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Event: 800m
Height: 6-5
Weight: 175
PR: 1:44.56 (2010), 3:30.90 (2010) 3:51.74 (2010)
Born: November 21, 1987
Current Residence: Eugene, Oregon
High School: Kimball Union Academy (Meriden, N.H.) '06
College: Oregon '10
Coach: Vin Lananna
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Andrew Wheating

Career Highlights: Runner-up at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field; 2010 NCAA Outdoor 800m & 1,500m champ;  2009 NCAA Outdoor 800m champ;  runner-up at 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships; 2005 USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country champ  Andrew Wheating

Wheating had a landmark season in 2010 highlighted by his time of 3:30.90 in the 1,500m on July 22, 2010 in Monaco to become the second-fastest American born athlete in the history of that event, only Alan Webb has run faster.  Sydney Maree and Bernard Lagat also have run faster and did it after gaining American citizenship. Wheating dramatically lowered his previous PR of 3:37.52, which came shortly after he posted a blistering personal best mile of 3:51.74 (2nd fastest time by an American in 2010) at the Nike Prefontaine Classic on July 3.  Wheating’s 1,500m performance in Monaco was the fastest by an American in 2010, the sixth-fastest time ever by an American and the fifth-fastest in the world that year.  Also in 2010, Wheating lowered his 800m personal best time to 1:44.56 from his second-place finish in London. Wheating, then a University of Oregon sophomore from Norwich, Vt., electrified his home crowd at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., with his runner-up finish in the men’s 800m final at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field. Wheating’s strong finishing kick sent him across the finish line in a personal-best time of 1:45.03 to finish just behind winner Nick Symmonds of Oregon Track Club Elite, who blazed home in 1:44.10. Oregon Track Club Elite’s Christian Smith was the third-place finisher in 1:45.47 to make it an all Oregon-based trio headed to Beijing, which sent the Hayward Field crowd into a frenzy. “The first thing I saw was that Nick was first, I was second and Christian was third,” said Wheating right after the race. “It’s going to be a great representation in Beijing. It hasn’t really hit me yet. Give me a couple more minutes and I’ll probably shoot up out of this chair and scream ‘I made it!’” The only other races Wheating had lost in 2008, prior to the Trials final, were in the Trials’ semifinals, when he was second to 2004 Olympian Khadevis Robinson, and in the NCAA Championship 800 finals where he was second by .01. He was named the West Region men’s track athlete of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Still a newcomer to track & field, Wheating ran track only one season and cross country two seasons in high school for legendary coach Jeff Johnson and focused on soccer in years prior. He posted a personal best in 1,500m by nine seconds as a freshman in 2007 and ranked seventh nationally in his class (3:45.17). He competed in the 800m for first time in '07 and ended the outdoor regular season ranked ninth nationally among freshman (1:50.17). Was the only Duck in 2007 to attain regional marks in both the 800m and 1,500m In his debut collegiate cross country season in '07 he earned All-Pac-10 Second Team laurels for his top-14 league finish. In his first season in track and field in 2006 he ranked fourth nationally in 1,500m with his personal best from the USA Junior Championships (eighth, 3:54.28). As a senior he ran prep bests in 1,500m and 5,000m of 3:53.01 and 14:55.28, respectively, and the latter mark led preps indoors in '06. Also raced 5,000m outdoors (15:11) as a senior.

2010:  NCAA Outdoor 1,500m champ (3:47.94)...NCAA Outdoor 800m champ (1:45.69)...5th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (3:51.74PR) ...4th in Monaco (3:30.90PR, U.S. Leader)...2nd in London (1:44.56PR)...bests of 1:44.56, 3:51.74, 3:30.90.
2009:  NCAA Outdoor 800m champ (1:46.21)...Pac 10 Outdoor 800m champ (1:49.83)... 3rd at Pac 10 Champs 1,500m (3:51.27)...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN at 800m...bests of 1:46.21, 3:40.92.
2008: Runner-up at Olympic Trials (1:45.03PR)…4th in opening round at Olympic Games (1:47.05)…runner-up at NCAA Outdoors (1:45.32)…runner-up in semis at Olympic Trials (1:46.23)…ranked #3 U.S. by T&FN…best of 1:45.03.
2007: 7th at 800m at Pac-10 Outdoors (1:50.96)…14th at Pac-10 Cross Country Champs (23:26.5 - 8,000m)…bests of 1:50.17, 3:45.17, 4:04.77.
2006: 8th at USA Junior Champs (3:54.28)…bests of 3:54.28 & 15:11 (5,000m).
2005: 1st at USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Champs (Young Men – 14:54.01)

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