Pole Vaulters Aim Higher in Nebraska Last Chance Meet
Feb. 26, 2002
EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams take advantage of one last weekend of NCAA Championships qualifying with the men traveling to the Washington Qualifier in Seattle, and a trio of women's pole vaulters headed to the Nebraska Last Chance. Both meets are scheduled for Saturday, March 2, a week in advance of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Fri.-Sat., March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Tentative Duck men's entries include sprinters Allan Amundson, Cory Gray, Brandon Holliday and Samie Parker, hurdlers Micah Harris and Terry Ellis, middle distance runners Daniel Seddiqui and Ross Krempley, distance runners Adam Bergquist, Jason Hartmann, John Lucas and Noel Paulson, high jumpers Jake Horner and Kyley Johnson, and pole vaulters Cody Howell and Jason Slye.
Tentative Duck Women's Entries
Pole VaultBecky HollidayNiki ReedKirsten Riley
Tentative Duck Men's Entries
Currently on the NCAA qualifying lists, several Ducks are ranked among the nation's best, with each event usually inviting at least 16-18 athletes to the championships, depending on field constraints for each event.
For a complete list of NCAA automatic and provisional qualifiers, go to www.ncaachampionships.com.
At last weekend's Mountain Pacific Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., redshirt juniors Becky Holliday and Niki Reed paced a pole vault-only unit, and placed third and fourth, respectively at the same final NCAA automatic-qualifying height (13-7 1/4), and sophomore Kirsten Riley took ninth (12-3 1/2).
Also last weekend in Flagstaff, a scaled-back Duck men's unit took fourth in the team race with 73 points, and individually posted three wins and five NCAA provisional marks. Redshirt junior Micah Harris lowered his personal best in the 60 hurdles by .01 seconds (first, 7.85) and Oregon junior Terry Ellis (third, personal best 7.96) just missed the NCAA provisional mark of 7.90 seconds. Junior sprinter Samie Parker scored a pair of NCAA provisional marks in the 60 (third-final, 6.68) after running the fastest prelim mark the day before (PR 6.66). Redshirt junior Simon Kimata lowered the team's season best in the 400 (fifth, 47.39) and missed the NCAA provisional mark of 47.25, then anchored the 4x400 relay (third, season best 3:11.14). Sophomore pole vaulter Trevor Woods raised his personal best (first, NCAA prov. 17-9 3/4), and redshirt senior Cody Howell became the third Duck provisional qualifier in the event this season (fifth, PR 17-1 3/4). Redshirt senior Kyley Johnson and redshirt junior Jason Boness went 1-2 in the high jump with the same final clearance of 6-11 1/2. Junior Foluso Akinradewo added second in the triple jump (49-7), and redshirt junior Adam Kriz raised his personal best in the weight throw by 1 foot, 2 1/2 inches (sixth, 61-7 1/2).
Also looking ahead to this upcoming Saturday, a large group of Duck women will open their outdoor season in the Linfield Icebreaker Invitational in McMinnville, Ore., Sat., March 2.
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