Twelve Ducks to Compete at Home in NCAA Track Champs
May 24, 2001
EUGENE - The University of Oregon track and field teams received confirmation Thursday that eight men and four women will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 30-June 2.
On the men's side, a pair of returning All-Americans - junior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and Jason Boness (high jump) - will make their second and third outdoor NCAA appearances next week. Lorenzo was fifth at the NCAA Championships last season. Boness tied for seventh outdoors in 2000 at the NCAA contest and took 10th in 1999, then added a ninth-place finish indoors in March.
The remaining six Duck men's entries will make their debuts next week in a variety of events. The team's top two harriers - two-time harrier All-American and redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000) and senior Michael Kasahun (5,000) - continue the Duck distance tradition. Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler enters competition in the javelin as the top seed. Redshirt junior decathlete Billy Pappas avenged last year's near-miss when he missed an NCAA invite by three spots nationally and 50 points, and is the younger brother of former NCAA champion Tom Pappas. Two first-year Ducks, junior Micah Harris (110 hurdles) and freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault), will compete one last time this collegiate season.
Another likely Duck qualifier, junior Simon Kimata (800, 1:47.92), was not declared due to a hamstring injury he reaggravated at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships last weekend.
On the women's side, the Ducks will send an All-America duo and two additional newcomers to the collegiate finale.
Junior Niki Reed (pole vault) is a two-time All-American and school record holder (13-5 1/4), and was fifth at the NCAA level outdoors in 1999 and fourth indoors in 2000. Sophomore Mary Etter (discus) led freshmen in the NCAA finale last year with her eighth-place finish and ranks second all-time in Oregon history with her personal best from this season (175-9).
A pair of javelin throwers round out the women's contingent. Freshman Sarah Malone ranks second nationally and tops among freshmen with her school record two weeks ago (174-0). Sophomore Charyl Weingarten put herself in position for her first NCAA invite at the recent Pacific-10 Conference Championships with a 3-foot, 3-inch personal best of 155-6.
2001 Duck NCAA Track and Field Championships Qualifiers
Event Duck Men Rank Qual. Mark5,000 Michael Kasahun, Sr. 17th 13:56.0410,000 Jason Hartmann, RFr. 7th 28:56.06*110H Micah Harris, Jr. 16th 13.79HJ Jason Boness, Jr. 13th 7-3PV Trevor Woods, Fr. 17th 17-4 1/2JT John Stiegeler, RSo. 1st 245-9*Dec. Santiago Lorenzo, Jr. 4th 7,726* Billy Pappas, RJr. 16th 7,342
*indicates NCAA automatic qualifier