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Jenni Ashcroft let go as the shakeup in the Oregon track program continues
Published: Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:03 AM Updated: Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:04 AM
By Ken Goe, The Oregonian
Jennie Ashcroft, an assistant track and field coach at the University of Oregon for the past six seasons, said Friday she was not returning to the program.
Ashcroft worked with middle distance runners, pole-vaulters and high jumpers, and assisted with the cross country team.
She said associate head coach Robert Johnson notified her that the Ducks were going “in a different direction.”
There has been speculation for the last month that Johnson would succeed Vin Lananna as Oregon’s head coach. Reports suggest that Lananna, also an associate athletic director at Oregon, would focus more on a big-picture agenda that would include an expansion and renovation of Hayward Field, construction of championship caliber indoor track and a bid for the 2019 IAAF World Track & Field Championships.
Throws coach Robert Weir also reportedly will not return.
There has been no official announcement from Oregon on staff changes. The UO website lists Lananna as director of track and field for the 2012-13 season. It lists Johnson as an associate head coach, and Ashcroft and Weir as assistants.
Johnson declined comment, both on reports of his ascension to head coach and other staff changes.
“You probably would be better off talking to Vin about that,” Johnson said.
Lananna did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ashcroft is credited with guiding Melissa Gergel to the 2011 NCAA championship in the pole vault, and worked closely with UO mid-distance star Jordan Hasay.
“Obviously, this is a disappointing ending, but the main thing I want to convey is how extremely grateful I am for the time I spent at the University of Oregon,” Ashcroft said. “It’s been a privilege and an honor to work in Track Town USA. I want to thank the student/athletes for all of their hard work and effort, and thank the Oregon Track Club, the fans and officials.
“It’s been a fabulous experience.”
Ashcroft is a native Oregonian who was a state champion pole-vaulter at Sheridan High School, and an All-American at Nevada.
She said she has no immediate plans.