Duck M&W Tracksters Score NCAA Marks at Oregon Preview

March 17, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams opened their outdoor seasons at Hayward Field with solid efforts against a mix of top Northwest talent.

The Duck women looked to the field events for a pair of NCAA provisional marks from freshman javelin thrower Sarah Malone (first, 155-3) and senior pole vaulter Holly Speight (first, 12-5 1/2). Malone's throw moved her to second all-time for the Ducks with the newly weighted-implement, and Speight's final clearance stood as an outdoor best for Oregon's third-ranked all-time vaulter.

'It wasn't the best of days,' Malone said, 'but it was encouraging that I got my best throw today on a five-step approach. It's been a busy time with tests last week and coming up, so I've been a little stressed. However, it was fun to finally put the jersey on. I've been sitting in the east grandstands for so long growing up, it was a little weird to finally actually be out here.'

Eyeing the Pac-10 qualifying list, three other Ducks earned their invites to the league finale - sophomores Charyl Weingarten (javelin, second, 143-0) and Mary Etter (shot put, first, 44-7 1/2), and senior Maureen Morrison (hammer, second, 176-10).

The eight remaining Duck winners (besides Etter, Malone and Speight) included junior Jenny Kenyon (200, 25.69), sophomores Janette Davis (400, 56.37), Amanda Brown (long jump, 19-0w) and Jordan McDaniels (discus, 144-10), and freshmen Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, 14.35) and Eryn Sicora-Fordney (1,500 'B' race, 4:55.05). UO quartests also claimed wins in the 4x100 (48.81) and 4x400 relays (3:55.70).

'Four events in a day - whew,' said Amanda Brown, who's best long jump Saturday was just above the wind-legal 2.0 wind limit (+2.2). 'I didn't start feeling it until the 200, and from there I was tired. I was happy to get that kind of mark in the long jump. My goal was 19 feet coming in, but I thought that might be a little far-fetched for the first meet. I haven't been able to jump much this past month or so because of my knees, so this was encouraging.'

Sullivan led a host of near Pac-10 qualifying misses, falling only .01 seconds short with her 14.35 clocking in the 100 hurdles. Other Ducks in the same category included sophomores Eri Macdonald (800, 2:11.49 - .35 seconds away), Erinn Gulbrandsen (1,500, 4:41.47 - 1.33 seconds away) and Janette Davis (400, 56.37 - .93 seconds away), junior Cameo Davis (400 hurdles, 1:03.81 - 1.77 seconds away) and senior Karis Howell (javelin, 141-10 - 10 inches away)

'We saw some encouraging things, and we're only going to continue to solidify from here,' Oregon women's head coach Tom Heinonen said. 'Some of the positives for us in the field events were Maureen in the hammer, Amanda in the long jump and Jenny Brogdon in the high jump. Eri had a great finish in the 800, and Annette Mosey had a personal best, and in the 3,000, Hanna (Smedstad, seventh, 9:35.57) hung in there after only doing a half workout all season so far.'

On the men's side, the Ducks claimed their first NCAA automatic mark of the season as redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler uncorked a 13-foot personal best to win Saturday's javelin (238-9, 72.78 meters). The Coos Bay native's mark easily cleared the NCAA automatic mark of 236-3 (72.00m), and also pushed him up one spot to second all-time for the Ducks behind former NCAA champion Art Skipper (251-8).

'I knew I was capable of throwing a personal best today so I wasn't surprised,' Stiegeler said, 'but then again it was the first meet of the year, so I was a little nervous. I knew the arm was ready because I had thrown in the 230's in practice, and there was a little tailwind which helped me.'

Besides Stiegeler's top honors, the Duck men added six other wins and 11 other Pac-10 qualifying marks Saturday.

Junior transfer Micah Harris paced the team in the 110 hurdles with a winning time of 14.16 - ranking him seventh all-time for the Ducks - and the first Duck to join the program's top-10 list in eight years. Three other Ducks posted Pac-10 qualifying marks in the event - sophomore Terry Ellis (second, 14.29), freshman Jake Garlick (third, 14.60) and junior Billy Pappas (fourth 14.67), with Ellis' and Pappas' times new personal bests.

Other UO men's winners included junior Ross Krempley (800, 1:52.93), freshman Jason Hartmann (3,000, 8:09.79), junior Tim Overfield (400 hurdles, 53.11), junior Jason Boness (high jump, 7-0 1/2), and sophomore Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, 48-2 3/4).

'It was good to come back outdoors again,' said Hartmann, an NCAA provisional qualifier indoors in the 5,000. 'The strategy was for Michael (Kasahun, teammate) to take it out and pace it early and then I would take over. I felt pretty consistent and comfortable most of the way, which gives me confidence heading into my next race.'

Based on their marks, all those aforementioned winners, except for Krempley, also qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley, May 19-20. Other Ducks that sealed invites included junior and freshman pole vaulters Cody Howell and Trevor Woods (third/fourth, 16-4 3/4) and a pair of javelin throwers, freshman Adam Jenkins and senior Ryan Keith (second/third, 218-5/206-3).

'Today was a positive first step,' Oregon men's head coach Martin Smith said. 'We have a lot of newcomers, especially freshmen and sophomores. I was also happy because today's effort showed we're becoming a more complete and solid team. Two areas that stood out were the javelin and hurdles which showed great promise, yet obviously still have room for improvement.'

Looking ahead, the Duck men will likely send a partial squad of field event and sprint athletes to the Baldy Castillo Invitational, Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, in Tempe, Ariz. The men's distance runners will resume action at the Stanford Invitational the following weekend, March 31-April 1, as will a large women's contingent.

Oregon Men's Wins (7)800   Ross Krempley           1:52.933,000 Jason Hartmann          8:09.79110H  Micah Harris            14.16400H  Tim Overfield           53.114x400                         3:15.70HJ    Jason Boness	      7-0.5TJ    Foluso Akinradewo	      48-2.75

Oregon Women's Wins (11)200 Jenny Kenyon 25.69400 Janette Davis 56.37800-B Eryn Sicora-Fordney 4:55.05100H Ann Sullivan 14.35400H Cameo Davis 1:03.814x100 48.814x400 3:55.70LJ Amanda Brown 19-0w (+2.2 mps)SP Mary Etter 44-7.5DT Jordan McDaniels 144-10JT Sarah Malone 155-3

NCAA Automatic Qualifying Marks (1 Male)JT John Stiegeler 1st 238-9 (72.78m)

NCAA Provisional Qualifying Marks (2 Females)JT Sarah Malone 1st 155-3PV Holly Speight 1st 12-5.5

Men's Pac-10 Qualifying Marks (12)110H Micah Harris 1st 14.16 Terry Ellis 2nd 14.29 Jake Garlick 3rd 14.60 Billy Pappas 4th 14.67400H Tim Overfield 1st 53.11HJ Jason Boness 1st 7-0.5PV Cody Howell 3rd 16-4.75 Trevor Woods 4th 16-4.75TJ Foluso Akinradewo 1st 48-2.75JT John Stiegeler 1st 238-9 (72.78m) Adam Jenkins 2nd 218-5 Ryan Keith 3rd 206-3

Women's Pac-10 Qualifying Marks (4)JT Sarah Malone 1st 155-3 Charyl Weingarten 2nd 143-0HT Maureen Morrison 2nd 176-10PV Holly Speight 1st 12-5.5

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