All-Americans Lead Track Teams Into March Qualifying Madness
Feb. 25, 2003
EUGENE - The Oregon track and field teams continue to pick up momentum as they draw within a month of their outdoor home opener as the men's team and women's pole vaulters head to the Pac-10 Invitational, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-March 1 in Seattle, and the women's squad makes its outdoor debut in the Willamette Six-Way Meet in Salem, Ore., Sat., March 1.
All-Americans and redshirt seniors Becky Holliday and Niki McEwen - the nation's second- and third-ranked pole vaulters - are bound for Seattle and will be joined by teammates Kirsten Riley (an NCAA provisional qualifier), redshirt senior Georgette Moyle and sophomore Hannah Moore.
For the men, senior sprinter Samie Parker will make his second appearance of the indoor slate and ranks 11th nationally in the 60 based on his season debut (6.68) three weeks ago in Idaho. Redshirt senior Adam Kriz, fresh off a foot personal best in the weight throw last weekend, stands eighth nationally on the NCAA provisional list.
National Collegiate Rankings
Event Oregon Women Rank 2003 Best PRPV Becky Holliday 2nd 14-1 3/4 14-1 3/4 Niki McEwen 3rd 14-1 1/4 14-1 1/4 Kirsten Riley 24th 12-10 12-10
This Weekend's Meet Info
Oregon's 21-man travel party tentatively includes sprinters Travis Anderson, Samie Parker and Matthew Scherer, middle distance runners Adam Bailey, Tomas Finol, Ryan Flaherty and Jan Olszowy, hurdlers 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, triple jumper Foluso Akinradewo and decathletes Gabriel LeMay, Santiago Lorenzo, Doug Sells and Andrew Young. Other teams slated to compete include Arizona State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State.
Apart from the pole vaulters' trip to Seattle, most of the remaining Duck women will open their outdoor slate in Salem with 30 athletes entered in sprint, middle distance, jumping and throwing events. The women's field will also include squads Chemeketa CC, Clackamas CC, Eastern Oregon, Portland and Willamette. The meet begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 5 p.m.
Tentative Oregon women's entries include sprinters Janette Davis, Michelle Donovan, Emily Dowling, Torkwase Fraser, Emily Marsh, C'Rel McAllister, and Heather Murtaugh, hurdler Kayla Mellott, distance runners Nicole Feest, Erinn Gulbrandsen, Laura Harmon, Beth Jackson, Haripurkh Khalsa, Eri Macdonald, Chelsea Manesh, Magdalena Sandoval, Alicia Snyder-Carlson (and 400H) and Krissy Sonniksen, high jumpers Jenny Brogdon, Rachael Kriz and Mary Murphy, horizontal jumpers Amanda Brown, Clarice Hayward-Lee and Maegan Traver, and throwers Mary Etter, Whitney Gum, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser and Jordan Sauvage.
This weekend's meet at Willamette marks the season debut of senior Mary Etter who has redshirted the indoor season. The two-time discus All-American from Everett, Wash., came off a busy fall where she split time as the soccer team's backup goalkeeper and even saw action in the Ducks' win over Wisconsin-Green Bay last September. Etter was a three-year letterwinner for her prep soccer squad at Snohomish High School and helped the team to the state title in 1997. Etter is a four-time Pac-10 scorer for the Ducks in the discus (3x) and shot put (1x), and ranks second all-time in school history in the discus (177-5), and needs a throw of 180-9 to tie the all-time school best of former Duck Quenna Beasley.
In their last stop of the indoor season in the Mountain Pacific Championships last weekend in Nampa, Idaho, seniors Foluso Akinradewo and Adam Kriz paced a seven-man unit with personal bests and first- and second-place finishes, respectively, in the triple jump and weight throw. The Fresno, Calif., native Akinradewo won the triple jump by almost a foot (first, 51-0 1/4) over Cal's Bruce Giron (second, 50-1 1/4), and was only two inches shy of the NCAA provisional mark (51-2 1/4). His 3/4-inch personal best moved him up one spot to seventh all-time for the Ducks, passing Gary Lacey (51-0, 1979). Kriz improved his chances for an NCAA invite with a 1 foot, 2 3/4-inch personal best (second, 67-7), and trailed only UCLA's Dan Ames (first, 67-9 1/2). Freshman hurdler Eric Mitchum ranked third in both the final and prelims with the same time (7.98) in both races - .02 seconds off his season and personal best, and .03 seconds shy of the NCAA provisional standard (7.95). Freshman Matthew Scherer became the third Duck this season to run sub-49.00 seconds in the 400 (11th, 48.84) and was .39 seconds shy of advancing to the final. In the field events, 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), and Duck senior Jason Slye matched his indoor season best (seventh, 16-4 3/4). Senior James March posted his third effort (12th, 53-11 1/4) in four meets that topped his preseason best of 52-2 1/2. The Hillsboro, Ore., native entered the competition seeded 12th overall with a season best of 55-1.
In the Duck women's appearance in the Mountain Pacific Championships last weekend, senior Becky Holliday scored an indoor pole vault school record (second, 14-1 3/4) and her first NCAA automatic mark of the season. The Sparks, Nev., native opened the afternoon at a mark near her previous season best of 13-2 1/4, and after a third-attempt clearance, had less trouble with subsequent heights and eventually finished second overall with a mark of 14-1 3/4 behind NCAA record holder Amy Linnen of Arizona (first, official mark unavailable). Holliday joined teammate Niki McEwen on the NCAA automatic list after McEwen had raised the school record in mid-January in the Pole Vault Summit to 14-1 1/4 - a mark that led the collegiate list until this week. Also in the pole vault last Friday, Duck junior Kirsten Riley was only two inches from her personal best (eighth-tie, 12-8), and redshirt senior Georgette Moyle followed in 10th (12-2). Senior Janette Davis missed the NCAA provisional mark in the 400 by a quarter-second with an indoor personal best in the final (fourth, 54.76, 56.55-prelim). The Medford, Ore., native returned at meet's end to anchor the 4x400 (first in heat/third overall, 3:46.33) that included senior Heather Murtaugh, junior Abby Andrus and sophomore Michelle Donovan for one of the Ducks' fastest indoor times in recent years. Senior Amanda Brown paced the jumps unit with points in the triple jump (fourth, indoor PR 39-7) and long jump (third, indoor PR 18-9) as did sophomore Clarice Hayward-Lee (triple jump, fifth, 37-10 1/2). Junior Abby Andrus raised her indoor high jump season best by two inches and tied senior teammate Jenny Brogdon for sixth place (5-5 3/4). 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). Other Duck indoor personal bests came from senior Heather Murtaugh (200 prelims, 11th, 24.89) and sophomore Michelle Donovan (400, 18th, 58.28), and senior Jordan Sauvage logged her second-best mark ever in the weight throw (ninth, 53-3 1/2).
Looking ahead, the Duck squads currently have no meets slated for the weekend of Sat.-Sun., March 8-9 - the last weekend for qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships, although particular individuals may decide to travel next week to a 'Last Chance' meet to try and qualify for the collegiate finale, Fri.-Sat., March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.
The following weekend, the Ducks open their home season with the Oregon Preview, Sat., March 22, with the meet likely to start at approximately noon. Ticket information is available by calling (541) 346-4461 or 1-800-WEB-FOOT.
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