Date: 1 Feb 2013

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Former Oregon standout Luke Puskedra has joined the Nike Oregon Project and will train under coach Alberto Salazar.

Puskedra, who finished his eligibility with the Ducks last year after a 4th place finish in the NCAA 10,000, will graduate from Oregon with a degree in Business Administration in March.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the Nike Oregon Project and training under Alberto [Salazar]. I think it will be a smooth transition, as my coach at Oregon, Andy Powell, has learned a lot from Alberto, and I’ve already been doing some of the same workouts as the guys in the group.”

The Ogden, Utah native will join former Oregon teammates Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz, as well as Aurum client Dathan Ritzenhein.

“There’s always a transition period when joining a new group, but running with Galen and Centro, just as we used to Eugene, should help me feel right at home.”

The 22-year-old, who garnered three top-6 NCAA Cross Country finishes during his time at Oregon, made his road racing debut with a 61:36 half-marathon in Houston last year. Despite an appendectomy which caused him to skip the indoor season, Puskedra capped his 2012 track campaign with a 27:56.62 10,000 meters for 8th place at the Olympic Trials, his fifth 10,000 meter race in less than eight weeks.

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