Women's Track Gets Jump on Outdoor Season
March 1, 2002
EUGENE - This weekend, the University of Oregon women's track and field team gets a jump on the outdoor season a week before the indoor schedule is over, traveling to the Linfield Icebreaker Invitational, Saturday, March 2 in McMinnville, Ore.
The meet starts at 9 a.m. with the women's hammer, pole vault and 10,000, and the men's discus. More meet information is available at the Linfield athletic department web site (www.linfield.edu/hhpa/sports).
The Ducks will enter 30 athletes in a variety of events, although three of the team's pole vaulters, redshirt juniors Niki Reed and Becky Holliday and sophomore Kirsten Riley, will compete indoors in the Nebraska Last Chance in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, March 2, in anticipation of the NCAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for March 8-9 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Icebreaker Tentative Duck Women's Entries
Quickly reviewing the 2002 indoor season, the Duck women scored Mountain Pacific Championships indoor qualifying mark in 13 of 14 individual events, including NCAA automatic marks by redshirt junior pole vaulters Niki Reed and Becky Holliday (13-9 3/4), and an NCAA provisional mark by sophomore Kirsten Riley (12-10).
Looking back to last season's outdoor results, the Ducks took eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships and 60th in the NCAA Championships. A quartet of Ducks qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, paced by Malone who finished seventh in the javelin as a frosh. During the regular season, the squad won its only dual contest of the year, edging Washington, 88-65.
The Ducks return a bulk of last year's talent led by one of the nation's top throws units that features a pair of All-Americans - sophomore Sarah Malone (javelin) and junior Mary Etter (discus) - and NCAA participant and junior Charyl Weingarten, and also adds prep All-Americans Elisa Crumley and Katie McKeever and top Canadian prospect Roslyn Lundeen. The pole vault looms as an equally important point producer with the addition of junior transfer Becky Holliday, fifth in the 2001 USA Champs and the seventh-ranked American in 2001 (14-4). Also back are a pair of NCAA provisional pole vault qualifiers, sophomore Kirsten Riley and junior Georgette Moyle, while All-American and senior Niki Reed will redshirt outdoors giving the team even more firepower next year. Other returning Pac-10 veterans include high jumpers Jenny Brogdon and Rachael Kriz, sprinter Janette Davis, middle distance runner Eri Macdonald, and heptathletes Jenny Kenyon and Ann Sullivan.
The Duck men's track and field team competes this weekend in the Washington Qualifier in Seattle, looking for one last chance to improve their marks before the NCAA Championships (3/8-9) the following weekend.
The Duck men and women open their home outdoor season in two weekends, facing Weber State and Montana in a triangular, Sat., March 16, 2002 at Hayward Field in Eugene. Ticket information is available at 1-800-WEB-FOOT or locally at (541) 346-4461.