Ducks Prepare for McDonald's Invitational
Feb. 7, 2001
EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams raise the bar again this weekend, traveling to indoor contests at the University of Idaho and Iowa State University.
The Duck women will make their first appearance in the team-scored format, sending 19 athletes to the McDonald's Invitational at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10.
Tentative UO women's entries include:
The men will compete at the Iowa State Classic indoor meet, scheduled for Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10 at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center in Ames, Iowa. Other top teams at the meet include Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Stanford, UTEP and Wisconsin.
Tentative Duck men's entries include:
Last weekend both Ducks teams competed at the Wolf Pack Invitational at the University of Nevada, Sat., Feb. 3.
Senior Maureen Morrison led the women with a school record in the weight throw by two inches (fourth, 57-3) and less than a foot off the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 58-1. Other highlights came courtesy of senior Holly Speight (pole vault, third, 11-11 3/4), sophomore Mary Etter (weight throw, seventh, 50-5 1/2 / shot put, eighth, 43-1 3/4), sophomore Jenny Brogdon (high jump, seventh, 5-3 3/4), freshman Ann Sullivan (60 hurdles, sixth, 8.25), All-America senior Katie Crabb (mile, fourth, 4:59.13), and sophomore Eri Macdonald (800, ninth, 2:20.55).
Among the eight-man Duck contingent, three came away with runner-up honors - sophomore Terry Ellis (55 hurdles, 7.56), freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-2 3/4) and sophomore Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, 49-5 1/2). Other top performances came from senior Rian Ingrim (shot put, third, 56-8 1/2), sophomore Adam Kriz (weight throw, fifth, 58-4 3/4) and sophomore Jason Slye (pole vault, fifth, 16-0 3/4).
So far the season, 13 Duck men have combined for 18 qualifying marks already for the Mountain Pacific Championships, and nine UO women have combined for qualifying marks in 11 events.
Looking ahead two weekends, the men's squad competes at the Holiday Inn Classic, Sat., Feb. 17 in Reno, Nev., and the women's squad takes a week off from action.
Area track fans can take advantage of the U.S. Cross Country Championships that same weekend in Vancouver, Wash., at Ft. Vancouver Park, Sat.-Sun., Feb.17-18 (meet information is available at www.usatf-oregon.org).
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