Track Teams Open Home Season
March 13, 2002
Weber State-Montana Triangular
Location: Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
Date: Saturday, March 16
First Field Event: Women's Javelin/Men's Hammer, Noon
First Running Event: Women's Steeplechase, 1:40 p.m.
Last Event: W&M 4x400 Relay, 4:10 p.m.
Scoring: Individuals 1st (5 points) - 2nd(3) - 3rd(2) - 4th(1), Relays 1st (5) - 2nd(3) - 3rd(0). Note: Teams can score a maximum of two finishers in individual events and one relay.
Results Web Site: www.GoDucks.com
Promotions: Free posters available for fans. Same-day home softball and track and field tickets are good for either event.
Tickets: SINGLE MEET: Reserved: $6, General Admission - $5 Adult, $3 Children (high school or younger) & Senior Citizens (62 or older). SEASON: $24 Reserved, General Admission - $20 Adult, $12 Children & Senior Citizens. Call 346-4461 (locally) or 1-800-WEB-FOOT. The meet-day ticket office in the Bowerman Building (off 15th Ave. near Agate St.) will open at 11 a.m., an hour before the first event.
Mini Meet Info: Cost: Free/Open to Public (Post-High School Age or Older) and hosted by Oregon Track Club Masters. Field Events begin at 9 a.m. (Long Jump, Javelin, High Jump, Hammer, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Triple Jump, Discus), Running events also begin at 9 a.m. (Steeplechase, 100/110 Hurdles, 1,500, 400, 100, 800, 400 Hurdles, 200, 3K/5K). *See schedule at bottom for exact times for each event.
OUTDOOR VOL. 1: Ducks Open Outdoor Season in Track City USA.
The Duck men's and women's track and field teams open their outdoor slates at home against Weber State and Montana in a weekend traditionally set aside for the Oregon Preview. The Duck men return home after a best-ever NCAA indoor finish (ninth), with the M&W teams combining for four All-America honors. The Duck men and women finished ninth and 60th outdoors last year in the NCAA Championships' ninth trip to Eugene, and fifth and eighth in the Pac-10 Championships. Individually, the programs sport 12 All-Americans (8 men /4 women) and four Pac-10 champions (Jason Boness (HJ), Kyley Johnson (HJ), Santiago Lorenzo (Dec.), John Stiegeler (Jav.).
MEN TO WATCH: Ducks Return All 27 NCAA Points from 2001.
With back-to-back ninth-place NCAA finishes indoors in 2002 and outdoors in 2001, the Duck men also set their sights on climbing the Pac-10 Conference outdoors. The squad is paced by two returning NCAA and Pac-10 champions -- senior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and redshirt junior John Stiegeler (javelin). The sprints feature junior Samie Parker, fourth indoors in the NCAA 60 (6.63) and one of the football squad's top receivers in 2001 (41 rec., 18.2 ypc avg., 4 TD, long of 79). Senior Micah Harris leads the 110 hurdles unit after breaking the school record with his 13.73 best in 2001. The NCAA and USA Champs qualifier also locked up runner-up honors in his Pac-10 debut. Senior Simon Kimata clocked an 800 best of 1:47.92 last season and was fifth indoors at NCAA's in 2002 after a regular season best of 1:48.07. Two-time harrier All-American and redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann tied the Ducks' second-highest ever finish in the 10K last year (third) after debuting in 28:56.06 last March. The field events should supply a majority of the team's conference scoring firepower, paced by a trio of All-Americans -- sophomore Trevor Woods, third indoors in the NCAA finale last week (pole vault, indoor PR 17-11 3/4), senior Jason Boness, a three-time All-American and school record holder (high jump, PR 7-5) and All-America senior Billy Pappas (decathlon, PR 7,488). Two other pole vaulters -- redshirt senior Cody Howell (17-1 3/4) and junior Jason Slye (17-0 3/4) -- scored their first NCAA provisional marks indoors with personal bests in 2002, and a trio of distance runners added last chance NCAA provisional marks indoors two weeks ago -- senior Adam Bergquist (3,000, 8:10.35), redshirt sophomore John Lucas (5,000, 14:16.40) and redshirt frosh Noel Paulson (mile, 4:04.31). Indoors in 2001, redshirt senior Rian Ingrim scored his first NCAA provisional honors in the shot put (57-5).
WOMEN TO WATCH: Field Events Will Fuel Championship Runs.
Returning all four of last year's NCAA participants, head coach Tom Heinonen's Ducks also return 14 Pac-10 finalists. The javelin unit looms as the nation's best, led by sophomore All-American and school record Sarah Malone (PR 174-0) who ranked fourth among collegians and eighth among Americans last year. Junior Charyl Weingarten made her first NCAA appearance last year thanks to her fourth-place Pac-10 personal best mark (155-6). Two newcomers, prep All-American Elisa Crumley (164-0 prep PR) and British Columbian Roslyn Lundeen (161-9 int'l implement PR), also have legitimate shots at NCAA invites in their collegiate debuts. In the pole vault, redshirt junior transfer Becky Holliday took seventh in her NCAA indoor debut in March (13-7 1/4) and shares the school record of 13-9 3/4 with All-American and redshirt junior Niki Reed who will redshirt this outdoor season. Last season the former Clackamas athlete Holliday ranked seventh in the U.S. with her NWAACC conference meet PR (14-4), and took fifth in the U.S. Championships (14-1 1/4) and eighth in the World University Games in Beijing, China (13-0). Among other field eventers, junior Amanda Brown nabbed Pac-10 points in the long jump in 2001 (seventh, PR 19-4), and the high jump returns Pac-10 finalists Jenny Brogdon (ninth, 5-7) and Rachael Kriz (11th, 5-5), and adds Clackamas transfer Mary Murphy (PR 5-8). Junior sprinter Janette Davis missed the Pac-10 400 final last year by one place and only .65 seconds (55.50 PR), and hurdlers Ann Sullivan (13.99) and Lucretia Larkin (14.25) rank sixth and 11th, respectively, in school history in the 100 hurdles. Sophomore Kirsten Riley and redshirt junior Georgette Moyle scored NCAA provisional marks outdoors in the Pac-10 pole vault in 2001 (12-7 1/4), with Riley raising her best to 12-10 indoors in 2002. Junior Eri Macdonald's 800 best and NCAA provisional mark of 2:07.08 last year missed an NCAA invite by a half-second. Moving up in distance, redshirt junior Carrie Zografos led the cross country team in four races last fall, with redshirt frosh Laura Harmon taking the lead in the other, and scoring the team's fastest indoor mile (4:55.03).
WEBER STATE PREVIEW: Wildcats Leaders of the Big Sky Pack.
Head Coach Chick Hislop returns for his 33rd year in Ogden after winning the past three Big Sky men's team titles -- indoors in 2001 and 2002 and outdoors in 2001. Looking back at their recent Big Sky Indoor Conference effort, the men swept the top four spots in the 400 led by Todd Grunander (47.91). Trent Hooper and Wiley King added league titles in the 800 (1:51.71) and long jump (24-5), respectively, with King adding third in the high jump. However, the Wildcats' two indoor All-Americans last week -- Jeremy Tolman (mile, fourth) and Joel Atwater (mile, fifth) -- will not make the trip. Jim Blaisdell's women's squad has claimed conference titles indoors in 2002 and outdoors in 2001. The squad won't send NCAA indoor 800 qualifier Angie Beebe (13th ranked indoors at 2:06.69), yet still sports a deep sprint corps paced by indoor conference scorers Misty McConnell (55, first, 7.01, 200, fifth, 24.87), Kristin McKinley (60 hurdles, third, 8.15) and Cecille Day (60 hurdles, fourth, 8.24), and the 4x400 relay (first, 3:44.25). Other indoor league scorers to watch include Lanette Noble (high jump, third, 5-6) and Vanessa Wynne (shot put, fourth, 44-11 1/2), and Heidi Bouwhuis (mile, third, 5:03.34) and Ashley Winter (mile, fourth, 5:04.25).
MONTANA PREVIEW: Grizz Paced By All-America Decathlete Bork.
Grizzly decathlete Adam Bork raised his pole vault school record two weeks ago indoors to 17-0, and added points in the high jump tying for the win with teammate Dan Casey, and pole vault (third), 55 hurdles (fourth, 7.72) and 4x400 relay (third). Other scorers included Bryan Anderson (55 hurdles, second, 7.58), Cyril Burgiere (triple jump, second, 48-7) and Skyler Perry (800, fourth). One notable absentee -- the squad will rest their top distance runner, Scott McGowan, who ranked 10th indoors nationally in the mile (4:00.68). On the women's side, Renee Dunn claimed the program's first ever 19-foot leap (19-0) in the indoor regular season finale after a runner-up conference finish the week before. The squad features two talented pole vaulters -- Nicole Zeller (ranked 47th indoors, NCAA prov. 12-5 1/2) and Suzanne Krings. Other top conference-placing individuals included Anne Sheehy (triple jump, fourth, 38-0) and the 4x400 (fourth). Team-wise in the Big Sky Indoor Championships, Montana's men and women finished third and fifth, respectively, in February.
2002 NCAA INDOOR RECAP: Ducks Score Four All-America Awards & Top-10 Finish.
All six of the Duck men's and women's NCAA indoor qualifiers notched top-10 finishes, and five of them garnered All-America awards. Team-wise, the men's squad tallied 15 points to tie for ninth in the team race, and the women ended 40th with their two points. On the final day, sophomore Trevor Woods finished third in the pole vault (17-11 3/4) at the same height as the winner but with more misses. Simon Kimata and Samie Parker were equally on par in their NCAA debuts with fourth and fifth-place finishes in the 60 (7.67) and 800 (1:49.56), with Parker scoring a personal best of 7.63 in the prelims. High jumper Jason Boness just missed his fourth All-America honor with a 10th-place finish in the high jump (6-11 3/4). The Duck women sent a pair of pole vaulters -- redshirt juniors Becky Holliday and Niki Reed -- who finished seventh (13-7 1/4) and 10th (13-3 1/2), respectively, after raising the school record to 13-9 3/4 in February in Seattle.
ICEBREAKER RECAP: Javelin Throwers Score NCAA Marks at Linfield.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. (3/2) -- Two weeks ago, the Duck women got a jump on the outdoor season in the Linfield Icebreaker Invitational. Sophomore javelin thrower Sarah Malone popped her second best throw ever (first, 170-9) and won the competition by more than 11 feet ahead of freshman teammate Elisa Crumley (second, 159-4) and junior Charyl Weingarten (third, 146-4). Malone's mark easily met the NCAA automatic mark of 168-11, while Crumley's mark outdistanced the provisional standard of 150-11 and moved her to third all-time for the Ducks in the event. Other Duck winners included junior Janette Davis (100, 12.17), freshman Michelle Donovan (400, 60.18), unattached entrant and junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (800, 2:19.50), redshirt freshman Laura Harmon (1,500, 4:48.90), redshirt junior Lucretia Larkin (100 hurdles, 15.27), junior transfer Mary Murphy (high jump, 5-6), freshman Clarice Hayward-Lee (triple jump, correct mark unavailable), junior Mary Etter (shot put, 44-7, discus, 160-0), junior Jordan Sauvage (hammer, 166-2) and the 4x100 relay (48.86). Among the Ducks' opening efforts, Etter (shot put, 44-7, discus, 160-0) earned Pac-10 invites in both events, as did the team's top trio in the javelin.
2001 MEN'S SEASON REVIEW: Ducks Return Two NCAA Champs and 11 Pac-10 Scorers in '02.
Last season the Men of Oregon sported a familiar foundation of homegrown talent interspersed with national-level additions, including the nation's top recruiting class according to the December 2000 issue of Track and Field News. In the NCAA finale, decathlete Santiago Lorenzo relied on five personal bests en route to a late surge and narrow 18-point win (7,889) after earlier victories in the Pac-10 (7,617) and Texas Relays (7,726). In the NCAA javelin, John Stiegeler broke the school record on his second throw (first, 252-10) and ranked third in the U.S. in 2001 -- a season that featured four meets past the 240-foot mark and seven of eight better than 230 feet. A sextet of other Ducks earned NCAA invites thanks to strong provisional marks during the year -- Simon Kimata (800, 1:47.92), Michael Kasahun (5,000, 13:56.04), Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 13.79), junior Jason Boness (high jump, 7-3), freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), and Billy Pappas (decathlon, NCAA prov. 7,342), while John Bello missed similar honors by less than a foot (shot put, 59-9 3/4). Several others were on the cusp of NCAA provisional marks, including Samie Parker (100, 10.45 nwi), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, 14.04), Tim Overfield (400 hurdles, 51.74), Cody Howell (pole vault, 16-11), Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-2 3/4), John Bello (discus, 180-1), Adam Jenkins (javelin, 218-5) and Ryan Keith (javelin, 217-2). Other returnees for 2002 that netted Pac-10 points last season include Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:51.48), Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 48-10 3/4) and Adam Kriz (hammer, fourth, 194-8). Jake Garlick led newcomers with Pac-10 qualifying marks in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles (14.51/52.40) and ranked third on the team in both events behind a pair of Pac-10 scorers. Leading a large class of distance newcomers that redshirted to maximize their potential, Eric Logsdon paced the nation as a prep senior in the 3,000 (8:10.66) in 2000, with another instate product, freshman Noel Paulson (8:18.72), also among the country's best milers (4:07.14).
2001 WOMEN'S SEASON REVIEW: Four All-Americans led a youth-heavy squad.
This year's Duck roster was paced by several talented field event specialists -- with all four NCAA qualifiers returning in 2002. All-American Mary Etter ranked second in the conference last season in the discus (NCAA prov. 175-9) and took fourth in the Pac-10 finale (168-8). Maureen Morrison tied her school record in the hammer (NCAA prov. - 186-6), and scored for the fourth and fifth times in the Pac-10 finale (hammer, seventh, 185-4, discus, seventh, 160-7). In the javelin, Sarah Malone was past the 167-foot line in her last three appearances, and raised the school record to 174-0 in the Oregon Twilight. Charyl Weingarten earned an NCAA invite of her own with her three-foot, three-inch personal best (fourth, 155-6) in the Pac-10 Championships. Two-time All-America pole vaulter Niki Reed matched her school record en route to the win at home (13-5.25) in the annual dual with Washington last April. The pole vault also featured an additional trio of NCAA provisional qualifiers that all cleared season bests of 12-7 1/4 or better in the Pac-10 Championships -- Holly Speight, Georgette Moyle and Kirsten Riley. Heptathlete Jenny Kenyon (PR 5,046) claimed her third Pac-10 points thanks to a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 finale (4,911), and Ann Sullivan (sixth, 4,874) moved to 10th all-time in UO history. In the distances, Hanna Smedstad paced the Ducks in four events -- the 1,500 (4:26.79), 3,000 (9:35.57), 5,000 (16:52.95) and 10,000 (NCAA prov. 34:42.93). Eri Macdonald joined the NCAA provisional list in the 800 in May's Cardinal Invite (2:07.08) but was slowed in the Pac-10 finale because of a stress fracture in her leg. The hurdles featured Sullivan (13.99) and Lucretia Larkin (14.25). The pair rank sixth and 11th all-time in UO history and were former Washington prep titlists.
HAYWARD FIELD PROFILE: NCAA Finale Made Ninth Trip to Eugene in 2001.
One of the most famous track facilities in the world, Hayward Field is named for Bill Hayward, who coached the Oregon's men's team from 1904-1947. The 8,300-seat stadium - originally dedicated in 1919 - again welcomed top national and international talent to a Triple Crown of great meets in 2001, the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Prefontaine Classic (www.preclassic.com) and USA Outdoor Championships. Eight previous NCAA Championships (1962-64-72-78-74-77-91-96) have visited Track City USA, along with three Olympic Trials (1972-76-80) and five past U.S. Championships.
AT THE HELM: Duck Head Coach Profiles.
The dean of Oregon coaches, Tom Heinonen begins his 26th season as women's head coach and has led the Ducks to one NCAA track crown (1985) and six conference titles since the meets' inception in 1983 (1983-84-85-86-92-93). For the men, two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year Martin Smith has seen Ducks collect 18 All-America honors in cross country and track already in his first 3 1/2 seasons in Eugene, including NCAA titles by Santiago Lorenzo and John Stiegeler outdoors in 2001 in the decathlon and javelin, respectively. Prior to his arrival in Eugene in July 1998, his Wisconsin runners posted two cross country NCAA team titles (1982-88), five NCAA individual track and cross country titles and 78 All-America honors (44 track and 34 XC).
NCAA FORMULA: Dissecting the NCAA Qualifying System.
Athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships as individuals based on their best marks of the season in NCAA-sanctioned competitions. The two-standard system features an automatic standard which if equaled or bettered automatically qualifies those individuals for the collegiate finale. To fill out the remaining positions in each NCAA Championships event field (typically a total of 16-24 athletes indoors depending on the quality of the marks and the capacity an event can handle), a second list of individuals meeting a provisional standard are also considered, again based on their season bests. Although each event varies, often at least half of an event's entry are automatic qualifiers, while occasionally an entire field could come from the automatic list. Also to note, sprinters and hurdlers can only submit outdoor marks in wind conditions of +4.0 meters per second (mps) of less.
ALL-AMERICA EQUATION: Breaking down the NCAA Honor.
Based on their NCAA Championships performances, individuals are awarded All-America honors at season's end by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. The top-eight NCAA finishers from each event are honored regardless of citizenship, and any additional U.S. finishers that are among the top eight American finishers are also rewarded. If necessary, the U.S.-based honors can even extend to the top performances in the preceding qualifying round if there aren't eight Americans in the event final.
HEAD COACH COMMENTS: Duck Mentors Talk About This Weekend.
Head Coach Tom Heinonen: (Goals this week?) This meet will help us sort out who'll we take to Tempe for our spring break meet, and is the first chance for a lot of our athletes to compete at Hayward Field. Team scoring makes it more interesting to the fans, and adds a little more impact than the Oregon Preview, which we thought was important with only four home meets this season and none of them championships. The new NCAA scoring system also changes our entries since each team can only score a maximum of two places per event -- we'll borrow Annie Davis from the golf team just to get points in the steeplechase. Overall it'll create bigger scores, but also closer ones. We've never had a scoring meet this early in the season, but we're coming off an indoor season where we've got a lot done. (Review the indoor season.) We traveled to Seattle three times indoors, so athletes got to compete a lot, but we still have a long ways to go. Janette Davis ran really well in the sprints, and Amanda Brown showed promise in the triple jump. Laura Harmon had a huge breakthrough in the mile, and our pole vaulters showed that they're national class competitors. However, it's been several weeks since most of them have competed. (Key athletes to watch?) Our javelin group is excellent, although Roslyn is coming off a severe ankle sprain from a few weeks ago. It'll be the Hayward debut for Mary Murphy, Becky Holliday, Katie McKeever, Nikki Ferguson and our new javelin throwers, while Carrie Zografos and Laura will wear Oregon jerseys at home for the first time.'
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Weber State-Montana Triangular
University of Oregon
Saturday, March 16, 2002
Noon - W Javelin
Noon - M Hammer
12:05 - W Long Jump
1:05 - W Hammer
1:05 - M Javelin
1:10 - M Long Jump
1:15 - W High Jump
1:30 - W Pole Vault
1:45 - W Steeplechase
2:00 - W Triple Jump
2:05 - W/M 4x100 Relay
2:10 - M Shot Put
2:15 - W Discus
2:15 - W/M 1,500
2:30 - M Pole Vault
2:35 - W/M 100/110 Hurdles
2:40 - M High Jump
2:50 - W/M 400
3:00 - W/M 100
3:05 - M Triple Jump
3:10 - W/M 800
3:15 - W Shot Put
3:20 - M Discus
3:20 - W/M 400 Hurdles
3:30 - W/M 200
3:40 - W/M 3000
4:10 - W/M 4x400 Relay
MINI MEET INFORMATION
Cost: Free/Open to Public
Age: Post-High School Age
Date: Sat., March 16, before triangular.
Host: Oregon Track Club Masters.
9 a.m. - Long Jump, Javelin, High Jump, Hammer, Pole Vault (2 pits)
9:45 a.m. - Shot Put (South ring)
10 a.m. - Triple Jump
10:15 a.m. - Discus (Hammer area)
9 a.m. - Steeplechase (30-inch barriers)
9:15 a.m. - Steeplechase (36-inch barr.)
9:30 a.m. - 100/110 Hurdles (W/M)
9:45 a.m. - 1,500 - 2 races (W/M)
9:55 a.m. - 400
10:05 a.m. - 100
10:15 a.m. - 800
10:25 a.m. - 400 Hurdles
10:35 a.m. - 200
10:45 a.m. - 3,000/5,000 (combined)
M&W TEAM INFORMATION
Returning All-Americans (12): Men: Jason Boness-9th indoors in HJ-'01,7th outdoors in HJ-'00, 10th outdoors in HJ-'99, Jason Hartmann-3rd outdoors in 10K-'01, Simon Kimata-5th indoors in 800-'02, Santiago Lorenzo-1st outdoors in Dec.-'01,5th outdoors in Dec.-'00, Billy Pappas-8th outdoors in Dec.-'01, Samie Parker-4th indoors in 60-'02, John Stiegeler-1st outdoors in Jav.-'01, Trevor Woods-3rd indoors in PV-'02. Women: Mary Etter-8th outdoors in Discus-'00, Becky Holliday-7th indoors in PV-'02, Sarah Malone-7th outdoors in Jav-'01, Niki Reed-4th indoors in PV-'00, 5th outdoors in PV-'99
NCAA Titles (6): Men-1962-64-65-70-84. Women (1)-1985.
Individual NCAA Champions (64): Men: 50, Women: 14.
All-Americans: 280 (M: 223, W: 57)
2001 TEAM RECAP
ONLINE TRACK RESOURCES
UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
NCAA Champs.: www.ncaachampionships.com
USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
Track & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com
Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
USA Championships: www.eugenechamps.com
World Champs: www.2001.edmonton.com
World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net