and NCAA Championships Status

Feb. 23, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. - The NCAA and the Pac-10 Conference has granted Oregon State University's appeal to permit qualifying male student-athletes to compete in the 2010 Division I Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) and Pacific-10 Conference Championships.

Oregon State has eight football student-athletes training outside of football workouts to represent the Beavers at several regular season meets. Sophomore-to-be wide receiver Jordan Bishop jumped 7 feet ½ inch in the high jump at the Feb. 13 Husky Indoor Classic meet in Seattle to capture the afternoon section. He and fellow wide receiver Obum (oh-BOOM) Gwacham (watch-em) competed in the high jump, while Keynan (Keenan) Parker, James Rodgers and Rashaad Reynolds ran the 60 meters. The Beavers representation at a track meet was the first for male student-athletes since the 1988 NCAA Championships; OSU has fielded a women's team since 2004.

'It's exciting to be eligible to compete in three of the very biggest NCAA meets,' OSU track/cross country coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'The ruling doesn't necessarily mean that we will have competitors in the events, but it certainly opens up some great possibilities and goals for these exceptional student-athletes.'

OSU football student-athletes Jacquizz Rodgers, Markus Wheaton and Kevan Walker have also participated in track workouts, with possible competition in the future. The next date for OSU men to compete is March 6 at the Washington Qualifier in Seattle.

The Pac-10 Championships are May 15-16 at the University of California while the NCAA Indoor Championships are March 12-13 at the University of Arkansas and the Outdoor Championships June 9-12 at the University of Oregon.

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