Duck Cross Country Squads Reschedule Season Openers
Sept. 17, 2001
EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country team rescheduled their home openers for this week in Portland and Seattle.
The No. 13-ranked Duck men moved their triangular against Portland and Portland State, to Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 19 at Pier Park in Portland. The meet was initially scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, but was postponed due to the recent national tragedies on the East Coast.
The Duck women chose not to compete at last Saturday's's New Balance Festival of Champions at Clackamas Community College, and instead will open at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, Saturday, Sept. 22.
The Duck men feature one of the top young squads on the West Coast, led by junior Jason Hartmann (Rockford, Mich.), a two-time All-American (37th in '99 and 35th in '00), and the returning Pacific-10 Conference and Western Regional Championships runner-up. Other potential varsity members include freshmen Seth Pilkington (Roy, Utah), Ryan Andrus (Orem, Utah) and Eric Logsdon (Canby, Ore.), sophomores Noel Paulson (Aumsville, Ore.), John Lucas (Eagle Point, Ore.) and Brett Holts (Bend, Ore.), and senior Adam Bergquist (Boulder, Colo).
The Oregon women's squad is equally young after graduating its top trio from last season's 28th-place NCAA finishers. Junior Carrie Zografos (Portland, Ore.), and sophomores Tara Struyk (Edmonton, Alberta) and Laura Harmon (Vancouver, Wash.) appear the likely team leaders, with juniors and returning letterwinners Eri Macdonald (Honolulu, Hawai'i) and Erinn Gulbrandsen (Chico, Calif.) other likely top-five possibilities. Several newcomers, including sophomore transfer Magdalena Sandoval (Los Alamos, N.M.) and freshman Sara Schaaf (Klamath Falls, Ore.), could make immediate varsity contributions.
Last season, the Duck women made their 24th national championship appearance under head coach Tom Heiononen, after finishing fourth and seventh at the NCAA Western Regional and Pacific-10 Championships, respectively. The UO men finished second in the conference finale as a team, and fourth at the Western Regional Championships.