Lorenzo Takes Ducks' Fourth Pac-10 T&F Athlete of Week Honor of 2003

May 12, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams received their fourth Pacific-10 Conference Athlete of the Week honor of 2003 Monday as redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo also picked up his fourth career honor.

The Buenos Aires, Argentina native was rewarded for his Pac-10 victory in the decathlon last weekend in USC (7,564) over Washington State freshman Darion Powell (second, 7,386) and USC senior Shelton Davis (third, 7,290). Overall, Lorenzo ranked top three in seven of the event's 10 disciplines, and won the javelin by more than 17 feet (187-4) and the 400 by .07 seconds (48.96). He also stood second in the shot put (44-11 3/4), pole vault (15-7) and discus (132-6), and added third in the long jump (22-11 3/4) and 110 hurdles (14.97).

Lorenzo's win marked Oregon's third straight decathlon victory after his triumph in 2001 (7,617) followed by Billy Pappas' win in 2002. His placing was also his fourth, top-two league decathlon finish after runner-up nods in 2000 (7,649) and 1999 (7,150).

At the collegiate level, Lorenzo ranked third in the nation last week in the decathlon with his runner-up tally from the 2003 Texas Relays (7,911w), and was the NCAA champion in 2001 (personal best, 7,889) and also an All-American in 2000 (fifth, 7,543).

Lorenzo's athlete of the week honor also stood as the fourth of his career. As a junior in 2001 he was honored after winning the Pac-10 (7,617) and the Texas Relays (7,726) decathlons, and as a sophomore in 2000 after his Texas Relays decathlon then-personal best(third overall, 7,580).

Lorenzo is the fourth Duck male honored this season in the fifth edition of the weekly honor. Last week (Tue., 5/6), redshirt sophomore Brett Holts was selected in the men's track category after he took the Pac-10 steeplechase lead with his four-second personal best in the Cardinal Invitational (8:48.81) the previous weekend (Fri., 5/2). The week before (Mon., 4/28), junior Adam Jenkins was selected in the field event category after he leap-frogged senior teammate John Stiegeler to the top of the Pac-10 javelin rankings, thanks to his three-foot personal and six-foot, seven-inch season best in the Oregon Invitational (221-4). Redshirt senior hammer thrower Adam Kriz claimed his first conference award two weeks prior in the 2003's inaugural honor for his then-personal best and Pepsi Team Invitational win (217-10).

Besides this year's quartet of honorees, three other current Ducks have combined for five other Pac-10 honors the past three seasons - senior John Stiegeler (Texas Relays 4/02, javelin, first, 242-11; Texas Relays 4/01, javelin, second, 245-9; Oregon Invite 4/01, javelin, second, 241-11), and juniors Trevor Woods (Pepsi Team Invite 4/02, pole vault, first, 18-0 1/2) and Sarah Malone (Oregon Twilight 5/01, javelin, first, 174-0).

Joining Lorenzo on this week's conference honoree list was women's heptathlon winner and senior Ellannee Richardson of Washington State.

Looking ahead, Lorenzo is an individual qualifier for this week's Pac-10 Champs in the 110 hurdles (14.42), 400 hurdles (52.26), long jump (23-9 1/2 (W+4.9)), and javelin (199-2), and was a Pac-10 Champs individual scorer in the long jump in 2001 (seventh, 23-0 3/4) and in the 400 hurdles in 2000 (fourth, 51.70) and 2001 (fifth, 52.19).

After one event, Oregon's trio of top-five decathlon finishers (senior Jason Slye and freshman Andy Young took fourth and fifth), puts the Duck men atop the team standings with 19 points, ahead of Washington State (second, 9 points), USC (third, 6), Stanford (fourth, 3) and Arizona (fifth, 2). The Duck women are in third place with six points thanks to redshirt junior Abby Andrus' 151-point heptathlon personal best (third, 5,303) that moves her up the NCAA provisional list and also to fifth all-time for the Ducks.

The remainder of the Pac-10 Championships begins Saturday morning with the first field event at 10 am, the first running event at 1 pm, and the last running event at 6:40 pm. Sunday's first field event is at 9 am, the first running event at 1 pm, and last event ends at 5:30 pm.

More meet information is available at the www.usctrojans.com and www.pac-10.org websites.

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