Track Teams Close Regular Season at Home at Oregon Twilight

April 30, 2003



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This Week's Action: Oregon Twilight

  • Date: Saturday, May 3
  • Location: Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

  • First Field Event: 3:30 pm - M Javelin / W Hammer
  • First Running Event: 5:15 pm - 4x100
  • Last Event: 8 pm - Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Twilight Mile

  • Results Web Site: www.GoDucks.com

  • Schools: Boise State, George Fox, Lane CC, Mt. Hood, Oregon, Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, Portland, Portland State, Willamette

  • Single Meet Track & Field 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). The Bowerman Building ticket office will open Saturday at 2:30 pm.



    OUTDOOR VOL. 7: Ducks Remain at Home for Last Regular Season Stop.
    The Oregon track and field teams return home for the Oregon Twilight - their final meet of the regular season - as a host of Ducks make final runs after Pac-10 and Regional qualifying marks. The following weekend, the Duck M&W teams take a week off from competition before the Pac-10 Championships (Sat.-Sun., May 17-18), while the decathlete and heptathletes get a jump on the conference clash at USC (Sat.-Sun., May 10-11).

    MEN TO WATCH: Freshmen Chase Regional Marks in Sprints & Jumps.
    Already under the league standard of 47.84, freshmen 400-meter dashers Matt Scherer (47.54) and Travis Anderson (47.59) are less than a quarter-second away from the Regional mark (47.45). A pair of Duck freshman - Jan Olszowy (1:50.40-indoors) and Ryan Flaherty (1:51.64) - chase the Regional qualifying standard in the 800 (1:51.15) and could be towed along by former Ducks Simon Kimata (1:46.65 PR in 2002) and Ross Krempley - a USA Indoor Champs finalist in March. Returning Pac-10 400-hurdle champion and junior Brandon Holliday continues to pick up steam after two straight sub-52.00 second efforts, including his second-fastest ever race in the Oregon Invite last week (first, 51.18). Senior James March punched his Pac-10 and Regional qualifying tickets in the discus two weekends ago in Pomona Pitzer, thanks to a 14-foot season and five-personal best (171-10). The Hillsboro, Ore., native now zeroes in on a Pac-10 invite in the shot put and his 2003 season and personal best (55-7) is only 2 1/4 inches away. Freshman Chad Clason became the first Duck high jumper to earn a Regional invite last weekend (PR 6-10 1/2), and fellow Pac-10 qualifiers and frosh Teddy Davis (6-6 3/4) and Jeff Lindsey (6-6 3/4) hope to follow suit. The 36th edition of the Twilight Mile - now named after Oregon 5K/10K school record holder Bill McChesney Jr. - has featured 53 sub-4:00 miles by 38 different runners. This year's field is tentatively headlined by Nike entrant and Eugenean Ray Hughes who was the 150th American all-time to break the magical barrier indoors in 2002 (3:59.78).

    WOMEN TO WATCH: Duck Individuals Making Final Pac-10 Plans.
    Two-time discus All-American and senior Mary Etter makes her final appearance at Hayward Field and looks to add to her career tally of 38 outdoor wins (with five more on the indoor circuit). Redshirt sophomore Laura Harmon, a Pac-10 finalist last year in the 1,500 (12th, 4:32.84), is less than a second shy of the Regional standard (4:31.00) with her 2003 season best (4:31.41) from the Mt. SAC Relays two weeks ago. After triple-jumping 40 feet for the first time in the 2002 Pac-10 finale (sixth, 40-2 3/4), senior and Eugenean Amanda Brown has eclipsed that mark in four 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. Ranked third and fourth in the Pac-10, the All-America sophomore javelin duo of Elisa Crumley and Roslyn Lundeen continue to pick up speed as they return from injuries and are closing in on the 160-foot line. Junior heptathlete Abby Andrus springboards off an NCAA prov. mark last weekend that put her sixth in school history (5,152). This week she looks to rewrite her seventh- and sixth-place UO rankings in the 100 (14.00) and 400 (59.90) hurdles.

    MR. PAC-10 (FOR A WEEK): Jenkins Becomes Sixth Duck Honoree on Current Squads.
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (4/28) - This week junior Adam Jenkins received the Ducks' second Pacific-10 Conference Athlete of the Week honor in 2003 with his honor for the men's field event category Monday. The Gladstone, Ore., native leapfrogged teammate John Stiegeler to the top of the Pac-10 javelin rankings, thanks to a three-foot personal best and second-place mark (221-4) in last Saturday's Oregon Invitational twilight session. Stiegeler still ranks second in the conference and top 25 nationally with his season best of 220-0. The two-time Pac-10 finalist Jenkins now ranks eighth all-time for the Ducks in an event that has featured 22 All-Americans and seven NCAA champions. At the national level, Jenkins ranked 28th on last week's collegiate list and will likely climb into the top-25 this week - and potentially as high as 21st with Saturday's six-foot, seven-inch season best. His previous season best came in April's Pepsi Team Invitational (second, 214-9), and his former personal best came in his collegiate opener, the Oregon Preview in 2001 (second, 218-5). Jenkins is the second Duck honored this season in the men's field event category in only the third edition of the weekly honor. Redshirt senior Adam Kriz claimed his first conference honor two weeks prior in the season's inaugural honor for his then personal best a six-foot, 10-inch improvement - in the Pepsi Team Invitational (first, 217-10). Kriz has upped his personal best in two other meets outdoors this year, and currently stands fifth all-time on the Oregon all-time charts with his current best (219-9) from the Oregon Invitational. Four Ducks have earned similar honors the previous two seasons - 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, 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 seventh 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).



    TENTATIVE OREGON TWILIGHT ENTRIES (*subject to change)
    Hayward Field
    University of Oregon
    Eugene, Oregon
    Saturday, May 3, 2003

    3:30 - M Javelin (Adam Jenkins, Jon Derby)
    3:30 - W Hammer (Jordan Sauvage, Mary Etter, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser, Whitney Gum)
    3:30 - W Long Jump (Amanda Brown, Abby Andrus, Torkwase Fraser)
    4:30 - W Javelin (Elisa Crumley, Roslyn Lundeen)
    5:00 - W Pole Vault (Becky Holliday, Niki McEwen, Kirsten Riley, Hannah Moore, Georgette Moyle)
    5:05 - W Triple Jump (Amanda Brown, Clarice Hayward-Lee, Maegan Traver)
    5:10 - M Hammer (Rachael Kriz)
    5:10 - W High Jump (Jenny Brogdon)
    5:15 - W 4x100
    5:20 - M 4x100
    5:20 - M Long Jump (Jesse Mays)
    5:25 - W 100 Hurdles (Abby Andrus)
    5:30 - M 110 Hurdles (Eric Mitchum, Terry Ellis, Andy Young)
    5:30 - W Discus (Mary Etter, Jordan Sauvage, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser)
    5:40 - W 400 (Michelle Donovan)
    5:45 - M 400 (Matt Scherer, Travis Anderson, Tomas Finol, Adam Bailey)
    5:50 - M Shot Put (James March, Doug Sells)
    5:50 - Girls Middle School Mile
    6:00 - Boys Middle School Mile
    6:10 - W 100 (Heather Murtaugh, Janette Davis, Torkwase Fraser)
    6:15 - M 100 (Samie Parker)
    6:15 - M Pole Vault (Trevor Woods, Santiago Lorenzo, Andy Young, Jon Derby)
    6:20 - Officials Service Pin Presentation
    6:30 - W 800 (Sara Schaaf, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, Beth Jackson, Chelsea Manesh, Taylor Bryant)
    6:30 - M 800 (Jan Olszowy, Ryan Flaherty)
    6:35 - M High Jump (Chad Clason, Teddy Davis, Jeff Lindsey)
    6:40 - W 400 Hurdles (Abby Andrus, Kayla Mellott, C'Rel McAllister, Emily Marsh)
    6:45 - M 400 Hurdles (Brandon Holliday, Eric Mitchum)
    6:45 - M Discus (James March, Doug Sells)
    7:00 - W Shot Put (Mary Etter, Whitney Gum, Dani Keyser)
    7:00 - W 200 (Heather Murtaugh, Janette Davis, Torkwase Fraser)
    7:05 - M 200 (Jordan Kent)
    7:05 - M Triple Jump (Foluso Akinradewo, Derek Strubel, Jesse Mays)
    7:15 - W 1500 (Laura Harmon, Annette Mosey (Unattached), Eri Macdonald, Carrie Zografos, Erinn Gulbrandsen, Nicole Feest, Krissy Sonniksen, Haripurkh Khalsa)
    7:25 - M 3000 (Ryan Andrus, John Lucas, Will Viviani)
    7:40 - W 4x400
    7:45 - M 4x400
    8:00 - M Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Twilight Mile
    8:10 - Seniors Last Lap



    ON THE EDGE: Ducks Closing in on Pac-10 Qualifying Standards.
    With two weeks to go before the Pac-10 Championships and four weeks before the inaugural West Regional Championships, the following Ducks are closing in on qualifying marks. Pac-10 qualifying rules also guarantee each team one entry per event by the right-of-entry rule so those athletes asterisked are current leaders in events that don't have a Pac-10 qualifier already, and may qualify that way. Duck coaches also have three Pac-10 wild card selections per team to use at their discretion for athletes without qualifying marks, although wild-card athletes still count towards the 24-athlete roster (including heptathlon/decathlon entries). The week before the actual championships, the Pac-10 may also relax standards in a few events that do not have a minimum of 12 qualifiers, as they did this week in the decathlon (the pre-season standard of 6,800 was adjusted to 4,495) and heptathlon (4,400 / 3,971). NOTE: The following Ducks with Pac-10 marks but not regional marks have a % sign.

    Men, Event - Season Best (Pac-10/Reg. Standards)
    %-Jordan Kent, 100 - 10.54w (10.50/10.75)
    *-Jason Willis, 200 - 21.65w (21.20/21.44)
    %-Travis Anderson, 400 - 47.54 (47.45/47.85)
    %-Jan Olszowy, 800 - 1:51.28 (1:51.15/1:51.44)
    Ryan Flaherty, 800 - 1:51.64 (1:51.15/1:51.44)
    &-Matt Scherer, 400H - 53.21 (52.70/53.64)
    4x100 - 40.96 (40.70/--)
    %-Teddy Davis, HJ - 6-6.75 (6-9.5/6-8.75)
    %-Jeff Lindsey, HJ - 6-6.75 (6-9.5/6-8.75)
    %-Jason Slye, PV - 15-11 (16-0.75/16-4.75)
    James March, SP - 55-7 (53-5.75/55-9.25)

    Women, Event - Mark (Pac-10/Reg. Standards)
    &-Heather Murtaugh, 100 - 11.93w (11.80/12.04)
    &-Heather Murtaugh, 200 - 24.34 (24.00/24.54)
    M. Donovan, 400 - 56.72 (55.00/55.44)
    &-Laura Harmon, 1,500 - 4:31.41 (4:31.00/4:40.14)
    &-Alicia Snyder-Carlson, 3KSt. - 10:57.72 (10:50.00/11:10.14)
    &-Clarice Hayward-Lee, TJ - 49-10.5 (40-0/49-4.5)
    Whitney Gum, SP - 42-7 (45-7.25/43-5.75)
    Jordan Sauvage, DT - 148-9 (150-0, 150-11)
    Mary Etter, HT - 167-8 (168-4/170-7)


    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 qualifier outdoors in 2002 (14th) and indoors in 2003 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 All-America eighth-place finisher 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 (2000, '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).

    2003 OREGON INVITE REVIEW: Akinradewo, Andrus and Davis Climb UO Lists.
    EUGENE (4/24-26/03)- Last weekend, the Duck men and women recorded a host of personal and all-time Duck marks against many of the Northwest's top collegians and post-collegians. For the men, seniors Samie Parker lowered his wind-aided 100 best by .07 seconds (10.34, w:+4.6), and Jason Willis also popped a windy personal best in the 200 (third, 21.65w, w:+2.6). In the 400, freshman Travis Anderson lowered his collegiate best to 47.54 for his first Pac-10 qualifier this season and was just shy of the Regional mark (47.45). Fellow frosh Eric Mitchum ran a wind-aided best in the 110 hurdles (first, 13.87w, w:+2.8), and senior Terry Ellis took third in his fastest time this season (14.30w, w:+2.8). Junior Brandon Holliday added his second-fastest effort ever in the 400 hurdles en route to the win (51.18), and Mitchum was only .33 seconds off his season best (fourth, 52.55). On the relay side, the 4x400 relay of Anderson, Matt Scherer, Santiago Lorenzo and Holliday posted their first Regional mark of the campaign (3:10.09) and easily met the 3:11.50 standard. The foursome of Willis, Scherer, Anderson and Parker also broke 41.00 in the 4x100 for the first time in 2003. In the distances, redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon chopped 12 seconds off his personal best in the 5,000 for a Pac-10 and Regional qualifier (fifth, 14:04.85) as the second collegiate finisher in a talented field that featured 11, sub-14:00 finishers. In the 800, freshman Ryan Flaherty missed his personal best by .46 seconds (second, 1:52.10). Senior Foluso Akinradewo claimed a foot personal best in the triple jump to move to No. 5 all-time for the Ducks (first, 52-0 1/2), and redshirt senior Adam Kriz raised his hammer personal best and conference-leading mark by one foot, 11 inches to 219-9. Junior Adam Jenkins leapfrogged John Stiegeler on the Pac-10 javelin list with an almost-three-foot personal best (second, 221-4) that moved him to eighth all-time for the Ducks, with Stiegeler just behind (third, 216-3). In other evening field events, freshman high jumper Chad Clason raised his outdoor personal best by 1/2 inches (third, 6-10 3/4) and redshirt freshman Jon Derby tied his pole vault outdoor best (15-11). In the morning session, Duck men's winners included freshmen Jordan Kent (100, 10.54w, w:+3.5) and Andy Young (pole vault, 15-7). Freshman Doug Sells threw his best mark in the shot put since 2000 (10th, 48-11), freshman Matt Scherer missed his personal best in the 400 hurdles by .12 seconds (53.33), and freshman Kent was 1 3/4 inches short of his long jump personal best (third, 23-11w). On the women's side in the evening session, senior sprinter Janette Davis fought off windy conditions for her first sub-54.00 mark in the 400 with a .24-second personal best (first, 53.87), and senior Heather Murtaugh added a .23-second personal best in the 100 (second, 24.34). The 4x400 of Becky Holliday, Sara Schaaf, Eri Macdonald and Davis logged their first Regional mark of the year Saturday en route to the win (3:45.46). Freshman Nicole Feest paced the distance crew with a 24-second personal best in the 5,000 (16:57.94), and senior Carrie Zografos finished just behind in her season debut (13th, 17:01.93) and just missed the Regional mark (17:00.00). Senior Alicia Snyder-Carlson took 10 seconds off her personal best in the steeplechase (10th, 10:57.72) and was only seven seconds shy of the Regional standard (10:50.00). In the field events, seniors Niki McEwen won the pole vault (13-1 1/2), and Amanda Brown added second in the long jump (18-10 3/4). Duck morning session winners included sophomore Kayla Mellott who ran a personal best in the 400 (58.56), and Brown who missed her triple jump personal best by 1/2 inches (40-9w, w:+4.1). Other morning personal bests came from redshirt junior C'Rel McAllister (400 hurdles, second, 63.40), freshmen Emily Marsh (400 hurdles, third, 64.52) and Whitney Gum (shot put, eighth, 42-7), and season bests were turned in by senior Torkwase Fraser (100, eighth, 12.49w, w:+5.5) and freshman Beth Jackson (800, eighth, 2:18.92). The meet kicked off Thursday and Friday with runner-up efforts in the heptathlon and decathlon by junior Abby Andrus (5,152) and redshirt senior Jason Slye (6,851). Andrus moved to sixth all-time for the Ducks with her 189-point personal best and easily met the NCAA provisional mark (5,000), and her first-day 100-hurdle best of 14.00 also put her #7 on the Duck all-time rolls. A two-time Pac-10 decathlon qualifier, Slye earned a return league invite with his second-highest score ever, and was edged only by former Duck All-American Billy Pappas who competes for Team XO (first, 7,390), a new track club composed primarily of ex-Oregon athletes.

    2002 OREGON TWILIGHT REWIND: Etter Double-Dips in the Win Column.
    EUGENE (5/11/02) - Even without its normal marquee event - the Twilight Mile - headlining the bill, the Oregon Twilight welcomed its largest crowd in five years as 3,346 cheered the Duck men's and women's track and field teams to a string of qualifying improvements and personal and seasonal bests. Mary Etter paced the Oregon women with a nine-inch personal best in the discus (first, NCAA prov. 177-5) that was less than 1 1/2 feet off the NCAA automatic mark. The Everett, Wash., native also won the shot put (NCAA prov. 48-11 3/4) by an eight-foot margin. Jordan Sauvage launched a hammer personal best (first, 183-3) that was only six inches shy of the NCAA prov. mark (183-9), and javelin thrower Sarah Malone rounded out a Duck sweep of the throws (first, NCAA prov. 166-10). In the pole vault, unattached entrant Niki Reed (first, 13-5 1/4) edged teammate Becky Holliday (second, NCAA prov. 13-5 1/4) on fewer misses. Notching her first Pac-10 qualifying mark of the season, Amanda Brown enjoyed a season best in the long jump by more than a foot (first, 19-2 1/2w, +3.7 mps). The Eugene native also won the triple jump (38-8 3/4, 11.80m), an identical metric mark she jumped three times that evening, and her other legal mark (11.79m) was only a centimeter shorter. In the distances, Eri Macdonald claimed victory in the 800 (2:08.70), edging a pair of teammates, Alicia Snyder-Carlson (second, PR 2:12.56) and Annette Mosey (third, 2:12.88). Adding to the blue ribbon tally, Heather Murtaugh (100, first, 12.48w +2.5w) and Janette Davis (200, first, 24.85) coasted to victories in the sprints. On the post-collegiate circuit, the steeplechase lived up to its featured billing as 2001's third-place U.S. finisher Kelly MacDonald, took the lead late in the last two laps off a fairly even-paced effort (approx. 80-second laps) en route to the win (10:02.92). The Tualatin, Ore., native and ASU grad edged Jennifer Michel of the Adidas Boulder Running Company (second, 10:04.20), Toledo's Brianna Shook (third, 10:04.21), former Duck All-American and Nike entrant Lisa Nye (fourth, 10:09.88) and Canadian Margaret Butler (fifth, 10:12.28) of the Kajaks Track Club. Carrie Zografos paced the Ducks in the event (12th, 10:43.04), and was less than a second shy of her season best (10:42.02) from the UW Dual (4/13/02), and just missed the NCAA provisional mark (10:40.00). On the men's side, with 28 Duck men already qualified for the Pac-10 Championships a week away in Pullman, several understandably concentrated on maximizing their training, including three competing in Pullman in the Pac-10 Championships decathlon. Among Duck results, high jumper Kyley Johnson just missed his attempts at the NCAA provisional mark of 7-1 3/4, but still equaled his personal best (first, 7-0 1/2). Trevor Woods won the pole vault (NCAA prov. 17-5 1/2), and Adam Kriz was less than two feet off his personal best in the hammer (third, NCAA prov. 205-9). James March logged the Ducks' other throws victory by a four-inch margin in the shot put (first, 52-6) and added second in the discus (160-11). In the sprints, Samie Parker logged a windy personal best and his first Pac-10 qualifier of 2002 in the 200 (21.46, w: +3.0), just ahead of Allan Amundson (fifth, 22.11w) who also had a collegiate best. In the distances, Jason Hartmann just missed notching his second victory in seven home races at Hayward Field in Saturday's 3,000 (second, 8:20.02). Area post-collegian Aaron Davis of Team Eugene (first, 8:19.90) won the lean at the line. In the 1,500, Eric Logsdon (third, 3:51.39) and redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus (fourth, 3:53.10) made their final regular season appearances. Among other men's winners, future Duck and Churchill high school senior Jordan Kent took the 200 (21.20w w:+3.0) and long jump (23-11w +2.3), and future Duck coach Lance Deal who competed for the New York Athletic Club (hammer, 240-0).



    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, SD
    HS - 3,200 (9:30)

    Travis Anderson, Fr., Arvada, Colo.
    HS - 400 (47.09) / UO - 47.54

    Chad Clason, Fr., Bend, Ore.
    HS - HJ (6-10 1/4) / UO - 6-10 1/2

    Teddy Davis, Fr., White Salmon, Wash.
    HS - HJ (6-11) / UO - 7-0 1/4-indoors

    Tomas Finol, Fr., Houston, Texas
    HS - 800 (1:52.59) / UO - 1:53.26-indoors

    Ryan Flaherty, Fr., Bend, Ore.
    HS - 800 (1:52.19) / UO - 1:51.64

    Jordan Kent, Fr., Eugene, Ore.
    HS - 400 (47.22), LJ (25-1 1/4niw) / UO - 24-0 3/4

    Jeff Lindsey, Fr., Mansfield, TexasHS - HJ (7-2) / UO - 6-6 3/4

    Gabriel LeMay, RJr., Yoncalla, Ore.
    JC - Dec. (6,832)

    Eric Mitchum, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
    HS - 110H (13.82) / UO - 13.87w, 14.02

    David Moore, Fr., Orinda, Calif.
    HS - PV (16-6) / UO - 15-5-indoors

    Bobby Owen, Fr., Mansfield, Texas
    HS - HJ (6-8), TJ (46-8), 400 (50.21)

    Jan Olszowy, Fr., Jarfalla, Sweden
    HS - 800 (1:50.15) / UO - 1:50.40 - indoors

    Matthew Scherer, Fr., Bridgeport, Ill.
    HS - 400 (46.87) / UO - 47.59, 400H-53.21

    Kyle Sunderland, Fr., Fontana, Calif.
    HS - 400 (47.7), 800 (1:52.4)

    Will Viviani, RFr., Arlington, Va.
    UNAT. - 3K (8:33.83), 5K (15:03.67)

    DUCK WOMEN'S NEWCOMERS

    Abby Andrus, RJr.-TR, , Peoria, Ariz.
    JC - Hep. 4,903, HJ 5-7, 100H 14.34, 400H 62.70

    Nicole Feest, Fr., Lombard, Ill.
    HS 3,200 (10:59.7) / UO - 5K 16:57.94

    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.
    HS - SP 44-5, DT 136-3 / UO - 42-7, 129-4

    Chelsea Manesh, Fr., Portland, Ore.
    HS - 800 (2:17) / UO - 2:20.62

    Emily Marsh, Fr., Pullman, Wash.
    HS - 300H (46.03) / UO - 64.52

    Krissy Sonniksen, Fr., Portland, Ore.
    HS - 800 (2:28), 1,500 (4:55)

    * NOTE: HS/JC/UNAT. = 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 27thand final 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 are not 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).

    2003 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.

    2003 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.

    2002 PAC-10 REVIEW: Duck M&W Climb to Second & Sixth on League Charts.
    PULLMAN, Wash. (5/18-19/02) - In 2002 finale of the 'Conference of Champions' the UO men's and women's track and field teams took second and sixth with 125 and 67 points, respectively -- their highest finishes since 1996 and 1999 - while Stanford (151) and UCLA (160) captured top M&W team honors. Individually, the Duck men featured five Pac-10 champions for the first time since 1990, and the women were led by three runners-up. For the men, redshirt sophomore Nick Bakke started the first day off with a surprise win in the javelin (first, NCAA prov. 227). The Ashland, Ore., native entered the meet seeded 12th in the conference, yet his 21-foot personal best vaulted him to third all-time for the Ducks. At the same time in the hammer ring, junior Adam Kriz improved on his second seed to win with an almost three-foot personal best (210-7). Senior Simon Kimata wasted little time escaping the field en route to victory in the 800 (1:48.35), and sophomore Brandon Holliday improved on his second-place seeding with a half-second personal best in the 400 hurdles (NCAA prov. 50.73) and moved to seventh all-time for the Ducks. Three more Ducks added runner-up honors - senior Micah Harris who was .01 seconds away from the win in the 110 hurdles (13.82), junior Foluso Akinradewo who upped his windy triple jump personal best by four inches (second, 50-10 3/4w, +2.2 wind mps), and All-American and redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann who kicked up a place in the final 50 meters of the 10K (30:28.92). Other Duck scorers included redshirt senior Kyley Johnson (high jump, third, 7-0 1/2), sophomore Trevor Woods (pole vault, fourth, 17-7 1/4) redshirt freshmen Eric Logsdon (5K, fourth, 14:28.30) and Brett Holts (steeple, fourth, 9:03.32) senior Ross Krempley (800, fifth, 1:51.81), Hartmann (5K, fifth, 14:30.01), junior Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, fifth, 14.22), redshirt junior Jason Slye (pole vault, sixth, NCAA prov. & PR 17-3 1/2), redshirt seniors Billy Pappas (long jump, seventh, 23-5) and Adam Bergquist (eighth, 14:36.17), and both relays (4x100, fifth, 41.06) and (4x400, fifth, 3:10.86). Other Duck finalists that did not score included freshman Derek Strubel (triple jump, ninth, 49-0 1/4), redshirt junior Jake Horner (high jump, 10th, 6-8 3/4), redshirt senior Cody Howell (pole vault, 10th, 16-7 1/2), and redshirt sophomore John Lucas (10K, 13th, 32:37.37). Individually on the women's side, redshirt junior Becky Holliday (pole vault, second, 13-9 1/4), claimed her third highest mark of the 2002 outdoor season (second, NCAA auto. 13-9 3/4) and edged former national leader Tracy O'Hara of UCLA (third, 13-9 3/4) on fewer misses. Junior Jenny Brogdon (high jump, second, 5-9 1/4) improved on her pre-meet ranking of fourth, broke her previous personal best by a half-inch, and was just shy of the NCAA provisional mark of 5-10 1/2. Sophomore javelin thrower Sarah Malone (javelin, second, NCAA auto. 171-9) led a 20-point explosion in the javelin that also featured NCAA provisional efforts from freshmen Roslyn Lundeen (fourth, 163-11), Elisa Crumley (fifth, 160-6) and junior Charyl Weingarten (sixth, three-foot PR 158-8). Also in the throws, All-America junior Mary Etter claimed her first Pac-10 points in the shot put (seventh, 49-11 1/4) and equaled her league-best finish in the discus (third, 169-1). Junior Amanda Brown paced the Ducks in the horizontal jumps with a wind-legal long jump season best of 18-10 (eighth), then returned on the second day with a nearly 1 1/2-foot personal best in the triple jump (sixth, 40-2 3/4). In the sprints, Janette Davis broke 55.00 in both the 400 prelims (54.78) and final (sixth, 54.35) and scored her first Pac-10 points. In the 100 hurdles senior Jenny Kenyon claimed a personal best in the prelims (14.18) and her second-best ever time in the finals (eighth, 14.23). The team's top harrier last fall, redshirt junior Carrie Zografos paced the distance squad on the track (steeplechase, fifth, 10:56.26) with her third sub-11:00 clocking of the season. Other Duck scorers included sophomore Kirsten Riley (pole vault, sixth, NCAA prov. & PR 12-10), sophomore Rachael Kriz (high jump, seventh, 5-7 1/4), junior Eri Macdonald (800, eighth, 2:19.76, 2:07.61-prelims), and junior Jordan Sauvage (hammer, eighth, NCAA prov. & PR 183-9). Other Duck competitors included junior Sauvage and freshman Katie McKeever in the discus (11th, 146-4, and 12th, 144-2), sophomore Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, 11th-prelims, 14.23), sophomore Annette Mosey (12th-prelims, 2:14.44), freshman Laura Harmon (1,500, 12th, 4:32.84) junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (400 hurdles, 13th-prelims, 63.72), junior Mary Murphy (high jump, 14th, 5-3 1/4). The previous weekend in the league decathlon, redshirt senior Billy Pappas notched Oregon's second straight and ninth conference decathlon win (7,532), a 44-point personal best and his first-ever NCAA automatic mark. Also in the decathlon, redshirt juniors Jason Slye and Jake Horner added personal bests of 6,996 (fifth) and 6,587 (ninth) with Slye netting his first conference decathlon points and Horner making his 10-event debut. In the women's heptathlon, senior Jenny Kenyon took fifth (5,169) for her fourth conference heptathlon scoring honor and only six points shy of the NCAA provisional mark (5,175).



    ONLINE TRACK RESOURCES

  • UO Athletics: www.GoDucks.com
  • Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
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  • West Regional Host: www.gostanford.com
  • NCAA Champs.: www.ncaasports.com
  • NCAA Champs Host: www.hornetsports.com
  • NCAA: www.ncaa.org
  • USATF Oregon: www.usatf-oregon.org
  • USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
  • USOC: www.olympic-usa.org
  • IAAF: www.iaaf.org
  • High School T&F Info: www.dyestat.com
  • Oregon Track Club: www.oregontrackclub.com
  • Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
  • USA Championships: www.ustfnationals.org
  • World Champs: www.paris2003saintdenis.org
  • World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net
  • Runner's World: www.runnersworld.com
  • Trackwire: www.trackwire.com
  • Collegiate Track Results: www.trackshark.com
  • T&F News: www.trackandfieldnews.com


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