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Crater's Galpin signs with Oregon

Standout Crater sprinter Jack Galpin has signed to compete at the University of Oregon, joining former Comet teammate Kelley Beck at a school renowned for its running success.

Like Beck — who signed with the Ducks last April — Galpin will likely compete in the 400-meter dash, as well as the 4x400 relay, in Eugene.

"It is awesome," said Galpin, who is a senior. "I can't wait. There is such dedication to track in that town; it's basically the birthplace of track with Nike."

Galpin, who signed in February but was recognized at the Central Point high school on Wednesday, helped push Crater to its first Class 5A team title last spring. Galpin was part of meet records in each of his events, capturing the 200 in a record 21.87 seconds and winning the 400 in 49.21. He also ran a record 48.93 in the 400 prelims.

The 18-year-old Galpin helped set relay records in the 4x100 (42.77) and 4x400 (3:22.72).

"It says a lot about him," Crater head coach Justin Loftus said of Galpin's signing. "For us, besides having the records and being a stud, he's had a great attitude and is confident but not cocky."

Before committing to the revered college program, Galpin made several recruiting trips and also talked with Beck, who made the final of the 60 meters in his Oregon debut at the University of Washington Indoor Preview on Jan. 15.

"(Beck) told me to keep my options open and told me about a lot of his experiences," Galpin said. "We ran the same events, so he was able to point me in the right direction."

Galpin also considered Washington and Stanford, but "none of them had the same feel as Oregon. I felt like it was the place to be."

Galpin, whom Loftus praised for his ability to close out races strong, transferred from Bonanza High before competing at Crater his junior season.

"You never know how a kid will blend in with a team, but he totally went with those guys and had success," Loftus said.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or e-mail djones@mailtribune.com