Bello and Woods Score NCAA Provisional Marks at Texas Relays

April 6, 2001

AUSTIN, Texas - The winds picked up speed Friday at the Texas Relays, and so did the Ducks as a pair of UO men's track and field athletes claimed their first NCAA provisional marks of the season, and several others added season and personal bests.

Redshirt junior John Bello stepped into the shot put ring for the first time in 2001 and came away with a come-from-behind win and 2 1/2-foot personal best on his final throw (59-9 3/4, 18.23 meters). UCLA's Scott Wiegand and Purdue's Nick Swathwood followed in second and third place with marks of 59-0 and 57-3, respectivley.

More importantly, the Alta Loma, Calif., native Bello collected his first-ever NCAA provisional mark, easily eclipsing the minimum qualifying standard of 58-4 3/4. The measurement ranks him ninth nationally based on this week's NCAA qualifying list, although a mark between 60 and 61 feet will likely be necessary for an invite to the NCAA Championships, May 30-June 2 in Eugene.

Friday's win also earned an automatic entry into Saturday's invitational section of the event.

Bello faced a much less favorable wind later in the afternoon in the university discus section, but still took third (174-2 53.18 meters), trailing Angelo State's Curry Dawson (first, 177-3) and Kentucky's Jeff Chakouian (second, 174-10). That distance meant a second invite to May's Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley, Calif., after scoring in both the shot put (sixth) and discus (fifth) in last year's league finale in Eugene.

Freshman pole vaulter Trevor Woods also scored his first NCAA provisional mark of the outdoor campaign with a personal best of 17-4 1/2 (5.30 meters), and exactly equaled the NCAA provisional mark. The Coos Bay, Ore., native entered the meet with an outdoor season best of 16-4 3/4 from the Baldy Castillo Invite two weeks ago, while a month ago he raised his indoor best to 17-0 at the Last Chance Meet in Iowa State.

'Usually the better the competition, the better I do,' Woods said, 'so I felt pretty cool coming in. The wind was great - it gave me that much more speed and didn't throw me off at all. When I went up to 17-10, that was kind of new territory for me, so I was in-between poles and really wasn't sure what to use. It's good to get the NCAA provisional mark out of the way, with another four inches probably meaning a trip to NCAA's.'

Also in the pole vault, redshirt junior Cody Howell tapped the favorable tailwinds for a final clearance of 16-10 3/4 (5.15 meters), a six-inch season best. Howell was only two inches off his personal best of 17-0 3/4 from the Oregon Twilight last May.

Adding his name to the Pac-10 qualifying list, sophomore Foluso Akinradewo scored a wind-aided personal best on the triple jump runway with his eighth-place mark of 50-6 (15.39 meters, w:+2.8). His overall personal best (50-3 1/4) without wind assistance came indoors in 2000.

Redshirt senior Ryan Keith rode the prevailing breezes in the Ducks' final event of the evening, tossing a 10-foot javelin season best of 216-3 (65.92 meters) and missing the NCAA provisional standard of 220-9 by less than four feet. Keith finished second behind Sam Houston State's Chris Sitka (first, 224-9).

On the oval, the sprint medley unit of junior Micah Harris, freshman Jake Garlick and juniors Ross Krempley and Simon Kimata opened Friday with a third-place finish (3:23.39) in the second of two sections in the university division, and ranked fourth overall. The race consisted of two opening 200-meter legs, followed by 400- and 800-meter legs, with North Carolina turning in the event's fastest mark (3:22.66),

Among the eight university division qualifying sections of the 110 hurdles, sophomore Terry Ellis placed third in his heat with a wind-aided best (14.15w, w:+3.7 mps) and freshman Jake Garlick took fifth in his heat (14.71w, w:+4.2 mps).Iowa State's Andy Long owned the fastest mark of the eight sections (13.88w, w:+4.7).

Looking ahead to Saturday's final-day action, the Ducks return to Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas to compete in several events, including the 110 and 400 hurdles, high jump, shot put and javelin.


Texas Relays - Day Three
Mike A. Myers Stadium
University of Texas
Austin, Texas
Friday, April 6, 2001

Sprint Medley Relay - 1, North Carolina, 3:22.66. 2, Purdue, 3:22.89. 3, Wichita State, 3:23.39. 4, Oregon, 3:23.55. 5, Tulsa, 3:23.55. 6, Kansas State, 3:23.97.

110 Hurdles Qualifying - Heat 1 - 1, Calvin Williams, Texas, 13.92. Heat 2 - 1, Bashir Ramzy, Texas A&M, 14.16. Heat 3 - 1, Jermaine Cooper, Texas, 13.94. Heat 4 - 1, Jasper Demps, Middle Tennessee State, 13.97. Heat 5 - 1, Andy Long, Iowa State, 13.88. Heat 6 - 1, T.J. Nelson, Wisconsin, 13.92. 5, Jake Garlick, Oregon, 14.71. Heat 7 - 1, Joey Scott, Oklahoma, 14.18. Heat 8 - 1, Eddie Jackson, Arkansas, 13.91. 3, Terry Ellis, Oregon, 14.15.

Pole Vault - 1, Chad Walters, Texas A&M, 17-10 1/2. 2, Trevor Woods, Oregon, 17-4 1/2. 3, Bubba McClean, California, 17-4 1/2. 4, Jocqua Mitchell, Texas-Arlington, 16-10 3/4. 5, Jared Drake, UCLA, 16-10 3/4. 5, Gustavo Rehnder, Arkansas State, 16-10 3/4.9, Cody Howell, Oregon, 16-10 3/4.

Triple Jump - 1, LeJuan Simon, Barton County, 54-5 1/2. 2, Leevan Sands, Barton County, 53-9 1/4. 3, Orlando Frederick,Louisiana-Lafayette, 51-11 1/4. 4, Abdul Rasheed, TCU, 51-11 1/4. 5, Marc Dzradosi, Drake, 51-0 3/4. 6, Gerald Shepherd, North Texas, 50-8 1/4. 8, Foluso Akinradewo, Oregon, 50-6.

Shot Put - 1, John Bello, Oregon, 59-9 3/4. 2, Scott Wiegand, UCLA, 59-0. 3, Nick Swathwood, Purdue, 57-3. 4, Jack Clamon, UCLA, 57-1. 5, Ross Kolodzieg, Wisconsin, 56-11 1/4. 6, Quint Melius, Angelo State, 55-11 3/4. 8, Rian Ingrim, Oregon, 55-2 1/4.

Discus - 1, Curry Dawson, Angelo State, 177-3. 2, Jeff Chakouian, Kentucky, 174-10. 3, John Bello, Oregon, 174-6. 4, Kyle Bookout, Oklahoma, 168-7. 5, Bill Powers, Kentucky, 165-9. 6, Kyle Caskey, Texas A&M, 164-11.

Javelin - 1, Chris Sitka, Sam Houston State, 224-9. 2, Ryan Keith, Oregon, 216-3. 3, Keith Nunez, LSU, 210-5. 4, Dan Uffens, BYU, 210-5. 5, Jeff White, Angelo State, 205-8. 6, Luke Kinnard, Louisiana-Lafayette, 201-10.

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