Harris & Holliday Break School Records in Mt. SAC Relays
April 21, 2002
WALNUT, Calif. - Senior Micah Harris and redshirt junior Becky Holliday led the University of Oregon track and field teams in final day action in the Mt. SAC Relays with school records in the 110 hurdles and pole vault, respectively.
Harris posted a .06-second personal best and .23-second season best with his runner-up finish in the Olympic Development section of the 110 hurdles (13.67), trailing only Mississippi's Antwan Hicks (first, 13.61).
In the Oregon history books, his mark Sunday improves upon his previous school record 13.73 from the opening round of the 2001 NCAA Championships in Eugene, and is his third under 14.00 seconds outdoors in 2002.
Harris's NCAA automatic qualifying mark also assures an NCAA Championships return, and makes up for a narrow miss in March, when his 60 hurdle season best and NCAA provisional mark of 7.85 was only .04 seconds shy of his first NCAA indoor invite.
The Tempe, Ariz., native Harris opened the afternoon with a win in an earlier collegiate section (14.01), by .02 seconds. Junior Terry Ellis also won an early afternoon section and tied his season best (14.33).
In the 400 hurdles, sophomore Brandon Holliday clocked his second fastest mark of the season (fourth, 52.15), behind heat winner Seth Billy of Wyoming (51.31).
On the women's side, Holliday took fourth in the Olympic Development pole vault with a five-inch season best (fourth overall, 14-1 1/4, 4.30m). The Duck indoor All-American ranked second Sunday among collegians behind UCLA's Tracy O'Hara who had the same height but fewer misses (second, 14-1 1/4),while Asics's Mary Sauer won the competition at the next height (14-5 1/4, 4.40m).
Holliday's NCAA automatic mark improved on her 2002 bests of 13-7 1/4 outdoors and her school record 13-9 3/4 indoors that teammate Niki Reed also cleared at the same meet, the UW Quad in February. Holliday's personal best of 14-4 dates back to the 2001 NWACC Championships when she competed for Clackamas Community College - a mark that ranked her seventh in the U.S. last year.
Also in the field events, freshman javelin thrower Elisa Crumley added a three-foot personal best and NCAA provisional improvement (169-4). The event featured an all-star field as last year's U.S. champion Kim Kreiner (first, 188-4) edged the top two collegians this season - Inga Stasiulionyte of USC (second, 182-7) and Serene Ross of Purdue (third, 176-8). Sophomore All-American Sarah Malone took ninth in the same event (159-8) but withdrew after her fourth and best effort due to a minor Achilles injury.
'It was a great weekend for us,' Oregon women's coach Tom Heinonen said. 'We've had tons of good performances. This meet was a major step for us, and a dramatic improvement for our team. Elisa had a big mark and a great series, and Becky showed her composure with third-attempt clearances at 13-9 1/4 and 14-1 1/4.'
Looking ahead, the Duck men and women return to Hayward Field, next Saturday, April 27 for the Oregon Invitational. A mix of top collegiate and post-collegiate talent from the Northwest will compete in the dual session affair, with the men's and women's 10K races held separately Friday evening.
Mt. SAC Relays
Mt. San Antonio College
Sunday, April 21, 2002
800 - 1, Beth Heimann, Kentucky, 2:07.66. 8, Eri Macdonald, Oregon, 2:12.79.
Pole Vault - 1, Mary Sauer, Asics, 14-5 1/4. 4, Becky Holliday, Oregon, 14-1 1/4.
Shot Put - 1, Ireohe Quintanal, SMU, 188-4. 6, Mary Etter, Oregon, 47-11 1/4.
110 Hurdles - Olympic Development Section - 1, Antwan Hicks, Mississippi, 13.61.2, Micah Harris, Oregon, 13.67. Collegiate Sections - 1, Micah Harris, Oregon, 14.01. 2, Tom Bogdanoff, Unat., 14.03. 1, Terry Ellis, Oregon, 14.33. 2, Selim Nurudoen, Notre Dame, 14.54.
400 Hurdles - 1, Seth Billy, Wyoming, 51.31. 4, Brandon Holliday, Oregon, 52.15.
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