Lorenzo Cruises to Texas Relays Win

April 5, 2001

AUSTIN, Texas - University of Oregon junior Santiago Lorenzo added another highlight to the young Duck season Thursday with the Ducks' first Texas Relays crown in 52 years and an NCAA automatic qualifying effort in the decathlon.

After entering the day in sixth place, Lorenzo put together a personal-best second day effort to finish with 7,726 points and edge unattached entrant Trafton Rodgers (7,703). The deciding difference came in the final event, as Lorenzo won the 1,500 in a lean at the line (4:39.57) over unattached entrant Allen Bulick (4:39.65). Bulick has led virtually the entire race, and had even stretched out to a sizable 50-meter lead on the second lap of the four-lap event.

'I gave it everything I had, so I was happy with the performance,' Lorenzo said. 'The overall win was nice, but I came in more concerned with putting together a good effort overall and keep improving in all areas. Still, the win was nice yet I know I can score more points.'

Contrasting the Duck victor in the final event, the prior leader Trafton Rodgers, surrenderd a 252-point lead over Santiago going into the 1,500, and a 184 edge over eventual third-placer Curtis Pugsley. After nine events, Rodgers led the field with 7,295 points over Pugsley (7,111) and Lorenzo (7,043), but Lorenzo's time was 48 seconds faster than Rodgers (and 275 points better) and 31 seconds better than Pugsley (and 187 points better). Rodgers' time ranked as the second-slowest of the 15 finishers and Pugsley's was the ninth fastest.

Lorenzo's big second day also featured decathlon personal bests of 15-9 in the pole vault and a 14.90 clocking (albeit slightly wind-aided with a +4.9 mps) in the 110 hurdles. His javelin mark of 201-4 (61.38m) missed his personal best by only a foot (202-5), his discus throw (136-3) was also barely a foot off his best (137-8), and his 1,500 effort was noteworthy considering the day's muggy, hot and windy conditions.

'I was very pleased with Santiago's effort,' said Bill Lawson, a Duck assistant coach and the squads' decathlon mentor. 'He showed a lot of heart, especially at the end, passing two guys in the last 100 meters. The decathlon is the most physically, mentally and emotionally demanding event in track and field, and Santiago showed his grit by gradually catching up the whole way, and refusing to let up. That kind of dedication and hard work is the example we want to see in all of our athletes.'

Lorenzo's mark Thursday marked his third personal best for the Ducks in five decathlons over his 2 1/2 year collegiate career, and a 77-point improvement over his previous best of 7,649 from last year's Pac-10 Championships in Eugene,

So far this season, his score ranks him third nationally behind LSU's Claston Bernard (7,872) and Georgia's David Lemen (,7772).

Looking ahead, his mark automatically qualifies him for his second NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 30-31 in Eugene, since it surpassed the 7,500 qualifying standard and also the Pac-10 Championships. Also in the conference qualifying picture, his javelin mark also met the 196-10 standard. At last season's NCAA finale, he finished fifth in the decathlon with a score of 7,543 points for his first All-America honor, and he set his prior personal best in his runner-up finish three weeks before in Eugene.

Lorenzo put himself in position for the win after a solid first half Wednesday, and the following marks in the 400 (49.26), shot put (44-0), 100 (11.11), long jump (22-4 1/4) and high jump (6-3 1/2) - his high jump also standing as a new decathlon best. Heading into Thursday, his midpoint mark of 3,877 points trailed his personal best total by only 74 points - a score of 3,951 from last year's Texas Relays.

'I was a little surprised yesterday, because there were several things that didn't go that well, but I still had a pretty good score,' Lorenzo said. 'Yesterday I felt off, but today, things seemed to click. I'm looking forward to getting back out there again, especially with nationals at home.' Lorenzo's win was the second ever by a Duck at the most famous of the `Big Four' relays, the last coming courtesy of George Rasmussen in 1949 in the pole vault (14-2 1/4).

Among other entries competing, redshirt sophomore Adam Kriz upped his personal best in the hammer to 192-4 to place eighth, rewriting last year's best of 191-3 from the Oregon-Washington dual. Redshirt junior Rian Ingrim competed but his three preliminary throws did not meet the minimum 170-foot standard.

In the 400 hurdles, freshman Jake Garlick finished third in his heat (52.40), and junior Tim Overfield took fifth in the same race (53.20). In another section of the same event, freshman Brandon Holliday placed fifth (55.83), but all three did not advance to Friday's finals.

Looking ahead to Friday, the Ducks will compete in several events, including the 110 hurdles, sprint medley relay, discus, and javelin,


Texas Relays - Day Two
Mike A. Myers Stadium
University of Texas
Austin, Texas
Thursday, April 5, 2001

Decathlon - 1, Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon, 7,726 points. 2, Trafton Rodgers, Unat., 7,703. 3, Curtis Pugsley, BYU, 7,519. 4, Lyndon McDowell, Minnesota, 7,473. 5, Daniel Hunter, Mississippi State, 7.060. 6, Ryan Harlan, Rice, 6,936.

400 Hurdles - Heat 1 - 1, Kurt Duncan, George Mason, 51.54. Heat 2 - 1, John Hall, UCLA, 51.02. 2, Joey Scott, Oklahoma, 51.96. 3, Jake Garlick, Oregon, 52.40. 5, Tim Overfield, Oregon, 53.20. Heat 3 - 1, Kyle Erickson, UCLA, 51.61. Heat 4 - 1, Calvin Williams, Texas, 51.25. Heat 5 - 1, Michael Smith, Baylor, 51.25. 5, Brandon Holliday, 55.83. Heat 6 - 1, Bayano Kamani, Baylor, 51.51. Heat 7 - 1, LaBoris Bean, Oklahoma, 51.93. Heat 8 - 1, Kevin Carter, Nebraska, 52.22. Heat 9 - 1, Ken Garrett, Georgia, 51.98.

Hammer - 1, Dylan Armstrong, Texas, 227-4 2. Chris Brown, Purdue, 215-8. 3, Javier Nieto, LSU, 205-1. 4, Igor Kirin, Purdue, 201-4. 5, Ryan Kavanagh, Auburn, 193-9. 6, Dan Ames, UCLA, 192-8. 8, Adam Kriz, Oregon, 192-1. F - Rian Ingrim, Oregon.

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