Track Teams Square off Against Huskies
April 11, 2001
This Week's Action
Washington Dual (M&W)
OUTDOOR VOLUME 5: Ducks Welcome Rival Huskies to Track City USA.
The Duck men and women springboard off one of their busiest weekends and renew their rivalry with their northern neighbors, the University of Washington. The UO men will rely on the field events and hurdles for a bulk of their points, and the Duck women will look to the field events for most of their scoring, while the distances appear relatively equal and could prove the difference. The following weekend, the Oregon men and women head south with partial squads to LA for the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., (4/20-22), with the women also competing at the nearby Pomona Pitzer Invitational (4/21).
MEN TO WATCH: Stiegeler and Lorenzo named Pac-10 Athletes of Week.
Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler took the national lead in the javelin last week at the Texas Relays (second, 245-9) was named Pac-10 Men's Field Event Athlete of the Week. The Coos Bay, Ore., native has thrown past the 230-foot line at his other two meets this year (238-9 at the Oregon Preview and 230-1 at the Baldy Castillo Invite). Junior Santiago Lorenzo took similar honors for the Pac-10 Men's Track category after tallying the nation's third-leading decathlon score last weekend in Austin (first, PR 7,726). This week, he will compete in the 400 hurdles after taking fourth in the event at the Pac-10 finale in 2000. Junior Micah Harris now ranks second all-time for UO in the 110 hurdles after the Texas Relays (third, 13.80). The distances feature UO redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann, an NCAA auto 10K qualifier (28:56.06), against a pair of Husky NCAA qualifiers Dave Bazzi and Jason Fayant. Freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2) and redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4) look to up their NCAA provisional marks and season bests from last week. Junior high jumper Jason Boness chases his first NCAA mark outdoors after his first All-America honor indoors in 2001 (ninth) and similar honors outdoors in 1999 (10th) and 2000 (7th).
WOMEN TO WATCH: Ducks Continue to Add Pac-10 and NCAA marks.
Freshman Sarah Malone (165-1) ranks fourth nationally and tops among Americans in the javelin, and takes on UW's provisional qualifier Megan Spriesterbach (156-3) in the day's opener. All-America discus thrower Mary Etter claimed wins in all three throws last weekend at the Willamette Open -- hammer (PR 176-10), shot put (46-11) and discus (159-9). Redshirt senior Maureen Morrison defends her hammer title from last season against the Huskies, the meet where she set her current school record (186-6). In the pole vault, All-America junior Niki Reed and senior Holly Speight own NCAA provisional qualifying marks already this season of 12-11 1/2 and 12-5 1/2, respectively. In the middle distances, sophomore Eri Macdonald, a Pac-10 finalist in 800, and freshman Annette Mosey are seeded first and second in the 800 and 1,500 based on season bests. Freshman Ann Sullivan ranks ninth all-time for the Ducks in the 100 hurdles with her Pac-10 qualifier and personal best two weekends ago (14.16) -- the same meet in which she clocked a wind-aided 13.99 time (+2.5 mps) in the previous day's qualifying round.
HOOKING HORNS: Men Collect Five NCAA Marks at Texas Relays.
At the 74th Texas Relays, the Ducks received NCAA automatic marks and season bests from junior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo (first, 7,726 points) and redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (second, 245-9), and NCAA provisional marks and season bests from junior Micah Harris (third, 13.80), freshman pole vaulter Trevor Woods (second, 17-4 1/2) and junior shot putter John Bello (first, 59-9 3/4, 18.23 meters). Lorenzo's win proved an exciting start for the meet, as he made up a 252-point deficit on the last event to win the decathlon by 23 points, and the Ducks' first Texas Relays crown in 52 years. His second-day marks were: 110H (14.90w), discus (136-3), pole vault (15-9), javelin (201-4), 1,500 (4:39.57), and his first-day marks were: 400 (49.26), shot put (44-0), 100 (11.11), long jump (22-4 1/4) and high jump (6-3 1/2) and a first day score of 3,877 points. Junior high jumper Jason Boness took seventh overall and sixth among collegians in the high jump (7-0 1/4, 2.14m) - only a quarter inch short of his best. Other season bests and Pac-10 qualifying marks came from redshirt senior Ryan Keith (javelin, 216-3), redshirt junior Cody Howell (pole vault, 16-10 3/4), sophomores Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, third-heat, 14.15w), Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, eighth, 50-6w) and Adam Kriz (hammer, eighth, 192-4), and freshman Jake Garlick finished (400 hurdles, third, 52.40). The sprint medley unit (200-200-400-800) 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 university division sections, and fourth overall.
WILLAMETTE RECAP: Etter and Malone Pace Women at Willamette Open.
SALEM, Ore. - The Duck women continued to collect names for their Pac-10 Championships entry list at last Saturday's Willamette Open. Sophomore thrower Mary Etter turned in another busy afternoon with wins in the hammer (PR 176-10), shot put (46-11) and discus (159-9). Among those marks, her hammer throw was a personal best and her first Pac-10 qualifying mark of the season, and her shot put mark was only a half-inch off her season best. Freshman Sarah Malone upped her standing on the NCAA provisional javelin (first, 165-1) - more than a five-foot season best, and less than a foot off her lifetime best of 165-11 from last season. Also in the javelin, redshirt senior Sara Dinsmore raised her personal best (142-4, third) and missed the Pac-10 qualifying mark by only eight inches. In the high jump, Jenny Brogdon became the second Duck to clear 5-7 this season with her winning mark, after freshman Rachael Kriz also met the minimum Pac-10 qualifying mark of 5-7 at the Bearcat Open two weeks ago. Remaining Duck victors included the 4x100 relay (48.73), junior Jenny Kenyon (100 hurdles, 14.73), and redshirt senior Holly Speight (pole vault, 11-6 1/4). All-American and redshirt senior Karina Elstrom competed in the pole vault (third, 10-11 3/4) for the first time since last year's Pac-10 Championships as she returns from a serious back injury. Freshman Annette Mosey just missed the Pac-10 qualifying mark in the 1,500 (4:40.14) with her third-place clocking of 4:40.31.
LAST YEAR'S RECAP: Northwest Rivals Split Annual Duals.
EUGENE (4/22/00) - In another chapter from one of the Pacific Northwest's oldest track rivalries, the University of Oregon and University of Washington track and field teams split last season's dual contest in front of a Hayward Field crowd of 2,803. The Duck women won by a 80-74 margin, while the Husky men held off the Ducks, 85-78, thanks to individual wins in the final five scored events. Last year's team results lowered the Duck men's record vs. UW to 59-33 all-time in the series dating back to 1900, while Tom Heinonen's Duck women improved to 21-6 in the series dating back to 1977. On the women's side, Oregon garnered wins in eight events, seven of which came from the field. Niki Reed and Maureen Morrison led the way with improvements on their previous NCAA marks in the pole vault (NCAA auto 13-1 1/2) and hammer (186-6). Other Duck winners included Hilary Holly in the long jump (18-5 1/4) and triple jump (38-2 3/4), Mary Etter in the discus (162-9), Karis Howell in the javelin (143-3) and Katie Crabb in the 800 (12:12.47). On the men's side, the Ducks nearly upended a published form chart that had them losing by almost 30 points, that is until a quartet of NCAA qualifiers brought UW back for an 85-78 win that wasn't decided until the final event. The Men of Oregon kept matters tight thanks to seven wins - four in the field, one in the 4x100 relay and two others on the track. Santiago Lorenzo and Ross Krempley provided two of the most thrilling finishes with leans at the tape for wins in the 400 hurdles (52.82) and 800 (1:56.08), respectively, by winning margins of only .01 and .05 seconds. The men's 4x100 relay of Jermaine Hanspard, Nat Johnson and Howard Moore and Ricardo Cottengim also crossed the line first in a time of 40.77 seconds. In the field, Adam Kriz propelled the Ducks' scoring early with a nearly six-foot then-personal best in the hammer (191-3) and his first ever Pac-10 qualifying mark. Jason Boness won the high jump (6-11), and Colin McArthur (24-0 1/4) and Foluso Akinradewo (48-4 3/4) posted long jump and triple jump wins, respectively.
ON THE NCAA OVAL: Crabb and Boness Nab First Indoor All-America Honors.
In early March, 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 (mile, ninth, 4:46.90) after 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. Three other Ducks scored NCAA provisional marks during the season but didn't compete -- sophomore Jason Hartmann (5,000, 14:05.72), junior Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-5) and senior Holly Speight (pole vault, 12-6).
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 return Pac-10 scorers in virtually every discipline. Junior high jumper Jason Boness and junior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo (NCAA auto. - 7,726) lead the group after All-America honors last year. Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (javelin, 238-9) and redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000, 27:58.06) have quickly followed suit with NCAA automatic marks in the season's opening month. A trio of NCAA provisional qualifiers, redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4), junior Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 13.80) and freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), lead a list of others hoping for NCAA consideration after previous marks near or equal NCAA provisional standards -- seniors Ryan Keith (javelin, 220-5) and Kyley Johnson (high jump, 7-0 1/2) and juniors Billy Pappas (decathlon, 7,184) and Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-5i). Others returnees to watch that netted Pac-10 points last year include senior Michael Kasahun (10K, seventh), junior Ross Krempley (800, sixth), and sophomores Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, eighth) and Adam Kriz (hammer, eighth). 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. Junior middle distance transfer Simon Kimata clocked 1:47.02 in the 800 two years ago for South Plains CC. Leading a large class of distance newcomers, freshman Eric Logsdon paced the nation last year in the 3,000 (8:10.66), with another instate product, freshman Noel Paulson (8:18.72), also among the country's best milers (4:07.14). Another talented Oregonian, freshmen javelin thrower Adam Jenkins, was the national prep leader in the javelin last year (229-2) and 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 pace this year's charge, as sophomore All-American Mary Etter leads Pac-10 returnees in the discus with her Pac-10 personal best (173-11, and finished eighth in her NCAA debut. Senior Maureen Morrison has thrown NCAA provisional marks in previous years in the hammer and discus, and sophomore Charyl Weingarten and freshman Sarah Malone were prep javelin All-Americans. Malone has shined early this season with NCAA provisional marks in her first two meets and a collegiate best of 165-1 that ranks fourth nationally and tops among Americans. Two-time All-America pole vaulter and junior Niki Reed has already cleared an NCAA provisional mark of 12-11.5 this year and leads a corps that features All-America senior Karina Elstrom and NCAA provisional qualifier Holly Speight. 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 (PR 5,032 points). In the distances, senior transfer Hanna Smedstad has already run an NCAA provisional mark this year in the 10K (34:42.93), and led the Duck cross country squad last fall to its 24th national championship trip in 26 years. Before arriving in Eugene, she was a three-time NCAA qualifier in the outdoor 3,000 and 5,000 for Oklahoma State and two-time harrier All-American for the 'Pokes (1998, '99). Sophomore Eri Macdonald was a Pac-10 and U.S. Junior Champs finalist in the 800 last year. The hurdles feature several talented youth, including sophomore Lucretia Larkin, 11th-ranked all-time for the Ducks (14.25), and freshman Ann Sullivan, ninth-ranked in UO history (14.16) and 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 (1962-64-72-78-74-77-91-96) have visited Track City USA, along with three Olympic Trials (1972-76-80) and five past U.S. Championships.
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' high jump honor from the 2001 indoor circuit. On the track in 2000, all three Duck outdoor qualifiers were named 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 NCAA 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 posted one of its strongest NCAA Championships showings in recent history last year at Duke University. Of the seven Duck competitors, six earned All-America honors and five scored top-eight finishes. In the team races, both UO squads 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 in 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 in the discus at the NCAA finale and took eighth overall (166-11). 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.
2000 PAC-10 REVIEW: Ducks close regular season in Eugene.
Last season at the Pac-10 Championships, 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. On the women's side, Oregon also turned to the 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 points in the javelin (third, 146-4).
ABOVE THE CROWD: Female Quartet Among Nation's Best Pole Vaulters.
In its fourth year as a collegiate event, the pole vault has continued to prove a hit for the Ducks. Junior Niki Reed again leads the corps and is a two-time All-American and three-time NCAA qualifier. The Newport, Ore., native pushed the school record up to 13-5 1/4 indoors in 2000, and matched it again outdoors at the Oregon Invitational last May. Looking for an NCAA invite herself, senior Holly Speight has garnered NCAA provisional honors outdoors the past three years and again indoors (12-6) and outdoors (12-5 1/2) this year. After limited practice this past year due to a serious back injury, All-America senior Karina Elstrom hopes for a late season championship run and opened last weekend at the Willamette Open with a mark of 10-11 3/4. She is a one-time All-American, four-time NCAA participant, three-time Pac-10 scorer and former school record holder (12-9 1/2). Redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle comes off her first fully healthy collegiate season, and was an 11-7 3/4 prepster in '98.
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 stand 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 the steeplechase has been held as an exhibition event at Hayward Field in summer all-comers meets, former Duck Jill (Callero) Mestler won (11:22.10) the event's official collegiate debut at the Oregon Preview. Among current Ducks, redshirt sophomore Annie Davis, sister of former Duck All-American Marie Davis, 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 steepling and racing the 800 and 1,500 meters if she doesn't redshirt this season.
Washington Dual Schedule
Saturday, April 14, 200112:00 Javelin (W)
12:00 Hammer (M)
12:05 Long Jump (W)
1:05 Hammer (W)
1:05 Javelin (M)
1:10 Long Jump (M)
1:15 High Jump (W)
1:30 Pole Vault (W)
1:45 Steeplechase (M)
2:00 3,000 (W)
2:00 Triple Jump (W)
2:10 Shot Put (M)
2:15 Discus (W)
2:15 4x100 Relay(W/M)
2:25 1,500 (M)
2:30 Pole Vault (M)
2:35 High Jump (M)
2:40 100/110 Hurdles(W/M)
2:55 400 (W/M)
3:05 100 (W/M)
3:05 Triple Jump (M)
3:15 800 (W/M)
3:20 Discus (M)
3:20 Shot Put (W)
3:25 400 Hurdles(W/M)
3:35 200 (W/M)
3:45 1,500 (W)
3:55 3,000 (M)
4:15 4x400 Relay(W/M)
All-Time Oregon Men's List
10K Jason Hartmann 7th 28:56.06110H Micah Harris 2nd 13.80HJ Jason Boness 1st 7-5 Kyley Johnson 6th(t) 7-0.5JT John Stiegeler 2nd 245-9 Ryan Keith 8th 220-5Dec. Santiago Lorenzo 6th 7,762
All-Time Oregon Women's List
100H Ann Sullivan 9th 14.16 Lucretia Larkin 11th 14.25PV Niki Reed 1st 13-5.25 Karina Elstrom 2nd 12-9.5 Holly Speight 3rd 12-6 Georgette Moyle 4th 11-0SP Mary Etter 7th 48-2DT Mary Etter 3rd 173-11 Maureen Morrison 9th 166-9HT Maureen Morrison 1st 186-6 Mary Etter 3rd 176-10 Jordan McDaniels 6th 160-1JT Karis Howell 1st 168-1 Sarah Malone 2nd 165-1 Charyl Weingarten 3rd 146-4 Sara Dinsmore 6th 142-4Hep. Jenny Kenyon 6th 5,032
Tentative Duck Men's Entries
100: Jason Slye, Wes Mallard, A.K. Keyes
200: Jake Garlick, Micah Harris
400: Brandon Holliday, Jake Garlick, Jake Horner
800: Sean Gross, Simon Kimata, Merritt McDole, Ross Krempley
1,500: Noel Paulson, Jason Hartmann
3,000: John Lucas, Michael Kasahun, Jason Hartmann, Lincoln Nehring
Steeple: Brett Holts, Kyle Robinson
110H: Terry Ellis, Micah Harris, Billy Pappas
400H: Tim Overfield, Santiago Lorenzo
4x100: Names not available
4x400: Names not available
High Jump: Jake Horner, Jason Boness
Pole Vault: Cody Howell, Jason Slye, Trevor Woods
Long Jump: Foluso Akinradewo, Bily Pappas, Santiago Lorenzo
Triple Jump: Jason Boness, Foluso Akinradewo
Shot Put: James March, Rian Ingrim, John Bello
Discus: James March, Rian Ingrim, John Bello
Hammer: James March, Rian Ingrim, Adam Kriz
Javelin: Nick Bakke, Adam Jenkins, John Stiegeler, Santiago Lorenzo
Tentative Duck Women's Entries
100: Daisy Pressley, Lucretia Larkin, Amanda Brown
200: Jenny Kenyon, Janette Davis, Daisy Pressley
400: Janette Davis, Hether Murtaugh
800: Eryn Sicora-Fordney, Erinn Gulbrandsen, Annette Mosey, Eri Macdonald
1,500: Erinn Gulbrandsen, Eri Macdonald, Annette Mosey, Hanna Smedstad
3,000: Hanna Smedstad
110H: Lucretia Larkin, Jenny Kenyon, Ann Sullivan
400H: Ann Sullivan, Cameo Davis, Alicia Snyder-Carlson
4x100: Names not available
4x400: Names not available
High Jump: Rachael Kriz, Jenny Brogdon
Pole Vault: Kirsten Riley, Karina Elstrom, Holly Speight, Niki Reed
Long Jump: Jenny Kenyon, Amanda Brown
Triple Jump: Jenny Brogdon, Rachael Kriz, Deborah Lee
Shot Put: Jordan McDaniels, Dani Keyser, Mary Etter
Discus: Jill Hoxmeier, Jordan McDaniels, Maureen Morrison, Mary Etter
Javelin: Sara Dinsmore, Charyl Weingarten, Sarah Malone
Hammer: Jamie Burk, Jordan McDaniels, Mary Etter, Maureen Morrison
Online Track Resources
UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
NCAA Champs.: www.ncaachampionships.com
USA Track and Field: www.uastf.org
Track & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com
Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
USA Championships: www.eugenechamps.com