Women's Track Team Set for Willamette Open
April 3, 2001
Willamette Open (Women only), Salem, Oregon
Texas Relays (Men only), Austin, Texas
OUTDOOR VOL. 4: Men Invade Austin City Limits, Women Head North to Salem.
After an off-week from competition, the Duck men's decathlon, field event and sprint crews return to action with 18 athletes tentatively traveling to one of the nation's busiest contests, the Texas Relays, hosted by the University of Texas. On Saturday, a mix of 31 women's athletes travel north on Interstate-5 to the Willamette Open in Salem. The following weekend, the Oregon men and women renew their storied rivalries with the University of Washington in a dual-scored contest in Eugene (4/14).
WOMEN TO WATCH: Ducks Continue to Add Pac-10 and NCAA marks.
All-America discus thrower Mary Etter springboards off a hectic spring break after competing in the discus (NCAA prov. 168-4), hammer (PR 170-6) and shot put (46-11 1/2). Redshirt senior Maureen Morrison also comes off a big weekend in Stanford, with Pac-10 marks in the discus (156-8) and hammer (177-1). All-America junior Niki Reed and senior Holly Speight own NCAA provisional qualifying marks already this season of 12-11 1/2 and 12-5 1/2, respectively. Two of the team's top middle distance runners, sophomore Eri Macdonald and freshman Annette Mosey, step up to the 1,500 after racing the 800 at Stanford last weekend (2:15.07/2:12.45). Freshman Ann Sullivan now ranks ninth all-time for the Ducks with last weekend's Pac-10 qualifier and personal best in the 100 hurdles (14.16), and also clocked 13.99 wind-aided (+2.5 mps) in last Saturday's qualifying round. Heptathlete Jenny Kenyon will face a busy four-event afternoon after notching a Pac-10 heptathlon qualifying mark last weekend at the Linfield Heptathlon (4,509), as did Sullivan (4,400) in her combined event debut.
MEN TO WATCH: Decathletes, sprinters and field eventers hook up with the Horns.
Junior Santiago Lorenzo competes in his first decathlon of 2001 after earning All-America honors last year at the NCAA finale (fifth, 7,543), and also scored a strong indoor heptathlon mark of 5,470 points in January that ranked him 55th in the world. The Buenos Aires, Argentina will be joined by redshirt junior Billy Pappas, an NCAA provisional qualifier last year (7,184). Junior high jumper Jason Boness will chase his first NCAA qualifying mark outdoors after his first All-America honor indoors in 2001 (ninth) and honors outdoors in 1999 and 2000. Junior Micah Harris has clocked 14.16 and 13.96 in his first two 110-hurdle races as a Duck this year. Redshirt sophomore and NCAA automatic qualifier John Stiegeler has thrown the javelin past the 230-foot line at both meets this year (238-9 and 230-1).
SPRING BREAK `01: Smedstad and Etter Post NCAA Marks at Stanford Invite.
3/31-4/1, Stanford Invitational - Stanford, Calif. - The Duck women returned to Eugene this week after posting several NCAA and conference qualifying marks in Cardinal-land. Sophomore Mary Etter claimed her first NCAA provisional mark of the year in the discus (second, 168-4) and was not far off her personal best from last season's Pac-10 meet (173-11). Redshirt senior Maureen Morrison also raised her season best in the discus (fifth, 156-8) to give Oregon its second Pac-10 qualifier in the event. Etter also added eighth place in the hammer (170-6), just behind Morrison (seventh, 177-1) -- both of which were season bests. Freshman Ann Sullivan continued to pace the team in the 100 hurdles, lowering her personal best in Sunday's final to 14.16, after a faster, albeit wind-aided qualifying time Saturday of 13.99 (wind: +2.5). In the distances, senior Hanna Smedstad clocked an NCAA provisional mark of 34:42.93 in her second-ever 10,000 and first for the Ducks, and missed the Oregon top-10 list by less than a second. Junior pole vaulter Niki Reed also notched her first NCAA provisional qualifying mark this season (sixth, 12-11 3/4), just ahead of senior Holly Speight, (10th, 11-11 3/4). Other qualifying marks came courtesy of freshman Sarah Malone, who climbed the NCAA provisional list (second, 159-7), sophomore Charyl Weingarten (javelin, seventh, 146-3) and sophomore long jumper Amanda Brown (sixth, 19-2). Other solid marks came courtesy of freshman Annette Mosey (800 `B', 4th, 2:12.45), sophomores Janette Davis (400, 10th, 57.23) and Erinn Gulbrandsen (1,500, 14th, 14:41.02), junior Cameo Davis (400 hurdles `B', 10th, 1:02.62) and the 4x400 relay (11th, 3:54.46). On the men's side, redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann paced first-day action with an NCAA automatic time of 28:56.06 in his 10K track debut. The two-time cross country All-American's time also earned an automatic bid for the USA Outdoor Championships, scheduled for June 21-24 in Eugene, and also moved 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 event's 82 finishers.
HOT FUN IN THE DESERT: Harris and Stiegeler Pace Duck Men in Tempe.
3/22-24, Baldy Castillo Invitational - Tempe, Ariz. - 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 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. 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) and junior Tim Overfield in the 400 hurdles (11th, 53.30).
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 set 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 in previous years in the hammer and discus, and sophomore Charyl Weingarten and freshman Sarah Malone were prep javelin All-Americans. Malone has shined early this season with NCAA provisional marks in her first two meets and a collegiate best of 159-7 already. 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 (PR 5,032 points). In the distances, senior transfer Hanna Smedstad is a prior 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, 11th-ranked all-time for the Ducks (14.25), and freshman Ann Sullivan, ninth all-time for UO (14.16), a two-time Washington 2A state champion in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.
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 (javelin, 238-9) and redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000, 27:58.06) have quickly followed suit with NCAA automatic marks in March's opening weeks. 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) and junior Billy Pappas (decathlon, 7,184). 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), 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 tied his 110-hurdle personal best (13.96) two weekends ago in his hometown of Tempe, Ariz., 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 paced the nation last year in the 3,000 (8:10.66), with another instate product, freshman Noel Paulson (8:18.72), also among the country's best milers (4:07.14). A pair of precocious Oregonians are ready for the collegiate jump -- 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) among high schoolers, and a prep All-American.
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).
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 (1962-64-72-78-74-77-91-96) have visited Track City USA, along with three Olympic Trials (1972-76-80) 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 78 All-America honors (44 track and 34 XC).
2000 NCAA CHAMPS REVIEW: Six Ducks Claim All-America Honors.
Oregon posted one of its strongest NCAA Championships showings in recent history last year at Duke University. Of the seven Duck competitors, six earned All-America honors and five scored top-eight finishes. In the team races, both UO 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 in 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 (166-11). Pole vaulter Niki Reed made her third NCAA appearance (13th, 12-9 1/2), but a knee injury slowed her after two previous All-America honors.
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. 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).
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.
Willamette Invite Women's Entries
100: Jenny Kenyon, Lucretia Larkin, Heather Murtaugh, Ann Sullivan
200: Jenny Kenyon, Heather Murtaugh, Daisy Pressley
400: Daisy Pressley
800: Janette Davis, Erinn Gulbrandsen, Eryn Sicora-Fordney, Alicia Snyder-Carlson
1,500: Annie Davis, Eri Macdonald, Annette Mosey
100H: Cameo Davis, Jenny Kenyon, Lucretia Larkin
400H: Cameo Davis, Ann Sullivan
High Jump: Jenny Brogdon, Jenny Kenyon, Rachael Kriz, Ann Sullivan, Rachel Tenedios
Pole Vault: Georgette Moyle, Niki Reed, Kirsten Riley, Holly Speight
Long Jump: Amanda Brown
Triple Jump: Deborah Lee
Shot Put: Mary Etter, Dani Keyser, Jordan McDaniels
Discus: Jamie Burk, Mary Etter, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser, Jordan McDaniels, Maureen Morrison
Javelin: Sara Dinsmore, Sarah Malone, Jordan McDaniels, Charyl Weingarten
Hammer: Jamie Burk, Jill Hoxmeier, Jordan McDaniels, Maureen Morrison
Texas Relays Men's Entries
110H (67): Micah Harris
110H (17): Terry Ellis, Jake Garlick, Micah Harris
400H (8): Terry Ellis, Brandon Holliday, Tim Overfield
High Jump (A117): Jason Boness
High Jump (B108): Jake Horner
Pole Vault (B93): Cody Howell, Jason Slye, Trevor Woods
Triple Jump (B88): Foluso Akinradewo
Discus (B91): John Bello
Shot Put (B86): John Bello, Rian Ingrim
Hammer (75): Adam Kriz, Rian Ingrim
Javelin (B100): Ryan Keith
Javelin (A112): Adam Jenkins, John Stiegeler
Javelin (B100): Nick Bakke