Women's Track & Field Signs Trio of Highly-Rated Throwers
May 2, 2001
EUGENE - The University of Oregon women's track and field team took a major step to continuing its throws tradition into the future with the addition of three signees for the upcoming 2001-2002 track and field season.
The Ducks received letters of intent from Elisa Crumley of Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore., Katie McKeever of Woodland High School in Woodland, Calif., and Roslyn Lundeen of Claremont High School in Victoria, British Columbia.
Crumley currently ranks third in the javelin nationally among preps in 2001 with a season best of 160-0. At the 2000 Oregon 4A state championships, she placed in the javelin (third, 140-8) and discus (13th, 106-11), and was fourth in the javelin as a junior (135-5) and sophomore (127-6). She also was an all-Metro league pick in volleyball as a junior and senior at the all-around position.
McKeever currently ranks second nationally in the discus (162-3) and among California's best preps in the shot put (fifth, 43-10 1/4). She set her discus best last weekend at the West Valley Chico Invitational where she had four throws of 153 feet or better after entering the meet with a previous season best of 149-11. Last year, she placed fifth in the shot put at the state meet (44-7 3/4).
'I really liked Coach (Sally) Harmon, and the way she connected with her athletes,' McKeever said. 'They worked hard and learned a lot, but you could tell they enjoyed it at the same time. The facilities were awesome, and you could tell the community was totally behind the athletic program. And after talking to an academic counselor, I was really interested in the exercise and movement science program.'
Lundeen is one of Canada's most hailed prep athletes and is considered the country's top javelin thrower among the junior ranks, and among the area's best shot put throwers. The Victoria, B.C. native was the leading player for her school volleyball team which finished third in the 2000 provincial championships, and in basketball was the Island Tournament MVP before her team took 10th at this season's provincial championships. Her personal best in the javelin is 147-11 (45.11m) from last year, while this year she has competed only twice with a best of 147-0 (44.81m). She also owns a shot put best of 39-10 3/4 and a heptathlon best of 4,080 points from two years ago.
'The addition of these top West Coast prospects will fill some important needs for us next season,' Oregon women's throws coach Sally Harmon said. 'They're all proven themselves in high-level competition and have developed progressively throughout their careers. I also like the fact that they're all multi-sport athletes and are successful in all of their sports. Elisa is very dedicated to her event, and is already very talented, yet is still learning. She is a very healthy athlete with a very stable throwing motion, which is a great trait in the javelin. Katie will play a big role for us in the shot put and discus and is an athletic, tall and powerful athlete. Roslyn is tremendously versatile and one of Canada's finest athletes.'