Track Teams Announce Award Winners
June 5, 2002
EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams capped their spring seasons at Wednesday's awards banquet, honoring their award winners for the 2001-02 campaign.
Bill Dellinger Cross Country Award - Adam Bergquist. The redshirt senior from Boulder, Colo., boosted the team in its championship run last fall. He ranked second on the team in the NCAA (60th, 31:29), NCAA Western Regional (11th, 31:31) and Pac-10 (11th, 25:00) Championships, and helped the team to 13th-place NCAA and third-place Regional and Pac-10 team finishes.
Perry Holloman Award - Most Improved - Nick Bakke, Brandon Holliday, Adam Kriz. Bakke, an Ashland, Ore., native, emerged as the surprise of the Pac-10 Championships for the Ducks, improving from a 12th-place seeding to win the Pac-10 javelin title with a 21-foot personal best (227-3). He now ranks third all-time for the Ducks in the event, and posted his second-best mark in the NCAA Champs (18th, 211-1). Holliday, a Beaverton, Ore., native, captured Oregon's first conference crown in the 400 hurdles (NCAA prov. & PR 50.73), since Bob Gray's win in 1992. Kriz, a Toledo, Ore., native, had a nearly three-foot personal best in his Pac-10 hammer throw victory (210-7), and took 14th in his NCAA debut (200-7).
Harry Ritchie's Jewelers Award - High Point Athlete - Jason Hartmann. The redshirt sophomore from Rockford, Mich., stood as the team's top championships scorer with points in the Pac-10 5K (fifth, 14:30.02) and 10K (second, 30:28.92), and also in the NCAA 10K (fourth, 29:28.80). During the season, he led the squad in the indoors in the 5K (14:07.12), and outdoors in the 10K (28:51.00) and ranks fifth all-time in school history in the 25-lap event.
Dow Wilson Award - Most Inspirational - Billy Pappas. The redshirt senior from Azalea, Ore., overcame a vertebrae stress fracture in February and March to notch his second straight top-12 NCAA honor (11th, 7,514), only 18 points shy of his winning Pac-10 Champs personal best (NCAA auto, 7,532). He ends his career ranked ninth all-time for the Ducks, and also scored for the Ducks in the Pac-10 decathlon in 2001 (third, 7,342) and 2000 (fourth, 7,184) and in the long jump in 2002 (23-5 1/2w) and 2001 (eighth, 21-10 1/4). He capped his junior season in 2001 with All-America honors (eighth, 7,488) after entering the NCAA Championships seeded 16th.
George Scharpf Award - Outstanding Athlete - Micah Harris. The senior from Tempe, Ariz., scored his first All-America honor in the 110 hurdles in last week's NCAA Championships (seventh, 13.78). The Pac-10 runner-up the past two seasons also lowered his school record in April in the Mt. SAC Relays (13.67) and is a USA Championships qualifier both last season and in 2002.
Women's Cross Country Award - Carrie Zografos. The redshirt junior from Portland, Ore., and Central Catholic High School, led the squad in four of her five races last fall -- the Sundodger Invite (seventh), Roy Griak Invite (99th), Furman Invite (75th) and Pac-10 Champs (35th). On the track in May, she scored in the Pac-10 steeplechase (fifth, 10:56.26), and at season's end led the team in the 1,500 (4:26.98), steeple (10:42.02) and 3K (9:49.94) with personal bests in all three.
Coaches' Award Most Improved - Janette Davis. The junior from Medford, Ore., paced the sprint squad with her first Pac-10 points in the 400 (sixth, 54.35). Outdoors in 2002, she led the team with personal bests in the 100 (12.17), 200 (24.64) and 400 (54.31), and was .61 seconds shy of the NCAA provisional mark (53.70).
Mary Officer Award High Point Athlete - Mary Etter. The junior from Everett, Wash., won the team award for the third straight season. During the outdoor championship run, she scored her second All-America honor and NCAA points (discus, eighth, 173-2), and added top-eight finishes in the Pac-10 discus (third, 169-1) and shot put (seventh, 49-11 1/4). During the season, she racked up 14 wins combined in the shot put, discus and hammer, and led the team in the shot put (49-11 1/4) and discus (177-5), and ranked second in the hammer (167-4). All-time for the Ducks, she stands second in the discus, and fourth in the shot put and hammer.
Harry Ritchie's Jewelers Award Most Inspirational - Rachael Kriz. The sophomore from Toledo, Ore., claimed her first Pac-10 points in the high jump this season (seventh, 5-7 1/4), tying her personal best and improving on her 14th-place pre-meet seeding. She finished the season ranked second on the team in the high jump, and also added a mark of 130-5 in the javelin in her only appearance of the season in the Oregon Twilight.
Lynne Winbigler Award Outstanding Athlete - Becky Holliday. The redshirt junior from Sparks, Nev., posted the Ducks' most successful pole vault season ever. At the NCAA level she took third outdoors (13-5 1/4) at the same height as the winner but more misses, and added seventh in the collegiate indoor finale (13-7 1/4). Altogether in seven outdoor contests, she picked up four wins, a school record of 14-1 1/4 in the Mt. SAC Relays, and met the NCAA provisional mark of 13-5 1/4 in six appearances. At the Pac-10 Championships, she took second (13-9 3/4) after entering the event seeded third behind the nation's top-two ranked vaulters.
UO Track Hall of Fame Service & Loyalty to Track Program - Dave Pompel. A member of the Oregon Track Club for 31 years, the former OTC president has been an active leader in Oregon track and field community, and has recruited his family into the organization, too. Pompel also serves the UO athletic department in various gameday basketball and football media service duties.
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