The middle distance runner has been injured all season
Brooke Feldmeier’s career is over at Oregon before her senior season even got underway.
The all-American middle distance runner has battled injuries that forced her to miss the entire indoor season and now her outdoor season.
She went through senior ceremonies during the Oregon Twilight meet at Hayward Field on Friday, and later announced on Instagram that she will turn professional instead of returning next year for a redshirt senior season.
“The best decision I ever made was coming to Oregon,” wrote Feldmeier, who transferred from Mississippi after her 2015 freshman season. “I’ve been surrounded by the best coaches & made lasting friendships that I’m forever thankful for. But, I’ve graduated early and I’ve decided it’s time to close this chapter in my life. It’s been a great ride at Oregon! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This was only the start, much more running coming!”
Feldmeier had a transformative season in 2017, finishing third in the 800 meters during the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, when she ran a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 1.54 seconds — the sixth-fastest all-time at UO.
But her only time in an Oregon uniform since then was when she ran 23:26.9 at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in what was her collegiate cross country debut last September.
“Brooke and I sat down and talked and the plan there for a little bit was for her to comeback and maybe redshirt this year and then come back and do a fifth year,” Oregon coach Robert Johnson said. “But she has goals and dreams and aspirations as well so when we sat down and talked again it was her aspirations to go ahead and graduate and move forward and continue on this post-collegiate career that she wants to do.”