Crabb and Boness Take Ninth at NCAA Indoor Track Champs

March 10, 2001

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - A pair of University of Oregon men's and women's track and field performers added more All-America hardware Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

In the women's mile, redshirt senior Katie Crabb overcame a mid-race ankle sprain to still close her Oregon career with her first indoor All-America honor and second overall. The Chico, Calif., native took ninth overall (4:46.90), as Arkansas' Tracy Robertson (4:39.10) edged Colorado's Lesley Higgins (second, 4:42.36) for the win.

'Coming in I was excited to have one last opportunity, but it didn't unfold like I would have hoped,' Crabb said. 'I know there's so much more there, but that's the way things go sometimes, and you can't always prevent collisions.'

Crabb was on pace for a higher place until soon after the halfway point, when contact from runners in front and behind caused her to roll her ankle. At the point of injury, Crabb was approximately in fifth place, and she held that placing until the final 200-meter lap when she was unable to maintain momentum. 'The race got off to a good start,' Crabb said, 'and then when it slowed, I remained patient thinking I could make a move in the second half. Just before that was going to happen, I rolled it. I tried to hang on and not think about it, but it just wasn't there at the end.'

Regardless of Saturday's disappointment, Crabb closed an impressive career for the Ducks. Her final indoor season featured an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 4:42.19 - also moving her to fourth all-time in Oregon history and its fastest time in 13 years. Outdoors, she was a three-time Pac-10 scorer in the 800 and 1,500, and at the national level she made NCAA trips in the 1,500 in 1998 and 2000. That last NCAA outdoor appearance marked her first All-America honor and a personal best time (seventh, 4:19.35). She also scored for the Ducks at all three of her NCAA Cross Country Championships appearances.

'I'm really proud of Katie, and I thought she raced really well in the championship setting,' Oregon women's head coach Tom Heinonen said. 'She came back really well during the stretch run this season after having to wait until a last chance meet to get her automatic qualifying time. Overall, she's had a great time at Oregon, and we'll just never know what she could have been able to do today, because didn't have a fair run.'

In the women's team race, UCLA repeated as champions with 53 1/2 points, edging South Carolina (second, 40) and Clemson and Arizona who tied for third with 30 points.

On the men's side, redshirt sophomore Jason Boness improved on his 11th-place seeding in the high jump and finished ninth (6-11 3/4). The Casper, Wyo., native reaped his third All-America honor as one of the top eight U.S. finishers in his fourth NCAA trip. Saturday marked his second NCAA appearance for the Ducks after competing twice for the University of Northern Iowa as a freshman.

On Saturday, Boness made his opening try at 6-10 1/4, cleared his second try at 6-11 3/4, then missed his attempts at 7-1 1/2. Boness' final height was the same as the seventh-place tie but he had one more overall miss that prevented him from scoring a top-eight finish. Weber State's Charles Clinger won the event (7-5), edging Purdue's Shaun Guice (7-5) on fewer misses.

Prior to his first indoor All-America honor Saturday, Boness made NCAA appearances outdoors in 2000 (seventh-tie, 7-2 1/4) and 1999 (10th, 7-3) and indoors in 1999 (14th, 6-10 3/4). Last season also marked his Pac-10 Championship debut in Eugene where he raised the school record to 7-5 with the Ducks' fourth win in the event in six years.

In the team race, Louisiana State won with 34 points, ahead of Idaho (second, 28) and Texas Christian (third, 33) as the Horned Frogs lost their chance for the win after dropping the baton on the first exchange and couldn't catch back up to the leaders.

The Ducks also featured three other NCAA provisional qualifiers during the season that did 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 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, and senior pole vaulter Holly Speight owned a season best of 12-6 from January's Great Northwest Indoor. Freshman pole vaulter Trevor Woods just missed the NCAA provisional standard himself with a season best of 17-1 two weeks ago 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.

NCAA Indoor Championships
Randal Tyson Track Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Ark.
Saturday, March 10, 2001

Women's Mile - 1, Tracy Robertson, Arkansas, 4:39.10. 2, Lesley Higgins, Colorado, 4:42.36. 3, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 4:43.52. 4, Michaela Mannova, New Orleans, 4:43.57. 5, Melanie Steere, BYU, 4:43.76. 6, Korene Hinds, Kansas State, 4:44.71. 7, Shalane Flanagan, North Carolina, 4:45.25. 8, Jill Snyder, Wake Forest, 4:45.29. 9, Katie Crabb, Oregon, 4:46.90. DNF - Mary Jane Harrelson, Applachian State.

Men's High Jump - 1, Charles Clinger, Weber State, 7-5. 2, Shaun Guice, Purdue, 7-5. 3, Kenny Evans, Arkansas, 7-5. 4, Shawn Brown, Florida State, 7-2 1/2. 5, Shaun Kologinczak, Nebraska, 7-2 1/2. 6, Marc Johannsen, Minnesota, 7-1 1/2. 7, Adrian Shears, Norfolk State, 6-11 3/4. 7, Michael Ponikvar, Stanford, 6-11 3/4. 9, Jason Boness, Oregon, 6-11 3/4. 10, Joey Brunkhorst, Iowa State, 6-10 1/4. 11, Malcolm Reynolds, Clemson, 6-10 1/4. NH - Tora Harris, Princeton. NH - Michael Beasley, Texas Tech. NH - Dave Arundel, Brown. NH - Jermichael Watts, North Carolina A&T. NH - Nick Decker, Houston.

Flash Results, Inc. Hy-Tek's MEET MANAGER03/10/01 6:12 PM NCAA Division I Indoor Page 1 Track & Field Championships - Univ. of Ark. Fayetteville, AR - Friday 03/09/01 to Saturday 03/10/01

Event 21 Women's 1 Mile Run Results - Final - Saturday 03/10/01

American: 4:20.5h Mary Slaney 02/19/82 Collegiate Best: 4:28.31 Vicki Huber (Villanova) 02/05/88 NCAA Meet: 4:30.63 Suzy Favor (Wisconsin) 03/11/89 Randal Tyson: 4:38.28 Ida Nilsson (Arkansas - LR) 01/27/01

RANK COMP# ATHLETE NAME YR SCHOOL TIME PTS------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 24 Tracy Robertson SR Arkansas 4:39.10 10.0 2 58 Lesley Higgins JR Colorado 4:42.36 8.0 3 226 Lauren Fleshman SO Stanford 4:43.52 6.0 4 165 Michaela Mannova FR New Orleans 4:43.57 5.0 5 40 Melanie Steere SR Brigham Young 4:43.76 4.0 6 123 Korene Hinds SR Kansas State 4:44.71 3.0 7 166 Shalane Flanagan FR North Carolina 4:45.25 2.0 8 282 Jill Snyder SR Wake Forest 4:45.29 1.0 9 182 Katie Crabb SR Oregon 4:46.90 - 7 Mary Jane Harrelson SR Appalachian St. DNF

Flash Results, Inc. Hy-Tek's MEET MANAGER03/10/01 6:20 PM NCAA Division I Indoor Page 1 Track & Field Championships - Univ. of Ark. Fayetteville, AR - Friday 03/09/01 to Saturday 03/10/01

Event 9 Men's High Jump Results - Final - Saturday 03/10/01

American: 2.40m (7'10.50') Hollis Conway 03/10/91 Collegiate Best: 2.37m (7'09.25') Hollis Conway (SW Louisiana) 03/11/89 NCAA Meet: 2.37m (7'09.25') Hollis Conway 03/11/89 Randal Tyson: 2.33m (7'07.75') Mark Boswell (Texas) 2000

RANK COMP# ATHLETE NAME YR SCHOOL MARK PTS------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 633 Charles Clinger SR Weber State 2.26m 7'05.00' 10.0 2 544 Shaun Guice SO Purdue 2.26m 7'05.00' 8.0 3 367 Kenny Evans SR Arkansas 2.26m 7'05.00' 6.0 4 427 Shawn Brown JR Florida State 2.20m 7'02.50' 5.0 5 511 Shaun Kologinczak JR Nebraska 2.20m 7'02.50' 4.0 6 499 Marc Johannsen SR Minnesota 2.17m 7'01.50' 3.0 7 512 Adrian Shears SR Norfolk State 2.13m 6'11.75' 1.5 7 567 Michael Ponikvar SO Stanford 2.13m 6'11.75' 1.5 9 537 Jason Boness SO Oregon 2.13m 6'11.75' 10 450 Joey Brunkhorst SR Iowa State 2.09m 6'10.25' 11 400 Malcolm Reynolds SO Clemson 2.09m 6'10.25' - 539 Tora Harris JR Princeton NH - 601 Michael Beasley SO Texas Tech NH - 395 Dave Arundel SO Brown NH - 515 Jermichael Watts SR North Carolina A&T NH - 439 Nick Decker SR Houston NH