Track Teams Look Forward to Oregon Preview
March 19, 2003
This Week's Action
OUTDOOR VOL. 1: Ducks Preview Their Deepest Squads in Several Years.
On their first day of spring break, the Duck men's and women's track and field teams open their outdoor season at home against several in-state rivals in the Oregon Preview, Sat., March 22. The early season staple returns in 2003 after being supplanted last season by a snowy Weber State-Montana Triangular. After Saturday, the Duck women's team and men's distance runners and throwers look ahead to the Stanford Invitational the following week (3/28-29).
MEN TO WATCH: Duck Quartet Each Sports Scoring Hopes.
With a pair of NCAA and Pac-10 champions back from 2001 - senior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and redshirt junior John Stiegeler (javelin) - the Ducks will look for another top-10 NCAA finish when the collegiate finale travels to Sacramento (6/11-14), while the squad returns the most Pac-10 points of any league school. The sprints feature senior Samie Parker, fourth indoors the past two seasons in the NCAA 60, and one of the football squad's top deep receiving threats in 2001 (41 rec., 18.2 ypc, 4 TD) and 2002 (45 rec., 15.1 ypc, 7 TD). Junior Brandon Holliday lopped nearly two seconds off his 400-hurdle personal best last season and claimed the Pac-10 title in his league debut. Two-time harrier All-American and redshirt junior Jason Hartmann has posted two, top-four NCAA 10K finishes (third-'01; fourth-'02), and is a three-time honoree on the trails. The field events will supply a healthy portion of the team's conference scoring firepower, paced by All-America sophomore Trevor Woods who took third indoors in the 2002 NCAA finale (pole vault, indoor PR 17-11 3/4), and redshirt senior Adam Kriz, the Pac-10 hammer champion in 2002 and an NCAA qualifiers outdoors in 2002 (14th) and indoors in the weight throw (15th). A quartet of NCAA indoor provisional qualifiers from 2002 will also challenge for their first NCAA invites - redshirt senior Jason Slye (pole vault, 17-3 1/2), redshirt John Lucas (5k-indoor, 14:16.40), and redshirt sophomores Eric Logsdon (5K, 14:04.85) and Noel Paulson (mile, 4:04.31). On the trails in the 2002 NCAA Championships, the Ducks featured three other All-Americans besides Hartmann - first-time honorees Ryan Andrus (34th), Logsdon (41st) and Brett Holts (43rd).
WOMEN TO WATCH: Field Events Will Fuel Championship Runs.
Returning all five of last year's NCAA participants, head coach Tom Heinonen's Ducks also return 19 Pac-10 finalists. The javelin unit looms as the nation's best, led by sophomores and returning All-Americans Roslyn Lundeen (seventh, 165-4) and Elisa Crumley (12th, 157-4), although All-American and two-time Pac-10 runner-up Sarah Malone will likely redshirt this season. The Ducks also boast arguably the nation's top pole vault unit and features a pair of redshirt seniors and three-time All-American - Becky Holliday and Niki McEwen - who finished second (14-3 1/4) and fourth (13-11 1/4) in the recent 2003 NCAA Indoor Champs. Junior Kirsten Riley also finished top-10 in the NCAA indoor finale (10th, 13-3 1/2) and matched her personal best and improved on her 13th-place seeding. Senior Amanda Brown is one of two Duck returnees that scored in multiple Pac-10 events last year (triple jump, sixth, 40-2 3/4; long jump, eighth, 18-10). Senior Jenny Brogdon returns as one of three Duck Pac-10 runners-up from last year (high jump, 5-9 1/4) with potential redshirt Malone (javelin, 171-9) and Holliday (13-9 3/4). Senior Mary Etter has paced the team in scoring the past two years and is a two-time third-place Pac-10 discus finisher and eighth-place All-American in both 2000 and '02. Senior Jordan Sauvage raised her hammer best last season by 11 feet en route to her first Pac-10 points and year-end personal best (eighth, 183-9). Senior sprinter Janette Davis ranks seventh all-time in school history in the 400 (54.31) and was sixth in the league finale last year (54.35). Senior Eri Macdonald missed an NCAA invite by .03 seconds last season in the 800 (2:06.37), ranks seventh all-time in school history, and is a two-time Pac-10 finalist (2001, '02). School steeplechase record holder and redshirt senior Carrie Zografos led the cross country team last fall with All-America honors (33rd) and top-eight Pac-10 (eighth) and Western Regional (sixth) finishes.
MEN'S 2002 REVIEW: Ducks Took Second in Pac-10 with Five Individual Champs in 2002.
The Duck men return in 2003 after their best Pac-10 team finish since 1996 - second with 125 points - and their most individual champions (5) since 1990 (6). Indoors in 2002, the squad claimed its highest ever NCAA indoor finish (ninth, 15 points) and featured three All-America performances among its 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. During the year, the Ducks flexed their depth with NCAA qualifying marks in nine of the 21 outdoor events, and points at the Pac-10 level in 15 of them. In the dual setting, the Ducks went 3-0 with 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).
WOMEN'S 2002 REVIEW: Four Ducks Posted Five All-America honors in 2002.
The Ducks took flight in one of the best seasons in recent memory in 2002 as head coach Tom Heinonen guided five Ducks to the NCAA outdoor finale to 27th place as a team - their highest place since 1995. Individually, four Ducks took All-America honors outdoors (Becky Holliday, pole vault, third; Roslyn Lundeen, javelin, seventh; Mary Etter, discus, eighth; Elisa Crumley javelin, 12th), and indoors Holliday earned similar reviews for her seventh-place finish and Niki Reed (McEwen) also finished top-10 (10th). In the league showdown, the women were only three points away from doubling their score from 2001 and finished sixth (67 points). The 24-woman 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 nationally 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 Third-Team Academic All-American (Kenyon).
Tentative Duck Entries
University of Oregon
Saturday, March 22, 2003
11:30 - W Hammer (Jordan Sauvage, Mary Etter, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser, Whitney Gum)
11:35 - M Javelin (John Stiegeler, Adam Jenkins, Andy Young)
11:50 - W Long Jump (Amanda Brown, Clarice Hayward-Lee)
12:30 - M Pole Vault (Trevor Woods, Jason Slye, Santiago Lorenzo, Jon Derby, Andy Young, Gabriel LeMay)
12:55 - W Javelin (-)
1:05 - W High Jump (Jenny Brogdon, Mary Murphy, Rachael Kriz, Clarice Hayward-Lee)
1:30 - M Long Jump (Jesse Mays, Gabriel LeMay)
1:40 - M Hammer (Adam Kriz)
1:45 - W Steeplechase (-)
2:05 - W Triple Jump (Amanda Brown, Clarice Hayward-Lee, Maegan Traver)
2:05 - W & M 4x100 Relay
2:10 - W Discus (Mary Etter, Jordan Sauvage, Jill Hoxmeier, Whitney Gum)
2:15 - W 1,500 (Eri Macdonald, Magdalena Sandoval, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, Erinn Gulbrandsen)
2:15 - M 1,500 (Eric Logsdon, Noel Paulson)
2:30 - M Shot Put (James March, Doug Sells)
2:30 - W Pole Vault (Becky Holliday, Kirsten McEwen, Kirsten Riley, Georgette Moyle, Hannah Moore)
2:35 - W 100 Hurdles (Abby Andrus)
2:35 - M 110 Hurdles (Eric Mitchum, Santiago Lorenzo, Andy Young)
2:45 - M High Jump (Jeff Lindsey, Chad Clason)
2:50 - W 400 (Michelle Donovan, Sara Schaaf, Mary Murphy)
2:50 - M 400 (Jan Olszowy, Tomas Finol)
3:00 - W 100 (Janette Davis, Heather Murtaugh, Amanda Brown, Torkwase Fraser)
3:00 - M 100 (-)
3:10 - W 800 (Eri Macdonald, Chelsea Manesh, Taylor Bryant, Beth Jackson)
3:10 - M 800 (Ryan Flaherty, Adam Bailey)
3:20 - W 400 Hurdles (Abby Andrus, Kayla Mellott, C'Rel McAllister, Emily Marsh)
3:20 - M Triple Jump (Foluso Akinradewo, Derek Strubel, Jesse Mays)
3:30 - M 400 Hurdles (Brandon Holliday, Matt Scherer, Eric Mitchum)
3:35 - W Shot Put (Mary Etter, Whitney Gum, Dani Keyser)
3:35 - W 200 (Janette Davis, Heathr Murtaugh, Torkwase Fraser)
3:40 - M 200 (Travis Anderson)
3:35 - M Discus (James March, Doug Sells)
3:45 - W 3,000 (Laura Harmon, Nicole Feest, Krissy Sonniksen, Haripurkh Khalsa)
4:00 - M 3,000 (Noel Paulson, John Lucas, Will Viviani)
4:15 - W 4x400 Relay (W/M)
WILLAMETTE OPENER: Duck Women Get Outdoor Headstart Three Weeks Ago.
SALEM (3/1) - The Duck women got a jump on the outdoor campaign in the Willamette 6-Way Meet with 12 wins, four personal bests, two Pac-10 qualifying marks, and one NCAA regional qualifying mark. Junior transfer Abby Andrus picked up a regional and Pac-10 invite in the 400-meter hurdles (PR 60.24). Senior Eri Macdonald added the other league invite in the 1,500 (first, 4:37.66). Senior Heather Murtaugh springboarded off her indoor success and won the 400 (PR 58.09). Senior Janette Davis stepped up to win the 800 (2:12.17). After redshirting indoora, All-America thrower Mary Etter came away with wins in the shot put (44-6 3/4), discus (160-5) and hammer (PR 167-5) in her 2003 debut. Rachael Kriz, competing unattached, won the javelin (129-7), with other UO victors including Amanda Brown (100, 12.74), Maegan Traver (triple jump, 36-5 1/2), and the 4x400 relay quartet of Eri Macdonald, Kayla Mellott, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, and Emily Marsh.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Duck M&W Feature 27 First-Year Ducks.
The Duck men welcome 18 men's newcomers in one of their deepest and most talented newcomer classes in recent memory. Assistant coach Steve Silvey has quickly restocked the sprint and middle distance corps with three 48-second or faster quartermilers (Travis Anderson, 47.09; Jordan Kent, 47.46; Matthew Scherer, 46.87), four 1:53 800-meter runners (Jan Olszowy, 1:50.14; Kyle Sunderland, 1:52.4; Tomas Finol, 1:52.59; Ryan Flaherty, 1:52.73), and the seventh-ranked prep high hurdler last season (Eric Mitchum, 13.82). The field events corps features an equally accomplished group of new faces, including three 6-10 or better high jumpers (Jeff Lindsey, 7-2; Teddy Davis, 6-11; Chad Clason, 6-10 1/4), a prep All-America pole vaulter (David Moore, 16-6), and another likely Pac-10 point scorer in the decathlon (Gabriel LeMay, 6,832). Junior transfer and 2002 junior college heptathlon runner-up Abby Andrus leads nine women's additions and owns prior personal bests and Pac-10 caliber marks in the hep (4,903), high jump (5-7), long jump (18-10 3/4), 100 hurdles (14.34) and 400 hurdles (62.70). Among freshmen, Nicole Feest (3,200, 10:59.7), a three-time cross country scorer last fall, and Montana state prep champion Whitney Gum (shot put 44-5; discus 136-3) will also see immediate duty.
'02 NCAA INDOOR RECAP: Ducks Feature Four Top-10 Finishers.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (3/14-15) - The Duck M&W wrapped up another successful joint venture in the NCAA indoor marketplace last weekend appearance with three All-America honors and a fourth, top-10 finish among their five entries. Team-wise, the UO women tallied 13 points thanks to top-four finishes from senior pole vaulters Becky Holliday (second, 13-3 1/4) and Niki McEwen (fourth, 13-11 1/4). The squad's 15th-place finish stood as it's highest since the 1996 NCAA indoor finale when Melody Fairchild and Milena Glusac's 1-2 finish in the 3,000 netted Oregon 18 points. Overall, LSU won the team title with 62 points, edging South Carolina (second, 44), Florida (second, 44) and North Carolina (fourth, 38). In the NCAA men's team race, Parker's five points earned the Duck men 41st place overall, while host Arkansas (first, 52) edged Auburn (second, 28), Nebraska (third, 26) and LSU (fourth, 24).
NCAA INDOOR MEN'S REWIND: Parker Repeats Fourth in 60.
In Fayetteville, Ark., last weekend, senior Samie Parker led the UO men with his second straight fourth-place honor in the 60 (6.64) after lowering his school record by .01 seconds in the prelims (fourth, 6.62) after the field was whistled back after two false starts. The Long Beach, Calif., native entered the meet seeded 13th of 17 entries with a regular season best of 6.68, and in teh final stood as the highest returning finisher from the 2001 edition. Overall in the event final, East Carolina's Julien Dunkley (first, 6.54) lowered his collegiate season best for the second straight day, this time by a .01-second margin, and edged Mississippi State senior and Canadian Pierre Browne (6.60) and Texas senior Tre Gardner (third, 6.62). In first day action, senior Adam Kriz added 15th in the 35-lb. weight throw in his NCAA indoor debut with his third-best mark ever (64-9 1/4). The Toledo, Ore., native entered the meet seeded 15th with a season best of 67-7 that ranked him 15th nationally, as the fifth-year Duck notched personal bests in his previous four meets in 2003, and all five of season marks, including the NCAA finale, outdistanced his preseason best of 61-7 1/2. In the collegiate indoor showdown, he launched his daily best on his first effort, then lost control and never released his second throw as he slowed his momentum, while his third throw - likely a new daily best - crossed over the left sector line by a couple inches.
NCAA INDOOR WOMEN'S REWIND: Duck Vaulters Put Three in Top 10.
Last weekend, redshirt senior Becky Holliday (second, indoor school record 14-3 1/4) led a trio of top-10 Duck finishers in the NCAA Indoor Championships pole vault and just missed winning the event with a Duck indoor school record (second, 14-3 1/4). Second seeded entering the competition, she did not miss an attempt until her final height of 14-7 1/4 and was in prime position to win after first-attempt clearances at 13-3 1/2, 13-7 1/4 and 14-3 1/4, until Florida State sophomore Lacy Janson cleared her third and final attempt at 14-7 1/4 (then missed her three attempts at the next height of 14-10 3/4). Even more impressive, the Sparks, Nevada native Holliday cleared the last three heights on a borrowed pole from an Arkansas vaulter, after the correct pole was inadvertently left in Eugene. In contrast, Holliday's final clearance was nearly two feet higher than her season opener in mid-January, the Pole Vault Summit (12-5 1/2). Afterwards in February, she picked up momentum with marks of 13-2 1/4 and a school record 14-1 3/4 in a pair of meets in Nampa, Idaho. Redshirt senior Niki McEwen also wrapped up her indoor collegiate career by matching her highest NCAA placing with her second-highest clearance ever (fourth, 13-11 1/4). The Newport, Ore., native also began the competition with a clean slate converting opening attempts at 13-3 1/2, 13-7 1/4 and 13-11 1/4, before narrowly missing several of her chances at 14-3 1/4. The third seed entering the meet, McEwen's finish marked her third All-America honor for the Ducks in her sixth NCAA appearance indoors and outdoors, including fifth place outdoors in 1999 (12-9 1/2) and fourth place indoors in 2000 (13-5 1/4). Indoors in 2003, she stood out as the Ducks' most consistent pole vaulter with four clearances of 13-9 1/4 or better, including a then-school record in her season opener (14-1 1/4) in the Pole Vault Summit. However, her toughness stood out after she had missed two weeks of training in mid-February because of a bout with shingles. Rounding out Oregon's third, top-10 finisher in the event, junior Kirsten Riley enjoyed an auspicious NCAA debut, matching her personal best (10th, 13-3 1/2) and just missed her attempts at a 4 1/4-inch improvement (13-7 3/4). The Eugene native and South High School graduate entered the meet seeded in a tie for 13th, and opened the evening with first-attempt clearances at 12-5 1/2 and 12-11 1/2. She then needed a third-attempt clearance at 13-3 1/2 on the same borrowed pole that Holliday used for her runner-up finish. Overall in the event, indoor collegiate record holder and top seeded Amy Linnen of Arizona took sixth, while other top placers included Arkansas senior April Steiner (third, 14-3 1/4) and Georgia sophomore Fanni Juhasz (fifth, 13-7 1/4). The NCAA field also featured a host of familiar faces as the Pac-10 featured six entries - all of whom finished top-12.
HAYWARD FIELD PROFILE: NCAA Finale Made Ninth Trip to Eugene in 2001.
One of the most famous track facilities in the world, Hayward Field is named for Bill Hayward, who coached the Oregon's men's team from 1904-1947. The 8,300-seat stadium - originally dedicated in 1919 - again welcomed top national and international talent to a Triple Crown of great meets in 2001, the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Prefontaine Classic (www.preclassic.com) and USA Outdoor Championships. Altogether, nine NCAA Championships (1962-64-72-78-74-77-91-96-01) have visited Track City USA, along with three Olympic Trials (1972-76-80) and six U.S. Championships.
AT THE HELM: Duck Head Coach Profiles.
The dean of Oregon coaches, Tom Heinonen begins his 27th season as women's head coach and has led the Ducks to one NCAA track crown (1985) and six conference titles since the meets' inception in 1983 (1983-84-85-86-92-93). For the men, two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year Martin Smith has seen Ducks collect 24 All-America honors and 11 Pac-10 champions in cross country and track already in his first 4 1/2 seasons in Eugene, including NCAA titles by Santiago Lorenzo and John Stiegeler outdoors in 2001 in the decathlon and javelin, respectively. Prior to his arrival in Eugene in July 1998, his Wisconsin runners posted two cross country NCAA team titles (1982-88), five NCAA individual track and cross country titles and 78 All-America honors (44 track and 34 XC).
TOP DUCK: Smith Pegged Top Men's Regional and Pac-10 Mentor.
At the end of the 2002 outdoor season, the U.S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA) tabbed University of Oregon men's track and field head coach Martin Smith as West Regional Men's Coach of the Year. The fourth-year Oregon mentor guided the Duck men to Pac-10 runner-up honors (125 points) as the squad featured five individual winners - the most by the Ducks since 1990 and tops among the conference last season. At the national level, seven Duck men qualified for the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, La., and indoors featured four NCAA participants and three All-Americans. The Ducks also ranked ninth on the USTCA power rankings, a dual-meet power index based on a squad's top two individuals and their season bests in each event (except the 10K and decathlon). His honor was based on a vote by regional coaches. In related news, Men's and Women's Regional Athlete of the Year honors went to Anson Henry and Ellannee Richardson from Washington State. For more information on the USTCA, go to their web site (www.ustrackcoaches.org).
NEW NCAA FORMULA: Explaining the Inaugural Regional Qualifying System.
After several years of research and urging by the U.S. Track Coaches Association, the NCAA Championships Division 1 Board of Directors agreed to switch to a regional qualifying procedure for the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento (6/11-14/03). Four, two-day regionals, drawn in a vertical fashion geographically, will be held nationally on May 30-31 with regional qualifying standards based on the 100th best performance nationally from the previous year (while all conference champions are also automatically invited to their respective regional). Except for the 10K and heptathlon/decathlon (which will still operate on an automatic/provisional standard system), the top-five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, 1 1/2 - 2 weeks later. Besides the automatic advancers, an additional 6-8 athletes nationally per event will be invited by the NCAA Championships selection committee based on a season performance list (in case of injury, illness, false-start/DQ, etc.) as long as that athlete competed in the regional. Coaches hope that the easier regional qualifying standards (compared to previous national provisional standards) will enable athletes to obtain marks during the regular season and avoid 'chasing marks', especially in mid- to late-May, while the regional competition will encourage head-to-head competition at the end of the season and increase fan and media interest. In other NCAA committee news, the championships field sizes were raised approximately 40 percent. Most individual events used were previously 18-21 deep with relays at 11-12 entries, and this season will now grow to 27-29 and 15-16, respectively. Previous men's and women's fields were set at 388 athletes among the 21 individual and relay events, and in 2003 the number expands to 544 each.
ALL-AMERICA EQUATION: Breaking down the NCAA Honor.
Based on their NCAA Championships performances, individuals are awarded All-America honors at season's end by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. The top-eight finishers from each event are honored regardless of citizenship, and any additional U.S. finishers that are among the top eight American finishers are also rewarded. If necessary, the U.S.-based honors can even extend to the top performances in the preceding qualifying round if there aren't eight Americans in the event's final.
PAC-10 REVIEW: Duck M&W Climb to Second & Sixth on League Charts.
PULLMAN, Wash. (5/18-19/02) - In 2002 finale of the 'Conference of Champions' the UO men's and women's track and field teams took second and sixth with 125 and 67 points, respectively -- their highest finishes since 1996 and 1999 - while Stanford (151) and UCLA (160) captured top M&W team honors. Individually, the Duck men featured five Pac-10 champions for the first time since 1990, and the women were led by three runners-up. For the men, redshirt sophomore Nick Bakke started the first day off with a surprise win in the javelin (first, NCAA prov. 227). The Ashland, Ore., native entered the meet seeded 12th in the conference, yet his 21-foot personal best vaulted him to third all-time for the Ducks. At the same time in the hammer ring, junior Adam Kriz improved on his second seed to win with an almost three-foot personal best (210-7). Senior Simon Kimata wasted little time escaping the field en route to victory in the 800 (1:48.35), and sophomore Brandon Holliday improved on his second-place seeding with a half-second personal best in the 400 hurdles (NCAA prov. 50.73) and moved to seventh all-time for the Ducks. Three more Ducks added runner-up honors - senior Micah Harris who was .01 seconds away from the win in the 110 hurdles (13.82), junior Foluso Akinradewo who upped his windy triple jump personal best by four inches (second, 50-10 3/4w, +2.2 wind mps), and All-American and redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann who kicked up a place in the final 50 meters of the 10K (30:28.92). Other Duck scorers included redshirt senior Kyley Johnson (high jump, third, 7-0 1/2), sophomore Trevor Woods (pole vault, fourth, 17-7 1/4) redshirt freshmen Eric Logsdon (5K, fourth, 14:28.30) and Brett Holts (steeple, fourth, 9:03.32) senior Ross Krempley (800, fifth, 1:51.81), Hartmann (5K, fifth, 14:30.01), junior Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, fifth, 14.22), redshirt junior Jason Slye (pole vault, sixth, NCAA prov. & PR 17-3 1/2), redshirt seniors Billy Pappas (long jump, seventh, 23-5) and Adam Bergquist (eighth, 14:36.17), and both relays (4x100, fifth, 41.06) and (4x400, fifth, 3:10.86). Other Duck finalists that did not score included freshman Derek Strubel (triple jump, ninth, 49-0 1/4), redshirt junior Jake Horner (high jump, 10th, 6-8 3/4), redshirt senior Cody Howell (pole vault, 10th, 16-7 1/2), and redshirt sophomore John Lucas (10K, 13th, 32:37.37). Individually on the women's side, redshirt junior Becky Holliday (pole vault, second, 13-9 1/4), claimed her third highest mark of the 2002 outdoor season (second, NCAA auto. 13-9 3/4) and edged former national leader Tracy O'Hara of UCLA (third, 13-9 3/4) on fewer misses. Junior Jenny Brogdon (high jump, second, 5-9 1/4) improved on her pre-meet ranking of fourth, broke her previous personal best by a half-inch, and was just shy of the NCAA provisional mark of 5-10 1/2. Sophomore javelin thrower Sarah Malone (javelin, second, NCAA auto. 171-9) led a 20-point explosion in the javelin that also featured NCAA provisional efforts from freshmen Roslyn Lundeen (fourth, 163-11), Elisa Crumley (fifth, 160-6) and junior Charyl Weingarten (sixth, three-foot PR 158-8). Also in the throws, All-America junior Mary Etter claimed her first Pac-10 points in the shot put (seventh, 49-11 1/4) and equaled her league-best finish in the discus (third, 169-1). Junior Amanda Brown paced the Ducks in the horizontal jumps with a wind-legal long jump season best of 18-10 (eighth), then returned on the second day with a nearly 1 1/2-foot personal best in the triple jump (sixth, 40-2 3/4). In the sprints, Janette Davis broke 55.00 in both the 400 prelims (54.78) and final (sixth, 54.35) and scored her first Pac-10 points. In the 100 hurdles senior Jenny Kenyon claimed a personal best in the prelims (14.18) and her second-best ever time in the finals (eighth, 14.23). The team's top harrier last fall, redshirt junior Carrie Zografos paced the distance squad on the track (steeplechase, fifth, 10:56.26) with her third sub-11:00 clocking of the season. Other Duck scorers included sophomore Kirsten Riley (pole vault, sixth, NCAA prov. & PR 12-10), sophomore Rachael Kriz (high jump, seventh, 5-7 1/4), junior Eri Macdonald (800, eighth, 2:19.76, 2:07.61-prelims), and junior Jordan Sauvage (hammer, eighth, NCAA prov. & PR 183-9). Other Duck competitors included junior Sauvage and freshman Katie McKeever in the discus (11th, 146-4, and 12th, 144-2), sophomore Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, 11th-prelims, 14.23), sophomore Annette Mosey (12th-prelims, 2:14.44), freshman Laura Harmon (1,500, 12th, 4:32.84) junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (400 hurdles, 13th-prelims, 63.72), junior Mary Murphy (high jump, 14th, 5-3 1/4). The previous weekend in the league decathlon, redshirt senior Billy Pappas notched Oregon's second straight and ninth conference decathlon win (7,532), a 44-point personal best and his first-ever NCAA automatic mark. Also in the decathlon, redshirt juniors Jason Slye and Jake Horner added personal bests of 6,996 (fifth) and 6,587 (ninth) with Slye netting his first conference decathlon points and Horner making his 10-event debut. In the women's heptathlon, senior Jenny Kenyon took fifth (5,169) for her fourth conference heptathlon scoring honor and only six points shy of the NCAA provisional mark (5,175).
PAC-10 PICKS OF THE WEEK: Lorenzo, Stiegeler, Woods and Malone Have Combined for Eight Career Honors.
Four Ducks return this season as former conference athletes of the week. All-America sophomore Trevor Woods claimed Pac-10 Men's Field Event Athlete of the Week in the pole vault last April for his win and first career 18-foot clearance in the pole vault (18-0 1/2) in the Oregon-Washington Dual (4/13). The mark ranked him third in the nation at that point and left him in a tie for fifth nationally heading into the NCAA finale and fourth all-time for the Ducks - one of only four ever to clear the 18-foot barrier. A week prior, redshirt junior John Stiegeler claimed the first honor of the season after his Texas Relays win on April 6th (242-11). The Coos Bay, Ore., already led the collegiate ranks by a six-foot margin thanks to his season best and NCAA automatic mark of 247-0 from the Weber State-Montana Triangular (3/16) - a mark that still ranked him fourth among Americans at the end of 2002 although he had missed the rest of the season after the Longhorn stop because of a knee injury. Stiegeler also won honors twice in 2001 for his Texas Relays win and collegiate regular season leader (second, 245-9) and Oregon Invite runner-up honor (241-11). In 2001, Sarah Malone claimed similar honors for the women after her then-personal best in the Oregon Twilight (first, 174-0) that met the NCAA automatic mark, and ranked her second nationally among collegians. That same weekend, Lorenzo was honored as a junior in the men's field events category after claiming Oregon's eighth conference crown in the decathlon (7,617). The Buenos Aires Argentina native also won similar honors in the men's track category earlier in April 2001 based on his Texas Relays then-personal best (first, 7,726), and also won the field-event honor for his then-PR in the 2000 Texas Relays (third, 7,580).
ONLINE TRACK RESOURCES
UO Athletics: www.GoDucks.com
Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
NCAA Champs.: www.ncaasports.com
NCAA Outdoor Host: www.hornetsports.com
USATF Oregon: www.usatf-oregon.org
USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
Oregon Track Club: www.oregontrackclub.com
Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
USA Championships: www.eugenechamps.com
World Champs: www.paris2003saintdenis.org
World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net
Runner's World: www.runnersworld.com
T&F News: www.trackandfieldnews.com
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