Track Teams Look Forward to Pepsi Team Invite
April 9, 2003
Pepsi Team Invitational (14th Edition)
OUTDOOR VOL. 4: Ducks Renew Cola Wars with Pepsi Team Invite.
The Duck men's and women's track and field teams rekindle their scored meet tradition with the 14th edition of the Pepsi Team Invitational and first since 1999. All-time, the Duck men and women have won seven and nine contests, respectively, with their last wins in 1998 (Nebraska M&W won the last-held meets in 1999).
MEN'S TEAM BATTLE: Ducks Take on Nation's Top Indoor Dual Team of '03.
The Minnesota men were tabbed the nation's top dual meet team in the 2003 U.S. Track Coaches Association indoor power rankings at the end of the season (according to an index based on a team's top two performers and their respective season bests in each event). The Gophers are the returning Big Ten outdoor team champions from 2002 and also qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall (17th). Colorado, the NCAA cross country team champions in 2001, followed with a fourth-place finish in 2002 - 20 points ahead of the fifth-place Ducks. The Buffaloes are led by senior Jorge Torres, only the second native-born American to win the NCAA harrier title (2002) in the past 10 years - joining former Buff Adam Goucher (1998). Last May, sophomore Dathan Ritzenhein was only a second away from joining the U.S. all-time top 50 list in the 5K (54th, 13:27.77) with his 17-second best in the Cardinal Invite at Stanford. Washington is under the guidance of first-year head coach and former assistant Greg Metcalf and boasts the 2003 NCAA indoor pole vault champ Brad Walker (19-1 1/4) who has added more than foot to his personal best in the past two years (17-11 11 3/4 in 2001, 18-6 in 2002). The Huskies also feature a deep distance unit that features sub-4:00 miler Eric Garner (3:58.93, 2002) and the fourth-ranked American indoors in the 3K in 2003 - Jeremy Park (7:54.13).
WOMEN'S TEAM PREVIEW: Team Crown Up for Grabs Between Balanced Field.
Tom Heinonen's alma mater - Minnesota - features a diverse women's team that features several talented throws newcomers under the guidance of former Oregon Olympian Lynne (Winbigler) Anderson. Shani Marks paces the squad and was an NCAA participant in the triple jump outdoors in '02 and indoors in '03. Colorado won the 1999 NCAA harrier team crown and was fifth last fall. Junior Sara Gorton won the NCAA 5K crown indoors last month (15:39.25), and teammate Natalie Florence ranked sixth among collegians last year in the 10K (33:40.46) with her 25-lap debut at Mt. SAC. Washington boasts an NCAA cross country runner-up, Sabrina Monro (1999 for Montana), and fellow NCAA track qualifiers Kate Soma (pole vault, 16th, 2002) and Kate Bradshaw (10K, 17th, 2001).
KEY UO MEN: Eight All-Americans and Four Pac-10 Champs Return.
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.
OREGON 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 2003 NCAA Indoor Champs in March. 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 at the end of the past two seasons 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.
THIS WEEK'S TENTATIVE DUCK ENTRIES
Pepsi Team Invite
Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Sat., April 12, 2003
Noon - W Javelin (^*Crumley, ^*Lundeen)
12:05 - W Hammer (^*Sauvage, Etter)
12:15 - W Long Jump (^*Brown, Andrus)
1:00 - W Pole Vault (^*Holliday, *McEwen, ^*Riley)
1:25 - M Javelin (^*Stiegeler, ^*Jenkins)
1:25 - M High Jump (*Brogdon, Murphy)
1:35 - M Hammer (^*Kriz, March)
1:45 - M Long Jump (Kent, Strubel, Mays)
2:00 - M Pole Vault (^*Woods, *Slye, *Derby, Young)
2:15 - W Triple Jump (^*Brown, Hayward-Lee, Traver)
2:35 - W Discus (^*Etter, Sauvage)
2:40 - W 4x100, M 4x100
2:45 - M Shot Put (March, Kriz)
2:50 - W 1500 (Harmon, Gulbrandsen), M 1500 (^*Paulson, Logsdon)
3:10 - W 100 Hurdles (*Andrus), M 110 Hurdles (^*Mitchum)
3:15 - M High Jump (*Davis, Lindsey, *Clason)
3:25 - W 400 (*Davis, Donovan), M 400 (Anderson, Scherer)
3:35 - W 100 (*Murtaugh, Fraser), M 100 (Parker, Willis)
3:45 - M Triple Jump (*Akinradewo, ^*Strubel, Mays)
3:45 - W 800 (Macdonald, Snyder-Carlson, Schaaf), M 800 (*Olszowy, Flaherty, Finol)
3:50 - M Discus (March, Kriz)
3:50 - W Shot Put (^*Etter, Gum, Keyser)
3:55 - W 400 Hurdles (^*Andrus, Mellott, McAllister), M 400 Hurdles (*Holliday, Lorenzo, Mitchum)
4:05 - W 200 (Davis, *Murtaugh), M 200 (Kent, Bailey)
4:15 - W 3000 (Sandoval, Feest)
4:30 - M 3000 (Andrus, Holts, Lucas, Viviani)
4:45 - W 4x400, M 4x400
* Pac-10 Qualifier, ^ Regional Qualifier
TEXAS RELAYS RECAP: Lorenzo and Holliday Hook Big Marks in Austin.
AUSTIN, Texas (4/2-5/03) - In the 76th edition of the Texas Relays, redshirt senior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo punched his ticket for the NCAA Championships with a 22-point personal best (second, 7,911w) thanks to four personal bests over the two days (110 hurdles, 14.83, w:+3.1; discus, 145-8; 100, 10.87w, w:+5.0; long jump, 23-9 1/2w, w:+4.9). His other marks include second-day efforts in the pole vault (15-9), javelin (199-2), and 1,500 (4:32.58) and first-day efforts in the high jump (6-3 1/2), shot put (42-0 3/4) and 400 (50.11). Lorenzo's score was impressive considering a first-day hamstring cramp in the shot put and high jump nearly ended his opener. In the overall points race, Lorenzo scored a pair of personal bests to open the second day, yet still trailed eventual winner and Auburn junior Maurice Smith by 333 points lead with three events remaining. However, Lorenzo rallied in the eighth discipline with his 15-9 clearance in the pole vault - just shy of his personal best of 16-0 3/4 - to make up 196 points, then drew another 75 points closer in the javelin with a throw of 199-2 - his second-best ever javelin mark and just shy of his personal best of 202-5 from the 2000 Texas Relays. Heading into the final event, he needed to beat Smith by approximately 11 seconds - a tall feat consider Lorenzo's all-time best of 4:21.84 was less than a second faster than Smith's. But with Duck teammate Andy Young pulling him along and blocking most of the wind, the Oregon duo escaped Smith and started to open up a gap just before the midway point. At the finish line, as Young sped away in the final 200 meters and Lorenzo 10-15 meters at the finish, Smith finished only eight seconds back of Lorenzo and won the overall title by 14 points. Lorenzo's appearance at the Mike A. Myers Stadium was his third in the Lone Star State classic, after he won the 2001 edition (then-PR 7,726w), and was the top collegian in 2000 (third overall, then-PR 7,580). The fourth-year Duck missed the 2002 edition with a quad muscle injury that forced him to redshirt the outdoor season. Helping pace Lorenzo's late run for the win, Young capped an auspicious 10-event debut and took 11th overall (6,948) to easily meet the Pac-10 qualifying mark (6,800) and finish only 56 points shy of the NCAA provisional mark (7,000). The Newberg, Ore., native and Newberg High School graduate won the decathlon's final event, the 1,500 (4:30.16) and led from start to finish. Earlier in the meet, Young posted personal best marks of 15.39w in the 110 hurdles (+4.4 wind), 15-9 in the pole vault and 170-10 in the javelin. His other first day marks came in the 100 (11.38w), long jump (21-8 3/4), shot put (33-8 3/4), high jump (6-1 1/4) and 400 (51.81), and his other second-day mark came in the discus (106-11). Junior transfer Gabriel LeMay completed the first three events of the decathlon before a hamstring strain in the fourth event, the high jump, ended his appearance prematurely, and his marks follow: 100 11.08w; LJ 21-4 1/4w; SP 41-10 1/2, HJ 6-0, 1st (4 events) 2,149. All-America junior Trevor Woods flew to success in the pole vault with his first legal mark and Regional qualifier of the outdoor season (third, 17-8 1/2) - more than nine inches above his 2003 indoor best (16-10 3/4) and his second highest ever outdoor mark. In the 110 hurdles, freshman Eric Mitchum capitalized on an invite for the invitational section of the 110 hurdles and took fourth overall and second among collegians (13.98w, w:+2.4) - a new windy personal best by .09 seconds off his outdoor debut in the Oregon Preview (first, 14.07w, w:+3.0), and the first sub-14.00 clocking of his young collegiate career. The day before in the prelims, he led freshmen and ranked 13th among the 52 entrants in the seven heats (second-fourth heat, 14.29). Notching their first Pac-10 qualifying marks in the 400 hurdles, Mitchum (heat five, second, 53.60) and Matt Scherer (heat two, fourth, 53.35) were just shy of the Regional standard of 52.70. On the relay circuit, the Ducks competed in the 4x400 (sixth, fourth heat, season best 3:12.06), 4x800 relay (seventh overall, 7:36.83) and sprint medley relay (200-200-400-800, eighth overall/seventh-heat, 3:22.43). On the women's side, redshirt senior Becky Holliday repeated her pole vault crown from 2002 and posted the Ducks' only win of the meet (first, 13-5 1/4). The three-time All-American fought off strong, swirling winds, and defeated an all-star pole vault field that featured five All-Americans and five more NCAA veterans among its 14 entrants, after clearing her opening height of 13-1 1/2 on her first attempt, and 13-5 1/4 on her third try. Her repeat win came after a 13-7 1/4 final clearance in the 2002 edition, and also stood as her first outdoor appearance of 2003 after missing the Oregon Preview two weeks before (3/22), after having to wait nearly two weeks after finishing second in the NCAA Indoor Championships because of cargo shipping delays. Junior Kirsten Riley followed in a tie for eighth in the event's elite section (12-1 1/2) with a second attempt-clearance at the event's opening height and her only clearance of the day. In the collegiate section, redshirt senior Georgette Moyle posted her best outdoor mark of 2003 and a Pac-10 qualifier (third, 12-1 1/2), and was only four inches shy of her indoor season best. On the javelin runway, All-America sophomore Elisa Crumley made her season debut (third, 157-11) and only took four of her allotted six throws and rested her first two chances in the finals. The Hillsboro, Ore., native opened with preliminary throws of 152-11, 147-4 and 147-1, before upping her daily best to 157-11 on her final throw. Crumley cut her normal approach in half Saturday in the prelim and utilized a five-step approach for her first three throws since her training had been limited due to shoulder surgery last fall, then switched to a three-step crossover on her last and best daily effort. All-America sophomore Roslyn Lundeen returned for her second meet of the outdoor campaign (sixth, 152-1). The Victoria, B.C. naive opened with marks of 147-4, 150-9 and 152-1, and followed with a trio of fouls in the finals. In the shot put ring, senior Mary Etter enjoyed a season breakthrough of sorts in the shot put with a four-foot season best on her one legal mark among her six attempts (eighth, 49-2 1/4). In the discus, she posted her third straight meet past the 165-foot line (seventh, 166-0). Senior Amanda Brown cleared 40 feet in the triple jump for the third straight week and fourth meet in her career (third, 40-9 1/2). In her two other legal attempts, she posted wind-legal marks of 39-10 on her first leap and 39-5 3/4 on her third attempt. Friday's best improved upon Brown's previous best by 3/4 inches from the Oregon Preview two weeks ago (40-8 3/4). Holding on to fourth position all-time for the Ducks, she also continued to inch closer to the Ducks' third-best all-time performer - Kim Carlisle (41-0 1/2, 1992) with second place also less than a foot away - Phyllis McKinney (41-4 1/4). Senior Jordan Sauvage upped her hammer throw personal best for the second time in three meets, this time with a three-foot, one-inch best (191-4) and ranked fourth among the 25 entrants.
MEN'S 2002 REVIEW: Ducks 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 Post Five All-America Honors.
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 and 27th place as a team - their highest team finish 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).
1999 PEPSI REWIND: Huskers Take M&W Team Crowns.
EUGENE (5/8/99) - In its last appearance on the Duck schedule, the Pepsi Team Invitational featured wins by the Nebraska M&W with totals of 157 and 138 points, respectively. Washington finished runner-up in both races (133 1/2 and 122 points, respectively), and the Ducks followed in third place (101 1/2 and 120 points, respectively) in the three-team races. On the women's side, the Duck distance runners led the way with wins in the 800 (Katie Crabb, 2:09.57), 1,500 (Kaarin Knudson, 4:25.81) and 3,000 (Marie Davis, 9:34.94). Newport, Ore., native Niki Reed (McEwen) upped her then-personal best in the pole vault by six inches to 12-7 1/2. In the hammer, Heidi Fisk rewrote her previous school record of 177-9 from a month before with almost a six-foot improvement (183-6) for her first NCAA provisional mark of the season. Among sprint action, Tish Henes lowered her season best in the 400 hurdles to 58.95 -- a .34-second improvement for the three-time NCAA qualifier. On the men's side, pole vaulter Piotr Buciarski finished only two inches short of his season and personal best of 18-2 1/2, winning by more than two feet (18-0 1/2) over Nebraska's Lyon Avila (second, 15-11). Buciarski was equally on par horizontally, claiming victory in the long jump with a leap of 23-7 1/4w (+2.3 mps wind). Nat Johnson improved his season best in the 400 (first, 47.89), and was just shy of his personal best of 47.63 from 1998. Javelin thrower Chris Thomas led the team for the second straight week and improved his personal best to 217-2, finishing second behind Washington's Justin St. Clair (223-3). In the shot put, John Bello raised his personal best (fifth, 53-1), and Rian Ingrim improved his hammer best by 3 1/2 feet (second, 184-1) behind Nebraska All-American Scott Warren (197-8).
Women's Pepsi Team Invitational Records
100 - 11.46, Denise Lucas, Nebraska, 1992
200 - 23.58, Denise Lucas, Nebraska, 1992
400 - 52.73, Camara Jones, Oregon, 1992
800 - 2:05.44, Camara Jones, Oregon, 1992
1,500 - 4:12.38, Lisa Graham, Nebraska, 1992
3,000 - 9:12.15, Penny Graves, Oregon, 1987
5,000 - 15:54.13, Amy Skierez, Arizona, 1997
100 Hurdles - 13.55, Claudine Robinson, Washington, 1994
400 Hurdles - 56.54, Schowonda Williams, LSU, 1988
400 Relay - 44.61, Nebraska (Travis, Stewart, porter, Lucas), 1992
1,600 Relay - 3:37.43, Nebraska (Milling, O'Connell, Powell, Wilson), 1988
High Jump - 6-2, Tammy Thurman, Nebraska, 1988
Pole Vault - 12-7 1/2, Niki Reed, Oregon, 1999
Long Jump - 21-4 3/4, Angee Henry, Nebraska, 1996
Triple Jump - 43-3 1/4, Nicola Martial, Nebraska, 1995
Shot Put - 56-6, Valeyta Althouse, UCLA, 1994
Discus - 204-7, Aretha Hill, Washington, 1998
Javelin - 169-9, Cassie Morelock, Nebraska, 1999
Hammer - 201-6, Melissa Price, Nebraska, 1999
Men's Pepsi Team Invitational Records
100 - 10.30, Slip Watkins, LSU, 1988/Augustin Olobia, WSU, 1991
200 - 21.18, Slip Watkins, LSU, 1988
400 - 45.57, Pat Johnson, Oregon, 1995
800 - 1:48.55, Mark Macinko, Colorado, 1989
1,500 - 3:39.15, Kevin Sullivan, Michigan, 1995
Steeplechase - 8:40.91, Daniel Das Neves, Oregon, 1996
3,000 - 8:26.41, David Bazzi, Washington, 1999
5,000, 13:42.90, Adam Goucher, Oregon, 1998
110H, 14.00, Frank Mensah, Nebraska, 1996
400H, 50.82, Winthrop Graham, Texas, 1987
4x100 - 39.24, WSU (Ogbeide, Li, Burroughs, Olobia), 1991
4x400 - 3:11.78, Arizona (Akinremi, Dorsey, Kopf, Ortiz), 1997
High Jump - 7-3 11/4, Greg Jones, WSU, 1988
Pole Vault - 18-01/2, Jay Davis, 1988/Piotr Buciarski, Oregon, 1998, '99
Long Jump - 26-01/4, Latin Berry, Oregon, 1989
Triple Jump - 53-51/2, John Tillman, Tennessee, 1987
Shot Put - 64-103/4, Kevin Coleman, Nebraska, 1992
Discus - 203-1, John Nichols, LSU, 1988
Hammer - 228-1, Stefan Jonsson, WSU, 1988
Javelin - 251-8, Art Skipper, Oregon, 1992
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 four 48-second or faster quarter-milers (Travis Anderson, 47.09; Jordan Kent, 47.46; Matthew Scherer, 46.87; Kyle Sunderland, 47.9) and four 1:53 or faster 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.
DUCK MEN'S NEWCOMERS
Shane Ahlers, Fr., Black Hawk, SD, 3,200 (9:30)
Travis Anderson, Fr., Arvada, Colo., 100 (10.72), 200 (21.54), 400 (47.09)
Marcus Benton, Fr., McMinnville, Ore., 100 (10.8), 200 (21.64), 400 (48.74)
Chad Clason, Fr., Bend, Ore., HJ (6-10 1/4)
Teddy Davis, Fr., White Salmon, Wash., HJ (6-11), TJ (44-7)
Tomas Finol, Fr., Houston, Texas, 400 (48.15), 800 (1:52.59)
Ryan Flaherty, Fr., Bend, Ore., 400 (48.85), 800 (1:52.19)
Jordan Kent, Fr., Eugene, Ore., 200 (21.08), 400 (47.22), LJ (24-5, 25-1 1/4w)
Jeff Lindsey, Fr., Mansfield, Texas, HJ (7-2)
Gabriel LeMay, RJr., Yoncalla, Ore., Dec. (6,832)
Eric Mitchum, Fr., Chicago, Ill., 110H (13.82), 300H (37.17)
David Moore, Fr., Orinda, Calif., PV (16-6)
Bobby Owen, Fr., Mansfield, Texas, HJ (6-8), TJ (46-8), 400 (50.21)
Jan Olszowy, Fr., Jarfalla, Sweden, 400 (47.9), 800 (1:50.15)
Matthew Scherer, Fr., Bridgeport, Ill., 100 (10.5), 200 (21.81), 400 (46.87)
Kyle Sunderland, Fr., Fontana, Calif., 400 (47.7), 800 (1:52.4)
Will Viviani, RFr., Arlington, Va., 3K (8:33.83), 5K (15:03.67)
DUCK WOMEN'S NEWCOMERS
Abby Andrus, RJr.-TR, , Peoria, Ariz., Hep. (4,903), HJ (5-7), 100H (14.34), 40)H (62.70)
Emily Dowling, RSo.-TR, Albury, Australia, 100 (12.40), 200 (26.01)
Nicole Feest, Fr., Lombard, Ill., 3,200 (10:59.7)
Kim Gaviglio, Fr.-HS, Bend, Ore., Distances
Eleanor Gordon, Fr.-HS, Eugene, Ore., 1,500 (4:56), 3K (10:45)
Whitney Gum, Fr., Billings, Mont., SP (44-5), DT (136-3)
Chelsea Manesh, Fr., Portland, Ore., 800 (2:17)
Emily Marsh, Fr., Pullman, Wash., 200 (26.1), 300H (46.03)
Krissy Sonniksen, Fr., Portland, Ore., 800 (2:28), 1,500 (4:55)
* Included marks are prep or pre-Oregon bests
NCAA INDOOR MEN'S REWIND: Parker Repeats Fourth in 60.
In Fayetteville, Ark., in mid-march (3/14-15), senior Samie Parker led the UO men with his second straight fourth-place honor in the 60 (6.64). The first day, he lowered his school record in the event prelim by .01 seconds (fourth, 6.62), even 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 2002 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.
In mid-March (3/14-15), 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. 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 continues in his 27th season as women's head coach and has led the Ducks to one NCAA track crown (1985) and six NorPac and Pac-10 conference titles since the meets began in 1983 (1983-84-85-86-92-93). For the men, 2002 Pac-10 and West Region Track & Field Coach of the Year Martin Smith has seen Ducks collect 24 All-America honors and 11 Pac-10 titles 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).
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, 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 automatic/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 previously 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.
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).
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
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NCAA Outdoor Host: www.hornetsports.com
USATF Oregon: www.usatf-oregon.org
USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
High School T&F Info: www.dyestat.com
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
2002 Oregon Men's Season Recap
NCAA Champs: Ind. - 9th-15 pts / Out.-35th-7 pts
Pac-10 Championships: 2nd (125 pts)
Dual Record: 3-0
Oregon Men's Historical Information
NCAA Team Champions: 5 (1962-64-65-70-84)
NCAA Champions: 48 (TF), 4 (XC)
All-Americans: 262 (TF)
Pacific-8/10 Team Champs: 6 (TF), 13 (XC)
Pacific-8/10 Indiv. Champs: 104 (TF), 9 (XC)
First Year: 1896
2002 Oregon Women's Season Recap
NCAA Champs: Out. - 27th-9 pts / Ind.-46th-2 pts
Pac-10 Championships: 6th (67 points)
Dual Record: 3-0
Oregon Women's Historical Information
NCAA Team Champions: 1 (1985)
NCAA/AIAW Individual Champions: 14 (TF)
All-Americans: 112 (TF), 26 (XC)
Pacific-10 Team Champions: 2 (TF), 7 (XC)
NorPac Team Champions: 4 (TF), 4 (XC)
Pac-10 Indiv. Champs: 35 (TF), 6 (XC)
NorPac Indiv. Champs 19 (TF), 2 (XC)
First Year: 1972
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