Duck Harriers Prepare for Roy Griak Invite

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Roy Griak Invitational (W6K/M8K)

  • Les Bolstad XC Course
  • St. Paul, Minn.
  • Start Time: Noon (CT)
  • Web Site: gophersports.com or www.raceberryjam.com
  • Sat., Sept. 29



    WHAT'S UP
    The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country squads face their first major test of the season this weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational, one of the nation's biggest meets. The 36-team men's field features 14 top-25 teams (and five more receiving votes among the top 40), and 11, top-25 teams in the 36-team women's race.

    DUCK WOMEN'S PREVIEW
    Head Coach Tom Heinonen returns for his 27th season as the Duck women will feature one of its youngest teams, comprised of no seniors, four juniors and 10 sophomores or freshmen. Redshirt junior Carrie Zografos ranks as the team's most improved and led the squad in its season opener in Seattle, and took seventh overall. Redshirt sophomore Tara Struyk was a top-three scorer every race her freshman season in 1999, and hopes to make her season debut this weekend. Junior Eri Macdonald claimed similar honors last year, but her status is questionable as she recovers from a stress fracture in her femur from last May. Sophomore Laura Harmon scored in five of her six races last fall, and was the team's second runner at its 2001 opener. Sophomore Annette Mosey emerged as the team's top middle-distance addition on the track last year with four, sub-2:13 efforts in the 800 and a Pac-10 appearance in the 1,500. A pair of junior middle-distance specialists, juniors Erinn Gulbrandsen and Annie Davis, have made top-seven appearances in the past and are strong candidates for scoring roles. Freshman Sara Schaaf (Klamath) and sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (Rice University/Los Alamos, N.M.) lead a group of five newcomers that includes several transfers and walk-ons. Schaaf was the 2001 Oregon state prep champion in the 800 (2:13.38), and Sandoval was a top-five scorer for the Owls last year and former New Mexico state champion herself.

    DUCK MEN'S PREVIEW
    Two-time All-American and junior Jason Hartmann leads the No. 16-ranked Ducks after taking Pac-10 and Western Regional runner-up honors last year. Redshirt senior Adam Bergquist finished third at every race in his first year as a Duck scorer in 2000, while sophomores John Lucas (18th), Brett Holts (19th) and Noel Paulson (25th) were also top-25 finishers last year in their Pac-10 Championships debuts. Two redshirt frosh -- Eric Logsdon (Canby) and Kyle Robinson (Salem) -- and two newcomers -- freshman transfer Ryan Andrus (Orem, Utah/Univ. of Wisconsin) and true freshman Seth Pilkington (Roy, Utah) could step into the scoring mix.



    THIS WEEK'S LIKELY DUCK ENTRIES

    Men                    Yr._Exp.   Hometown (Last School/HS)Ryan Andrus            Fr.*_TR    Orem, Utah (Wisconsin/Mountain View)Adam Bergquist         Sr.*_1L    Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)Jason Hartmann         Jr._2L     Rockford, Mich. (RHS)Brett Holts            So._1L     Bend (BHS)Eric Logsdon           Fr.*_RS    Canby (CHS)John Lucas             So.*_1L    Eagle Point (EPHS)Noel Paulson           So._1L     Aumsville (Cascade)Oliver Redig           Jr.*_TR    Henderson, Nev. (Mt. Hood/Basic)Seth Pilkington        Fr._HS     Roy, Utah (RHS)Kyle Robinson          Fr._RS     Salem (South)

    Women Yr._Exp. Hometown (Last School/HS)Erinn Gulbrandsen So._1L Chico, Calif. (Pleasant Valley)Laura Harmon Fr._HS Vancouver, Wash. (Jesuit_Portland)Annette Mosey Fr._HS Wilsonville (WHS)Magdalena Sandoval So._TR Los Alamos, N.M. (Rice/LAHS)Sara Schaaf Fr._HS Klamath Falls (KF Union HS)Alicia Snyder_Carlson So.*_1SQ Kihei, Hawaii (St. Anthony (Wailuku))Tara Struyk So.*_SQ Edmonton, Alberta (Jasper Place)Carrie Zografos So.*_TR Portland, Ore. (Colorado/Central Catholic)

    *indicates utilized redshirt season

    Pronunciations: Men _ ANN_druhs, LOG_sdon, PAUL_son, PIL_king_ton, RED_ig. Women _ gull_BRAND_son, MOE_see, STRIKE, zoe_GRAF_ohs



    LAST WEEK'S RECAP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (9/19) -- A Duck men's 'B' unit opened the season a week ago Wednesday with wins over a Portland 'B' squad, 20-36, and Portland State, 15-47. UO sophomore Noel Paulson claimed the first collegiate win of his career (18:27), just ahead of sophomore teammate John Lucas (second, 18:30) and Portland's Steve Schaeffer (third, 18:35). Other Duck finishers included junior Oliver Redig (fourth, 18:55), senior Adam Bergquist (sixth, 19:01), freshman Kyle Robinson (seventh, 19:01), senior Simon Kimata (11th, 19:37) and senior Ross Krempley (12th, 19:59).
    SEATTLE (9/22) - Duck junior Carrie Zografos posted her first points as a Duck harrier and led the squad in its opener, the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle last Saturday. The Portland native finished seventh overall on the Lincoln Park 5,000-meter course (17:36), ahead of teammates sophomore Laura Harmon (19th, 18:03), junior Erinn Gulbrandsen (33rd, 18:23), sophomore Annette Mosey (44th, 18:39) and sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (35th, 18:28). Other Duck entries included freshman Sara Schaaf (49th, 18:45), sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson (53rd, 19:02) and junior Annie Davis (69th, 19:40).

    TOP NEWCOMERS
    Several recent men's and women's signees arrive with heralded credentials. On the men's side, freshmen Seth Pilkington and Erik Heinonen finished fifth and sixth last December at the Kinney FootLocker Cross Country Championships, the national prep championship. On the track last spring, the son of former L.A. Marathon winner Paul Pilkington ranked third nationally in the 3,200 (8:55.17). Heinonen paced the national prep list in the 10,000 (31:26.05), but is a likely redshirt this season. Two other redshirt freshmen could play big roles in their first fall seasons for the Ducks. Having trained in Eugene since January, transfer Ryan Andrus missed his 1997 freshman harrier season at Wisconsin due to a stress fracture, followed by a two-year religious mission. Andrus clocked 3:46.5 and 14:1.8 as a freshman in 1998, and that summer finished second in the 5K at the U.S. Junior Championships to qualify for the 1998 World Junior Championships. Redshirt frosh Eric Logsdon took third at the 1999 Oregon 4A state cross country championships as a senior, but is better known for his national-caliber marks in the 1,500 (3:51.39), 3,000 (8:10.66) and 3,200 (8:47.88) as a prep senior in the spring of 2000. On the women's side, freshman Sara Schaaf of Klamath Falls is the team's top middle-distance signee after winning the 4A state title last year in the 800 (2:13.38). Sophomore Magdalena Sandoval transfers from Rice University and was a scorer for the Owls in her debut at the 2000 NCAA South Central Regional (44th overall). The daughter of 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon champ Tony Sandoval was previously a New Mexico state class C champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters for Los Alamos High School.

    IN THE POLLS
    After opening the season ranked 13th, the Duck men dropped to 16th in this week's coaches poll, while the women were unranked. Last year, the men spent nearly half the season in the top-10 before capping the season 20th after the NCAA Western Regional. The Duck women climbed as high as 12th in the preseason poll, and eventually ended 22nd.

    ACROSS THE NATION
    After coming up 11 points short of an NCAA title, last year's men's runner-up Colorado appears the favorite after losing only one runner from its top seven. Defending champion Arkansas will join Stanford, Notre Dame and Providence as other men's team contenders. On the women's side, returning victor Colorado will fend off a perennially deep BYU squad, Boston College, Stanford and Wisconsin potential spoilers. Top men's individuals include returning Colorado's Jorge Torres, 1999 NCAA champ David Kimani of Alabama, and Georgetown's Franklyn Sanchez. Women's individual favorites include 1999 champ Erica Palmer of Wisconsin, last year's runner-up Sabrina Munro of Washington, senior Lisa Aguilera of Arizona State, North Carolina sophomore Shalane Flanagan, and Stanford junior Lauren Fleshman.

    LIFE IN A WESTERN TOWN
    The Ducks will again match up against a rigorous schedule, partly courtesy of the Pac-10 and NCAA Western Regional. On the men's side, the regional has featured seven or more All-Americans in five of the past six NCAA finales. On the women's side, the 2000 NCAA field featured five schools, with six qualifying the year before. On the track, Pac-10 women's teams flexed their muscle by going 1-2-3 at the 2001 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Individually, female league distance runners collected two NCAA titles and earned two or more All-America certificates in the 800, 1,500 and 5K, and another in the steeplechase. Altogether at the past 10 NCAA Cross country Championships, the Pac-10 has featured three team titles (2 men's, 1 women's), two team runners-up (1 men's, 1 women's) and four individual winners (3 men's, 1 women's).

    LIVING (AT-)LARGE
    Starting with the Roy Griak Invite, the Duck men and women will try to garner as many head-to-head regular season wins against other potential NCAA participants from across the nation so they can help their qualifying cause for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA men's and women's fields (31 teams in each) feature the top-two finishers teams from each of November's nine NCAA regionals, along with an additional 13 at-large teams selected on their regional finish and regular-season wins against other automatic qualifiers and at-large hopefuls. The 255-individual NCAA field also features 37 individuals from non-qualifying teams - the top four individuals from each region, plus two at-large individuals selected nationally. With the depth of the NCAA Western Regional, which featured four top-15 ranked teams for much of the year, the Duck women went the at-large route in 2000 for the third straight year, thanks to a fourth-place regional finish and previous wins against five fellow NCAA qualifiers - Marquette, North Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest and Weber State. The Oregon men fell victim last year to an aberration in the system after finishing fourth in the NCAA Western Regional. Although the Ducks had previously piled up regular-season wins over 19 of the 31 eventual NCAA qualifiers, they had to wait until the third-place regional finisher, Cal Poly, was selected. However, the Mustangs were shut out of an invite (and ultimately the Ducks) after they had beat only two NCAA qualifying teams, Indiana and Nebraska, during the year.

    WOMEN'S 2000 SEASON REVIEW
    The Ducks saw seven different harriers score last season and nine appear among the squad's top seven. Hanna Smedstad led the Ducks in each of her six appearances after sitting out the season opener in Portland. Katie Crabb led the squad at the Pier Park showing, followed with runner-up squad placings in four races. Rhiannon Glenn also stood second on the varsity at three meets, fourth twice and seventh once. Eri Macdonald stepped up as one of the team's most improved - ranking third on the team at three races and fourth at four races. Erinn Gulbrandsen ran equally steady, scoring at three races and ranking sixth at three others. Laura Harmon scored at six of her seven races, including appearances at the third (twice), fourth (once), fifth (thrice) and sixth (once) positions. Transfer Carrie Zografos (Portland) proved a welcome addition, ranking seventh for the team at four races and sixth in two other Duck appearances. Annette Mosey, ranked seventh at two of the first three meets and eighth at another. Annie Davis stood fifth in the team's opener, then ninth and eighth in the Ducks' races at the Roy Griak and Willamette Invites.

    MEN'S 2000 SEASON REVIEW
    The Duck men were led in the final four races by Jason Hartmann (Rockford, Mich.) and in the season opener by senior Michael Kasahun, with the other ranking second at the other four races. Hartmann and Kasahun made their second NCAA appearances (35th and 65th, respectively) after qualifying individually based on their second- and fourth-place NCAA Western Regional finishes. Adam Bergquist (Boulder, Colo.) collected his first-ever points as a Duck, ranking third at four races. John Lucas (Eagle Point) ran at the fourth position the last three races and fifth in his Duck debut, while Brett Holts (Bend) inverted those positions (fourth once and fifth thrice). Holts also led the 'B' unit at the season opener. Noel Paulson (Aumsville), ranked sixth on the varsity in all four races, just ahead of a pair of seniors that split the seventh slot - Lincoln Nehring at the Pac-10 and Western Regional meets, and Sam Hill at the first two varsity meets.

    WEBFOOT TRADITION
    No university boasts a combined history as rich as the Oregon men's and women's programs. Dating back to All-American Steve Prefontaine in 1969, 18 men's runners have finished among the top five at the NCAA meet - the most recent being Steve Fein (third in '99). The list of Oregon greats includes such legends as American track record holders 'Pre', Alberto Salazar, Rudy Chapa and Matt Centrowitz. On the women's side, Oregon has qualified as a team in 24 of 26 NCAA meets since 1975 and has finished in the top 10 in all but five appearances. University of Oregon women have garnered 30 All-America honors and have included such greats as Marie Davis, Melody Fairchild, Kathy Hayes, Lisa Ondieki, and Annette Peters.

    AT THE HELM
    Beginning his third season as men's cross country head coach, Martin Smith has solidified Oregon as one of nation's preeminent programs. In his first season as cross country head coach in 1999, he guided Oregon to its 24th top-10 NCAA cross country finish, while Ducks have garnered 15 All-America honors in track and cross country in his first three seasons in Eugene. Previously, the two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year (1985 & 88) led Wisconsin harrier squads to two NCAA titles, nine top-five finishes, and top-14 finishes in each of his 15 years in Madison. On the individual side, his Badger cross country athletes won one NCAA title and 34 All-America awards, to go with five NCAA titles and 44 All-America honors on the track. His harrier All-America tally during that period trailed only Arkansas, and even bettered the Hogs' tally counting only U.S. athletes. On the women's side, 27th-year coach Tom Heinonen has also been honored as NCAA Coach of the Year for each of Oregon's NCAA two cross country and one track and field team titles, and has directed the Ducks to the collegiate harrier finale 24 times. Individually, his distance pupils have scored 30 All-America honors in cross country and 53 awards on the track. In conference competition the Ducks have historically paced 'The Conference of Champions' as his teams have won seven of 15 Pac-10 team titles and six individual crowns since the league's inception in 1986 - also garnering him six Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors.

    SCORING THE RACE
    Cross country races are scored by adding together the places of each seven-person team's top five finishers, with the lowest score winning. A perfect score would be 15 points (1+2+3+4+5), although scores at larger meets such as the NCAA Championships are much higher because of the larger number of teams on hand (i.e. 50-100+ points). At the NCAA Championships or other regular season invitationals where some individuals compete apart from teams, their places are not counted in the team scoring (i.e. a runner who finished 49th overall but was beaten by two individuals not affiliated with teams would be scored 47th in the team scoring).

    HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING
    Men's head coach Martin Smith's impact on two of the past three NCAA races have carried beyond the Ducks' top-10 finishes. In 1999, his former Wisconsin crew - including six of the seven runners he coached and recruited - took second overall with 185 points after entering the meet fourth-ranked. The Badgers featured two runners in the top six in Matt Downin (fourth) and Jay Schoenfelder (sixth), and also had two other transfers in the top 10 in Oregon's Steve Fein (third) and Arkansas' Andrew Begley (seventh). The Badgers' final scorer, Jason Vanderhoof (60th), would have given Wisconsin a hyptothetical NCAA title with 62 points - five ahead of Arkansas which would have scored 67 without Begley. The previous year in 1998, the Badgers would have claimed similar honors with 62 points with two UW individuals in the top 20 overall in Downin (fourth) and Schoenfelder (20th), and three former Badgers in the top-25 that were also All-Americans - Begley (16th), Fein (18th) and UCLA senior Mark Hauser (24th).



    TEAMS ENTERED THIS WEEK

    Roy Griak Invitational
    Les Bolstad Golf Course
    St. Paul, Minn.
    Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001

    Entered Men's Teams - No. 5 Providence, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 10 Georgetown, No. 11 William & Mary, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 Portland, No. 14 Michigan, No. 15 BYU, No. 16 Oregon, No. 19 Indiana, No. 20 Minnesota, No. 22 Arizona State, No. 23 Wake Forest, No. 25 Air Force, Army, Cal Poly, Colorado State (*), Columbia, Duke (*), Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, James Madison, Marquette, Michigan State (*), Missouri, Missouri-KC, Nebraska, Penn State (*), Toledo, UCLA, Virginia, Washington, Washington State (*), Youngstown State.

    Entered Women's Teams - No. 8 Arizona, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 9 Providence, No. 15 Missouri, No. 14 Colorado State, No. 16 Marquette, No. 17 Washington, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 21 Weber State, No. 22 Duke, No. 25 Columbia, Air Force, Army, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, James Madison, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Missouri-KC, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon, Penn State, Toledo, UCLA (*), Virginia (*), Wake Forest, Washington State, Youngstown State.

    (*) indicates team not ranked top 25 but receiving votes




    FinishLynx Women's Cross Country Rankings

    Poll released September 24, 2001.

    NE = Northeast, MA = Mid-Atlantic, SE = Southeast, GL = Great Lakes, MW = Midwest, SC = South Central, MT = Mountain, W = West, S = South.

    Pre- SeasonRank Team Region Points Rank

    1 Colorado (13) MT 325 12 Stanford W 306 33 NC State SE 293 94 Brigham Young MT 275 45 Wisconsin GL 274 56 Yale NE 258 77 North Carolina SE 230 68 Arizona W 227 89 Providence NE 223 1310 Georgetown MA 207 1111 Arizona State W 199 1012 Boston College NE 197 213 Arkansas SC 184 1214 Colorado State MT 129 1615 Missouri MW 126 1416 Marquette GL 125 1517 Washington W 113 1918 Texas A&M SC 90 1719 Minnesota MW 77 1820 Villanova MA 7421 Weber State MT 64 2022 Duke SE 53 2523 Boston University NE 4724 Michigan State GL 3125 Columbia NE 27 23-- Wake Forest SE 21-- Villanova MA 22-- Michigan GL 24

    Also receiving votes: Virginia 18, Kansas State 17, Wake Forest 11, Toledo 8, Brown 5, Wichita State 5, UCLA 3, Northern Arizona 3, South Florida 1.

    Sponsored by FinishLynx. All polls compiled during the season are available online at the FinishLynx site.

    Voting panel consists of the nine elected regional representatives and three at large members of the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association.




    MONDO Men's Cross Country Rankings

    Poll released Sept. 25.

    NE = Northeast, MA = Mid-Atlantic, SE = Southeast, GL = Great Lakes, MW = Midwest, SC = South Central, MT = Mountain, W = West, S = South.

    Pre- SeasonRank Team Region Points Rank

    1 Colorado (14) MT 398 12 Stanford (1) W 377 23 Arkansas (1) SC 362 34 Notre Dame GL 343 55 Providence NE 327 46 Wisconsin GL 318 67 Villanova MA 310 78 North Carolina State SE 299 119 Northern Arizona MT 264 810 Georgetown MA 222 9=11 William & Mary SE 216 1212 Arizona W 215 9=13 Portland W 185 1714 Michigan GL 173 1915 BYU MT 170 1516 Oregon W 160 1317 Iona College NE 148 1418 Weber State MT 125 1819 Indiana GL 120 1620 Minnesota MW 80 2021 Alabama S 78 2222 Arizona State W 66 2123 Wake Forest SE 63 2324 Eastern Michigan GL 41 --25 Air Force MT 39 24-- Oklahoma State MW 25

    Also receiving votes: Michigan State 24, Dartmouth 20, Texas 15, Duke 8, Penn State 7, Princeton 7, Oklahoma State 6, Navy 4, Virginia 4, Colorado State 3, Iowa 3, Miami (Ohio) 3, Ohio State 3, Washington State 3.

    Sponsored by Mondo. Voting panel consists of members of the executive committee of the United States Cross Country Coaches Association.



    DUCK M & W TEAM INFORMATION
    Colors: Green & Yellow (Pantone 342 & 109)
    Mascot: Ducks
    Conference: Pacific-10
    Enrollment: 17,850
    2000 NCAA Finish: M: NA, W: 28th (619)
    2000 Regional Finish: M: 4th, W: 4th
    2000 Pac-10 Finish: M: 2nd, W: 7th
    M Head Coach: Martin Smith, 3rd Year
    W Head Coach: Tom Heinonen, 27th Year



    DUCK HARRIER HISTORY
    * Returning All-Americans (1)
    Men: Jason Hartmann - 37th in '99, 35th in '00. Women: NA

    * NCAA Team Champions (6)Men: 1971-73-74-79, Women: 1983-87

    * NCAA Individual Winners (4)Steve Prefontaine (1970-71-73), Alberto Salazar (1978)

    * All-Americans
    Men: 52 (since 1963), Women: 30 (since 1979)

    * Conference Champions*
    Team: Men's: 13 , Women: Women's: 11
    Individual: Men's: 9, Women's: 8

    * Regional Champions**
    Team: Men's: 13 , Women: Women's: 12
    Individual: Men's: 9, Women's: 8

    *since M-1969,W-1982
    **since M-1979,W-1975



    ONLINE RESOURCES

  • UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
  • Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
  • NCAA Champs.: www.ncaachampionships.com
  • NCAA host: www.furmanpaladins.com
  • Men's XC Poll: www.usccca.com
  • Women's XC Poll: www.raceberryjam.com
  • M&W XC Regional Polls: www.usccca.com
  • Trackwire: www.trackwire.com
  • USA Track and Field: www.uastf.org
  • USOC: www.olympic-usa.org
  • IAAF: www.iaaf.org
  • Track & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com

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