Andrew Wheating Retires

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      Former U of O and OTC athlete Andrew Wheating retires from the track.

    During his sophomore year, Wheating became one of the leaders in both the 800 and 1500 nationally. He won eleven straight races in the 800 m races before losing by .01s to Jacob Hernandez in the NCAA Division I national championship. He also excelled in the 1500, clocking a time of 3:38.60, good enough for sixth all time on the University of Oregon list. His time in the 1500 was an NCAA best in 2008, but chose to compete in the 800 instead in both NCAA Nationals and the Olympic Trials. His time of 1:45.03 at the Olympic Trials was good for second on the all-time Univ. of Oregon 800 metres list. He was the NCAA champion in the 800 in both 2009 and 2010. In winning the 1500 at the 2010 NCAA championship he became the first Division I man to win both the 800 and 1500 in the same season since fellow Duck Joaquim Cruz in 1984.

At the 2008 Olympic Trials, Wheating ran a personal best time of 1:45.03, finishing in second place behind Nick Symmonds and earning a spot on the US Olympic Team. His somewhat unexpected qualification was the middle of the Oregon Sweep. In Beijing, he finished fourth in his qualifying heat and failed to advance to the semifinals.[4]

below is the link to the 2008 Olympic Trials race.. Very emotional for all of us there

In 2012, Wheating made his 2nd Olympic team by placing 3rd at the USA Trials. He made it through the quarterfinals, but failed to qualify to the finals by placing 9th and running a 3:44.88 in his Semi-Final Heat.