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Mandell Wins Three Medals at Oceania Championships

Dec. 18, 2006

APIA, Samoa --- University of Portland sophomore runner Derek Mandell put on a show at the Oceania Championships held in Apia, Samoa last weekend, winning three medals, one of only two athletes to do so. The meet featured approximately 200 athletes from 22 member countries of the Oceanic Athletics Association.

Mandell, a native of Guam, took home a silver medal in the 5000 meter race and bronze medals in the 1500 meter and the six kilometer cross country races, running a 16:18.83 in 5000, a 4:06.35 in the 1500 and a 27:12 in the six kilometer.

"Derek is a team player. He has never shied away from a challenge or the hard work necessary to meet the challenge," Portland head cross country and track coach Rob Conner said. "Stepping off the plane after 18 hours in the air and running three events was a big challenge and it tells you about his motivation. Representing Guam in the best possible way is what Derek is all about."

Mandell has a history of success representing Guam, winning four gold medals at the Micronesia Games in June 2006.