(The Register-Guard) It's been more than a year since Trevor Dunbar competed in an Oregon uniform after injuries derailed his 2013 season.
But the senior will return to the track tonight at the UW Invitational in Seattle as a member of one of two distance medley relay teams making the trip north for the third-ranked Duck men.
"I'm definitely eager to get back," Dunbar said before the start of the indoor season earlier his month.
"I'm very excited and right now I'm in the best shape of my life."
Dunbar was a two-time cross-country all-American for Portland before transferring to Oregon in 2011.
He finished sixth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor championships for the Ducks in 2012, and the following fall was the Pac-12 newcomer of the year in cross country.
But a knee injury and Achilles tendinitis kept him from competing during the 2013 indoor and outdoor track seasons. Both injuries are well behind him he said.
"Physically, I'm probably in the best shape of my life," Dunbar said. "Mentally, I just want to get out there and get the competitiveness back in a racing environment."
He'll get that chance tonight when he runs the 1,600-meter anchor leg for the Oregon B team in the DMR.
The Oregon A team will be anchored by freshman Edward Cheserek -- the 2013 NCAA cross country champion -- who will be making his indoor debut.
The only other entrants for the Oregon men at the two-day UW Invitational are heptathletes Dakotah Keys, Mitch Modin, Alec Fellows and Blake Kemp.
After getting record-setting performances at back-to-back meets, the No. 1 Oregon women are essentially sitting this week out.
The Ducks have entered only Haley Crouser and Lauren Crockett in the pentathlon, and Jillian Weir in the weight throw.
That means a week of rest for, among others, freshman standouts Jasmine Todd and Sasha Wallace, and senior Laura Roesler, who was named the USTFCCCA athlete of the week after recording the second-fastest indoor 800 in NCAA history at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet in Kentucky last Saturday with a time of 2 minutes, 1.32 seconds.
Oregon State will be back in action after a two-week break, with 15 athletes competing in the UW Invitational.
That includes sprinters Victor Bolden, Stevie Coury, Walter Jones and Malcolm Marable, all four of whom are also members of the Oregon State football team.
Those four are entered in the 60, with Jones also entered in the long jump.
For the Beaver women, junior sprinter Allie Church, a transfer from Lane Community College, is entered in three events -- the 60, 200 and 400.
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