Track Teams Set for Pac-10 Champs

May 16, 2001

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Pacific-10 Conference Championships

  • Location: Berkeley, Calif. (Edwards Stadium)
  • Date: Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20
  • Saturday: First Event: M Hammer - 10 a.m., Last Event: M 10,000m - 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday: First Event: W Hammer - 10:30 a.m., Last Event: M 4x400m - 4:25 p.m.
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    OUTDOOR VOL. 10: Ducks Open Championship Season in Berkeley.
    The Duck track and field teams kick off the postseason this weekend at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley for the conference finale, and will also take advantage of one final chance for qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Eugene (5/30-6/2). Returning high jump champion and junior Jason Boness leads a list of contenders for individual titles that also includes junior Simon Kimata (800), redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (javelin), junior Niki Reed (pole vault), sophomore Mary Etter (discus) and freshman Sarah Malone (javelin). On the men's side, USC and Stanford loom as the top team contenders, with USC and UCLA the women's team favorites.

    WOMEN TO WATCH: 20 Ducks Have Met Pac-10 Standards.
    After breaking the school javelin record last weekend, freshman Sarah Malone (174-0) ranks second nationally and won this week's Pac-10 Field Event Athlete of the Week. All-America discus thrower and NCAA provisional qualifier Mary Etter raised her personal best twice in April (now 175-9), and also leads the Ducks in the shot put (47-11 3/4). In the pole vault, All-America junior Niki Reed has cleared 13 feet twice outdoors this year -- tying her personal best and school record against the Huskies (13-5 1/4), then cleared 13-1 at the Mt. SAC Relays a month ago. The aforementioned trio also are all qualified for June's USA Championships (6/21-24) in Eugene. Senior Maureen Morrison tied her school record in the hammer two weekends ago (186-6) and now looks to climb the NCAA provisional list. Sophomore Eri Macdonald joined the NCAA provisional list two weekends ago at the Cardinal Invite (800, 2:07.08), yet will likely need a half-second improvement or more for an NCAA invite. Senior Hanna Smedstad will make one last run for an NCAA invite in the 10K after a 34:42.93 PR effort in the 10K and NCAA provisional mark in March.

    MEN TO WATCH: Ten Ducks sighted on NCAA qualifying lists.
    Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler continues to pace the nation in the javelin with his personal best from April's Texas Relays (245-9). The Coos Bay, Ore., native has thrown past the 230-foot line at four other four meets this year (241-11 at the Oregon Invitational, 240-3 at the Texas Invitational, 238-9 at the Oregon Preview, and 230-1 at the Baldy Castillo Invite). Junior Micah Harris is tied for first all-time for UO in the 110 hurdles after the Texas Invitational (first, 13.79), and sophomore Terry Ellis moved to fifth two weekends ago (first, PR 14.04). Sophomore sprinter Samie Parker paces action in the sprints with his 10.59w mark from the Texas Invitational. 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 and improve their chances for actual NCAA invites. Junior high jumper Jason Boness exactly equaled the NCAA provisional standard (7-1 3/4) with his 2001 season best two weekends ago, but may need to go slightly higher to ensure his fifth NCAA appearance. The Casper, Wyo., native claimed All-America honor indoors in 2001 (ninth) and outdoors in 1999 (10th) and 2000 (seventh). Junior Santiago Lorenzo, Monday's Pac-10 Field Event Athlete of the Week, returns after last weekend's Pac-10 decathlon win to compete in the 400 hurdles. Last season he was fourth in a personal best (51.70), and has raced the event once this season (52.82).

    A HEAD START: Lorenzo and Pappas Position Ducks in First after Decathlon.
    BERKELEY, Calif. (5/12-13) - University of Oregon juniors Santiago Lorenzo and Billy Pappas wrapped up final-day action at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships Decathlon, with first- and third-place scores of 7,617 and 7,342 points, respectively, and sophomore Jason Slye, just missed scoring with a ninth-place finish (6,631) in his conference debut. Lorenzo's final-day marks were 15.06 (110H), 125-0 (DT), 15-7 (PV), 186-1 (JT) and 4:36.01 (1,500), and posted a first-day score of 3,920 points based on marks of 22-5.75 (LJ), 44-0 (shot put) 11.10 (100), 6-4.25 (HJ) and 48.97 (400). Pappas posted marks of 14.79 (110H), 128-9 (DT), 14-3 1/4 (PV), 183-2 (JT) and 4:35.95 (1,500), and first-day totals of 3,721 points, 11.36 (100), 44-3.5 (SP), 22-9 (LJ), 6-2 (HJ) and 51.48 (400). Slye's final-day marks were 15.45 (110H), 104-8 (DT), 15-11 (PV), 135-10 (JT), and 4:45.07 (1,500), and opening marks of 3,357 points, 11.25 (100), 19-11 3/4 (LJ), 36-9.25 (SP), 5-9.25 (HJ) and 50.47 (400). The Duck duo of Pappas and Lorenzo gave the UO men the initial lead in the team scoring race after one event with 16 points, ahead of Stanford (second, 8) and USC (third, 7). On the national scene, Pappas' mark easily met the NCAA provisional mark of 7,150 points, and may qualify him for the upcoming NCAA Championships in Eugene (5/30-31). Based on last week's national list, his mark ranks him 15th nationally, although several conferences will hold their decathlons this weekend. Ultimately, Pappas will have to wait until next week to hear on his final status, with the NCAA Championships committee usually inviting 16-18 athletes. Lorenzo is already automatically qualified for the collegiate finale with his 7,726 personal best from the Texas Relays in April.

    MULTI-TASKING IN THE BAY: Kenyon and Sullivan Take Top Six in Pac-10 Hep.
    At last weekend's Pac-10 Championships Heptathlon in Berkeley, junior Jenny Kenyon and freshman Ann Sullivan claimed fifth- and sixth-place finishes with scores of 4,911 and 4,874 points, respectively, while Washington State's Ellannee Richardson won the competition with 5,578 points. Kenyon posted second-day marks of 16-9 1/4 (LJ), 102-4 (JT), and 2:19.28 (800), and first-day totals of 2,990 points, 36-2 (SP), 25.68 (200), 5-0.5 (HJ) and 14.54 (100H). Sullivan's final-day totals included 17-11 3/4 (LJ), 95-2 (JT) and 2:24.01 (800), and day one totals of 2,952 points, 25.18 (200) and 14.44 (100H), 33-0.25 (SP) and ninth in the high jump (4-11.5). Kenyon's finish was her third straight scoring honor at the league finale after finishing fourth in 2000 and sixth in 1999. Sullivan's seven-event effort was her third of the season and a personal best score, after competing at the Azusa Pacific (4,792) and Linfield (4,400) Heptathlons. As a result of their efforts, Oregon is tied for second place with seven points with Stanford, and Washington State leads the team race with 18 points.

    PAC-10 PICKS OF THE WEEK: Malone and Lorenzo Add UO's Fifth & Sixth Honors.
    Freshman Sarah Malone claimed the Duck women's first Pac-10 Athlete of the Week honor Monday thanks to her personal best javelin throw (53.04m/174-0) in last weekend's Oregon Twilight. Malone's school record improvement met the NCAA automatic mark, and ranks her second nationally among collegians. Junior Santiago Lorenzo was honored for the men's field events category after claiming Oregon's eighth conference crown in the decathlon (7,617). He led competitors in the long jump (6.85m/22-5 3/4) and 400 meters (48.97), ranked second in the javelin (56.72m/186-1), pole vault (4.75m/15-7), shot put (13.41m/44-0) and 100 meters (11.10), and stood third in the 110 hurdles (15.06), discus (38.10m/125-0) and high jump (1.94m/6-4 1/4). Junior Simon Kimata was honored a week ago as Men's Track Athlete of the Week based on his performance at the Texas Invitational in Austin (5/4). The junior transfer from South Plains CC clocked his first NCAA qualifying mark (1:47.92) en route to the win in the 800 meters -- also breaking the track record at three-year-old Mike A. Myers Stadium. Now ranked 11th nationally and third in the conference, Kimata also ranks seventh on Oregon's all-time list. The previous week, redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler received similar honors for the field event category for his second of three meets above the 240-foot mark in the javelin -- Oregon Invite (4/28, second, 241-11) and trailed only Eastern Washington's Ryan Cole (first, 244-7). After April's opening weekend, Stiegeler earned his initial honor for his seven-foot season best (245-9) that pushed him to first on the national collegiate list - a position he still holds. He finished second that day at the Texas Relays behind German Olympian Boris Henry who hurled the world leader at the time (283-5). Stiegeler's throw moved him to second all-time for the Ducks behind 1992 NCAA champion Art Skipper (251-8) and ranks him fifth on the current U.S. list in 2001. In the honor's seasonal debut last month, Lorenzo picked up the other honor for men's track based on his Texas Relays personal best (first, 7,726) -- a mark that still ranks him fourth nationally. The accolade also marked a one-year anniversary after similar field event honors from the 2000 Texas Relays (third, then-PR 7,580).

    CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Several Ducks Netting Noticeable Gains in `01.
    Freshman John Stiegeler stands as the obvious choice as the Duck men's most improved so far this season, adding more than 20 feet to his javelin best from last year (245-9, 20 feet, 6 inches better). Other big gainers for the men's team include senior Michael Kasahun in the 5,000 (13:56.04, 20.14 seconds faster), redshirt junior John Bello in the shot put (59-9 3/4, 2 feet 4 inches farther), junior Micah Harris (13.79, .17 seconds faster) and sophomore Terry Ellis (14.04, .43 seconds faster) in the 110 hurdles, junior Tim Overfield in the 400 hurdles (51.74, 1.35 seconds faster), redshirt sophomore Jake Horner in the high jump (6-9, 4 inches), sophomore James March in the shot put (54-10 1/4, 1 foot, 10 1/4 inches), and junior Billy Pappas in the decathlon (7,342 points, 158 points better). Sophomore Jordan McDaniels is challenging for similar honors on the women's team, upping her bests in the hammer (168-1, 8 feet, 1 inch) and discus (147-3, 9 inches). Other UO women that have enjoyed solid gains include sophomore Charyl Weingarten in the javelin (152-3, 6 feet), freshman Kirsten Riley in the pole vault (12-1 1/2, 1 foot, 1 1/2 inches), sophomore Janette Davis in the 200 (25.41, .38 faster) and 400 (55.81, .61 seconds faster), and sophomore Eri Macdonald (2:07.08, 1.54 seconds faster) and freshman Annette Mosey in the 800 (2:12.45, 1.49 seconds faster). Looking only at this season, Sullivan has hiked her best in the heptathlon by almost 500 points from her Linfield Heptathlon debut (4,400) to the Pac-10 Championships Heptathlon (sixth, 4,874).

    LOWERING THE BAR: Pac-10 Relaxes Several Qualifying Standards.
    In order to guarantee that this weekend's Pac-10 Championships will have at least 12 entrants in each event, the Pac-10 Conference eased several qualifying marks last week. Men's changes included the 800 (1:51.44 from 1:51.89), long jump (22-11 1/4 from 23-11 1/2), shot put (55-2 1/4 from 55-9 1/4) and hammer (179-4 from 190-3). Women's changes included the triple jump (38-11 1/2 from 39-4 1/2) and javelin (138-4 from 142-8). Duck additions courtesy of the changes included senior Karis Howell (141-10) and Jordan McDaniels (138-11) in the javelin, redshirt junior Ross Krempley in the 800 (1:51.55) and juniors Santiago Lorenzo (23-9) and Billy Pappas (23-1) in the long jump. Qualifying rules also guarantee each team one entry per event by the right-of-entry rule, and Duck coaches also have three wild card selections that they can use at their discretion to enter athletes without qualifying marks. Right of entry and wild card athletes still count towards the 24-athlete maximum roster (including this past week's heptathlon/decathlon entries).

    OREGON TWILIGHT RECAP: Malone Ups School Javelin Record.
    EUGENE - Freshman Sarah Malone continued to shine at Hayward Field last Saturday in the Oregon Twilight with her second school record in as many home meets (174-0, 53.04 meters). In the 100 hurdles, sophomore Lucretia Larkin and freshman Olivia-Diane Callier ran wind-aided season bests of 14.55 (first) and 14.56 (second), respectively. The remaining six Duck winners included sophomore Janette Davis (400, 56.4h), freshman Rachael Kriz (high jump, 5-5), senior Holly Speight (pole vault, 12-1 1/2), sophomore Amanda Brown (long jump, 18-11 1/4), sophomore Mary Etter (discus, 167-6) and senior Maureen Morrison (hammer, 182-5). The distance events featured a trio of fine post-collegiate efforts by Eugenean and Asics runner Clare Taylor (5,000, 15:29.16), Nike's Janet Trujillo (steeplechase, 10:09.70), and Canadian Nathalie Cote of Mountain West TC (1,500, 4:19.76). On the men's side, junior Jason Boness won the high jump (7-1 1/2) and was only a quarter-inch off the previous weekend's season best. In the shot put, redshirt junior John Bello (second, 58-4 1/2) was approximately 1 1/2 feet off his season best of 59-9 3/4, and redshirt junior Rian Ingrim upped his outdoor best to 57-2 3/4 to finish third. Bello added first in the discus (177-9) with a mark that was 2 1/2 feet off his season best of 180-1. In the sprints, sophomore Samie Parker ran a wind-aided hand-timed season best of 10.4-h (second, +6.7 mps). The evening's finale, the 33rd edition of the Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Twilight Mile, featured the 20th sub-4:00 victory, this time by unattached entrant Mike Miller (3:57.13), ahead of South Africa's Clyde Colenso (second, 4:01.15) and Nike's Nolan Swanson (third, 4:02.79).

    ABOVE THE CROWD: Female Quartet Among Nation's Best Pole Vaulters.
    In its fourth year as a collegiate event, the pole vault has again proved a hit for the Ducks who feature one NCAA automatic qualifier, another provisional qualifier, two All-Americans and a total of four Pac-10 qualifiers. Junior Niki Reed leads the corps again and is a two-time All-American and three-time NCAA participant. The Newport, Ore., native cleared 13-5 1/4 outdoors in 2001 at the Washington Dual (4/14) -- matching her school record that 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 and outdoors (12-6) this year. Freshman Kirsten Riley and redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle improved their personal bests to 12-1 1/2 at April's Oregon Invitational. After virtually no runway practice this past year, All-America senior Karina Elstrom came back from a serious back injury to compete the final two months, and twice has vaulted a season best of 11-5 3/4.

    LIKE A DUCK IN WATER: UO steeplers getting feet wet in new event.
    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 has replaced the 3,000 meters. The 30-inch barriers 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. Among current Ducks, redshirt sophomore Annie Davis, sister of former Duck All-American Marie Davis, debuted in early March 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, debuted at the Oregon Invite (11th, 1:20.51), but as an unattached entrant since she's redshirting this season. Looking ahead to the USA Championships in Eugene a month away, four former Ducks have met the 11:00.00 qualifying standard -- Lisa Nye (10:00.63), Katie Crabb (10:33.98), Davis (10:41.1), and Jill (Callero) Mestler (10:59.37). Nye claimed second at last year's national championship (10:00.63), and finished a narrow second at last weekend's Oregon Twilight (season best of 10:09.75). At the Oregon Preview in March, Mestler won the event's official collegiate debut Hayward Field (11:22.10), and Crabb took second at the Oregon Invitational in April (10:33.98).

    GIFTS FROM THE GRIDIRON: Men Receive Sprint Support From Football Squad.
    A trio of Duck football players have shored up the Duck sprint unit after debuting in Oregon's 88-75 win over Washington at home in April. Redshirt freshman A.K. Keyes (11.08) and redshirt sophomore Wesly Mallard (11.47) now rank second and fourth on the squad in the 100, and sophomore Samie Parker, a Pac-10 qualifier in the 100 last year (PR 10.61), added duty on the 4x100 relay (42.30). Two weekends ago at the Texas Invitational, Parker improved his season best to 10.59w, and clocked his 200 season best and the team's second-fastest this season (21.83). Looking ahead to the fall, Parker should be among the team's top receivers and owned the team's best yards-per-catch average last fall (18.3, 11 receptions). On the defensive front, Mallard will be in contention for starting linebacking chores and Keyes should see action in the secondary, one of the team's strongest areas. The trio carry on a tradition that goes back to the `60s when future NFL'ers Jerry Tarr and Mel Renfro ran on a world record 440-yard relay (40.0) in 1962, the same year Tarr set the world record in the 120-yard hurdles (13.3). More recently, Pat Johnson started at receiver for the 2001 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, but Duck fans also fondly remember his standout freshman season on the oval in 1995. He earned All-America honors that year in the 100 (eighth, 10.32) and 200 (ninth, 20.76), just weeks after winning the Pac-10 400 crown (45.38). Other Duck two-sport luminaries include Don Coleman, school record holder in the 200 with Johnson (20.39, 1979), and sole possessor of the 100 honor (10.11, 1978), Muhammad Oliver, second-ranked all-time for UO in the decathlon (8,087, 1992) and Latin Berry, school record-holder in the long jump (26-8 1/2, 1989) and runner-up in the triple jump (53-11 1/4, 1989).

    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 have taken 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 (NCAA prov. - 7-1 3/4) and junior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo (NCAA auto - 7,726) lead the group after All-America honors last year. Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (javelin, 245-9) and redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000, 27:58.06) quickly followed suit with NCAA automatic marks in the season's opening month. A quartet of NCAA provisional qualifiers, senior Michael Kasahun (5,000, 13:56.04), redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4), junior Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 13.79) and freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), will have one last chance this weekend to improve their marks for NCAA appearances in Eugene, while junior Billy Pappas (decathlon, NCAA prov. 7,342) is also on the bubble after his 158-point personal best last weekend. Several others also hope for NCAA-caliber marks after previous bests near or equal NCAA provisional standards -- senior Ryan Keith (javelin, 220-5) and junior Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-5i). Others returnees to watch that netted Pac-10 points last year include 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 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 at last year's U.S. Junior Championships. Junior middle distance transfer Simon Kimata clocked 1:47.02 in the 800 two years ago for Butler CC and leads the Ducks so far this season (NCAA prov. - 1:47.92). Leading a large class of distance newcomers that haved redshirted this season to maximize their potential, 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 (NCAA prov. 175-9) and took third and eighth, respectively in her Pac-10 and NCAA debuts in 2000. Senior Maureen Morrison has thrown NCAA provisional marks in previous years in the hammer and discus and leads the team in the hammer after tying her school record two weeks ago (NCAA prov. - 186-6). In the javelin, freshman Sarah Malone has shined early this season with NCAA marks in six meets, including a school record of 174-0 at last weekend's Oregon Twilight. Sophomore teammate Charyl Weingarten is knocking on the NCAA provisional mark with her season best from April's Mt. SAC Relays (152-3). 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 (PR 5,046) is now a three-time Pac-10 scorer after a fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 finale last weekend (4,911). In the distances, senior transfer Hanna Smedstad closed March with an NCAA provisional mark in the 10K (34:42.93) after leading 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 a two-time harrier All-American for the `Pokes (1998, '99). Sophomore Eri Macdonald joined the NCAA provisional list in the 800 at May's Cardinal Invite (2:07.08) and 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 (14.00) and sophomore Lucretia Larkin (14.25). The pair rank sixth and 11th all-time in UO history and were recent Washington prep titlists.

    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, and USA Outdoor Championships (6/21-24, 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 returns for 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).

    NCAA FORMULA: Dissecting the NCAA Qualifying System.
    Athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships as individuals based on their best marks of the season in NCAA-sanctioned competitions. The two-standard system features an automatic standard which if equaled or bettered automatically qualifies those individuals for the collegiate finale. To fill out the remaining positions in each event's field (typically a total of 16-24 athletes depending on the quality of the marks and the capacity an event can handle), a second list of individuals meeting a provisional standard are also considered, again based on their season bests. Although each event varies, often at least half of an event's entry are automatic qualifiers, while occasionally an entire field could come from the automatic list. Also to note, sprinters and hurdlers can only submit marks in wind conditions of +4.0 mps of less.

    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. Among the individual highlights, 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). Team-wise, USC (154 points) won the men's crown and UCLA (167.5) took women's honors.

    ALL-AMERICA EQUATION: Breaking down the NCAA Honor.
    Based on their NCAA Championships performances, individuals are awarded All-America honors at season's end by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. The top-eight finishers from each event are honored regardless of citizenship, and any additional U.S. finishers that are among the top eight American finishers are also rewarded. If necessary, the U.S.-based honors can even extend to the top performances in the preceding qualifying round if there aren't eight Americans in the event's final.

    This Week's Tentative Duck Schedule

    Pacific-10 Conference Championships

    Saturday, May 19
    10:00 - M Hammer (Kriz)
    12:00 - W Shot Put (Etter)
    12:30 - M Long Jump (Lorenzo, Pappas)
    1:00 - W 4x100m Relay - Qual.
    1:10 - M 4x100m Relay - Qual.
    1:25 - W 1,500m - Qual. (Mosey)
    1:40 - M 1,500m - Qual.
    1:45 - W Javelin (Malone, Weingarten, Dinsmore, McDaniels)
    1:55 - W 100mH - Qual. (Sullivan)
    2:10 - M 110mH - Qual. (Harris, Ellis, Pappas)
    2:25 - W 400m - Qual. (Davis)
    2:30 - M Shot Put (Bello, Ingrim)
    2:40 - M 400m - Qual.
    2:55 - W 100m - Qual.
    3:00 - W Long Jump (Brown)
    3:10 - M 100m - Qual. (Parker)
    3:15 - M Pole Vault (Woods, Howell, Slye)
    3:25 - W 800m - Qual. (Macdonald)
    3:40 - M 800m - Qual. (Kimata, Krempley)
    3:55 - W Steeplechase
    4:15 - M Javelin (Stiegeler, Jenkins, Keith)
    4:15 - M Steeplechase
    4:30 - W 400mH - Qual. (Davis, Sullivan)
    4:45 - M 400mH - Qual. (Overfield, Garlick, Lorenzo)
    5:00 - W 200m - Qual.
    5:15 - M 200m - Qual.
    5:30 - W 10,000m (Smedstad)
    6:15 - M 10,000m (Hartmann, Kasahun)

    Sunday, May 20
    9:30 - W Hammer (Morrison, Etter, McDaniels)
    12:00 - M High Jump (Boness, Horner)
    12:15 - M Triple Jump (Akinradewo)
    12:30 - W Discus (Etter, Morrison, McDaniels)
    1:00 - W Pole Vault (Reed, Speight, Elstrom, Moyle, Riley)
    1:00 - W 4x100m Relay
    1:08 - M 4x100m Relay
    1:15 - W 1,500m (Mosey)
    1:25 - M 1,500m
    1:35 - M 110mH (Harris, Ellis, Garlick, Pappas)
    1:45 - W 100mH (Sullivan)
    1:55 - W 400m (Davis)
    2:05 - M 400m
    2:15 - W 100m
    2:25 - M 100m (Parker)
    2:30 - W Triple Jump (Kriz)
    2:35 - W 800m (Macdonald)
    2:45 - M 800m (Kimata, Krempley)
    2:55 - W 400mH (Davis, Sullivan)
    3:00 - W High Jump (Kriz, Brogdon)
    3:00 - M Discus (Bello)
    3:05 - M 400mH (Overfield, Garlick, Lorenzo, Holliday)
    3:15 - W 200m
    3:25 - M 200m (Parker)
    3:35 - W 5,000m (Smedstad)
    3:55 - M 5,000m (Hartmann, Kasahun)
    4:15 - W 4x400m Relay
    4:25 - M 4x400m Relay

    Returning Pac-10 Finalists

    Evt. - Women           - Place-Mark - Year800 - Eri Macdonald    - 8th-2:12.51 - 2000HJ - Jenny Brogdon     - 13th-5-6 - 2000PV - Niki Reed         - NH - 2000                       - 2nd-12-7.5 - 1999PV - Karina Elstrom    - 5th-12-7.25 - 2000                       - 5th-11-11.75 - 1999                       - 2nd-12-1.5 - 1998PV - Holly Speight     - 11th-11-11.25 - 2000                       - 9th-11-7.75 - 1999                       - 6th-11-1.75 - 1998LJ - Amanda Brown      - 15th-18-0.50 - 2000DT - Mary Etter        - 3rd-173-11 - 2000DT - Maureen Morrison  - 6th-166-9 - 1998                       - 11th-150-5 - 1997HT - Maureen Morrison  - 6th-183-10 - 2000                       - 7th-168-4 - 1998HT - Mary Etter        - 13th-161-6 - 2000JT - Charyl Weingarten - 3rd-146-4 - 2000JT - Karis Howell      - 7th-139-6 - 2000                       - 1st-173-1 - 1998                       - 2nd-164-11 - 1997JT - Sara Dinsmore     - 9th-134-1 - 2000                       - 7th-136-7 - 1999Hep. - Jenny Kenyon    - 4th-5,032 - 2000                       - 6th-4,432 - 1999

    Returning Pac-10 Scorers

    Evt. - Men             - Place-Mark - Year800 - Ross Krempley    - 6th-1:52.07 - 2000                       - 9th-1:52.22 - 19995K - Adam Bergquist    - 12th-14:37.24 - 2000                       - 11th-14:45.51 - 19985K - Michael Kasahun   - 18th-14:59.28 - 200010K - Michael Kasahun  - 7th-30:11.43 - 2000110H - Terry Ellis     - 8th-14.51 - 2000400H - Santiago Lorenzo - 4th-51.70 - 2000HJ - Jason Boness      - 1st-7-5 - 2000HJ - Kyley Johnson     - 7th-6-9 - 2000                       - 3rd-6-10.75 - 1999                       - 1st-7-0.5 - 1998PV - Cody Howell       - 10th-16-3.50 - 2000TJ - Foluso Akinradewo - 7th-49-9.75 - 2000SP - John Bello        - 6th-57-0 - 2000                       - 10th-49-4.5 - 1999DT - John Bello        - 5th-178-7 - 2000                       - 9th-169-7 - 1999HT - Adam Kriz         - 8th-189-5 - 2000HT - Rian Ingrim       - 10th-180-2 - 1999JT - Ryan Keith        - 6th-208-7 - 2000                       - 9th-209-8 - 1999                       - 10th-203-10 - 1998JT - John Stiegeler    - 9th-203-10 - 2000Dec. - Santiago Lorenzo - 2nd-7,649 - 2000                        - 2nd-7,150 - 1999Dec. - Billy Pappas    - 4th-7,184 - 2000Dec. - Doug Sells      - 9th-6,615 - 2000

    Pac-10 Sightings

    Conference Rankings This Week
    100 - Sami Parker - 10.59w - 14th
    200 - Micah Harris - 21.78w - 19th(t)
    800 - Simon Kimata - 1:47.92 - 3rd
    800 - Ross Krempley - 1:51.55 - 11th
    5K - Michael Kasahun - 13:56.04 - 7th
    5K - Jason Hartmann - 14.:05.72i - 10th
    10K - Jason Hartmann - 28:56.06 - 3rd
    10K - John Lucas - 30:34.72 - 14th
    110H - Micah Harris - 13.79 - 3rd
    110H - Terry Ellis - 14.04 - 6th
    110H - Jake Garlick - 14.51 - 15th
    400H - Tim Overfield - 51.71 - 9th
    400H - Jake Garlick - 52.40 - 11th
    400H - Santiago Lorenzo - 52.82 - 12th
    400H - Brandon Holliday - 52.83 - 13th
    4X100 - Oregon - 42.30 - 9th
    4X400 - Oregon - 3:14.06 - 8th
    HJ - Jason Boness - 2.19m/7-2 1/4 - 3rd
    HJ - Kyley Johnson (RS) - 2.10m/6-10 3/4 - 9th
    HJ - Jake Horner - 2.06m/6-9 - 12th
    PV - Trevor Wood - 5.30m/17-4 1/2 - 4th(t)
    PV - Cody Howell - 5.15m/16-10 3/4 - 8th(t)
    LJ - Santiago Lorenzo - 7.24m/23-9i - 9th
    LJ - Billy Pappas - 7.03m/23-0 3/4 - 11th
    TJ - Foluso Akinradewo - 15.39m/50-6w - 4th
    SP - John Bello - 18.23m/59-9 3/4 - 6th
    SP - Rian Ingrim - 17.25m/56-7 1/4 - 10th
    DT - John Bello - 54.90m/180-1 - 6th
    HT - Adam Kriz - 59.20m/194-3 - 5th
    JT - John Steigeler - 74.92m/245-9 - 1st
    JT - Adam Jenkins - 66.58m/218-5 - 5th
    JT - Ryan Keith - 65.92m/216-3 - 7th
    Dec. - Santiago Lorenzo - 7,726# - 1st
    Dec. - Billy Pappas - 7,342 - 3rd
    Dec. - Jason Slye - 6,677 - 8th

    400 - Janette Davis - 55.81 - 18th
    800 - Eri Macdonald - 2:07.08 - 8th
    1,500 - Hanna Smedstad - 4:26.79 - 12th
    3KSt. - Annie Davis - 12:11.40 - 19th
    5K - Hanna Smedstad - 16:52.95 - 20th
    10K - Hanna Smedstad - 34:42.93 - 4th
    100H - Ann Sullivan - 13.99w - 13th
    400H - Cameo Davis - 61.98 - 12th
    4X100 - Oregon - 47.56 - 9th
    4X400 - Oregon - 3:47.63 - 8th
    HJ - Jenny Brogdon - 1.70m/5-7 - 14th(t)
    HJ - Rachel Kriz - 1.70m/5-7 - 14th(t)
    PV - Niki Reed - 4.10m/13-5 1/4 - 3rd(t)
    PV - Holly Speight - 3.81m/12-6 - 12th(t)
    LJ - Amanda Brown - 5.84m/19-2w - 15th
    SP - Mary Etter - 14.62m/47-11 3/4 - 12th(t)
    DT - Mary Etter - 55.60/175-9 - 2nd
    DT - Maureen Morrison - 48.70/159-9 - 8th
    DT - Jordan McDaniels - 44.80/147-3 - 16th
    HT - Maureen Morrison - 56.86/186-6 - 11th
    HT - Mary Etter - 53.91/176-10 - 14th
    JT - Sarah Malone - 51.60/169-3 - 1st
    JT - Charyl Weingarten - 46.42/152-3 - 5th
    JT - Sara Dinsmore - 43.54/142-10 - 9th
    JT - Jordan McDaniels - 42.34/138-11 - 12th
    JT - Karis Howell - 43.24/141-10 - 13th
    Hep. - Jenny Kenyon - 5,046 - 6th
    Hep. - Ann Sullivan - 4,792 - 7th

    Last Week's Season Bests

    Evt. - Women - Mark
    100 - Samie Parker, So. - w:+2.5 - *10.59w
    800 - Alicia Snyder-Carlson - 2:17.54
    400H - Lucretia Larkin - nwi - 14.55
    400H - Olivia-Diane Callier - nwi - 14.56
    HJ - Catherine Tenedios - 1.58m - 5-2.25
    DT - Jamie Burk - 44.36m - 145-6
    DT - Jill Hoxmeier - 43.22m - 141-9
    HT - Jill Hoxmeier - 45.80m - 150-3
    JT - Sarah Malone - 53.04m - ***174-0
    JT - Sara Dinsmore - 43.90m - *144-0

    Event - Men - Mark
    100 - Samie Parker - nwi - *10.4-h
    1,500 - Lincoln Nehring - 3:59.61
    1,500 - John Lucas - 4:06.47
    SP - Rian Ingrim - 17.44m - *57-2 3/4
    DT - James March - 48.84m - 160-3
    DT - Rian Ingrim - 48.52m - 159-2
    HT - Adam Kriz - 59.24m - *194-4

    *Pac-10 Qualifying Mark
    **NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark

    All-Time Oregon Men's List

    800 - Simon Kimata - 7th - 1:47.92
    10K - Jason Hartmann - 7th - 28:56.06
    110H - Micah Harris - 1st(t) - 13.79
    110H - Terry Ellis - 5th - 14.04
    HJ - Jason Boness - 1st - 7-5
    HJ - Kyley Johnson - 6th(t) - 7-0.5
    JT - John Stiegeler - 2nd - 245-9
    JT - Ryan Keith - 8th - 220-5
    JT - Adam Jenkins - 10th - 218-5
    Dec. - Santiago Lorenzo - 6th - 7,762
    Dec. - Billy Pappas - 9th - 7,342

    All-Time Oregon Women's List

    100H - Ann Sullivan - 6th(t) - 14.00
    100H - Lucretia Larkin - 11th - 14.25
    3KSt. - Annie Davis - 4th - 12:11.40
    PV - Niki Reed - 1st - 13-5.25
    PV - Karina Elstrom - 2nd - 12-9.5
    PV - Holly Speight - 3rd - 12-6
    PV - Georgette Moyle - 4th(t) - 12-1.5
    PV - Kirsten Riley - 4th(t) - 12-1.5
    SP - Mary Etter - 7th - 48-2
    DT - Mary Etter - 2nd - 175-9
    DT - Maureen Morrison - 9th - 166-9
    HT - Maureen Morrison - 1st - 186-6
    HT - Mary Etter - 3rd - 176-10
    HT - Jordan McDaniels - 5th - 170-7
    JT - Sarah Malone - 1st - 174-0
    JT - Karis Howell - 2nd - 168-1
    JT - Charyl Weingarten - 3rd - 152-3
    JT - Sara Dinsmore - 6th - 142-10
    Hep. - Jenny Kenyon - 6th - 5,046
    Hep. - Ann Sullivan - 10th - 4,792

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