Track Teams Prepare for Washington & Iowa State Invites
Feb. 11, 2003
Returning for their third meets of the indoor season, the Duck men's and women's track and field teams part company as they hit the midway point of the campaign.
All-American and redshirt senior Niki McEwen - the nation's top-ranked pole vaulter - leads the Duck women into the University of Washington Invitational, Sat., Feb. 15 in the Dempsey Indoor Center in Seattle.
All-American and senior Samie Parker, the fourth-ranked collegian so far in the 60-meter dash in 2002, leads the men's squad into the Iowa State Classic, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15 in the Lied Recreation Athletic Center in Ames, Iowa.
National Collegiate Rankings
Evt Oregon Women Rank 2003 Best PRPV Niki McEwen 1st 13-9 1/4 14-1 1/4 Becky Holliday 7th 13-2 1/4 14-1 1/4 Kirsten Riley 25th 12-9 1/2 12-10
Evt Oregon Men Rank 2003 Best PR60 Samie Parker 4th 6.68 6.63
This Weekend's Meet Info
Iowa State Classic
Site: Lied Recreation Athletic Center, Ames, Iowa
Date: Fri-Sat., Feb. 14-15
University of Washington Invitational
Site: Dempsey Indoor Center, Seattle, Wash.
Date: Sat., Feb. 15
Schedule: Field events start at 9 am, running events at 10:30, last event starts at 4 pm
Tentative Oregon men's entries include sprinters Travis Anderson, Samie Parker and Matt Scherer, middle distance runners Adam Bailey, Tomas Finol, Ryan Flaherty and Jan Olszowy, distance runners Ryan Andrus, Eric Logsdon, John Lucas and Noel Paulson, hurdlers Samuel Hobbs, Brandon Holliday and Eric Mitchum, high jumpers Chad Clason, Teddy Davis and Jeff Lindsey, pole vaulters Jon Derby, David Moore, Jason Slye and Trevor Woods, and decathletes Gabriel LeMay, Santiago Lorenzo and Andrew Young.
The Duck women will make their biggest appearance of the indoor slate with 28 athletes entered in nearly every running, jumping and throwing discipline. The University of Washington Invitational women's field will include collegiate squads from Eastern Washington, Portland and Portland State and select athletes from Arizona State, California, Stanford, UCLA and USC. The meet begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and will end at approximately 4 p.m.
Tentative Oregon women's entries include sprinters Michelle Donovan, Emily Dowling, Torkwase Fraser, Emily Marsh, C'Rel McAllister, Heather Murtaugh and Sara Schaaf, hurdler Kayla Mellott, distance runners Nicole Feest, Erinn Gulbrandsen, Laura Harmon, Magdalena Sandoval, Alicia Snyder-Carlson and Krissy Sonniksen, high jumpers Jenny Brogdon, Rachael Kriz and Mary Murphy, pole vaulters Becky Holliday, Niki McEwen, Hannah Moore, Georgette Moyle and Kirsten Riley, horizontal jumpers Amanda Brown and Clarice Hayward-Lee, and throwers Whitney Gum, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser and Jordan Sauvage.
Parker is part of a 24-man Duck unit from the sprint, hurdle, distance, vertical jump and decathlete corps. Other teams attending include Colorado State, Drake, Illinois, Illinois State, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Marquette, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Arkansas-Little Rock, Northern Iowa, UTEP and Wisconsin. Events run Friday from 3:30-7 pm (Central Time), and Sat., from 10 am-7 pm (CT).
This weekend's meets mark many of the season debuts for the Duck M&W distance runners. Harrier All-Americans Ryan Andrus and Eric Logsdon are slated to compete in the 5K and 3K after taking 34th and 41st , respectively, last fall in the NCAA Championships and helped the Oregon men to fifth place. A pair of other distance runners - redshirt junior John Lucas and redshirt sophomore Noel Paulson are slated to run the 5K and 3K - after making the 2002 NCAA provisional list in the 5K (14:16.40) and mile (4:04.31), respectively. The Duck women will also get a jump on the outdoor slate as a trio of fall letterwinners - freshman Nicole Feest (3,000), redshirt sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (3,000) and redshirt junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (mile) - will run their first races of 2003.
Last weekend in the Mountain State Games pentathlon in Pocatello, Idaho, Fri., Feb. 7, junior Abby Andrus made her combined event debut for the Ducks (fourth, 3,598). The Peoria, Ariz., native won the 800 (2:18.98) - one of three Mountain Pacific Championships qualifying marks in the five-event competition - to go along with marks in the high jump (5-3 3/4) and long jump (17-9 1/4). She also clocked 9.22 seconds for the 60 hurdles, and logged a mark of 29-4 in the shot put.
In their last team stops of the indoor season at the Bodybuilding.com Invitational in Nampa, Idaho on Sat., Feb. 1, the Ducks combined for four wins (3 M/1W) and three runner-up honors (1M/2W), 1 NCAA automatic and another provisional qualifying mark, and four new Pac-10 and 26 total Mountain Pacific Championships qualifying marks against squads from Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, Cal State-LA, and UTEP.
All-American and senior Samie Parker led the men's squad with an NCAA provisional mark in his season debut in the 60 (first, 6.68) that was .04 seconds under the NCAA provisional mark (6.72). Freshman Eric Mitchum won the 60-meter hurdles in an indoor personal best (7.96) and missed the NCAA provisional mark by only .01 seconds (7.95). In the triple jump, senior Foluso Akinradewo climbed to eighth all-time for the Ducks in his season debut (first, 50-11 1/2) with a 8 1/2- inch new indoor best and a seven-inch lifetime best. The Fresno, Calif., native was 2 3/4 inches away from his first-ever NCAA provisional mark (51-2 1/4). Joining Akinradewo on the Pac-10 qualifying scene, junior All-America pole vaulter Trevor Woods notched his first mark of the year (second, 16-7 1/4), and other notable indoor personal bests were courtesy of junior Brandon Holliday (400, eighth, 48.23), freshman Travis Anderson (400, 10th, 48.61), junior transfer Adam Bailey (800, fourth, 1:54.85), freshman Tomas Finol (800, fourth, 1:55.20), redshirt senior Jason Slye (60 hurdles, fifth, 8.50, 8.47-prelim), senior James March (shot put, third, 55-1) and redshirt senior Adam Kriz (weight throw, second, 61-9 3/4).
On the women's side in the February opener in Idaho, senior Niki McEwen led a pole vault corps that took five of the top six places, as the Newport, Ore., native cleared the third-highest mark of her career (first, 13-9 1/4), and All-America senior Becky Holliday joined the NCAA provisional list (second, 13-2 1/4). Junior Kirsten Riley cleared 12 feet for the second straight meet (third, 12-2), and sophomore Hannah Moore raised her overall personal best by a quarter-inch and tied teammate Georgette Moyle (fourth, 11-8). Senior Janette Davis lowered her indoor best in the 400 by almost a second (fourth overall, first heat, 55.54) and was only 1.04 seconds away from the NCAA provisional mark (54.50) and was just shy of her outdoor best of 54.31 from 2002. Other indoor personal bests were courtesy of freshman Sara Schaaf (400, sixth, 57.84) and sophomore Kayla Mellott (eighth, 59.07), senior Heather Murtaugh (200, 10th, 25.69), senior Amanda Brown (triple jump, second, 38-11), junior Dani Keyser (weight throw, sixth, 49-6 1/2), freshman Whitney Gum raised her best (ninth 46-6 3/4)
Earlier in the year in the indoor opener, the USA Track & Field Pole Vault Summit, Fri.-Sat., Jan. 17-18, All-American and redshirt senior Niki (Reed) McEwen broke the UO school indoor pole vault record and won her section (14-1 1/4 (4.30m), and matched the school outdoor school record set by Becky Holliday in 2002.
Breaking down the women's squad, 27th-year 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).
Sizing up the Duck men, 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. During the year, the Ducks continued to flex their depth in 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).
Looking ahead, the Duck squads will travel to the Mountain Pacific Championships, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 21-22, hosted by Boise State University at Jacksons Track at the Nampa Sports Center in Nampa, Idaho.
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