Duck Men's Distance Runners Streak to Success at Stanford
May 3, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - Redshirt freshmen Eric Logsdon and Brett Holts continued to rack up qualifying efforts for the University of Oregon men's distance runners in their penultimate weekend of the outdoor track and field season.
Logsdon became the fourth Duck to qualify this season in the 5,000 for the upcoming Pac-10 Championships (third, 14:04.85). Even more impressive, the Canby, Ore., native ran the last mile with only one shoe -- a casualty due to an errant clip by another runner -- yet still met the NCAA provisional mark of 14:07.00.
Logsdon had already earned a Pac-10 invite thanks to his 1,500 season best of 3:49.99 in the Oregon Invite, while his 5K debut marks the Ducks' second fastest in 2002 behind Jason Hartmann's indoor mark of 14:07.12, and the fastest outdoors this campaign.
'I came in wanting to run 14:05 or so,' Logsdon said, 'so considering the circumstances I was pretty happy overall. It didn't feel easy necessarily, but I did feel in control which is good since it's my first 5K ever. Early on I wanted to key off (teammates) Adam (Bergquist) and John (Lucas) since they were more experienced, and then make my move in the last mile. This race gives me confidence heading into Pac-10s. The conference 5K is a great field, so it helps me know a little more what's ahead.'
In the steeplechase, Brett Holts moved to third on the Pac-10 qualifying list with Friday's four-second personal best (third, 8:57.33), and took third in his section behind Utah's B.J. Christensen (8:54.60) and Texas A&M's Jon Lewis (second, 8:56.31). The Bend, Ore.,native broke the 9:00 barrier for the first time in his career, and was barely three seconds off the NCAA provisional mark of 8:54.00.
'I was happy that I ran smarter today,' Holts said. 'I was less concerned about time and more about racing and passing people. I tried to stay smooth and composed early and was able to build through the race. Every race I learn something new, so I just tried to say focused and do my best to e ready for anything.'
Looking ahead, the women's track team competes Saturday in a quadrangular in Lincoln, Neb., against Kansas State, Wyoming and Nebraska, while the remainder of the men's squad competes Sunday in the Jesse Owens Track Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
Cobb Track and Angell Field
Friday, May 3, 2002
1,500 - 1, Charlie Gruber, Kansas, 3:41.06. 2, Jason Lunn, Nike Farm Team, 3:41.14. 3, Gabe Jennings, Stanford, 3:41.48. 51, Ryan Andrus, Oregon, 3:51.70.
Steeple - 1, B.J. Christensen, Utah, 8:54.60. 2, Jon Lewis, Texas A&M, 8:56.31. 3, Brett Holts, Oregon, 8:57.33.
*NOTE: Full results are located at www.gostanford.com
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