Blake Haney, Oregon’s seven-time all-American middle distance runner, announced Tuesday he has run his last race for the Ducks.
The redshirt senior wrote on Instagram that he has been battling an Achilles tendon injury and hasn’t been able to train since early March. Still, he was entered in the 1,500 meters at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championship meet this past weekend, finishing 17th during the prelims Saturday in 3 minutes, 57.84 seconds.
“ … unfortunately that will be my last meet as a duck,” wrote Haney, who called it a bittersweet ending. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me to this point. I am looking forward to taking the next step in my career as an athlete.”
The Ducks only have the NCAA West Preliminary meet (May 23-25) and the NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 5-8) left on the schedule.
Haney was a prep sensation at Stockdale High in Bakersfield, Calif. He was a two-time national junior champion in the 1,500 and 3,000 and won a gold medal at the Pan Am Games in the 1,500. As a high school senior he also ran in the mile at the Prefontaine Classic.
His Oregon career was highlighted by a third-place finish in the NCAA Outdoor 1,500 as a freshman in 2015. In 2016, he was on the distance medley relay team that won the title at the NCAA Indoor championships.
He leaves Oregon with personal bests of 3:40.40 in the 1,500 and 3:56.36 on the mile.