Host of Present and Former Ducks Head to Track & Field Olympic Trials

July 13, 2000

EUGENE - In the next two weeks, a number of current and former University of Oregon track and field athletes will chase the highest honor in their sport - qualifying for the Summer Olympic Games - at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, July 14-23 at Cal State University Sacramento's Hornet Stadium.

Among current Ducks competing are sophomores Niki Reed in the women's pole vault (Qualifying - Friday, July 21, 2:00 p.m. / Finals - Sunday, July 23, 2:00 p.m.) and) and Jason Boness in the high jump (Qualifying - Friday, July 21, 2:00 p.m. / Finals - Sunday, July 23, 3:30 p.m.) and junior Karis Howell (Qualifying - Sunday, July 16 at 9:30 a.m. / Monday, July 17 at 6:45 p.m.) in the javelin. Senior Steve Fein, a six-time All-American for the Ducks in cross country and track and field, had to scratch from the men's 5,000 meters due to a calf injury.

Former Ducks entered in the meet include Nick Rogers in the men's 10,000 (Friday, July 14, 8:45 p.m.), Annette Peters and Melody Fairchild in the women's 10,000 (Friday, July 14, 9:25 p.m.), Rick Mestler in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase (Qualifying - Monday, July 17, 7:45 p.m. / Thursday, July 20, 9:45 p.m.), Lisa (Karnopp) Nye in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase (Monday, July 17, 7 p.m.), and Fairchild and Milena Glusac in the 5,000 (Qualifying - Monday, July 17, 8:45 p.m. / Final - Friday, July 21, 9:20 p.m.).

The top three finishers from each event, provided they meet their respective Olympic `A' qualifying standards (available at usatf.org), qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 22-Oct. 1. One exception, the women's steeplechase, is still a U.S. championship-only and non-Olympic event, although it will be contested at the international level next year at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

Meet results can be found at either USA Track & Field's web site (www.usatf.org) or through the host organizing committee at www.sacsports.com. The following is a tentative viewing schedule for the televised portion of the meet, although viewers are urged to check local listings to verify times and channels (all listed times are Pacific).

Tentative Olympic Trials Track and Field Viewing Schedule
Fri., July 14 PAX -TV 8pm - 10pm PDT
Sat., July 15 NBC -TV 8pm -9pm PDT
Sun., July 16 NBC -TV 1pm -3pm PDT
Mon., July 17 PAX-TV 8pm - 10pm PDT
Thurs., July 20 PAX -TV 8:30pm - 10:30pm PDT
Fri., July 21 PAX-TV 8pm - 10pm PDT
Sat., July 22 NBC-TV 10am - 12noon PDT
Sun., July 23 NBC-TV 7pm - 9pm PDT

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