Cross Country Teams Travel to Fresno for Regionals
NCAA Western Regional Championships
The University of Oregon No. 10 men's and women's cross country squads chase their 29th and 24th respective NCAA bids this weekend, traveling to Fresno for the NCAA Western Regional Championships. The men's race features five top-30 teams (including three ranked in the top 15), while the women's classic includes four top-10 teams.
SETTING THE STAGE
Sophomore Jason Hartmann and senior Michael Kasahun look to build off second- and 10th-place finishes at the Pac-10 Championships two weekends ago. Up front for the Duck women, seniors Hanna Smedstad and Katie Crabb placed ninth and 20th at the league finale. Last year at the NCAA Western Regional Championships in Portland, Ore., the Duck men finished fourth, while the women's squad took fifth. This week will mark the regional debuts of three men (Brett Holts, John Lucas, Noel Paulson) and three women (Laura Harmon, Smedstad, Carrie Zografos). Stanford is the team favorite in both races. Top men's individuals include Arizona's Tom Prindiville, Stanford's Jonathon Riley and Thomas Murley. Women's favorites include Arizona's Tara Chaplin, Arizona State's Lisa Aguilera and Stanford's Erin Sullivan and Lauren Fleshman.
IN THE POLLS
In the sixth poll of the season, the Duck men climbed three spots to 10th, while the women did not receive any votes for the first time in 2000. Going back to previous rankings, the Duck men ranked ninth in the preseason poll, while the women stood 12th. The men then dropped to 16th in the second poll, while the women fell to 24th. In the third poll, the men climbed to 15th and the women advanced to 22nd. In the following poll, the men fell to 18th and the women remained 22nd. In the fifth poll, the men climbed back to 13th, while the women were unranked for the first time but did receive a vote.
TENTATIVE DUCK ENTRIES THIS WEEKMen/Women Yr.-Exp. Hometown (Last School/HS)Adam Bergquist Jr.*-2SQ Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)Jason Hartmann So.-1L Rockford, Mich. (RHS)^Sam Hill Sr.*-1L Kotzebue, Alaska (Nikiski)^Lincoln Nehring Sr.*-TR-2L Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah/Memorial)Brett Holts Fr.-HS Bend (BHS)John Lucas Fr.*-HS Eagle Point (EPHS)Michael Kasahun Sr.-TR-1L Fresno, Calif. (Fresno City College/Fresno)Noel Paulson Fr.-HS Aumsville (Cascade)
Katie Crabb Sr.*-2VL Chico, Calif. (Pleasant Valley)Rhiannon Glenn Sr.*-1L Eugene (South)Erinn Gulbrandsen So.-1L Chico, Calif. (Pleasant Valley)Laura Harmon Fr.-HS Vancouver, Wash. (Jesuit-Portland)Eri Macdonald So.-1L Honolulu, Hawaii (Punahou)Hanna Smedstad Sr.-TR Sundsvall, Sweden (Oklahoma State/Kattgatt Gymnasiet)Carrie Zografos So.*-TR Portland, Ore. (Colorado/Central Catholic)
^Only one of the two asterisked men's runners will compete Saturday.
MEN' SEASON REVIEW
The Duck men have been led twice by sophomore Jason Hartmann (Rockford, Mich.) and once by senior Michael Kasahun (Fresno, Calif.), with the other ranking second at the other races. Junior Adam Bergquist (Boulder, Colo.) has collected his first ever points as a Duck, ranking third in all three races. Freshmen John Lucas (Eagle Point) has run at the fourth position the past two races and fifth in his Duck debut, while fellow frosh Brett Holts (Bend) has inverted those positions (fourth once and fifth twice). Holts also led the `B' unit at the season opener. Another frosh, Noel Paulson (Aumsville), has ranked sixth on the varsity at all three races, just ahead of a pair of seventh men -- seniors Lincoln Nehring (Salt Lake City, Utah) at the Pac-10 meet, and Sam Hill (Kotzebue, Alaska) at the first two varsity meets.
WOMEN'S SEASON REVIEW
Nearly consistent in their showings on the team, the Duck women have seen seven different women score this season and nine appear among the squad's top seven. Senior Hanna Smedstad (Sundsvall, Sweden) led the Ducks at each of her four appearances after sitting out the season opener in Portland. Senior Katie Crabb (Chico, Calif.) led the squad at the Pier Park showing, followed with runner-up squad placings in three of the next four races, and fifth in Ames, Iowa. Senior Rhiannon Glenn (Eugene) has also stood second on the varsity twice, and fourth and seventh once. Sophomore Eri Macdonald (Honolulu, Hawaii) has stepped up as one of the team's most improved -- ranking third on the team twice and fourth at three races -- as has sophomore Erinn Gulbrandsen (Chico, Calif.) who finished third at Iowa State, fifth at the Pac-10 and Willamette Invite races and sixth at the team's first two stops. Freshman Laura Harmon (Vancouver, Wash.) has scored at four of her five races and has run twice at the third spot and once at the fourth, fifth and sixth positions. Junior transfer Carrie Zografos (Portland) has proved a pleasant addition, ranking seventh for the team at three races twice and sixth in her other Duck appearance. Another frosh, Annette Mosey (Wilsonville), ranked seventh at two of the first three meets and eighth at the other. Sophomore Annie Davis (Portland) returned after her best summer of training to rank fifth in the team's opener, then ninth and eighth in the Ducks' races at the Roy Griak and Willamette Invite meets.
LAST MEET RECAP
Pacific-10 Championships * 10/28 * Seattle (Lincoln Park) -- The Ducks opened their championships slate with second and seventh-place finishes in the Pac-10 finale's first-ever stop in Lincoln Park. Sophomore Jason Hartmann led the men, finishing second overall in the eight-kilometer race (23:47.37) after leading much of the fourth mile. For the former Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, it was an improvement of 13 places from last year's race in Long Beach, Calif. Senior Michael Kasahun (10th, 24:03.58) improved nine spots from last year's Pac-10 debut, while junior Adam Bergquist (17th, 24:18.43) ranked third on the squad for the third straight meet. A trio of in-state Duck freshmen followed - Eagle Point's John Lucas (18th, 24:21.79), Bend's Brett Holts (19th, 24:23.02) and Aumsville's Noel Paulson (25th, 24:35.14). Senior Lincoln Nehring turned in his best race of the season (31st, 24:48.03) as the top seven were 1:01 apart at the finish line - the tightest margin among the top three teams. The No. 13-ranked Duck men ranked second with 66 points, trailing No. 3 Stanford (first) and ahead of No. 10 Arizona (third, 70), No. 29 Arizona State (fourth, 114) and No. 26 Washington (fifth, 117). In the women's 6K race, senior Hanna Smedstad led Oregon for the fourth time this season and took ninth in her Pac-10 debut (20:51.52). The graduate student transfer from Oklahoma State ran most of the race near her eventual placing and was just shy of the previous course record of 20:49.14. Senior Katie Crabb notched her first top-20 conference effort (20th, 21:25.81), followed by freshman Laura Harmon (35th, 22:17.22), sophomore Eri Macdonald (36th, 22:19.68) and sophomore Erinn Gulbrandsen (40th, 22:31.98). Other Duck finishers included senior Rhiannon Glenn (42nd, 22:42.18) and junior Carrie Zografos (44th, 22:43.48). The Duck women's squad took seventh with 140 points, while No. 2 Stanford (51) edged No. 4 Arizona State (second, 67), No. 8 Arizona (third, 79) and No. 6 Washington (fourth, 83) in a tight team battle up front. Other team finishers included Washington State (fifth, 124), UCLA (sixth, 134), USC (eighth, 226) and California (ninth, 254).
1999 NCAA WESTERN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW
PORTLAND, Ore. (11/13/99) -- The Ducks harriers secured at-large NCAA bids thanks to strong regional performances at Blue Lake State Park. The No. 11 men Duck men also sported the overall winner in Steve Fein against a 21-team field featuring five, top-20 teams. The two-time All-American made his fourth win of `99 look easy, waiting until the fourth mile to move to the front before pulling away in the final 1.5 miles on the soft, flat 10K course. No. 5 Stanford won the team race with 40 points, ahead of No. 4 Arizona (second, 74), No. 15 Arizona State (third, 92), No. 11 Oregon (fourth, 96), Cal Poly (fifth, 139), and No. 18 Portland (sixth, 161). The Ducks also welcomed two others in the top 20 -- Jason Hartmann and Andrew Bliss who finished 16th (31:05) and 19th (31:08), respectively. Michael Kasahun (26th, 31:41) and Sam Hill (35th, 31:51) rounded out scoring, while junior Lincoln Nehring (60th, 32:57) and Tom Becker (62nd, 32:59) closed out the Duck unit. The team's regional effort stood out even more considering only two of its entrants -- Steve Fein and Andrew Bliss -- had ever run at the regional level before. On the women's side, the news was also promising as the No. 25 Ducks finished fifth against a field featuring six, top-25 teams. The Ducks tallied 158 points to win the battle for fifth over No. 24 Arizona which tallied 166 points, also their second victory over the Wildcats this season. Up front for Oregon, Amy Nickerson and Tara Struyk relied on a conservative early pace, then moved up through the field en route to 11th- and 14th-place finishes in times of 17:29 and 17:35, respectively. The Ducks also received another impressive regional debut up front from Rhiannon Glenn, who took 23rd overall (17:50) -- her fifth race during the fall among the team's top three. Other scorers for the Ducks included Katie Crabb (49th, 18:24) and Lisa Jansen (64th, 18:38). Crabb's finish, her first in nearly seven weeks due to an Achilles injury, boosted a young team featuring five regional newcomers, as did senior Jansen who scored for the Ducks for the first time during the season. Among the five Ducks making their regional debuts, Erinn Gulbrandsen (85th, 185:59) and Eri Macdonald (94th, 19:08) rounded out the team's seven finishers. Overall in the team race, No. 1 Stanford led the 28-team field with 29 points, followed by No. 10 Washington (second, 63), No. 9 Arizona State (third, 86) and No. 14 UCLA (fourth, 139).
1999 NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AGATE
Nov. 13, 1999 * Blue Lake Park * Portland, Oregon. Men's Team Results (21 Teams): 1, Stanford, 40. 2, Arizona, 74. 3, ASU, 92. 4, Oregon, 96. 5, Cal Poly, 139. 6, Portland, 161. 7, California, 165. 8, Washington, 206. 9, UC-Irvine, 234. 10, UCLA, 244. Men's Individuals (9,976 meters): 1, Steve Fein, Oregon, 30:30. 2, Isaiah Festa, ASU, 30:36. 3, Micheil Jones, Arizona, 30:39. 4, Gabe Jennings, Stanford 30:44. 5, Fasil Bizuneh, ASU, 30:45. 6, Jonathon Riley, Stanford, 30:45. 7, Thomas Murley, Stanford, 30:49. 8, Jake Maas, Stanford, 30:50. 9, Adam Boothe, Cal Poly, 30:52. 10, Bolota Asmerom, California, 30:54. Other Oregon Men's Finishers: 16, Jason Hartmann, 31:05. 19, Andrew Bliss, 31:08. 26, Michael Kasahun, 31:41. 35, Sam Hill, 31:51. 60, Lincoln Nehring, 32:57. 61, Tom Becker, 32:59. Women's Team Scoring (28 Teams): 1, Stanford, 29. 2, Washington, 63. 3, ASU, 86. 4, UCLA, 139. 5, Oregon, 158. 6, Arizona, 166. 7, California, 246. 8 Boise State 277. 9 Washington State 281. 10 Cal Poly 315. Women's Individuals (4,984 meters): 1, Julia Stamps, Stanford, 16:50. 2, Erin Sullivan, Stanford, 16:51. 3, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 16:59. 4, Kelly MacDonald, ASU, 17:04. 5, Lisa Aguilera, ASU, 17:15. 6, Kate Vermeulen, UCLA, 17:19. 7, Jen Schindler, Washington, 17:20. 8, Anna Aoki, Washington, 17:22. 9, Melinda Campbell, Washington, 17:24. 10, Sally Glynn, Stanford, 17:24. Oregon Women's Finishers: 11, Amy Nickerson, 17:29. 14, Tara Struyk, 17:35. 23, Rhiannon Glenn, 17:50. 49, Katie Crabb, 18:24. 64, Lisa Jansen, 18:38. 85, Erinn Gulbrandsen 18:59. 94, Eri Macdonald, 19:08.
MEN'S 2000 SEASON OUTLOOK
The Ducks lost their top two runners from last season in All-Americans Steve Fein and Andrew Bliss, but All-America sophomore Jason Hartmann (Rockford, Mich.) leads a veteran group focused on making their 28th NCAA trip. Senior Michael Kasahun (Fresno, Calif.) had a strong summer of training after finishing seventh on the track in the Pac-10 10,000 (30:11.43) and running a 5,000 personal best of 14:16.98 at home in April. Last fall, he was a top-five scorer for the team in all six races, including the Pac-10 (19th), NCAA West Regional (26th) and NCAA (107th) Championships. Senior Sam Hill (Kotzebue, Alaska) stood out as the most improved harrier in 1999, scoring at all five of his races, including a 35th-place NCAA West Regional debut. Senior Lincoln Nehring (Salt Lake City, Utah) earned his second letter for the Ducks last fall and scored at his first NCAA finale (203rd). Junior Adam Bergquist (Boulder, Colo.) is the team's fastest track returnee in the 5K with his 14:14.51 debut from 1998 and ran on the `98 varsity harrier unit twice before redshirting last fall. Among a group of nine newcomers, several were nationally ranked on the track as preps, including freshmen Eric Logsdon (Canby) in the 1,500/3,000 (3:51.39/8:10.66), Noel Paulson (Cascade) in the mile/3,000 (4:07.14/8:18.72), Aaron Emery (Croghan, NY) in the 3,000 (8:32.18) and Chris Clancy (Portland) in the 1,500 (3:52.8). Among other in-state newcomers, Kyle Robinson (Salem) placed fifth and fourth, respectively, in the 4A state 1,500 and 3,000 finals last spring, Brett Holts (Bend) was the 4A state cross country runner-up in 1999, and John Lucas (Eagle Point) was the 4A state cross country runner-up in 1998.
WOMEN'S 2000 SEASON OUTLOOK
On the women's side, the Ducks return five of their top seven from last year and add All-America transfer and senior Hanna Smedstad (Sundsvall, Sweden) who was top-30 at NCAA's for Oklahoma State the past two seasons (18th in `99 and 28th in `98). Senior Katie Crabb (Chico, Calif.) capped her final outdoor track season last spring with her first All-America award (1,500, 7th, 4:19.30). Crabb is a two-time NCAA veteran in cross country and ranked fourth on the squad last fall at the NCAA Championships even though she missed most of the season with a calf injury. Senior Rhiannon Glenn (Eugene) stood out as the team's most improved last fall, and ran in the top three at all six races including an 84th-place NCAA debut. Sophomore Tara Struyk (Edmonton, Alberta) also ran in the team's top three at all six contests in 1999, and ranked fourth among freshmen at the NCAA West Regional. Sophomore Eri Macdonald (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored for the team in five of six races last fall. On the track, she led the team in the 800 (2:08.62), followed by Pac-10 and USA Jr. finals appearances. Sophomore Erinn Gulbrandsen (Chico, Calif.) ran in the team's top seven in five races last fall and ranks second among returnees on the track in the 800 (2:14.80). Freshman Laura Harmon (Vancouver, Wash.) was a three-time top-10 finisher in the 4A Oregon state harrier meet, and the state track champion owns 1,500 and 3,000 bests of 4:34.80 and 9:57.8, respectively. Freshman Annette Mosey (Wilsonville) was a two-time 4A state runner-up in the 800 and was 13th in the state cross country meet last fall.
At the end of 1999, conference coaches honored then-freshman Jason Hartmann for his strong championship run with the Pac-10 Men's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year Award. The Rockford, Mich., native was the top freshman at the Pac-10 Championships (15th) and West Regional Championships (16th), and the top American freshman at the NCAA finale (37th), not to mention third among all freshmen including foreigners. The league also honored then-senior Steve Fein as the 1999 Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. The Lenexa, Kan., native became only the fourth Duck ever to win both the Pac-10 and West Regional titles (while setting course records in both events). Fein enjoyed an undefeated regular season leading up to the NCAA final before taking third in his final collegiate cross country race and tops among Americans. Stanford's Erin Sullivan won both the Pac-10 Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Arizona's Dave Murray won Men's Coach of the Year, and Arizona State's Walt Drenth took Women's Coach of the Year.
No university boasts a combined history as rich as the Oregon men's and women's programs. Dating back to All-American Steve Prefontaine in 1969, 18 men's runners have finished among the top five at the NCAA meet -- the most recent being Steve Fein (third in `99). The Oregon list of greats includes such legends as American track record holders `Pre', Alberto Salazar, Rudy Chapa and Matt Centrowitz. On the women's side, Oregon has qualified as a team in 23 of 25 NCAA meets since 1975 and has finished in the top 10 in all but four appearances. University of Oregon women have garnered 30 All-America honors and have included such greats as Marie Davis, Melody Fairchild, Kathy Hayes, Lisa Ondieki, and Annette Peters.
AT THE HELM
Beginning his second season as men's cross country head coach, Martin Smith has solidified Oregon as one of nation's most preeminent programs. Last fall, he guided Oregon to its 24th top-10 NCAA cross country finish, while Ducks have garnered nine All-America honors in track and cross country in his first two seasons in Eugene. Previously, the two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year (1985 & 88) led Wisconsin harrier squads to two NCAA titles, nine top-five finishes, and top-14 finishes in each of his 15 years in Madison. On the individual side, his Badger cross country athletes won one NCAA title and 34 All-America awards, to go with five NCAA titles and 44 All-America honors on the track. His harrier All-America tally during that period trailed only Arkansas, and even bettered the Hogs' tally counting only U.S. athletes. On the women's side, 26th-year coach Tom Heinonen has also been honored as NCAA Coach of the Year for each of Oregon's NCAA cross country and track and field team titles and has directed the Ducks to the NCAA harrier meet 24 times. Individually, his distance pupils have scored 30 All-America honors in cross country and 52 awards on the track. In conference competition the Ducks have historically paced 'The Conference of Champions' as his teams have won seven of 15 Pac-10 team titles and six individual crowns since the league's inception in 1986 -- also garnering him six Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors.
SCORING THE RACE
Cross country races are scored by adding together the places of each seven-person team's top five finishers, with the lowest score winning. A perfect score, thus, would be 15 (1+2+3+4+5), although scores at larger meets such as the NCAA Championships are much higher because of the larger number of teams on hand (i.e. 50-100+ points). At the NCAA Championship or other regular season invitationals where some individuals compete apart from teams, their places are not counted in the team scoring (i.e. a runner who finished 49th overall but was beaten by two individuals not affiliated with teams would be scored 47th in the team scoring).
NCAA QUALIFYING FORMULA
Just as the past two seasons, all Division 1 programs will compete for one of 31 starting positions in the NCAA Championships, Nov. 20 in Ames, Iowa. To qualify automatically, 18 teams -- the top-two finishers from the nine regionals held on Saturday, Nov. 11 -- will be selected as well as 13 `at-large' teams on Monday, Nov. 13, based on regular-season wins against other automatic and potential-qualifying teams. A total of 37 individuals from non-qualifying teams also advance to the NCAA finale -- the top four individuals from each region plus two at-large individuals selected nationally. Before the 1998 NCAA Championships, the field was distinctively smaller, featuring 182 runners composed of 22 teams (four at-large) and 28 individual qualifiers (including four at-large).
ON PACE IN THE CLASSROOM
Last year the Ducks featured five harriers among the three Pac-10 All-Academic teams led by first-team pick Steve Fein (accounting, 3.80). Senior Sam Hill (3.33, exercise & movement science) was a second-team men's pick, while Annie Ebiner (3.76, psychology), Lisa Jansen (3.40, psychology) and Chrissy Ruiter (3.13, general science) were selected as honorable mentions to the women's squad.
Martin Smith's impact on the 1999 NCAA race carried beyond the Ducks' impressive sixth-place finish as his former Wisconsin crew -- including six of the varsity runners he recruited -- took second overall with 185 points after entering the meet fourth-ranked. The Badgers featured two runners in the top six in Matt Downin (fourth) and Jay Schoenfelder (sixth), and also had two other transfers in the top 10 in Oregon's Steve Fein (third) and Arkansas' Andrew Begley (seventh). The Badgers' final scorer, Jason Vanderhoof (60th), would have given Wisconsin the NCAA title with 62 points -- five ahead of Arkansas which would have scored 67 without Begley. The previous year in 1998, the Badgers would have also won the title with 62 points with two UW individuals in the top 20 overall in Downin (fourth) and Schoenfelder (20th), and three former Badgers in the top-25 that were also All-Americans -- Begley (16th), Fein (18th) and UCLA senior Mark Hauser (24th).
2000 SEASON YEAR IN REVIEW
9/9 * PIER PARK PREVIEW (W5K) - UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
PORTLAND (Pier Park) -- Senior Katie Crabb led the Duck women to the team win in its season opener with a score of 22 points, ahead of Nike Portland (39 points), the University of Portland (83), Mt. Hood Community College (118) and Clark College (123). In the individual 5K results, Crabb took third overall (18:56), trailing Nike Portland's Lisa Nye (first, 18:10) and Rebecca Moore (second, 18:44). Fellow senior Rhiannon Glenn (fourth, 19:05) was one of three other Ducks in the top 10, including freshman Laura Harmon (fifth, 19:09) and redshirt sophomore Annie Davis (eighth, 19:20). Sophomore Erinn Gulbrandsen (13th, 119:45) and freshman Annette Mosey (21st, 21:05) rounded out the varsity unit, while other Ducks competing unattached included senior Kylee Wells (10th, 19:22) and sophomore transfer Carrie Zografos (11th, 19:41).
9/16 * BEARCAT OPEN (M4-MILE) - WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY
SALEM (Bush Park) -- The No. 9-ranked University of Oregon men's cross country team opened its season with a team win by a five-man `B' unit - comprised entirely of newcomers. The Ducks tallied a score of 29 points and edged host Willamette University (33 points). Duck freshman Brett Holts (Bend) won the individual title (20:15.20) on the 4-mile Bush Park course, ahead of a pair of Oregon teammates - junior Symon Kimata (Nyeri, Kenya, second, 20:22.70) and freshman Chris Clancy (Portland, third, 20:23.30). Other Duck finishers included freshman Aaron Emery (Croghan, NY) who finished sixth (20:37.2) and redshirt freshman Mike Pluth (Eugene) who was 30th (23:16.9).
9/23 * ROY GRIAK INVITE (M8K & W6K) - UNIV. OF MINNESOTA
ST. PAUL, MINN. (Les Bolstad Golf Course) -- In their first major test of the season, the young Duck men relied on five freshmen among its 10 entrants for a seventh-place finish. The 31-team men's gold race field featured nine top-25 teams, and three other previously ranked squads that fell out of the poll three days after the race. Senior Michael Kasahun led the Duck varsity unit for the first time in his career (13th, 24:48) followed by All-America sophomore Jason Hartmann (18th, 24:52), junior Adam Bergquist (44th, 25:14), freshmen Brett Holts (57th, 25:21), John Lucas (66th, 25:26) and Noel Paulson (75th, 25:29), seniors Sam Hill (113th, 25:53) and Lincoln Nehring (123rd, 25:56), and freshmen Chris Clancy (131st, 26:00) and Aaron Emery (144th, 26:06). On the women's side, the No. 12 Ducks also took seventh with 232 points in a topsy-turvy 29-team race that featured 10 current or previous top-25 ranked teams. In her first race for the Ducks, senior transfer and two-time All-American Hanna Smedstad (sixth, 21:21) paced a contingent that included senior Katie Crabb (34th, 21:59), sophomore Eri Macdonald (57th, 22:20), senior Rhiannon Glenn (65th, 22:27), freshmen Laura Harmon (70th, 22:30) and Annette Mosey (183rd, 23:56) and sophomore Annie Davis (203rd, 24:18).
10/7 * WILLAMETTE INVITE (M8K & W5K) - WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY
SALEM, Ore. (Bush Park) -- The Duck men and women capped their last in-state racing appearance with both individual and team wins. Two-time All-American and senior Hanna Smedstad paced the women's squad with the 5K individual crown (17:05), four seconds ahead of unattached entrant Abby Peters (17:09). Fellow senior Katie Crabb also placed well up front (third, 17:30), joined by fellow scorers sophomore Eri Macdonald (sixth, 17:57), freshman Laura Harmon (seventh, 17:58), sophomores Erinn Gulbrandsen (14th, 18:19) and Carrie Zografos (19th, 18:32), freshman Annette Mosey (34th, 18:50) and sophomore Annie Davis (47th, 19:03). In the women's Division 1 team competition, the No. 22 Ducks came away with the team title with 15 points, edging the University of Portland (second, 49). On the men's side, the No. 16 Ducks added the other Division 1 team title with 31 points, ahead of Portland (33), San Francisco (59) and Portland State (DNS). Freshman Chris Clancy (23rd, 25:06), led the mostly `B' unit on the 8K course followed by junior Sean Gross (133, 27:04), senior Merrit McDole (134, 27:04), junior Ross Krempley (162, 27:23), freshman Mike Pluth (169, 27:32) and sophomore Jake Horner (244, 29:29).
10/14 * IOWA STATE MEMORIAL CLASSIC - IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
AMES, Iowa (Iowa State Cross Country Course) - In their final regular season test, the Duck men and women took on the many of the nation's top teams in a preview of the course for the NCAA Championships. The No. 18-ranked men posted an eighth-place finish with 382 points, a respectable finish against a 53-team field that included 14 top-25 teams. The Ducks beat seven other ranked teams to help their NCAA qualifying case for one of 13 at-large spots selected nationally the week before the NCAA Championships. Individually, sophomore Jason Hartmann paced the squad with a 30th-place finish (31:35.2), just ahead of senior teammate Michael Kasahun (36th, 31:41.0). Junior Adam Bergquist (80th, 32:14.3) and freshmen John Lucas (122nd, 32:33.3) and Brett Holts (133rd, 32:36.9) closed scoring, followed by freshman Noel Paulson (145th, 32:41.2) and senior Sam Hill (184th, 33:02.4). Other UO men competing in the men's open race included senior Lincoln Nehring (ninth, 32:48.0) and freshman Aaron Emery (24th, 33:21.4). Overall in the men's race, No. 3 Colorado outdistanced the field with 64 points, followed by No. 10 Northern Arizona (second, 215) and No. 1 Stanford (third, 255). Colorado sophomore Jorge Torres captured the 10K individual title (30:31.1), ahead of Stanford's Thomas Murley (second, 30:48.8) and Jonathan Riley (third, 30:49.6). On the women's side, senior Hanna Smedstad paced the No. 22-ranked Duck women with a 35th-place finish (21:55.7). Other scorers included senior Rhiannon Glenn (123rd, 22:47.9), sophomores Erinn Gulbrandsen (163rd, 23:19.9) and Eri Macdonald (176th, 23:16.1) and senior Katie Crabb (180th, 23:19.4). Freshman Laura Harmon (202nd, 23:34.3) and sophomore Carrie Zografos (304th, 24:43.3) rounded out the varsity unit. The Ducks finished 21st as a squad with 642 points in the 56-team field, including 16 top-25 teams. Returning NCAA champion and No. 3-ranked Brigham Young claimed the women's team crown with 128 points, ahead of No. 1 Stanford (second, 151) and No. 5 Wisconsin (third, 189). Colorado senior Kara Wheeler took top individual honors for the 6K race (20:27.3), ahead of returning NCAA champion Erica Palmer from Wisconsin (second, 20:56.7) and North Carolina freshman Shalane Flanagan (third, 20:58.6).
10/28 * PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS - UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
SEATTLE (Lincoln Park) -- The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country teams opened their championship season with second and seventh-place finishes in the conference championships first-ever stop at Lincoln Park. Sophomore Jason Hartmann led the UO men, finishing second overall in the eight-kilometer race (23:47.37) after leading much of the fourth mile. For the former Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Hartmann, it was an improvement of 13 places from last year's race in Long Beach, Calif. Senior Michael Kasahun (10th, 24:03.58) improved nine spots from last year's conference debut, while junior Adam Bergquist (17th, 24:18.43) ranked third on the squad for the third straight meet. A trio of in-state Duck freshmen followed - Eagle Point's John Lucas (18th, 24:21.79), Bend's Brett Holts (19th, 24:23.02) and Aumsville's Noel Paulson (25th, 24:35.14). Senior Lincoln Nehring turned in his best race of the season (31st, 24:48.03) as the top seven were 1:01 apart at the finish line - the tightest margin among the top three teams. The No. 13-ranked Duck men ranked second with 66 points, trailing No. 3 Stanford (first) and ahead of No. 10 Arizona (third, 70), No. 29 Arizona State (fourth, 114) and No. 26 Washington (fifth, 117). The men's effort was even more impressive considering the loss of last year's top two finishers. Martin Smith's crew improved on last year's third-place finish even with four of the team's top six runners making their Pac-10 debuts. In the women's 6K race, senior Hanna Smedstad led Oregon for the fourth time this season and took ninth in her Pac-10 debut (20:51.52). The graduate student transfer from Oklahoma State ran most of the race near her eventual placing and was just shy of the previous course record of 20:49.14. Senior Katie Crabb notched her first top-20 conference effort (20th, 21:25.81), followed by freshman Laura Harmon (35th, 22:17.22), sophomore Eri Macdonald (36th, 22:19.68) and sophomore Erinn Gulbrandsen (40th, 22:31.98). Other Duck finishers included senior Rhiannon Glenn (42nd, 22:42.18) and junior Carrie Zografos (44th, 22:43.48). The Duck women's squad took seventh with 140 points, while No. 2 Stanford (51) edged No. 4 Arizona State (second, 67), No. 8 Arizona (third, 79) and No. 6 Washington (fourth, 83) in a tight team battle up front. Other team finishers included Washington State (fifth, 124), UCLA (sixth, 134), USC (eighth, 226) and California (ninth, 254).
1999 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW
The Duck men's and women's harrier teams put a fitting signature to the 1999 season finishing sixth and 19th overall with scores of 306 and 460 points, respectively. The Duck men featured All-America efforts by senior Steve Fein, who finished third (30:14.3) for Oregon's highest men's finish in 20 years, Andrew Bliss (34th, 31:14.1) and the top American freshman Jason Hartmann (37th, 31:17.3). The trio also marked Oregon's first trio of All-Americans in the top 40 overall in a decade. Also competing for the Ducks in their NCAA debuts were Michael Kasahun (107th, 32:08.0), Lincoln Nehring (203rd, 33:29.9) and Tom Becker (210th, 33:34.0). Overall in the team standings, race favorite Arkansas ran away with the team title with 58 points, ahead of Wisconsin (second, 185). The Ducks, ranked 12th before the meet, edged No. 5-ranked Colorado (seventh, 307) by one point for sixth in the 31-team field with 306 points. Individually, South Alabama freshman David Kimani pulled away from Fein in the eighth kilometer en route to the NCAA title. Arkansas senior Michael Power rode a strong final kick to runner-up honors as the top three were all under the previous course record set in 1992 when Olympian Bob Kennedy won his final NCAA title. On the women's side, the green and yellow effort was equally impressive as the No. 24-ranked Ducks met their pre-race objective of finishing top-20 by tying for 19th place with 11th-ranked N.C. State. Head coach Tom Heinonen's squad -- featuring six in their NCAA debuts including four freshmen -- responded with their best race of the year, putting their front four all in the top 110 overall. Freshman Amy Nickerson paced the team for the fifth time during the season (65th, 17:47.6), and less than 20 seconds ahead of Rhiannon Glenn (84th, 17:56.5), Tara Struyk (101st, 18:01.6) and Katie Crabb (114th, 18:06.2). The Ducks closed their scoring with Eri Macdonald (226th, 19:07.6), followed by Lisa Jansen (237th, 19:31.1) and Erinn Gulbrandsen (239th, 19:36.90). Among the women's efforts, Crabb's particularly stood out as the Chico, Calif., native had barely two weeks of training after an Achilles injury held her out of most of the fall. The Ducks' NCAA effort marked their 23rd top-20 national finish in the program's 25-year history.
LAST MEET AGATE
Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Saturday, October 28, 2000
Women's Team Scores - 1, Stanford, 51 points. 2, Arizona State, 67. 3, Arizona, 79. 4, Washington, 83. 5, Washington State, 124. 6, UCLA, 134. 7, Oregon, 140. 8, USC, 226. 9, California, 254.
Women's Individual 6K Results - 1, Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 20 minutes, 10.67 seconds. 2, Lisa Aguilera, ASU, 20:19.95. 3, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:34.84. 4, Cami Matson, Washington, 20:42.08. 5, Victoria Chang, Stanford, 20:45.01. 6, Elena Villarreal, Stanford, 20:45.70. 7, Mary Duerbeck, Arizona State, 20:47.31. 8, Katrin Engelen, Arizona, 20:50.84. 9, Hanna Smedstad, Oregon, 20:51.52. 10, Kate Bradshaw, Washington, 20:55.01.
Men's Team Scores - 1, Stanford, 21points. 2, Oregon, 66. 3. Arizona, 70. 4, Arizona State, 144. 5, Washington, 117. 6, UCLA, 142. 7, Washington State, 190. 8, California, 195.
Men's Individual Results - 1, Jonathon Riley, Stanford, 23 minutes, 39.59 seconds. 2, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 23:47.37. 3, Louis Luchini, Stanford, 23:49.53. 4, Grant Robison, Stanford, 23:50.17. 5, Tom Prindiville, Arizona, 23:50.47. 6, Tom Murley, Stanford, 23:54.33. 7, Don Sage, Stanford, 23:56.61. 8, Bryan Green, UCLA, 23:57.57. 9, David Lopez, Arizona, 24:00.97. 10, Michael Kasahun, Oregon, 24:03.58.
Mondo Men's Poll (10/31)
Pl. Team Pts1. Colorado(11) 3952. Stanford (3) 3803. Arkansas (2) 3734. Providence 3495. No. Arizona 3286. Wisconsin 3267. BYU 2948. Georgetown 2929. Iona 26710. Oregon 24511. Duke 23112. Arizona 21613. Okla. St. 21314. Weber St. 19015. Indiana 15316. N.C. State 13317. Penn State 13018. E. Michigan 11819. Villanova 11220. Notre Dame 10221. Will.&Mary 9522. Colorado St. 6523. Michigan St. 6424. Alabama 4125. Dartmouth 31
Other M TeamsSouth Florida 23, Virginia 13, Missouri 7, Nebraska 5, Arizona State 4, Portland 3, Princeton 2.
FinishLynx Women's Poll (11/1)
Pl. Team Pts1. BYU(12) 3002. Stanford 2883. Wisconsin 2764. Arizona St. 2595. Colorado 2576. Boston Coll. 2387. Arizona 2078. Kansas St. 2069. Washington 18110. Michigan 17911. Arkansas 17412. Yale 16913. Georgetown 16314. N.C. State 14215. Colorado St. 13916. Providence 13417. Weber St. 10218. Villanova 8619. Missouri 7620. Minnesota 7521. Marquette 6622. Brown 5823. No. Carolina 4324. Texas A&M 2925. W. Virginia 28
Other W Teams
Columbia 12, Wake Forest 6, South Florida 5, Northern Arizona 1, Texas Christian 1.
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