Track & Field Teams Look Forward to NCAA Finale
June 8, 2003
This Week's Action
Duck Competition Schedule
OUTDOOR VOL. 10: Duck Qualify 22 M&W For Collegiate Finale.
The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams look forward to one of their largest NCAA travel contingents in recent memory and will send 21 individuals (13 M/8 W) and one relay (M4x400) to the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cal State Sacramento's Hornet Stadium, Wed.-Sat., June 11-14. The meet marks the first collegiate finale in the Golden State since 1968's stop in Berkeley, Calif., while the previous California stop in 1965 marked the Duck men's third of five team wins. Looking ahead past the collegiate finale, the Ducks travel up the road to Stanford the following week for the USA Championships (Thu.-Sun., 6/19-22) and USA Junior Championships (Fri.-Sat., 6/20-21) at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
2003 NCAA Championships Qualifiers
M (14) & W (8) Year-Exp. Hometown Event Rank, Season Best PRSantiago Lorenzo RSr.-3L Buenos Aires, Arg. Dec. 3rd, 7,911w 7,911w/7,889Samie Parker Sr.-2L Long Beach, Calif. 100 6th, 10.18 10.18Eric Logsdon RSo.-1L Canby, Ore. 5K 7th, 13:52.62 13:52.62Adam Kriz RSr.-3L Toledo, Ore. Hammer 7th, 221-3 221-3Trevor Woods Jr.-2L Coos Bay, Ore. Pole Vault 9th, 17-8 1/2 17-11 3/4Jason Hartmann RJr.-2L Rockford, Mich. 10K 11th, 28:52.03 28:46.76Eric Mitchum Fr.-HS Calumet City, Ill. 110H 16th, 13.75/13.73w 13.75/13.73wJohn Stiegeler RSr.-3L Coos Bay, Ore. Javelin 18th, 228-2 252-10Brett Holts RSo.-1L Bend, Ore. Steeple 21st, 8:48.81 8:48.81Ryan Andrus RJr.-1L Orem, Utah 10K 22nd, 29:12.02 29:12.02Jordan Kent Fr.-HS Eugene, Ore. 200 24th, 20.99 20.99Matt Scherer Fr.-HS Sumner, Ill. 400 25th, 46.59 46.59Brandon Holliday Jr.-1L Beaverton, Ore. 400H 25th, 50.79 50.734x400 = 18th, 3:08.05 - Travis Anderson (Fr., Arvada, Colo.), Matt Scherer (Sumner, Ill.),
Jordan Kent (Fr., Eugene, Ore.), Brandon Holliday (Beaverton, Ore.)
Becky Holliday RSr.-1L Sparks, Nev. Pole Vault 1st, 14-8 14-8Niki McEwen RSr.-3L Newport, Ore. Pole Vault 4th, 13-11 1/4 14-1 1/4-iMary Etter Sr.-3L Everett, Wash. Discus 11th, 179-7 179-7Abby Andrus RJr.-TR Peoria, Ariz. Heptathlon 15th, 5,303 5,303Roslyn Lundeen So.-1L Victoria, B.C. Javelin 17th, 159-8 166-11Jordan Sauvage Sr.-3L North Bend, Wash. Hammer 24th, 191-4 191-4Elisa Crumley So.-1L Hillsboro, Ore. Javelin 24th, 157-11 169-7Amanda Brown Sr.-3L Eugene, Ore. Triple Jump 26th, 40-9.5/41-5w 40-9.5/41-5w
UO WOMEN'S PREVIEW: Field Event-Only Corps Features Four All-Americans.
On the women's side, the Ducks will send eight field-event athletes - including two pole vaulters and two javelin throwers, a triple jumper, discus thrower and heptathlete. Among that group, seniors Becky Holliday and Niki McEwen rank the highest with first- and fourth-place seedings in the pole vault, with two others ranked top-15 in their event. The group also boasts one NCAA runner-up (Holliday-indoors '03) among its five returning All-Americans (Holliday), while the three others will make their NCAA debuts.
UO MEN'S PREVIEW: Ducks Enter 2 NCAA Champs & 3 More All-Americans.
This year's men's NCAA contingent is again a balanced one, and consists of five sprinters and hurdlers and a 4x400 relay, four distance runners, three field event athletes and a decathlete. Among that group, senior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo is the highest-seeded individual (third, 7,911w season best) and one of five, top-10 ranked entries for the men in fields that feature between 26-28 individuals per event and 18 relays. The UO group also features a pair of NCAA champions from 2001 (Lorenzo, decathlon, 7,889; John Stiegeler, javelin, school record 252-10) among its five All-America returnees (also include Samie Parker - indoor 60 (2x), Jason Hartmann - 10K (2x) and Trevor Woods - pole vault ), another two-time NCAA veteran (Adam Kriz - hammer), and seven others who will make their NCAA debuts (including three that were first-time All-Americans last fall in cross country - Ryan Andrus (10K), Brett Holts (steeple) and Eric Logsdon (5K)).
NCAA PREVIEW: LSU (W), Arkansas (M) & Auburn (M) Loom as Team Faves.
On the men's side, Arkansas and Auburn are both projected to tally 56 points in the final www.Trackwire.com NCAA form chart with USC (38), UCLA (34) and Mississippi State (33) rounding out the top five. LSU is tabbed to score 65 points to outdistance Texas (56), UCLA (53), Nebraska (41) and South Carolina (37). Last year's top team finishers from the LSU-hosted event follow: M-LSU (1st, 64), Tennessee (2nd, 57), SMU (3rd, 42), Clemson (4th-tie, 32), Florida (4th-tie, 32); W- South Carolina (1st, 82), UCLA (second, 72), USC (third, 57), LSU (4th, 43), Kansas (5th, 30).
Tentative Duck/Meet Schedule
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Cal State Sacramento
Wed.-Sat., June 11-14, 2003
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
10:00 W Discus Qual. (Mary Etter)10:25 W 100 Prelims10:45 M 100 Prelims (Samie Parker)11:00 M Pole Vault Qual. (Trevor Woods)11:05 W 800 Prelims11:30 M 800 Prelims12:05 W 100H Prelims12:30 M 110H Prelims (Eric Mitchum)1:45 M Javelin Qual. (John Stiegeler)4:30 M Long Jump Qual.5:00 M Hammer Qual. (Adam Kriz)5:45 W 4x100 Prelims6:05 M 4x100 Prelims6:30 W 3,000 Steeple Prelims7:00 M 3,000 Steeple Prelims (Brett Holts)7:15 W Long Jump Qual.7:55 W 400H Prelims8:05 W Javelin Qual. (Elisa Crumley, Roslyn Lundeen)8:20 M 400H Prelims (Brandon Holliday)8:35 M Shot Put Qual.8:50 W 100 Semi9:05 M 100 Semi (Samie Parker)9:20 W 5,000 Prelims10:00 M 5,000 Prelims (Eric Logsdon)
DECATHLON (Santiago Lorenzo)
1:00 Dec. 1002:00 Dec. Long Jump3:30 Dec. Shot Put4:50 Dec. High Jump7:30 Dec. 400
THURSDAY, JUNE 12
10:00 W Pole Vault Qual. (Becky Holliday, Niki McEwen)10:15 M Discus Qual.10:15 W 200 Prelims10:40 M 200 Prelims (Jordan Kent)11:05 W 800 Semi11:25 M 800 Semi11:45 W 100H Semi12:00 M 110H Semi (Eric Mitchum)12:55 W 400 Prelims1:15 M 400 Prelims (Matt Scherer)1:30 M High Jump Qual.4:00 W High Jump Qual.4:30 M Triple Jump Qual.5:00 W Hammer Qual. (Jordan Sauvage)6:00 W 400H Semi6:15 M 400H Semi (Brandon Holliday)6:30 W 200 Semi6:45 M 200 Semi (Jordan Kent)7:00 W 1,500 Prelims7:15 W Triple Jump Qual. (Amanda Brown)7:25 M 1,500 Prelims8:15 W 4x400 Prelims8:30 W Shot Put Qual.8:40 M 4x400 Prelims (Anderson, Scherer, Kent, Holliday)9:00 W 10,0009:40 M 10,000 (Ryan Andrus, Jason Hartmann)
DECATHLON (Santiago Lorenzo)
12:15 Dec. 110H1:25 Dec. Discus3:55 Dec. Pole VaultTBA Dec. Javelin7:50 Dec. 1,500
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
10:00 M Hammer (Adam Kriz)2:00 W Discus (Mary Etter)4:30 M Javelin (John Stiegeler)6:00 M Pole Vault (Trevor Woods)6:45 M Long Jump6:55 W Long Jump7:00 W Javelin (Elisa Crumley, Roslyn Lundeen)7:00 W 4x1007:10 M 4x1007:25 W 400H7:30 M Shot Put7:35 M 400H (Brandon Holliday)7:50 W 3,000 Steeple8:10 M 3,000 Steeple (Brett Holts)8:25 W 400 Semi8:40 M 400 Semi (Matt Scherer)8:55 W 1009:05 M 100 (Samie Parker)
HEPTATHLON (Abby Andrus)
10:00 Hep. 100 Hurdles11:00 Hep. High Jump1:30 Hep. Shot Put3:00 Hep. 200 Meters
SATURDAY, JUNE 14
10:00 W Hammer (Jordan Sauvage)2:00 M Discus4:30 M High Jump6:00 W Pole Vault (Becky Holliday, Niki McEwen)6:55 M Triple Jump7:00 W 100H7:10 M 110H (Eric Mitchum)7:15 W Triple Jump (Amanda Brown)7:20 W 4007:30 M 400 (Matt Scherer)7:30 W Shot Put7:35 W High Jump7:40 W 1,5007:50 M 1,5008:00 W 2008:10 M 200 (Jordan Kent)8:20 W 8008:30 M 8008:40 W 5,0009:00 M 5,000 (Eric Logsdon)9:20 W 4x4009:30 M 4x400 (Anderson, Scherer, Kent, Holliday)
HEPTATHLON (Abby Andrus)
10:00 Hep. Long Jump11:40 Hep. Javelin2:40 Hep. 800
*NOTE All events finals unless otherwise specified
Quick Duck Women's Individual Previews
The first-year JC transfer has upped her personal by 400 points this season with current best from Pac-10 Champs in May (third, 5,303) that put her fifth all-time for Ducks. Also led team in 2003 in 100 hurdles (13.93w, 13.99) and 400 hurdles (59.90) and ranks seventh and sixth in school history. 2002 JC national runner-up (then-PR, 4,903) for Paradise Valley CC.
After entering the West Regional ninth-ranked with a then-personal best of 40-9 1/2, came away with second-place finish in West Regional with personal best (41-5w, w:+2.2) in only her second year triple-jumping. Is a two-time Pac-10 Conference scorer in triple jump (203-6th-40-6; 2002-6th-40-2 3/4) and in long jump (2002-8th-18-10; 2001-7th-19-4).
The Hillsboro, Ore., native is picking up speed after arm surgery last fall and has used shortened, five-step approaches most of the season, including the recent West Regional (third, tied season best 157-11). Has competed in five meets this season with all past 150 feet, including three between 157-158 feet. Previous NCAA Experience: 2003-outdoors-12th (157-4).
Enters fourth NCAA finale after defeating last year's NCAA champion en route to West Regional win and two-foot personal best (179-7) after entering meet ranked fifth. Ranks second in school history (179-7), with school record just ahead at 180-9, and is a four-time Pac-10 top-four finisher in the event (third twice, fourth twice including '02). Top frosh in '00 NCAA finale. Previous NCAA Experience: 2002-8th (173-2); 2001-19th (139-2); 2000-8th (166-11).
Enters her fourth and final NCAA Championships top-ranked in the pole vault after an outdoor collegiate record in the NCAA West Regional (14-8, 4.47m), and also stands #6 all-time among Americans. Previous NCAA Experience: 2003-indoors-2nd (indoor school record 14-1 1/4). 2002-outdoors-3rd (13-5 1/4). 2002-indoors-7th (13-7 1/4).
One of two Duck All-America javelin throwers that are returning from preseason injuries. Led team with best Pac-10 finish (second, 159-7) - one of her six meets all past 152 feet including the West Regional (fourth, 157-3). Previous NCAA Experience: 2003-outdoors-7th (165-4).
Looks forward to her seventh and final NCAA Championships appearance for the Ducks. The former school record holder is one of two-four ranked UO women's vaulters, and indoors cleared 14-1 1/4 after entering year with previous best of 13-9 3/4. Placed top three in 2003 Pac-10 Champs (second, 13-3 1/2), and also in West Regional (third,-tie 13-6 1/4) with latter height that would have won the three other regionals nationwide. Previous NCAA Experience: 2003-indoors-4th (13-11 1/4); 2002-indoors-10th (13-3 1/2); 2001-outdoors (no-height); 2000-outdoors-13th (12-9 1/2); 2000-indoors-4th (13-5 1/4); 1999-outdoors-5th (12-9 1/2).
Earned first NCAA invite with fifth-place regional hammer effort (183-11) after entering meet seeded eighth based on her Texas Relays personal best (191-4). Four-time Pac-10 Conference qualifier and two-time scorer (2002-7th, 176-6; 2001-8th, then-PR 183-9).
Quick Duck Men's Individual Previews
Makes NCAA track debut after earning first harrier All-America honors last fall (34th) for fifth-place Ducks - and one four All-Americans that will all compete in Sacramento. 2003 Pac-10 Conference scorer in 10,000 (sixth, 30:01.85) in league debut. Was an NCAA provisional qualifier indoors in 3K (8:01.22) and 5K (14:06.33). Previous NCAA Experience: 2002-cross country-34th (30:30).
A three-time harrier All-American (and four-time top-50 NCAA XC finisher), he makes his third NCAA trip on the track in the 10K. Ranks fifth all-time for Ducks with personal best (28:46.76) that placed him eighth in 2002 U.S. Champs (and second among collegians behind Ryan Shay). Finished 20th last fall in final NCAA harrier go-around. Indoors in 2003, ran unattached personal bests of 7:59.43 (3K) and 13:53.53 (5K). Previous NCAA Experience: 2002-outdoor-4th (29:28.80); 2001-outdoor 3rd (29:28.97).
In May, overcame fall in 2003 Pac-10 400-hurdle prelims to run season best in West Regional final (fifth, 50.79) after entering meet seeded seventh. Ranked seventh all-time for Oregon with personal best from 2002 Pac-10 Champs win (50.73).
Makes NCAA track debut in steeplechase after earning first harrier All-America honors last fall (43rd) for fifth-place Ducks and one of four All-Americans that will all compete in Sacramento. Equaled pre-meet seeding in West Regional (fifth, 8:50.70), and was less than two seconds off personal best from Cardinal Invite (8:48.81). Claimed Pac-10 runner-up finish (8:55.00), after taking fourth as a frosh. Previous NCAA Experience: 2002-cross country-43rd (30:38).
One of two, dual-sport stars making NCAA trip for Ducks, he redshirted basketball season for Pac-10 Tourney champs and is coached on the hardwood by his father Ernie Kent. Ranked sixth all-time for Oregon in 200 with his winning time from the West Regional (20.99) after he entered the meet seeded sixth with a then-best of 21.09. Started track practice in early April, and built momentum with top-six Pac-10 finishes in 100 (sixth, 10.57) and 200 (fifth, 21.47). Was an eight-time Oregon state 4A prep champ (100, 200, 400, LJ), and top-10 ranked among preps in 2001 and 2002 in the long jump (25-1 1/4w-2001, 24-5-2000).
Makes NCAA return in hammer after hiking his personal best nearly 12 feet this year and also won his second Pac-10 title (personal best 221-3) by a two-inch margin. In May's West Regional finale, placed second (207-7). Former walk-on ranks fifth all-time in school history (221-3) behind a quartet of NCAA champs (3) and another runner-up. Previous NCAA Experience: 2002-14th (210-7).
Makes NCAA track debut in 5K after earning first harrier All-America honors last fall (41st) for fifth-place Ducks - with all four All-America harriers slated for Sacramento. Pac-10 Conference scorer in event (sixth, 14:15.05) after taking fourth in league 5K finale as a frosh in 2002. Previous NCAA Experience: 2002-cross country-41st (30:37).
The two-time All-American and fourth-ranked Duck all-time returns after a redshirt season in 2002 because of an indoor season quad muscle injury. In 2003, upped overall best to 7,911w in Texas Relays despite being slowed at end of first day with leg cramps and one of the worst 400 efforts of his career (windy 50.11 vs. 48.06 PR/sub-48 relay clockings). Added second Pac-10 decathlon title in May (7,564). Won 2001 NCAA crown thanks to eight-second personal best in 1,500 to move from third to first in final event and make up 70-point deficit (PR 7,889). Previous NCAA Experience: 2001-outdoors-1st (7,889); 2000-outdoors-5th (7,543).
Ranked second nationally among frosh with personal best (13.75) from Pac-10 prelims that ranks him second all-time in UO history, then took second in final (13.73w, w:3.8). Took third in West Regional (13.95, w:-0.9) in his seventh sub-14.00 effort in 12 races in '03. Indoors was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 60 hurdles (7.86), and missed an NCAA invite by .06 seconds.
The two-time indoor 60-meter All-American and top football receiver from last fall has clocked a breakthrough outdoor season with a win in the West Regional 100 (10.25w, w:+2.8) after entering meet seeded third. Ran Oregon's second-fastest 100 clocking ever (10.18) in the Pac-10 Conference prelims, then took third in final (10.21w, w:+3.7). Was also a Pac-10 finalist in 2001 (eighth) and ninth in league prelims in 2002. Lowered school record indoors in NCAA prelims by .01 seconds (6.62) then took fourth in final for second straight year (and third after the NCAA champ was subsequently ruled in eligible). Previous NCAA Experience: 2003-indoors-3th-adj. (6.64); 2002-indoors-4th (6.66).
Came up with personal best in West Regional (fourth, 46.59) after entering meet seeded 12th with prior personal best of 46.87. Two weeks prior tied prep personal best with season best in Pac-10 Champs final (seventh, 46.87).
After undergoing a serious ACL knee injury last spring that required two operations, the 2001 NCAA javelin champ (school record 252-10) is still picking up steam outdoors. Threw an eight-foot season best in West Regional (fourth, 228-2) after entering meet seeded fifth. Scored for second time in Pac-10 finale in May (third, 212-0) after winning title in 2001 (240-10). Previous NCAA Experience: 2001-outdoors-1st-(252-10).
The Coos Bay, Ore., native makes his fourth NCAA trip and third outdoors after his third top-five finish - fifth in 2003 (16-10 3/4) and fourth in 2002 (17-7 1/4) and 2001 (17-3). Ranks fourth all-time in Oregon history with personal best from outdoors in 2002 (18-0 1/2). Previous NCAA Experience: 2002-outdoors-9th (17-4 1/2); 2002-indoors-3rd (indoor PR 17-11 3/4); 2001-no height.
MEN'S REGIONAL RECAP: Ducks Up NCAA Invites to 14 with 11 Regional Qualifiers.
STANFORD, Calif. (5/30-31) - In the first go-around at regional qualifying, the Oregon men reaped one of their biggest lists of NCAA invitations in recent memory (13 individuals & the 4x400 relay), and took third in the team standings with 71 points behind UCLA (101) and USC (92). The men's squad featured a pair of wins in the sprints courtesy of senior Samie Parker in the 100 (10.25w, w:0.8) and freshman Jordan Kent in the 200 (20.99, w:0.8), to go along with four more sprint and hurdle qualifiers and another field event invite. Parker claimed the first win of the meet for the 'Men of Oregon with his third fastest time of his career (10.25w, w:0.8) - and led the first day prelims by .12 seconds (10.34, w:+1.5). Kent, the sixth seed entering the meet, stole the win out of lane eight with a .10-second personal best (20.99) after leading much of the first half of the race, then surged again in the final stretch to hold off USC's Wes Felix (second, 21.06). The final section-only (no prelims) marked only his fourth half-lap race of two-month season, as the first-year Duck improved on fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 Champs (21.47), while his season best of 21.09 came in his Oregon Twilight win early in May. Kent also made his first season appearance on the 4x400 relay. The Ducks led from wire to wire in the slower section (3:08.05) in a time that stood up second-fastest overall among the nine entries after Stanford won the faster heat, one second faster (3:07.23). Another freshman sprinter, Matt Scherer, entered the meet seeded 12th in the 400, yet ended up fourth in the final (personal best, 46.56) after leading the previous day's prelims (.02-second then-best, 46.85). That time also moved him up three positions to seventh all-time for the Ducks. Seeded second going into the 110 hurdles, freshman Eric Mitchum ended up third in the final (13.95) behind seniors Ryan Wilson of USC (13.54) and Tim Bodganof of Cal (13.66). Mitchum's time was only .20 seconds off his personal best from the Pac-10 meet (13.75) and stood as his seventh sub-14.00 effort in 12 races this season. The day prior, he won the second of the two 110 hurdles prelims (13.95) into a -2.1 mps headwind. Junior 400 hurdler Brandon Holliday netted his first NCAA invite (fifth, 50.73), and avenged a fall in the Pac-10 prelims earlier in May after winning the league title as a sophomore in 2001. In the distances, redshirt sophomore Brett Holts earned his first NCAA invite in the steeplechase and ran most of the race close to his final position (fifth, 8:50.70) in the heat and overall. The Bend, Ore., native and harrier All-American also claimed his second-fastest career effort, and was just shy of his best of 8:48.81 from the Cardinal Qualifier at Stanford earlier in May. In the 5K, redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon earned his first NCAA invite with a third-place effort in the 5,000 (13:54.28). The Canby, Ore., native was less than two seconds off his personal best from the Oregon Invite (13:52.62), and improved two places off his pre-meet fifth-place seeding. In the 800, freshman Ryan Flaherty capped his season with an eighth-place finish in a final marked by its share of physical contact (1:53.47). The Bend, Ore., native took second in the first of two prelim heats the day before (1:50.20) - and fourth-fastest of the 15 entries - with the second-fastest of his career. In the field, senior hammer thrower Adam Kriz wrapped up his final preparation for an NCAA return with runner-up honors (207-7) on the first day thanks to a daily best on his initial throw. Stanford rival Nick Welhizokiy won the event (212-0), with all the marks surprisingly low and only two throwers topping the 200-foot mark. Former NCAA javelin champion and redshirt senior John Stiegeler earned his second NCAA trip thanks to an eight-foot season best (fourth, 228-2). The Coos Bay, Ore., native improved on his prior season best of 220-0 from April's Pepsi Team Invite, and was his third meet at 219-11 or better this season in five appearances. Also in the javelin, junior and Pac-10 champ Adam Jenkins fell four feet shy of a second Duck invite but still netted a one-foot best (seventh, 222-4). Senior triple jumper Foluso Akinradewo ranked seventh overall (50-11 1/2, w:+0.6) with his third-best mark of the season, and sophomore Derek Strubel added 13th (48-9). Senior James March took 13th in the shot put (54-10 1/4) with his second-best mark of 2003 in his championship debut after throwing Pac-10 qualifiers in the shot put (55-7) and discus (171-10) during the regular season, but couldn't attend the meet due to a maximum meet travel roster of 24 athletes. In the pole vault, redshirt senior Jason Slye tied for 16th (16-1 1/4), and redshirt freshman Jon Derby tied for 18th (16-1 1/4). Junior Trevor Woods no-heighted at his opening height of 17-3. Freshman high jumper Jeff Lindsey popped one of his best jumps of the year when he cleared the highest opening height of his career (6-8), but missed his ensuing tries at 6-9 3/4 to finish in a tie for ninth overall. Fellow freshman Chad Clason missed his tries at the opening height of 6-8.
WOMEN'S REGIONAL REVIEW: Ducks Add Seven Field Event Invites, Inc. 2 Wins.
STANFORD, Calif. (5/30-31) - The Duck women featured two event winners among their seven, top-five regional finishers and automatic NCAA qualifiers, and as a unit tallied 60 points to place seventh in the 42-team race. Redshirt senior and three-time All-American Becky Holliday stole the first-day headlines with a 1/4-inch collegiate record to win the pole vault (14-8). That mark - a two-inch improvement on her school and meet record from the Pacific-10 Conference Championships two weeks prior - also moved her to sixth all-time among Americans. Holliday even had an opportunity to go higher, but declined due to fatigue from the event that lasted more than five hours. The Sparks, Nev., opened with a first-attempt miss at 13-2 1/4 before clearing her second try. She then made her first attempts at 13-6 1/4 and 13-10, then capitalized on third-attempt tries at 14-2 and 14-8 (4.47m), with the final height one centimeter higher than the former NCAA mark set by former UCLA collegiate champion Tracy O'Hara in 2000. Already the top-ranked collegian this outdoor season and the NCAA runner-up indoors, Holliday's mark moved her back to fourth on the world best list in 2003 this season. Also in the pole vault, redshirt senior Niki McEwen earned her seventh NCAA trip in the event after tying (13-6 1/4) - her second-best outdoor mark ever. The Newport, Ore., native opened with a first-attempt clearance at 13-2 1/4, then followed with a second-attempt make at 13-6 1/4. Three other Ducks vaulters competed in the 40-woman field that had all cleared 12-0 during the year in an event that almost last six hours. Junior Kirsten Riley and sophomore Hannah Moore tied for 16th with their third- and first-attempt clearances at 12-6 1/4, respectively, and redshirt senior Georgette Moyle tied for 24th with her first and final clearance of the day at 12-0 1/2. Moore's mark was a half-inch personal best and ranks her seventh in school history, behind McEwen (second, 14-1 1/4), Riley (third, 13-3 1/2) and Moyle (fifth, 12-7 1/2). In the javelin, a pair of All-Americans earned NCAA returns as sophomores Elisa Crumley and Roslyn Lundeen placed third (157-11) and fourth (157-3) and improved on eighth and fifth-place pre-meet seedings. Crumley improved from a 137-6 first throw to eventually launch two 157-foot efforts on her final two throws (157-11 and 157-6, respectively) that were within a foot of her season best of 157-11. In contrast, Lundeen opened with a 151-4 effort, then followed with remaining preliminary marks of 157-3 and 156-1 , and another 154-1 effort on her fourth try, before a fifth attempt foul and pass on her six attempt. Oregon's other winner, senior Mary Etter, claimed her fifth and most important blue ribbon of the season with a two-foot, six-inch discus season best (179-7). The Everett, Wash., native earned her fourth NCAA discus, and edged returning NCAA champion Chaniqua Ross of UCLA who took second (176-10) with a mark nearly three feet behind. In the same event, junior Jill Hoxmeier made her first championship appearance (27th, 140-9). The Aloha, Ore., native entered the meet seeded 32nd based on only qualifying mark of the regular season, one that came on her final throw of the Cardinal Qualifier three weeks prior (151-9 ). The upset bug also bit senior Amanda Brown who springboarded off a ninth-place seeding in the triple jump to finish second (41-5w, w:+2.2) with a 7 1/2-inch best. The Eugene, Ore., native and Sheldon graduate didn't enjoy an auspicious start, however, and owned a halfway best of 39-10. However, once she made the final, she took advantage of the extra attempts despite not practicing the past two weeks because of a right ankle injury. Brown's dedication paid off as she nearly bested all of her Pac-10 competition, after the former Duck basketball player (at least for her freshman season) took sixth in the conference finale the past two seasons. Similar qualifying rumblings occurred in the hammer ring as senior Jordan Sauvage followed a similar method to finish fifth (183-11) and punch her ticket to Sacramento. Going into the meet, the North Bend, Wash., native had upped the school record to 191-4 in the opening week of April - a mark that ranked her eighth coming in - but had only topped 180 feet only once the previous month. That eventually changed as Sauvage improved on a prelim effort just past 179 feet that ranked her eighth overall, and climbed to fifth with a daily best on her fifth effort. On the high jump apron, senior high jumper Jenny Brogdon improved on her 17th-place seeding to tie her personal best (ninth-tie, 5-9 1/4) and miss an NCAA invite on number of total misses. The LaGrande, Ore., native had jumped that mark only once before in her career in her runner-up finish in the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, and tested her coach's and teammates' patience by relying on two attempts to clear 5-5 1/4, and three attempts at 5-7 3/4 and 5-9 1/4. She wrapped up a season that final clearances at her prior season best of 5-7 in six outdoor contests, including the Pac-10 Championships (eighth), to go along with another mark at the same height indoors. In distance action, senior Eri Macdonald missed the 800 final by only .06 seconds in the second of the two prelims (third-heat, 2:08.28). Her time ranked third-fastest among her races in 2003, and was less than a second shy of her season best of 2:07.40 from the Pepsi Team Invite in April. Macdonald concluded her outdoor eligibility ranked seventh all-time in the 800 for the Ducks, and has a fall cross country and winter indoor track season remaining. In the 1,500, redshirt redshirt sophomore Laura Harmon ranked 13th overall in the combined results from the two heats (4:34.81) and missed the 12th and final invite for Saturday's final by .82 seconds. Her time was her fifth of the season under the 4:35.00 mark, with her season best of 4:30.50 from the Oregon Twilight. Senior steeplechaser Alicia Snyder-Carlson missed her season best by only seven seconds (25th, 11:04.46) after entering the meet seeded 31st with a season best of 10:57.72. In the 5K, the Ducks featured a trio of entries - redshirt sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (11th, 16:45.91), redshirt senior Carrie Zografos (13th, 17:04.57) and freshman Nicole Feest (17th, 17:14.31) who were just shy of their season bests. In the 400, senior Janette Davis placed fourth in the third of three preliminary heats (55.00) and ranked 11th overall among the 16 entries. The Medford, Ore., native closed her career as a two-time Pac-10 scorer in the event after taking sixth in 2002 and '03, and stands fourth all-time in Duck history with her season and personal best of 53.87. Redshirt junior Abby Andrus faced the fastest hurdles fields of her career and scored a .06-second windy best in the 100 hurdles prelims (fifth-heat, 14th overall, 13.93w). The Peoria, Ariz., native returned in the evening for the 400 hurdles prelims (third-heat, 12th overall, 60.22), and was only .43 seconds from the final time qualifier. Her time was her second-fastest of the season, and only .32 seconds shy of her season best from the Long Beach Invite (59.90).
PAC-10 REVIEW: Ducks Combine for 4 Individual Wins & 1 School Record.
LOS ANGELES (5/17-18) - In the 73rd and 17th annual Pacific-10 Conference Championships, the Duck men and women took third (127) and seventh (60 points) at USC's Katherine Loker Stadium. The UO men came within 12 points of the win, and trailed USC (first, 139), Stanford (second, 128), and edged UCLA (123) in tightest 1st-4th race since 1969's 14-point spread. Individually in the league finale, collegiate season leader and redshirt senior Becky Holliday paced the UO women with their first-ever pole vault title (14-6) and her third outdoor meet above 14 feet in '03, to go along with two others indoors. Redshirt senior teammate Niki McEwen tied for second in the same event (13-3 1/2), and sophomore Roslyn Lundeen also claimed runner-up honors in the javelin (159-8). The Duck men featured three individual champions - redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon, 7,564), junior Adam Jenkins (javelin, 217-9) and redshirt senior Adam Kriz (hammer, 221-3) - and three runners-up - redshirt sophomore Brett Holts (steeple, 8:55.00), redshirt junior Jason Hartmann (10,000, 29:18.00) and freshman Eric Mitchum (110 hurdles, 13.73w, w:+3.8).
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 switched to a regional qualifying procedure for the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento (Wed.-Sat., 6/11-14/03). Four, two-day regionals, drawn in a vertical fashion geographically, were held nationally on Fri.-Sat., 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 advanced to the NCAA Championships, nearly two weeks later. Besides the automatic advancers, an additional 6-8 athletes nationally per event were 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) enabled athletes to obtain marks during the regular season and avoid 'chasing marks', especially in mid- to late-May, while the regional competition encouraged 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 expanded to 544 each.
2002 MEN'S NCAA REVIEW: Hartmann & Harris Earn All-America Nods.
Baton Rouge, La. (5/29-6/1/02) - Last season, the Ducks qualified seven men for the 2001 collegiate finale at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium and featured All-America efforts from Jason Hartmann (10K, fourth, 29:28.80) and Micah Harris (seventh, 13.78, -1.1 mps wind). Other Oregon qualifiers included Simon Kimata (800, fourth-semifinal, 1:48.17), Adam Kriz (hammer, 14th, 200-7), and Trevor Woods (pole vault, ninth, 17-4 1/2), and Nick Bakke (javelin, 18th, 211-1). Team-wise, the squad finished 35th with seven points as host LSU won its third men's team title with 64 points, edging Tennessee (second, 57) and SMU (third, 42). In his second appearance in the 25-lap 10K, Hartmann relied on familiar tactics for his second track All-America honor (fourth, 29:28.80). With the top three places out of reach early in the race, the Rockford, Mich., native ran in a pack of as many as 10 runners for much of the race in the chase for fourth. With a lap to go, Hartmann let the other four contenders make their moves early (including two Pac-10 rivals), before he started kicking in the final 200 meters. He moved up to fourth with 100 meters to go, then kept his place through the finish and edged all five of the league entries in the event. Hartmann relied on similar racing tactics in the 2001 NCAA 10K finale in Eugene, passing three runners in the final lap to take third in his NCAA debut. His second All-America honor ranks him second in Duck history in 10K All-America awards behind the legendary Alberto Salazar (sixth, 1978; third 1979; fourth 1981). Overall in the race, 2001 NCAA cross country champ Boaz Cheboiwyo of Eastern Michigan escaped the field on the third lap of the 25-lap race (first, 28:32.10). The 5-foot Kenyan junior lapped everyone but second- and third-placers Ryan Shay (second, 29:02.92), the 2001 NCAA 10K champ from Notre Dame, and top-seeded Tom McArdle of Dartmouth (third, 29:10.18). In the 110 hurdles, Micah Harris captured the Ducks' first All-America honor in the event since Bob Gray claimed sixth in 1992 (13.95). The Tempe, Ariz., native and graduate of Corona del Sol High School and Central Arizona JC opened the meet two days before in the prelims with the third of three automatic qualifying positions from his third heat (13.81) and ninth overall among the three sections' 20 entrants. In the semifinal, he claimed the final position in the nine-man final after a fifth-place finish in his semifinal heat (13.87) - the lone time-based invite by edging the fifth-place finisher from the first heat by .06 seconds - Jeff Young of Southern Illinois (13.93) - and invited solely because of LSU's nine-lane straightaway inside the oval. Overall, he entered the meet seeded in a tie for ninth overall with his season best of 13.67. In the event final, top seed Ron Bramlett of Alabama won by a .04-second margin (13.49), over Todd Matthews of Clemson (second, 13.53) and Chris Pinnock of Texas A&M (third, 13.57). In the pole vault, Trevor Woods made his second NCAA outdoor appearance and just missed a second All-America effort with a ninth-place tie at 17-4 1/2 - the same height as fourth place but with more misses. The Coos Bay, Ore., native opened with a first attempt clearance at 16-10 3/4, then needed three attempts to clear 17-4 1/2. At the next height of 17-10 1/2, Woods barely brushed the bar on his way down on his final two attempts. The second-year Duck entered the meet seeded in a tie for fifth with a season best of 18-0 1/2 from the Washington Dual in April - a mark that also ranks him fourth all-time for the Ducks. He claimed four wins during the regular season, and cleared marks of 17-4 1/2 in seven of eight meets outdoors - the same mark as his freshman personal best that he cleared only once in 2001. Indoors in 2002, he took third in the NCAA finale with an indoor personal best of 17-11 3/4 - the same height as the winner but with more misses. Overall in the outdoor finale, Texas senior Brian Hunter cleared 18-8 1/4 for the win and a track record, edging Washington's Brad Walker (second, 18-2 1/2) and Tennessee's Rocky Danners (third, 17-10 1/2). In his second NCAA appearance, decathlete Billy Pappas missed his personal best by only 18 points with his 11th-place score of 7,514 points, and posted a second-day score of 3,650 points. Even more impressive, he ended an injury-shortened two-month season crammed with three decathlons and all his pre-NCAA training. He had missed virtually all of February and March with a stress fracture in his lower vertebrae. In the final NCAA standings, Pappas held on to his first-day placing - 11th - and was one position shy of All-America honors. The 10th-seeded Pappas averted disaster in the pole vault on the final day, converting a third-attempt try at his opening height of 13-11 1/4. His second-day marks included 14.86 in the 110 hurdles (+0.3 wind), 133-0 in the discus, 15-3 in the pole vault, 181-8 in the discus and 4:47.29 in the 1,500. On the first day, he stood 11th of the 18 entries with 3,864 points, after logging a .01-second personal best of 11.15 in the 100 (+2.9w), another best of 23-9 in the long jump, 44-11 1/2 in the shot put, 6-2 in the high jump and 51.20 in the 400. The season before, Pappas claimed his first All-America honor with an eighth-place finish in the collegiate finale at Hayward Field in Eugene, thanks to a then personal-best of 7,488 points. He ended his career as Oregon's ninth-ranked decathlete all-time (7,532) with a personal best from his Pac-10 Champs victory earlier in May. At year's end, he led the Ducks in the decathlon (7,532) and long jump (23-9w), and ranked third in the 110 hurdles (14.70w). His effort marked yet another strong NCAA showing from the Duck decathlon group in its third year under the tutelage of assistant coach Bill Lawson - a group that has accounted for one NCAA title, two Pac-10 titles, three All-America honors and four NCAA top-12 finishes. Overall in the competition, LSU's Claston Bernard sealed the team win for the host LSU Tigers, claiming the decathlon by a 53-point margin (first, 8,094) over Michigan State's Paul Terek (second, 8,041) and David Lemen of Georgia (third, 7,972). On the first day, Bernard paced the field with 4,385 points, ahead of Ryan Harlan of Rice (second, 4,273) and Texas San Antonio's Justin Youngblood (third, 4,202). In the throws, hammer thrower Adam Kriz notched his fourth-best mark of the year (14th, 200-7) in his NCAA debut. On his first effort of the day, the Toledo, Ore., native unleashed a likely personal best, estimated past the 215-foot mark, but the mark was never measured due to a slight foot foul on the front of the ring. On his second attempt, he posted a mark of 175-10, and then improved to 200-7 on his third effort - more than five feet shy of the last qualifier for the nine-man final. Kriz entered the meet seeded 12th thanks to his personal best two weeks before in the Pacific-10 Championships - the Ducks' fifth conference champion in the hammer and the seventh best thrower in school history (210-7). He also topped the 200-foot line during the season in the Oregon Invite (204-11) and Washington Dual (207-8), and bettered his preseason personal best of 194-8 in five of the last six meets of 2002. Overall in the event, former NCAA champs Andras Haklits of Georgia and Libor Charfreitag staged a dramatic dual in the ring with Haklits winning the event on the last throw of the event (253-8). In the javelin, Nick Bakke added the final chapter to a Cinderella finish to the season, taking 18th in his NCAA debut (211-1). The Ashland, Ore., native earned his first NCAA invite thanks to a 21-foot personal best at the Pac-10 Champs. The 12th seed entering the conference finale, he won Oregon's seventh league crown and also improved to third all-time for Oregon behind NCAA champions John Stiegeler and Art Skipper. During the season, he topped the 200-foot line in four of five meets, with his NCAA effort his second-best of the year and his career. Overall in the event, Kansas senior Scott Russell won by 17 feet with a daily best of 262-0, edging Texas senior Nathan Junius (second, 244-9). On the track the second day, Simon Kimata missed advancing to the final of the 800 meters by .22 seconds and two places. The second-year Duck took fourth in the second of three preliminary heats (1:48.17). Kimata sped out to a 51-second opening quarter and led until the final straightaway when Texas Tech's Jonathan Johnson passed the lanky Kenyan in the final 70 meters en route to the win (1:46.55), and followed at the tape by Penn's Sam Burley (second, 1:46.88) and Tennessee's Marc Sylvester (third, 1:47.16). Kimata entered the meet seeded third with his personal best from the ASU Invite in April (1:46.65) - a mark that ranked him fourth all-time in Oregon history behind an Olympic gold medalist (Joaquim Cruz), another Olympian (Wade Bell) and a World Championships veteran (David Mack).
2002 WOMEN'S NCAA REVIEW: Four of Five Ducks Take All-America Nods.
Baton Rouge, La (5/29-6/1) - In the Ducks' best NCAA team placing since 1995, four of their five entries scored All-America honors - the javelin pair of Roslyn Lundeen (seventh, 165-4) and Elisa Crumley (12th, 157-4) - and Becky Holliday (pole vault, third, 13-5 1/4) and Mary Etter (discus, eighth, 173-2). The Ducks finished 27th overall with nine points, respectively - their highest finish since 1995's 24th-place effort (and 10 points). Overall in the team race, South Carolina won its first ever NCAA outdoor title with 82 points, holding off UCLA (second, 72) and USC (third, 57). Holliday claimed the Ducks' highest finish on the opening day (third) - also Oregon's highest in any event since 1996 - in an event riddled by surprisingly low marks. Entering the event seeded third, her final clearance of 13-5 1/4 ranked as her fifth-best mark of the season, and proved the same as the official winning height of UCLA's Tracy O'Hara. The Bruin senior claimed the victory in a jump-off clearance at 13-9 1/4 over Liberty's Andrea Wildrick - the same height that both had missed to end the regular section of the competition. Holliday's nerve fueled her success as she notched a third-attempt clearance at 13-5 1/4, after clearing her first try at an opening height of 13-1 1/2. Overall during the outdoor season, Holliday won four competitions, and twice cleared 14 feet, including a school record of 14-1 1/4 in the Mt. SAC Relays. In the javelin, Roslyn Lundeen improved from her 11th-place pre-meet seeding to lead the nation's top javelin trio (seventh, 164-2), even more impressive considering she spent much of the previous day sick in bed from an apparent case of food poisoning. To make matters even more interesting, the event was delayed an hour after morning thunderstorms made conditions overly slick, while drizzle remained during Lundeen's and Crumley's warm-ups. Lundeen opened the competition with a throw of 163-3 (49.76m), and followed with preliminary efforts of 160-10 (49.03m) and 165-4 (50.40m). In the finals, she had a foul and marks of 146-1 (47.95m) and 160-7 (48.96m). Looking back over her 2002 campaign, the Victoria, B.C. native wrapped up a season that featured +160-foot efforts in five of her six meets. For Crumley, her All-America effort required half the throws of Lundeen, as she also relied on her third and final throw of prelims for her daily best. The Hillsboro, Ore., native and Glencoe High School graduate opened with marks of 151-8 (46.23m) and 138-6 (42.22m), then improved to 157-4 (47.95m) on her third and final prelim throw - also her sixth-best mark of the season. She entered the competition seeded eighth with a season best of 169-7 from the Mt. SAC Relays that ranked her second all-time for the Ducks at season's end. On the all-time Oregon All-America charts, the freshmen pair were the first duo to claim All-America honors in the same event since Melody Fairchild and Milena Glusac (first, second) in the indoor 3K in 1996; the first duo honored in the javelin since Paula Berry (second) and Kim Hyatt (sixth) in 1990, and the first Duck freshmen pair in any event since 1982's Rosa Gutierrez (3K, third) and Kathy Hayes (5K, second). Sarah Malone javelin missed similar honors by only eight inches (14th, 155-4). Although disappointed by her NCAA finish, Malone continued to shine as one of the nation's top prospects. She entered the NCAA finale as the fourth seed with a season best and school record of 179-2 from her Texas Relays win in April. She added four other wins during the year, eclipsed the 170-foot line at four meets and the 160-foot line at seven of nine contests this season. The Duck javelin unit almost earned a fourth invite for provisional qualifier Charyl Weingarten, who ranked 28th nationally with her 158-8 personal best from the Pac-10 Championships. Overall , top seed Serene Ross wasted little time cruising to the win. The Purdue senior broke the American and school record with her opening and winning throw (195-8) of the second prelim flight. In other throws action, Mary Etter concluded Duck action on the meet's third day with her second All-America honor in the discus (eighth, 173-2), also matching her initial NCAA placing as a Duck freshman in 2000. Seeded ninth going on, Etter tossed her second-best mark of the year and fifth-best of her three-year Duck career. Etter opened the competition with a mark of 164-4 (52.08m), then followed with 166-4 (50.71m) and 161-1 (49.10m) efforts on her remaining preliminary efforts. Seeded fifth in her flight, only four others threw better in the subsequent flight, so the Everett, Wash., native sneaked into the final as the ninth and final qualifier. In the finals, she moved up a position in the final standings thanks to her fifth throw and daily best of 173-2 (52.79m), while her fourth effort was 162-4 (49.48m), and her sixth was a foul. Ranked second all-time for the Ducks in the event, she wrapped up a season that featured her first Pac-10 points in the shot put (seventh, 49-11 1/4) and third scoring honor in the discus (third, 168-8). In the discus ring, she upped her personal best to 176-8 in the Nebraska Invite in May, and also topped 170 feet in two other regular season contests. Overall, Etter was within striking distance of the top podium spot as Chaniqua Ross of UCLA (first, 182-0) edged Becky Breisch of Nebraska (second, 177-6) for the win.
2002 USA CHAMPS REVIEW: Hartmann & Holliday Go Top-Eight.
In his debut in the U.S. finale, Jason Hartmann ranked second among collegians in the 10,000 meters and tops among returnees for 2003. At a point of the season when most collegians have run their fastest times, the Rockford, Mich., native Hartmann scored a four-second personal best (eighth, 28:46.76), and crossed the line just behind Notre Dame's Ryan Shay (seventh, 28:40.66), the 2001 NCAA champion and 2002 collegiate runner-up. Now ranked fifth all-time in Duck history in the 10K, Hartmann ran most of the race in a six-man group contending for fourth place, before most of the post-collegiate heavy group gradually pulled away in the final three laps. In his second trip in the U.S. 110 hurdles showdown, Micah Harris wrapped up his Duck career and ranked 19th in the prelims (13.99) and seventh among collegians - his 10th sub-14.00 clocking in 13 races during the season. All-time for the Ducks, he lowered his school record two months earlier with his personal best from the Mt. SAC Relays (13.67). On the women's side, pole vaulter Becky Holliday tied for fifth place overall and tops among collegians (13-9 1/4) with UCLA's Tracy O'Hara. That placing matched her 2001 overall finish and stands tops among collegiate returnees in 2003. In the same event, redshirt Niki Reed (McEwen) claimed 10th overall (13-5 1/4) and ranked fourth among collegians for her best finish in four U.S. championships appearances, including an 11th-place finish at Hayward Field in 2001. Also in the field events, javelin thrower Sarah Malone ranked third among collegians and sixth overall (163-5) - her second appearance in the U.S. finale after taking sixth in 2001. In the discus, Mary Etter added 10th place overall (169-4) and ranked third among collegians.
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.
AT THE HELM: Duck Head Coach Profiles.
The dean of Oregon coaches, Tom Heinonen wraps up his 27th and 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 14 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).
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.
MR. PAC-10 FOR A WEEK: Lorenzo Adds Fourth Duck Honor of 2003.
Two weeks ago, redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo claimed Oregon's fourth Pacific-10 Conference Athlete of the Week honor of 2003. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native was rewarded for his Pac-10 decathlon victory (5/10-11) in USC (7,564) as he led the field in the javelin (187-4) and 400 (48.96), and stood top three in seven of the 10 overall events. Lorenzo's win was also his fourth, top-two league decathlon finish after runner-up nods in 2000 (7,649) and 1999 (7,150). 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). The previous 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, Fri., 5/2). The week before (Mon., 4/28), junior Adam Jenkins was selected in the field event category after he leapfrogged 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 2003's inaugural honor for his then-best and Pepsi Team Invite 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).
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. Originally dedicated in 1919, the 10,205-seat stadium now boasts a standing room capacity of 10,505. In 2001, the venue welcomed the world's fastest, strongest and most explosive to a Triple Crown of great meets - 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 (AAU 1971-75, TAC 1986, USATF-1993-99-01).
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Duck M&W Feature 24 First-Year Ducks.
In 2003, the Duck men welcomed 16 men's newcomers in one of their deepest and most talented newcomer classes in recent memory. Assistant coach Steve Silvey quickly restocked the sprint and middle distance corps with four 48-second or faster prep quarter-milers (Travis Anderson, 47.09; Jordan Kent, 47.46; Matt 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 in 2002 (Eric Mitchum, 13.82). The field events corps featured an equally accomplished group of new faces, including three freshman high jumpers with prep bests of 6-10 or better (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 headlined eight women's additions and owned 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) also saw extensive duty as top UO newcomers in their specialties.
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 website (www.ustrackcoaches.org).
MEN'S 2002 SEASON REVIEW: Ducks Second in Pac-10 with Five 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 SEASON REVIEW: Four Ducks Claim Five All-America Nods.
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).