Harris and Stiegeler Score NCAA Marks at Texas Relays Final Day
April 7, 2001
AUSTIN, Texas - A pair of University of Oregon men's track and field athletes claimed fitting finishes to the Ducks' finest outing of the young outdoor season, posting personal bests and NCAA qualifying marks Saturday at the 74th Texas Relays, held at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas.
Junior Micah Harris closed Duck action Saturday with a personal best in the 110 hurdles (third, 13.80) - an NCAA provisional effort that may qualify him for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, May 30-June 2. The JC All-America transfer from Tempe, Ariz., enjoyed a strong start out of the blocks, then continued to run among the top two of the eight-man field until slowing slightly over the final two hurdles.
'I got out strong, and everything continued to go great from there,' Harris said. 'It's great to get a new personal best, but I still need to work on some things, like my finish which wasn't that great. Coming in, we had been focusing on this meet for a while so I ready to put it on the line. I just tried to stay relaxed and focused, get out fast, and continue to push through the line.'
Harris' time now ranks him second all-time for the Ducks, and only .01 seconds shy of former NCAA runner-up Bob Gray (13.79). His time Saturday should rank him top 10 nationally among collegians this week, since only five people had run faster before this weekend.
In the javelin, redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler continued to raise his standing on the NCAA automatic qualifying list with his first +240-foot effort. The Coos Bay, Ore., native capped Saturday with a seven-foot best of 245-9 (74.92 meters), finishing second behind Germany's Boris Henry (first, 283-5 86.38 meters) who turned in the farthest throw in the world so far in 2001. Henry is an Olympian and three-time top-six finisher at the World Championships.
'I felt good coming in, because we let up a little training-wise at the end of this week,' Stiegeler said. 'Getting the collegiate win was good, but there's still a lot for me to work on, and we'll have a hard training phase the next few weeks. The atmosphere was fun because this is a great meet packed with great fans. They make it easier to throw far, and the tailwind helps a little, too, although I think it's more of a psychological advantage than physical.'
Stiegeler could enter next week as the top-ranked collegian after eclipsing last week's national leader, Virginia's Brian Kollar, and his season best of 243-6 (74.22 meters) from three weeks ago. Stiegeler's final mark Saturday also inched him closer to the Ducks' all-time leader, former NCAA champion Art Skipper and his Duck best (251-8) from 1992.
In the invitational shot put, redshirt junior John Bello finished 10th overall (56-9 1/4), as SMU's Janus Robberts won the event with a stadium record (67-8 3/4). Bello qualified for Saturday's elite section after winning Friday's university section with a personal best and NCAA provisional mark (59-9 3/4, 18.23 meters).
Junior Jason Boness just missed his season best in the high jump, an event that featured Olympians Nathan Leeper (first, 7-4 1/2) and Kenny Evans (second, 7-4 1/2). The three-time All-American Boness took seventh overall and sixth among collegians Saturday with his final clearance of 7-0 1/4 (2.14 meters) - only a quarter inch short of his best of 7-0 1/2 (2.15 meters) from the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., two weeks ago.
In a separate section of the high jump, redshirt sophomore Jake Horner no-heighted.
Looking back over the four-day contest, the Ducks received NCAA automatic marks and season bests from junior decathlete Stiegeler and Santiago Lorenzo (first,7,726 points), and NCAA provisional marks and season bests from Harris, freshman pole vaulter Trevor Woods (second, 17-4 1/2) and junior shot putter John Bello (59-9 3/4, 18.23 meters).
The Ducks next return home to Hayward Field for the 93rd and 28th installments of the men's and women's duals against Washington, Saturday, April 14. The women's javelin is tentatively scheduled to kick action off at noon, and the first running event is the men's steeplechase at 1:45 p.m. The final event, the 4x400 relay, begins at 4:15 p.m.
Texas Relays - Day Four (Final Day)
Mike A. Myers Stadium
University of Texas
Friday, April 6, 2001
110 Hurdles - 1, Kris Allen, Texas A&M, 13.60. 2, Derrick James, Unat., 13.75. 3, Micah Harris, Oregon, 13.80. 4, Jermichael Williams, Unat., 13.89. 5, Lee Mays, UTEP, 14.33. 6, Lewis Edmonson, Prairie View, 14.45. 7, Carl Johnson, Texas-San Antonio,, 14.58. DNF - Bashir Ramzy. (Wind: +1.5).
High Jump (Inv. Section) - 1, Nathan Leeper, Unat., 7-4 1/2. 2, Kenny Evans, Arkansas, 7-4 1/2. 3, Shaun Guice, Purdue, 7-3 1/4. 4, Alfred Neale, Barton County, 7-1 3/4. 5, Robert Jordan, Barton County, 7-1 3/4. 6, Jason Boness, Oregon, 7-0 1/4. 7, Jason Howard, TCU, 6-10 3/4. 7, Ryan Fitzpatric, Purdue, 6-10 3/4.
High Jump (Univ. Section) - 1, Reed Ballis, Rice, 2, Ryan Chambers, Texas-Arlington, 7-0 1/4. 2, Jeff Mueller, Houston, 7-0 1/4. 4, Danny Guillory, Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-10 3/4. 5, Matthew Smothermon, Kentucky, 6-9. 6, Andrew Vander Wagen, Kentucky, 6-9. 6, Justin Youngblood, Texas-San Antonio, 6-9. NH - Jake Horner, Oregon.
Shot Put - 1, Janus Robberts, SMU, 67-8 3/4. 2, Andrey Borodkin, SMU, 62-11 1/4. 3, Jim Roberts, BYU, 62-8. 4, Scott Moser, UCLA, 61-7. 5, Ronny Jimenez, Texas A&M, 60-2 1/2. 6, Jeff Chakouian, Kentucky, 60-2 1/2. 7, Dan Ames, UCLA, 60-1 3/4. 8, Ryan Speers, Kansas, 58-1 3/4. 10, John Bello, Oregon, 56-9 1/4.
Javelin - 1, Boris Henry, Unat., 283-5. 2, John Stiegeler, Oregon, 245-9. 3, Vesa Jappinen, UTEP, 239-5. 4, Latrell Frederick, Northwestern State, 231-7. 5, Ryan Luna, Texas Tech, 222-10. 6, Luke Marrs, Texas A&M, 214-0.