Quack Fix: Previewing the Prefontaine Classic

There's not a lot of quack out there this morning.  However, the Prefontaine Classic kicks off tonight and there are a lot of good stories previewing the meet.  Let's get to it.

  • The Oregon baseball season may officially be over, but Tyler Anderson is continuing to pile up the honors.  First, Anderson was named to the All-Conference team (along with Danny Pulfer).  This was followed by the Louisville Slugger All American second team and being named one of 30 finalists for the 2011 USA Golden Spikes Award.  Fans can vote the Golden Spikes Award here, so give Anderson your support!
  • Ted Miller has the conference players who were named to Playboy's 2011 All-American team.  Somewhat confusingly, James Rodgers is named as kick returner, with Cliff Harris earning a mention as "All-Purpose" --- under the Specialist heading, no less. 
  • ESPN's Mark Schlabach provides a brief "health report" for each BCS conference team, consisting of a ranking from 1 - 5 denoting how much momentum the program has.  Oregon is one of only five programs to earn the top score, along with Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Alabama and LSU.
  • The Prefontaine Classic kicks off tonight with "Distance Night," headlined by a men's 10K that meet director Tom Jordan describes as "the best field ever assembled on American soil."  The field has also seen a couple of recent additions, with Galen Rupp and American 10,000 meter record holder Chris Solinsky opting for the event over Saturday's two-mile race.
  • Former Duck standout Andrew Wheating is looking forward to another shot against Abubaker Kaki, last year's world champion in the 800 meters who narrowly defeated Wheating in August.
  • Finally, George Schroeder has a column up on the current women's 800 -eter champion Caster Semenya, who will be participating in Saturday's 800-meter field. 

And, that's it for the Friday quack.  Please share any relevant links or comments below.

Go Ducks!

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