Woods and Holliday Lead Ducks in Indoor Track Opener
Jan. 15, 2002
RENO, Nev. - In the indoor season-opening Pole Vault Summit at the Reno Livestock Event Center, sophomore Trevor Woods cleared 17-4 1/2 to better the NCAA provisional standard by almost four inches, but was not allowed to take attempts at the next height due to time constraints.
A pair of Oregon's decathletes joined in the success as senior Santiago Lorenzo raised his indoor best to 15-9, and Billy Pappas tied his indoor best of 14-5. Senior Cody Howell ended with a mark of 16-2 1/2 to improve on last year's indoor opener, and junior Jason Slye no-heighted at the opening height of 16-0. True freshman Jonathan Derby traveled on his own to the meet and competed unattached and cleared 15-7 - a four-inch personal best from his prep best of 15-3 from the 2001 outdoor season.
On the women's side, junior transfer Becky Holliday proved an instant hit in her first meet for the Ducks, leading a trio of women's pole vaulters.
Holliday competed in the elite section of the pole vault and cleared a mark of 13-5 1/4 that equaled the NCAA automatic standard of 4.10 meters (13-5 1/4) and also tied the school record.
Sophomore teammate Kirsten Riley upped her personal best with a mark of 12-9 1/2 in a different section - a mark equaled by senior teammate Niki Reed. Riley's previous best was 12-7 1/2, a mark which netted her 10th in the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Championships, while Reed's best and school record stands at 13-5 1/4 - a mark which she has cleared indoors in 2000 and outdoors in both 2000 and 2001. Both vaulters easily met the NCAA provisional mark of 3.80 meters (12-5 1/2).
Looking ahead, the Duck men and women compete this weekend at the Husky Scoring Meet in Seattle, Wash., scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19.