Duck Track Teams Return Home for Oregon Invitational
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OUTDOOR VOL. 7: Ducks Welcome Mix of Top Northwest Collegiate & International Talent.
The Duck track and field teams return to Hayward Field for their third home meet of the season and certainly their biggest with nearly 1,000 entries expected in the +10-hour, dual-session affair. The following weekend, the Oregon women head to the Cardinal Invitational in Stanford (Fri., 5/4) and the Steve Scott Invite (Sun., 5/6) in Irvine, Calif. The men will send a handful of distance runners to Stanford and several sprinters and field event performers to the Texas Invitational in Austin (Fri.-Sat., 5/4-5).
WOMEN TO WATCH: Ducks Continue to Add Pac-10 and NCAA marks.
Freshman Sarah Malone (165-1) ranks sixth nationally and second among Americans in the javelin. All-America discus thrower, Pac-10 leader and NCAA provisional qualifier Mary Etter has raised her discus personal best (175-9) the past two weekends and also leads the Ducks in the shot put. In the pole vault, All-America junior Niki Reed has cleared 13 feet two straight weekends -- tying her personal best against the Huskies (13-5 1/4), then clearing 13-2 at Mt. SAC last weekend. Hammer school record holder Maureen Morrison continues to zero in on the NCAA provisional mark in the hammer, closing within two feet last weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays (182-1).
MEN TO WATCH: Several Ducks on Prowl for NCAA Marks or Improvements.
Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler continues to pace the nation in the javelin with his personal best three weekends ago at the Texas Relays (245-9). The Coos Bay, Ore., native has thrown past the 230-foot line at two of his three other meets this year (238-9 at the Oregon Preview and 230-1 at the Baldy Castillo Invite). Junior Micah Harris now ranks second all-time for UO in the 110 hurdles after the Texas Relays (third, 13.80). Freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2) and redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4) need to up their NCAA provisional marks and season bests from three weeks ago in Austin to improve their chances for actual NCAA invites. Junior high jumper Jason Boness goes head-to-head with the current collegiate leader. The Casper, Wyo., native chases his first NCAA qualifying mark outdoors after his first All-America honor indoors in 2001 (ninth) and similar honors outdoors in 1999 (10th) and 2000 (7th).
PAC-10 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Lorenzo and Stiegeler nab 2001's first honors.
In the first edition of the Pac-10 Athlete of the Week honors three weeks ago, junior Santiago Lorenzo and sophomore John Stiegeler swept the two men's awards. Lorenzo claimed honors for the second straight year based on his Texas Relays decathlon performance, but this time for the Pac-10 Men's Track category. His new personal best and season debut (7,726) ranked him third nationally, yet failed to move him up the UO all-time list from his current sixth-place ranking behind Ray Livingston (fifth, 7,754, 1995). Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler earned similar honors for the field event category for his seven-foot javelin season best (245-9) that pushed him to first on the weekly national list. He finished second at the 74th edition of the Austin track and field classic, trailing only German Olympian Boris Henry who hurled the world leader at the time (283-5). Stiegeler's throw moved him to second all-time for the Ducks behind 1992 NCAA champion Art Skipper (251-8).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Several Ducks Netting Noticeable Gains in `01.
Freshman John Stiegeler stands as the obvious choice as the Ducks' most improved so far this season, adding more than 20 feet to his javelin best from last year (245-9, 20 feet, 6 inches better). Other big gainers for the men's team include redshirt junior John Bello in the shot put (59-9 3/4, 2 feet 4 inches farther), junior Micah Harris (13.80, .16 faster) and sophomore Terry Ellis (14.29, .18 faster) in the 110 hurdles, redshirt sophomore Jake Horner in the high jump (6-8 3/4, 3 3/4 inches higher than his prep best), and junior Santiago Lorenzo in the decathlon (7,726 points, 78 points better). Sophomore Jordan McDaniels is arguably the most improved athlete on the women's team, upping her bests in the hammer (168-1, 8 feet, 1 inch) and discus (147-3, 9 inches). Other UO women that have enjoyed solid gains include sophomore Charyl Weingarten in the javelin (152-3, 6 feet), freshman Kirsten Riley in the pole vault (12-0, 1 foot), sophomore Janette Davis in the 200 (25.41, .38 faster) and 400 (55.62, .58 faster), and freshman Annette Mosey in the 800 (212.45, 1.49 seconds faster). Looking only at this season, Sullivan hiked her best in the heptathlon from her Linfield Heptathlon debut (4,400) by almost 400 points last weekend at the California Invitational Heptathlon (4,792).
2000 OREGON INVITE REWIND: Reed and Krempley Rewarded with PR's.
At last year's Oregon Invitational, Niki Reed upped her outdoor school record and matched her indoor best (second, 13-5 1/4), trailing only Utah State's Shae Bair (13-9 1/4). Eri Macdonald clipped off her current personal best in the 800 (first, 208.62), then returned to help the 4x400 clock its season best (345.34). Lucretia Larkin ran her wind-aided and legal 100-hurdle personal bests of 14.29w (first) and 14.36 (third) in the morning and evening sessions, respectively. Chrissy Ruiter debuted in the 10,000 Friday night (third, 3652.50), then came back to win the steeplechase Saturday morning (PR 1129.74). On the men's side, Ross Krempley claimed one of the most thrilling wins of the year, leaning at the tape for the win (PR 149.76), just ahead of Western Washington's Devin Kemper (second, 149.84). Michael Kasahun lowered his personal best in the 5,000 by eight seconds (fifth, 1416.98). Doug Sells hurled his collegiate bests in the shot put (fifth, 50-4) and discus (18th, 135-11).
ABOVE THE CROWD: Female Quartet Among Nation's Best Pole Vaulters.
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 has cleared 13-5 1/4 outdoors in 2001 -- matching the school record she set both indoors and outdoors last season. Looking for an NCAA invite herself, senior Holly Speight has garnered NCAA provisional honors outdoors the past three years and again indoors (12-6) and outdoors (12-5 1/2) this year. After limited practice this past year due to a serious back injury, All-America senior Karina Elstrom hopes for a late season championship run and raised her season best by six inches to 11-5 3/4 two weekends ago at home. Redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle raised her personal best to 12-0 at the local mini-meet two weekends ago, and freshman Kirsten Riley also just missed the Pac-10 qualifying mark (12-1.5) last weekend with a season best of 12-0 at the Pomona Pitzer Invite.
GIFTS FROM THE GRIDIRON: Men Receive Sprint Support From Football Squad.
A trio of Duck football players made their season debuts on the oval two weekends ago against Washington, and helped UO to an 88-75 win over the Huskies. Redshirt freshman A.K. Keyes (11.08) and redshirt sophomore Wesly Mallard (11.47) now rank first and third for the squad in the 100 off virtually no practice, and sophomore Samie Parker, a Pac-10 qualifier in the 100 with his debut last year (PR 10.61), added duty on the 4x100 relay (42.30). Parker should be among the team's top receivers this fall and owned the team's best yards-per-catch average last fall (18.3, 11 rec.). On the defensive front, Mallard will be in contention for starting linebacking chores and Keyes should see action in the secondary, one of the team's strongest areas. The trio carry on a tradition that goes back to the `60s when future NFL'ers Jerry Tarr and Mel Renfro ran on a world record 440-yard relay (40.0), while Tarr set the world record in the 120-yard hurdles (13.3) in 1962. More recently, Pat Johnson started at receiver for the 2001 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, but Duck fans also remember him for a standout freshman season on the oval in 1995. That year, he earned All-America honors in the 100 (eighth, 10.32) and 200 (ninth, 20.76), just weeks after winning the Pac-10 400 crown (45.38). Other Duck two-sport luminaries include Don Coleman, school record holder in the 200 with Johnson (20.39, 1979) and 100 (10.11, 1978), Muhammad Oliver, second-ranked all-time for UO in the decathlon (8,087, 1992) and Latin Berry, school record-holder in the long jump (26-8 1/2, 1989) and runner-up in the triple jump (53-11 1/4, 1989).
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 summer all-comers meets, former Duck Jill (Callero) Mestler won (1122.10) the event's official collegiate debut at the Oregon Preview on March 17. 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, 1211.50). 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 if she doesn't redshirt this season.
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, 446.90) 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, 1405.72), 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 have taken 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 (NCAA auto. - 7,726) lead the group after All-America honors last year. Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (javelin, 245-9) and redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000, 2758.06) have quickly followed suit with NCAA automatic marks in the season's opening month. A trio of NCAA provisional qualifiers, redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4), junior Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 13.80) and freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), look to improve their marks to increase their chances for NCAA invites. Several others also are aiming for NCAA consideration after previous marks near or equal NCAA provisional standards, including seniors Ryan Keith (javelin, 220-5) and Kyley Johnson (high jump, 7-0 1/2) and juniors Billy Pappas (decathlon, 7,184) and Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-5i). 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 at the conference level or beyond. Freshman Jake Garlick was a prep All-American in the high hurdles (13.71) and a 51.47-second intermediate hurdler at last year's U.S. Junior Championships. Junior middle distance transfer Simon Kimata clocked 147.02 in the 800 two years ago for South Plains CC and leads the Ducks in the 800 so far this season (150.76). Leading a large class of distance newcomers that may redshirt this campaign to maximize their future potential at the national level, freshman Eric Logsdon paced the nation last year in the 3,000 (810.66), with another instate product, freshman Noel Paulson (818.72), also among the country's best milers (407.14). Another talented Oregonian, freshmen javelin thrower Adam Jenkins, was the national prep leader in the javelin last year (229-2) and 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 is sharing the spotlight. The throws pace this year's charge, as sophomore All-American Mary Etter leads conference returnees in the discus (NCAA prov. 175-9) and took third and eighth, respectively in her Pac-10 and NCAA debuts in 2000. Senior Maureen Morrison has thrown NCAA provisional marks in previous years in the hammer and discus and leads the team in the hammer again this year (182-5). In the javelin, freshman Sarah Malone has shined early this season with NCAA provisional marks in her first four meets and a collegiate best of 165-1 that ranks sixth nationally and second among Americans. Sophomore teammate Charyl Weingarten isn't far behind and closed within four inches of the NCAA provisional mark last weekend at Mt. SAC (152-3). Two-time All-America pole vaulter and junior Niki Reed has already cleared an NCAA automatic mark of 13-5.25 this year and leads a corps that features All-America senior Karina Elstrom (12-9 1/2 personal best from 1999) and NCAA provisional qualifier Holly Speight (12-6 outdoors in 2001). After a personal best of 5,046 points at last weekend's California Invitational Heptathlon, junior 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 has already run an NCAA provisional mark this year in the 10K (3442.93), and led the Duck cross country squad last fall to its 24th national championship trip in 26 years. Before arriving in Eugene, she was a three-time NCAA qualifier in the outdoor 3,000 and 5,000 for Oklahoma State and a two-time harrier All-American for the `Pokes (1998, '99). 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 freshman Ann Sullivan (14.16) and sophomore Lucretia Larkin (14.25). The pair rank ninth and 11th all-time in UO history and were prep Washington titlists in recent years.
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 returns for 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-400 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, 419.35). 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 (421.41). 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).
TENTATIVE OREGON INVITATIONAL MEET SCHEDULE
Friday, April 27, 2001
7:15 pm - 10,000m (W)
8:00 pm - 10,000m (M)
Saturday, April 28, 2001
10:00 am - 5,000m (W)
10:25 am - 100m H (W)
10:35 am - 110m H (M)
10:45 am - 100m (W)
10:55 am - 100m (M)
11:05 am - 1,500m (W)
11:20 am - 1,500m (M)
11:40 am - 4x100m (W)
11:45 am - 4x100m (M)
11:55 am - 3,000 Steeple (M)
12:15 pm - 400m H (W)
12:25 pm - 400m H (M)
12:35 pm - 400m (W)
12:40 pm - 400m (M)
12:50 pm - 800m (W)
1:00 pm - 800m (M)
1:10 pm - 200m (W)
1:20 pm - 200m (M)
1:30 pm - 5,000m (M)
1:50 pm - 4x400m (W)
2:00 pm - 4x400m (M)
2:10 pm - 3,000 Steeple (W)
10:15 am - Discus (M)
10:15 am - Shot Put (W)
11:00 am - Long Jump (W)
11:15 am - Triple Jump (M)
11:30 am - Pole Vault (W)/M (lower section)
11:45 am - High Jump (W)
12:20 pm - Shot Put (M)
12:45 pm - Discus (W)
5:15 pm - 4x100m (W)
5:20 pm - 4x100m (M)
5:25 pm - 3,000m Steeple (M)
5:40 pm - 1,500m (W)
5:48 pm - 1,500m (M)
5:55 pm - 100m H (W)
6:05 pm - 110m H (M)
6:15 pm - 400m (W)
6:20 pm - 400m (M)
6:30 pm - 100m (W)
6:35 pm - 100m (M)
6:40 pm - 800m (W)
6:47 pm - 800m (M)
6:55 pm - 400m H (W)
7:02 pm - 400m H (M)
7:10 pm - 200m (W)
7:15 pm - 200m (M)
7:20 pm - 5,000m (W)
7:40 pm - 4x400m (W)
7:47 pm - 4x400m (M)
7:55 pm - 5,000m (M)
3:00 pm - Hammer (W)
3:40 pm - Javelin (M)
4:30 pm - High Jump (M)
5:05 pm - Pole vault (W) (higher section)
5:15 pm - Long Jump (M)
5:20 pm - Triple Jump (W)
5:25 pm - Pole vault (M) (higher section)
5:35 pm - Hammer (M)
6:05 pm - Javelin (W)
Oregon Invitational Featured M&W Athletes
Time - Event - Featured Athletes, Accomplishments10 a.m. M Discus
11:15 a.m. M Triple Jump
12:20 p.m. M Shot Put
12:45 p.m. W Discus
2:10 p.m. W Steeple
3:00 p.m. W Hammer
3:40 p.m. M Javelin
4:30 p.m. M High Jump
5:05 p.m. W Pole Vault
5:25 p.m. M Pole Vault
5:35 p.m. M Hammer
5:40 p.m. W 1,500
5:48 p.m. M 1,500
5:55 p.m. W 100H
6:05 p.m. M 110H
6:05 p.m. W Javelin
6:20 p.m. M 400
7:02 p.m. M 400H
7:15 p.m. M 200
7:20 p.m. W 5,000
7:55 p.m. M 5,000
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