Keely Small Signs with Oregon Ducks
Keely Small, 20, signed with the Oregon Ducks. One of Australia’s top middle distance talents, Small won the women’s 800m at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games and the 2019 Pacific Games. She also competed in the 800m at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, where she became the fastest Australian junior ever over 800m clocking 2: 00.81.
Small will move to Eugene next year and follow in the footsteps of Jessica Hull, who won an NCAA outdoor title competing for the Ducks, and recently reached the 1,500m final in Tokyo. Small is joining a prestigious program and will have the best facilities as she seeks to capitalize on her immense talent.
Small’s 800m PB is still 2: 00.81 from 2018. She looked to be in great shape in 2020, but succumbed to an injury, which put her on the sidelines during the Olympic year 2021.
Switching to the NCAA system is becoming more and more common for top Aussie juniors. Besides Hull, Olympic 1,500m finalist Linden Hall competed for the Florida State Seminoles and Olympic 800m semi-finalist Charlie Hunter is currently still with the Oregon Ducks.
We wish Keely the best of luck and will be following his NCAA career closely.