Hartmann Runs NCAA automatic mark in 10K

March 29, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Oregon men's track and field collected one NCAA automatic qualifying mark and two Pac-10 marks among its five entries in the first day of distance action in the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann led the way with a five-second personal best in the 10,000 (seventh, 28:51.00) to move up two places to fifth all-time in Duck history. Hartmann's effort ranked sixth among collegians in Saturday's race and one of nine collegiate finishers under the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 29:00.00.

'Today was a good first step,' Hartmann said. 'The goal was to get an automatic qualifying mark and run smart. The conditions felt great and the field was ready to go. It's good to get the qualifying time under your belt, so you can get some confidence and focus on the rest of the season.'

Friday's race also marked a fitting anniversary to last year's debut (28:56.06) that then positioned him seventh all-time in Oregon history in his event debut. Two months later, he finished third in the NCAA Championships to tie Oregon's second-highest finish ever in the event.

'Today didn't feel as easy as it did last year,' Hartmann said, 'but we've approached this year differently. We're trying to focus on peaking later in the season. I tried just to hang in there and finish as strong as possible.'

In a separate section in the 10,000, redshirt sophomore John Lucas registered a 44-second personal best (29:50.22), and just missed the NCAA provisional mark of 29:45.00. The Eagle Point, Ore., had notched his first provisional mark a month earlier indoors with his 14:16.40 5K effort in Seattle.

'I tried to run a smart race,' Lucas said, 'although there were a few points where I lost concentration and got a little antsy. I was hoping to maybe run a few seconds faster, but it was a sizable personal best. (Next) I'll probably focus on getting ready for a 5K at home at the Oregon Invite.'

In other races earlier Friday, redshirt senior Adam Bergquist logged a Pac-10 qualifying mark in the 5K (26th, 14:24.39), eclipsing the mark by more than eight seconds. In the combined 800 results, redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus ranked 14th overall (1:53.91), and redshirt freshman Kyle Robinson stood 48th in the 1,500 (4:01.93).

On Saturday, the Ducks enter redshirt freshman Brett Holts in the steeplechase, and redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus and redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon in the 1,500.


Stanford Invitational
Cobb Track and Angell Field
Stanford, Calif.
Friday, March 29, 2002

800 - 1, Jeff Hopkinson, BYU, 1:50.21. 14, Ryan Andrus, Oregon, 1:53.91.

1,500 - 1, Bernard Manirakiza, Abilene Christian, 3:47.54. 48, Kyle Robinson, Oregon, 4:01.93.

5,000 - 1, Jeff Schiebler, Canada, 13:34.99. 26, Adam Bergquist, Oregon, 14:24.39.

10,000 - 1, Chris Graff, Farm Team, 28:35.81. 7, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 28:51.00. B Section - 1, Ruben Diz-Diaz, UTEP, 29:11.16. John Lucas, 29:50.22

*Full results at www.gostanford.com.

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