Track Teams Prepare for Stanford Invitational
March 27, 2001
Stanford Invitational (M&W)
OUTDOOR VOL. 3: Women's Team and Men's Distance Runners Head to Stanford.
After a primarily off-week, the Duck women return to action with 16 athletes traveling to one of the nation's finest early-season track and field contests, the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif. A tentative group of four men's distance runners will also make the trip to take advantage of some of the nation's fastest 5K and 10K races. The following weekend, most of the men's decathletes, sprinters and field event specialists resume action at the Texas Relays, with the women's team taking an off-week before the Washington Dual (4/14).
DUCKS TO WATCH: Distances take center stage this weekend.
Senior Hanna Smedstad, a two-time cross country All-American, chases an NCAA qualifying mark in her second-ever 10,000 on the track. All-America discus thrower Mary Etter adds duty in the shot put and hammer. All-America junior Niki Reed and senior Holly Speight look to improve after last week's pole vault season bests of 12-6 locally at Lane CC. Two of the team's top middle distance runners, sophomore Eri Macdonald and freshman Annette Mosey, chase Pac-10 marks in the 800. Freshman Ann Sullivan is only .01 seconds away in the 100 hurdles after her season-opening 14.35 effort two weekends ago. On the men's side, sophomore Jason Hartmann qualified indoors for the NCAA 5,000 (14:05.72) but declined the invite to focus on the outdoor season, with this weekend's 10K his first ever on the track. Senior Michael Kasahun was a Pac-10 scorer in the 10,000 last year (seventh, 30:11.43), and will look for an NCAA provisional mark this weekend in the 5,000 -- his personal best is 14:16.98 from the 2000 Oregon Invitational.
Tentative Oregon Women's Entries
JT - Noon - Sara Dinsmore, Sarah Malone, Jordan McDaniels, Charyl Weingarten
100H - 2:05 pm - Cameo Davis, Jenny Kenyon, Ann Sullivan
LJ - 2:30 pm - Amanda Brown
SP - 3 pm - Mary Etter, Jordan McDaniels
PV - 3 pm - Niki Reed, Holly Speight
100 - 4pm - Heather Murtaugh
400H - 4:40 pm - Cameo Davis
5K - 6:45 pm/10:05 pm - Tara Struyk
10K - 7:25 pm - Hanna Smedstad
HT - 9 am - Mary Etter, Jordan McDaniels, Maureen Morrison
1,500 - 9 am - Erinn Gulbrandsen, Annie Davis
400 - 10:10 am - Heather Murtaugh
800 - 10:35 am - Eri Macdonald, Annette Mosey
200 - 11:05 am - Amanda Brown
DT - 1 pm - Mary Etter, Maureen Morrison, Jordan McDaniels
4x400 - 3:35 pm
Tentative Oregon Men's Entries
HOME SWEET HOME: Duck Women Open Busy Slate at Hayward Field.
3/17 -- EUGENE -- Two Saturdays ago, the Duck women opened their outdoor home season at Hayward Field with solid efforts against a mix of top Northwest talent. The field events featured 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 a then-outdoor best for Oregon's third-ranked all-time vaulter (she cleared 12-6 last weekend locally at the Lane Open). 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) and junior Cameo Davis (400 hurdles, 1:03.81 - 1.77 seconds away).
HOT FUN IN THE DESERT: Harris and Stiegeler Pace Duck Men in Tempe.
While the women's team primarily took last weekend off, the Duck men competed over the course of three days at the Baldy Castillo Invitational (3/22-24). Junior Micah Harris tied his personal best and climbed to fourth all-time for the Ducks in the 110 hurdles (second, 13.96) - also only .06 seconds short of the NCAA provisional mark of 13.90. Fellow hurdle newcomer, freshman Jake Garlick, claimed 10th in the 400 hurdles (52.8h), ahead of junior Tim Overfield (53.3) and freshman Brandon Holliday (13th, 53.7). Garlick also competed in the 110 hurdles (ninth, 14.51), just ahead of junior Billy Pappas (12th, 14.74) and sophomore Terry Ellis (13th, 14.74). Also in the sprints, the 4x400 relay turned in its best time so far of 2001's indoor and outdoor seasons (eighth, 3:14.17). Junior Jason Boness paced Duck field event action, in the high jump (third, 7-0 1/2), with sophomore teammate Jake Horner adding 13th (6-8 3/4). In the pole vault, junior Cody Howell claimed the win at 16-4 3/4 on fewer misses over Indiana's Kris Mack (second) and UO freshman Trevor Woods (third). On the first two days of the meet, redshirt sophomore Jason Slye proved victorious in his collegiate decathlon debut (6,677 points), thanks to a strong second-half finish. Slye's final-day marks included 15.24 in the 110 hurdles, 101-11 in the discus, 16-0 3/4 in the pole vault, 141-9 in the javelin and 4:46.36 in the 1,500. On the first day he opened with marks of 11.36 in the 100, 19-11 3/4 in the long jump, 37-1 1/4 in the shot put, 5-8 3/4 in the high jump and 49.82 in the 400. Fellow redshirt sophomore javelin thrower John Stiegeler posted his second win and NCAA qualifying mark in as many weeks (230-1), followed by freshman Adam Jenkins (fifth, 207-8) and redshirt senior Ryan Keith (sixth, 204-4). Other solid second-day finishes came courtesy of juniors Santiago Lorenzo and Billy Pappas in the long jump (fifth, 23-3 1/4 and 13th, 22-3 1/2).
ON THE NCAA OVAL: Crabb and Boness Nab First Indoor All-America Honors.
In early March, 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. Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler quickly joined that NCAA hopeful group with an NCAA automatic throw in his 2001 outdoor opener (javelin, 238-9), and 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 similar goals in the shot put, with Bello a potential national qualifier in the discus. Others returnees to watch that netted Pac-10 points last year include senior Michael Kasahun (10K, seventh), junior Ross Krempley (800, sixth), and sophomores Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 49-9 3/4), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, eighth) and Adam Kriz (hammer, eighth). 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 for the Ducks after tying his personal best last weekend in Tempe (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 for South Plains CC. Leading a large class of distance newcomers, freshman Eric Logsdon (Canby) paced the nation last year in the 3,000 (8:10.66), with another instate product, freshman Noel Paulson (Aumsville), 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 (Gladstone), the national prep leader in the javelin last year (229-2), and pole vaulter Trevor Woods (Coos Bay), 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 a back injury. 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 (5,032 points). In the distances, senior transfer Hanna Smedstad was a three-time NCAA qualifier in the outdoor 3,000 and 5,000 for Oklahoma State, and led the Duck 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 named 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 77 All-America honors (44 track and 33 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-tie, 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 stand 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 the steeplechase has been held as an exhibition event at Hayward Field in past summer all-comers meets, former Duck Jill (Callero) Mestler won (11:22.10) the event's local collegiate debut at the Oregon Preview. 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 the 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).
ABOVE THE CROWD: Female Quartet Among Nation's Best Pole Vaulters.
Now in its fourth year as a collegiate event, the pole vault has continued to prove a hit for the Ducks. Junior Niki Reed again leads the corps and is a two-time All-American and three-time NCAA qualifier. The Newport, Ore., native pushed the school record up to 13-5 1/4 indoors in 2000, and matched it again outdoors last May at the Oregon Invitational. Looking for an NCAA invite herself, senior Holly Speight has garnered NCAA provisional honors outdoors the past three years and again indoors in 2001. Last weekend, Speight matched her indoor best of 12-6 nearby at Lane CC and has posted marks of 12-5 or better at three meets indoors and outdoors this year. All-America senior Karina Elstrom will see limited duty this year due to a back injury, but still hopes for a late season championship run. She is a one-time All-American, four-time NCAA participant, three-time Pac-10 scorer and former school record holder (PR 12-9 1/2). Redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle comes off her first fully healthy collegiate season, and was a nationally-ranked prepster (PR 11-7 3/4) in '98.
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