Cross Country Set For Conference Finale in LA
Oct. 30, 2002
The Duck men and women open the championship season this weekend, traveling to the 34th and 17th editions, respectively, of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships. The league finale makes its first trip to Brookside Golf Course which lies on the north edge of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., with UCLA serving as the meet host. The year, coaches can enter up to 10 runners per team instead of the previous seven-runner limit, although the Duck men and women are only entering seven and eight runners, respectively. Scoring-wise, only a team's top five runners will be scored, with the next two allowed to displace other team's finishers (eighth, ninth or 10th runners from a team will considered exhibition finishers and will not effect team scoring.)
OREGON IN THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Since the inception of the Pac-10 women's finale in 1986, the Oregon women have claimed a conference-best eight individual crowns, edging Arizona (second, 5), and team-wise, their seven team titles ranks second narrowly to Stanford (8). The Duck men have won 13 team Pac-10/Pac-8 titles since 1969, far ahead of Arizona (7) and Stanford (6), and their nine individual titles trails only Washington State's Kenyan-heavy brigade (11).
Defending champion and No. 1 Stanford and No. 5 Oregon lead a men's field that features two other top-40 teams (No. 25 Arizona State and No. 35 Washington). The women's race features four top-25 squads - defending champion and No. 2 Stanford, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 19 UCLA and No. 25 Washington. Individually, last year's top three men's finishers return - Stanford's Grant Robison (first) and Donald Sage (third) and ASU's Fasil Bizuneh (second), as does Duck senior Jason Hartmann (second in '00). On the women's side, last year's top two (Stanford's Lauren Fleshman and Sara Bei) also return while fellow Cardinal sophomore Alicia Craig topped both of her teammates in the recent Pre-Nationals contest.
LIKELY DUCK ENTRIES
M&W Yr.-Exp. Hometown (Last School/HS)Ryan Andrus So.*-1L-TR Orem, Utah (Wisconsin/Mountain View)Jason Hartmann Sr.-3L Rockford, Mich. (RHS)Brett Holts Jr.-2L Bend (BHS)Eric Logsdon So.*-1L Canby (CHS)John Lucas Jr.*-2L Eagle Point (EPHS)Noel Paulson Jr.-1L Aumsville (Cascade)Will Viviani Fr.*-HS Arlington, Va. (Yorktown)
Nicole Feest Fr.-HS Lombard, Ill. (Glenbard East)Eleanor Gordon Fr.-HS Eugene, Ore. (South)Erinn Gulbrandsen Sr.-3L Chico, Calif. (Pleasant Valley)Laura Harmon Jr.-2L Vancouver, Wash. (Jesuit-Portland)Eri Macdonald Jr.*-2L Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)Magdalena Sandoval Jr.-1L Los Alamos, N.M. (Rice/LAHS)Alicia Snyder-Carlson Jr.*-1L Kihei, Hawai'i (St. Anthony (Wailuku))Carrie Zografos Sr.*-1L Portland, Ore. (Colorado/Central Catholic)
*indicates utilized redshirt season
SIZING UP THE DUCKS
In his 28th season as women's head coach, Tom Heinonen returns six letterwinners ready to improve on last year's eighth-place Pac-10 team finish. Senior Carrie Zografos and Erinn Gulbrandsen, juniors Laura Harmon, Eri Macdonald and Magdalena Sandoval have paced the team up front, with freshman Nicole Feest also a three-time scorer already this fall. Redshirt junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson continues to mature as a harrier after formerly focusing primarily on the middle distances. The Duck men are ranked fifth nationally in the seventh poll of the season - their fifth straight week at that position - and return six of last year's seven NCAA entries. Senior Jason Hartmann took sixth in the Pac-10 finale last year after a late-race fall, and was second in the conference and regional championships as a sophomore in 2000. The squad's second through six positions were interchangeable last year and again feature juniors Brett Holts, Eric Logsdon, John Lucas and Noel Paulson, and redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus. Freshman Will Viviani looms as the top newcomer after making his varsity debut in the Roy Griak Invite in the team's seventh spot.
IN THE POLLS
The Duck men were elevated to fifth in the most recent coaches polls (10/22, 10/15, 10/8 & 10/1). They opened the year tied for ninth in the preseason poll, dropped to 10th in the first regular season poll (9/17), then climbed to ninth the following week (9/24). The Oregon women are unranked this season.
RECENT WOMEN'S RECAP
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (10/19) - In a preview of the course for the upcoming NCAA Championships, the Duck women finished 18th with 503 points in the 37-team white race that featured 15 top-40 teams. Oregon edged two top-40 teams, No. 31 Florida State (19th, 505) and No. 37 Idaho (24th, 552), while No. 2 Stanford won the team title over then-No. 26 Wake Forest (second, 165) and No. 6 N.C. State (third, 199). Redshirt senior Carrie Zografos led the Ducks for the second time this season (53rd, 21:35), followed by juniors Laura Harmon (63rd, 21:41), Eri Macdonald (112th, 22:09) and Magdalena Sandoval (122nd, 22:14), senior Erinn Gulbrandsen (153rd, 22:30), redshirt junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (191st, 23:02) and freshman Nicole Feest (19th, 23:07). The Duck scorers ran in close proximity early with the top three only two seconds apart at the 3K midway point - Harmon (10:46), Zografos (10:47), Sandoval (10:49) - with Macdonald (10:57) and Gulbrandsen (11:03) close behind. In the second half on an nearly identical section of the LaVern Gibson Championships Course, Zografos came back to run only a second slower (10:48), while Harmon and Macdonald were only five and 15 seconds slower, respectively. Overall, Florida State's Vicky Gill (first, 19:55) pulled away in the final 500 meters from Stanford's Alicia Craig (second, 20:03) and Sara Bei (third, 20:13). In the other women's race, No. 1 BYU easily won the blue section with 55 points, outdistancing No. 4 Colorado (second, 143) and No. 5 Georgetown (third, 175) in a field featuring 14 top-40 teams. North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan pulled away from the field early and held on to win by 12 seconds (19:57), over Yale's Kate O'Neill (second, 20:09) and Colorado's Molly Austin (third, 20:13). On the men's side, No. 1 Stanford validated its ranking with an easy win in the blue race, putting its top five in the top 10 overall and finishing with 27 points. No. 4 Northern Arizona followed in second place with 92 points, ahead of No. 10 BYU (third, 171) and No. 17 Indiana (fourth, 237) in a field featuring 31 top-40 teams. In the men's white race, No. 3 Colorado (first, 87 points) edged No. 16 Iona (second, 125) and No. 19 Central Michigan (third, 148) in a field featuring 31 top-40 squads. The Buffaloes featured the top three finishers - senior Jorge Torres (23:35) who broke away at the midway point - and senior teammates Steve Slattery (second, 23:55) and Ed Torres (third, 23:58).
RECENT MEN'S RECAP
ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/28/02) - In their only varsity appearance this season, the Duck men joined the women in the annual Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, and held on the Les Bolstad Golf Course. The then-No. 10 Men of Oregon won the team title with 96 points, edging then-No. 12 Eastern Michigan by nine points. Sophomore Ryan Andrus (eighth, 24:41.3) led a tight 14-second top five split that also included junior Brett Holts (16th, 24:47.8), All-America senior Jason Hartmann (19th, 24:49.1), junior John Lucas (21st, 24:49.5), and sophomore Eric Logsdon (32nd, 24:55.2). Other Duck finishers included junior Noel Paulson (88th, 25:30.4) and redshirt frosh Will Viviani (128th, 25:55). Individually, BYU sophomore Kip Kangogo upset defending NCAA individual champion Boaz Cheboiywo of Eastern Michigan, covering the 8-kilometer course in 23 minutes, 38.9 seconds.
DUCK WOMEN'S SEASON OUTLOOK
The Duck women return all of last year's letterwinnners, and a two-time NCAA veteran that redshirted in 2001, and sport only one senior on their roster. Last year, they missed the national finale for only the third time in head coach's Tom Heinonen 27 years at the helm after eighth- and 12th-place Pac-10 and Western Regional finishes, respectively. Redshirt senior Carrie Zografos (Portland) returns after a breakthrough 2001-02 season. In cross country, she ranked as the team's MVP and most improved and led the squad in four of her five harrier races, including the Pac-10 Champs (35th). On the track, she led the team in the 1,500 with a Pac-10 qualifier that was 12 seconds better than her preseason best (4:26.98), and made an ever bigger splash over the barriers. In her season steeplechase debut vs. Washington, she missed the NCAA provisional mark by barely two seconds with her school record (10:42.02), and later added fifth in the Pac-10 finale. Junior Laura Harmon (Vancouver, Wash.) led the squad once last season -- in the Western Regional (45th) -- and ranked second in the first two races of 2001 and fifth in the remaining two meets due to illness. On the track in 2002, she led the team in the 5K (17:12.04) and ranked second in the 1,500 (4:29.49) with Pac-10 qualifiers in both. Redshirt junior Eri Macdonald (Honolulu, Hawai'i) returns after redshirting last fall and has scored in 13 of 15 career races for the Ducks, including NCAA appearances in 1999 and 2000. Outdoors on the track in 2002, she missed an NCAA invite in the 800 by .04 seconds with her personal best (2:06.37) and made her second appearance in the Pac-10 final. Junior Magdalena Sandoval (Los Alamos, N.M.) was the team's top newcomer last fall and ran among the Ducks' top four in all five races -- including second twice -- before missing the spring as she returned from a stress fracture. Senior Erinn Gulbrandsen (Chico, Calif.) placed among the squad's top four in every race, including four stops among the top three, then redshirted the track season. Redshirt sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson (Kihei, Hawai'i) proved a pleasant surprise in her first season of varsity cross country duty in 2001 -- including two scoring efforts and top-seven finishes in her three other appearances. On the track, she was the only athlete to qualify for the Pac-10 meet in the 400 hurdles (61.51) and steeplechase (11:07.85), and ranked first and second, respectively, on the team. Junior Annette Mosey (Wilsonville) will redshirt this season while studying in Spain after scoring in fix of her six races last fall. On the track in 2002 ranked second and third on the squad, respectively, in the 800 (2:10.55) and 1,500 (4:35.78). Freshman Sara Schaaf (Klamath Falls) will not compete this fall, switching to the Ducks' long sprint/middle distance corps this track season. She scored once last fall for the varsity harrier unit before missing the harrier regional finale because of a stress fracture.
DUCK MEN'S SEASON OUTLOOK
The Duck men return six of last year's top seven from last year's 13th-place NCAA finishers -- a solid effort considering the 14th-ranked squad entered six NCAA rookies. The squad foreshadowed their success with third-place Pac-10 and Western Regional finishes against fields that featured four and six NCAA team qualifiers, respectively. Looking ahead to 2002, two-time All-American Jason Hartmann (Rockford, Mich.) will try to become the eighth Duck to win three or more All-America honors after missing the honor by 10 seconds last year (50th, 30:21). He has led the squad in nine of his 10 races as a sophomore and junior, and was the Pac-10 Men's Newcomer of the Year as a frosh. On the track, he placed top-four in the NCAA 10K in 2001 (third) and 2002 (fourth). His lowered his 10K in June's USA Championships (eighth, 28:48.76) and stands as the top collegiate returnee from the race for 2003, not to mention fifth all-time for the Ducks. Juniors John Lucas (Eagle Point) and Brett Holts (Bend) posted top-25 Pac-10 finishes both in 2001 (17th/21st), and 2000 (18th/19th), and scored in their 2001 NCAA debuts (117th/96th). On the track in 2002, Lucas was an NCAA provisional qualifier indoors in the 5,000 (14:16.40) and a Pac-10 10K entrant (13th). Holts was a Pac-10 scorer in the steeplechase (9:03.32), with all four of his season and career races sub-9:05 - including a best of 8:57.33 three seconds shy of the NCAA provisional mark. Junior Noel Paulson (Aumsville) was also a top-25 Pac-10 harrier finisher in 2000 (25th), and in 2001 his Pac-10 open race time in Arizona was the sixth-fastest of the eight Ducks on the course that day. Indoors in 2002, he ran an NCAA provisional mile of 4:04.31. Redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon (Canby) scored in three of his final four harrier races of 2001, including his Regional (41st) and NCAA (156th) debuts. On the track in May, he ran an NCAA provisional best of 14:04.85 with only one shoe the last mile in the Cardinal Invite, and later scored fourth in the Pac-10 track finale. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus (Orem, Utah) figured as the team's third finisher in three meets in 2001, including top-30 Pac-10 and Western Regional finishes (23rd/27th). On the track, he owns 1,500/5K bests of 3:46.5/14:11 as a freshman at Wisconsin in the spring of 1998. The only loss from last year's harrier top seven is Adam Bergquist, the squad's second finisher in all three championships races -- (11th at Pac-10 and Regionals, 60th at NCAAs). Seth Pilkington (Roy, Utah), a freshman on the 2001 squad and sixth in the 2000 Foot Locker Championships as a prep senior, will begin a two-year religious mission this fall. Redshirt freshman Erik Heinonen, one place better (fifth) than Pilkington in the prep 2000 Footlocker Champs and the fastest 10K prep in 2001 (31:26.05), is recovering from a summer Achilles injury.
2001 PAC-10 FLASHBACK
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (10/27/01) - Facing temperatures in the upper 80s at Pavilion Lakes Golf Course near Tempe, the No. 20-ranked Duck men took third with 78 points in the eight-team men's race, narrowly trailing No. 19 Arizona State (second, 75) and No. 2 Stanford (first, 27). Oregon edged two top-25 teams ï¿½ No. 13 Arizona (fourth, 96) and No. 24 Washington (fifth, 102) ï¿½ along with UCLA (sixth, 148), Washington State (seventh, 163) and California (eighth, 192). Individually, Jason Hartmann recovered from a hard fall in the fourth mile to lead the Duck men. Ranking approximately fifth when he was tangled up with a Stanford runner, the Rockford, Mich., native got up slowly, and eventually moved back up to sixth at the finish of the 8K race (24:30.9). The remaining five Duck finishers all finished top 30, including a breakthrough performance by Adam Bergquist (11th, 25:00.4), followed by John Lucas (17th, 25:10.0) and Brett Holts (21st, 25:17.2), and Ryan Andrus (23rd, 25:23.8) and Eric Logsdon (30th, 25:50.1). Stanford junior Grant Robison captured the individual title (24:04.0), ahead of Arizona State's Fasil Bizuneh (second, 24:06.4). The Duck women finished eighth overall with 210 points in the nine-team field. No. 1 Stanford won the competition with 27 points, followed by a topsy-turvy order of No. 11 Arizona (second, 64), No. 7 Arizona State (third, 79), No. 22 UCLA (fourth, 54), and No. 13 Washington (fifth 109). Carrie Zografos (35th, 22:58.8) paced a UO scoring unit that was separated by 41 only seconds that included Magdalena Sandoval (37th, 23:06.9), Erinn Gulbrandsen (44th, 23:32.6), Annette Mosey (46th, 23:34.2) and Laura Harmon (48th, 23:39.7). Other UO finishers included Sara Schaaf (56th, 25:05.1) and Alicia Snyder-Carlson (60th, 26:20.5). Stanford junior Lauren Fleshman ran away with the individual win on the 6K course (20:08.1), ahead of freshman teammate Sara Bei (second, 20:17.4).
LIFE IN A WESTERN TOWN
Last season, the NCAA Western Regional and the 'Conference of Champions' again laid claim as the most prolific among the NCAA fields with 11 combined M&W teams. The NCAA men's field featured six regional and four Pac-10 teams (Stanford (second), Portland (seventh), Oregon (13th), Santa Barbara (17th), Arizona State (20th), and Arizona (21st), and the women's field featured five conference foes (Arizona (fourth), Stanford (fifth), Washington (14th), UCLA (21st) and Arizona State (23rd). In six of the past seven NCAA finales, the men's Western Regional has featured six or more All-Americans, and the 2000 & 2001 NCAA women's fields featured five conference schools, and six in 1999. Altogether in the past 11 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the Pac-10 has featured three team titles (2 men's, 1 women's), three team runners-up (2 men's, 1 women's) and five individual winners (3 men's, 2 women's).
ACROSS THE NATION
A battle is brewing nationally on the men's front after Colorado edged Stanford by one point, 90-91, last fall for the NCAA team title. Stanford returns virtually all of last year's varsity talent, while Colorado may redshirt injured sophomore Dathan Ritzenhein (fourth as a frosh in '01, and a 13:27.77 5K'er in '02). 2000 NCAA champion Arkansas returns four All-Americans and joins Wisconsin as other title contenders. On the women's side, BYU has won three of the past team titles (2001, 1999 and 1997), and will fend off challenges from Stanford, Colorado, North Carolina, and Georgetown. The men's individual chase could be one of the fastest ever with three of last year's top four back - 2001 champion Boaz Cheboiywo of Eastern Michigan, Jorge Torres (second) of Colorado, and Alistair Cragg (third) of Arkansas - not to mention 1999 NCAA champ David Kimani of Alabama, and Kenyan Kip Kangogo, a BYU sophomore who outkicked Cheboiywo earlier this year. Women's individual favorites include Stanford's Lauren Fleshman (third last year, and a two-time NCAA outdoor 5K champion), 2002 NCAA 10K champ Kristen Price of N.C. State, North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan, Colorado's Molly Austin and Florida State's Vicky Gill.
No university boasts a combined history as rich as the Oregon men's and women's programs. Dating back to All-American Steve Prefontaine in 1969, 18 men's runners have finished among the top five in the NCAA Championships - the most recent being Steve Fein (third in '99). The list of Oregon greats includes such legends as NCAA harrier champions 'Pre' (1970-71-73) and Alberto Salazar (1978) and fellow American track record holders Rudy Chapa and Matt Centrowitz. On the women's side, Oregon has qualified as a team in 24 of 27 NCAA meets since 1975 and has finished in the top 10 in 18 appearances. The University of Oregon women have garnered 30 All-America honors and have featured such greats as Marie Davis, Melody Fairchild, Kathy Hayes, Lisa Ondieki, and Annette Peters.
In the team's varsity debut in the Roy Griak Invite in Minnesota, redshirt frosh Will Viviani (Arlington, Va.) paced Duck newcomers (128th, 25:55) and ranked seventh on the team. Last year he attended UO but trained on his own, and ran season bests of 3:56.52 (1,500), 8:33.83 (3K) and 15:03.67 (5K) in area meets unattached. In the season opener on Sept. 13 against 'B' squads from Portland Portland State, true freshman Shane Ahlers (Black Hawk, S.D.) took second overall (4 miles, 24:44) to pace the Ducks, then led a 'B' squad again last weekend in the Beaver Classic in Corvallis (seventh, 18:39). As a prep senior, he was the state cross country and 3,200 champion in 2001-02, and was 14th in the 2001 Midwest Footlocker Regional. True frosh Collin Stark-Benz (Portland) was 15th in the 2001 Oregon state 4A harrier meet and third on the track in the 1,500 in 2002 to go along with a regular season 1,500 personal best of 3:57.14. Entering the year with a minor Achilles injury, redshirt freshman Erik Heinonen looms as another key addition for the future. A local product out of South High School in Eugene, he placed fifth in the 2000 FootLocker Cross Country Championships, the national prep championship. On the track as a prep senior in 2001, he paced the national prep list in the 10,000 (31:26.05), while his 5,000 best of 14:35.8 dates back to his junior season. At the state harrier level, he finished third as a senior, 21st as a junior, third as a sophomore and 30th as a freshman. He also competed in the U.S. Junior Cross Country Championships in 2001 (13th) and 1999 (21st). Leading a quintet of true freshmen for the Duck women, Nicole Feest (Lombard, Ill.) should contend immediately for Duck scoring honors after placing fourth last fall in the 2A state cross country meet (14:24). On the track she finished sixth in the state 3,200 as a junior (11:07.62), then lowered her best to 10:59.7 as a senior before a shin injury slowed her at the end of 2002. Other women's additions include Portland natives Krissy Sonniksen of Westview High School and Chelsea Manesh of Sunset High School who took 19th and 27th last fall in the 4A state cross country championships. Sabrina Turner of Crescent Valley High School followed close behind (31st), and on the track finished fourth in her district meet in 2002 in the 800 and 1,500. Local product Nori Gordon from South High School ranked sixth among the 11 Ducks that competed in the Willamette Invite in early October, but was diagnosed two weeks later with a stress reactoin. Last weekend in the Beaver Classic, she finished second overall (second, 14:16) off limited practice the weeks prior.
Continuing with the Pre-NCAA Invitational, the Ducks will continue to try and garner as many head-to-head regular season wins against other potential NCAA participants from across the nation and help their qualifying cause for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA men's and women's fields (31 teams in each) feature the top-two team finishers from each of November's nine NCAA regionals on Sat., Nov. 16, along with an additional 13 at-large teams selected on their regional finish and regular-season wins against other automatic qualifiers and at-large hopefuls. The 255-individual NCAA field also features 38 individuals from non-qualifying teams -- the top four individuals from each region, plus two at-large individuals selected nationally. Although the Duck women failed to qualify in 2001, they utilized the at-large route in 2000 after a fourth-place regional finish and previous regular season wins against five fellow NCAA qualifiers -- Marquette, North Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest and Weber State.
2002 Wins Against Potential NCAA Qualifiers
* Roy Griak, 9/28 (1st, 96 points)
Eastern Michigan, 2nd-105Weber State, 3rd-166BYU, 4th-173Minnesota, 5th-195Providence, 6th-220Central Michigan, 7th-230Wisconsin, 8th-268Arizona State, 9th-280Texas, 10th-284Iowa, 11th-300Ohio State, 12th-314Miami (OH), 13th-362Michigan State, 14th-368Nebraska 15th-372Illinois, 16th-393Utah, 17th-403Texas A&M, 18th-446Navy, 19th-466Wake Forest, 20th-508
* Roy Griak, 9/28 (8th, 229 points)Kansas State-9th, 237Minnesota-11th, 250Northwestern-12th, 272Ball State-13th, 285
* Pre-NCAAs, 10/19 (18th, 503 points)Fla. State,19th-505Dartmouth, 20th-509Coastal Carolina, 21st-519Cornell, 22nd-549Baylor, 23rd-550Idaho, 24th-552
AT THE HELM
On the women's side, 28th-year head coach Tom Heinonen has also been honored as NCAA Coach of the Year for each of Oregon's NCAA two cross country and one track and field team titles, and has directed the Ducks to the collegiate harrier finale 24 times, including 18 top-10 NCAA finishes. Individually, his distance pupils have scored 30 All-America honors in cross country and 53 awards on the track. In conference competition the Ducks have historically paced 'The Conference of Champions' as his teams have won seven of 16 Pac-10 team titles and six individual crowns since the league's inception in 1986 - also garnering him six Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors. In his fourth season as men's cross country head coach, Martin Smith has solidified Oregon as one of nation's preeminent programs. In his first season as cross country head coach in 1999, he guided Oregon to a sixth-place NCAA harrier finish -- its 24th top-10 national placing. Altogether in track and field and cross country since his arrival in 1998, the Ducks have garnered 20 All-America honors individually, and ninth-place NCAA track finishes outdoors in 2001 and indoors in 2002. In return, Smith was tabbed Pac-10 and West Region Men's Track Coach of the Year in 2002. Previously, the two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year (1985 & 88) led Wisconsin harrier squads to two NCAA titles; nine top-five finishes; and top-14 finishes in each of his 15 years in Madison. On the individual side, his Badger cross country athletes won one NCAA title and 34 All-America awards, to go with five NCAA titles and 44 All-America honors on the track. His harrier All-America tally during that period trailed only Arkansas, and even bettered the Hogs' tally counting only U.S. athletes.
SCORING THE RACE
Cross country races are scored by adding together the places of each seven-person team's top five finishers, with the lowest score winning. A perfect score would be 15 points (1+2+3+4+5), although scores in larger meets such as the NCAA Championships are much higher because of the larger number of teams on hand (i.e. 50-100+ points). In the NCAA Championships or other regular season invitationals where some individuals compete apart from teams, their places are not counted in the team scoring (i.e. a runner who finished 49th overall but was beaten by two individuals not affiliated with teams would be scored 47th in the team scoring).
PAC-10 HONOR ROLL
Barely two weeks after the 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships, Arizona's Tara Chaplin and Stanford's Donald Sage were named Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Year after their first- and seventh-place NCAA finishes. Arizona State's J.J. Duke and Stanford's Sara Bei claimed M&W Newcomer of the Year honors, and Stanford's Vin Lananna and Arizona's Dave Murray were named M&W Coaches of the Year. Honors were decided by a vote of conference cross country coaches.
All-America honors are awarded based on NCAA Championships finishes. The top 30 finishers from both the men's and women's races, regardless of citizenship, are honored by the U.S. Cross Country Coaches Association, along with any additional finishers that are among the top 30 U.S. finishers. Often the award will extend to Americans in the 40th-50th range on the men's side, and 35th-40th on the women's side.
COMING INTO HIS OWN
Senior Jason Hartmann is on pace to cap an impressive harrier career this fall. A two-time All-American in both cross country and track and field, he returns as one of the league's top harriers after runner-up regional and Pac-10 finishes in 2000 and third- and sixth-place efforts in 2001, respectively. However, last year's track season further cemented his place among the nation's top distance runners. The Rockford, Mich., native was one of the most-raced distance runners in 2002, racing 48K (29.8 miles) in 4 meets -- including three 10K's, one 5K and one 3K in a seven-week span in May and June. He opened the year with a personal best in the Stanford Invitational 10K in March (28:51.00), was slowed by a minor injury in April, then returned to duty in May's Oregon Twilight (3K, second, 8:20.02). During the championship season, he was one of only two league members to score in the Pac-10 5K (fifth) and 10K (second), then passed three runners in the final lap of a hot and humid NCAA 10K for his second top-four honor (fourth). In the USA Championships later in June, he raised the bar again when most collegians had already peaked. He ran among a crowded pack contesting third place for the first five miles, before coming away with an eighth-place finish and second among collegians. At the finish line, he added yet another personal best (28:46.76) that ranks him fifth in school history and stands as the top collegiate returnee for the 2003 edition. He made his debut on the national track spotlight in Eugene in 2001 with his third-place NCAA 10K finish (as he outkicked three runners in the final lap) - one of seven races and six home meets at the fabled facility (2000-2 races/2 meets; 2001-4 races/3 meets; 2002-1 race/1 meet). His personal bests follow - 3K (8:09.79), 5K (14:05.72), 10K (28:46.76) - and here's a quick rundown of his career so far:
Honors: Two-time All-American in cross country (1999, 2000) & track (2001, '02), Two-time Pac-10 runner-up (cross country 2000; track-10K 2002).
M & W CROSS COUNTRY TEAM INFORMATION
Colors: Green & Yellow (Pantone 342 & 109)Mascot: DucksConference: Pacific-10Enrollment / Founded: 19,091 / 1876* 2001 Season Recap/Team Finishes NCAA : M: 13th (389); W: DNQ W. Reg. Champs: M: 3rd (112); W 12th (350) Pac-10 Champs: M: 3rd (78); W 8th (210)* M Head Coach: Martin Smith, 4th Year* W Head Coach: Tom Heinonen, 28th Year* Returning All-Americans (1): M: Jason Hartmann - 37th in '99, 35th in '00. W: NA* Letterwinners Ret./Lost: M 6/1; W 6/2
DUCK HARRIER HISTORY
* NCAA Team Champions (6)
* NCAA Individual Winners (4)
* Conference Champions*
Team: Men's: 13; Women's: 11Individual: Men's: 9; Women's: 8
* Regional Champions**
*since M-1969,W-1982 **since M-1979,W-1975