Track Teams Open Home Outdoor Season
OUTDOOR VOLUME 1: Track City USA Opens Busy Home Season.The Duck men and women kick off their outdoor season this weekend, welcoming a smattering of Northwest collegiate and post-collegiate talent. The squads return to action after a busy indoor season that included 13 meets during the 2 1/2-month season. Saturday also marks the beginning of a busy outdoor schedule at Hayward Field (capacity: 10,000). March, April and May feature four regular-season home meets, followed by three of the nation's finest contests -- the NCAA Championships (5/30-6/2), USA Championships (6/21-24) and Prefontaine Classic (5/27).
ON THE NCAA OVAL: Crabb and Boness Nab First Indoor All-America honors.
Last weekend, two Ducks capped the indoor season with All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas. Redshirt senior Katie Crabb closed her career with her first indoor honor and (mile, ninth, 4:46.90) overcoming a mid-race ankle sprain. Junior Jason Boness improved on his 11th-place seeding in the high jump (ninth, 6-11 3/4) for his third honor overall.
A HEAD START: 26 Duck Women Compete at Linfield Icebreaker.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. - The Duck women opened their outdoor season two weekends ago with eight athletes combining for 10 wins at the Linfield College Icebreaker. Duck winners included sophomore Heather Murtaugh (100, 12.61), freshman Annette Mosey (800, 2:15.87), sophomore Eri Macdonald (1,500, 4:39.46), freshman Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, 14.78), junior Cameo Davis (400 hurdles, 1:05.60), sophomore Deborah Lee (triple jump, 34-11 3/4), sophomore Mary Etter (shot put, 45-5 1/4, discus, 149-11) and sophomore Jordan McDaniels (hammer, 168-1, javelin, 138-11). Two of those winning Ducks and one other got a head start on qualifying for the Pac-10 Conference Championships, May 19-20 in Berkeley, Calif. - Etter in the shot put and Macdonald in the 1,500. Senior pole vaulter Holly Speight has also qualified for the conference finale with her 12-6 indoor personal best from the Great Northwest Indoor meet in January. The Ducks also received eight runner-up finishes on the day from Murtaugh (200, 25.95), sophomore Janette Davis (800, 2:20.13), sophomore Annie Davis (steeplechase, 12:11.40), junior Jenny Kenyon (100 hurdles, 15.20), sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson (400 hurdles, 1:05.70), sophomore Jenny Brogdon (high jump, 5-2), McDaniels (discus, 141-0) and Etter (hammer, 164-11).
MEN'S OUTLOOK: Ducks Return Two All-Americans and 11 Pac-10 Scorers.
Now in their third year under head coach Martin Smith, the Men of Oregon will take solid aim at climbing the Pac-10 and NCAA ranks in 2001. The Ducks sport a familiar foundation of homegrown talent interspersed with national-level additions. And to continue the momentum into the future, the Ducks inked the nation's top recruiting class according to December's Track and Field News. Among the large corps of Duck returnees, the field events serve as the foundation and return Pac-10 scorers in virtually every discipline. Junior high jumper Jason Boness and junior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo lead the group after All-America honors last year. Several others also hope for NCAA consideration after previous marks near or equal NCAA provisional standards -- the javelin pair of senior Ryan Keith (220-5) and sophomore John Stiegeler (225-3), senior high jumper Kyley Johnson (7-0 1/2), junior decathlete Billy Pappas (7,184) and freshman distance runner Jason Hartmann (14:05.72). The throws offer an exciting duo of fast-developing juniors, John Bello and Rian Ingrim, who have goals of NCAA provisional marks in the shot put, with Bello holding similar aspirations in the discus. Several talented newcomers hope to make noticeable contributions. Freshman Jake Garlick was a prep All-American in the high hurdles (13.71) and a 51.47-second intermediate hurdler, and junior transfer Micah Harris is a sub-14.0 performer already (13.96) and JC All-American last season at Central Arizona. Another junior transfer, Simon Kimata, clocked 1:47.02 in the 800 two years ago. Leading a large class of distance newcomers, freshman Eric Logsdon paced the nation last year in the 3,000 (8:10.66), with another in-state product Noel Paulson close behind (8:18.72) and among the country's best in the mile (4:07.14). A pair of precocious Oregonians are ready for the collegiate jump as freshmen -- javelin thrower Adam Jenkins, the national prep leader in the javelin last year (229-2), and pole vaulter Trevor Woods, fourth-ranked nationally (16-10 3/4) and also a prep All-American.
WOMEN'S OUTLOOK: Four All-Americans lead a youth-heavy squad.
This year's Duck roster features a long list of leading performers, yet an influx of young talent may steal part of the spotlight. The throws feature a pair of All-Americans, sophomore Mary Etter and senior Karis Howell, who lead Pac-10 returnees in the discus (173-11) and javelin (168-3), respectively. Last season Etter finished eighth in her NCAA debut and raised her discus personal best at the Pac-10 Championships (173-11). Howell also has proved a dependable championship commodity after three NCAA trips and a Pac-10 title in 1998. Senior Maureen Morrison has thrown NCAA provisional marks previously in the hammer and discus, and sophomore Charyl Weingarten and freshman Sarah Malone were prep javelin All-Americans. Two-time All-America pole vaulter and junior Niki Reed leads a corps that features All-America senior Karina Elstrom and NCAA provisional qualifier Holly Speight, although Elstrom's availability may depend on off-season injuries. Junior heptathlete Jenny Kenyon may join the list of recent NCAA invites in the combined events after a fourth-place Pac-10 finish in 2000. In the distances, senior transfer Hanna Smedstad is a three-time NCAA qualifier in the outdoor 3,000 and 5,000 and led the cross country team last fall to its 24th national championship trip in 26 years. Sophomore Eri Macdonald was a Pac-10 and U.S. Junior finalist in the 800 last year. The hurdles feature several talented youth, including sophomore Lucretia Larkin, 10th-ranked all-time for the Ducks (14.25), and freshman Ann Sullivan, a two-time Washington 2A state champion in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.
HAYWARD FIELD PROFILE: NCAA Finale Returns to Eugene in 2001.
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. The 10,000-seat stadium -- originally dedicated in 1919 -- will again welcome top national and international talent to a Triple Crown of great meets, the NCAA Outdoor Championships (5/30-6/2), Prefontaine Classic (5/27, www.preclassic.com) and USA Outdoor Championships (6/21-24, www.eugenechamps.com). Eight previous NCAA Championships have visited Hayward, along with three Olympic Trials and five past U.S. Championships.
2000 PREVIEW REVIEW: Cottengim, Crabb and Howell Start Out Strong.
EUGENE (3/11) -- The Duck men and women enjoyed a solid season opener last year, paced by the men's sprinters. Among the nine men's winners, Ricardo Cottengim and Samie Parker temporarily shifted their concentration from football and finished first and second in the 100 in bests of 10.46 and 10.61. Both returned to anchor the 4x100 relay to a win (40.79) and its fastest time since 1998. Terry Ellis added a win in the 110 hurdles (14.85). Other top Duck finishers included John Bello (shot put, first, 53-8 1/4) and discus (first, 169-7), Adam Kriz (hammer, third, 180-4), Ryan Keith (javelin, first, 206-6), Jason Boness (high jump, first, 7-0 1/4), Cody Howell (pole vault, second, 15-11) and Colin McArthur (long jump, second, 23-10 3/4). On the women's side, senior Hilary Holly posted two of the team's 11 wins with her efforts in the 100 (12.21) and long jump (19-2). Among other sprinters, Heather Murtaugh won the 200 (25.27) and Endia Abrante added similar honors in the 400 (56.44). Even without a win in the distances, the Ducks still shined against fields which featured several former World Championships performers. In the 1,500, Katie Crabb ran an NCAA provisional mark of 4:21.72 and was less than a second off her personal best (4:21.19) in her second-place finish behind Eugenean Marla Runyan (4:11.44). In the throws, Mary Etter shined in her Hayward opener with wins in the shot put (46-3 1/2) and discus (160-7), and a runner-up finish in the hammer (159-10) behind Maureen Morrison (first, 169-2). After redshirting 1999 because of shoulder surgery, Karis Howell returned for her first meet in 1 1/2 years to lead the team in the javelin with an NCAA provisional mark (first, 158-6). Charyl Weingarten and Sara Dinsmore followed in second (14-10) and third places (139-3), respectively.
AT THE HELM: Duck Head Coach Profiles.
The dean of Oregon coaches, Tom Heinonen is in his 25th season as women's head coach and has led the Ducks to one NCAA track crown (1985) and six conference titles since the meets' inception in 1983 (1983-84-85-86-92-93). For the men, two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year Martin Smith has seen Ducks collect 11 All-America honors in cross country and track in his first 2 1/2 seasons in Eugene, including Jason Boness's honor from the 2001 indoor circuit. On the track in 2000, all three Duck outdoor qualifiers were pegged All-Americans, while Steve Fein became Oregon's 27 sub-4:00 miler at last May's Oregon Twilight. Prior to his arrival in Eugene in July 1998, his Wisconsin runners posted two cross country team titles (1982-88), five NCAA individual track and cross country titles and 78 All-America honors (44 track and 34 XC).
2000 NCAA CHAMPS REVIEW: Six Ducks Claim All-America Honors.
Oregon capped their collegiate season last year at Duke University with one of its strongest showings in recent history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Of the seven Ducks that traveled to the collegiate finale, six earned All-America honors and five scored points for UO in the team races with top-eight finishes. In the team races, both Oregon teams scored five points as the men tied for 44th and women for 45th. The men's trio of senior Steve Fein (1,500, 13th (q), ), and sophomores Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon, fifth, 7,543) and Jason Boness (high jump, seventh (tie), 7-2 1/4) all responded with All-America efforts. Fein missed making the 1,500 final by one place and less than a quarter-second after two previous indoor All-America nods in the 3,000 (fifth in `98, seventh in `99) and another in the 5,000 outdoors in `99 (seventh). Senior Katie Crabb made her second appearance in the NCAA 1,500 and scored her first All-America honor and a personal best (seventh, 4:19.35). Junior Karis Howell made her third NCAA trip and collected her second All-America honor (seventh, 168-1). Mary Etter led freshmen at the NCAA finale and took eighth overall (eighth, 166-11) after qualifying the previous week with her personal best from the Pac-10 meet (third, 173-11). Pole vaulter Niki Reed made her third NCAA appearance (13th, 12-9 1/2) but a knee injury slowed her after two previous All-America honors.
LIKE A DUCK IN WATER: UO women prepare for addition of the steeplechase.
The NCAA Championships will feature a new event in 2001 as the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase has been added to the schedule and will replace the 3,000 meters. The 30-inch wooden barriers will be six inches shorter than the men's counterpart, with the water pit the same length (12 feet) as the men -- at least this season as the IAAF decides whether a 10-foot length would soon prove too short. Although several steeplechases have been held as exhibition events in past summer all-comers meets, the event is tentatively scheduled to make its official collegiate debut this weekend. No current Ducks are tentatively entered, but former Duck Jill (Callero) Mestler may compete. Former Duck All-American, Marie Davis, clocked a respectable best of 10:45.0 at Hayward Field last July, but will race the 3,000 without barriers this weekend. Speaking of the Davis', Marie's younger sister Annie, a redshirt sophomore, has already raced once this year at the Linfield Icebreaker (second, 12:11.50). Junior transfer Carrie Zografos, a former state placer in the hurdles/relays for Portland's Central Catholic and one of the team's top harriers last fall, could split time between time steepling and racing the 800 and 1,500 meters.
2000 PAC-10 REVIEW: Ducks close regular season in Eugene.
The Duck men finished far ahead of their projected score with 71 points as 15 of the team's 24-man roster scored at the Pac-10 finale, even though only five were seeded in the top eight prior. Individually, Santiago Lorenzo and Steve Fein took second in the decathlon and 5K, respectively, behind eventual NCAA champions. In his conference debut, Jason Boness won the high jump by four inches (7-5) with a new school record. Other Duck scorers included Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:52.07), junior Michael Kasahun (10K, seventh, 30:11.43), Andrew Bliss (10K, eighth, 30:20.54), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, eighth, 14.51), Santiago Lorenzo (400 hurdles, fourth, 51.70), Kyley Johnson (high jump, seventh, 6-9), Nat Johnson (long jump, third, 25-3 1/2w), Colin McArthur (long jump, sixth, 23-11), Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 49-9 3/4), John Bello (discus, fifth, 178-7, shot put, sixth, 57-0), Ryan Keith (javelin, sixth, 208-7), Adam Kriz (hammer, eighth, 189-5) and the 4x100 (fifth, 40.92). On the women's side, the Ducks also turned to distances and field events for many of their highlights. In the 1,500, senior Katie Crabb didn't back down from her top seed status, leading much of the race, before taking third in a lean at the line (4:21.41). In the throws, freshman Mary Etter showed impressive maturity, returning after a trio of fouls in the shot put to finish third in the discus (PR & NCAA prov. 173-11), and Charyl Weingarten added similar honors in the javelin, third, 146-4). Other scorers included Endia Abrante (400, sixth, 55.43), Eri Macdonald (800, eighth, 2:12.51), Karina Elstrom (pole vault, fifth, 12-7 1/4), Holly Speight (pole vault, 11th, 11-11 1/4), Maureen Morrison (hammer, sixth, 183-10), Karis Howell (javelin, seventh, 139-6) and the 4x400 relay (eighth, 3:48.77).
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Oregon Preview Schedule
Time Events11:40 Javelin (M)11:40 Hammer (W)12:05 Long Jump (W)12:30 Pole Vault (M)12:30 100 (W/M) 'B'12:40 400 (W/M) 'B'12:50 1,500 (M) 'B'12:55 Javelin (W)1:00 Hammer (M)1:00 3,000 (W/M) 'B'1:15 High Jump (W)1:30 Long Jump (M)1:30 200 (W/M) 'B'2:00 Triple Jump (W)2:00 3K Steeplechase (W)2:10 Shot Put (M)2:15 3K Steeplechase (M)2:20 Discus (W)2:30 4x100 Relay (W/M)2:30 Pole Vault (W)2:40 High Jump (M)2:40 1,500 (W/M)2:55 High Hurdles (W/M)3:10 400 (W/M)3:15 Triple Jump (M)3:20 100 (W/M)3:30 Shot Put (W)3:30 800 (W/M)3:35 Discus (M)3:40 400 Hurdles (W/M)3:50 200 (W/M)4:00 3,000 (M)4:15 4x400 Relay (W/M)