Men's Distance Runners Add Two Pac-10 Qualifying Marks
March 30, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - . The Oregon men's distance corps added two Pac-10 qualifying marks in final day action in the Stanford Invitational, Saturday, at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus notched his first Pac-10 mark of his career thanks to a strong final-lap surge in the 1,500 (3:49.08), while redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon (3:50.23) missed the conference mark (3:50.14) by less than a quarter second.
'Today went OK, but I was probably more pleased with my PR yesterday in the 800 (1:53.91),' Andrus said, 'because that gives me a better feel that my speed is coming around. We ran the first half smart and were back in the pack early, but we were hitting our splits, so we knew we'd move up.'
After an opening 800-meter split of 1:59, Andrus led a final-lap charge with Logsdon at his side as the duo ended up third and sixth in their section, and 23rd and 26th overall among Saturday's three sections.
'I was feeling great coming into the last 200 meters,' Logsdon said, 'but I tied up a little in the end. It's early in the season, so I can build off today.'
Wake Forest's Michael Altieri won their section (3:47.33), while Alabama's David Kimani clocked the fastest effort of the day in the first section (3:39.35).
In the steeplechase, redshirt freshman Brett Holts eclipsed the conference qualifying standard of 9:09.14 by more than three seconds with his ninth-place effort (9:05.92). The redshirt freshman from Bend, Ore., opened with a 71-second lap positioned near the back of the field, then followed with 73- second laps the rest of the way and moved up progressively. His debut Saturday in the 7 1/2- lap event also marked Oregon's fastest in almost three years.
'I was starting from scratch, so I had no idea what to expect,' Holts said. 'The goal was to run between 9:15 and 9:20, so it was a good way to start the season. (Technique-wise) I had a few stutters here and there, but I was able to maintain my form and momentum fairly well. I felt really strong at the finish, which was good because Coach (Smith) wanted me to attack from the back and run conservative and smart. He would rather I have some left and get some confidence, instead of going out too hard and fading the last mile.'
Holts' effort capped a weekend that featured an NCAA automatic qualifying mark by redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann (10,000, 28:51.00), another Pac-10 mark by redshirt senior Adam Bergquist (5,000, 14:24.39) and a near-miss NCAA provisional mark by redshirt sophomore John Lucas (10,000, 29:50.22).
Looking ahead to next week, the Duck men's and women's track and field teams travel to the Texas Relays, Wed.-Sat., April 3-6.
Stanford Invitational - Day Two
Cobb Track and Angell Field
Saturday, March 30, 2002
1,500 - First Section - 1, David Kimani, Stanford, 3:39.35. Second Section - 1, Isidro Pimentel, Nike Farm Team, 3:43.57. Third Section - 1, Michael Altieri, Wake Forest, 3:47.33. 3, Ryan Andrus, Oregon, 3:49.08. 6, Eric Logsdon, Oregon, 3:50.23.
Steeplechase - 1, Jeremy Tolman, Weber State, 8:47.15. 9, Brett Holts, Oregon, 9:05.29.