Men's Track Readies for Trip to Desert
Baldy Castillo Invitational - Tempe, Ariz. (M only/W off)
OUTDOOR VOLUME 2: Men Bound for Arizona State, Women Off This Week.
The Duck men will up the competitive ante this weekend, sending a scaled-back unit of sprinters and field event performers to the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The men's distance runners will likely defer duty until next weekend's Stanford Invitational -- also the UO women's next scheduled stop. Also this weekend, a handful of Duck individuals may also compete nearby at the Lane Community College Open (Friday, 3/23) and Western Intercollegiate Invite (Saturday, 3/24).
DUCKS TO WATCH: Ducks Score NCAA Auto Mark in Javelin, High Hurdlers Score Pac-10 Marks.
Sophomore John Stiegeler scored the team's first automatic mark in the javelin last weekend (238-9) and the Ducks had two other Pac-10 qualifiers in the event -- freshman Adam Jenkins (218-5) and redshirt senior Ryan Keith (206-3). The team's 110m-hurdle quartet of junior Micah Harris (14.16), sophomore Terry Ellis (14.29), freshman Jake Garlick (14.60) and redshirt junior Billy Pappas (14.67) also come off Pac-10 qualifying marks. In the throws, redshirt junior Rian Ingrim scored his first NCAA provisional mark indoors in March in the shot put (57-5). True freshman pole vaulter Trevor Woods will look for his first outdoor 17-foot clearance after clearing 17-0 and 17-1 indoors this season.
THIS WEEK'S TENTATIVE DUCK MEN'S ENTRIES
200: Micah Harris, Terry Ellis400: Brandon Holliday800: Ross Krempley110 Hurdles: Micah Harris, Terry Ellis, Jake Garlick, Billy Pappas, Santiago Lorenzo400 Hurdles: Jake Garlick, Tim Overfield, Brandon HollidayHigh Jump: Jason Boness, Billy Pappas, Jake HornerPole Vault: Trevor Woods, Cody HowellLong Jump: Santiago Lorenzo, Santiago Lorenzo, Billy Pappas, Jake HornerTriple Jump: Jason BonessShot Put: James MarchDiscus: James MarchJavelin: John Stiegeler, Adam Jenkins, Nick BakkeDecathlon: Jason SlyeRelays: 4x100, 4x400
HOME SWEET HOME: Duck Women Open Busy Slate at Hayward Field.
3/17 -- EUGENE -- Last Saturday, the Ducks opened their outdoor home season at Hayward Field with solid efforts against a mix of top Northwest talent. The men claimed their first NCAA automatic mark courtesy of redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler, who uncorked a 13-foot javelin personal best (first, 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). Also among the team's seven victors, junior transfer Micah Harris clocked 14.16 en route to the win in the 110 hurdles. That split ranked him seventh all-time for the Ducks as he became 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). Non-winners that met Pac-10 qualifying marks 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). The Duck women also 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. Eyeing the Pac-10 qualifying list, three other Ducks earned 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 other Duck winners 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 quartets also claimed wins in the 4x100 (48.81) and 4x400 relays (3:55.70). Sullivan led a host of near Pac-10 qualifying misses, falling only .01 seconds short in the hurdles (14.35). 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).
ON THE NCAA OVAL: Crabb and Boness Nab First Indoor All-America Honors.
Two weekends ago, two Ducks capped the indoor season with All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas. Redshirt senior Katie Crabb closed her career with her first indoor honor (mile, ninth, 4:46.90) after overcoming a mid-race ankle sprain. Junior Jason Boness improved on his 11th-place seeding in the high jump (ninth, 6-11 3/4) for his third honor overall. Three other Ducks scored NCAA provisional marks during the season but didn't compete -- sophomore Jason Hartmann (5,000, 14:05.72), junior Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-5) and senior Holly Speight (pole vault, 12-6).
MEN'S OUTLOOK: Ducks Return Two All-Americans and 11 Pac-10 Scorers.
Now in their third year under head coach Martin Smith, the Men of Oregon will take solid aim at climbing the Pac-10 and NCAA ranks in 2001. The Ducks sport a familiar foundation of homegrown talent interspersed with national-level additions. And to continue the momentum into the future, the Ducks inked the nation's top recruiting class according to December's Track and Field News. Among the large corps of Duck returnees, the field events return Pac-10 scorers in virtually every discipline. Junior high jumper Jason Boness and junior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo lead the group after All-America honors last year. Several others also hope for NCAA consideration after previous marks near or equal NCAA provisional standards -- seniors Ryan Keith (javelin, 220-5) and Kyley Johnson (high jump, 7-0 1/2), junior Billy Pappas (decathlon, 7,184) and freshman distance runner Jason Hartmann (5,000, 14:05.72). The throws offer an exciting duo of fast-developing juniors, John Bello and Rian Ingrim, who have goals of NCAA provisional marks in the shot put, with Bello holding similar aspirations in the discus. Several talented newcomers hope to make noticeable contributions. Freshman Jake Garlick was a prep All-American in the high hurdles (13.71) and a 51.47-second intermediate hurdler. Junior transfer Micah Harris is a sub-14.0 performer already (13.96) and was a JC All-American last season at Central Arizona. Another junior transfer, Simon Kimata, clocked 1:47.02 in the 800 two years ago. Leading a large class of distance newcomers, freshman Eric Logsdon paced the nation last year in the 3,000 (8:10.66), with another instate product, freshman Noel Paulson, close behind (8:18.72) and among the country's best in the mile (4:07.14). A pair of precocious Oregonians are ready for the collegiate jump as freshmen -- javelin thrower Adam Jenkins, the national prep leader in the javelin last year (229-2), and pole vaulter Trevor Woods, fourth-ranked nationally (16-10 3/4) and also a prep All-American.
WOMEN'S OUTLOOK: Four All-Americans lead a youth-heavy squad.
This year's Duck roster features a long list of leading performers, yet an influx of young talent may steal part of the spotlight. The throws feature a pair of All-Americans, sophomore Mary Etter and senior Karis Howell, who lead Pac-10 returnees in the discus (173-11) and javelin (168-3), respectively. Last season Etter finished eighth in her NCAA debut and raised her discus personal best at the Pac-10 Championships (173-11). Howell also has proved a dependable championship commodity after three NCAA trips and a Pac-10 title in 1998. Senior Maureen Morrison has thrown NCAA provisional marks previously in the hammer and discus, and sophomore Charyl Weingarten and freshman Sarah Malone were prep javelin All-Americans. Two-time All-America pole vaulter and junior Niki Reed leads a corps that features All-America senior Karina Elstrom and NCAA provisional qualifier Holly Speight, although Elstrom's availability may depend on off-season injuries. Junior heptathlete Jenny Kenyon may join the list of recent NCAA invites in the combined events after a fourth-place Pac-10 finish in 2000. In the distances, senior transfer Hanna Smedstad is a three-time NCAA qualifier in the outdoor 3,000 and 5,000, and led the cross country squad last fall to its 24th national championship trip in 26 years. Sophomore Eri Macdonald was a Pac-10 and U.S. Junior Champs finalist in the 800 last year. The hurdles feature several talented youth, including sophomore Lucretia Larkin, 10th-ranked all-time for the Ducks (14.25), and freshman Ann Sullivan, a two-time Washington 2A state champion in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.
HAYWARD FIELD PROFILE: NCAA Finale Returns to Eugene in 2001.
One of the most famous track facilities in the world, Hayward Field is named for Bill Hayward, who coached the Oregon's men's team from 1904-1947. The 10,000-seat stadium -- originally dedicated in 1919 -- will again welcome top national and international talent to a Triple Crown of great meets, the NCAA Outdoor Championships (5/30-6/2), Prefontaine Classic (5/27, www.preclassic.com) and USA Outdoor Championships (6/21-24, www.eugenechamps.com). Eight previous NCAA Championships have visited Hayward, along with three Olympic Trials and five past U.S. Championships.
AT THE HELM: Duck Head Coach Profiles.
The dean of Oregon coaches, Tom Heinonen is in his 25th season as women's head coach and has led the Ducks to one NCAA track crown (1985) and six conference titles since the meets' inception in 1983 (1983-84-85-86-92-93). For the men, two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year Martin Smith has seen Ducks collect 11 All-America honors in cross country and track in his first 2 1/2 seasons in Eugene, including Jason Boness' high jump honor from the 2001 indoor circuit. On the track in 2000, all three Duck outdoor qualifiers were pegged All-Americans, while Steve Fein became Oregon's 27 sub-4:00 miler at last May's Oregon Twilight. Prior to his arrival in Eugene in July 1998, his Wisconsin runners posted two cross country NCAA team titles (1982-88), five NCAA individual track and cross country titles and 78 All-America honors (44 track and 34 XC).
2000 NCAA CHAMPS REVIEW: Six Ducks Claim All-America Honors.
Oregon capped its collegiate season last year at Duke University with one of its strongest NCAA Championships showings in recent history. Of the seven Ducks that traveled to the collegiate finale, six earned All-America honors and five scored points for UO in the team races with top-eight finishes. In the team races, both Oregon teams scored five points as the men tied for 44th and women for 45th. The men's trio of senior Steve Fein (1,500, 13th-q), and sophomores Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon, fifth, 7,543) and Jason Boness (high jump, seventh-t, 7-2 1/4) all responded with All-America efforts. Fein missed making the 1,500 final by one place and less than a quarter-second after two previous indoor All-America nods in the 3,000 (fifth in `98, seventh in `99) and another in the 5,000 outdoors in `99 (seventh). Senior Katie Crabb made her second appearance in the NCAA 1,500 and scored her first All-America honor and a personal best (seventh, 4:19.35). Junior Karis Howell made her third NCAA trip and collected her second All-America honor (seventh, 168-1). Mary Etter led freshmen in the discus at the NCAA finale and took eighth overall (eighth, 166-11) after qualifying the previous week with her personal best from the Pac-10 meet (third, 173-11). Pole vaulter Niki Reed made her third NCAA appearance but a knee injury (13th, 12-9 1/2) slowed her after two previous All-America honors.
LIKE A DUCK IN WATER: UO women prepare for addition of the steeplechase.
The NCAA Championships will feature a new event in 2001 as the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase has been added to the schedule and will replace the 3,000 meters. The 30-inch wooden barriers will be six inches shorter than the men's counterpart, with the water pit the same length (12 feet) as the men -- at least this season as the IAAF decides whether a 10-foot length would soon prove too short. Although several steeplechases have been held as exhibition events in past summer all-comers meets, last Saturday marked its official collegiate debut as former Duck Jill (Callero) Mestler won (11:22.10). Among current Ducks, redshirt sophomore Annie Davis, sister of former Duck All-American Marie Davis, has already raced once this year at the Linfield Icebreaker (second, 12:11.50). Junior transfer Carrie Zografos, a former state placer in the hurdles/relays for Portland's Central Catholic and one of the team's top harriers last fall, could split time between steepling and racing the 800 and 1,500 meters.
2000 PAC-10 REVIEW: Ducks close regular season in Eugene.
Last season at the Pac-10 Championships, the Duck men finished far ahead of their projected score with 71 points as 15 of the team's 24-man roster scored at the Pac-10 finale, even though only five were seeded in the top eight prior. Individually, Santiago Lorenzo and Steve Fein took second in the decathlon and 5K, respectively, behind eventual NCAA champions. In his conference debut, Jason Boness won the high jump by four inches (7-5) with a new school record. Other Duck scorers included Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:52.07), junior Michael Kasahun (10K, seventh, 30:11.43), Andrew Bliss (10K, eighth, 30:20.54), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, eighth, 14.51), Santiago Lorenzo (400 hurdles, fourth, 51.70), Kyley Johnson (high jump, seventh, 6-9), Nat Johnson (long jump, third, 25-3 1/2w), Colin McArthur (long jump, sixth, 23-11), Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 49-9 3/4), John Bello (discus, fifth, 178-7, shot put, sixth, 57-0), Ryan Keith (javelin, sixth, 208-7), Adam Kriz (hammer, eighth, 189-5) and the 4x100 (fifth, 40.92). On the women's side, Oregon also turned to distances and field events for many of their highlights. In the 1,500, senior Katie Crabb didn't back down from her top seed status, leading much of the race before taking third in a lean at the line (4:21.41). In the throws, freshman Mary Etter showed impressive maturity, returning after a trio of fouls in the shot put to finish third in the discus (PR & NCAA prov. 173-11), and Charyl Weingarten added similar points in the javelin (third, 146-4). Other scorers included Endia Abrante (400, sixth, 55.43), Eri Macdonald (800, eighth, 2:12.51), Karina Elstrom (pole vault, fifth, 12-7 1/4), Holly Speight (pole vault, 11th, 11-11 1/4), Maureen Morrison (hammer, sixth, 183-10), Karis Howell (javelin, seventh, 139-6) and the 4x400 relay (eighth, 3:48.77).