Track Teams Collect Qualifying Marks at Stanford Invite Opener

March 31, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Several University of Oregon men's and women's track and field athletes combined for four NCAA and two additional Pac-10 qualifying marks at the first day of the Stanford Invitational.

Redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann drew the day's biggest reviews with an NCAA automatic time of 28:56.06 in his 10K debut on the track. The two-time cross country All-American's time also earned him an automatic bid to the USA Championships, scheduled for June 21-24 in Eugene, while his clocking moved him to seventh all-time for the Ducks.

Redshirt freshman teammate John Lucas also competed in his first track 10K and ranked 63rd overall (30:34.72) among the two races' 82 finishers.

On the women's national scene, senior distance runner Hanna Smedstad clocked an NCAA provisional mark of 34:42.93 in her second-ever 10K and first for the Ducks, and missed the Oregon top-10 list by less than a second. Her prior appearance was at the 2000 Penn Relays when she competed as a junior for Oklahoma State.

'I didn't race as well as I would have liked,� Smedstad said. �I started out alright the first half, but didn't have that much in the second half. The goal was hopefully to run an NCAA automatic qualifying time or a provisional time that would get me into nationals, but this time probably isn't fast enough based on last year's marks. My next big race after the Washington dual may now be a 5K.'

Junior Niki Reed also notched her first NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a season best clearance of 12-11 3/4 to take sixth in the pole vault. Senior teammate Holly Speight, a provisional qualifier already this season, tied for 10th place (11-11 3/4).

Freshman Sarah Malone improved her ranking on the NCAA provisional javelin list with her second-place mark of 159-7. Also in the javelin, sophomore Charyl Weingarten raised her season best (seventh, 146-3), while sophomore Jordan McDaniels (24th, 126-0) also competed.

Freshman Ann Sullivan led the sprint corps with a Pac-10 qualifying mark and new personal best in the 100 hurdles (second-heat, 13.99w) in Saturday's qualifying round. If the race hadn't been wind-aided because of the +2.5 mps wind, her time would have ranked as Oregon's fastest since 1984 when Kay Garnett (13.78) and Janell Thorsland (13.90), and would have moved her to sixth for the Ducks.

Another Duck secured her spot for the Pac-10 Championships in May, as sophomore Amanda Brown jumped a personal best of 19-2 to place sixth in the long jump.

Other noteworthy Duck finishers included junior Cameo Davis (100 hurdles, sixth-heat, 15.24w), sophomore Mary Etter (shot put, fifth, 46-11 1/2), sophomores Jordan McDaniels (shot put, 34th, 37-4 1/2) and Heather Murtaugh (100, 12.70) and redshirt freshman Tara Struyk (5,000, 50th, 17:27.86).



Men's Results

10,000 - 1, Matt Lane, William and Mary, 28:28.97. 2, Jonathon Riley, Stanford, 28:33.71. 3, David Bazzi, Wahsington, 28:34.54. 6, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 28:56.06. 63, John Lucas, Oregon, 30:34.72.

Women's Results

100 - Heat 1 - Tania Woods, San Francisco CC, 11.62. (Wind: -1.1). Heat 2 - 1, Latoya Johnson, New Mexico State, 11.79 (Wind: -0.5). Heat 3 - 1, Ciara Chic, West Virginia, 12.17. 5, Heather Murtaugh, Oregon, 12.70. (Wind: +0.9). Heat 4 - 1, Adrena Williams, Michigan, 12.07. (Wind: -0.8). Heat 5 - 1, Jackie Edwards, Mizuno, 12.14 (Wind: +0.7). Heat 6 - 1, Tori Respass-Parson, Heritage TC, 12.38 (Wind: +0.6).

Steeplechase - 1, Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State, 10:08.85. 2, Kerry Hils, Missouri, 10:22.54. 3, Katrin Engelen, Arizona, 10:23.47.

5,000 - 1, Kim Fitchen, Nike Farm Team, 15:48.89. 2, Rachel Sauder, New Balance, 15:56.50. 3, Elizabeth Jackson, BYU, 16:04.58. 50, Tara Struyk, Oregon, 17:27.86.

10,000 - 1, Kelly Cordell, Asics, 32:53.79. 2, Maggie Chan, Unat., 33:23.95. 3, Tara Northcutt, BYU, 33:27.59. 21, Hanna Smedstad, Oregon, 34:42.93.

100-meter Hurdles - Heat 1 - Angela Whyte, Idaho, 13.31. 2, Ann Sullivan, Oregon, 13.99. (Wind: +2.5). Heat 2 - 1, Kristina McKinley, Weber State, 14.33. (Wind: +1.8). Heat 3 - 1, Stephanie Thomas, Unat., 14.27. 6, Cameo Davis, Oregon, 15.24 (Wind: +2.5). Heat 4 - 1, Ayanna Grant, EOYDC, 13.85. 5, Jenny Kenyon, 14.59. (Wind: +2.4). Heat 5 - 1, Randi Smith, Washington State, 14.07 (Wind: +1.6). Heat 6 - 1, Tamara Gulley, Washington State, 14.00.

400-meter Hurdles - 1, Shalina Rankin, Michigan, 1:02.91. 2, Danielle Spurlock, Stanford, 1:03.00. 3, Vera Simms, Michigan, 1:03.35.

High Jump - 1, Tianika Sharrief, UNLV, 5-8 3/4. 2, Brook Cottle, Weber State, 5-8 3/4 3, Kimberly Stone, Stanford, 5-8 3/4.

Pole Vault - 1, Shannon Pierson, Sacramento TC , 13-5 1/4. 2, Jillian Schwartz, Duke, 12-11 1/2. 3, Connie Jerz, Long Beach State, 12-11 1/2. 6, Niki Reed, Oregon, 12-11 1/2. 10-t, Holly Speight, Oregon, 11-11 3/4.

Long Jump - 1, Jackie Edwards, Mizuno, 22-3. 2, Grace Upshaw, Riekes Center, 2-12. 3, Lisa Comico, Unat., 20-6 1/4. 6, Amanda Brown, Oregon, 19-2.

Shot Put - 1, Jillian Camarena, Stanford, 50-10 1/4. 2, Dana Lawson, California, 49-11 3/4. 3, Aloha Santiago, Idaho, 48-11. 5, Mary Etter, 46-11 1/2. 34, Jordan McDaniels, Oregon, 37-4 1/2.

Javelin - 1, Erica Wheeler, Unat., 165-7. 2, Sarah Malone, Oregon, 159-7. 3, Megan Spreisterbach, Washington, 156-3. 7, Charyl Weingarten, Oregon, 146-3. 24, Jordan McDaniels, Oregon, 126-0.

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