Track Teams Bound for Austin City Limits
April 2, 2002
75th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
OUTDOOR VOL. 4: Ducks Bound for Austin City Limits.
Heading into their second month of outdoor action, the Duck men's and women's track and field teams raise the bar this weekend heading to the prestigious Texas Relays. The men enter an 11-athlete corps comprised of field event specialists, and the 16-women unit features middle distance runners, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers. Last week, the Duck men picked up NCAA automatic marks courtesy of senior Simon Kimata (800, 1:46.65) and sophomore Jason Hartmann (10K, 28:51.00) in Tempe and Stanford, respectively, as the duo now rank fifth and fourth all-time in Oregon history, and first and third nationally in 2002. Also in Tempe last Saturday, junior Mary Etter scored NCAA provisional marks in her shot put and discus wins (48-11 1/2 / 166-3), and freshman javelin throwers Roslyn Lundeen (166-11) and Elisa Crumley (159-8) registered NCAA provisional marks and personal bests.
2002 Duck NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifiers
Duck M&W Yr.-Exp. Hometown Event National Rank PR*Sarah Malone So.-1L Newberg, Ore. Javelin 2nd, 171-3 174-0Rosyln Lundeen Fr.-HS Victoria, B.C. Javelin 5th, 166-11 166-11Elisa Crumley Fr.-HS Hillsboro, Ore. Javelin 10th, 159-8 159-4Charyl Weingarten Jr.-2L Grand Forks, S.D. Javelin 16th, 152-7 155-6Mary Etter Jr.-2L Everett, Wash. Discus 16th, 166-3 175-9 Shot Put 28th, 48-11.5 48-11.5
*John Stiegeler RJr.-2L Coos Bay, Ore. Javelin 1st, 247-0 252-10*Simon Kimata Sr.-1L Nyeri, Kenya 800 1st, 1:46.65 2:46.65*Jason Hartmann RSo.-1L Rockford, Mich. 10,000 3rd, 28:51.00 28:51.00Trevor Woods So.-1L Coos Bay, Ore. Pole Vault 3rd, 17-6.5 17-11.75
*NCAA Automatic Qualifiers
Head Coaches: M-Martin Smith (Fourth year), W-Tom Heinonen (26th year)
Key Pronunciations: Foluso Akinradewo (fah-LOOSE-oh ack-in-rah-DAY-woe), Nick Bakke (BOCK-ee), Jason Boness (BONE-is), Torkwase Fraser (TOR-qua-se), Tom Heinonen (HY-nah-nihn), Simon Kimata (kih-MOTT-ah), Eri Macdonald (AIR-ee), Annette Mosey (MOE-see), Billy Pappas (PAPP-us), Niki Reed (NICK-ee), John Stiegeler (STEEG-ler), Jordan Sauvage (suh-VAHGE), Charyl Weingarten (WINE-gar-ten), Carrie Zografos (zah-GRAF-ohs).
MEN TO WATCH: Stiegeler & Woods Ready to Hook Horns.
Redshirt junior John Stiegeler continues to pace the nation in the javelin by six feet (247-0), and returns to the meet where he uncorked his first +240-foot throw of his career last year and a regular season best (245-9). All-America sophomore pole vaulter Trevor Woods ranks third nationally and takes aim at his personal best (17-11 3/4) from the NCAA Indoor Champs in March, after clearing an outdoor best and NCAA provisional mark of 17-6 1/2 in LA two weeks ago. The Coos Bay, Ore., native ranks third nationally, while Texas senior Brian Hunter paces the outdoor national list two inches higher (17-8 1/2). Three-time All-America high jumper and senior Jason Boness owns a season best of 7-0 1/2, only 1 1/4 inches shy of the NCAA provisional mark -- a mark cleared by Texas freshman Einar Hjartarson who is tied for sixth nationally outdoors this season. Boness is one of three Duck leapers with Pac-10 marks already in the event -- reshirt senior Kyley Johnson (7-0 1/4) and redshirt junior Jake Horner (6-8 3/4). Redshirt junior Adam Kriz is less than a foot shy of the Pac-10 qualifying mark (190-3) in the hammer with his 189-5 best from LA. Overall in 2002, 23 Duck men have combined for 27 qualifying marks in 13 individual events for the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA level indoors, the Ducks scored one automatic and 10 provisional marks, and outdoors have added one provisional and three automatic marks.
WOMEN TO WATCH: A Quartet of Javelin Throwers Rank Top 15 Nationally.
The javelin corps has started out strong outdoors with four javelin throwers combining for NCAA provisional or automatic marks, including second-ranked Sarah Malone (171-3), and three other top-16 rankees -- freshmen Roslyn Lundeen (fifth, 166-11) and Elisa Crumley (10th, 159-8) and junior Charyl Weingarten (16th, 152-7). Junior Janette Davis leads the sprint corps in three events and her 400 personal best in winter-like conditions at home three two weeks ago (first, 54.31) was only .61 seconds off the NCAA provisional mark (53.70). Redshirt junior and All-America pole vaulter Becky Holliday chases her first NCAA outdoor qualifying mark after no-heighting in ASU, and being snowed out at home two weeks ago. A trio of Pac-10 qualifiers in the 1,500 -- junior Eri Macdonald (4:38.25), sophomore Annette Mosey (4:38.93) and redshirt freshman Laura Harmon (4:40.13) -- team with the Duck season leader in the 800, redshirt junior Carrie Zografos (2:11.85), on the relay scene. All-America junior Mary Etter scored NCAA provisional marks in the shot put (48-11 1/2) and discus (166-3) last weekend. On qualifying lists, 12 Ducks have combined for 15 Pac-10 qualifying marks among eight individual events, one NCAA automatic and five provisional marks outdoors.
MEN'S SEASON PREVIEW: 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 set their sights on a third top-10 honor outdoors, and a climb up the Pac-10 Conference ranks. 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 All-America junior Samie Parker, fourth indoors in the NCAA 60-meter dash (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. Last season, the NCAA and USA Champs qualifier also locked up runner-up honors in his Pac-10 debut. Senior Simon Kimata clocked an 800 then-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 NCAA 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 March's NCAA finale (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 in early March -- 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'S OUTLOOK: Field Events Will Fuel Championship Runs.
Returning all four of last year's NCAA participants, head coach Tom Heinonen's Ducks also welcome back 14 Pac-10 finalists. The javelin unit looms as the nation's best, led by sophomore All-American and school record holder 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 Pac-10 personal best (fourth, 155-6). Two newcomers, prep All-American Elisa Crumley (159-4 best in 2002) and British Columbian Roslyn Lundeen (161-9 int'l implement PR), are on pace for 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 events, junior Amanda Brown nabbed Pac-10 points in the long jump in 2001 (seventh, PR 19-4), and the high jump returns a pair of 2001 Pac-10 finalists, junior Jenny Brogdon (ninth, 5-7) and sophomore Rachael Kriz (11th, 5-5), and adds Clackamas transfer and junior 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), 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 paced the cross country team in four races last fall, with redshirt frosh Laura Harmon leading the other, and clipping off the team's fastest indoor mile in 2002 (4:55.03).
2002 NCAA INDOOR RECAP: Ducks Take Ninth & Grab Four All-America Awards.
All six of the Duck men's and women's NCAA indoor qualifiers notched top-10 finishes three weekends ago, and five of them garnered All-America awards. Team-wise, the men's squad tallied 15 points to tie Mississippi State 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.
LAST WEEK'S RECAP: Etter, Hartmann & Kimata Score NCAA Marks.
TEMPE, Ariz. / STANFORD, Calif. - The Duck men and women turned in four NCAA qualifying marks in perfect spring break weather last weekend in the ASU and Stanford Invitationals. Last Saturday at ASU, junior Mary Etter claimed NCAA provisional marks in her shot put (PR 48-11 1/2) and discus (166-3) wins. Also claiming season bests in the javelin, freshmen Roslyn Lundeen (first, 166-11) and Elisa Crumley (third, 159-8) climbed the NCAA provisional list, and Sarah Malone (second, 165-3) also easily eclipsed the 150-11 qualifying standard. Junior Jordan Sauvage registered the team's other win (hammer, 172-4) with a Duck season best and its first qualifying mark in the event in 2002. The middle distances featured personal bests in the 800 by redshirt junior Carrie Zografos (third, 2:11.85), redshirt freshman Laura Harmon (fourth, 2:12.55) and junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (sixth, 2:14.0-h), and in the 1,500 from junior Eri Macdonald (sixth, 4:38.25) and sophomore Annette Mosey (4:38.93) that also served as Pac-10 qualifiers. Junior sprinter Janette Davis lowered the team's season best in the 200 (fifth, 24.76) and missed a season best in the 400 by less than a second (third, 54.92). In the jumps, junior Amanda Brown competed for the first time outdoors in 2002 (long jump, fourth, 17-3 1/2, triple jump, second, 38-4 1/4). Other strong marks came from sophomore Kirsten Riley (pole vault, second, 12-5 1/2), and freshmen Katie McKeever (discus, third, 155-4) and Clarice Hayward-Lee (triple jump, third, 37-10). For the men in ASU, senior Simon Kimata ran a half-second personal best in the 800 to take the national lead in the event (first, 1:46.65) and move to fourth all-time for the Ducks behind an Olympic champion and world record holder (Joaquim Cruz, 1:41.77), another Olympian (Wade Bell, 1:45.17), and a World Championships qualifier (David Mack, 1:45.55). Redshirt senior Ross Krempley added his first Pac-10 mark of the season in the event (fifth, 1:50.77). In the sprints, junior Allan Amundson led the squad in the 100 (seventh, 10.91), edging junior Cory Gray (eighth, 10.99). Senior Micah Harris led the hurdlers (second, 14.19) and junior Terry Ellis lowered his season best in the same race (fourth, 14.33), and sophomore Brandon Holliday rounded out the Duck travel roster (400 hurdles, fifth, 53.17).
2001 MEN'S SEASON REVIEW: Ducks Win Two NCAA Titles and Take Ninth as Team.
In the NCAA Championships' ninth trip to Hayward Field in Eugene (5/30-6/2), the Duck men scored their first top-10 finish since 1992 and their first pair of NCAA champions since 1986 (Santiago Lorenzo & John Stiegeler). Lorenzo relied on five personal bests en route to a late surge and narrow 18-point decathlon win (7,889) after previous season 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. Six 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), Jason Boness (high jump, 7-3), 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). A key part of the nation's top recruiting class according to the December 200 issue of Track and Field News, Jake Garlick posted 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. Two other nationally-regarded freshman, Eric Logsdon and Noel Paulson, redshirted to maximize their future potential. As prep seniors in 2000, Logsdon paced the nation in the 3,000 (8:10.66), and Paulson (8:18.72) also ranked among the country's fastest milers (4:07.14).
2001 WOMEN'S SEASON REVIEW: Malone Leads Quartet to NCAA Invites.
The Ducks looked to one of their specialties, the javelin, for half of their entries in last year's NCAA Championships. All-American Sarah Malone took seventh in her NCAA debut (164-9), and was past the 167-foot line in her last three appearances including a school record of 174-0 in the Oregon Twilight. Charyl Weingarten earned her first NCAA invite thanks to a three-foot, three-inch personal best (fourth, 155-6) in the Pac-10 Championships. Also in the throws, 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). 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 league 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 leg stress fracture. The hurdles featured a pair of former Washington prep titlists, Sullivan (13.99) and Lucretia Larkin (14.25), who rank sixth and 11th all-time in UO history.
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 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. A total of nine NCAA Championships -- (1962-64-72-78-74-77-91-96-01) have visited Track City USA, along with three Olympic Trials (1972-76-80) and six U.S. Championships.
AT THE HELM: Duck Head Coach Profiles.
The dean of Oregon coaches, Tom Heinonen returns for his 26th season as women's head coach and has led the Ducks to three NCAA track and cross country titles (TF 1985, XC 1983, 87) and nine Pac-10 Conference titles since the meets' inception in 1986 (TF 1991-92, XC 1986-87-88-90-91-92-95). Individually, his Ducks have claimed 78 track and cross country All-America honors, and 14 NCAA and AIAW titles. 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 that 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 entries 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 are fewer than eight Americans in the event final.
Tentative Duck Entries
Mike A. Myers Stadium
Austin, Texas Thu.-Sat., April 4-6, 2002
Thursday, April 42 pm - W Hammer (Etter, Sauvage)3:45 pm - W 4x800 (Macdonald, Mosey, Harmon, Zografos)4:15 pm - W 400H (Snyder-Carlson)4:30 pm - M Hammer (Kriz)
Friday, April 59:30 am - 4x10010 am - W Javelin (Weingarten)10 am - W Long Jump (Brown, Kenyon)10 am - W Pole Vault (Hollliday, Riley)10:15 am - W 100H (Kenyon, Sullivan)10:45 am - W 100 (Davis, Sullivan)11 am - W Shot Put (Etter)1 pm - W Discus (Etter, Sauvage, McKeever)2 pm - M Triple Jump (Akinradewo, Strubel)4 pm - W Discus (Etter, Sauvage, McKeever)4 pm - M Pole Vault (Howell, Slye, Woods)7 pm - M Javelin (Jenkins, Stiegeler)8:35 pm - W 4x400 (Davis, Holliday, Kenyon, Mosey)10 pm - W DMR (Macdonald, Snyder-Carlson, Zografos, Harmon)
Saturday, April 611 am - W Javelin (Crumley, Lundeen, Malone)11 am - W Pole Vault (Holliday, Riley)11 am - M High Jump (Boness, Horner, Johnson)12:30 pm - W 400 Hurdles (Snyder-Carlson)12:30 pm - M Javelin (Stiegeler, Jenkins)1 pm - W 4x2001:30 pm - M Triple Jump (Akinradewo)1:30 pm - W Pole Vault (Holliday, Riley)2 pm - M High Jump (Boness, Horner, Johnson)2:30 pm - W Shot Put (Etter, McKeever)2:50 pm - W 100H (Kenyon, Sullivan)3 pm - M Pole Vault (Howell, Slye, Woods)4:50 pm -W 4x400
*All times local (Central Time).
NOTE: Multiple sections for each event are often listed since meet entry web site doesn't specify exact sections/times.
Online Track Resources
UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
NCAA Champs: www.ncaachampionships.com
NCAA Indoor Host (Ark.): www.ladybacks.com
NCAA Outdoor Host (LSU): www.lsusports.com
USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
Track & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com
Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net