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UO Senior Wins National Title for 10K At NCAAs

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University of Oregon senior Carmela Cardama Baez won a national title in the 10-thousand meters Thursday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

She surged to the lead with two laps left and achieved a personal best--- 32 minutes, 16.13 seconds.

After the race, Cardama Baez said this was her last competition as a Duck. Her last final exam was Friday.

“It’s just like a lot of things to celebrate regardless of how I would finish,” Cardama Baez said.  “I wanted to run for myself and have fun with it and it just ended up being a national championship. But, it could have not and it would have been okay.”

Cardama Baez’s achievement was a highlight for the Oregon team on the 2nd day of the competition Thursday. 

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Carmela Cardama Baez at the Hayward Field Track after winning the national title Thursday, June 10, 2021.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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