Track Teams Sweep Annual Dual With Huskies

April 14, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's swept the team races at Saturday's annual duals against the University of Washington with the Duck men winning, 87-75, and the Duck women cruising to a 88-65 advantage. Individually for the Ducks, 10 men and nine women won titles in front of the Hayward Field crowd of 2,678.

On the men's side, the Ducks built up a big lead early in the field events, then withstood a Husky charge led fueled by several UW All-Americans.

But in the end, the Duck held on courtesy of wins in all four throws, both hurdles, and two jumps events (high jump, long jump), to go along with blue ribbons in the 800 and 4x400 relay.

'I thought we took a positive step forward as a team,' Oregon men's head coach Martin Smith said. 'This meet is important to every athlete on the team, because every point counts and everybody contributes. The spirt of this meet brings our team together and helps them learn about competition. It was also great to have the football guys out -- it's heckuva gesture on their part to be here today after four football practices this week, including a scrimmage yesterday. My hat's off to them and Coach Bellotti for being so accommodating.'

Redshirt junior John Bello paced the team in the field events with wins in the shot put (NCAA prov. 58-11 1/4) and discus (180-1) -- with the two marks only 10 and 1 inches off his respective personal bests. Sophomore teammate James March added third in both events (51-9 1/4, 157-8) with a season best in the shot put and personal best in the discus.

'This was an important meet for me,' Bello said, 'because with a smaller field compared to an invitational, you have to take more resonsibility to pump yourself up and be ready to maximize your performance. I knew the discus marks would catch up to my shot put today, just by how practice has been going. I felt really relaxed coming in. Now all I need to do is keep throwing -- my strength and speed is there, and now I'm mainly working on my technique. I know there are some big marks in there. I just have to keep throwing and hopefully they'll come out.'

A pair of sophomores -- Adam Kriz and John Stiegeler -- added wins in the hammer (183-1) and javelin (NCAA prov. 221-5), respectively.

In the jumps, junior Santiago Lorenzo won the long jump with a season best (23-4 3/4) despite fighting the flu and a 102-degree temperature. Redshirt junior Billy Pappas and sophomore Foluso Akinradewo completed the 1-3 long jump sweep (22-11 / 22-1), with Akinradewo adding second in the triple jump (49-5).

Junior high jumper Jason Boness defended his title from last year (7-0 1/2), and freshman Trevor Woods added second place in the pole vault (17-2 3/4) with his second 17-foot clearance in as many weeks.

The Duck hurdlers continued to provide key points as junior Micah Harris added his third sub-14.0 mark this season in the 110 hurdles (first 13.95w, +2.2 mps wind), just ahead of sophomore Terry Ellis (second, 14.36w).

In the 400 hurdles, junior Tim Overfield lowered his personal best by almost a second with Saturday's winning time (52.14), with junior Santiago Lorenzo taking third (52.82).

Saturday also marked the home debut of junior transfer Simon Kimata who crossed the line first in the 800 (1:50.76), just ahead redshirt junior teammate Ross Krempley (second, 1:51.77).

In other distance action, redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann took third in the 1,500 (3:56.20) and 3,000 (8:20.53), and senior Michael Kasahun claimed fourth in the 3,000 (8:26.52).

Splitting the relays, Oregon closed the meet with a win in the 4x400 (3:14.06), with Washington taking the tape in the 4x100 (41.54).

Individual Husky winners included Ja'Warren Hooker (100, 10.32, 200, 20.82), Dave Bazzi (1,500, 3:55.36, 3,000, 8:19.59), Ryan Graham (400, 48.95), Mike Hill (steeplechase, 9:10.05), Brad Walker (pole vault, 17-2 3/4) and Marcus Kelly (triple jump, 50-2 3/4).

Junior Niki Reed led the Duck women with her winning mark in the pole vault which also tied her school record (13-5 1/2). That mark exactly equalled the NCAA automatic mark and tied her previous bests from the 2000 indoor and outdoor campaigns.

'It went pretty well today,' Reed said. 'I had some good attempts at 13-9, too. It was nice to move up to some new, bigger poles, and be able to respond on them. The weather also played into our favor with a nice tailwind, so things seemed to click. (Coming in) I've worked on making my approach faster and that helped, and I'm looking for higher jumps in the next few weeks.'

In the same event, freshman and Eugenean Kirsten Riley raised her season best 10 inches to 11-9 3/4 to tie for second with redshirt senior Holly Speight. Redshirt senior Karina Elstrom continued her strong return from a serious back injury to complete the 1-4 sweep with a season best of 11-5 3/4 and place fourth overall.

The rest of the field events helped key the Duck victory as Oregon tallied 58 of its points among the eight jumps and throws events.

Sophomore Mary Etter paced the squad in the circles with wins in the shot put (43-5 3/4) and discus (175-5), and runner-up honors in the hammer (172-7). Senior Maureen Morrison claimed the win in the hammer (181-0) with a mark that was less than two feet off the NCAA provisional mark. Freshman Sarah Malone had her second-best meet of the year in the javelin and recorded her fourth NCAA provisional mark in as many meets (first, 158-0).

Other strong throws performances were turned in by sophomore Jordan McDaniels in the hammer (third, 167-11) and discus (third, 145-3), freshman Dani Keyser in the shot put (third, 41-5 3/4), and sophomore Charyl Weingarten and senior Sara Dinsmore who chucked season bests in the javelin of 148-3 (second) and 142-10 (fourth) that also met the Pac-10 qualifying standard of 142-8.

Sophomore Amanda Brown upped her personal best in the long jump (first, 19-1 1/2), trailed by junior Jenny Kenyon who added a season best for third place (18-1 3/4). Freshman Rachael Kriz added top honors in the high jump (5-6), edging sophomore Jenny Brogdon on fewer misses (second, 5-6), with Kriz returning to score in her triple jump season debut (second, 35-1 3/4).

In the distances, the Ducks captued titles in the 800 and 1,500, courtesy of sophomore Eri Macdonald (2:14.49) and redshirt senior Hanna Smestad (4:36.64). Freshman Annette Mosey and Smedstad added runner-up finishes in the 800 (2:14.89) and 3,000 (9:46.81), respectively, and Macdonald claimed points in the 1,500 (4:47.28).

'We won the meet and got a lot of good marks to go along with it,' Oregon women's head coach Tom Heinonen said. 'The throws were a strong point for us -- I think we limited them to four points in those four events -- and the pole vault went terrific. We also added three new Pac-10 qualifiers today, and overall we had a lot of bright spots across the track.'

Washington women's event winners included Jamara Smith (100, 11.87w), Chelsie Pentz (200, 24.68, 400, 55.62), Anna Aoki (3,000 9:46.21), Kelsey Sheppard (100H, 14.13, 400H, 59.22), Brittany Roberts triple jump, 37-3), and the 4x100 (46.61) and 4x400 (3:48.24) relays.

Looking ahead, a select group of Duck men and women will travel next weekend to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., near LA. The meet will run Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, with Ducks also competing in a nearby heptathlon and decathlon. Many UO women may also enter compete at the nearby Pomona Pizter Invitational, Saturday, April 21.

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