Track Teams Welcome NCAA Championships to Hayward Field
May 29, 2001
NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
OUTDOOR VOL. 11: Ducks Prepare for Eugene's Ninth NCAA Finale.
The Duck track and field teams face their final test of the collegiate season this week as the NCAA Championships return to Eugene's Hayward Field for the ninth time -- the most popular locale in modern history. Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler leads the nation in the javelin and focuses on Oregon's first men's title since Art Skipper's javelin win in 1992 (248-7). A pair of Duck men chase repeat All-America honors -- juniors Jason Boness (high jump) and Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) -- after seventh- and fifth-place finishes outdoors last year. Five remaining Duck men will make their NCAA debuts -- junior Micah Harris (110H), redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000), senior Michael Kasahun (5,000), redshirt junior Billy Pappas (decathlon) and freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault). A quartet of Duck women includes two returning All-Americans -- junior Niki Reed (pole vault), sophomore Mary Etter (discus) -- who will join forces with a pair of NCAA javelin newcomers, freshman Sarah Malone and sophomore Charyl Weingarten. On the men's side, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas Christian loom as the top team contenders, with South Carolina, UCLA and USC the women's team favorites.
2001 Duck NCAA Championship Entries
Athlete Yr.-Exp. Hometown Event Rank / Qual. Mark PR**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**Jason Hartmann RFr.-SQ Rockford, Mich. 10,000 7th / 28:56.06 28:56.06*Jason Boness Jr.-1L-TR Casper, Wyo. High Jump 13th-t / 7-3 7-5*Micah Harris Jr.-TR Tempe, Ariz. 110H 16th / 13.79 13.79*Billy Pappas RJr.-1L-TR Azalea, Ore. Dec. 16th / 7,342 7,342*Trevor Woods Fr.-HS Coos Bay, Ore. Pole Vault 17th-t / 17-4.5 17-4.5*Michael Kasahun Sr.-1L Fresno, Calif. 5,000 17th / 13:56.04 13:56.04
**Sarah Malone Fr.-HS Newberg, Ore. Javelin 2nd / 174-0 174-0**Niki Reed Jr.-2L Newport, Ore. Pole Vault 5th-t / 13-5.25 13-5.25*Mary Etter So.-1L Kirkland, Wash. Discus 10th-t / 175-9 175-9*Charyl Weingarten So.-1L Grand Forks, N.D. Javelin 21st / 155-6 155-6
WOMEN TO WATCH: Three Ducks Prepare for First of Two Champs at Home.
After breaking the school javelin record earlier in May, freshman Sarah Malone (174-0) ranks second nationally and finished second at the recent Pac-10 Championships (167-1). All-America discus thrower and NCAA provisional qualifier Mary Etter raised her personal best twice in April (now 175-9), and comes off a fourth-place Pac-10 finish (168-8). In the pole vault, All-America junior Niki Reed has cleared 13 feet twice outdoors in April -- tying her personal best and school record against Washington (13-5 1/4), then cleared 13-1 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Most recently she finished seventh (12-11) at the league finale for her second scoring honor in the nation's toughest vaulting conference.The aforementioned trio are all qualified for June's USA Championships (6/21-24) in Eugene. Sophomore Charyl Weingarten stepped up at crunch time in the league finale, posting her first NCAA provisional mark in the javelin with a three-foot, three-inch season best (155-6).
MEN TO WATCH: Ten Ducks sighted on NCAA qualifying lists.
Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler has paced the nation in the javelin for nearly two months with his personal best from April's Texas Relays (245-9). The Coos Bay, Ore., native has thrown past the 230-foot line at six meets this year (241-11 at the Oregon Invitational, 240-10 at the Pac-10 Championships, 240-3 at the Texas Invitational, 238-9 at the Oregon Preview, and 230-1 at the Baldy Castillo Invite). Junior Micah Harris is tied for first all-time for UO in the 110 hurdles after the Texas Invitational in May (first, 13.79). Freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2) is tied for first nationally among freshmen and seeks Oregon's 18th All-America honor in the event. Junior high jumper Jason Boness picked an opportune time for a season best at Pac-10's, as the three-time All-American earned his fifth NCAA trip with his second-place mark (7-3). The Casper, Wyo., native claimed All-America honor indoors in 2001 (ninth, 6-11.75) and outdoors in 1999 (10th, 7-3) and 2000 (seventh, 7-2.25). Pac-10 champion and junior Santiago Lorenzo, a two-time Pac-10 Athlete of the Week this season, shifts his focus back to the decathlon after adding points at the Pac-10 Championships in the 400 hurdles (fifth, 52.19) and long jump (seventh, 23-0 3/4). Last season he was fifth in his NCAA decathlon debut (7,543).
RUNNING WITH THE PAC: Stiegeler and Malone Lead M&W at Conference Finale.
BERKELEY, Calif. (5/19-20) - The Duck men and women wrapped up the Pacific-10 Conference Championships with two titles, three individual runner-up honors, and fifth- and eighth-place team finishes, respectively, at the University of California's Edwards Stadium. Redshirt sophomore javelin thrower John Stiegeler led the men with a 14-foot win (73.40m, 240-10) - the Ducks' second of the meet after junior Santiago Lorenzo's decathlon crown the previous weekend. Defending high jump champion and junior Jason Boness came up just short in his bid for a second title, losing in a jump-off at 7-4 1/2 to Stanford's Michael Ponikvar. Boness opened the afternoon with first-attempt clearances at 6-11 and 7-1, then made his second try at an NCAA provisional mark of 7-3, before missing four tries at 7-4 1/2, including his jump-off. Junior Micah Harris improved on his pre-race seeding by a place with his third-fastest mark of the year (second, 13.83) and was just off his season best of 13.79. Other scorers for the men included sophomore Samie Parker (100, eighth, 10.67), junior Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:51.48), senior Michael Kasahun (10,000, sixth, 29:51.62), sophomore Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, seventh, 14.48), Lorenzo (400 hurdles, fifth, 52.19, long jump, seventh, 23-0 3/4), junior Tim Overfield (400 hurdles, sixth, 52.33), freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, fourth, 17-3), redshirt junior Cody Howell (pole vault, sixth, 16-11), redshirt sophomore Jason Slye (pole vault, eighth, 15-11 1/4), redshirt junior Billy Pappas (long jump, eighth, 21-10 1/4), sophomore Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 48-10 3/4), redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, seventh, 57-7 3/4, discus, sixth, 179-10), redshirt senior Ryan Keith (javelin, sixth, 217-1), and sophomore Adam Kriz (hammer, fourth, 194-8). Duck competitors that did not score included Kasahun (5,000, 14th, 14:39.17) and sophomore Jake Horner (ninth, 6-5), junior Simon Kimata who was slowed by a two-week old hamstring injury (800, fifth-heat, 1:54.17), and freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000, 12th, 31:33.83), freshman Jake Garlick (400 hurdles, sixth-heat, 54.59), redshirt junior Rian Ingrim (shot put, ninth, 56-2 1/2), and the 4x100 relay (ninth, 41.87). Overall, Stanford won its first men's conference title in 74 years with 142 points, edging USC (second, 136), UCLA, (third, 115 1/2), Arizona State (fourth, 109 1/2) and Oregon (fifth, 86 1/2). The Ducks had entered the final event in sixth place, but climbed a spot thanks to their 4x400 relay effort (seventh, 3:14.80)- the meet's final event - and just edgedg California (fifth, 3:10.52) who needed to finish third or higher in the 4x400 to take fifth in the team standings. A week prior, Lorenzo and Billy Pappas opened scoring for the team with first- and third-place decathlon scores of 7,617 and 7,342 points, respectively, and sophomore Jason Slye just missed scoring with a ninth-place finish (6,631) in his conference debut. On the women's side, freshman Sarah Malone led the way with a second-place finish in the javelin, behind another top three-ranked collegian. The Newberg, Ore., native Malone unleashed a throw of 167-1 - her third best mark of the year. Also in the javelin, sophomore Charyl Weingarten raised her personal best at the Pac-10 meet for the second straight year and earned an NCAA invite with her first-ever NCAA provisional mark (fourth, 155-6). The pole vault was another source of scoring pride, led by junior Niki Reed (seventh, 12-11), and three other Ducks who scored personal bests and NCAA provisional marks - redshirt senior Holly Speight (ninth, 12-7 1/4), freshman Kirsten Riley (10th, 12-7 1/4) and redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle (11th, 12-7 3/4). Other Duck scorers included sophomore Mary Etter (discus, fourth, 168-8, hammer, 12th, 170-9), senior Maureen Morrison (discus, seventh, 160-7, hammer, seventh, 185-4), sophomore Amanda Brown (long jump, seventh, 19-3 3/4), senior Hanna Smedstad (10,000, eighth, 36:35.57, 5,000, ninth, 16:53.89), and the 4x400 relay (eighth, 3:47.86). Duck finalists that fell just short of scoring included sophomore Jenny Brogdon (high jump, ninth, 5-7), freshman Rachael Kriz (high jump, 11th, 5-5), sophomore Jordan McDaniels (discus, 11th, 136-8, hammer, 11th, 172-6) and freshman Annette Mosey (1,500, 11th, 4:48.77). In the previous weekend's heptathlon, junior Jenny Kenyon and freshman Ann Sullivan claimed fifth- and sixth-place finishes with scores of 4,911 and 4,874 points, respectively. Kenyon's finish was her third straight scoring honor at the league finale after finishing fourth in 2000 and sixth in 1999. Sullivan's seven-event effort was her third of the season and a personal best score, after competing at the Azusa Pacific (4,792) and Linfield (4,400) Heptathlons.
PAC-10 PICKS OF THE WEEK: Malone and Lorenzo Add UO's Fifth & Sixth Honors of `01.
Freshman Sarah Malone claimed the Duck women's first Pac-10 Athlete of the Week two weeks ago thanks to her personal best javelin throw (53.04m/174-0) at the Oregon Twilight. Malone's school record improvement met the NCAA automatic mark, and ranks her second nationally among collegians. Junior Santiago Lorenzo was honored for the men's field events category after claiming Oregon's eighth conference crown in the decathlon (7,617). He led competitors in the long jump (6.85m/22-5 3/4) and 400 meters (48.97), ranked second in the javelin (56.72m/186-1), pole vault (4.75m/15-7), shot put (13.41m/44-0) and 100 meters (11.10), and stood third in the 110 hurdles (15.06), discus (38.10m/125-0) and high jump (1.94m/6-4 1/4). Junior Simon Kimata was honored the previous week as Men's Track Athlete of the Week based on his performance at the Texas Invitational in Austin (5/4). The junior transfer from South Plains CC clocked his first NCAA qualifying mark (1:47.92) en route to a win in the 800 meters - also breaking the track record at three-year-old Mike A. Myers Stadium. Going into the NCAA Championships, he would have ranked 16th nationally, but did not declare for the meet after reinjuring a hamstring injury from earlier in May at the Pac-10 Championships. The Duck streak of weekly league honors went back another week, as 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 - Oregon Invite (4/28, second, 241-11) -- and trailed only Eastern Washington's Ryan Cole (first, 244-7). After April's opening weekend, 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 in 2001. In the honor's seasonal debut last month, 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).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Several Ducks Net Noticeable Gains in `01.
Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler stands as the obvious choice as the Ducks' most improved 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 farther), junior Micah Harris (13.79, .17 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 Billy Pappas in the decathlon (7,342 points, 158 points better). Sophomore Charyl Weingarten (javelin, 155-6, 8 feet, 1 inch further) and freshman Kirsten Riley (pole vault, 12-7 1/4, 1 foot, 8 1/4 inches better) share similar hypothetical honors on the women's team. Other UO women that have enjoyed solid gains include sophomore Jordan McDaniels (hammer, 168-1, 8 feet, 1 inch) and discus (152-3, 9 inches), redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle in the pole vault (12-7 1/4, 11 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 has hiked her best in the heptathlon by almost 500 points from her Linfield Heptathlon debut (4,400) to the Pac-10 Championships Heptathlon (sixth, 4,874).
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, three provisional qualifiers and another former All-American. Junior Niki Reed leads the corps again and is a two-time All-American and makes her fourth NCAA appearance this week. 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. Again reaping NCAA provisional honors, senior Holly Speight raised her personal best at the Pac-10 Championships (12-7 1/4), improving on her previous best of 12-6 which she vaulted both indoors and outdoors this year. Freshman Kirsten Riley and redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle also improved their personal bests to 12-7 1/4 in their conference meet debuts and finished 10th and 11th, respectively. After virtually no runway practice this past year, All-America senior Karina Elstrom came back from a serious back injury to compete the final two months, and raised her season best in Berkeley to 11-7 1/4.
LIKE A DUCK IN WATER: UO steeplers got feet wet in new event.
This week's NCAA Championships will feature a new event as the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase has been added to the schedule and has replaced 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, debuted in early March at the Linfield Icebreaker (second, 12:11.50). Junior transfer Carrie Zografos, a former prep state placer in the hurdles/relays for Portland's Central Catholic and one of the team's top harriers last fall, debuted 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 a month 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 finished a narrow second at the recent Oregon Twilight (season best of 10:09.75). At the Oregon Preview in March, Mestler won the event's official collegiate debut Hayward Field (11:22.10), and 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 helped shore up the Duck sprint unit after debuting in Oregon's 88-75 win over Washington at home in April. Redshirt freshman A.K. Keyes (11.08) and redshirt sophomore Wesly Mallard (11.47) rank second and fourth on the squad in the 100, and sophomore Samie Parker, a Pac-10 qualifier in the 100 last year (PR 10.61), added his first points at the league finale (eighth, 10.67) after running his windy season best (10.45w) in the qualifying round. Two weekends prior at the Texas Invitational, Parker also ran the team's second-fastest mark in the 200 (21.83). 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) and Renfro was second in the NCAA finale (13.8). 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).
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 TEAM REVIEW: Ducks Return Two All-Americans and 11 Pac-10 Scorers.
In their third year under head coach Martin Smith, the Men of Oregon took solid aim at climbing the Pac-10 and NCAA ranks in 2001. The Ducks sported 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 featured Pac-10 scorers in virtually every discipline. Among the NCAA automatic qualifying ranks, junior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon, NCAA auto - 7,726), redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (javelin, 245-9) and redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000, 27:58.06) locked up bids in the opening month for the NCAA championships. A septet of other Ducks notched NCAA provisional marks during the year -- junior Simon Kimata (800, 1:47.92), 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), junior Jason Boness (high jump, 7-3), freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), and junior Billy Pappas (decathlon, NCAA prov. 7,342). Several others that were on the cusp of NCAA provisional marks included sophomore Samie Parker (200, 10.45 nwi), sophomore Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, 14.04), junior Tim Overfield (400 hurdles, 51.74), redshirt junior Cody Howell (pole vault, 16-11), redshirt junior Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-2 3/4), redshirt junior John Bello (discus, 180-1), freshman Adam Jenkins (javelin, 218-5) and senior Ryan Keith (javelin, 217-2). Other returnees that netted Pac-10 points include junior Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:51.48), and sophomores Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 48-10 3/4) and Adam Kriz (hammer, fourth, 194-8). Several talented newcomers hope to make noticeable contributions at the conference level or beyond. Freshman Jake Garlick turned in Pac-10 qualifying marks in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles (14.51/52.40) and ranked third on the team in both events behind a pair of Pac-10 scorers in each. Leading a large class of distance newcomers that redshirted 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).
WOMEN'S TEAM REVIEW: Four All-Americans lead a youth-heavy squad.
This year's Duck roster was paced by several talented youngsters -- with all four NCAA qualifiers returning next year. The throws paced this year's charge, as sophomore All-American Mary Etter ranked second in the conference in the discus (NCAA prov. 175-9) and took fourth at the Pac-10 finale (168-8). Senior Maureen Morrison tied her school record in the hammer from last year (NCAA prov. - 186-6), and in 2001 scored for the fourth and fifth times in the Pac-10 finale (hammer, seventh, 185-4, discus, seventh, 160-7). In the javelin, freshman Sarah Malone was past the 167-foot line at her last three appearances this season, and raised the school record to 174-0 at the Oregon Twilight. Sophomore teammate Charyl Weingarten earned an NCAA invite of her own with her three-foot, three-inch personal best (155-6) at the Pac-10 Championships. Two-time All-America pole vaulter and junior Niki Reed matched her school record en route to the win at home (13-5.25) in the annual dual with Washington this year. The pole vault also featured a trio of NCAA provisional qualifiers that all cleared season bests of 12-7 1/4 at the Pac-10 Championships -- senior Holly Speight, redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle and freshman Kirsten Riley. Junior heptathlete Jenny Kenyon (PR 5,046) claimed her third Pac-10 points thanks to a fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 finale (4,911), while freshman Ann Sullivan (sixth, 4,874) moved to ninth all-time in UO history. In the distances, senior transfer Hanna Smedstad paced the Ducks in four events -- the 1,500 (4:26.79), 3,000 (9:35.57), 5,000 (16:52.95) and 10,000 (NCAA prov. 34:42.93). 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) but was slowed at the Pac-10 finale because of a stress fracture in her leg. The hurdles featured freshman Ann Sullivan (13.99) 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 closes 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 NCAA 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 in 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 only submit marks in wind conditions of +4.0 mps of less.
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.
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.
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