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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. 

Credit GoDucks.com
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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