Track Teams Prepare for Oregon Invitational
April 21, 2003
- Thursday Day (Dec.-Hep. only): First Event: Noon (ends at approx. 5 pm) (Free)
- Friday Day (Dec.-Hep. only): First Event: 12:20 pm (ends at approx. 5 pm) (Free)
- Friday Night (10K races only): First Event: 7:15, W10K // 8 pm, M10K (Free)
- Saturday Day Session: First Event: 10 am, W5K; Last Event: 2 pm, M4x400 (Free)
- Saturday Twilight Session: First Event: 3 pm, W Hammer; Last Event: 8 pm, M5K (Tickets necessary)
OUTDOOR VOL. 6: Ducks Return Home for Final Regular Season Push.
The Duck track and field teams return home for the Oregon Invitational - their first of two final regular season tests before the championship slate. Nearly 1,000 entries are expected to invade Eugene for the three-day meet that will feature a smattering of West Coast collegiate and post-collegiate talent, and elite distance squads from Northern Arizona, Wake Forest and Weber State. The Ducks' largest home season stop will add a decathlon and heptathlon for the first time since 1995 and will feature UO combined eventers Jason Slye (fifth in the 2002 Pac-10 finale) and Abby Andrus (eighth all-time for Oregon after her March debut, 4,963). The following weekend, the Duck M&W remain at home for the Oregon Twilight, Sat., May 3, in their final team tune-up before the Pac-10 Championships in USC (Sat.-Sun., May 17-18).
MEN TO WATCH: Slye Seeks Third Pac-10 Decathlon Trip.
On Thursday and Friday, senior Jason Slye makes his season debut in the decathlon and is a two-time Pac-10 veteran (fifth in '02 - 6,996; ninth in '01 - 6,631). All-American and senior Samie Parker joined the Oregon all-time rolls in the Mt. SAC Relays last weekend in the 100-meter dash with a wind-legal 10.43 - although his availability Saturday is subject to the penultimate weekend of football practice. A trio of Duck freshmen - Jan Olszowy (1:50.40-indoors), Ryan Flaherty (1:51.64) and Tomas Finol (1:53.26-indoors) - will chase the Regional qualifying standard in the 800 (1:51.15) with former Duck and USA indoor finalist Ross Krempley after the USA outdoor qualifying standards of 1:47.00 (A) and 1:48.00 (B). Senior triple jumper and returning Pac-10 runner-up Foluso Akinradewo eyes his first 51-foot career leap outdoors after moving to seventh all-time for the Ducks indoors (51-0 1/4). Senior James March punched his Pac-10 and Regional qualifying tickets in the discus last weekend in Pomona Pitzer, thanks to a 14-foot season and five-personal best (171-10). The Hillsboro, Ore., native now chases a Pac-10 invite in the shot put and his 2003 season and personal best (55-7) is only 2 1/4 inches away. The men's 5K takes center stage in Saturday's evening finale. Former Duck and British Olympian Karl Keska headlines the field that also features Eugenean and Asics entrant Nolan Swanson (PR). Also watch for a post-collegiate battle royale in the steeplechase as 2002 Oregon Invite champ Jeremy Tolman defends his title (PR 8:31.68) against last year's event runner-up - Eugenean and Nike entrant Ray Hughes who was fourth in the 2002 USA Champs steeple (PR 8:24.67). Also on hand will be U.S. champion Tom Chorny of Nike who claimed his surprise national title on the Bowerman straightaway in June, 2001.
WOMEN TO WATCH: Andrus Targets 5,000-Point Provisional Barrier.
Looking forward to her second heptathlon as a Duck, senior Abby Andrus missed the NCAA provisional standard (5,000) by only 37 points in her Duck debut in Davis, Calif., in March (4,963), and already ranks eighth in school history. The transfer from Paradise Valley CC in Arizona also stands sixth all-time in the 400 hurdles with her best last week at Pomona Pitzer (59.90). Redshirt senior and cross country All-American Carrie Zografos makes her 2003 track debut after a slight hip injury has sidelined her intermittently in recent months. The Portland native and Central Catholic grad took fifth in the 2002 Pac-10 steeple, but this weekend hopes to duck under the 5K regional standard (17:00.00) in her 12 1/2-lap track debut. Senior Eri Macdonald goes head-to-head in the 800 with Washington rival Courtney Inman after outkicking the Husky Canadian in the 2003 Pepsi Team Invite (first, 2:07.40) and 2002 UW Dual (first, PR, 2:06.37). After triple-jumping 40 feet for the first time in the 2002 Pac-10 finale (sixth, 40-2 3/4), senior and Eugene native Amanda Brown has eclipsed that mark in three outdoor meets already in 2003. Senior high jumper Jenny Brogdon has cleared 5-7 already five times in 2003, and ranks sixth all-time for the Ducks with her best (5-9 1/4) that netted Pac-10 runner-up honors in 2002. The All-America sophomore javelin duo of Elisa Crumley and Roslyn Lundeen continue their return from injuries and are closing in on the 160-foot line even with shortened approaches. The women's 1,500 features NCAA indoor mile champion Johanna Nilsson of Northern Arizona - the Mt. SAC Relays 1,500 winner last weekend in 4:10.72 - and Arizona State All-American Lisa Aguilera (4:19.06 PR in '02) against a bevy of talented post-collegians, including Nike's Janet Trujillo (eighth in '02 USA Champs, 4:16.26 PR), former ASU steeple/5K All-American and Tualatin HS grad Kelly Macdonald of Asics (4:18.65 PR in '02), British 1,500 runner Kathrine Berry, and former Duck and American steeple record holder Lisa (Karnopp) Nye of Nike.
Tentative Oregon Invitational Schedule
Thursday, April 24 (Dec.-Hep. Only)
Noon - Decathlon 100m12:20 pm - Heptathlon 100 Hurdles12:50 pm - Decathlon Long Jump1:10 pm - Heptathlon High Jump2:05 pm - Decathlon Shot Put3:15 pm - Heptathlon Shot Put3:20 pm - Decathlon High Jump4:25 pm - Heptathlon 200m5:25 pm - Decathlon 400m
Friday, April 25 (Dec.-Hep. Only)
Noon - Decathlon 110 Hurdles12:50 - Decathlon Discus1 pm - Heptathlon Long Jump2:10 pm - Heptathlon Javelin2:10 - Decathlon Pole Vault (2 pits)3:30 pm - Heptathlon 800m3:50 pm - Decathlon Javelin5 pm - Decathlon 1500m
Friday Evening Session (10K Races Only - 4/26/03)
7:15 pm 10,000m8:00 pm 10,000m
Saturday Day Session (4/26/03)
Running Events 10:00 am - W 5000 10:25 am - W 100m H (2 sections) 10:35 am - M 110m H (2 sections) 10:45 am - W 100m (2 sections) 10:55 am - M 100m (2 sections) 11:05 am - W 1500m (2 sections) 11:20 am - M 1500m (2 sections) 11:40 am - W 4x100m 11:45 am - M 4x100m 11:55 am - M 3000 Steeplechase 12:15 pm - W 400m H (2 sections) 12:25 pm - M 400m H (2 sections) 12:35 pm - W 400m (2 sections) 12:40 pm - M 400m (2 sections) 12:50 pm - W 800m (2 sections) 1:00 pm - M 800m (2 sections) 1:10 pm - W 200m (2 sections) 1:20 pm - M 200m (2 sections) 1:30 pm - M 5000m 1:50 pm - W 4x400m 2:00 pm - M 4x400m
*NOTE: Slower seeded section runs first in events with multiple sections.
Field Events10:15 am - M Discus10:15 am - W Shot Put W11:00 am - M Long Jump11:15 am - W Triple Jump11:30 am - W/M Pole Vault W/M (lower section)11:45 am - W High Jump W12:20 pm - M Shot Put M12:45 pm - W Discus
Saturday Twilight Session (4/26/03)
NOTE: A revised scheduled was issued Tuesday (4/21) that adjusted the start times only for Saturday twilight session running events (not field events) which were moved 15 minutes earlier because of daylight concerns.
Running Events 4:45 pm - W 4x100m 4:50 pm - M 4x100m 4:55 pm - M 3000m SC 5:10 pm - W 1500m 5:18 pm - M 1500m 5:25 pm - W 100m H 5:35 pm - M 110m H 5:45 pm - W 400m 5:50 pm - M 400m 6:00 pm - W 100m 6:05 pm - M 100m 6:10 pm - W 3000m Steeplechase 6:25 pm - W 800m 6:32 pm - M 800m 6:40 pm - W 400m H 6:47 pm - M 400m H 6:55 pm - W 200m 7:00 pm - M 200m 7:05 pm - W 5000m 7:25 pm - W 4x400m 7:35 pm - M 4x400m 7:45 pm - M 5000m
Field Events 3:00 pm - W Hammer 3:40 pm - M Javelin 4:30 pm - M High Jump 5:05 pm - W Pole vault (higher section) 5:15 pm - W Long Jump 5:20 pm - M Triple Jump 5:25 pm - M Pole vault (higher section) 5:35 pm - M Hammer 6:05 pm - W Javelin
Updated: Tue., 4-22-03 - 11 a.m. (with the only changes made to Saturday Twilight running events which were moved 15 minutes earlier due to daylight concerns).
**NOTE: Tickets required for Twilight Session spectators
DUCK MEN'S OUTLOOK: Eight All-Americans & 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.
DUCK WOMEN'S OUTLOOK: 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 among 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).
LIVING IT UP IN LA: Ducks Return After Busy Weekend in California.
LOS ANGELES (4/17-19/03) - Last weekend, the Duck women saved their best for last as redshirt senior Becky Holliday upped her school pole vault record by two inches (second, 14-5 1/4) - the same mark but with more misses as post-collegian and former UCLA NCAA champion Tracy O'Hara who won the event with a season best. Holliday's mark improved on her previous Duck outdoor record of 14-3 1/4 that won the Pepsi Team Invitational at Hayward Field the previous weekend (4/12/03), and was four inches higher than her preseason outdoor school record from the 2002 edition of the Mt. SAC Relays (fourth, 14-1 1/4). Holliday also owns the Duck indoor school record of 14-3 1/4 which netted her second place in March's 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships. On the 2003 U.S. outdoor season best lists, Holliday climbed to a tie for third place, and second-best among collegians, trailing Nike's Stacy Dragila (15-8 1/4) and Florida State sophomore and NCAA indoor champion Lacy Janson (14-7 1/4). Also in the pole vault, redshirt senior and three-time All-American Niki McEwen followed in a tie for sixth place (13-5 1/4), with Oregon's third invite in the invitational section - junior Kirsten Riley - tying for 11th (12-7 1/2). In other field event action, senior Amanda Brown posted her third-best ever mark in the triple jump (second, 40-7 3/4), and senior high jumper Jenny Brogdon jumped her outdoor season best (second, 5-7) for the fourth time in 2003. In the throws circles, senior Mary Etter took seventh in the invitational discus (169-2) and 15th in the university shot put (45-1 3/4). In first day action, senior Janette Davis won the fourth of five sections of the 400 (54.57) out of lane nine and into a strong headwind - less than a half-second off her personal best from the previous weekend (54.11). In the 1,500, redshirt sophomore Laura Harmon (second, 4:31.31) and Eri Macdonald (third, 4:34.72) claimed season bests and Pac-10 qualifiers, and were just shy of the Regional qualifying mmark 4:31.00). The same day in the nearby Long Beach Invite, redshirt junior Abby Andrus led a Duck 1-2 sweep in the 400 hurdles (first, 59.90) with a .34-second personal best that put her sixth all-time in Oregon history. In her wake, sophomore teammate Kayla Mellott (second, 61.30) posted her first career Pac-10 and Regional qualifying marks and moved up to ninth in school history. Redshirt junior C'Rel McAllister followed close behind (fourth, 63.70) with a .65-second season best. In the field, sophomore triple jumper Clarice Hayward-Lee upped her windy career best on her first and best jump of the afternoon (second, 39-10 1/2 (w:+2.9)). Another Duck travel party ventured up the road to Claremont, Calif., for the Pomona Pitzer Invitational as sophomore Hannah Moore became the fifth Duck pole vaulter this season to qualify for the Pac-10 and Regional Championships (second, personal best 12-5 1/2), and senior Mary Etter won the discus with her second-best mark of 2003 (172-10). On the men's side, two-time All-American and senior Samie Parker made his debut on the all-time Oregon men's list in the 100-meter-dash at the seventh position, thanks this .18-second personal best in the Olympic Development section (sixth, 10.43, w:+0.5). Earlier in the day, the Long Beach Calif., native also competed in the event's open section, and clocked 10.72 into a -2.5 meter per second headwind and ranked sixth overall. In the invitational 10K, redshirt junior Jason Hartmann sealed his third NCAA automatic invite (second, 28:52.03) with his third-fastest career effort - only six seconds off his all-time best. The Rockford, Mich., native was the top collegiate finisher and was edged only by Mexican entrant Jonnathan Morales (28:48.31), and placed just ahead of fellow collegian Ed Torres of Colorado (third, 28:55.41). Hartmann's time easily met the NCAA automatic standard of 29:00.00, and was just off his personal best of 28:46.76 from the 2003 USA Championships last June at Stanford. In the 110 hurdles, freshman Eric Mitchum took sixth in the Olympic Development section (14.23, wind: -0.9), and in the 400 hurdles, Pac-10 champion and junior Brandon Holliday and freshman Matt Scherer ranked 24th (53.17) and 26th overall (53.51), respectively. The Duck men also entered 4x100 (fifth, 41.23) and 4x400 (sixth, 3:11.90) relays that missed season bests by .06 and .03 seconds, respectively. In the field, Pac-10 hammer champion and redshirt senior Adam Kriz ranked third among collegians and 14th overall (206-9). In Friday's middle distance action, freshman Jan Olszowy lowered his outdoor season best in the 800 (19th, 1:51.28) by .36 seconds, and finished a second ahead of fellow Duck frosh Ryan Flaherty (38th, 1:52.51), as both finished just shy of the Regional qualifying mark of 1:51.15. The same day up the road in Pomona Pitzer, senior James March launced a 14-foot season best and six-foot personal best in the discus for his first Pac-10 and Regional invites this season in the event (fourth, 171-10). Brandon Holliday opened the weekend with a .02-second season best in the 400 hurdles (second, 51.63) for his fifth sub-52.00 effort of his career and second of 2003, and freshmen Eric Mitchum (fourth, 52.12) and Matt Scherer (12th, 53.21) added personal bests of their own. In the 800, freshman Tomas Finol (13th, 1:53.86) and junior Adam Bailey (26th, 1:55.12) also came away with outdoor season bests.
2002 OREGON INVITE REWIND: Etter Doubles Pleasure in Shot & Discus.
EUGENE (4/27) - In their biggest stop of the 2002 home schedule, the Ducks welcomed more than 800 athletes to Hayward Field. Pole vaulter Becky Holliday notched her fourth NCAA automatic mark of the outdoor season (first, 13-5 1/4) and just missed her attempts at a collegiate-leading height of 14-2, and Sarah Malone added similar qualifying honors in the javelin (first, 170-5). Mary Etter registered wins in the shot put (47-7 3/4) and discus (NCAA prov. 173-2) - with her platter best only seven inches from tying her season best. Completing the sweep of the four throws wins - Jordan Sauvage led the hammer field (175-2). Micah Harris ran the then-third-fastest effort in the 110 hurdles of his Duck career (first, NCAA prov. 13.78w), and his fourth sub-14.00 time of the season, and Brandon Holliday posted his second-fastest career mark in the 400 hurdles (second, 51.74). Pole vaulter Trevor Woods cleared 17-6 or better for the fourth time outdoors in 2002 (second, NCAA prov. 17-6 1/2), and redshirt junior Adam Kriz popped the then-second-best mark of his career in the hammer (fifth, NCAA prov. 204-11) with two other legal +200-foot marks (203-1, 200-2). Kriz matched up against a pair of Olympians (Kevin McMahon (U.S. leader, first, 241-1), and current Duck coach Lance Deal (second, 233-3), and 2001's NCAA runner-up and third-place U.S. finisher James Parker (third, 231-3)). McMahon handed Deal his first loss since 1992, although the Eugenean took the ring with limited training in his first competition since retiring at the end of the 2000 season. Other Duck winners included Janette Davis (400, 55.29) and Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, 48-10 1/4w). In the 100 hurdles, Jenny Kenyon (second, 14.25) and Ann Sullivan (third, 14.30) claimed season bests, and Alicia Snyder-Carlson (fourth, 61.51) and Kayla Mellott (first-AM, 63.58) added personal bests in the 400 hurdles, with Snyder-Carlson earning her first career Pac-10 invite. Eric Logsdon logged the first Pac-10 qualifier of his career (1,500, second, 3:49.99). In the men's steeplechase, Weber State's Jeremy Tolman (8:31.68) and Ray Hughes (second, 8:32.14) moved to fifth and sixth on the 2002 early-season world list and second and third on the U.S. list. Less than two hours later in the 35th edition of the Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Twilight Mile, Linfield College product Mike Miller kicked to the win (4:02.26), edging Chad Johnson of Nike Portland (second, 4:02.41) and Hughes (4:03.20).
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Duck M&W Feature 25 First-Year Ducks.
The Duck men welcome 16 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, SD3,200 (9:30)
Travis Anderson, Fr., Arvada, Colo.100 (10.72), 200 (21.54), 400 (47.09)
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, Texas400 (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, TexasHJ (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, TexasHJ (6-8), TJ (46-8), 400 (50.21)
Jan Olszowy, Fr., Jarfalla, Sweden400 (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, Australia100 (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)
*NOTE: Marks listed are pre-Oregon bests.
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.
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.
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).
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: Kriz, Lorenzo, Stiegeler, Woods and Malone Have Combined for Nine Career Honors.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (4/13) - In the first edition of the2 003 Pac-10 Track and Field Athletes of the Week award in mid-April, redshirt senior Adam Kriz claimed his first conference honor in the men's field event category. The Toledo, Ore. native was rewarded for his six-foot, 10-inch hammer personal best in the Pepsi Team Invitational (first, 217-10) - his second career improvement in 2003 - 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 - a nearly 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. Woods claimed the men's field event nod in April 2002 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 (3/16/02) - 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 as a sophomore for his then-PR in the 2000 Texas Relays (third, 7,580).
DUCK MEN'S REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
*Samie Parker, Sr. - 100 - 10.43Eric Logsdon, RSo. - 1,500 - 348.51Noel Paulson, RSo. - 1,500 - 348.21Brett Holts, RSo. - Steeple - 852.41Eric Mitchum, Fr. - 110H - 13.98w; 400H - 52.12Brandon Holliday, Jr. - 400H - 51.65**S. Lorenzo, RSr. - 400H - 52.26*Trevor Woods, Jr. - PV - 17-8 1/2Jordan Kent - LJ - 24-0 3/4Foluso Akinradewo, Sr. - TJ - 50-2 3/4Derek Strubel, So. - TJ - 49-5 1/2James March, Sr. - SP - 55-7; DT - 171-10Adam Kriz, RSr. - HT - 217-10**John Stiegeler, RSr. - JT - 220-0Adam Jenkins - JT - 214-94x400 - - 311.87
ADDITIONAL DUCK MEN'S PAC-10 QUALIFIERS
Matt Scherer, Fr. - 400 - 47.59; 400H - 53.35Jan Olszowy, Fr. - 800 - 150.40-iRyan Andrus, RJr. - 5,000 - 1406.33Terry Ellis, Sr. - 110H - 14.51Teddy Davis, Fr. - HJ - 7-0 1/4-iChad Clason, Fr. - HJ - 6-8 3/4-iJason Slye, RSr. - PV - 16-10 3/4-iJon Derby, RFr. - PV - 16-0 3/4-iAndy Young, RFr. - Dec. - 6,948w
(Note: James March is the only Duck men's Regional qualifier that isn't also a Pac-10 qualifier)
MEN'S NCAA AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (10K-Dec. only)
*Jason Hartmann, RJr. - 10,000 - 2852.03**Santiago Lorenzo, RSr. - Dec. - 7,911w
NCAA NCAA PROVISIONAL QUALIFIERS (10K-Dec. only)
Ryan Andrus, RJr. - 10,000 - 2912.02
DUCK WOMEN'S REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
Janette Davis, Sr. - 400 - 54.11Eri Macdonald, Sr. - 800 - 207.40Magdalena Sandoval, RSo. - 5K - 1643.94Abby Andrus, RJr. - 400H - 59.90Kayla Mellott, So. - 400H - 61.30Jenny Brogdon, Sr. - HJ - 5-7*Becky Holliday, RSr. - PV - 14-5 1/4*Niki McEwen, RSr. - PV - 13-11 1/4Kirsten Riley, Jr. - PV - 12-11 3/4Hannah Moore, So. - PV - 12-5 1/2Georgette Moyle, RSr. - PV - 12-1 1/2Amanda Brown, Sr. - LJ - 19-4 1/4; TJ - 40-9 1/2*Mary Etter, Sr. - SP - 49-2 1/4; DT - 176-0Jordan Sauvage, Sr. - HT - 191-4*Elisa Crumley, So. - JT - 157-11*Roslyn Lundeen, So. - JT - 157-7
ADDITIONAL DUCK WOMEN'S PAC-10 QUALIFIERS
Heather Murtaugh, Sr. - 100 - 11.93w (w+3.0); 200 - 24.53w(w+3.1)Laura Harmon, RSo. - 1,500 - 431.41; 5,000 - 1723.61Eri Macdonald, Sr. - 1,500 - 434.72Erinn Gulbrandsen,RJr. - 1,500 - 438.73Nicole Feest, Fr. - 5,000 - 1722.86Clarice Hayward-Lee, So. - TJ - 39-10.5wAbby Andrus, RJr. - Hep. - 4,963
(Note: All the Duck women's Regional qualifiers have also met Pac-10 qualifying standards).
*Indicates All-Americans**Indicates NCAA champions
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