Mitchum Invited to Compete in Pre Classic 110 Hurdles
May 22, 2003
EUGENE - In the midst of the finest freshman season by a University of Oregon freshman 110 hurdler, Eric Mitchum will face his toughest test so far in the 2003 Prefontaine Classic Grand Prix, Sat., May 24.
Mitchum returns to action after a second-place finish in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships last weekend in Los Angeles at USC (13.73w (w+3.8) in final, 13.75 (w:+1.1) in prelims), and currently stands 13th nationally among collegians and second among freshmen nationally based on season bests. The 18-year-old Calumet, City, Ill., native Mitchum was invited to compete in the IAAF Grand Prix meet after Olympic and world champion Allen Johnson withdrew this week due to a calf injury.
Oregon's second-fastest 110 hurdler ever, Mitchum will line-up in an eight-man field on his Hayward Field home turf that features former Duck All-American Micah Harris who clocked a breakthrough personal best in the Modesto Relays earlier in May (13.43) - a personal best by .24 seconds from his school record (13.67) in 2003. In that race in Modesto, Harris took second to another Pre Classic entrant, Larry Wade of Nike (13.23) who owns the second-fastest time in the world in 2003. Wade was also ranked #3 in the world last year by Track and Field News.
Other entries in the Pre Classic field include 2001 World Championships bronze medalist Dudley Dorival of Haiti, this season's eighth-ranked hurdler in the world Duane Ross of the U.S., former Alabama NCAA champion Ron Bramlett, and two-time Olympic medalist Mark Crear, and Swedish Recordholder Robert Kronberg, currently 12th on the IAAF World Rankings list.
Pre Classic Men's 110 Hurdles Start List - 2003 Season Bests
Larry Wade, Nike - 13.23 - #2 in world, #1 in U.S.Micah Harris, HP - 13.43 - #7 in world, #3 in U.S.Duane Ross, GWE - 13.43 - #7 in world, #3 in U.S.Ron Bramlett, Nike - 13.44 - #9 in world, #5 in U.S.Dudley Dorival, Haiti - 13.49 - #12 in worldMark Crear, Unat. - 13.58 - #19 in world, #14 in U.S.Eric Mitchum, Oregon - 13.75 - #27 in U.S.Robert Kronberg, Sweden - No Data
Mitchum's race is slated for a 1:47 pm start Satuday (Pacific Time), while the meet starts at 1 pm with the women's pole vault. NBC will televise the meet tape delay a day later on Sunday, May 25 from 10:30 am - noon (Pacific Time), and you can check your local TV listings at the www.tvguide.com/listings website.
More information on the meet can be found at the www.preclassic.com website. U.S. rankings can be found at the www.trackandfieldnews.com website, and world rankings are at the www.iaaf.org website in the listings Statistics/Top Lists section.
Looking ahead to the following week, the Duck M&W venture into unchartered qualifying waters in their second stop of the championship slate in the NCAA West Regional at Stanford University, May 30-31. The Ducks will send 24 men's individual qualifiers (and both relays) and 21 women's individual qualifiers (and the 4x400 relay) to the inaugural championship enacted by the NCAA Championships Division 1 Board of Directors after several years of study by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. More West Regional meet information is available at the www.GoStanford.com website, and more information on the entire regional format is available at the www.ncaasports.com website.
Four, two-day meet will be held simultaneously to determine a majority of the NCAA Championships fields, slated to follow 11 days later in Sacramento, Calif. (Wed.-Sat., 6/11-14). The West Regional will features teams from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona (including 40 men's teams and 42 women's teams).
Eric Mitchum in 2003
Freshman, Calumet City, Ill. (Mt. Carmel High School)
*^13.73-f (w:3.8), 2nd, Pac-10 Championships, 5/18*^13.75-p (w:1.1), 2nd overall (1st-heat), Pac-10 Championships, 5/17*14.04w (w:4.7), 1st, Oregon Twilight, 5/3*^13.87w (w:2.6), 1st, Oregon Invite Twilight section, 4/26*^14.23 (w:-0.9), 6th, Mt. SAC Relays Olympic Devlopment section, 4/19*^14.02 (w:-0.9), 1st, Pepsi Team Invite, 4/12*^13.98w (w:+2.4), 4th, Texas Relays Invitational section, 4/5*^14.29, 2nd-heat, Texas Relays, 4/4*^14.07w (w:+3.0), 1st, Oregon Preview, 3/22
*^52.60-p, 9th overall (3rd-heat), Pac-10 Championships, 5/17*^54.22, 2nd, Oregon Twilight, 5/3*^52.55, 4th, Oregon Invite Twilight section, 4/26*^52.12, 4th, Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, 4/18*^52.51, 5th, Pepsi Team Invite, 4/12*53.08, 2nd-heat, Texas Relays, 4/353.81, 2nd, Oregon Preview, 3/22
*denotes Pac-10 qualifying times (