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Ashton Eaton Protege Gives Back At Oregon Relays


Oregon's Mitch Modin (center) won the men's 110-meter hurdle portion of the decathlon on Friday, April 17, 2015 during the 2015 Oregon relays at Hayward Field.

Oregon's Mitch Modin (center) won the men's 110-meter hurdle portion of the decathlon on Friday, April 17, 2015 during the 2015 Oregon relays at Hayward Field.

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The University of Oregon is leading the the Oregon Relays decathlon after day one with the help of Bend sophomore Mitch Modin.

Prior to coming to the Ducks, Modin grew up with the dream of competing in college track and field. His parents sought options for him to succeed, including taking him to the Hershey’s Track and Field Games when he was 10 years old.

“We knew that Mitch wanted to really compete. We took him to Mountain View High School, where the track coach said he had a senior at the time who could train Mitch in the decathlon,” Mandy Modin said.

You may have heard of that senior: Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton.

According to Modin’s mother, that relationship continued well into Eaton’s years in college and continues today.

Day two of the Oregon Relays attracted collegiate and high school athletes from across the Pacific Northwest.

Now, Modin has the opportunity to give back to high school students in a similar way.

“Now that our son is in college, we love to see how the collegiate athletes try as hard as they can to give back to the community and teach the younger athletes,” Mandy Modin said. “He participated in the Oregon Relays when he was in high school, and is now on the other end, getting to perform for the high school athletes.”

Friday marked the second day of competition in Eugene at Hayward Field. The annual meet is a chance for high school students to compete on Hayward Field – a field that will host the 2012 IAAF World Championships.

Going into the second day of the meet, Modin leads the men’s decathlon with 4,100 points.

Editor’s Note: This article was edited to clarify how Mitch Modin and Ashton Eaton first met. 

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