Crabb and Boness Travel to NCAA Indoor Finale

March 8, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams close their indoor season this weekend as redshirt senior Katie Crabb and redshirt sophomore Jason Boness compete at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 9-10 at the Randal Tyson Track Complex at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Redshirt senior Katie Crabb enters the women's mile seeded eighth in the 16-runner field after a breakthrough effort last weekend at the Nebraska Last Chance Meet in Lincoln, Neb. The Chico, Calif., native won the race in a four-second personal best and NCAA automatic time of 4:42.19 - also moving her to fourth all-time in Oregon history and its fastest in 13 years. This will be Crabb's first NCAA indoor appearance after two NCAA outdoor appearances in the 1,500, including an All-America honor in 2000 (seventh, personal best 4:19.35).

Redshirt sophomore Jason Boness enters the men's NCAA high jump ranked 11th with his season best of 7-2 1/4 that won the Mountain Pacific Championships two weekends ago in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Casper, Wyo., native is a two-time All-American already (seventh outdoors in `00, 10th outdoors in `99) and also competed at the NCAA Indoor Championship in 1999 (14th ).

Crabb's preliminary race is scheduled for Friday at 6:15 p.m. (CT) , with Saturday's final scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (CT). Boness competes Saturday at 4:15 p.m. (CT).

The Ducks also featured three other NCAA provisional qualifiers during the season that will not compete this weekend.

Sophomore Jason Hartmann was invited to compete in the 5,000 this weekend since he ranked 15th nationally (converted - 14:05.72), but ultimately declined. The Rockford, Mich., native and two-time harrier All-American preferred to concentrate on his first outdoor season for the Ducks. Senior Rian Ingrim notched his first NCAA provisional mark last weekend with his shot put best of 58-5 that exactly equaled the minimum NCAA provisional standard and ranked him 46th nationally. Senior pole vaulter Holly Speight owned a season best of 12-6 from the Great Northwest Indoor that ranked her 38th nationally.

Freshman pole vaulter Trevor Woods just missed the NCAA provisional standard himself with a season best of 17-1 that was less than two inches away from the qualifying mark of 17-2 3/4.

Looking ahead, the Duck men and women open their outdoor home schedule at Hayward Field next weekend at the Oregon Preview, Sat., March 17. Action will begin at 11:40 a.m. and admission is free.

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