Pepsi Team Invite Meet Preview

April 10, 2003

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  • Location: Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

  • Date: Saturday, April 12
  • First Field Event: Noon, W Javelin
  • First Running Event: 2:40 pm, W 4x100
  • Last Event: 4:45 W&M 4x400 Relays

  • Schools: Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington

  • Scoring: Individual Events (Max. 2 per team) - 1st (9), 2nd (7), 3rd (6), 4th (5), 5th (4), 6th (3), 7th (2), 8th (1); Relays - 1st (9), 2nd (7), 3rd (6), 4th (0)

  • Promotions: Tickets for Saturday's home softball (vs. UCLA, 2 p.m. start) and track and field meets are good for the other event. Bi-Mart Family Day - Two adults and unlimited kids receive admission for $10 by showing their Bi-Mart card at the ticket booth.

  • Get on Board: This weekend only, a free LTD Duck Express Shuttle will leave from Civic Stadium every half hour (on the hour and half-hour), starting at 11 am and the last return trip will leave Hayward Field a half-hour after the meet is over.

  • Single Meet Tickets: Reserved $6; General Admission - $5 Adult, $3 Children (high school or younger) and Senior Citizens (62 or older). $2 per person group rates (10 or more).

  • Season Tickets: $24 Reserved; General Admission - $20 Adult, $12 Children & Senior Citizens. Call 541/346-4461 locally or 1-800-WEB-FOOT. The Bowerman Building ticket office will open Saturday at 11 am.

    Featured Pepsi Team Invitational Women's Athletes & Events

    Noon - Women's Javelin - In her 2003 debut last weekend in the Texas Relays, sophomore Elisa Crumley from Hillsboro, Ore., made the most of her shortened, three-step crossover approach (157-11). Ranked eighth on the 2003 qualifying list, she also ranks second all-time in Duck history with last year's personal best (169-7), and finished top 12 in her 2002 NCAA (12th, 157-4) and Pac-10 (fifth, 160-6) debuts. Sophomore Roslyn Lundeen trails in 14th position on the 2003 qualifying list with her Stanford Invite season debut (155-9) two weeks ago. The Victoria, Canada native ranks third all-time in Canadian history with her freshman season best (166-11) - only 1 feet, 5 inches short of the national record. She also led the Ducks last spring in the NCAA finale (seventh, 165-4). Washington senior Heather Reichman is sandwiched between the Duck sophomores at 11th (156-3) nationally in 2003. Her all-time best of 158-3 dates back to the 2002 Pac-10 Championships (seventh) - one of three top-10 Pac-10 finishes. Husky freshman Tiffany Zahn, a state champ in 2002 from Newberg, Ore., follows in 44th on the 2003 national list (142-3) and was a prep All-American in 2002 (152-10). Colorado freshman Hannah Warfield also ranks top 40 nationally this season (32nd, 146-8).

    12:05 pm - Women's Hammer - Duck school record holder and senior Jordan Sauvage has upped her personal best in the Oregon Preview (188-3) and Texas Relays (191-4) and ranks 12th on this week's national collegiate list. Washington senior Kameko Gay ranks 55th nationally (171-0) and rewrote her previous school record of 170-10 from the 2002 UW-WSU Dual. Last year in the Pac-10 finale, she finished 11th (168-11). Minnesota junior Alean Frawley placed eighth in the 2002 Big Ten Championships with a personal best (168-6).

    12:15 pm - Women's Long Jump - Oregon senior Amanda Brown - a two-time Pac-10 scorer (seventh in 2001, PR 19-4, and eighth in 2002, 18-10) - owns a 2003 outdoor season best of 18-11 3/4. Washington `s Jamara Alexander (19-0), Minnesota's Kou Luogon (18-8 1/4) and Colorado's Maxine Marlow (18-5 3/4) round out arguably the most tightly-contested women's event.

    1 pm - Women's Pole Vault - Duck redshirt senior Becky Holliday ranks second outdoors in 2003 thanks to her winning Texas Relays winning mark last weekend (13-5 1/4). Indoors in 2003, the second-year Duck notched her third All-America honor in as many seasons with a runner-up finish and school record (14-3 1/4). Last year she scored in the NCAA outdoor (third) and indoor finale (seventh) and also added second in the Pac-10 finale, against the nation's top pole vault conference (13-9 3/4). In April 2002, she raised the Duck outdoor school record in the Mt. SAC Relays (14-1 1/4) and her all-time best of 14-4 dates back to the 2002 NWAACC Championships for Clackamas Community College. Junior and South Eugene High School product Kirsten Riley currently stands 10th nationally on the 2003 outdoor season list (12-11 3/4 ). She cleared her all-time and indoor best of 13-3 1/2 in her final two appearances in March, including her NCAA debut (10th) after entering the meet seeded in a tie for 13th. Washington sophomore Kate Soma is tied for 28th nationally outdoors in 2003 (12-6) and was an NCAA participant indoors in 2003 (12th, 12-11 1/2) and outdoors in 2002 (16th, 12-3 1/2). Her best of 13-1 1/2 dates back to the 2002 Oregon-Washington Dual at Hayward Field last April. Minnesota junior Monica Stearns is tied for 47th outdoors nationally in 2003 (12-0) and owns an all-time best of 12-3 1/2.

    1:25 pm - Women's High Jump - Washington enters a pair of 5-7 jumpers from this season - junior Brittiny Roberts and sophomore Sidney Brown - who are tied for 36th on the 2003 national outdoor list. In last year's Pac-10 meet, Roberts took 13th (5-5 1/4) and also cleared 5-7 last season. Senior Jenny Brogdon claimed 2002 Pac-10 runner-up honors (5-9 1/4) - Oregon's highest finish in the event since 1988 - after entering the meet seeded in a seven-way tie for fourth based on her previous best of 5-8 3/4 . Outdoors in 2003, she is also tied for 36th nationally with an outdoor season best of 5-7.

    2:15 pm - Women's Triple Jump - Minnesota senior Shani Marks is a two-time All-American - indoors in 2003 (sixth, 43-10) and outdoors in 2002 (14th, 41-3). At the Big Ten level, the school record holder won the 2003 indoor title (43-11 1/4), after taking third outdoors and second indoors last year. Washington junior Brittiny Roberts ranks 18th nationally outdoors in 2003 (41-4 1/2), and was fourth in the 2002 Pac-10 finale (PR 40-8 3/4). Duck senior Amanda Brown stands 43rd nationally outdoors in 2003 with her Texas Relays personal best (40-9 1/2) and has cleared the 40-foot mark three times outdoors this season. Her previous lone 40-foot effort netted her sixth in the 2002 Pac-10 finale (then-PR 40-2 3/4).

    2:35 pm - Women's Discus - Two-time eighth-place NCAA finisher and Oregon senior Mary Etter has topped 165 feet in all three of her contests in 2003 with a season best of 169-7 that stands 18th nationally. Minnesota junior Nicole Kopari follows in 35th in 2003 (158-6) with her 2002 personal best of 157-7 from the Big Ten Championships.

    2:40 pm - Women's 4x100 - Colorado owns the fastest entered time (45.00), ahead of Minnesota (46.32), Oregon (47.77) and Washington (48.00).

    2:50 pm - Women's 1,500 - A month ago, Colorado junior Sara Gorton stormed to the NCAA indoor 5K title in the final lap (15:39.25 - the fastest American so far in 2003, and fourth in the world indoors in `03) - only a day after taking third in the indoor 3K (9:07.16). Last season in the NCAA track finales, she took sixth in the indoor mile (4:44.01) and fourth in the outdoor 5K (16:02.08). Minnesota junior Darja Varsiljeva sped to a 9:29.26 3K indoors in 2003, and owns a 1,500 best of 4:34.44 from 2001. Oregon's Laura Harmon was Pac-10 participant in 2002 (12th, 4:32.84) and ran the third-fastest conference freshman season best (PR 4:29.49) in the 2002 Mt. SAC Relays - just of Washington's fastest entrant Saturday, sophomore Lindsey Egerdahl (4:31.33).

    3:10 pm - Women's 100 Hurdles - Oregon junior Abby Andrus (14.19w, w:+2.2) and Colorado's Deneeka Torrey are tied for the top entered time. Minnesota sophomore Liz Woolford redshirted the 2002 outdoor season and is entered at 14.50, with her actual personal best of 14.73 from 2001.

    3:25 pm - Women's 400 - Minnesota freshman Kou Logan ranks 34th nationally (54.98). Oregon senior Janette Davis took sixth in her second Pac-10 appearance in 2002 (54.35), and was only .04 seconds shy of her personal best (54.31) that ranks her seventh all-time in Duck history.

    3:35 pm - Women's 100 - Washington junior Jamara Alexander leads the entry list (11.88). She redshirted last year after ranking 10th in the Pac-10 prelims in 2001 (12.03), while her windy best of 11.87w is from the 2001 Oregon-Washington Dual. Minnesota sophomore Melissa Woltman ended the 2002 season ranked eighth in school history (12.20). Three weeks ago in the Oregon Preview, Duck senior Heather Murtaugh lowered her windy best to 11.93w (w:+3.0).

    3:45 pm - Women's 800 - Washington senior Courtney Inman clocked 2:08.39 indoors early in March, a week before her NCAA mile appearance (ninth, 4:48.03). Outdoors in 2003, she ranks fifth nationally in the 1,500 (4:19.39). She capped her 2002 outdoor season with appearances in the NCAA (1,500, 10th, 4:19.12) and Pac-10 Champs (1,500, third; 800, ninth, 2:08.04), and her 800 best of 2:06.46 dates back to the 2002 Oregon-Washington Dual - and second-best in school history. Oregon senior Eri Macdonald clocked her personal best of 2:06.37 to outkick Inman in the Duck-Husky dual last year, and owns a 2003 outdoor best of 2:12.46. A two-time NCAA provisional qualifier and Pac-10 finalist, Macdonald missed an NCAA invite outdoors by only .04 seconds outdoors in 2002. Colorado doubles back NCAA 5K champion Sara Gorton an hour after her effort in the 1,500, with a 2002 outdoor season best of 2:16.73.

    3:50 pm - Women's Shot Put - Oregon senior Mary Etter ranks 33rd nationally in 2003 with her four-foot season best from the Texas Relays (49-2 1/2) - only seven inches from her personal best from last year's Pac-10 seventh-place finish (49-11 1/4) - also ranking her fourth all-time in UO history. Minnesota junior Alean Frawley stands 15th nationally outdoors in 2003 (51-7 1/4) and ended the 2002 season ranked sixth all-time in school history (48-7 3/4). Washington freshman Cherron Davis ranks 70th nationally (46-2 3/4) with her outdoor season best from the Stanford Invite.

    3:55 pm - Women's 400 Hurdles - Minnesota senior Shani Marks ranks 21st nationally in the 400 hurdles (59.50) and was the Big Ten runner-up in 2002 with her personal best of 58.68. Duck redshirt junior and newcomer Abby Andrus stands 30th nationally (60.24). She ranks sixth all-time in Duck history, and has lowered her personal best by 2 1/2 seconds in her first month of outdoor duty for the Ducks. Washington sophomore Cambrielle Jensen follows in 50th place (61.31) on the 2003 national collegiate list and was 10th in the 400-hurdle prelims in the 2002 Pac-10 finale (61.80). Colorado junior Deneeka Torrey took fifth in the 2002 Big 12 finale with her personal best (59.50).

    4:05 pm - Women's 200 - Minnesota Freshman Majik Reed took eighth in the 2003 Big Ten Indoor Champs (24.89) after owning a season best of 24.21. Oregon seniors Heather Murtaugh (24.53w, w:+3.1), 24.72) and Janette Davis (24.69) could also challenge for top honors.

    4:15 pm - Women's 3,000 - Washington senior Sabrina Monro looks forward to her first healthy outdoor campaign since 2000 and ranks ninth nationally in 2003 in the 10K (33:32.28). The Montana City, Mont., native staked her initial claim to fame in the frigid 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championships where she finished a surprise second. Also owns bests of 4:25.00 in the 1,500, 4:42.00 in the mile and 9:14.00 indoors in the 3K. UW junior Kate Spigel ranks 12th nationally in the steeplechase in 2003 with her 13-second personal best (10:45.76). Last season she finished ninth in the Pac-10 steeple and clocked a 10:32.36 3K best in 2002. Colorado junior Natalie Florence ranked sixth among collegians in the 10K in 2002 with her Mt. SAC debut (33:40.46) , and also ran 9:39.54 indoors in 2002. In 2003, she took ninth in the NCAA indoor 5K (PR 16:10.99) with a time that ranked her 11th overall in the U.S., and last fall, she nabbed her first harrier All-America honor (22nd) for the fifth-place Buffs. Duck redshirt sophomore Magdalena Sandoval ranks 15th nationally in the 5K (16:43.94) with her personal best from the Stanford Invite at the end of March. Oregon freshman Nicole Feest ran a personal best 9:59.06 as the top collegian in the Oregon Preview (3/22/03), and the following week easily met the Pac-10 qualifying mark outdoors in the 5K in the Stanford Invite (17:22.86). Minnesota's fastest entrant is freshman Jen Hess, a two-time Minnesota state cross country champion.

    4:45 pm - Women's 4x400 - Oregon clocked a season best 3:47.65 outdoors this year in the Oregon Preview, just behind Minnesota's entered 3:45.65 clocking, and ahead of Colorado (3:55.00) and Washington (3:56.00).

    Featured Pepsi Team Invitational Men's Athletes & Events

    1:25 pm - Men's Javelin - After winning the NCAA title in 2001, Oregon senior John Stiegeler returns in 2003 as the top returning collegiate javelin thrower. His school record and best of 252-10 is nearly 50 feet better than the next entered mark in Saturday's field (Washington's Juan Romero trails at 202-4). This season, Stiegeler ranks 13th nationally among collegians with his Oregon Preview effort (219-11, 3/22/03) that came on a short approach as he returns from a two-stage ACL knee surgery last April and May. Oregon junior Adam Jenkins, a two-time Pac-10 veteran (11th in 2002, 191-1; ninth in 2001, 197-7) ranks 59th nationally in 2003 (200-4) with his Oregon Preview season debut - his only appearance so far in 2003.

    1:35 pm - Men's Hammer - Oregon redshirt senior Adam Kriz ranks sixth nationally among collegians in 2003 and is the top Pac-10 returnee from 2002. Last year he improved one place from his pre-meet seeding in the Pac-10 Champs to win with a three-foot then personal best (210-7). This year, he improved that mark two weeks ago in the Stanford Invite (211-0) on his first throw of the competition. The Toledo, Ore., native ranks seventh all-time for Oregon (#6 is at 213-11 and #5 is at 215-10). Minnesota's Lynden Reder ranks second among entries and 14th nationally (203-0), an improvement upon his 2002 personal best and then-school record (196-4). Gopher teammate and sophomore Curt Schoenfelder ranks 46th nationally in 2003 (186-3). Colorado junior Chase Mullen stands 33rd in 2003 (189-7) and was sixth in the 2002 Big 12 Championships indoor weight throw.

    1:45 pm - Men's Long Jump - In his first appearance in an Oregon track uniform, freshman Jordan Kent returns to the site of his eight state prep 4A titles for Eugene's Churchill High School (2002-100, 200, 400, LJ; 2001-200, 400, LJ; 2000-400). Th 6-5 dual-sport athlete has practiced with the Duck track team for only three weeks after a redshirt 2002-03 basketball season with the Pac-10 Tourney champ hoopsters. On the prep long jump runway, he owns a wind-legal best of 24-5 from 2001, and a no-wind-info mark of 25-1 1/4 - also from the same state meet. Minnesota counters with sophomore Thomas Flensborg-Madsen who jumped a then-personal best (23-8 1/4) in the 2002 Big Ten Championships both indoors and outdoors, and added third indoors in 2003 (24-6).

    2 pm - Men's Pole Vault - It's a clash of the NCAA titans. On U.S. season lists, Washington senior Brad Walker tied for first indoors in 2003 with his NCAA winning mark from March (19-0 1/4), and fifth in the world, and last year ranked 12th overall in the U.S. (18-6). Last year, Oregon junior Trevor Woods - fourth all-time in Oregon history (18-0 1/2) - took third in the NCAA Indoor Championships with an indoor best (17-11 3/4), and outdoors edged Walker in the Washington Dual at Hayward Field last April (Woods, first, PR 18-0 1/2; Walker, second, 17-4 1/2). Outdoors so far in 2003, Walker leads the collegiate list (18-6 1/2) and Woods is tied for sixth (17-8 1/2) with his Texas Relays season best last weekend.

    2:45 pm - Men's 4x100 - Minnesota owns the fastest entered time (40.30) and won the Big Ten crown last year (40.25).

    2:45 pm - Men's Shot Put - Minnesota sophomore Karl Erickson ranks fourth nationally in the shot put (63-7 3/4) outdoors in 2003 and threw 64-10 1/2 indoors this year. As a freshman in 2002, he threw 60-7 1/4 in the Big Ten Indoor Championships, then outdoors added the league discus title and sixth place in the conference shot put (55-9 1/4). Oregon senior James March weighs in at 35th nationally with his season best of 55-7 from the Oregon Preview.

    2:58 pm - Men's 1,500 - Washington's Eric Garner leads the entry list after a breakthrough 2002 season where he went sub-4:00 in the mile indoors (3:58.93) and ranked 35th in the U.S. in the 1,500 outdoors (3:43.21). Outdoors this year, his only qualifying mark so far is in the 5K (14:13.26), and indoors he ranked 25th among collegians in the 3,000 (8:04.64). Senior UW teammate Jeremy Park made an equally big jump this year and leads the collegiate outdoor 5K list in 2003 (13:54.02). Indoors in 2003, he ranked fourth in the U.S. in the 3K (7:54.13), and in his NCAA debut, he took 13th in the 3K (8:12.21). Ranked 15th outdoors nationally in 2003, Oregon redshirt sophomore Noel Paulson was on the verge of a bigger breakthrough in the Stanford Invite two weeks ago before a fellow competitor stopped and walked off the track. Regardless, the Aumsville, Ore., native Paulson recovered from an abrupt stop in the final kick, to still run a two-second personal best (3:48.21). Oregon redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon will also look to improve on his personal best (3:50.93), and was a Pac-10 scorer last year in the 5K (fourth, 14:28.30) and NCAA provisional qualifier (14:04.85). Colorado sophomore Dathan Ritzenhein, a former high school teammate of Oregon's Jason Hartmann (Rockford HS, Rockford, Mich.) will be a contender for a spot in the 5K on the U.S. Olympic Team next year after he ran a 17-second personal best last May at Stanford in the Cardinal Invite (13:27.77) - only a second away from joining the U.S. all-time top-50 list, and he currently ranks 54th. Last year he ran a 1,500 best of 3:42.99 and ranked 33rd in the U.S. and second among collegiate freshmen on the list (behind Alan Webb, 3:41.46). Minnesota's Martin Robeck leads Gopher entries (3:46.95), and clocked 4:04.07 indoors in the mile in 2003. Last year, he took third in the Big Ten 1,500 final (3:50.72) and owned a 2002 season best of 3:47.78.

    3:15 pm - Men's 110 Hurdles - Oregon freshman Eric Mitchum comes off wind-aided (13.98, w:+2.4) and wind-legal (14.29, w:+0.4) season bests in the Texas Relays last weekend and his windy effort ranks him 15th nationally. Colorado freshman Akobunndu Ikwuakor follows at 34th nationally (14.26) and is one of three triplets that is on the Buff men's and women's track roster. As a prep he clocked 14.2 in 2002 for Pomona High School in Arvada, Colo.

    3:15 pm - Men's High Jump - Minnesota sophomore Kevin Netzer won the Big Ten outdoor crown in 2002 (7-1 1/2) and sophomore teammate Josh Paulson also cleared 7 feet as a frosh last season (7-0 1/4). Indoors in 2003, both cleared 7-0 1/4 again, and tied for fifth in the Big Ten Champs (6-10 3/4). Outdoors in 2003, Netzer is tied for 14th nationally (7-0 1/2). Oregon recruited a talented trio of newcomers - freshmen Jeff Lindsey from Mansfield, Texas (7-2 prep, Duck best 6-6 3/4 last week in Texas), Teddy Davis from White Salmon, Wash., (6-11 prep, 7-0 1/4 in his collegiate indoor opener) and Chad Clason from Bend, Ore. (6-10 1/4 prep, 6-8 3/4 indoors in `03).

    3:30 pm - Men's 400 - Top seed and Minnesota junior Mitch Potter finished fifth indoors in the 2003 NCAA Championships (46.02), and ninth indoors in the 2002 NCAA 400 prelims (46.49). On the regular season qualifying lists, he ranked third overall indoors in 2002 (45.96) and second indoors in 2003 (45.89). On the relay circuit he helped the 4x400 indoors to fourth in 2002 (3:08.37) and 2003 (3:06.27). Teammate Adam Steele is entered with a best of 46.20 and also ran on both All-America relays.

    3:40 pm - Men's 100 - Oregon senior Samie Parker has finished fourth in the NCAA 60-meter dash in 2002 (6.66) and 2003 (6.64), and looks to drop his collegiate bests in the 100 (10.41w, w:+2.3, 2002 Jesse Owens Track Classic; 10.61, w:+1.4, 2000 Oregon Preview). Minnesota's Ben Taylor ran a school record 6.81 indoors in the 60 dash in 2003, and is entered at 10.60.

    3:50 pm - Men's 800 - Colorado's Jorge Torres tunes up for the Mt. SAC Relays a week later by stepping down to the 800 and indoors last year ran a personal best of 1:50.82 in a rare appearance last year. Last fall he became the second U.S.-born American to win the fall collegiate cross country title in the last 10 years after former Colorado runner Adam Goucher won the crown in 1998. Torres is a three-time harrier All-American and five-time track All-American in the 5K (3x outdoors, 2x indoors) and owns personal bests of 3:42.09 (1,500, 2002), 8:02.75 (3,000, 2002) and 13:26.00 (5K, 2002, #2 American in `03 and #41 all-time in U.S. history). Washington's Ryan Brown (1:50.20) leads the Husky entries with sub-4:00 miler Eric Garner (1:50.80 personal best from 2002) doubling back from the 1,500 less than an hour before. Opportunity knocks for a Duck middle-distance group that features a trio of talented freshmen - Jan Olszowy from Jarfalla, Sweden (1:50.15 at South Eugene High School in `01; 1:50.40 indoors in `03), Tomas Finol from Klein, Texas (prep 1:52.59; 1:53.26 in `03), and Ryan Flaherty from Bend, Ore. (1:52.19 prep, 1:52.90 in `03). Minnesota freshman Trent Riter was fifth in the 2003 Big Ten Champs (1:51.79) and clocked an indoor best of 1:50.29. Senior teammate Zach Edmonson was close behind with a 1:51.83 indoor best in 2003, and was sixth outdoors in the conference closer in 2002 (PR 1:50.51).

    3:45 pm - Men's Triple Jump - Indoors in 2003, Oregon senior Foluso Akinradewo climbed to fourth all-time in Oregon history (51-0 1/4) and was only two inches away from his first NCAA provisional mark. After two outdoor appearances in 2003, Duck sophomore Derek Strubel stands 40th nationally with his personal best in the Oregon Preview three weeks ago (49-5 1/2). Minnesota sophomore Thomas Flensborg-Madsen owned a 2002 season best of 50-8 1/4, and in 2003 finished fifth in the Big Ten Indoor Champs (50-2) with a mark just shy of his season best (50-5 1/2). Washington's James Sims has leaped 49-3 3/4 this year.

    3:50 pm - Men's Discus - Minnesota sophomore Karl Erickson stands eighth nationally outdoors in 2003 (186-0), and won the Big Ten title as a frosh last year with a then-personal best (184-11). Gopher teammate Ben Nyquist, a transfer from Hamline College (St. Paul, Minn.) follows in 39th nationally (169-9). Washington senior Matt Schwin (170-1) ranks 36th nationally in 2003. He owns a personal best of 181-8 from last year's UW-WSU Dual, and followed with eighth in the Pac-10 final (175-9).

    4:00 pm - Men's 400 Hurdles - Minnesota junior and Swedish import Mikael Jakobsson took fifth in the 2002 NCAA finale (50.14), two weeks after he his personal best that netted the Big Ten title (49.87). Oregon junior Brandon Holliday won the Pac-10 title last year (50.73) and dropped more than two seconds off his personal best last season. He missed the U.S. top-50 list last year by .07 seconds and ranks seventh all-time for the Ducks. UO decathlete and redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo is a two-time Pac-10 scorer in the event (fifth, 2001, 52.19; fourth, 2000, 51.70) and currently ranks third in the nation in the decathlon after last week's runner-up finish in the Texas Relays (7,911w). Washington's Brad Goodrich ran UW's second-fastest mark ever (51.45) in the Oregon-Washington Dual in 2002.

    4:15 pm - Men's 200 - Minnesota sophomore Robb Merritt leads the field (21.31) after setting a Gopher indoor freshman record in 2002 (21.77). Outdoors in 2002, he finished fourth in the 400 (46.91) and sixth in the 200 (21.44) in the Big Ten Championships. Senior teammate Andy Wohlin finished third in the 2002 Big Ten Outdoor 400 (46.64).

    4:30 pm - Men's 3,000 - Colorado sophomore Dathan Ritzenhein doubles back from the 1,500 and ran 8:01.72 indoors in the event in 2002 as a freshman - fourth all-time in CU indoor history. In the 5K at the NCAA level last year, he finished third indoors (13:50.51) and fourth outdoors (14:01.02). Indoors this season, Minnesota junior Will McComb clocked 8:07.60 in the 3K and 14:12.52 in the 5K. Last year, he was the 2002 Big Ten 10K runner-up (29:48.49) and also ran 14:00.29 in the 5K in the 2002 Stanford Invite. Washington freshman Jesse Fayant currently stands 14th nationally on the 5K list (14:19.02), a couple ticks ahead of sophomore teammate Andy Fader (29th, 14:23.88). Oregon counters with redshirt junior Ryan Andrus who stands 12th nationally in the 10K (29:12.02) with coincidentally all 22 qualifiers from the same Stanford Invite meet two weekends ago. Indoors in 2003, the Orem, Utah native posted NCAA indoor provisional marks and personal bests of 8:01.22 in the 3,000 and 14:06.33 in the 5,000 - both run in Seattle. Redshirt sophomore Brett Holts stands fifth on the national steeplechase list (8:52.41) and was a harrier All-American last fall (43rd) with Andrus (34th).

    4:55 pm - Men's 4x400 - The Gophers rank second nationally outdoors in 2003 with their winning time from the Texas Relays last weekend (3:04.92). The Minnesota 1,600 quartet also took fourth in the NCAA finale indoors in 2002 (3:08.37) and 2003 (3:06.27).

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