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Poggi making waves at OSU

The former Gladstone High School star continues to get it done, both in the classroom and on the athletic field

GLADSTONE - Former Gladstone High School athletic and academic standout Kaitlin Poggi has continued to make a name for herself as a student/athlete at Oregon State University.

Poggi, a 2004 graduate of Gladstone who is attending OSU on a track and field scholarship, was named to the 2006 Pacific 10 Conference All-Academic Track and Field Team.

Poggi maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA as a student at Gladstone High School, while re-writing the school's athletic record books for female distance runners. Poggi has continued to maintain a 4.0 GPA, while majoring in general science in college.

While at Gladstone, she placed at state in both the 1,500 and 3,000 and set new school records in all three distance events - 2:17.3 in the 800, 4:43.68 in the 1,500 and 10:16.98 in the 3,000.

She placed fourth at state in cross country, the second-highest placing by any Gladstone female distance runner in school history.

She was named the Tri-Valley League Player of the Year in basketball, as she led the Gladiators to third place in the TVL and the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Poggi will begin her junior year at OSU this fall, and she already appears well on her way to re-writing several OSU track and field records. She holds the school's second-best all-time mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:15.41), the third-best mark in the 5,000 meters (17:03.16), and the fifth-best mark in the 1,500 meters (4:33.24).

In 2005 Poggi was one of only two OSU true freshmen to make the Pac-10 final in the 1,500.

Poggi was the Beavers' No. 2 runner last fall, as she helped lead OSU's women's cross country team to 12th place - out of 30 teams - at the NCAA West Regional Championship Meet. She recorded a time of 21:47.7 on the Stanford University 6,000-meter course, placing 58th in a field of 199 female runners.

This spring, Poggi qualified for the Pac-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the steeplechase, 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters. She competed in the 5,000 meters and made the finals, placing 23rd.