Track Teams Ready for Oregon Twilight
Oregon Twilight (M&W)
Pac-10 Championships Heptathlon/Decathlon (W&M)
OUTDOOR VOL. 9: Distances Headline Final Weekend of Regular Season.
The Duck track and field teams return to the cozy confines of Hayward Field for their regular season finale, and one last chance to qualify or improve marks for the fast-approaching conference and national championships. This weekend's meet, a short-schedule evening affair, will conclude with the 33rd edition of the Twilight Mile, now named after school 5K & 10K record holder, Bill McChesney Jr. The goal will again be the magical 4:00 mark, and two-time Olympian and HSI entrant Jason Pyrah returns to defend last year's title (3:57.63). The women's 5,000 will also feature a post-collegiate-heavy field, including U.S. indoor mile champion Collette Liss (15:49.85 / 8:58.47 3K PR). Also on this weekend's docket, three Duck men and two women kick off the Pacific-10 Conference Championships at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., in the decathlon and heptathlon. The following weekend, the Ducks return to Berkeley for the remainder of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships (5/19-20), with the NCAA Championships (5/30-6/2) returning to Eugene nine days later.
WOMEN TO WATCH: 19 Ducks Have Met Pac-10 Standards.
After breaking the school javelin record two weekends ago, freshman Sarah Malone (169-3) ranks third nationally and first among American collegians. All-America discus thrower and NCAA provisional qualifier Mary Etter raised her personal best twice in April (now 175-9), and also leads the Ducks in the shot put (47-11 3/4). In the pole vault, All-America junior Niki Reed has cleared 13 feet twice in the last month -- tying her personal best and school record against the Huskies (13-5 1/4), then cleared 13-1 at Mt. SAC three weekends ago. The aforementioned trio also are all qualified for June's USA Championships (6/21-24) in Eugene. Senior Maureen Morrison tied her school record in the hammer last weekend (186-6) and now looks to climb the NCAA provisional list. Sophomore Eri Macdonald joined the NCAA provisional list last week at the Cardinal Invite (800, 2:07.08), yet will likely need a half-second improvement or more for an NCAA invite. Conference-wise in the 800, freshman Annette Mosey is on the qualifying bubble, less than a 1 1/2 seconds away with her season best of 2:12.45.
MEN TO WATCH: Nine Ducks sighted on NCAA qualifying lists.
Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler continues to pace the nation in the javelin with his personal best from April's Texas Relays (245-9). The Coos Bay, Ore., native has thrown past the 230-foot line at four other four meets this year (241-11 at the Oregon Invitational, 240-3 at the Texas Invitational, 238-9 at the Oregon Preview, and 230-1 at the Baldy Castillo Invite). Junior Micah Harris is now tied for first all-time for UO in the 110 hurdles after the Texas Invitational (first, 13.79), and sophomore Terry Ellis moved to fifth last weekend (first, PR 14.07). Sophomore sprinter Samie Parker joined the Pac-10 qualifying list with his 10.59w mark at last weekend's Texas Invitational, and his 200 best of 21.83 from Austin ranks second on the team in 2001. Freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2) and redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4) look to up their NCAA provisional marks and season bests and improve their chances for actual NCAA invites. Junior high jumper Jason Boness exactly equaled the NCAA provisional standard (7-1 3/4) with his 2001 season best last weekend, but may need to go slightly higher to ensure his fifth NCAA appearance after All-America honor indoors in 2001 (ninth) and outdoors in 1999 (10th) and 2000 (seventh). Junior transfer Simon Kimata stands fourth nationally and seventh all-time for the Ducks after his Friday win in Texas, and NCAA provisional mark of 1:47.92 that virtually guarantees him an NCAA invite.
MULTI-TASKING IN THE BAY: Lorenzo and Kenyon Kick off Pac-10 Dec/Hep.
After runner-up honors in 1999 and 2000, junior Santiago Lorenzo enters this year's Pac-10 Championships Decathlon the favorite with the nation's fourth-best mark of 7,726 points. At last year's conference finale, the Buenos Aires, Argentina native scored a then-personal best of 7,649 points to take second behind eventual NCAA champ Bevan Hart of Cal (7,890). Junior Billy Pappas will chase his first NCAA provisional mark this season after last year's strong conference debut (fourth, NCAA Prov. 7,184) -- a score that missed NCAA entry by only 50 points. Redshirt sophomore Jason Slye qualified for the conference 10-eventer after his 6,677-point debut in Tempe and enters the competition ranked fifth. On the women's side, junior Jenny Kenyon is a two-time scorer thanks to fourth- and sixth-place finishes in 2000 (then-PR 5,032) and 1999 (4,432), respectively. This season she ranks fifth heading into the contest after a personal best of 5,046 points in the Azusa Pacific Heptathlon. Freshman Ann Sullivan ranks ninth on the conference season best list (4,792), but could sneak into the scoring column with her rapid development -- she improved 392 points in mid-April from her March Linfield Heptathlon debut (4,400).
2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifiers
Athlete Yr.-Exp. Hometown Event Qual. Mark/Natl Rk. Best**John Stiegeler RSo.-1L Coos Bay, Ore. Javelin 1st / 245-9 245-9**Santiago Lorenzo Jr.-2L Buenos Aires, Arg. Decathlon 4th / 7,726 7,726*Simon Kimata Jr.-TR Nyeri, Kenya 800 4th / 1:47.92 1:47.02**Jason Hartmann RFr.-SQ Rockford, Mich. 10,000 8th / 28:56.06 28:56.06*Micah Harris Jr.-TR Tempe, Ariz. 110H 15th / 13.79 13.80*Jason Boness Jr.-1L-TR Casper, Wyo. High Jump 16th / 7-1.75 7-5*Trevor Woods Fr.-HS Coos Bay, Ore. Pole Vault 17th / 17-4.5 17-4.5*Michael Kasahun Sr.-1L Fresno, Calif. 5,000 19th / 13:56.04 13:56.04*John Bello RJr.-2L Alta Loma, Calif. Shot Put 21st / 59-9.75 59-9.75*Sarah Malone Fr.-HS Newberg, Ore. Javelin 3rd / 169-3 169-3**Niki Reed Jr.-2L Newport, Ore. Pole Vault 4th / 13-5.25 13-5.25*Mary Etter So.-1L Kirkland, Wash. Discus 6th / 175-9 175-9*Hanna Smedstad RSr.-TR Sundsvall, Sweden 10,000 24th / 34:42.53 34:42.53*Maureen Morrison RSr.-3L Kirkland, Wash. Hammer 30th / 186-6 186-6*Holly Speight RSr.-3L Salem, Ore. Pole Vault 36th / 12-6 12-6
**NCAA Auto Qualifiers * NCAA Provisional Qualifier
PAC-10 PICKS OF THE WEEK: Kimata becomes Fourth Duck Winner in 2001.
Junior Simon Kimata was honored Tuesday by the Pac-10 Conference as Men's Track Athlete of the Week based on his performance at the Texas Invitational in Austin last weekend. The junior transfer from South Plains CC clocked his first NCAA qualifying mark (1:47.92) en route to the win in the 800 meters -- also breaking break the three-year-old Mike A. Myers Stadium track record. Now ranked fourth nationally and first in the conference, Kimata also ranks seventh on Oregon's all-time list. The previous week, redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler received similar honors for the field event category for his second of three meets above the 240-foot mark in the javelin. The Coos Bay, Ore., native took second at the previous Saturday's Oregon Invite (4/28) with a heave of 73.74 meters (241-11), trailing only Eastern Washington's Ryan Cole (first, 244-7). A month ago Stiegeler earned his initial honor for his seven-foot season best (245-9) that pushed him to first on the national collegiate list - a position he still holds. He finished second that day at the Texas Relays behind 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) and ranks him fifth on the current U.S. list this year. In the honor's seasonal debut last month, junior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo picked up the other honor for men's track based on his Texas Relays personal best (first, 7,726) -- a mark that still ranks him fourth nationally. The accolade also marked a one-year anniversary after similar field event honors from the 2000 Texas Relays (third, then-PR 7,580).
Tentative Duck Schedule
Oregon Twilight Tentative Schedule
Saturday, May 12
5:00 pm - M&W Hammer (Kriz / Morrison, Etter, McDaniels, Burk, Keyser, Hoxmeier)
5:30 pm - M&W Javelin (Bakke / Malone, Weingarten, Dinsmore)
5:30 pm - W Triple Jump (Lee)
5:40 pm - W 100H (Larkin)
5:45 pm - M Shot Put (Bello, Ingrim, March)
5:50 pm - M 100m (Keyes, Mallard)
5:55 pm - M 1,500m (Nehring)
6:00 pm - M High Jump (Boness)
6:05 pm - W 800m (Macdonald, Mosey, Snyder-Carlson)
6:10 pm - M 800m (Gross, McDole)
6:15 pm - M 400H (Garlick)
6:20 pm - W Long Jump (Brown)
6:20 pm - M&W Pole Vault (Howell, Woods / Reed, Elstrom, Speight, Moyle, Riley)
6:25 pm - Girls Middle School Mile
6:30 pm - W Shot Put (Etter, Keyser)
6:35 pm - Boys Middle School Mile
6:40 pm - W High Jump (Brogdon, Kriz, Tenedios)
6:45 pm - W 400m (Davis, Murtaugh, Davis)
6:50 pm - W Steeplechase
7:00 pm - M&W Discus (Bello, Ingrim, March / Etter, Morrison, McDaniels, Burk, Hoxmeier)
7:05 pm - Service Pin Presentation
7:15 pm - M 3,000m Steeplechase
7:30 pm - W 1,500m (Gulbrandsen, Sicora-Fordney)
7:40 pm - W 5,00m
8:00 pm - Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Twilight Men's Mile (Kasahun)
8:05 pm - Senior's Last Lap
Pac-10 Championships Hep./Dec.
Women's Heptathletes: Jenny Kenyon, Ann Sulllivan
Saturday, May 12 (Multi-Events)
11:00 am - W 100mH Final
11:30 am - M 100m Final
Noon - W High Jump Final
12:30 pm - M Long Jump Final
2:00 pm - M Shot Put Final
2:30 pm - W Shot Put Final
3:15 pm - M High Jump Final
3:45 pm - W 200m Final
5:00 pm - M 400m Final
Sunday, May 13 (Multi-Events)
11:00 am - M 110mH Final
11:30 am - W Long Jump Final
12:30 pm -M Discus Final
1:15 pm - W Javelin Final
2:00 pm - M Pole Vault Final
2:30 pm - W 800m Final
4:00 pm - M Javelin Final
5:15 pm - M 1,500m Final
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 senior Michael Kasahun in the 5,000 (13:56.04, 20.14 seconds faster), redshirt junior John Bello in the shot put (59-9 3/4, 2 feet 4 inches), junior Micah Harris (13.79, .18 seconds faster) and sophomore Terry Ellis (14.04, .43 seconds faster) in the 110 hurdles, junior Tim Overfield in the 400 hurdles (51.74, 1.35 seconds faster), redshirt sophomore Jake Horner in the high jump (6-9, 4 inches), sophomore James March in the shot put (54-10 1/4, 1 foot, 10 1/4 inches), and junior Santiago Lorenzo in the decathlon (7,726 points, 78 points better). Sophomore Jordan McDaniels is challenging for similar honors 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 (146-4, 6 feet), freshman Kirsten Riley in the pole vault (12-1 1/2, 1 foot, 1 1/2 inches), sophomore Janette Davis in the 200 (25.41, .38 faster) and 400 (55.81, .61 seconds faster), and sophomore Eri Macdonald (2:07.08, 1.54 seconds faster) and freshman Annette Mosey in the 800 (2:12.45, 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 three weekends ago at the California Invitational Heptathlon (4,792).
ON THE EDGE: Ducks Closing in on Pac-10 Qualifying Standards.
With one week to go before the Pac-10 Championships, the following is a list of Ducks closing in on Pac-10 marks. Qualifying rules also guarantee each team one entry per event by the right-of-entry rule so those athletes asterisked are current leaders in their respective events and may qualify that way. Duck coaches also have three wild card selections that they can use at their discretion to enter athletes without qualifying marks, although wild-card athletes still count towards the 24-athlete roster (including this week's heptathlon/decathlon entries). The week before the actual championships, the Pac-10 may also relax standards in a few events that do not have a minimum of 12 qualifiers.
Men Event Mark Pac-10 Mark*Micah Harris 200 21.78 21.44Samie Parker 21.83Ross Krempley 800 1:51.55 1:51.44Santiago Lorenzo 110H 14.89w 14.74 PV 16-0.75 16-4.75James March SP 54-10.25 55-9.25Nick Bakke JT 195-7 196-10
Women Event Mark Pac-10 Mark*Jenny Kenyon 200 25.02 24.64 100H 14.48 14.34*Janette Davis 400 55.81 55.44Annette Mosey 800 2:12.45 2:11.14 1,500 4:40.31 4:40.14Karina Elstrom PV 11-5.75 12-1.5Karis Howell JT 141-10 142-8
LAST WEEKEND'S RECAP: Ducks Bounce around Stanford, Austin and Irvine.
AUSTIN, Texas - Juniors Simon Kimata (800, first, (1:47.92) and Micah Harris (110 hurdles, first, 13.79) and redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (javelin, first, 240-3) enjoyed their returns to Austin and responded with strong performances Friday and Saturday at the Texas Invitational. Kimata made his debut on the NCAA provisional list, set a Mike A. Myers Stadium track record and now ranks seventh all-time for the Ducks. Harris' mark was a season best by .01 seconds and tied the Oregon record of 13.79 set by Bob Gray in 1991. Stiegeler's mark was his third past the 240-foot mark in the javelin this season. Also in the 110 hurdles, sophomore Terry Ellis edged closer to the NCAA provisional mark with a .10-second personal best (third, 14.04). In the 400 hurdles, junior Tim Overfield posted his second-fastest time ever (eighth, 52.00), and freshman Brandon Holliday became the fourth Duck intermediate hurdler to qualify for the Pac-10 Championships (13th, 52.83). Sophomore Samie Parker added his name to the Pac-10 qualifying list in the 100 (16th, 10.59w) and added the team's second-fastest mark of the season in the 200 (20th, 21.83). Junior Jason Boness raised his season best in the high jump by an inch (second, NCAA prov. 7-1 3/4), trailing 1996 Olympic gold medalist Charles Austin (first, 7-4 1/2). Redshirt sophomore Jake Horner raised his personal best by a quarter-inch with his sixth-place effort (6-9). Sophomore Foluso Akinradewo added Oregon's fourth win of the meet on the triple jump runway (49-9 3/4). Redshirt junior John Bello was again within striking distance of his shot put best (fourth, 57-4 1/4), and sophomore hammer thrower Adam Kriz improved his personal best by more than two feet (second, 194-3). At Stanford on Friday, senior Michael Kasahun fell less than a half-second short of climbing the NCAA provisional list in the 5,000 (15th, 13:56.44). On the women's side, sophomore Eri Macdonald led the UO women with a 1 1/2-second personal best in the 800 (sixth, NCAA prov. 2:07.08) - a time that also moves her to ninth all-time for the Ducks. In the 5,000, senior Hanna Smedstad missed the NCAA provisional mark by less than five seconds (22nd, 16:52.95). The graduate school transfer now leads the Ducks in four events this season - the 1,500 (4:26.79), 3,000 (9:35.57) and 10,000 (34:42.93), with her 10K time an NCAA provisional effort from March's Stanford Invite.
ABOVE THE CROWD: Female Quartet Among Nation's Best Pole Vaulters.
In its fourth year as a collegiate event, the pole vault has again proved a hit for the Ducks who feature one NCAA automatic qualifier, another provisional qualifier, two All-Americans and a total of four Pac-10 qualifiers. Junior Niki Reed leads the corps again and is a two-time All-American and three-time NCAA participant. The Newport, Ore., native cleared 13-5 1/4 outdoors in 2001 at the Washington Dual (4/14) -- matching her school record that 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 and outdoors (12-6) 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 in April vs. Washington. Freshman Kirsten Riley and redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle improved their personal bests to 12-1 1/2 two weekends ago at the Oregon Invitational.
LIKE A DUCK IN WATER: UO steeplers getting feet wet in new event.
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 barriers 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. 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, debuted two weekends ago at the Oregon Invite (11th, 1:20.51), but as an unattached entrant since she's redshirting this season. Looking ahead to the USA Championships in Eugene five weeks away, four former Ducks have met the 11:00.00 qualifying standard -- Lisa Nye (10:00.63), Katie Crabb (10:33.98), Davis (10:41.1), and Jill (Callero) Mestler (10:59.37). Nye claimed second at last year's national championship (10:00.63), and leads the field at this weekend's Oregon Twilight. At the Oregon Preview on March 17, Mestler won the event's official collegiate debut Hayward Field (11:22.10), while Crabb took second at the Oregon Invitational in April (10:33.98).
GIFTS FROM THE GRIDIRON: Men Receive Sprint Support From Football Squad.
A trio of Duck football players have shored up the Duck sprint unit after debuting this season in Oregon's 88-75 win over Washington at home. Redshirt freshman A.K. Keyes (11.08) and redshirt sophomore Wesly Mallard (11.47) now rank second and fourth on the squad in the 100, 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). Last weekend at the Texas Invitational, Parker joined the Pac-10 qualifying list in the 100 (10.59w), trailed by redshirt freshman Keyes who also scored a season best (10.95). Parker also collected the team's second-fastest mark this season in the 200 (21.83) and was less than a half-second short of the Pac-10 qualifying mark (21.44). Looking ahead to the fall, Parker should be among the team's top receivers and owned the team's best yards-per-catch average last fall (18.3, 11 receptions). 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) in 1962, the same year Tarr set the world record in the 120-yard hurdles (13.3). More recently, Pat Johnson started at receiver for the 2001 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, but Duck fans also fondly remember his standout freshman season on the oval in 1995. He earned All-America honors that year 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 sole possessor of the 100 honor (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).
2000 OREGON TWILIGHT REWIND: Fein Joins Sub-4:00 Club.
EUGENE (5/13/00) - Billed as one of the nation's fastest men's miles and women's 5K's of the year, the Oregon Twilight lived up to its reputation with a slew of Olympic, Olympic Trials and NCAA qualifiers. In the Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Twilight Mile, post-collegian Jason Pyrah unleashed a punishing final 300-meter kick to win the race over South Africa's Clyde Colenso (second, 3:59.49) and Oregon senior Steve Fein (third, 3:59.35). Fein's first sub-4:00 mile ranked him 21st among the 27 distance runners on Oregon's all-time sub-4:00 list, not to mention the fastest by a Duck since the 1980's. Fein's NCAA provisional effort -- just short of the NCAA automatic mark of 3:59.20 -- earned him a spot at the NCAA Championships in the metric equivalent (the 1,500). On the women's side, Asics runner and Eugenean Marla Runyan led most of the race en route to a time of 15:07.66 for the second-fastest time in the world and a meet record. Maureen Morrison won the hammer with her fifth +180-foot mark in a six-week stretch (184-8), and Mary Etter posted her first Pac-10 mark in the event. Hilary Holly was within two inches of her long jump season best with her winning mark (19-0 3/4), while Amanda Brown edged closer to the Pac-10 mark (second, 18-10 1/2) and fell two inches shy of the standard. Lucretia Larkin paced the team in the sprints with her fourth sub-14.50 mark in the span of three weeks in the 100 hurdles (14.25). The UO men also made noise on the national list thanks to sophomore Jason Boness who improved his season best to 7-3 1/4 with his high jump win. In the throws, John Bello raised his personal best in the shot put to 57-5 3/4 -- a 4 3/4-inch outdoor best and 3/4 improvement on his indoor best of 57-5 from February 2000. James March took second (52-10 1/4), missing a personal best by less than two inches and the Pac-10 mark by only 2 1/2 inches. Cody Howell quietly continued one of team's most dramatic improvements of the season, raising his personal best another four inches to 17-0 3/4 only four inches shy of the NCAA provisional mark. Howell entered the outdoor season with a previous best of 16-0 3/4 from 1998.
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).
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 (NCAA prov. 7-1 3/4) 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, 27:58.06) quickly followed suit with NCAA automatic marks in the season's opening month. A quartet of NCAA provisional qualifiers, senior Michael Kasahun (5,000, 13:56.04), redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4), junior Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 13.79) and freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), focus on improving their marks for NCAA appearances in Eugene. Several others also hope for NCAA-caliber marks after previous bests near or equal NCAA provisional standards -- senior Ryan Keith (javelin, 220-5) 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 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 1:47.02 in the 800 two years ago for Butler CC and leads the Ducks so far this season (NCAA prov. 1:47.92). Leading a large class of distance newcomers that may redshirt to maximize their potential, 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). 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 garnering its share of 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 (182-1). In the javelin, freshman Sarah Malone has shined early this season with NCAA provisional marks in five meets, including a school record of 169-3 at April's Oregon Invitational. Sophomore teammate Charyl Weingarten isn't far behind and closed within four inches of the NCAA provisional mark at April's Mt. SAC Relays (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 and NCAA provisional qualifier Holly Speight. Junior heptathlete Jenny Kenyon (PR 5,046) 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 (34:42.93), 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 joined the NCAA provisional list in the 800 at May's Cardinal Invite (2:07.08) and 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 (14.00) and sophomore Lucretia Larkin (14.25). The pair rank sixth and 11th all-time in UO history and were recent Washington prep titlists.
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-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).
NCAA FORMULA: Dissecting the NCAA Qualifying System.
Athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships as individuals based on their best marks of the season from NCAA-sanctioned competitions. The two-standard system features an automatic standard which if equaled or bettered automatically qualifies those individuals for the collegiate finale. To fill out the remaining positions in each event's field (typically a total of 16-24 athletes depending on the quality of the marks and the capacity an event can handle), a second list of individuals meeting a provisional standard are also considered, again based on their season bests. Although each event varies, often at least half of an event's entry are automatic qualifiers, while occasionally an entire field could come from the automatic list. Also to note, sprinters and hurdlers can submit qualifying marks that occur only in wind conditions of +4.0 mps of less.
ALL-AMERICA EQUATION: Breaking down the NCAA Honor.
Based on their NCAA Championships performances, individuals are awarded All-America honors at season's end by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. The top-eight finishers from each event are honored regardless of citizenship, and any additional U.S. finishers that are among the top eight American finishers are also rewarded. If necessary, the U.S.-based honors can even extend to the top performances in the preceding qualifying round if there aren't eight Americans in the event's final.
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. Among the individual highlights, 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).
Online Track Resources
UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
NCAA Champs.: www.ncaachampionships.com
USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
Track & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com
Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
USA Championships: www.eugenechamps.com
World Champs: www.2001.edmonton.com
World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net