Track Teams Announce Season Award Winners
June 4, 2003
EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams announced their team award winners at their annual, year-end banquet Wednesday at the Pittman Room in the Len Casanova Center.
Women's award winners included:
Mary Officer Award - Mary Etter. The senior from Everett, Wash., has enjoyed a strong finish in her final season thanks to a discus win in the West Regional and 2-foot, 2-inch personal best (179-7). That effort marked her 10th win of the season (6 DT, 3 SP, 1 HT) and raised her career tally to 46 altogether indoors and outdoors. Two weeks prior, she claimed her fourth, top-four Pac-10 finish in the discus (fourth, then-season best 177-1), and she is also a two-time league scorer in the shot put. This season she leads the Ducks in the discus (179-7) and shot put (49-2 1/4), and ranks second in the hammer (167-8). All-time for Oregon she ranks top-five in all three throws events - discus (second), shot put (fourth) and hammer (fourth).
Lynne Winbigler Performer of the Year Award - Becky Holliday. The redshirt senior pole vaulter from Sparks, Nev., has led the national collegiate standings much of the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2003, and raised the standard even higher during the outdoor championship run. She upped her Oregon school record in the Pac-10 (first, 14-6) and West Regional Championships (first, 14-8), and now stands sixth all-time among Americans, and first all-time among collegians outdoors. At the conference level, she also claimed a new Pac-10 Championships record with her 14-6 clearance, and more recently was tabbed the US Track Coaches Association West Regional Women's Athlete of the Year. Indoors, she pushed her school record to 14-3 1/4 en route to NCAA runner-up honors in March - her second of three All-America honors already for the Ducks.
Harry Ritchie Award (Most Inspirational) - Janette Davis. In 2003, the senior from Medford, Ore., led the sprint squad for the third straight season in the 400 and climbed to fourth all-time for the Ducks with her personal best from the Oregon Invitational in April (53.87). She scored for the second straight season in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships final in the 400 (sixth, 55.02). Team-wise, she led the squad this season in the 400 (53.89) and ranked second in the 100 (12.09w), 200 (24.64) and 800 (2:12.17).
Coaches' Award (Most Improved) - Abby Andrus. The redshirt junior transfer from Paradise Valley CC and native of Peoria, Ariz., is currently ranked 13th nationally in the heptathlon and fifth all-time for the Ducks. Her third-place Pac-10 mark and season best of 5,301 points is a 400-point improvement from her preseason personal best (4,903) that earned her runner-up honors in the 2002 national junior college championships. This season, she also joined the Ducks' all-time top-10 lists in the 100 hurdles (seventh, 14.00, 13.93w) and 400 hurdles (sixth, 59.90) and also leads the team in both events, while ranking second in the high jump (5-5 3/4) and long jump (18-5 1/4).
Tom Heinonen Cross Country Award - Carrie Zografos. The former hurdler and middle distance runner enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough during the cross country championship season last fall with All-America honors (33rd) and top-eight finishes in the West Regional (sixth) and Pacific-10 Conference Championships (eighth). Altogether as a junior and senior, she led the team in nine of her 10 appearances after running in the team's sixth and seven positions as a sophomore transfer in 2000, and her NCAA finish was a remarkable 187 places better than her debut in the collegiate finale in 2000. The Portland, Ore., native only took up distance running four seasons ago at the University of Colorado after a prep career as a sprinter and hurdler at Central Catholic High School.
Men's award winners follow:
Bill Dellinger Cross Country Award - Jason Hartmann. The senior harrier from Rockford, Mich., led the squad in three of four races in the fall of 2002. He claimed his third cross country All-America honor at the end of his career last November with his best NCAA finish (20th) and helped the Duck men to a fifth-place team finish. Earlier in his career he claimed harrier All-America honors as a freshman and sophomore in the 1999 (37th) and 2000 (35th), and was only 10 seconds shy of a fourth honor as a junior in 2002 (50th). Also last fall, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors for his fourth-place finish in the conference finale, then returned two weeks later to finish second in the West Regional Championships.
Perry Holloman Award (Most Improved) - Samie Parker. The dual-sport star and senior from Long Beach, Calif., continues to surge in his final track season for the Ducks. Indoors, he lowered his 60-meter school record in the NCAA Championships prelims to 6.62, and the next day took fourth in the final for the second straight year (6.64) for his second All-America honor in the event. Outdoors this season, he won the 100 in the recent West Regional Championships (10.25w, w:+2.8) after entering the meet seeded third in the region and fifth nationally. Two weeks before he scored third in the 100 in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships (10.21w, w:+3.7). All-time, he jumped to #2 for the Ducks in the 100 with his personal best from the Pac-10 Championships prelims (10.18, w:+0.9).
Dow Wilson Award (Most Inspirational) - Terry Ellis. The senior hurdler from Los Angeles, Calif., maximized his shortened outdoor season for the Ducks in only 1 1/2 months of racing. In his hometown in May, he claimed his first wind-legal sub-14.00 time of his career in the 110 hurdles in the Pacific-10 Championships prelims (13.93, w:+1.1), then returned to take fifth in his second-fastest time of the year in the event final (fifth, 14.13w, w:+3.8). All-time for the Ducks he stands fifth for the Ducks with that 13.93 clocking from the Pac-10 prelims, and was also a league scorer as a freshman (eighth), sophomore (seventh) and junior (fifth).
George Scharpf Outstanding Athlete Award - Santiago Lorenzo. The redshirt senior decathlete from Buenos Aires, Argentina, returned in full force in 2003 after redshirting last season with a windy personal best in his season debut in the Texas Relays (second, 7,911w). A month later he claimed his second Pac-10 decathlon title (7,564) in May and his fourth, top-two finish in the event. He returned the next week to add points in the 400 hurdles (sixth, PR 51.62) and missed scoring in the long jump by only 3/4 inches (ninth, 23-9). Lorenzo was also a Pac-10 and Regional qualifier in the javelin with a season best of 199-2. He ranks third on this season's collegiate season best list, and in UO history, his NCAA winning mark from 2001 (7,889) ranks him fourth. He also was also a second-team Academic All-American as a junior in 2001.
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