Duck M&W Track Teams Wrap Up Action in Mountain Pacific Champs

Feb. 22, 2003

NAMPA, Idaho - University of Oregon seniors Adam Kriz, Foluso Akinradewo and Janette Davis led the Duck track and field teams in closing day action in the Mountain Pacific Championships Saturday at Jacksons Track in the Nampa Sports Center.

Kriz improved his chances for an NCAA Championships invite with a 1 foot, 2 3/4-inch personal best in the weight throw (second, 67-7), and trailed only UCLA's Dan Ames (first, 67-9 1/2). Kriz's mark may rank him top 10 nationally next week on the national qualifying list since last week's eighth-place mark was 67-2 1/4. Normally a minimum of 15 throwers are invited to the collegiate finale, scheduled for March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark., with only two more weekends to qualify.

The Toledo, Ore., native Kriz made his NCAA Championships outdoor debut in 2002 in the hammer throw after earning an invite based on his winning mark and personal best from last year's Pac-10 finale.

The Ducks' lone winner of the day, top seed and senior Foluso Akinradewo won the triple jump by almost a foot (first, 51-0 1/4) over Cal's Bruce Giron (second, 50-1 1/4). The Fresno, Calif., native Akinradewo was only two inches shy of the NCAA provisional mark (51-2 1/4), and came away with a 3/4-inch personal best and moved up one spot to seventh all-time for the Ducks, passing Gary Lacey (51-0, 1979).

Freshman Eric Mitchum equaled his clocking from Friday's 60 hurdle prelim and finished third in Saturday's final (7.98). Saturday's time was his second-fastest of the season and was only .02 seconds off his season best (7.96) and .03 seconds off the NCAA provisional mark (7.95). Arizona's Jeff Hunter won the event (7.88), edging Utah State's Justin Wickard (second, 7.91) and Mitchum.

In other men's action, All-American and junior pole vaulter Trevor Woods posted a 3 1/2-inch season best (16-10 3/4) to finish second to Arizona's Kevin Opalka (first, 17-2 3/4), while Duck senior Jason Slye matched his indoor season best (seventh, 16-4 3/4).

On the women's side, Duck senior Janette Davis logged a .78-second indoor best in the 400 (fourth, 54.76) and was a quarter-second shy of the NCAA provisional mark in the 400 (54.50). The Medford, Ore., native returned at meet's end to anchor the 4x400 to third place (3:46.33) and combined with senior Heather Murtaugh, junior Abby Andrus and sophomore Michelle Donovan for one of the Ducks' fastest indoor times in recent years.

Redshirt freshman Sara Schaaf added another point to the Duck scoring column with her eighth-place finish in the 800 (2:20.40).

Senior Amanda Brown paced Oregon in the field events with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (39-7) - a 6 3/4-inch indoor best and just shy of her all-time outdoor best of 40-2 3/4 from 2002. Sophomore Clarice Hayward-Lee ended one place back (fifth, 37-10 1/2) with Saturday's indoor personal best and was less than an inch shy of her all-time outdoor best of 37-11 1/4 from last year.

Junior transfer Abby Andrus raised her indoor season best in the high jump by two inches and tied senior teammate Jenny Brogdon for sixth place (5-5 3/4).

In the shot put, freshman Whitney Gum added 19th (38-10 1/4) in her fourth meet of the season.

As a team, the 16-Duck women's unit scored 39 1/2 points to finish fifth in the team race behind Stanford (first, 171), UCLA (second, 161 1/2), Washington State (third, 68) and Cal State Northridge (fourth, 55 1/2).

'We scored nearly 40 points which was a surprise,' Oregon women's coach Tom Heinonen said. 'Janette broke 55 seconds for the first time indoors and in the slower of the two final sections - that was a good, powerful run for her. She then came back with a strong anchor leg and 55-second split on the 4x400 relay that finished third and won the slower section. Amanda and Clarice took fourth and fifth with indoor bests in the triple jump, and Abby jumped well in the high jump to tie Jenny Brogdon. It was another good day for us and a good meet overall with several, nice performances.'

Looking ahead to next weekend, the Duck men and women will travel to the Pac-10 Invitational, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-March 1, in the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle.



Mountain Pacific Championships - Day Two
Jacksons Track - Nampa Sports Center (200-meter Banked)
Nampa, Idaho
Saturday, February 22, 2003



MEN'S RESULTS

Men's Team Scores - 1, UCLA, 127 1/2. 2, Stanford, 99. 3, Arizona, 74. 4, Idaho, 57. 5, CS Northridge, 55. 6, California, 54. 7, Washington State, 41. 8, Utah State, 34. 9, Oregon, 33 1/2. 10, Long Beach State, 6.

60 - 1, Bennie Chatman, WSU, 6.85. 2, Nikela Ndebele, Idaho, 6.87. 3, Tobore Atawo, Cal, 6.90.

200 - 1, Tobore Atawo, Cal, 21.26. 2, Hung Nguyen, CS Northridge, 21.54. 3, Sherwin James, Idaho, 21.62.

400 - 1, Craig Everhart, UCLA, 47.68. 2, Denye Versher, UCLA, 47.86. 3, Jevon Mason, Arizona, 47.95.

800 - 1, Nick Thornton, UCLA, 1:51.13. 2, Martell Munguia, UCLA, 1:52.36. 3, Chris Puga, CS Northridge, 1:52.40.

Mile - 1, Seth Hejny, Stanford, 4:05.29. 2, Ben Aragon, UCLA, 4:06.42. 3, Jim Daikoku, Arizona, 4:09.72.

5,000 - 1, Louis Luchini, Stanford, 14:13.13. 2, Robert Cheseret, Arizona, 14:13.22. 3, Seth Hejny, Stanford, 14:23.86.

60 Hurdles - 1, Jeff Hunter, Jeff, Arizona, 7.88. 2, Justin Wickard, Utah State, 7.91. 3, Eric Mitchum, Oregon, 7.98.

4x400 - 1, Arizona (Hunter, Thomas, Olea, Mason), 3:13.75. 2, CS Northridge, 3:14.42. 3, Utah State, 3:14.59.

Distance Medley - 1, UCLA (Young, Barbieri, Munguia, Aragon), 9:52.75. 2, Stanford, 9:59.89. 3, Arizona, 10:06.82.

Pole Vault - 1, Kevin Opalka, Arizona, 17-2 3/4. 2, Trevor Woods, Oregon, 16-10 3/4. 3, Yoo Kim, UCLA, 16-10 3/4. 7, Jason Slye, Oregon, 16-4 3/4.

Triple Jump - 1, Foluso Akinradewo, Oregon, 51-0 1/4. 2, Bruce Giron, Cal, 50-1 1/4. 3, Sidney Harrison, Arizona, 50-0 3/4.

Weight Throw - 1, Dan Ames, UCLA, 67-9 1/2. 2, Adam Kriz, Oregon, 67-7. 3, Nick Welihozkiy, Stanford, 67-1 1/2.




WOMEN'S RESULTS

Women's Team Scores - 1. Stanford, 171. 2, UCLA, 161 1/2. 3, Washington State, 68. 4, CS Northridge 55 1/2. 5, Oregon, 39 1/2. 6, Arizona, 22. 7, California, 21. 8, Cal Poly, 19. 9, Utah State, 13. 10, Long Beach State, 12. 11, UC Irvine, 7 1/2.

60 - 1, Seynabou Ndiaye, Arizona, 7.49. 2, Jakki Bailey, Stanford, 7.49. 3, Chauntae Bayne, Stanford, 7.55.

200 - 1, Monique Henderson, UCLA, 23.72. 2, Aisha Margain, CS Northridge, 23.93. 3, Ellannee Richardson, WSU, 24.09.

400 - 1, Tiffany Giles, WSU, 54.08. 2, Nahonme Johnson, Stanford, 54.49. 3, Monique Jessie, WSU, 54.70. 4, Janette Davis, Oregon, 54.76.

800 - 1, Lena Nilsson, UCLA, 2:05.15. 2, Tiffany Burgess, UCLA, 2:08.56. 3, Malindi Elmore, Stanford, 2:13.28. 8, Sara Schaaf, Oregon, 2:20.40.

1,600 - 1, Malindi Elmore, Stanford, 4:42.0h. 2, Alejandra Barrientos, UCLA, 4:46.9. 3, Jeane Goff, Stanford, 4:49.8-h.

5,000 - 1, Alicia Craig, Stanford, 16:05.24. 2, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 16:05.27. 3, Anita Siraki, Stanford, 17:24.57.

60 Hurdles - 1, Sheena Johnson, UCLA, 8.29. 2, Ellannee Richardson, WSU, 8.42 3, Dawn Harper, UCLA, 8.43.

4x400 - 1, Stanford (Johnson, Purnell, Bayne, Moschella), 3:43.37. 2, WSU, 3:44.23. 3, Oregon (Andrus, Donovan, Murtaugh, Davis), 3:46.33.

Distance Medley - 1, Stanford (Kretzschmar, Johnson, Fleshman, Craig,), 11:32.95. 2, UCLA, 11:44.14. 3, WSU, 11:50.00.

High Jump - 1, Whitney Evans, WSU, 6-0. 2, Schquay Brignac, CS Northridge, 6-0. 3, Julie Stevenson, UCLA, 5-9 3/4. 6, Abby Andrus, Oregon, 5-5 3/4. 6, Jenny Brogdon, Oregon, 5-5 3/4.

Pole Vault - 1, Amy Linnen, Arizona, 14-05, (4.39m). 2, Becky Holliday, Oregon, 14-1 3/4. 3, Chelsea Johnson, UCLA, 13-5. 8, Kirsten Riley, Oregon, 12-8. 10, Georgette Moyle, Oregon, 12-2.

Triple Jump - 1, Candice Baucham, UCLA, 42-2 3/4. 2, Demetria Scott, CS Northridge, 41-9 1/4. 3, Blessing Ufodiama, WSU, 40-7 1/2. 4, Amanda Brown, Oregon, 39-7. 5, Clarice Hayward-Lee, Oregon, 37-10 1/2.

Shot Put - 1, Jillian Camarena, Stanford, 55-6 1/2. 2, Stephanie Brown, Cal Poly, 55-3. 3, Jessica Cosby, UCLA, 53-6 1/4. 19, Whitney Gum, Oregon, 38-10 1/4.

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