Track Teams Prepare for Oregon Twilight

May 8, 2002

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* Date: Saturday, May 11
* Location: Hayward Field, Eugene
* First Field Event: 4:30 pm - Women's Hammer
* First Running Event: 6 pm - Women's 100
* Last Running Event: 8:15 pm - Men's 1,500
* Tickets: Reserved: $6, General Admission - $5 Adult, $3 Children (high school or younger) & Senior Citizens (62 or older).
* Results Web Site: www.GoDucks.com

* Featured Individuals: Lance Deal, Unat. (hammer); Becky Holliday, UO (pole vault), Sarah Hann, New Balance (1,500); Sarah Malone, UO (javelin); Mike Miller, Army (1,500); Lisa Nye, Nike (steeple); Kelly MacDonald, Unat. (steeple); Sarah Malone, UO (javelin); Samie Parker, UO (200); Matt Phillips, Club NW (pole vault); Trevor Woods, UO (pole vault).



OUTDOOR VOL. 9: Ducks Gather Speed for Championships Season.
The Duck track and field teams return to Hayward Field Saturday for their home season finale and their last week of preparation for the upcoming Pacific-10 Conference Championships (5/18-19) in Pullman, Wash. An all-star women's steeplechase headlines the Twilight schedule and features former Duck harrier All-American Lisa Nye, last year's U.S. champion. Also this weekend, the Duck decathletes and heptathletes get a jump on the league finale with the decathlon and heptathlon set for Pullman, Sat.-Sun., May 11-12. All-American and redshirt senior Billy Pappas and redshirt junior Jason Slye rank first and fifth on the Pac-10 decathlon qualifying list, and redshirt junior Jake Horner enters the meet as a wild card in his first-ever decathlon. On the women's side, senior Jenny Kenyon ranks sixth on the league heptathlon season qualifying list. Among last weekend's highlights, redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon clocked the team's first NCAA provisional effort outdoors in the 5K at Stanford (14:04.85) -- the fastest by a Duck freshman since Jim Hill in 1980 (13:48.39), and junior Mary Etter upped her discus best at Nebraska (NCAA prov. 176-8).




2002 Duck NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifiers

Duck M&W             Yr.-Exp.   Hometown            Event        National Rank    PR**Becky Holliday     RJr.-TR    Sparks, Nev.        Pole Vault   2nd, 14-1.25     14-4**Sarah Malone       So.-1L     Newberg, Ore.       Javelin      3rd, 179-2       179-2**Elisa Crumley      Fr.-HS     Hillsboro, Ore.     Javelin      7th, 169-7       169-7*Mary Etter          Jr.-2L     Everett, Wash.      Discus       9th, 176-8       176-8                                                    Shot Put     38th, 49-9.25    49-9.25*Rosyln Lundeen      Fr.-HS     Victoria, B.C.      Javelin      11th, 166-11     166-11*Eri Macdonald       Jr.-2L     Honolulu, Hawaii    800          17th, 2:06.37    2:06.37*Katie McKeever      Fr.-HS     Woodland, Calif.    Discus       26th, 169-9      169-9*Charyl Weingarten   Jr.-2L     Grand Forks, N.D.   Javelin      29th, 155-10     155-10*Kirsten Riley       So.-1L     Eugene, Ore.        Pole Vault   49th, 12-5.5     12-10

**John Stiegeler RJr.-2L Coos Bay, Ore. Javelin 2nd, 247-0 252-10**Simon Kimata Sr.-1L Nyeri, Kenya 800 2nd, 1:46.65 1:46.65*Trevor Woods So.-1L Coos Bay, Ore. Pole Vault 5th-t, 18-0.5 18-0.5**Micah Harris Sr.-1L Tempe, Ariz. 110H 9th-t, 13.67 13.67**Jason Hartmann RSo.-1L Rockford, Mich. 10,000 12th, 28:51.00 28:51.00*Billy Pappas RSr.-3L Azalea, Ore. Decathlon 15th, 7,311 7,488*Adam Kriz RJr.-2L Toledo, Ore. Hammer 16th, 207-8 207-8*Eric Logsdon RFr.-SQ Canby, Ore. 5,000 33rd, 14:04.85 14:04.85

* NCAA Provisional Qualifiers **NCAA Automatic Qualifiers



MEN TO WATCH: Parker & Holliday On Qualifying Prowl.
Junior Samie Parker clocked a wind-aided personal best in the 100 (10.41w) at Columbus, Ohio last Sunday with a wind reading just above the +2.0 legal limit (+2.3 mps). Sophomore All-American Trevor Woods, fifth-ranked among collegians this year (18-0 1/2), returns to face unattached Northwest entrant Matt Phillips (ninth in the U.S. in 2002, 18-4 1/2). Redshirt junior Adam Kriz boomed an almost 10-foot personal best in the hammer (NCAA prov. 207-8) to climb to eighth in school history in April's Washington Dual, then bettered the 200-foot line again in the Oregon Invite (204-11). Redshirt senior Kyley Johnson continues his hunt after an NCAA provisional mark in the high jump. His current season best of 7-0 1/4 is less than two inches from a provisional mark of 7-2 likely needed to earn an NCAA invite. Redshirt senior Rian Ingrim and junior James March joined the Pac-10 fold this week when the conference lowered the qualifying standards in the shot put (55-2) and discus (166-6), respectively. Team-wise in 2002, 29 Duck men have combined for 36 qualifying marks in 16 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 four NCAA automatic and four provisional marks.

WOMEN TO WATCH: Snyder-Carlson Pops a Pair of Pac-10 Marks.
Junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson earned a Pac-10 invite for the second successive weekend, this time in her steeplechase debut (11:07.85) which featured a strong final lap surge past two Cornhuskers en route to the win. Freshman Katie McKeever looks to up her NCAA provisional best in the discus from the Mt. SAC Relays (169-9), and will likely need a mark over 174 feet. The javelin corps looms as the nation's best with four throwers combining for NCAA provisional or automatic marks -- third-ranked Sarah Malone (179-2), and three other top-30 rankees -- freshmen Elisa Crumley (seventh, 169-7) and Roslyn Lundeen (11th, 166-11) and junior Charyl Weingarten (29th, 155-10). Junior Amanda Brown continues her hunt for Pac-10 invites in the triple jump (38-10 1/2) and long jump (18-1.75), after taking seventh last year in the league long jump (PR 19-4). Chasing her first NCAA invite, junior Eri Macdonald may need to improve on her personal best in the 800 (NCAA prov. 2:06.37) against the Huskies in April and ranks 17th nationally. Redshirt junior Carrie Zografos returns for duty in the steeplechase after missing the NCAA provisional mark by just over two seconds in April against UW (10:42.02). The following weekend in Mt. SAC, she followed with an eight-second personal best in the 1,500 (4:26.98) and the Ducks' fastest mark this season. Sophomore Ann Sullivan ran season bests in the 100 (12.62) and 200 (25.53) last week, while her 100 hurdle season best came the previous weekend in the Oregon Invite (14.30). On the qualifying scene outdoors, 20 Ducks have combined for 28 Pac-10 qualifying marks among 15 individual events, and three NCAA automatic and seven provisional marks.

PAC-10 DEC./HEP. PREVIEW: Pappas and Kenyon Lead Ducks Into Pullman.
This weekend, redshirt senior Billy Pappas returns for his third Pac-10 decathlon after then-personal bests against his league mates in 2001 (third, 7,342) and 2000 (fourth, 7,184). Last year's champ, Santiago Lorenzo of Oregon is redshirting this season as are Jay Goff of Stanford (second in '01, 7,428 PR in '01) and Matt Blair of Cal (sixth in '01, 7,250w PR in '01), who are also injured this season. Pappas owns a best of 7,488 points from last year's eighth-place NCAA finish. This season he debuted with a strong 7,311w score in April's Mt. SAC Relays off three weeks training after missing February and most of March due to a vertebrae stress frature. Redshirt junior Jason Slye returns for his second Pac-10 decathlon appearance after debuting last year at 6,631, and this year has raised his personal best to 6,786 points at Mt. SAC in April. Redshirt junior Jake Horner will also make the trip to Pullman for his first-ever decathlon. The Coos Bay, Ore., native is already qualified in the Pac-10 high jump (6-10), and the former Duck middle distance runner's prospects (1:54.70 800 PR) for scoring are optimistic with only 11 entrants in the field. For the women, senior Jenny Kenyon makes her fourth league appearance after scoring in '01 (fifth, 4,911), '00 (fourth, 5,032) and '99 (sixth, 4,432). This season she sports a season best of 4,867 points, while her personal best dates back to her sophomore season (5,046). Overall in the decathlon, Pappas leads this season's Pac-10 best list (7,311w), ahead of WSU's Steve Dwyer (7,229 in '02) and USC's Russell Silvers (7,151 in '02). In the heptathlon, WSU's Ellannee Richardson (5,820) stands as the clear favorite, and 2000 champ, Missy Vanek of Cal (5,494 in '02) ranks second in the league.



SPLASHING TO SUCCESS: U.S. Champ Lisa Nye Leads All-Star Twilight Steeple.
After welcoming the nation's top women's steeplechasers last season to the NCAA and USA Championships, Hayward Field again plays host to an all-star field in the Oregon Twilight, Saturday, May 11. Former Duck All-American and last year's U.S. champion, Lisa (Karnopp) Nye (9:49.91 PR) headlines a field that includes last year's third-place finisher Kelly MacDonald (9:55.49 PR, and a Tualatin, Ore., native), and other 2001 USA finalists Tonya Dodge (10:10.83), Jennifer Michel (10:11.65) and Melissa Bouren (10:35.28 PR). In return for their efforts, the top three placers will receive prize money from the Oregon Track Club.

Oregon Twilight Featured Women's Steeplechasers
* Lisa (Karnopp) Nye, Nike - 2001 U.S. Champion and then American record holder (PR 9:49.91), Second-ranked in U.S. in 2001 (9:49.91); 2002 U.S. XC Champs (4K-16th); 1991 Duck XC All-American (third)
* Kelly MacDonald, Unat. (Tualatin HS, Tualatin, Ore., ASU '01) - Took third in 2001 USA Champs (PR 9:55.49); 2001 NCAA All-American (third-5K, 16:03.57; third-steeple, 9:55.87); 2000 NCAA XC All-American (36th), and participant in 1998 (134th) & 2001 (56th); Fifth-ranked in U.S. in 2002 with season debut in Tempe (10:10.8, 3/22)
* Tonya Dodge, Syracuse Chargers - 12th-ranked in U.S. in 2001 with mark from Oregon Twilight (third, PR 10:10.83); Took 11th in 2001 U.S. Champs (10:17.61). 11th-ranked in USA in 2002 (10:16.0) with mark from Mt. SAC Relays (4/19)
* Jennifer Michel, Western State (Colo.), Took ninth in 2001 USA Champs (PR 10:11.65), 15th-ranked in U.S. in 2001 (PR 10:11.65); 18th-ranked in U.S. in 2002 with season best of 10:27.4 from Tempe (3/22)
* Briana Shook, University of Toledo - 38th-ranked in U.S. in 2001 (10:31.15); Took 64th in 2001 NCAA XC Champs; 12th-ranked among collegians and Americans in 2002 and 10th on U.S. list (PR 10:16.06, 4/25)
* Melissa Bouren, Took 14th in 2001 U.S. Champs (10:36.58); 44th-ranked in U.S. in 2001 (PR 10:35.28 USA prelims)
* Sarah Vergote, University of Toledo - 29th-ranked among D1 collegians in 2002 (10:37.84).



FABULOUS FROSH: Duck Newcomers Streaking to Fast Early Marks.
Quickly adjusting to the Conference of Champions, the Duck men and women freshman class have combined for one NCAA automatic, five provisional and 10 Pac-10 (5 M/5 W) qualifying marks in 2002. The Duck women feature a pair of top-12 nationally-ranked javelin throwers -- Elisa Crumley (seventh, 169-7) and Roslyn Lundeen (11th, 166-11), and another NCAA prov. qualifier in the discus, Katie McKeever (169-9) who also stands second on the team in the shot put (42-9). Redshirt freshman distance runner Laura Harmon ranks first on the squad in the 5K (17:12.04) and second in the 1,500 with a Pac-10 qualifier (4:29.49). The men's distance squad has continued its maturation after a 13th-place NCAA finish last fall. Redshirt freshmen Eric Logsdon clocked his first NCAA provisional effort in the 5K last weekend (14:04.85), and Brett Holts missed the NCAA provisional mark in the steeplechase the same day by just over three seconds (8:57.33). On the indoor scene, Noel Paulson clocked an indoor mile best (4:04.31) that ranked him 38th nationally.

LAST WEEK'S RECAP: Duck M&W Combine for 5 Wins at Ohio State and Nebraska.
LINCOLN, Neb./COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Duck women took second with 160 1/2 points in their third scoring meet of the season, taking on Nebraska (first, 230), Kansas State (third, 134 1/2) and Wyoming (fourth, 106). Duck individual winners included sophomore Annette Mosey (800, 2:10.55), junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (steeple, 11:07.85) and redshirt junior Becky Holliday (pole vault, NCAA automatic 14-0). Mosey's and Snyder-Carlson's efforts were new Pac-10 qualifying marks and personal bests, and Holliday's mark was her second highest of 2002, trailing only her 14-1 1/4 clearance in the Mt. SAC Relays three weekends ago. Also on the NCAA qualifying lists, the Duck javelin quartet all notched NCAA provisional marks for the second time this season. Freshman Roslyn Lundeen continued her return from an elbow injury to lead the Ducks (second, 163-6) in her second event appearance since March. Junior Charyl Weingarten followed with a four-inch personal best (third, 155-10), edging All-America sophomore Sarah Malone (fourth, 155-6) and freshman Elisa Crumley (fifth, 155-5). All-America junior Mary Etter added an 11-inch personal best in the discus to climb back into the top 10 nationally (second, PR NCAA prov. 176-8) and also led the squad in the shot put (fourth, 47-4 1/4). Junior hammer thrower Jordan Sauvage uncorked her sixth +170-foot effort since April to top the squad (fourth, 175-4), and sophomore Jamie Burk posted a 15-foot best in the same event (12th, 160-11). On the track, junior sprinter Janette Davis added a Pac-10 qualifying mark in the 200 (fourth, 24.64), while her 400 clocking (third, 54.32), was only .01 seconds off her personal best. Among other strong field event marks, sophomore pole vaulter Kirsten Riley tied her outdoor season best (third, NCAA prov. 12-5 1/2); junior Amanda Brown had a 1/4-inch personal best in the triple jump (sixth, 38-10 1/2), and was 1/4 inches shy of matching her long jump season best (seventh, 18-1 1/2); and sophomore Jill Hoxmeier (seventh, 146-1) added a discus personal best. The Duck men split duty between the Cardinal Invitational, Friday, May 3 in Stanford, Calif., and the Jesse Owens Track Classic, Sunday, May 5 in Columbus, Ohio. Redshirt frosh Eric Logsdon became the fourth Duck to qualify this season for the Pac-10 5K (third, 14:04.85) with the fastest 5K by an Oregon freshman since Jim Hill in 1980 (13:48.39). 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. In the same race, redshirt senior Adam Bergquist ran a half-second personal best (seventh, 14:14.02), and redshirt sophomore John Lucas ran an outdoor best (19th, 14:35.52). In the steeple, redshirt frosh Brett Holts climbed to fifth on the Pac-10 qualifying list with Friday's four-second personal best (third, 8:57.33) and first sub-9:00 career effort. At Ohio State two days later, the All-America duo of senior Simon Kimata (800, NCAA auto. 1:47.25) and sophomore Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-0 3/4) claimed wins. Kimata's mark was the second fastest of his career and was more than 1 1/2 seconds faster than Michigan's Alan Webb (fifth, 1:49.46) and Nathan Brannen (second, 1:48.92) who was a 2001 World Championships vet. Woods' effort - his sixth 17-foot clearance outdoors in 2002 in as many tries - led a Duck 1-2-3 sweep of the event that included redshirt junior Jason Slye (second, 16-4 3/4) and redshirt senior Cody Howell (third, 16-4 3/4). All-America junior Samie Parker placed third in his 100 heat and overall with his fastest wind-aided time (10.41) - with the wind (+2.3 meters per second) just above the legal limit of +2.0 mps. The sprints corps also posted season bests in the 4x100 (fifth, 40.66) and 4x400 (fourth, 3:12.04). In the 110 hurdles, senior Micah Harris clocked his second-fastest effort of the year to lead collegians (second, 13.77w, +3.8w), trailing only Olympian Mark Crear of Nike (13.63). Junior Terry Ellis followed with his fastest clocking of 2002, albeit wind-aided (14.18w, +3.8w), and ranked fourth in the same heat and fifth overall among the 11 finishers. Junior thrower James March added third in the discus (166-6) with a six-foot personal best.



ON THE EDGE: Ducks Closing in on Pac-10 Qualifying Standards.
With one week to go before the Pac-10 Championships, the following is a list of Ducks closing in on conference qualifying marks. Qualifying rules also guarantee each team one entry per event by the right-of-entry rule so those athletes asterisked are current leaders in their respective events and may qualify that way. Duck coaches also have three wild card selections per team to use at their discretion for athletes without qualifying marks, although wild-card athletes still count towards the 24-athlete roster (including hep/dec entries). The Pac-10 relaxed several standards this week in a events that did not have a minimum of 12 qualifiers, as well as the decathlon (6,800 / 5,865) and heptathlon (4,400 / 4,125). Ducks that benefitted included Rian Ingrim (shot put, 55-2) and James March (discus, 166-6).

Men, Event - Mk. (Pac-10 Qual.)
Allan Amundson, 100 - 10.86w (10.74)
*Micah Harris, 200 - 21.69 (21.44)
Simon Kimata, 1,500 - 3:50.26 (3:50.14)
Aaron Fonder, HJ - 6-6.25 (6-8.75)

Women, Event - Mk. (Pac-10 Qual.)
*Janette Davis, 100 - 12.17 (12.04)
Carrie Zografos, 800 - 2:11.85 (2:11.14)
*Amanda Brown, LJ - 18-1.75 (19-0.5)
*Amanda Brown, TJ - 38-10.25 (39-4.5)
Katie McKeever, SP - 42-9 (43-5.75)
Jordan Sauvage, DT - 149-0 (150-11)
Mary Etter, HT - 167-4 (170-7)



2001 PAC-10 HEP/DEC REVIEW: Pappas Earned NCAA Invite with Then-PR.
BERKELEY (5/12-13/01) -- Last year in the league decathlon, Santiago Lorenzo and Billy Pappas posted first- and third-place scores of 7,617 and 7,342 points, respectively, and Jason Slye just missed scoring with a ninth-place finish (6,631) in his conference debut. The pair of top-three placers gave the UO men an initial lead in the team race with 16 points, ahead of Stanford (second, 8) and USC (third, 7). On the national scene, Pappas' mark easily met the NCAA provisional mark of 7,150 points, and qualified him for his first NCAA Championships. In the women's heptathlon, Jenny Kenyon and Ann Sullivan claimed fifth- and sixth-place finishes with scores of 4,911 and 4,874 points, respectively, while Washington State's Ellannee Richardson won the competition with 5,578 points. Kenyon's finish was her third straight scoring honor at the league finale after finishing fourth in 2000 and sixth in 1999. Sullivan's seven-event effort was her third of the season and a personal best score, after competing at the Azusa Pacific (4,792) and Linfield (4,400) Heptathlons. As a result of their efforts, Oregon stood second with seven points with Stanford, behind WSU (first, 18).

2001 OREGON TWILIGHT REVIEW: Malone Smashes School Record.
EUGENE (5/12/01) -- EUGENE - Sarah Malone notched her second school record last year at the Oregon Twilight (first, 174-0 53.04 meters) and moved to second on the collegiate list. Other Duck women's winners included Lucretia Larkin (100 hurdles, 14.55), Janette Davis (400, 56.4-h), Rachael Kriz (high jump, 5-5), Holly Speight (pole vault, 12-1 1/2), Amanda Brown (long jump, 18-11 1/4), Mary Etter (discus, 167-6) and Maureen Morrison (hammer, 182-5). Among other women's action, Eugenean Clare Taylor took the U.S. lead in the 5,000 with her winning time of 15:29.16, edging Canadian Courtney Babcock (15:29.60). The women's steeple also featured a fine post-collegiate field as Nike's Janet Trujillo leaned at the line for the win (10:09.70), edging former Duck All-American Lisa (Karnopp) Nye of Nike Portland (second, 10:09.75). In the women's 1,500, Canadian Nathalie Cote (4:19.76) kicked to the lead in the final 200 meters to win (4:19.76), ahead of Canadian Vicky Lynch-Pounds (4:19.92) and former Oregon All-American Marie Davis (4:23.03). Jason Boness paced the men with a win in the high jump (7-1 1/2). In the shot put, Rian Ingrim upped his outdoor best to 57-2 3/4 to finish third, and Samie Parker lowered his wind-aided season best to a hand-timed mark of 10.4 (second), although there was no wind information.

MEN'S OUTLOOK: Ducks Sport All 27 NCAA Points from 2001.
With back-to-back ninth-place NCAA finishes indoors in 2002 and outdoors in 2001, the Duck men returned virtually all of last year's national and conference championship firepower. The squad sported a pair of NCAA and Pac-10 champions, senior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and redshirt junior John Stiegeler (javelin), although Stiegeler (knee) and Lorenzo (quad) will miss the rest of the season because of injuries. 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 and has broken the school record twice (13.73-2001; 13.67-2002). Last season, the NCAA and USA Champs qualifier also locked up runner-up honors in his Pac-10 debut (13.83). 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), and climbed to fifth all-time for the Ducks this March (PR 28:51.00). 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 in 2002 with personal bests, 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 179-2 in 2002) who ranked fourth in 2001 among collegians and eighth among Americans with her then-PR from the Oregon Twilight (174-0). Junior Charyl Weingarten made her first NCAA appearance last year thanks to her Pac-10 personal best (fourth, 155-6). Two newcomers, British Columbian Roslyn Lundeen (166-11 best in 2002) and prep All-American Elisa Crumley (169-7 best in 2002), 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 outdoors in 2002 broke the school record in the Mt. SAC Relays (14-1 1/4). 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 USA Outdoor 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.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (3/8-9) -- All six of the Duck men's and women's NCAA indoor qualifiers notched top-10 finishes in March, 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.




Tentative Oregon Twilight Schedule

Time - Tentative Duck Entries4:30 pm - W Hammer (Burk, Etter, Hoxmeier, Keyser, McKeever, Sauvage5:30 pm - M Discus (March)5:30 pm - W Long Jump (Brown)5:30 pm - W High Jump (Brogdon, Kriz, Murphy)5:45 pm - M Pole Vault (Howell, Woods)6:00 pm - W 100m (Fraser, Larkin, Murtaugh, Pressley)6:05 pmW Pole Vault (Holliday, Moore, Moyle, Riley, Stewart)6:10 pm - W 400m Hurdles (Mellott)6:20 pm - M Hammer (Kriz)6:20 pm Girls Middle School Mile6:25 pm - W Discus (Burk, Etter, Hoxmeier, McKeever, Sauvage)6:30 pm - M High Jump (Fonder, Johnson)6:35 pm Boys Middle School Mile6:40  pm - W Triple Jump (Brown, Hayward_Lee, Traver)6:45 pm - W Shot Put (Etter, Keyser, McKeever)6:45 pm - W 100m Hurdles (Larkin, Sullivan)6:55 pm - M 110m HH (Sanderson)7:00 pm Officials Service Pin Presentation7:10 pm - W 400m (Donovan, McAllister, Murphy, Murtaugh, Sullivan)7:15 pm - W 1,500m (Sandoval)7:25 pm - M Long Jump7:25 pm - M 3,000m7:30 pm - W Javelin (Kriz, Malone, Weingarten)7:30 pm - M Shot Put (Ingrim, March)7:40 pm - W 800m (Bryant, Gulbrandsen, Macdonald, Mosey, Snyder_Carlson)7:45 pm - M 800m7:50 pm - W 200m (Davis, Fraser, Pressley)7:55 pm - M 200m (Amundson, Parker)8:00 pm - W 3,000m Steeple (Zografos)8:15 pm - M 1,500m (Robinson)




Online Track Resources

  • UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
  • Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
  • NCAA Champs: www.ncaachampionships.com
  • Dual Power Rankings: www.team-power.org
  • NCAA Indoor Host (Ark.): www.ladybacks.com
  • NCAA Outdoor Host (LSU): www.lsusports.com
  • Trackwire: www.trackwire.com
  • USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
  • USOC: www.olympic-usa.org
  • IAAF: www.iaaf.orgTrack & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com
  • Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
  • World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net

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