Howell and Slye Clear Outdoor Season Bests in Texas Relays Pole Vault (16-8 3/4)

April 5, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas - In second day Duck action in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, the Duck women scored NCAA provisional marks in the shot put, discus and javelin, while three men's competitors also recorded qualifying marks on the conference side.

In the 'B' section of the university pole vault, redshirt senior Cody Howell and redshirt junior Jason Slye tied for third and fifth, respectively, with final clearances of 16-8 3/4. At the opening height of 16-2 3/4, Howell and Slye needed second and third attempts, respectively. Both then cleared their opening tries at the next height of 16-8 3/4, before missing their three efforts at 17-2 3/4 -- the final height cleared by Cal Poly's Jon Takahashi (first) and LSU's Daniel Trosclair (second).

The duo's efforts added momentum for one of the nation's deepest pole vault units, as Howell and Slye cleared NCAA provisional marks of 17-1 3/4 and 17-0 3/4 indoors, and sophomore Trevor Woods upped his best to 17-11 3/4 in his third-place NCAA indoor finish in early March.

Also Friday, junior triple jumper Foluso Akinradewo took eighth overall (49-7), improving on his previous season best of 48-6 1/4 by more than a foot. Teammate Derek Strubel just missed a top-15 finish himself since judges only measured jumps of 49-7 or better, with the first-year Duck a few inches shy on his best jump.

On the women's side, All-America junior discus thrower Mary Etter made meet history, becoming the first female athlete to win both sections of the same event, while she also added runner-up honors in the shot put.

'It was a really fun day,' Etter said, 'but it was a long one. After a while I got tired and that ended up being a good thing, because it relaxed me somewhat. I was pulling really well through the discus and had a great sense of balance going. It was one of those days when everything seemed to click. I think it also helps that I'm used to busy days from our home meets, when I'm throwing three events in a couple of hours.'

Even more impressive, the Everett, Wash., native was less than an inch away from another win in the shot put, as her final and best throw (49-9 1/4) placed her second behind friendly rival, Mariela Guante of Louisiana Tech (first, 49-10). Regardless of the place, Etter's NCAA provisional shot put mark bettered the NCAA provisional mark by almost a foot (48-10 3/4), and was nine inches better than her personal best from the Arizona State Invite seven days before (48-11 1/2).

'The shot put was the coolest competition,' Etter said. 'I PR'ed in prelims and knew that something good was ready to happen. But I also knew Mariela would be tough to beat and she was in the lead going into my last throw. I knew when it landed that it would be close, and we were both pretty nervous as they were measuring it. Although she got me by a little, we got both personal bests, and it was neat that she got her first provisional mark. I was more disappointed that I didn't quite get my goal of 50 feet, but a PR is a good way to start off.'

Barely 30 minutes later, Etter shifted her focus for her first foray into the discus ring, and responded with an almost four-foot win (172-7) over North Carolina's Laura Gerraughty (second, 168-11). Etter's mark was a six-foot improvement over her previous season best and NCAA provisional mark of 166-3 also from Tempe the previous Saturday.

The two-time NCAA qualifier, however, wasn't done yet. The Texas Relays traditionally invites 'B' section winners to return for the event's 'A' section, so with 45 minutes to catch her breath, Etter returned for six more throws against the elite collegiate section.

After the second best preliminary throw (171-7, 52.30m) of the 10-woman field, she moved into the lead with her fourth and eventual best throw (173-6). The previous leader, Nebraska frosh Becky Breisch, uncorked the prelims' best throw (173-5, 52.86m), but was unable to improve and ended in second place two centimeters behind Etter - the same margin the Duck junior lost by in the shot put.

Sporting an ear-to-ear smile afterwards, Etter laughed at questions about redemption after a disappointing effort in the hammer Thursday (16th, 161-10) -- a rare blemish for one of seven throwers nationally with NCAA marks this season in both events in 2002.

'I'm not your most consistent thrower, that's for sure,' Etter said, 'and I often have a stinker in there somewhere. For some reason the hammer wasn't clicking yesterday, but today felt like a new day. It was fun having the teammates around you running relays on the track. I could cheer them on from the infield, and then I could hear them from the stands later, yelling for me.'

In other throws action, junior javelin thrower Charyl Weingarten was equally on the mark with a new season best and NCAA provisional improvement (first, 155-1, 47.28m) that won the 'B' section by more than 10 feet over Angelo State's Amber Miller (second, 144-11) and Nevada's Sara Coleman (third, 144-9).

The Grand Forks, N.D. native hurled a daily and seasonal best in her opening effort, then tossed second and fifth throws that bettered her previous season best of 152-7 that ranked her 16th nationally coming into the meet.

'I'm moving forward, and that's what you're supposed to be doing this time of the year,' Weingarten said, 'but there's more to work on with my technique. My arm wasn't in a straight sideways position -- I need to get my arm a little longer and wider -- then again, I can't complain about my strength and speed. Today was a lot of fun, and normally this time of the season, I'm just starting to pick up speed. It's nice to have a series like this earlier in the year than normal, instead of waiting for May.'

Weingarten's mark continues to move her closer towards an NCAA return after she finished 19th last year in her championship debut in Eugene. And just like Etter, she'll have another opportunity to pursue better marks in Saturday's elite 'A' section, although she's wait until the morning to decide, depending on her fatigue from Friday's competition.

On the track, Duck women's finishers included a pair of 100-meter-dash entrants, junior Janette Davis (heat 10, seventh, 12.58) and sophomore Ann Sullivan (heat 5, eighth, 13.07), another pair of 100 hurdlers, senior Jenny Kenyon (heat 1, eighth, 17.93) and Sullivan (heat 3, sixth, 14.89).

In the relays, the 4x400 unit took fourth in the second heat (3:47.36).

On Saturday, the Duck men and women return to Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas, in final day of action in the 75th edition of the meet. Top Duck entries include javelin throwers Sarah Malone and Elisa Crumley, high jumper Jason Boness and pole vaulter Trevor Woods.

Full meet results and entries are available at the web site.


Texas Relays
Mike A. Myers Stadium
University of Texas
Austin, Texas
Friday, April 5, 2002

Men's Results

Pole Vault - 'B' - 1, Jon Takahashi, Cal Poly, 17-2 3/4. 2, Daniel Trosclair, LSU, 17-2 3/4. 3, Cody Howell, 16-8 3/4. 3, Erik Rasmussen, BYU, 16-8 3/4. 5, Jason Slye, Oregon, 16-8 3/4. 6, Aaron Moser, Miami, 16-8 3/4. 7, Jared Thornhill, SW Texas, 16-2 3/4. 7, P.J. Brown, Arkansas, 16-2 3/4.

Triple Jump 'B' - 1, Chavous Nichols, Penn State, 51-1 1/. 2, John Moffitt, Barton County, 50-9 1/4. 3, Carlos Eugene, Louisiana Tech, 50-6 3/4. 4, Robert Agins, UTEP, 50-2. 5, C.J. Jamison, Kansas State, 49-11. 5, Benaud Shirley, Kansas, 49-11. 7, Jason Thompson, Kansas City, 49-7. 8, Foluso Akinradewo, Oregon, 49-7. ND - Derek Strubel, Oregon.

Women's Results

100 - Heat 1 - 1, Danielle Carruthers, Indiana, 11.90. Heat 2 - 1, Moni Wright-Cruse, Texas Tech, 12.01. Heat 3 - 1, LaShauntea Moore, Barton County, 11.76. Heat 4 - 1, LaKeesha White, Texas, 11.93. Heat 5 - 1, Rachelle Boone, Indiana, 11.76. 8, Ann Sullivan, Oregon, 13.07. Heat 6 - 1, Wyllesheia Myrick, Miami, 11.92. Heat 7 - 1, Lauryn Williams, Miami, 11.93. Heat 8 - 1, LaToya White, TCU, 11.86. Heat 9 - 1, Muna Lee, LSU, 11.76. Heat 10 - 1, Veronica Campbell, Barton County, 11.32. 7, Janette Davis, Oregon, 12.58.

100 Hurdles - Heat 1, Camee Williams, Illinois, 13.67. 8, Jenny Kenyon, Oregon, 17.93. Heat 2 - 1, Zamyal Jackson, LSU, 14.16. Heat 3 - 1, Lolo Jones, LSU, 13.48. 6, Ann Sullivan, Oregon, 14.89. Heat 4 - 1, Jenny Kallur, Illinois, 13.53. Heat 5 - 1, Nichole Denby, Texas, 13.55. Heat 6 - 1, Daniel Carruthers, Indiana, 13.74. Heat 7 - 1, Susanna Kallur, Illinois, 13.20. Heat 8 - 1, Perdita Felicien, Illinois, 13.17.

4x400 - Heat 1 - 1, Barton County, 3:37.83. Heat 2 - 1, Baylor, 3:37.72. 4, Oregon, 3:47.36. Heat 3 - 1, LSU, 3:38.44. Heat 4 - 1, Miami, 3:38.32. Heat 5 - 1, Texas, 3:35.60.

Shot Put 'B' - 1, Mariela Guante, Louisiana Tech, 49-10. 2, Mary Etter, Oregon, 49-9 1/4. 3, Amanda Warehime, Oklahoma, 47-0 3/4. 4, Stephanie Tietjen, Nevada, 46-7 1/4. 5, Sharonda Haynes, Sam Houston State, 45-8 1/2. 6, Megan Crystal, Oklahoma, 44-6 3/4. 7, Maret Komorovia, BYU, 43-10 3/4. 8, Stephanie Harmon, NW State, 43-7.

Discus 'A' - 1, Mary Etter, Oregon, 173-6. 2, Becky Breisch, Nebraska, 173-5. 3, Irache Quintanal, SMU, 168-5. 4, Stacy Martin, Auburn, 161-9. 5, Melissa Gibbons, Louisiana Tech, 161-1. 6, Austra Skujyte, Kansas State, 156-9. 7, Mallory McDonald, LSU, 155-8. 8, Tracy Moss, Illinois, 150-1.

Discus 'B' - 1, Mary Etter, Oregon, 172-7. 2, Laura Gerraughty, North Carolina, 168-11. 3, Stephanie Brown, Cal Poly, 163-9. 4, Eva Charfreitagova, SMU, 162-8. 5, Jessica Sommerfeld, Arkansas, 156-3. 6, Rebekah Green, Kansas State, 156-2. 7, Jamie Riojas, Texas A&M, 150-6. 8, Eboni Hammond, Baylor, 147-6.

Javelin 'B' - 1, Charyl Weingarten, Oregon, 155-1. 2, Amber Miller, Angelo State, 144-11. 3, Sara Coleman, Nevada, 144-9. 4, Shaya Orendorff, Texas Tech, 143-4. 5, Jocelyn Dooley, Air Force, 141-8. 6, Amy Parulis, North Carolina, 141-5. 7, Simon Tori, McNeese State, 138-1. 8, Jill Pedretti, North Carolina, 137-7.

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