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With just a little work, the makeshift relay team of footballers De'Anthony Thomas, Dior Mathis and B.J. Kelly with Arthur Delaney could be nationally competitive. While still shaking off the cobwebs of winter, the team ran a 40.35 at the Oregon Preview in early March. Cabral or Berry could also conceivably jump in if needed.
Trevor Dunbar, Junior, 5,000 Meters
The Junior transfer from the University of Portland should probably get his own slide as a heavy hitter. Dunbar is almost a guaranteed points producer at championship level in the 5K. He is rugged and endurance-oriented with a runner's pedigree.
Greg Skipper, Freshman, Hammer
Like the Crousers, the Skipper clan is almost as legendary in Oregon sports history. Greg is the latest in the line of Skippers to show promise at the national level. At the recent Texas Relays, he launched the hammer 216', 5", serving notice that he is on the rise. That throw is currently fifth best in the nation.
Dakotah Keys, Sophomore, Decathlon
It's gotta be something in the water.Yet another Oregon small-town, home-grown decathlete (think Tim Bright, Dan O'Brien, Tom Pappas, Ashton Eaton). Keys is firmly in the hunt for national honors. He's the defending Pac-12 champion and improves every time out. Sure points in June.
Matt Miner, Senior, 1,500 Meters
Out of Ashland, OR by way of Dartmouth, Miner recently uncorked a 3:42.60 1,500-meters at the Stanford Invitational. This feasibly puts him in contention with Mac Fleet for precious points in the national championships.
Parker Stinson, Junior, 10,000 Meters
Stinson as well, took advantage of a strong field at the Stanford Invitational to produce the second-fastest time in the world so far at 10K, 28:24.71. Distance dominance appears to once again be returning to the Oregon men's program.
As mentioned earlier, this year's national outdoor championships will be hosted by Oregon. The consensus favorites on the men's side, Florida and Texas A&M both possess formidable teams. At Hayward Field, any great effort, by any competitor, will be heartily acknowledged. But if Oregon has an athlete in contention, expect something a little extra you won't find at any other venue. It's worth at least five points.
If you are in the Eugene, Oregon area this Saturday, April 6, be sure to attend the Pepsi Team Invitational. It is a quality, scored track meet featuring Oregon, Texas A&M, Washington and Washington State. Get an up close and personal look for yourself.