Track Teams Fly South to LA
Mt. SAC Relays
Pomona Pitzer Invite
OUTDOOR VOL. 6: Ducks Catch Breather With Several Individuals LA-Bound.
The Duck teams look ahead to a relative off-week with a scaled-back group of women heading to LA for several large invitationals -- the three-day Mt. SAC Relays and Friday's Pomona Pitzer Invite. One Duck male and two females are tentatively scheduled to also compete in the Azusa Pacific Decathlon/Heptathlon, Thursday-Friday, and a handful of Duck women may compete Saturday at the Long Beach State Invitational. The following weekend, the Oregon men and women return home for the Oregon Invitational, welcoming a host of top Northwest collegiate and post-collegiate talent (4/28).
WOMEN TO WATCH: Ducks On Hunt After More NCAA marks.
Freshman Sarah Malone (165-1) ranks fifth nationally and second among Americans in the javelin, and competes in the Sunday invitational section at Mt. SAC. All-America discus thrower and current Pac-10 leader Mary Etter claimed wins in the discus (175-5) and shot put (43-5 3/4) against the Huskies and may compete in the invitational section of the discus Saturday. In the pole vault, All-America junior Niki Reed returns for duty Saturday after an NCAA automatic mark of 13-5 1/4 last weekend at home against Washington, followed by several close attempts at 13-9. Senior Hanna Smedstad looks for an NCAA qualifying mark in the 5,000 Friday -- an NCAA outdoor event she competed at in 1999 (13th) and 2000 (16th). Hammer school record holder Maureen Morrison highlights Sunday's final-day action in Walnut as she chases the NCAA provisional mark and is only 2 feet away with her current season best of 181-0.
MEN TO WATCH: Pappas Zeroing in on NCAA Decathlon Mark.
On Thursday and Friday, redshirt junior Billy Pappas looks for his first NCAA provisional mark this season at the Azusa Pacific Decathlon. Two weeks ago, he made his season debut at the Texas Relays but had to withdraw at the halfway point after no-heighting in the high jump. The Azalea, Ore., native turned in otherwise solid first-day marks in the shot put (45-1, an almost two-foot personal best), long jump (22-6 1/2), 100 (11.30) and 400 (51.79). Last season, Pappas scored a personal best of 7,184 points to finish fourth in the Pac-10 Championships. That score missed an NCAA invite by only 50 points, as he was the third person not to make the NCAA field. The decathlon has been a family specialty as one older brother, Paul, was an NCAA provisional qualifier for the Ducks (PR 7,347 in 1997). Another brother Tom was a 2000 Olympian (fifth, 8,425) and the 1999 NCAA champion for Tennessee (collegiate record of 8,463).
TAMING THE HUSKIES: Duck M&W Sweep Washington in Dual Contests.
Eugene (4/14) - Last weekend, the Duck men and women swept their annual dual meets with Washington by scores of 87-75 and 88-65, respectively. Individually, 10 UO men and nine women won titles in front of a Hayward Field crowd of 2,678. Junior Niki Reed led the Duck women with her winning mark in the pole vault which also tied her school record (13-5 1/2). In the same event, freshman Kirsten Riley raised her season best 10 inches to 11-9 3/4 to tie for second with redshirt senior Holly Speight. Redshirt senior Karina Elstrom continued her steady return from a serious back injury to complete the 1-4 sweep with a season best (fourth, 11-5 3/4). The rest of the field events helped key the Duck victory as Oregon tallied 58 of its points among the eight jumps and throws events. Sophomore Mary Etter paced the squad in the circles with wins in the shot put (43-5 3/4) and discus (175-5), and runner-up honors in the hammer (172-7). Senior Maureen Morrison led the way in the ball and chain (181-0) with a mark that was less than two feet off the NCAA provisional mark. Freshman Sarah Malone had her second-best meet of the year in the javelin and recorded her fourth NCAA provisional mark in as many meets (first, 158-0). Sophomore Amanda Brown upped her personal best in the long jump (first, 19-1 1/2), freshman Rachael Kriz added top honors in the high jump (5-6), and sophomore Eri Macdonald and senior Hanna Smedstad broke the tape in the 800 (2:14.49) and 1,500 (4:36.64), respectively. On the men's side, redshirt junior John Bello claimed wins in the shot put (NCAA prov. 58-11 1/4) and discus (180-1) -- with the two marks only 10 and 1 inches off his respective personal bests. Finishing a sweep of the throws wins, sophomores Adam Kriz and John Stiegeler added blue ribbons in the hammer (183-1) and javelin (NCAA prov. 221-5), respectively. In the jumps, junior Santiago Lorenzo won the long jump with a season best (23-4 3/4) despite fighting the flu and a 102-degree temperature. Redshirt junior Billy Pappas and sophomore Foluso Akinradewo completed the 1-3 long jump sweep (22-11 / 22-1), with Akinradewo adding second in the triple jump (49-5). Junior high jumper Jason Boness defended his title from last year (7-0 1/2), and freshman Trevor Woods added second place in the pole vault (17-2 3/4) with his second 17-foot clearance in as many weeks. In the hurdles, junior Micah Harris added his third sub-14.0 mark this season in the 110 hurdles (first 13.95w, +2.2 mps wind), and junior Tim Overfield lowered his personal best in the 400 hurdles by almost a second (first, 52.14). Saturday also marked the home debut of junior transfer Simon Kimata who crossed the line first in the 800 (1:50.76), just ahead of redshirt junior teammate Ross Krempley (second, 1:51.77). In other distance action, redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann took third in the 1,500 (3:56.20) and 3,000 (8:20.53).
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 that includes 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 immediate contributions at the conference level or beyond. 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 is garnering its share of the spotlight. The throws pace this year's charge, as sophomore All-American Mary Etter leads conference returnees in the discus and took third and eighth, respectively in her Pac-10 and NCAA debuts last year. 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 four meets and a collegiate best of 165-1 that ranks fifth nationally and second among Americans. Two-time All-America pole vaulter and junior Niki Reed has already cleared an NCAA automatic mark of 13-5.25 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 freshman Ann Sullivan (14.16) and sophomore Lucretia Larkin (14.25). The pair rank ninth and 11th all-time in UO history and were prep Washington titlists in recent years.
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).
LOVIN' IT IN L.A.: Duck M&W Add Qualifying Marks at Mt. SAC Relays.
WALNUT, Calif. (4/14-16/00) - Leading last year's trip to LA, sophomore Jason Boness upped his season best in the high jump to 7-2 1/2 to place fifth in the invitational section. In the sprints, the 4x400 unit of Nat Johnson, Santiago Lorenzo and Ross Krempley and Howard Moore took third in its section and lowered their season best to 3:09.95 - the team's fastest effort since finishing third at the 1999 Pac-10 meet (3:08.17). Distance runner Michael Kasahun ran more than a 30-second personal best of 14:24.54 in the 5,000 to finish 19th in his heat. On the women's side, Katie Crabb followed three other collegians under the 4:20 mark in the 1,500 to take fourth overall with a 1 1/4-second personal best (4:19.88). Her time was just short of the Duck all-time top-10 list, narrowly missing Liz Wilson's 4:19.64 clocking from 1989. In other distance action, Eri Macdonald finished third in her section of the 800 (2:11.33). In the javelin, Karis Howell finished sixth in the invitational section with her fourth NCAA provisional mark of the season (156-7). The women also competed at the Pomona Pitzer Invite to open the weekend and claimed meet highlights courtesy of Maureen Morrison who uncorked her second +180-foot throw in the hammer (14th, 182-1) and Janette Martin who ran a season best in the 400 to finish third in her section (56.47). Jenny Kenyon got a head start on her teammates with a then-personal best of 4,783 points on Thursday to place 13th in the heptathlon, held at nearby Azusa Pacific University.
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 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 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 has cleared 13-5 1/4 outdoors in 2001 -- matching the school record she set both indoors and outdoors last season. 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 raised her season best by six inches to 11-5 3/4 last weekend at home. Redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle raised her personal best to 12-0 at the local mini-meet last weekend, and freshman Kirsten Riley also just missed the Pac-10 qualifying mark (12-1.5) last week with a season best of 11-9 3/4.
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.
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
World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net
Tentative Duck Schedule This Weekend
Thursday-Friday, April 19-20 - Azusa Pacific
All Day Hep. (Kenyon, Sullivan)
All Day Dec. (Pappas)
Friday, April 20 - Pomona Pitzer Inv.
9:00 W Pole Vault (Riley, Moyle)
9:30 W Hammer (Morrison, Etter, McDaniels, Keyser)
10:00 W High Jump (Brogdon, Kriz, Kenyon*)
10:30 W 100 Hurdles (C. Davis, Kenyon*)
11:30 W Shot Put (Etter, Keyser)
12:00 W Long Jump (Kenyon*)
2:15 W 400 (J. Davis)
2:30 W Discus (Morrison)
4:05 W 400H (C. Davis)
5:20 W 200 (Kenyon*)
Friday, April 19 - Mt. SAC Relays
5:30 W Long Jump (Brown)
5:30 W Pole Vault (Speight)
7:30 W Discus (McDaniels)
9:05 W 5,000 (Smedstad)
Saturday, April 21 - Long Beach Inv.
9:00 W Hammer (Keyser)
10:30 W Shot Put (Keyser)
Saturday, April 21 - Pomona Pitzer Inv.
1:00 W Hammer (McDaniels, Etter)
3:30 W High Jump (Brogdon, Kriz)
4:00 W Pole Vault (Reed)
5:30 W Discus (Etter)
7:00 W Javelin (Weingarten, Dinsmore)
7:20 W 800 (Mosey)
7:30 W 800 (Macdonald)
Sunday, April 22 - Mt. SAC Relays
9:50 W Shot Put (Etter, McDaniels)
10:00 W Hammer (Morrison)
10:30 W Javelin (Malone)
1:45 W Discus (Morrison, Etter)
* Jenny Kenyon will likely compete at Pomona events only if not accepted in the Azusa Pacific heptathlon