Duck Track Teams Open Indoor Campaign

Jan. 16, 2003

EUGENE - In their first stops of the indoor season, the Duck men's and women's track and field teams travel to the Husky Indoor Preview, Sat., Jan. 18, while the Oregon women will also send five pole vaulters to the Pole Vault Summit in the Reno Livestock Events Center, Fri.-Sat., Jan. 17-18 in Reno, Nev.

Looking ahead to Seattle this weekend, the Duck men and women have entered 23 and 19 athletes, respectively, and will face teams from Portland, Portland State, San Francisco State, UC Davis and Washington. The meet will be held at the Dempsey Indoor Center and field events start at 9 a.m., and running events following at 10:30 a.m., with the last event scheduled for 4:35 p.m. A complete list of entries is available at the www.directathletics.com website, and other meet information is available at the www.gohuskies.com and www.polevaultsummit.com websites.

Tentative Oregon men's entries include sprinters Travis Anderson and Marcus Benton, hurdlers Samuel Hobbs, Brandon Holliday, Eric Mitchum, middle distance runners Adam Bailey, Tomas Finol, and Ryan Flaherty, horizontal jumpers Foluso Akinradewo and Jesse Mays, high jumpers Chad Clason, Teddy Davis and Jeff Lindsey, pole vaulters Jon Derby, David Moore and Trevor Woods, throwers Adam Kriz and James March, and decathletes Gabriel LeMay, Santiago Lorenzo, Doug Sells and Andy Young.

Duck women's athletes expected to travel include sprinters Janette Davis, Michelle Donovan, Torkwase Fraser, Emily Marsh, C'Rel McAllister, Heather Murtaugh, and Sara Schaaf, hurdler Kayla Mellott, distance runner Laura Harmon, high jumpers Jenny Brogdon, Rachael Kriz, and Mary Murphy, horizontal jumpers Amanda Brown, Clarice Hayward-Lee and Maegan Traver, throwers Whitney Gum, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser and Jordan Sauvage, and heptathlete Abby Andrus,

Friday and Saturday's Pole Vault Summit should again feature most of the nation's top collegiate and post-collegiate talent. In last year's event, All-American Becky Holliday proved an instant hit in her Duck debut, and equaled the NCAA automatic qualifying mark and tied the then-school record (4.10 meters 13-5 1/4). Teammate Kirsten Riley upped her personal best with a mark of 12-9 1/2 in a different section - a mark equaled by Niki Reed (McEwen) - as both easily met the NCAA provisional mark of 3.80 meters (12-5 1/2). Other Duck entries include former NCAA provisional qualifier Georgette Moyle and Hannah Moore.

Sizing up this year's Duck men's squad, a pair of NCAA champions from 2001 return for their final seasons (Santiago Lorenzo, decathlon; John Stiegeler, javelin), and three other All-Americans also return from last year (Samie Parker - 60 indoors 2002; Jason Hartmann - 10,000 - 2001, '02; Trevor Woods - pole vault indoors - 2002). As a unit, the Duck men posted their highest ever NCAA indoor finish (ninth, 15 points) last March and featured three All-America performances among their four qualifiers (Trevor Woods, pole vault, third; Samie Parker, 60, fourth; Simon Kimata, 800 fifth). Outdoors in the collegiate finale, the UO sent seven men - their most since 1996 (8) - and finished 35th as a team with seven points and featured two All-Americans (Jason Hartmann, 10,000, fourth; Micah Harris, 110 hurdles, seventh)) and two other top-12 finishers.

At the Pac-10 level in 2002, the Men of Oregon claimed a league-best five individual titles and three more runner-up honors en route to a second-place team finish (125 points) - their highest since 1996. The Ducks continued to flex their depth across the 21 outdoor events with NCAA marks in nine of them, and points at the Pac-10 level in 15 of them. During the regular season, the Ducks went 3-0 with dual wins over Montana, Washington and Weber State, and ranked ninth in the national USTCA Power Rankings, based on a team's dual-meet potential. Academically, the men featured a league-high four first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selections (Ryan Andrus, Adam Bergquist, Billy Pappas, John Stiegeler), and two Verizon Academic All-America Second-Team selections (Adam Bergquist, Billy Pappas).

In his 27th and final season, Oregon women's head coach Tom Heinonen looks to springboard the Ducks off of a strong 2002 season - one of their finest in recent memory. The Ducks capped the NCAA outdoor season with four All-America honors (Becky Holliday, pole vault, third; Roslyn Lundeen, javelin, seventh; Mary Etter, discus, eighth; Elisa Crumley javelin, 12th) among their five entries, and scored their highest team finish - 27th with nine points - since 1995. Indoors, the Duck women sent a pair of pole vaulters to the NCAA showdown as Becky Holliday earned All-America reviews for her seventh-place finish and Niki Reed also finished top-10 (10th).

In the 2002 conference championships, the women were only three points away from doubling their score from the year before and finished sixth (67 points). Individually, the 24-person Oregon contingent featured three runners-up (Sarah Malone, javelin; Jenny Brogdon, high jump; Becky Holliday, pole vault) among its 13 scorers in 12 events. In the year-end USTCA Power Rankings, Oregon weighed in at 12th overall and second among league members, and ended its dual slate with a 3-0 record with wins over Montana, Washington and Weber State. On the Pac-10 All-Academic charts, Oregon sported one first-team honoree (Jenny Kenyon) and two second-team selections (Eri Macdonald, Kirsten Riley), and a Verizon Second-Team Academic All-American (Kenyon).

Looking ahead, the Duck squads don't compete the following week, then join forces again to compete in the Boise Open, Sat., Feb. 1.



This Week's Tentative Duck Entries (subject to change)

FIELD EVENTS
9:00am Women's 20# Weight Throw (Whitney Gum, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser, Jordan Sauvage), Men's 35# Weight Throw to follow (Adam Kriz)
9:30am Women's Long Jump (Abby Andrus, Amanda Brown), Men's Long Jump to follow (Jesse Mays)
9:30am Men's High Jump (Chad Clason, Teddy Davis, Jeff Lindsey), Women's High Jump to follow (Jenny Brogdon, Rachael Kriz, Mary Murphy)
10:00am Women's Pole Vault, Men's Pole Vault to follow (Jon Derby, Gabriel LeMay, Santiago Lorenzo, David Moore, Jason Slye, Trevor Woods, Andy Young)
12:30pm Men's Shot Put (Adam Kriz, James March), Women's Shot Put to follow (Whitney Gum, Dani Keyser)
12:30pm Women's Triple Jump (Amanda Brown, Clarice Hayward-Lee, Maegan Traver), Men's Triple Jump to follow (Foluso Akinradewo, Jesse Mays)

RUNNING EVENTS
10:30am 60m Hurdles Prelims Women (Abby Andrus, Kayla Mellott)
10:55am 60m Hurdles Prelims Men
11:15am 60m Dash Prelims Women (Janette Davis, Torkwase Fraser, Heather Murtaugh)
11:35am 60m Dash Prelims Men (Samuel Hobbs, Brandon Holliday, Gabe LeMay, Santiago Lorenzo, Eric Mitchum, Doug Sells, Jason Slye, Andy Young)
11:55am Mile Run Women
12:05pm Mile Run Men
12:20pm 60m HH Consolation Women12:25pm 60m Hurdles Final Women
12:35pm 60m HH Consolation Men
12:50pm 60m Hurdles Final Men
1:05pm 400m Dash Women (Abby Andrus, Michelle Donovan, Torkwase Fraser, Mary Murphy, Sara Schaaf)
1:20pm 400m Dash Men (Travis Anderson, Marcus Benton, Brandon Holliday)
1:40pm 60m Dash Consol Women
1:45pm 60m Dash Final Women
1:50pm 60m Dash Consol Men
1:55pm 60m Dash Final Men
2:05pm 600M Run Women
2:15pm 600m Run Men (Adam Bailey, Tomas Finol)
2:25pm 800m Run Women
2:35pm 800m Run Men (Ryan Flaherty)
2:45pm 200m Dash Women (Abby Andrus, Michelle Donovan, Janette Davis, Torkwase Fraser, Heather Murtaugh, Sara Schaaf)
3:05pm 200m Dash Men (Doug Sells)
3:25pm 3000m Run Women (Laura Harmon)
3:40pm 3000m Run Men
3:55pm 4 X 400m Women
4:05pm 4 X 400m Men
4:15pm Distance Medley Women
4:35pm Distance Medley Men

Establishing Heats and Lanes: Heats will be established using marks submitted on entry forms. Finals for the Women and Men's 60m Hurdles and Dashes will be made up of the six fastest times from the prelims. The next six fastest times will run in the Consolation finals.

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