Harris and Woods Claim Hurdles and Pole Vault Titles in Mountain Pacific Championships

Feb. 23, 2002

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The University of Oregon men's track and field teams took fourth against many of the top teams from the Big West and Pacific-10 Conferences in Saturday's final day of the Mountain Pacific Championships, held in Northern Arizona University's Walkup SkyDome.

Oregon's 73-point tally trailed only UCLA (first, 132), Washington State (second, 117) and Arizona (third, 89) and edged Pac-10 rivals Stanford (fifth, 57) and Arizona State (sixth, 50) in the 10-team race.

Individually, sophomore pole vaulter Trevor Woods raised his personal best to an NCAA provisional mark of 17-9 3/4 and won the competition by four inches over Arizona's Kevi Opalka (second, 17-5 3/4). The Coos Bay native missed the NCAA automatic mark of 18-0 1/2 by 2 3/4 inches, but still upped his standing on the NCAA provisional list, while redshirt senior Cody Howell became the third Duck provisional qualifier with a one-inch personal best mark of 17-1 3/4. Redshirt junior Jason Slye added 10th (16-8) with his second best mark of the year Saturday, trailing only NCAA provisional mark and indoor personal best of 17-0 3/4 from January.

Redshirt junior Micah Harris lowered his personal best in the 60 hurdles by .01 seconds with Saturday's win (7.85) over Arizona's Jeff Hunter (second, 7.94) and Oregon junior Terry Ellis (third, personal best 7.96). Harris, however won't climb the national NCAA provisional list, since .04 seconds will be added to his mark based on Flagstaff's +6,000-foot altitude, while Ellis just missed the NCAA provisional mark of 7.90 seconds.

Junior sprinter Samie Parker scored his second NCAA provisional mark of the weekend, taking third in the 60 final (6.68) in a time that was only .02 seconds slower than Friday's prelim mark of 6.66. However, Parker's season best will be altitude-adjusted by .04 seconds like Harris's for NCAA qualifying purposes.

In other sprint action, redshirt junior Simon Kimata lowered the team's season best in the 400 to 47.39 and placed fifth overall, and just missed the NCAA provisional mark of 47.25. The 4x400 relay ended the day with a third-place finish and season best of 3:11.14, behind UCLA (first, 3:09.75) and Stanford (second, 3:10.97).

Junior Foluso Akinradewo led the remaining Duck field event entries with a second-place finish in the triple jump (49-7). Other UO results from Saturday included freshman Derek Strubel (triple jump, 10th, 47-1 1/2) and junior James March (shot put, 14th, indoor personal best, 52-5 1/2).

The Duck women did not have any entries among Saturday's events after redshirt juniors Becky Holliday and Niki Reed took third and fourth Friday in the pole vault with NCAA automatic clearances of 13-7 1/4.

Looking ahead to next weekend, a handful of Ducks may make last chance NCAA qualifying attempts at various meets around the country. The NCAA Championships are the following weekend, Friday-Saturday, March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark. Duck provisional qualifiers include Jason Boness (high jump, 7-1 3/4), Harris (60 hurdles, 7.87), Howell (pole vault, 17-1 3/4), Slye (pole vault, 17-0 3/4) and Kirsten Riley (pole vault 12-10).

The Ducks also look ahead in the next month to their outdoor season opener, a triangular against Weber State and Montana, Saturday, March 16 at Hayward Field in Eugene. Tickets are available by calling 346-4461 locally or 1-800-WEB-FOOT.



FINAL RESULTS

2002 Mountain Pacific Championships
Walkup SkyDome - Northern Arizona, University (322-meter Track)
Flagstaff, Ariz.
Saturday, February 23, 2002
Elevation - 6,888 feet

Men's Results

Team Scores - 1, UCLA, 132 points. 2, Washington State Univ., 117. 3, Arizona, 89. 4, Oregon, 73. 5, Stanford, 57. 6, Arizona, State, 50. 7, Utah State, 31. 8, Cal State Northridge, 28. 9, Long Beach State, 27. 10, UC-Riverside, 8,

60 - 1, Anson Henry, Wash. State, 6.65. 2, Anthony Buchanan, Wash. State, 6.67. 3, Samie Parker, Oregon, 6.68.

200 - Section 1: 1, Seth Amoo, Arizona St., 21.41. 2, Rashaad Allen, Northridge, 21.54. 3, Chris Harris, Arizona, 21.54. 4, Pedro Lopez, Arizona St., 21.68. Section 2: 1, Michael Lipscomb, UCLA, 20.99. 2, Anson Henry, Wash. State, 21.18. 3, Anthony Buchanan, Wash. State, 21.30. 4, Mike Kenyon, Arizona, 21.59.

400 - Section 1: 1, Simon Kimata, Oregon, 47.39. 2, Kyle Erickson, UCLA, 47.63. 3, Rodney Diggs, UCLA, 47.99. 4, Dione Cason, Wash. State, 48.16. Section 2: 1, Mike Kenyon, Arizona, 46.04. 2, Denye Versher, UCLA, 46.85. 3, Stephen Fitch, Arizona St., 46.98. 4, Brett Guymon, Utah State, 47.08.

800 - 1, Nick Thornton, UCLA, 1:54.51. 2, Matt Bates, Long Beach, 1:54.83. 3, Jeff Dodge, Arizona St., 1:55.37.

Mile - 1, Jon Rankin, UCLA, 4:23.43. 2, Jim Neeway, Wash. State, 4:26.08. 3, Steve Loughlin, Stanford, 4:26.09.

5,000 - 1, Daniel Parris, Stanford, 15:13.52. 2, Oscar Franco-Parra, Wash. State, 15:22.31. 3, Mark Anderson, Arizona, 15:23.59.

60 Hurdles - 1, Micah Harris, Oregon, 7.85. 2, Jeff Hunter, Arizona, 7.94. 3, Terry Ellis, Oregon, 7.96.

4x400 - 1, UCLA, 3:09.75. 2, Stanford, 3:10.97. 3, Oregon, 3:11.14.

Distance Medley Relay - 1, Wash. State, 10:19.26. 2, UCLA, 10:24.39. 3, Long Beach, 10:26.58.

Pole Vault - 1, Trevor Woods, Oregon, 5.43m (17-09.75). 2, Kevin Opalka, Arizona, 5.33m (17-05.75). 3, Maurice Jenkins, Utah State, 5.23m (17-01.75). 5, Cody Howell, Oregon, 5.23m (17-01.75). 10, Jason Slye, Oregon, 5.08m (16-08).

Triple Jump - 1, J.R. Harrison, Arizona, 15.42m (50-07.25). 2, Foluso Akinradewo, Oregon, 15.11m (49-07). 3, Juane Armon, UCLA, 15.01m (49-03). 10, Derek Strubel, Oregon, 14.36m (47-01.50).

Shot Put - 1, Dave Wood, Arizona St., 19.30m (63-04). 2, Scott Weigand, UCLA, 18.96m (62-02.50). 3, Dan Ames, UCLA, 18.83m (61-09.50). 14, James March, Oregon, 15.99m (52-05.50).

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