Harmon and Hartmann Pace Ducks at XC Western Regional

Nov. 10, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country teams took on the West Coast's top long distance talent Saturday, with the Duck squads taking third and 12th, respectively, at the NCAA Western Regional Championships.

On the women's side, the Ducks' season likely came to an end with a 12th-place regional finish as the Ducks tallied 350 points in the 23-team race. No. 1 Stanford won the competition with 39 points, ahead of No. 8 Arizona (second, 81), No. 11 Arizona State (third, 85), No. 24 Washington (fourth, 118) and No. 17 UCLA (fifth, 164).

'We got out and competed well early,' Oregon women's coach Tom Heinonen said. 'We had five in the first 65 early, but couldn't hold onto it, but several were able to finish strong at the end. Carrie (Zografos) has been sick and we had hoped she could overcome it, but couldn't. Magdalena's (Sandoval) quad injury bothered her during the race, and prevented her from kicking at the end. Laura rebounded from her recent illness to have her best race of the year. The meet shows you need to be healthy to run well - it's a championship meet with good teams. We had Laura, Annette and Erinn there, and they ran quite well.'

Sophomore Laura Harmon led the Oregon squad for the first time in her career as the Vancouver, Wash., native and Jesuit product paced the unit the entire race and took 45th overall at the end of the 6K course in a time of 23:07.1. Last season she also scored for as the squad's fifth runner and 66th overall at the same meet held in Fresno.

'It felt good to finally get over the health problems from the past few meets,' Harmon said, 'a kidney infection at Furman and overhydration and lack of electrolytes at Pac-10's. I felt so much better at the end, it actually surprised me how much I had left. Going in, I didn't have a particular strategy, I wanted to see how it would go and adjust during the race.'

Another familiar scorer, junior Erinn Gulbrandsen stepped up with her highest finish ever on the squad, ranking second among Saturday's six entries and 75th overall (23:59.5).

'I felt really strong the last 2K,' Gulbrandsen said. 'I went out strong early, but then faded for the middle part. At the end, I just imagined how it felt like in workouts when we have the mile or 1,000-meter repeats, and visualizing that made it easier. I got into the flow and started to pick off runners all the way to the finish. (Even those this is a big race) I'm getting more comfortable in the environment and able to concentrate on my race.'

The Duck scoring contingent was rounded out by sophomores Magdalena Sandoval (78th, 24:03.7) and Annette Mosey (81st, 24:07.20) and redshirt junior Carrie Zografos (97th, 24:25.8), and redshirt sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson (125th, 25:07.5).

Against a 20-men's team field featuring seven, top-30 teams, No. 18-ranked Oregon posted their best finish of the season with a third-place tally of 112 points in a tight team race, just ahead of No. 14 Arizona State (fourth, 116), No. 13 Santa Barbara (fifth, 124), No. 20 Arizona (sixth, 135) and No. 28 Washington (seventh, 140). No. 2 Stanford won the team title with 37 points, ahead of No. 8 Portland (second, 91).

Among Saturday's nine regionals nationally, the top two teams and top four individuals from Saturday's results each automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, Mon., Nov. 19 in Furman, S.C. The Ducks will be one of the early picks for the remaining 13 at-large team spots, announced Monday afternoon.

Individually, two-time All-American and Oregon junior Jason Hartmann turned an impressive third-place finish on the 10K Dell Urich Golf Course in a time of 30:57.6, not far behind Stanford's Donald Sage and Grant Robison who finished first and second in times of 30:43.4 and 30:50.1, respectively. The Rockford Mich., native's finish also guarantees him a spot in the NCAA field as an individual for the second straight season after runner-up honors regional honors in '00.

'I thought it was a good race,' Hartmann said. 'I wanted to improve off Pac-10s (where he took fifth after an early race fall). Strategy-wise, I wasn't keying off anybody in particular - I just wanted to be in the lead pack and be ready to cover any breaks, and hopefully be with the leaders at the end.'

The Duck men put their four remaining scorers, and their sixth runner, in the top 50 overall. Redshirt senior Adam Bergquist duplicated his 11th-place Pac-10 finish from two weeks ago against an even stronger field, this time clocking 31:30.8.

'I tried to run as hard but also as composed as I could,' Bergquist said. 'I felt good at the end, and tried to pass as many people heading into the finishing stretch as I could. I knew the score would be close point-wise, so I made sure I ran smart and saved some energy to move up late.'

Redshirt freshman Ryan Andrus placed third on the squad for the third time in four meets this season (27th, 30:06.2), followed by sophomore Brett Holts (31st, 32:12.7), redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon (42nd, 32:40.1), and sophomores Noel Paulson (49th, 32:52.7) and John Lucas (55th, 33:06.5).

'I was very pleased with our performance,' said Oregon men's head coach Martin Smith. 'I thought Jason and Adam ran exceptional races and we need them to do well for us. The team continued to show improvement thanks to a lot of hard work. Our goal from the first practice was to qualify for nationals, and the team really pulled together today. They ran controlled early and had a fairly tight split through the first half. The critical part of our race was moving up at the end. There was probably one point early where we were back in seventh place, but we ran a great final couple kilometers. I thought Ryan and Brett also ran very well and worked together much of the way. Ryan's still getting his legs back after a two-year layoff, and I know he was happy with race, which was his best of the year so far. I think the trademark of any good team is when someone has an off day, another person is right there ready to step up, and Eric Logsdon did that, finishing as our fifth man as a freshman when John Lucas maybe wasn't at his best.'

Next up, the Duck men will await word on Monday about a likely NCAA Championships at-large invite. Their last NCAA appearance was in 1999 when they took sixth overall, while the UO women qualified last season and finished 28th overall.



FINAL RESULTS

NCAA Western Regional Championships
Men's 10,000 meters / Women's 6,000 meters
Dell Urich Golf Course
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001

Women's Team Results - 1, Stanford 39 points. 2, Arizona 81. 3, Arizona State 85. 4, Washington 118. 5, UCLA 164. 6, WSU 214. 7, UC Irvine 229. 8, Cal Poly SLO, 250. 9, Boise State 268. 10, Hawaii 295. 11, Santa Barbara 298. 12, Oregon 350. 13, Fresno State 357. 14 CS Northridge 383. 15, CS Fullerton 426. 16, Eastern Washington 470. 17, Long Beach State 492l. 18, San Jose State 494. 19, Portland 503. 20, CS Sacramento 514. 21, Santa Clara 550. 22, Pepperdine 579. 23, St. Mary's 608.

Women's Individual Results - 1, Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 20:40.1. 2, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:52.0. 3, Lisa Aguilera, ASU, 20:54.5. 4, Alicia Craig, Stanford, 21:04.4. 5, Everlyne Lagat, WSU, 21:06.6. 6, Kelly MacDonald, ASU, 21:08.0. 7, Sara Bei, Stanford, 21:20.8. 8, Cheryl Smith, Hawaii, 21:36.9. 9, Brianna Torres, ASU, 21:41.1. 10, Katie Appenrodt, Santa Barbara, 21:49.7. 11, Lisa Gibbs, Washington, 21:50.7. 12, Laura Turner, Stanford, 21:51.4. 13, Sarah Ellis, USC, 21:51.7. 14, Erin Doherty, Arizona, 21:52.3. 15, Mariel Ettinger, Stanford, 21:53.6. 16, Jennifer Burris, Arizona, 21:57.3. 17, Erin Sullivan, Stanford, 21:59.2. 18, Jeane Goff, Stanford, 22:00.9. 19, Kate Bradshaw, Washington, 22:04.5. 20, Casey McGuire, Hawaii, 22:04.8. 21, Abby Peters, Arizona, 22:05.6. 22, Anna Blue, WSU, 22:06.0. 23, Danielle Hernandez, CS Fullerton, 22:07.9. 24, Valerie Flores, UCLA, 22:08.3. 25, Sabrina Monro, Washington, 22:09.0.

Oregon Women's Individuals - 45, Laura Harmon, 23:07.1. 75, Erinn Gulbrandsen, 23:59.5. 78, Magdalena Sandoval, 24:03.7. 81, Annette Mosey, Oregon, 24:07.2. 97, Carrie Zografos, 24:25.8. 125, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, 25:07.5.

Men's Team Results - 1, Stanford 37 points. 2, Portland 91. 3, Oregon 112. 4, Arizona State 116. 5, Santa Barbara 124. 6, Arizona 135. 7, Washington 140. 8, Washington State 194. 9, UCLA 222. 10, Cal Poly SLO 246. 11, California 293. 12, CS Fullerton 385. 13, Fresno State 390. 14, Western Washington 413. 15, Long Beach State 415. 16, Santa Clara 483. 17, San Jose State 508. 18, Pepperdine 547. 19, CS Sacramento 569. 20, St. Mary's 651.

Men's Individual Results - 1, Donald Sage, Stanford, 30:43.4. 2, Grant Robison, Stanford, 30:50.1. 3, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 30:57.6. 4, Fasil Bizuneh ASU, 30:59.1. 5, Joe Driscoll, Portland, 31:01.4. 6, Jason Fayant, Washington, 31:11.8. 7, Josh Horton, Santa Barbara 31:12.9. 8, Kris Rolin, Portland, 31:22.0. 9, Ian Dobson, Stanford, 31:27.2. 10, Louis Luchini, Stanford, 21:27.2. 11, Adam Bergquist, Oregon, 31:30.8. 12, Mike Cramer, Arizona, 31:32.9. 13, David Jackson, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 31:35.30. 14, Ronnie Buchanan, ASU, 31:36.1. 15, Chris Emme, Stanford, 31:38.2. 16, Oscar Franco-Parra, WSU, 31:39.6. 16, Joe Urbanski, Stanford, 31:40.7. 18, Kyle Goklish, Arizona, 31:42.9. 19, Eric Gans, Santa Barbara, 31:44.0. 20, Eric Kiauki, Portland, 31:45.7.

Other Oregon Men's Finishers - 27, Ryan Andrus, 32:06.2. 31, Brett Holts, 32:12.7. 42, Eric Logsdon, 32:40.1. 49, Noel Paulson, 32:52.7. 55, John Lucas, 33:06.5.

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