Duck Track & Field Teams Try For Last Chance NCAA Qualifying Marks

Feb. 28, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams will take advantage of one last weekend for NCAA qualifying, competing at two meets in the Midwest this Friday and Saturday.

Seniors Katie Crabb and Holly Speight are both already NCAA provisional qualifiers and are entered in the mile and pole vault, respectively, at the Nebraska Last Chance Meet, Saturday, March 3 at the University of Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center. Crabb owns a mile season best of 4:46.38 and hopes to run at least 1-2 seconds faster to improve her qualifying chances, while Speight will probably need to clear a height at least four inches higher than her season best 12-6.

On this week's NCAA provisional qualifying lists, Crabb currently ranks 23rd and Speight stands 37th. Crabb competed last weekend at the Last Chance Virginia Tech Invitational and clocked 4:47.08 - only .70 seconds slower than her personal best from two weeks prior at the Cannon Classic in Indianapolis. She finished second overall in last weekend's race, and was the top collegiate finisher.

Freshman Trevor Woods and junior Cody Howell are entered in the pole vault and senior Rian Ingrim in the shot put at the NCAA Qualifier meet, Friday, March 2 at Iowa State University's Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Woods, owns a season best of 17-2 3/4 and needs to clear an NCAA provisional mark of 17-4 1/2 to likely qualify, as would Howell who owns a season best of 16-4 3/4. Ingrim, two inches short of the minimum NCAA provisional standard, owns a season best of 57-3 1/2 and could need an NCAA provisional mark of 60 feet or better to earn an invite.

Also on the NCAA provisional lists, sophomores Jason Hartmann (men's 5,000, 14:05.72) and Jason Boness (high jump, 7-2 1/4) will not compete this weekend and will await word early next week if they have been selected to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, scheduled for March 9-10 at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Sports Center. This week, Boness and Hartmann ranked 10th and 14th nationally in their events, with each field having a minimum of 17 entrants or more.

Looking back at recent action, a partial squad of 16 athletes finished sixth overall with 60 1/2 points last weekend at the Mountain Pacific Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz.. Scoring performances came courtesy of seniors Rian Ingrim (shot put, seventh, 57-3 1/2), and Kyley Johnson (high jump, seventh, 6-8 3/4), juniors Santiago Lorenzo (long jump, sixth, 23-0), Billy Pappas (long jump, eighth, 22-8, 60 hurdles, third, 8.18) and Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:59.66), sophomores Jason Boness (high jump, first, 7-2 1/4), Terry Ellis (60 hurdles, second, 8.04), Jake Horner (high jump, eighth, 6-8 3/4), Jason Slye (pole vault, seventh, 16-7 1/4), Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, fourth, 48-1) and Adam Kriz (weight throw, sixth, 58-10), and freshmen Trevor Woods (pole vault, third, 17-1) and Jake Garlick (60 hurdles, fifth, 8.23), and the 4x400 relay (fourth, 3:17.93).

In the women's last competition as a team, the Ducks competed at the Idaho Scoring Meet, Sat., Feb. 10 at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome. Senior pole vaulter Holly Speight missed her season best by only a half-inch (second, 12-5 1/2). Sophomore Eri Macdonald ran a five-second season best in the 800 (second, 2:15.75). Freshman Ann Sullivan finished fourth overall in the 60 hurdle finals (8.25) and also paced the Ducks in the 200 (10th, 25.74). In the throws, sophomore Mary Etter added ninth in the shot put (43-9).

This weekend, a host of women's performers will open their outdoor season at the Linfield Icebreaker at McMinnville, Ore., Sat., March 3.

The Duck men and women open their outdoor home schedule at Hayward Field in three weekends, at the Oregon Preview, Sat., March 17. Action will begin at 11:40 a.m. and admission is free.

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