Hartmann and Bergquist Lead Duck Men's Cross Country to 13th at NCAA Champs
Nov. 19, 2001
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The No. 14-ranked University of Oregon men's cross country team capped its season with its best race of the year Monday, finishing 13th with 389 points in the 31-team, 255-runner NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Junior Jason Hartmann fell just shy of his third All-America honor, finishing 50th overall in the 10K race (30:21), barely 10 seconds shy of the final honor awarded. The Rockford, Mich., native ran most of the race near his final placing on the fast University of Furman Golf Course that sported clear, 70-degree skies - much the opposite of last year's sub-18 wind chill.
'I was disappointed with myself in that the team was only a few points away from finishing a little higher,' Hartmann said. 'During the race, I seemed to stay in the same place most of the way. I was running hard the whole way, I just didn't get out where I needed to be at the start. Overall, I was excited how the team stepped up. Our goal at the start was to finish top 15, and we can certainly build off this next year.'
In previous NCAA Championships, Hartmann finished 37th as a freshman in Bloomington, Ind., in 1999, and 35th as a sophomore in 2000 in Ames, Iowa. This season, he led the Ducks in all five of his appearances and recently claimed third at the recent Western Regional and sixth at the Pac-10 Championships.
In his NCAA Championships debut, redshirt senior Adam Bergquist responded with another intelligent and gutsy effort. The Boulder, Colo., native opened the race in the top 80 overall, and moved up progressively during the race. Over the final kilometers, he surged yet again to net a 60th-place finish at the line (30:29).
'I was pleased with my race overall,' Bergquist said. 'I had never run at this meet before and there were some things I'd never seen. Coach had talked about how hard this race is and how fast people go out, so I didn't want to press too early. I felt a little tired at 1 1/2 miles, and tried to focus on finding a rhythm and not pressing, which I did from the third through sixth K. The last 3K I was hurting pretty bad, but still tried to pass as many guys as I could. I was able to relax on the downhill in the ninth kilometer and find a little strength there. Then a couple of the guys nearby were finishing strong so I tried to latch onto them and keep passing through to the finish.'
Bergquist capped a successful stretch run in the team's second spot, making his varsity debut at October's end at the Pac-10 Championships (11th), then replicated the placing at the Western Regional Championships nine days ago.
The remainder of the Ducks' five entries also successfully weathered their NCAA Championships initiation. A scorer at every meet so far this season, sophomore Brett Holts ranked a season-high third on the team (96th, 30:58), while redshirt sophomore John Lucas ran in the unit's top four for the third time in five meets. Redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon (156th, 31:32) scored for the third time in four meets (156th, 31:32), followed by sophomore Noel Paulson (176th, 31:48), and redshirt freshman Ryan Andrus (236th, 33:13).
'I thought overall we had a very good team performance,' Oregon men's coach Martin Smith said. 'This was our best performance as a group this season, and at the most difficult level. We exceeded where we were ranked coming in, and ran with a lot of poise. Adam ran a really tough and smart race. John Lucas and Brett Holts ran the way they had to for us to have a good team finish ... Eric Logsdon stepped up and scored for us again and kept us in the mix. Although Jason is disappointed with his race, he ran hard, it was just today he didn't have his best. Great runners overcome the disappointments and learn from those experiences and use them to motivate themselves for the future, and he will.'
Monday's placing capped a season which saw the Ducks gather momentum at every race. After a 11th-place finish at the Roy Griak Invite at September's end, the squad improved to fifth in their pre-NCAA Furman Invitational section, and third at both the Pac-10 Championships and Western Regional. 'There's a lot of good teams here,' Smith added, 'and we haven't lost to too many of them recently. Our guys are young and still developing and took another step today.'
Overall in Monday's men's race, Eastern Michigan newcomer Boaz Cheboiywo escaped the field in the first kilometer en route to a comfortable 19-second victory over Colorado's Jorge Torres (second, 29:06), Arkansas' Alistair Cragg (third, 29:10) and Colorado's Dathan Riztenhein (fourth, 29:11). Cheboiywo, who rocketed out to a 4:24 first mile, clocked an 8K his split of 23:01 that was 28 seconds faster than his October 8K course record mark (albeit on a slightly less challenging version). At the finish, the Kenyan transplant showed little sign of a recent hip and Achilles injury, posting a seven-second course record over the previous mark held by former UCLA runner Mebrahtom Kefelzighi, the NCAA victor on the same course in 1997.
Oregon's 13th-place team finish marked its 27th top-15 NCAA Championships effort since its first trip in 1963, and also third-year head coach Martin Smith's 17th honor in his 18 combined seasons at Oregon and Wisconsin. Smith is a two-time NCAA Coach of the Year and has led his men's harrier squads to nine, top-five NCAA team finishes over that period, while his first Duck squad took sixth in 1999.
Team-wise, No. 1 Colorado relied on a late surge by its fourth and fifth runners to tie the closest win in meet history. Its 90 points narrowly separated itself from Stanford (second, 91), No. 3 Arkansas (third, 118), No. 8 Northern Arizona (fourth, 193) and No. 11 Wisconsin (fifth, 245).
On the women's side, University of Arizona's Tara Chaplin relied on a similar winning strategy, pushing out to a 5:10 first mile and 20-meter lead on the field. After the midway point, North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan passed the Wildcat senior on a long gradual uphill stretch during the fourth kilometer, but Chaplin answered on a subsequent downhill. She reassumed the lead early in the fifth kilometer, passing the nearly-expired Blue Devil sophomore who was left walking up a hill barely a half-mile from the finish.
Chaplin never looked back in the stretch finishing the 6K route in 20:24, while Georgia Tech's Renee Metivier surged from the chase pack for second overall (20:31), ahead of Stanford's Lauren Fleshman (third, 20:35) and N.C. State's Kristin Price (fourth, 20:36).
In contrast to the men's team race, No. 2-ranked BYU was only four points away with from tying the biggest margin of victory ever, edging No. 5 N.C. State by 86 points (second, 148), No. 3 Georgetown (third, 180) and No. 23 Arizona (fourth, 194).
Furman University Cross Country Course
Monday, Nov. 19, 2001
Men's 10,000 meters / Women's 6,000 Meters
Men's Team Results - 1, Colorado 90. 2, Stanford 91. 3, Arkansas 118. 4, Northern Arizona 193. 5, Wisconsin 245. 6, Notre Dame 248. 7, Portland 273. 8, Villanova 293. 10, Providence 294. 11, Michigan 364. 12, BYU 368. 13, Oregon 389. 14, Duke 410. 15, Georgetown 419. 16, William & Mary 420. 17, Santa Barbara 432. 18, Michigan State 449. 19, Wake Forest 450. 20, Arizona State 477. 21, Arizona 486. 22, Colorado State 491. 23, Butler 529. 24, Dartmouth 548. 25, Minnesota 584. 26, Air Force 620. 27, Nebraska 661. 28, Texas 679. 29, Alabama 681. 30, Tennessee 722. 31, Oklahoma State 729.
Men's Individuals - 1, Boaz Cheboiywo, Eastern Michigan, 28 minutes, 47 seconds. 2, Jorge Torres, Colorado, 29:06. 3, Alistair Cragg, Arkansas, 29:10. 4, Dathan Ritzenheim, Colorado, 29:11. 5, Luke Watson, Notre Dame, 29:19. 6, Ryan Shay, Notre Dame, 29:23. 7, Donald Sage, Stanford, 29:24. 8, Matt Tegenkamp, Wisconsin, 29:26. 9, Josh Spiker, Wisconsin, 29:29. 10, Travis Laird, Northern Arizona, 29:31. 11, Alan Webb, Michigan, 29:38. 12, Louis Luchini, Stanford, 29:41. 13, Silverus Kimeli, Arkansas, 29:40. 14, Dan Wilson, Connecticut, 29:46. 15, Ed Torres, Colorado, 29:47. 16, Tom McArdle, Dartmouth, 29:47. 17, Josh Horton, Santa Barbara, 29:49. 18, Mike Wisniewski, Michigan, 29:50. 19, Daniel Lincoln, Arkansas, 29:51. 20, Ian Dobson, Stanford, 29:53. 21, Grant Robison, Stanford, 29:53. 22, Fasil Bizuneh, ASU, 29:58. 23, Jeff Driscoll, Portland, 29:59. 24, Adam Sutton, Providence, 30:00. 25, Bruno Mazzotta, Northern Arizona, 30:01.
Oregon Men's Finishers - 50, Jason Hartmann, 30:21. 60, Adam Bergquist, 30:29. 96, Brett Holts, 30:58. 117, John Lucas, 31:09. 156, Eric Logsdon, 31:32. 176, Noel Paulson, 31:48. 236, Ryan Andrus, 33:13.
Women's Team Results - 1, BYU 62 points. 2, N.C. State 148. 3, Georgetown 180. 4, Arizona 194. 5, Stanford 206. 6, Boston College 232. 7, North Carolina 239. 8, Colorado 240. 9, Virginia 303. 10, Providence 337. 11, Michigan State 353. 12, Northern Arizona 367. 13, Yale 423. 14, Washington 425. 15, Marquette 437. 16, Boston 454. 17, Arkansas 460. 18, Oklahoma State 482. 19, Notre Dame, 509. 20, Colorado State 529. 21, UCLA 539. 22, Columbia 553. 23, Arizona State 554. 24, Villanova 560. 25, Minnesota 582. 26, Georgia Tech 583. 27, Brown 592. 28, Texas 620. 29, Dartmouth 636. 30, Cornell 653. 31, South Florida 662.
Women's Individuals - 1, Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 20 minutes, 24 seconds. 2, Renee Metivier, Georgia Tech, 20:31. 3, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:35. 4, Kristin Price, N.C. State, 20:36. 5, Michaela Manova, BYU, 20:42. 6, Jennifer Owens, Virginia, 20:43. 7, Jessie Kindschi, BYU, 20:49. 8, Molly Austin, Colorado, 20:51. 9, Tara Northcutt, BYU, 20:55. 10, Maggie Guiney, Boston College, 20:56. 11, Kate O'Neil, Yale, 20:58. 12, Ida Nilsson, Northern Arizona, 20:58. 13, Megan Coombs, N.C. State, 21:00. 14, Jill Laurendeau, Georgetown, 21:02. 15, Cheryl Smith, Hawaii, 21:03. 16, Maria Cicero, Boston College, 21:03. 17, Stacey Ritz, Ball State, 21:04. 18, Lisa Aguilera, ASU, 21:05. 19, Amy Mortimer, Kansas State, 21:06. 20, Caitlin Hickin, Columbia, 21:08. 21, Katie Sabino, N.C. State, 21:08. 22, Shalane Flanagan, North Carolina, 21:10. 23, Lindsey Thomsen, BYU, 21:11. 24, Sarah Taylor, BYU, 21:12. 25, Andrea Kremer, Miami (Ohio), 21:13.
*Full results at www.furmanpaladins.com.