Track & Field Teams Warm Up for Stanford Invite
March 26, 2003
This Week's Action
OUTDOOR VOL. 2: Ducks Head South for Spring Break.
The Duck women's track and field team and men's distance runners and throwers close Spring Break this weekend in California in the Stanford Invitational. The early-season distance classic has become so proficient at producing fast qualifying times that the U.S. Track Coaches Association changed the NCAA qualifying system in 2003 to a regional-based format instead of relying solely on a national, season-best list (although approx. 8 qualifiers in each event for June's NCAA championships will still come from a similar list). The following week, the Duck men's jumpers and sprinters and a select group of women's athletes head to the Texas Relays, Wed.-Sat., April 2-5 in Austin, Texas. In the Lone Star State, redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo will compete in his first decathlon since winning the NCAA 10-eventer in Eugene on May 31, 2001.
THIS WEEKEND'S FEATURED DUCK EVENTS
* Fri., W Javelin - 2 pm - Sophomore Roslyn Lundeen opens her 2003 season after leading a trio of Duck javelin throwers in the NCAA finale last spring (seventh, 165-4). Based on last year's marks, she ranks 10th nationally among collegiate returnees with her frosh best of 166-11. The native of Victoria, British Columbia also ranks third all-time in Canadian history, and is only 1 foot 5 inches shy of the national record (168-4). Lundeen didn't compete last weekend in the Oregon Preview after fighting through shoulder injuries much of last season to still compete in six meets.
* Fri., M 10K - 8:30 pm - Redshirt juniors Jason Hartmann and Ryan Andrus return after All-America cross country finishes last fall (20th and 34th) for the fifth-place NCAA Duck squad. Hartmann ranks fifth all-time for Oregon in the 10K (28:46.76) and is a two-time All-American in the event on the oval (third in '01, fourth in '02). Needing a time of 28:58.51 to join the school top-10 list, Andrus makes his 25-lap debut and notched NCAA provisional marks indoors and personal bests in '03 in the 3K (8:01.22) and 5K (14:06.33). The two will chase invites in one of only two NCAA events (incl. the decathlon/heptathlon) that rely solely on a regular season best-mark qualifying method, and will likely need marks of 29:05 or faster for actual invites.
* Sat., W Pole Vault - Noon - The Ducks' trio of top-10 NCAA indoor finishers from two weeks ago - redshirt seniors Becky Holliday (second, indoor PR & school record 14-3 1/4), Niki McEwen (fourth, 13-11 1/4) and junior Kirsten Riley (10th, 13-3 1/2) - make their first outdoor appearances of 2003. Last weekend they sat out the Oregon Preview since their poles hadn't made the return trip from Arkansas yet after the NCAA indoor finale because of shipping mistakes and winter weather delays. Holliday and McEwen are three-time All-Americans and former Pac-10 runners-up, while Riley took fifth in '02 against the nation's toughest vaulting conference (12-10). Holliday raised the school record indoors at NCAA's to 14-3 1/4 and owns an outdoor overall best of 14-4 from May 2001 as a Clackamas CC athlete (her Duck outdoor best and school record of 14-1 1/4 came in the 2002 Mt. SAC Relays). McEwen's indoor best of 14-1 1/4 came in the 2003 USA Pole Vault Summit in January 2003, and her outdoor best of 13-5 1/4 from the Oregon Twilight (5/11/02) should quickly be eclipsed this spring.
* Sat., M Hammer - 1:30 pm - Redshirt senior Adam Kriz continues to raise the bar in his first year of work with Olympic silver medalist and volunteer coach Lance Deal. Kriz won the Pac-10 title last year (210-7) with a nearly three-foot personal best, and afterwards took 14th in his NCAA debut (200-7). Indoors this year, he topped his preseason weight throw best of 61-7 1/2 in all five meets, and his current personal best of 67-7 ranked him 15th nationally at the end of the regular season. In the NCAA finale, he matched his pre-meet seeding (15th, 64-9 1/4) with his third-best career mark. Last week in the Oregon Preview he opened the outdoor slate with his third-best career hammer mark (fourth, 206-9).
* Sat., W Hammer - 3:45 pm - Senior Jordan Sauvage also continues her mastery of the ball and chain with a school record in the Oregon Preview last weekend (188-3) that was 4 1/2 feet better than her previous personal best from the 2002 Pac-10 finale (eighth, 183-9). The former walk-on from North Bend, Wash., owned season bests of 160-0 as a freshman and 172-6 as a sophomore, and made Pac-10 appearances in the event in 2001 (11th, then-PR, 172-6) and 2000 (15th, 156-3).
THIS WEEK'S TENTATIVE DUCK SCHEDULE
Cobb Track & Angell Field
Fri.-Sat., March 28-29, 2003
Friday, March 28
10:40 - W 400 (Michell Donovan, Becky Holliday, Mary Murphy)11:50 - W100 (Heather Murtaugh, Torkwase Fraser)12:15 - Long Jump (Amanda Brown)12:30 - W 800 (Sara Schaaf, Michelle Donovan, Chelsea Manesh, Talor Bryant)1:00 - Pole Vault (* Georgette Moyle, Hannah Moore)1:10 - W 1,500 (Annette Mosey, Erinn Gulbrandsen, Nicole Feest)1:50 - W 200 (Heather Murtaugh, Janette Davis)2:00 - W Javelin (** Roslyn Lundeen)2:00 - W Shot Put (Whitney Gum, Dani Keyser)2:20 - W 400 Hurdles (Kayla Mellott, C'Rel McAllister, Emily Marsh)2:30 - Long Jump (Clarice Hayward-Lee)3:00 - W Hammer (Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser, Whitney Gum)6:40 - W Steeple (Alicia Snyder-Carlson)7:00 - M Steeplechase (Brett Holts)7:30 - W 5,000 (Magdalena Sandoval, Laura Harmon, Nicole Feest)7:30 - W Discus (Jordan Sauvage, Mark Hoxmeier, Whitney Gum)8:30 - M 10,000 (** Jason Hartmann,* Ryan Andrus)
Saturday, March 29
11:00 - M Shot Put (James March)12:00 - W Pole Vault (*** Becky Holliday, *** Niki McEwen, **Kirsten Riley)12:15 - W Steeple (Alicia Snyder-Carlson)1:15 - W Shot Put (* Mary Etter)1:30 - M Hammer (** Adam Kriz)1:30 - M Discus (James March)1:30 - W Triple Jump (Amanda Brown, Clarice Hayward-Lee)2:40 - M 1,500 (* Noel Paulson, * Eric Logsdon)2:55 - W 400 (Janette Davis)3:35 - W 800 (* EriMacdonald)3:45 - W Hammer (* Jordan Sauvage, Mary Etter)3:45 - W Discus (*** Mary Etter)3:45 - High Jump (Jenny Brogdon, Mary Murphy)3:55 - W 200 (Heather Murtaugh, Janette Davis)4:45 - W 4x400
* NCAA Provisional Qualifier**NCAA Participant**All-American
OTHER MEN TO WATCH: Eight All-Americans and Four Pac-10 Champs Return in 2003.
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 clipped nearly two seconds off his 400-hurdle personal best last season and claimed the Pac-10 title in his league debut (50.73). Three-time harrier All-American and redshirt junior Jason Hartmann has posted two, top-four NCAA 10K finishes (third-'01; fourth-'02). The field events will supply a healthy portion of the team's conference 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, outdoor PR of 18-0 1/2) and redshirt senior Adam Kriz, the Pac-10 hammer champion in 2002 (PR, 210-7) and an NCAA qualifiers outdoors in 2002 (14th) and indoors in the weight throw (15th). A quartet of NCAA provisional qualifiers from 2002 will also challenge for their first NCAA invites - redshirt senior Jason Slye (pole vault, 17-3 1/2), redshirt junior John Lucas (5K-indoors, 14:16.40), and redshirt sophomores Eric Logsdon (5K, 14:04.85) and Noel Paulson (mile-indoors, 4:04.31). On the trails in the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the Ducks featured three other All-Americans besides Hartmann - first-time honorees Ryan Andrus (34th), Logsdon (41st) and Brett Holts (43rd) - the highest Duck tally since 1989.
OTHER 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 again 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. The Ducks also boast arguably the nation's top pole vault unit and features a pair of redshirt seniors and three-time All-Americans - 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 UO history, and is a two-time Pac-10 finalist (2001, '02). School steeplechase record holder and redshirt senior Carrie Zografos (10:42.02)led the 2002 cross country team 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.
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-Americans 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).
OREGON PREVIEW REVIEW: Throwers Steal Headlines in 2003 Home Opener.
EUGENE (3/22/03) - In last Saturday's Oregon Preview, the Duck M&W combined for 25 wins (16 W, 9 M), and 11 regional qualifying (6 M, 5 W) and 14 Pac-10 qualifying marks (8 W, 6 M). Among the Duck women's eight field event victors, senior hammer thrower Jordan Sauvage started the day off with a personal best and school record on the opening throw of the meet (188-3). The North Bend, Wash., native easily eclipsed the Pac-10 and Regional Championships qualifying marks by more than 15 feet, and broke the former Oregon record of 186-6 set by Maureen Morrison in 2000. Another senior thrower, Mary Etter, added wins and Pac-10 qualifiers in the shot put (44-6) and discus (161-3), with her discus mark also netting a Regional invite. In the javelin, junior and unattached entrant Rachael Kriz took top honors (145-9). In other field events, senior Amanda Brown claimed the triple jump with a personal best and Pac-10 and Regional qualifier (first, 40-8 3/4), and also won the long jump (18-9 1/4) with a mark that was only 3/4 inches from her personal best. In the vertical jumps, Jenny Brogdon won the high jump (5-7) with a Pac-10 and Regional mark, and redshirt senior Georgette Moyle and Hannah Moore went 1-2 in the pole vault with marks of 10-11 3/4 and 10-6, respectively. On the track the Oregon women continued their success with wins in seven of the eight individual events and added another relay victory. Redshirt junior transfer Abby Andrus enjoyed a busy Duck home debut with wins in the 100 hurdles (first, 14.19w, w:+2.2) and 400 hurdles (first, 60.51), and both times earned Pac-10 invites, and her 400 hurdles personal best was a Regional qualifier. Senior Heather Murtaugh claimed a windy personal best and Pac-10 qualifier in the 100 (first, 11.93w, w:+3.0), and added a personal best in the 200 (second, 24.72) that was only .08 seconds shy of the league qualifying standard. Senior Janette Davis nipped Murtaugh in the 200 (first, 24.69) with a .05-second personal best; logged a windy 100 best (12.09, w:+3.0); and anchored the winning 4x400 (3:47.65). Redshirt freshman Sara Schaaf (first, 57.46) and sophomore Michelle Donovan (second, 57.99) led the field across the finish line in the 400. In the distances, senior Eri Macdonald missed the Pac-10 qualifying mark by just over a second in the 800 (first, 2:12.46), as did Duck winner Erinn Gulbrandsen in the 1,500 (first, 4:41.86). On the men's side, Hayward Field welcomed back a pair of NCAA and Pac-10 champions for the Ducks. Redshirt senior John Stiegeler won the javelin by 19 feet (219-11) with a Pac-10 and Regional qualifier, and edged Duck junior Adam Jenkins (second, 200-4) who also netted qualifiers for both championships. Former collegiate decathlon champ and redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo anchored the winning 4x400 (3:12.99) and also competed in the 110 hurdles (third, 14.90). Returning NCAA qualifier Adam Kriz posted his third-best mark ever in the hammer (fourth, 206-9) and was the top collegian. Senior thrower James March added a pair of wins and a two-foot best in the shot put (55-7) and 10-foot victory in the discus (157-2). In the triple jump, sophomore Derek Strubel registered a four-inch personal best (first, 49-5 1/2), and redshirt freshman Jon Derby also won his first Duck title in the pole vault (15-11) and missed his personal best by only 3/4 inches. On the oval, freshman Eric Mitchum debuted with Regional and Pac-10 qualifying marks in the 110 hurdles (14.07w, w:+3.0) and took a runner-up nod in the 400 hurdles (53.81) that was less than a quarter-second shy of the league standard (53.64). Junior hurdler and Pac-10 champion Brandon Holliday claimed the other hurdle title (53.21) with a Pac-10 qualifier. In the distances, redshirt sophomores Eric Logdson (first, 3:50.93) and Noel Paulson (second, 3:51.15) led finishers in the 1,500 and just missed the Pac-10 (3:50.14) and Regional (3:50.00) qualifying standards. Freshman Ryan Flaherty finished second in the 800 (1:53.07) - less than a second off his prep best of 1:52.19) - and redshirt junior John Lucas took runner-up honors in the 3,000 (8:29.41).
2002 STANFORD REWIND: Hartmann Climbs to No. 5 in Duck 10K History.
Stanford, Calif. - The Duck men collected one NCAA automatic qualifying mark and four Pac-10 marks in the 2002 Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Jason Hartmann clocked a five-second personal best in the 10,000 (seventh, 28:51.00) to move up two places to fifth all-time in Duck history. Hartmann's effort ranked sixth among collegians in the race and one of nine collegiate finishers under the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 29:00.00. His 25-lap effort also marked a fitting anniversary to his 2001 debut (28:56.06) that positioned him seventh all-time in Oregon history in his event debut. Two months later, he finished third in the NCAA Championships in Eugene to tie Oregon's second-highest finish ever in the event. In a separate section in the 10,000, John Lucas registered a 44-second personal best (29:50.22), and just missed the NCAA provisional mark of 29:45.00. Ryan Andrus notched his first Pac-10 mark of his career thanks to a strong final-lap surge in the 1,500 (3:49.08), then came back the next day with a personal best in the 800 (14th, 1:53.91). Eric Logsdon missed the conference mark (3:50.14) by less than a quarter second. Steeplechaser Brett Holts eclipsed the conference qualifying standard of 9:09.14 by more than three seconds with his ninth-place effort (9:05.92) - Oregon's fastest tie over the barriers in almost three years.
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 quarter-milers (Travis Anderson, 47.09; Jordan Kent, 47.46; Matthew Scherer, 46.87) and 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 freshman 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). Redshirt 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.
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 the 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 followed in sixth, while other top placers included Arkansas' April Steiner (third, 14-3 1/4) and Georgia' Fanni Juhasz (fifth, 13-7 1/4). The NCAA field altogether featured six Pac-10 entries - all of whom finished top-12.
HAYWARD FIELD PROFILE: Eugene Welcomed its Ninth NCAA Finale in '01.
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: Understanding 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, nearly two 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 were currently 18-21 deep with relays inviting 11-12 entries, and 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.
2002 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).
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