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ANDREW WHEATING AGREES TO ENDORSEMENT WITH NIKE

#1 01 September 2010 05:15 PM
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For Immediate Release:

ANDREW WHEATING AGREES TO ENDORSEMENT WITH NIKE

Former University of Oregon Standout will Remain in Eugene, Oregon

Boston (July 28, 2010) — Former University of Oregon star Andrew Wheating will continue his track and field career as a professional in Eugene, OR and will proudly compete for Nike, his management company announced today.  

With a successful string of races in June and July that began with a double victory at 800m and 1500m at the NCAA Championships, then followed by personal best performances at 800m (1:44.62), the mile (3:51.74), and 1500m (3:30.90), Wheating punctuated an already stellar career at the University of Oregon.   Wheating, originally from Norwich, VT, won five NCAA Championships, three PAC 10 titles, was an 8-time NCAA All American, qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games at 800m and is a finalist for the prestigious Bowerman Award, which recognizes the top male and female collegiate men’s and women’s track-and-field athlete of the scholastic year.   He holds school records at the tradition-laden program of Oregon in the indoor 800m, outdoor mile and as part of the Distance Medley Relay.   

The last time the Men’s NCAA 800m/1500m double had been accomplished was in 1984 by Joaquim Cruz, also from the University of Oregon.   As for his run of eye-opening performances this spring and summer, Wheating is the fastest American Miler of the 2010 season, is the fourth fastest 1500m runner in US history and is the fastest 1500m runner ever from the University of Oregon.

"I can’t even explain how excited I am about staying in Track Town, USA, and about the chance to continue working with my coach at the same school that supported me as an undergraduate. Hayward Field has been a special place for me,” said Wheating.     “Nike is a great partner in all the cool things happening in Track Town and I look forward to being part of its team as I continue to train and develop. I want to be a contributing member of the Oregon Track Club and chase my dreams in front of the fans who cheered for me while I was a Duck.” 

Details of his agreement were not disclosed.

Wheatings Facebook Fan Page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Wheating/133754073329716


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#2 01 September 2010 05:15 PM
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Happy he is sticking in Eugene.  Congrats kid!


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WHEATING SIGNS WITH NIKE
By David Monti
© 2010 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

(28-Jul) -- The 2010 NCAA 800m and 1500m champion Andrew Wheating has signed an endorsement agreement with Nike, his management firm announced today. 

Wheating, a 2008 Olympian who recently moved up to #4 on the USA all-time list with his 3:30.90 1500m mark at the Herculis meeting in Monaco last week, said he will remain in Eugene, Ore., where he attended the University of Oregon.  He will continue to be coached by Oregon's track and field chief, Vin Lananna.

"I can't even explain how excited I am about staying in Track Town, USA, and about the chance to continue working with my coach at the same school that supported me as an undergraduate," Wheating said in a statement released by Global Athletics & Marketing, the Boston-based athlete management firm owned by Mark Wetmore.  "Hayward Field has been a special place for me.  Nike is a great partner in all the cool things happening in Track Town and I look forward to being part of its team as I continue to train and develop."

Although terms of the agreement were not disclosed, two athlete managers interviewed by Race Results Weekly prior to the Prefontaine Classic on July 3, in Eugene said that Wheating deserved $300,000 to $400,000 per year.  That estimate was based solely on Wheating's collegiate credentials before he ran personal bests of 3:51.71 for the mile at Prefontaine, and 1:44.62 for 800m at Meeting Areva in Paris.  The managers who did not want to be named, said that this was their estimate for his base salary and would not include income from event organizers or any performance bonuses from a shoe company sponsor.

Wheating is originally from Norwich, Vt., where he was a soccer player in high school.  He made the 2008 USA Olympic team at 800m while a sophomore at Oregon when the USA Olympic Trials were held at Hayward Field, Oregon's famed athletics stadium.  He was clearly pleased to be able to remain in Eugene.

"I want to be a contributing member of the Oregon Track Club and chase my dreams in front of the fans who cheered for me while I was a Duck," Wheating concluded.

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#4 01 September 2010 05:15 PM
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Going with Nike is all well and good, but let's keep things in perspective Andy. How does it feel to be the fastest miler from Vermont?


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#5 01 September 2010 05:15 PM
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Haha! I like how the "Nike" got cut off from the home screen thumbnail, it adds a little suspense to an otherwise fairly predictable story.  Congrats Andy, it's great to see dreams come true for such a great person!


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