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Verzbicas Verbally Commits To Oregon

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jan. 28, 2011

Two-time national high school cross country champion Lukas Verzbicas will run collegiately at the University of Oregon. Photo: Kurt Hoy/Competitor

Prep star will become a Duck after his senior season.

Written by: Chris Lotsbom
(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper, two-time Foot Locker Cross Country national champion Lukas Verzbicas has given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Oregon in the fall. This rumor was first reported earlier this week on RunCenter

Verzbicas, who attends Carl Sandburg High School in Illinois, announced his decision at a District 230 school board meeting, the Tribune reported. 

The Lithuanian-born Verzbicas was named the Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year last Wednesday.  He was presented with a trophy during class by American record holder in the mile, Alan Webb.  

Verzbicas is set to compete amongst professionals in the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, February 5, in Boston.  There he will try to become the first prep runner to break four minutes indoors since Webb did it in 2001.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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