Duck Newcomer Class Ranked First by Track and Field News
Dec. 22, 2000
EUGENE - Good news came a month before the indoor season starts as the University of Oregon men's track and field team was spotlighted in January's Track and Field News magazine as the top freshman recruiting class in the nation.
The Duck squad featured four prep All-Americans and two transfers with personal bests that were NCAA provisional or better.
Among the 20 freshmen in the group, eight ranked top-10 nationally in the javelin, pole vault, 400 hurdles, 1,500, mile, 3,000 or 3,200. Prep national leaders included Gladstone's Adam Jenkins (javelin, 229-2) and Canby's Eric Logsdon (3,000, 8:10.66). Logsdon and Aumsville's Noel Paulson ranked second and third in the 1,500 (3:51.39 / 3:53.4), while Paulson and Aaron Emery, from Croghan, NY, ranked third and fourth in the 3,000 (8:18.72 / 8:32.18).
Prep All-Americans spotlighted by Track & Field News included a quartet of freshmen - Logsdon, Jenkins, hurdler Jake Garlick from Salt Lake City and pole vaulter Trevor Woods from Coos Bay.
Other first-year classmates included javelin thrower Erik Butterfield from Bellevue, Wash. (209-7), hurdler Brandon Holliday from Beaverton, pole vaulter Caleb Krantz from Myrtle Point (16-0), long jumper Jeremiah King from Newport (23-1), and distance runners Brett Holts from Bend, John Lucas from Eagle Point, Mike Pluth from Eugene, and Oliver Redig from Henderson, Nev.
Several other transfers rounded out the stellar class. Junior Micah Harris, from Central Arizona Community College, ran 13.96w in the 110 hurdles last spring, while redshirt junior Simon Kimata, ran personal bests of 1:47.02 (800), 3:46.18 (1,500) and 50.81 (400 hurdles) for Barton Community College in 1999 before sitting out last season at South Plains Community College.
The women's squad also featured several top additions that were cited by the magazine, headlined by prep All-American and Newberg native Sarah Malone who threw 171-0 last season with the high school javelin and also finished eighth at the 2000 Olympic Trials. Other notable Duck newcomers included Vancouver's Laura Harmon (4:34.880 / 9:56.9 bests in the 1,500 / 3,000), Wilsonville's Annette Mosey (2:14.24) and Ann Sullivan (43.64 300H) from Omak, Wash. The Ducks also added a transfer with outdoor eligibility only in two-time cross country All-American and senior Hanna Smedstad.
Looking ahead, the Duck men open their indoor season, Friday, January 19 at the Iowa State Open, while the women debut the following day at the Eugene Indoor at the Lane County Fairgrounds.
The Eugene Indoor will kick off that Saturday with a day portion from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. for youth age groups (ages 8-10, 11-12, 13-14, and high school). The Ducks will compete in the collegiate section which runs from 7-11 p.m. that evening and also includes open and master's competitors.
The Track City Track Club sponsors the Eugene Indoor and entry information for area athletes is available from Erin Regali, Track City Track Club, 2997 Firwood Way, Eugene 97401, by E-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at (541) 687-8453. Events include the 50, 50 hurdles, 300, 600, 1500, 300, 4x300, long jump, triple jump, shot put, high jump, pole vault, weight throw.