Track Teams Warm Up for Mt. SAC Relays
April 15, 2003
Mt. SAC Relays (45th Edition)
Pomona Pitzer Invitational, Fri., April 18
OUTDOOR VOL. 5: Ducks Livin' it Up in LA.
The Duck track and field teams return to LA for perhaps their busiest weekend of track and field, shuttling between the Pomona Pitzer Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays, Thu.-Sat., April 17-19. The women have bought plane tickets for 27 student-athletes from all disciplines, and the men are sending 14 from their throws, sprints, distance and middle distance groups. The following weekend, the Duck M&W return to Hayward Field to host their third and biggest stop of the home slate, the Oregon Invitational, Sat., April 26.
MEN TO WATCH: Young Sprint & Middle Distance Groups Picking Up Speed.
Last weekend in the Pepsi Team Invite, freshman sprinter Eric Mitchum climbed to fourth all-time in the Oregon rankings in the 110 hurdles (14.04, -0.9 mps headwind), and also broke the 14.00-barrier with a windy mark (13.98w, w:+2.4) at Texas Relays two weeks ago. The Ducks' freshman middle distance trio of Jan Olszowy (1:51.64/1:50.40-indoors), Ryan Flaherty (1:51.64) and Tomas Finol (1:54.00/1:53.26-indoors) will take aim at the Regional and Pac-10 standards of 1:51.15 and 1:51.44 in the 800. A pair of freshmen will also chase the Regional mark of 47.45 in the 400 - Matt Scherer (47.59) and Travis Anderson (47.93), with Scherer already under the Pac-10 standard of 47.84. Senior Samie Parker clocked 10.65 to win the 100 in the Pepsi Team Invite last weekend in his outdoor season debut, his first race since taking fourth in the 60 in the final (6.64) in the NCAA Indoor Championships. Senior thrower James March already punched his Regional ticket with his shot put personal best (55-7) from the Oregon Preview, and is now only 2 1/4 inches away from the Pac-10 standard. Two-time All-American and redshirt junior Jason Hartmann makes his 2003 outdoor debut in the 10,000. The Rockford, Mich., native ranks fifth all-time for the Ducks in the 25-lap event thanks to his personal best in the 2003 USA Championships (eighth, 28:46.76).
WOMEN TO WATCH: Brown Bounding into Record Books.
Senior Amanda Brown looks to pop the big one on the horizontal runway after climbing to fourth in school history in the triple jump earlier this year (40-9 1/2), and last weekend she improved her long jump personal best in the Pepsi Team Invite (19-4 1/4). The middle distance corps of sophomores Laura Harmon and Magdalena Sandoval, and senior Eri Macdonald put their chips into the 1,500, with Macdonald coming off a breakthrough 800 season best and win in the Pepsi Invite last weekend (2:07.40). Oregon's All-America sophomore javelin duo of Elisa Crumley (157-11) and Roslyn Lundeen (157-7) are slowly picking up steam as they return from shoulder and elbow injuries. The Duck pole vault corps wrap up action in LA Saturday with two All-Americans - Becky Holliday (school record 14-3 1/4) and Niki McEwen (#2 all-time at UO, 13-11 1/4) - posting their outdoor Duck bests in the Pepsi Invite last weekend. Returning Pac-10 runner-up Jenny Brogdon has jumped a Pac-10 and Regional Qualifier of 5-7 three times already this outdoor season, and will take aim at her all-time best of 5-9 1/4 from last year's league showdown.
MR. PAC-10: Kriz Wins First Men's Field Athlete of Week Honor in 2003.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (4/13) - In the first edition of the Pac-10 Track and Field Athletes of the Week, redshirt senior Adam Kriz claimed his first conference honor for the Men's Field Event category Monday. The Toledo, Ore. native raised his hammer throw personal best by six feet, 10 inches in last Saturday's Pepsi Team Invitational (first, 217-10) - his second improvement this outdoor season - and he climbed two spots to fifth all-time on the Oregon all-time charts. Kriz also helped propel the Ducks to the team win in the four-way scored meet, with points in the shot put (third, 48-3 1/2) and discus (seventh, 145-8). Oregon tallied 211 points to edge returning Big-10 outdoor team champion Minnesota (second, 171), Washington (third, 113) and Colorado (fourth, 108). Kriz entered the 2003 season with a hammer personal best of 210-7 that won the 2002 Pac-10 title - nearly a then-three-foot personal best and once place better than his pre-meet seeding (second). At the national level, he was an NCAA participant in the hammer outdoors in 2002 (14th, 200-7) and indoors in the weight throw in 2003 (15th, 64-9 1/4). Kriz is under the guidance of first-year volunteer throws coach Lance Deal, a four-time Olympian in the hammer and silver medalist in 1996 in Atlanta, and the U.S. record holder in the event. Kriz is the fifth Duck on the men's and women's teams that has been honored in one of the four event categories, joining former honorees seniors Santiago Lorenzo and John Stiegeler, and juniors Trevor Woods and Sarah Malone.
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 at the end of the 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.
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).
PEPSI REVIEW: Ducks Sweep Team M&W Titles and Post 17 Individual Wins.EUGENE (4/12/03) - The second-largest ever Pepsi Team Invitational crowd of 4,579 fans cheered the UO track and field teams to a pair of team wins in the 14th edition of the meet. The Ducks featured a combined 17 event winners (nine women, eight men) among the 36 M&W events. On the team side, the UO women's 204 points led to their 10th team victory as they beat Minnesota (second, 172), Washington (third, 149) and Colorado (fourth, 100). The Men of Oregon claimed their eighth top team honor (211 points), over Minnesota (second, 171), Washington (third, 113) and Colorado (fourth, 108). On the women's side, Oregon sported its trademark balance with wins in the sprints (2), hurdles (1), jumps (3) and throws (3), to go along with 13 regional and 16 Pac-10 qualifying marks. On the oval, seniors Janette Davis won the 400 (54.11) and Eri Macdonald duplicated last year's come-from-behind, homestretch tactics from the UW Dual to win the 800 (2:07.40) over Husky rival Courtney Inman (second, 2:07.70). Duck senior Abby Andrus added a win in the 100 hurdles (14.38) into a -2.4 meter per second (mps) headwind. In the field, senior Becky Holliday claimed her second pole vault win of the season in as many tries and upped her Duck outdoor school record by two inches to 14-3 1/4 - exactly the same mark as her Oregon indoor record from the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. Two other senior jumpers - Jenny Brogdon and Amanda Brown - claimed titles in the high jump (5-7) and long jump (19-4 1/4) with season and personal bests, respectively. Senior Mary Etter added a win and eight-foot season best (176-0) in the discus that was only one foot, 5 inches shy of her personal best from 2002. In the hammer, senior Jordan Sauvage posted her third straight meet (first, 185-0) past her preseason best of 183-9, and sophomore Roslyn Lundeen upped her season best in the javelin by almost two feet (first, 157-7). At the Pac-10 level, the women featured 16 Pac-10 qualifying marks and five new qualifiers - Janette Davis (200, third, PR 24.64), Eri Macdonald (800, first, 2:07.40), sophomore Laura Harmon (seventh, 4:36.73) and redshirt junior Erinn Gulbrandsen in the 1,500 (ninth, PR 4:39.54), and Amanda Brown (long jump, first, PR 19-4 1/4). At the regional level, the Ducks collected 13 qualifying marks, including four new invites - Janette Davis (400, first, PR 54.11), Eri Macdonald (800, first, 2:07.40), Niki McEwen (pole vault, second, outdoor PR 13-11 1/4) and Amanda Brown (long jump, first, PR 19-4 1/4). On the men's side, Oregon featured six wins among the eight field events - and another each in the sprints and hurdles - to go along with 11 regional qualifying marks and 14 Pac-10 qualifying marks. Duck winners on the oval included senior sprinter Samie Parker (100, 10.65, and only .04 seconds shy of his wind-legal PR) and freshman hurdler Eric Mitchum (110 hurdles, wind-legal PR 14.02, and into a headwind of -0.9 mps). Field event victors included personal and season bests, respectively, from throwers Adam Kriz (hammer, 217-10) and John Stiegeler (javelin, 220-0), and a pair of horizontal jumpers - senior Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, 50-2 3/4) and freshman Jordan Kent (long jump, 24-0 3/4). In the pole vault, All-American and junior Trevor Woods, senior Jason Slye, and freshmen Andy Young and Jon Derby shared the win (15-11) with Young notching a four-inch personal best. On the relay circuit, the Oregon quartet of freshmen Matt Scherer and Travis Anderson, junior Brandon Holliday, and senior Jason Slye (first, 3:11.87) edged Minnesota (second, 3:12.63) which fielded an All-America quartet indoors. On the Pac-10 qualifying scene, Oregon featured six new qualifying marks from Samie Parker (100, first, 10.65), freshman Matt Scherer (400, third, 47.59), redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon (1,500, sixth, 3:48.51), seniors Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, second, 14.51) and Santiago Lorenzo (400 hurdles, fourth, 52.26) and freshman Jordan Kent (long jump, first, 24-0 3/4). In the regional qualifying race, six new Duck athletes punched their ticket to Stanford at the end of May - Eric Logsdon (1,500, sixth, 3:48.51), a trio of 400 hurdlers - Brandon Holliday (second, 51.65), Santiago Lorenzo (fourth, 52.26) and Eric Mitchum (fifth, 52.51), Jordan Kent (long jump, first, 24-0 3/4), and Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, first, 50-2 3/4). Glancing at the Pepsi Team Meet Invite all-time meet records, Duck redshirt senior Becky Holliday upped the pole vault record 1 1/2 feet, and Minnesota's Shani Marks' 1-foot, seven-inch meet record (triple jump, first, 44-10 1/4) rocketed her to the top of the 2003 collegiate outdoor list in her season debut. On the men's side, new records came courtesy of Washington's Jeremy Park (3,000, first, 8:14.72) and Minnesota's Mikael Jakobsson, who should join the collegiate top-10 nationally next week in the 400 hurdles with his .09-second meet best (first, 50.43). The Oregon 4x400 relay of Scherer, Anderson, Holliday and Slye (first, 3:11.87) and Eric Mitchum (110 hurdles, first, 14.02) missed similar all-time Pepsi marks by .08 and .02 seconds, respectively. Among the all-time Oregon ranks, senior hammer thrower Adam Kriz climbed two spots to fifth all-time with Saturday's six-foot, 10-inch best (217-10), and senior long jumper Amanda Brown pulled within 3 1/2 inches of the all-time Duck top 10 list with Saturday's personal best of 19-4 1/4.
2002 MT SAC REWIND: Ducks Pick up School Records and NCAA Marks in LA.
WALNUT, Calif. (4/19-21/02) - In their annual trip to LA, the Duck M&W scored two school records, two NCAA automatic, and four NCAA provisional marks over the course of three meets in four locations over four days. Micah Harris clocked a .06-second personal best and school record in the 110 hurdles (second, NCAA auto. 13.67), and Becky Holliday posted a 3 1/2-inch pole vault school record and season best (fourth, 14-1 1/4). Also at SAC, Elisa Crumley upped her javelin best by 3 feet, 3 inches (fifth, NCAA prov. 169-4) in a field that featured the top-ranked American and three of the top four collegians. After entering the weekend with a discus season best of 155-4, Katie McKeever raised her season best with NCAA provisional marks in the Pomona Pitzer Invite (second, 167-5) and Mt. SAC Relays (second, 169-9), and also had a hammer season best in Pomona (34th, 158-7). Other season bests from Mt. SAC came courtesy of Adam Bergquist (5K, 14th, 14:16.31) -- and a pair of 1,500 runners, Carrie Zografos (second, 4:26.98) and Laura Harmon (sixth, 4:29.49). In the high jump, Jenny Brogdon took second in Pomona (second, PR 5-8 3/4), and Rachael Kriz matched her Duck best (sixth-tie, 5-7), with other Friday season bests from Jordan Sauvage (hammer, 13th, PR 180-6), and Annette Mosey (800, 2:11.39), Ann Sullivan (sixth, 14.36) and Jill Hoxmeier (hammer, 33rd, 158-10). On the multi-event stage, All-American Billy Pappas (decathlon, sixth, 7,311w) scored his third-best mark ever even though he had been training for only three weeks after a vertebrae stress fracture in February and March. Jenny Kenyon added a 17-point season best in the Mt. SAC heptathlon (sixth, 4,867), with both multi's held at Azusa Pacific University.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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