Harrier Teams Prepare for Furman Invite
Oct. 9, 2001
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
Furman Invitational (W6K/M8K)
- Furman University XC Course
- Greenville, S.C.
- Sat., Oct. 13
- Start Time: 10:45 a.m. (ET)
- Web Site: www.fumanpaladins.com
The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country squads raise the stakes this weekend by traveling to the site of the national championships for the Furman Invitational. The men's and women's fields will feature a majority of the top-25 teams who are on hand to 1) preview the NCAA course, and 2) rack up as many head-to-head wins against other potential NCAA qualifiers. Due to the Pre-NCAA Invite's increasing growth, each men's and women's field will be evenly divided into two races.
DUCK WOMEN'S PREVIEW
Head Coach Tom Heinonen returns for his 27th season as the Duck women features one of their youngest teams, comprised of no seniors, four juniors and 10 sophomores or freshmen. Redshirt junior Carrie Zografos ranks as the team's most improved and led the squad in its first two meets of the year -- the Sundodger Invite (seventh) and the Roy Griak Invite (99th). Redshirt sophomore Tara Struyk was a top-three scorer every race her freshman season in 1999, and hopes to make her season debut in Furman. Sophomore Laura Harmon scored in five of her six races last fall, and was the team's second runner at her first two races of 2001. Sophomore Annette Mosey emerged as the team's top middle-distance addition on the track last year with four, sub-2:13 efforts in the 800 and a Pac-10 appearance in the 1,500. A pair of junior middle-distance specialists, juniors Erinn Gulbrandsen and Annie Davis, have made top-seven appearances in the past and are strong candidates for scoring roles. Freshman Sara Schaaf (Klamath) and sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (Rice University/Los Alamos, N.M.) lead a group of five newcomers that includes several transfers and walk-ons. Schaaf was the 2001 Oregon state prep champion in the 800 (2:13.38), and Sandoval was a top-five scorer for the Owls last year and a former New Mexico state champion herself.
DUCK MEN'S PREVIEW
Two-time All-American and junior Jason Hartmann leads the No. 18-ranked Duck men after taking Pac-10 and Western Regional runner-up honors last year. Redshirt senior Adam Bergquist finished third at every race in his first year as a Duck scorer in 2000, while sophomores John Lucas (18th), Brett Holts (19th) and Noel Paulson (25th) were also top-25 finishers last year in their Pac-10 Championships debuts. Two redshirt frosh -- Eric Logsdon (Canby) and Kyle Robinson (Salem) -- and two newcomers -- freshman transfer Ryan Andrus (Orem, Utah/Univ. of Wisconsin) and true freshman Seth Pilkington (Roy, Utah) scored in their 2001 varsity debuts in Minnesota.
LIKELY DUCK ENTRIES
Men Yr.-Exp. Hometown (Last School/HS)Ryan Andrus Fr.*-TR Orem, Utah (Wisconsin/Mountain View)Adam Bergquist Sr.*-1L Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)Jason Hartmann Jr.-2L Rockford, Mich. (RHS)Brett Holts So.-1L Bend (BHS)Eric Logsdon Fr.*-RS Canby (CHS)John Lucas So.*-1L Eagle Point (EPHS)Noel Paulson So.-1L Aumsville (Cascade)Seth Pilkington Fr.-HS Roy, Utah (RHS)Kyle Robinson Fr.-RS Salem (South)
Women Yr.-Exp. Hometown (Last School/HS)Erinn Gulbrandsen So.-1L Chico, Calif. (Pleasant Valley)Laura Harmon Fr.-HS Vancouver, Wash. (Jesuit-Portland)Annette Mosey Fr.-HS Wilsonville (WHS)Magdalena Sandoval So.-TR Los Alamos, N.M. (Rice/LAHS)Sara Schaaf Fr.-HS Klamath Falls (KF Union HS)Alicia Snyder-Carlson So.*-1SQ Kihei, Hawaii (St. Anthony (Wailuku))Carrie Zografos So.*-TR Portland, Ore. (Colorado/Central Catholic)
*indicates utilized redshirt season
Pronunciations: Men - ANN-druhs, LOG-sdon, PAUL-son, PIL-king-ton, RED-ig. Women - gull-BRAND-son, MOE-see, STRIKE, zoe-GRAF-ohs, HIGH-nah-nihn.
LAST WEEK'S RECAP
ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/27) -- The Duck men and women teams faced their first major tests of the season at the recent Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, and held on the Les Bolstad Golf Course. Then ranked No. 16, the UO men finished 11th in the 36-team field with a score of 326 points, while Wisconsin won the team race with 129 points. Wisconsin freshman Matt Tegenkamp won the individual title, covering the 8K course in 23:58.0 All-America junior Jason Hartmann led Oregon individuals with a 12th-place finish (24:31.7), and was followed by freshman Seth Pilkington (52nd, 25:01.4), freshman Ryan Andrus (84th, 25:15.6), and sophomores Noel Paulson (85th, 25:16.0), Brett Holts (93rd, 25:19.4), John Lucas (98th, 25:21.9), and Eric Logsdon (116th, 25:29.6). The Duck women's squad finished 28th in the 32-team field, while Arizona State University won the team title with 109 points. University of Washington senior Sabrina Munro won the individual title in a time of 20:12.9 over the 6K course. Redshirt junior Carrie Zografos led the UO squad with a 99th-place finish (22:32.2), and was followed by sophomores Laura Harmon (106th, 22:35.8) and Magdalena Sandoval (162nd, 23:04.0), junior Erinn Gulbrandsen (180th, 23:19.1), sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson (188th, 23:24.0), sophomore Annette Mosey (199th ,23:41.2), and freshman Sara Schaaf (210th, 24:23.8).
Several recent men's and women's signees arrive with heralded credentials. On the men's side, freshmen Seth Pilkington and Erik Heinonen finished fifth and sixth last December at the Kinney FootLocker Cross Country Championships, the national prep championship. On the track last spring, the son of former L.A. Marathon winner Paul Pilkington ranked third nationally in the 3,200 (8:55.17). Heinonen paced the national prep list in the 10,000 (31:26.05), but is a likely redshirt this season. Two other redshirt freshmen could play big roles in their first fall seasons for the Ducks. Having trained in Eugene since January, transfer Ryan Andrus missed his 1997 freshman harrier season at Wisconsin due to a stress fracture, followed by a two-year religious mission in Mexico. Andrus clocked 3:46.5 and 14:11.8 as a freshman in 1998, and that summer finished second in the 5K at the U.S. Junior Championships to qualify for the 1998 World Junior Championships. Redshirt frosh Eric Logsdon took third at the 1999 Oregon 4A state cross country championships as a senior, but is better known for his national-caliber marks in the 1,500 (3:51.39), 3,000 (8:10.66) and 3,200 (8:47.88) as a prep senior in the spring of 2000. On the women's side, freshman Sara Schaaf of Klamath Falls is the team's top middle-distance signee after winning the 4A state title last year in the 800 (2:13.38). Sophomore Magdalena Sandoval transferred from Rice University and was a scorer for the Owls in her debut at the 2000 NCAA South Central Regional (44th overall). The daughter of 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon champ Tony Sandoval was previously a New Mexico state class C champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters for Los Alamos High School.
ACROSS THE NATION
After coming up 11 points short of an NCAA title, last year's men's runner-up, No. 1 Colorado, appears the favorite after losing only one runner from its top seven. Defending champion Arkansas will join Stanford, Notre Dame and Wisconsin as other men's team contenders. On the women's side, returning victor and No. 1 Colorado will fend off a perennially deep BYU squad, with Boston College, Stanford and Wisconsin potential spoilers. Top men's individuals include returning Colorado's Jorge Torres, 1999 NCAA champ David Kimani of Alabama, and Notre Dame's Ryan Shay. Women's individual favorites include 1999 champ Erica Palmer of Wisconsin, last year's runner-up Sabrina Munro of Washington, seniors Lisa Aguilera and Kelly Macdonald of Arizona State, North Carolina sophomore Shalane Flanagan, and Stanford junior Lauren Fleshman.
LIFE IN A WESTERN TOWN
The Ducks will again match up against a rigorous schedule, partly courtesy of the Pac-10 and NCAA Western Regional. In the current rankings, there are five regional men's teams in the top 25, and five women's squads in the top 20. Going back, the regional has featured seven or more All-Americans at five of the past six NCAA finales, while the 2000 NCAA women's field featured five conference schools, and six the year before. On the track, Pac-10 women's teams flexed their muscle by going 1-2-3 at the 2001 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Individually, female league distance runners collected two NCAA titles and earned two or more All-America certificates at Hayward Field in the 800, 1,500 and 5K, and another in the steeplechase. Altogether at the past 10 NCAA Cross country Championships, the Pac-10 has featured three team titles (2 men's, 1 women's), two team runners-up (1 men's, 1 women's) and four individual winners (3 men's, 1 women's).
Continuing with the upcoming Pre-NCAA Invite, the Duck men and women will try to garner as many head-to-head regular season wins against other potential NCAA participants from across the nation so they can help their qualifying cause for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA men's and women's fields (31 teams in each) feature the top-two team finishers from each of November's nine NCAA regionals, along with an additional 13 at-large teams selected on their regional finish and regular-season wins against other automatic qualifiers and at-large hopefuls. The 255-individual NCAA field also features 38 individuals from non-qualifying teams - the top four individuals from each region, plus two at-large individuals selected nationally. With the depth of the NCAA Western Regional, which featured four top-15 ranked teams for much of 2000, the Duck women went the at-large route last year for the third straight season, thanks to a fourth-place regional finish and previous wins against five fellow NCAA qualifiers - Marquette, North Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest and Weber State. The Oregon men fell victim last year to an aberration in the system after finishing fourth in the NCAA Western Regional. Although the Ducks had previously piled up regular-season wins over 19 of the 31 eventual NCAA qualifiers, they had to wait until the third-place regional finisher, Cal Poly, was selected. However, the Mustangs were shut out of an invite (and ultimately the Ducks) after they had beat only two NCAA qualifying teams, Indiana and Nebraska, during the year.
IN THE POLLS
After opening the season ranked 13th, the Duck men dropped to 16th in the second week's coaches poll, and 18th in the two most recent editions, while the women were unranked in all four versions. Last year, the men spent nearly half the season in the top-10 before capping the season 20th after the NCAA Western Regional. The Duck women climbed as high as 12th in the preseason poll, and eventually ended 22nd.
Mondo Men's Cross Country National Poll (10/8/01)
1. Colorado (14) 3972. Stanford 3793. Arkansas (2) 3654. Wisconsin 3475. Notre Dame 3426. Portland 3087. Providence 2928. N. Arizona 2619. N.C. State 2569. Villanova 25611. Colorado St. 24312. Michigan 22913. Duke 2014. Wake Forest 18615. Arizona State 15216. Michigan St. 13517. BYU 12018. Oregon 10519. E. Michigan 9520. Weber State 8021. Alabama 7122. Georgetown 6823. Utah State 6424. Arizona 4925. Iona 23
Also receiving votes: Nebraska 32, Dartmouth 30, William & Mary 27, Air Force 16, Oklahoma State 10, Minnesota 5, Florida State 2, Indiana 1, Princeton 1, Washington 1
FinishLynx Women's Cross Country National Poll (10/8/01)
1. Colorado (12) 3232. Stanford (1) 3113. N.C. State 2944. BYU 2754. Arizona St. 2756. Boston Coll. 2727. Providence 2418. N. Carolina 2389. Arizona 22210. Arkansas 19811. Georgetown 19612. Colorado St. 18613. Michigan St. 17314. Wisconsin 15415. Virginia 14016. Washington 12117. Boston 10818. UCLA 10319. Marquette 8820. Cornell 7221. N. Arizona 6622. Yale 4823. James Madison 4624. Notre Dame 2025. Baylor 15
Other Teams Also Receiving Votes: Villanova 13, Columbia 11, Minnesota, 9,UC-Irvine 3, Dartmouth 2, Duke 1, Florida State 1.
WOMEN'S 2000 SEASON REVIEW
The Ducks saw seven different harriers score last season and nine appear among the squad's top seven. Hanna Smedstad led the Ducks in each of her six appearances after sitting out the season opener in Portland. Katie Crabb led the squad at the Pier Park showing, followed with runner-up squad placings in four races. Rhiannon Glenn also stood second on the varsity at three meets, fourth twice and seventh once. Eri Macdonald stepped up as one of the team's most improved - ranking third on the team at three races and fourth at four races. Erinn Gulbrandsen ran equally steady, scoring at three races and ranking sixth at three others. Laura Harmon scored at six of her seven races, including appearances at the third (twice), fourth (once), fifth (thrice) and sixth (once) positions. Transfer Carrie Zografos (Portland) proved a welcome addition, ranking seventh for the team at four races and sixth in two other Duck appearances. Annette Mosey, ranked seventh at two of the first three meets and eighth at another. Annie Davis stood fifth in the team's opener, then ninth and eighth in the Ducks' races at the Roy Griak and Willamette Invites.
MEN'S 2000 SEASON REVIEW
The Duck men were led in the final four races by Jason Hartmann (Rockford, Mich.) and in the season opener by senior Michael Kasahun, with the other ranking second at the other four races. Hartmann and Kasahun made their second NCAA appearances (35th and 65th, respectively) after qualifying individually based on their second- and fourth-place NCAA Western Regional finishes. Adam Bergquist (Boulder, Colo.) collected his first-ever points as a Duck, ranking third at four races. John Lucas (Eagle Point) ran at the fourth position the last three races and fifth in his Duck debut, while Brett Holts (Bend) inverted those positions (fourth once and fifth thrice). Holts also led the 'B' unit at the season opener. Noel Paulson (Aumsville), ranked sixth on the varsity in all four races, just ahead of a pair of seniors that split the seventh slot - Lincoln Nehring at the Pac-10 and Western Regional meets, and Sam Hill at the first two varsity meets.
No university boasts a combined history as rich as the Oregon men's and women's programs. Dating back to All-American Steve Prefontaine in 1969, 18 men's runners have finished among the top five at the NCAA meet - the most recent being Steve Fein (third in '99). The list of Oregon greats includes such legends as American track record holders 'Pre', Alberto Salazar, Rudy Chapa and Matt Centrowitz. On the women's side, Oregon has qualified as a team in 24 of 26 NCAA meets since 1975 and has finished in the top 10 in all but five appearances. University of Oregon women have garnered 30 All-America honors and have included such greats as Marie Davis, Melody Fairchild, Kathy Hayes, Lisa Ondieki, and Annette Peters.
AT THE HELM
Beginning his third season as men's cross country head coach, Martin Smith has solidified Oregon as one of nation's preeminent programs. In his first season as cross country head coach in 1999, he guided Oregon to its 24th top-10 NCAA cross country finish, while Ducks have garnered 15 All-America honors in track and cross country in his first three seasons in Eugene. Previously, the two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year (1985 & 88) led Wisconsin harrier squads to two NCAA titles, nine top-five finishes, and top-14 finishes in each of his 15 years in Madison. On the individual side, his Badger cross country athletes won one NCAA title and 34 All-America awards, to go with five NCAA titles and 44 All-America honors on the track. His harrier All-America tally during that period trailed only Arkansas, and even bettered the Hogs' tally counting only U.S. athletes. On the women's side, 27th-year coach Tom Heinonen has also been honored as NCAA Coach of the Year for each of Oregon's NCAA two cross country and one track and field team titles, and has directed the Ducks to the collegiate harrier finale 24 times. Individually, his distance pupils have scored 30 All-America honors in cross country and 53 awards on the track. In conference competition the Ducks have historically paced 'The Conference of Champions' as his teams have won seven of 15 Pac-10 team titles and six individual crowns since the league's inception in 1986 - also garnering him six Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors.
SCORING THE RACE
Cross country races are scored by adding together the places of each seven-person team's top five finishers, with the lowest score winning. A perfect score would be 15 points (1+2+3+4+5), although scores at larger meets such as the NCAA Championships are much higher because of the larger number of teams on hand (i.e. 50-100+ points). At the NCAA Championships or other regular season invitationals where some individuals compete apart from teams, their places are not counted in the team scoring (i.e. a runner who finished 49th overall but was beaten by two individuals not affiliated with teams would be scored 47th in the team scoring).
Men's head coach Martin Smith's impact on two of the past three NCAA races have carried beyond the Ducks' top-10 finishes. In 1999, his former Wisconsin crew - including six of the seven runners he recruited - took second overall with 185 points after entering the meet fourth-ranked. The Badgers featured two runners in the top six in Matt Downin (fourth) and Jay Schoenfelder (sixth), and also had two other transfers in the top 10 in Oregon's Steve Fein (third) and Arkansas' Andrew Begley (seventh). The Badgers' final scorer, Jason Vanderhoof (60th), would have given Wisconsin a hypothetical NCAA title with 62 points - five ahead of Arkansas which would have scored 67 without Begley. The previous year in 1998, the Badgers would have claimed similar honors with 62 points with two UW individuals in the top 20 overall in Downin (fourth) and Schoenfelder (20th), and three former Badgers in the top-25 that were also All-Americans - Begley (16th), Fein (18th) and UCLA senior Mark Hauser (24th).
RECENT VARSITY RECAP
Roy Griak Invitational
Les Bolstad Cross Country Course
St. Paul, Minn.
Saturday, September 27, 2001
Men's 8K/ Women's 6K
Men's Team Results - 1, Wisconsin 129 points. 2, Portland 167. 3, Providence 189. 4, Colorado State 192. 5, Duke 212. 6, Wake Forest 250. 7, Michigan 258. 8, Arizona State 267. 9, Michigan State 278. 10, BYU 304. 11, Oregon 326. 12, Nebraska 334. 13, Georgetown. 14, William and Mary 366. 14, Air Force 366. 16, Arizona 373. 17, Minnesota 415. 18, Cal Poly 439. 19, Washington 446. 20, Indiana 452. 21, Washington State 464. 22, Virginia 466. 23, Penn State 478. 24, University of Iowa 598. 25, Columbia 722. 26, Illinois 728. 27, Army 777. 28, Marquette 782. 29, Missouri 801. 30, UCLA 806. 31, Iowa State 899. 32, Georgia Tech 933. 33, Missouri 956. 34, James Madison 962. 35, Youngstown State 1089. 36, Toledo 1179.
Men's Individual Results - 1, Matt Tegenkamp, Wisconsin, 23 minutes, 58 seconds. 2, Juan Reyes, Arizona State, 24:12.6. 3, Fasil Bizuneh, Arizona State, 24:13.7. 4, Josh Spiker, Wisconsin, 24:17.2.
Oregon Men's Finishers - 12, Jason Hartmann, 24:31.7. 52, Seth Pilkington, 25:01.4. 84. Ryan Andrus, 25:15.6. 85, Noel Paulson, 25:16.0. 93, Brett Holts, 25:19.4. 98, John Lucas, 25:21.9. 116, Eric Logsdon, 25:29.6.
Women's Team Results - 1, Arizona State 109 points. 2, Providence 139. 3, Arizona 167. 4, Colorado State 188. 5, Michigan State 194. 6, Virginia 212. 7, Washington 214. 8, UCLA 276. 9, Marquette 300. 10, James Madison 306. 11, Columbia 343. 12, Minnesota 367. 13, Missouri 380. 14, Georgia Tech 406. 15, Duke 440. 16, Northwestern 451. 17, Weber State 458. 18, Wake Forest 463. 19, Toledo 463. 20, Miami (Ohio) 469. 21, Penn State 475. 22, Kent State 485. 23, Illinois 507. 24, Washington State 628. 25, Air Force Academy 634. 26, Nebraska 663. 26, Indiana 663. 28, Oregon 735. 29, Iowa State 744. 30, Coastal Carolina 772. 31, Army 807. 32, Youngstown State 1002.
Women's Individual Results - 1, Sabrina Monro, Washington, 20 minutes, 12 seconds. 2, Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State, 20:34.2. 3, Kelly McDonald, Arizona State, 20:37.2. 4, Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 20:42.7. 5, Jennifer Owens, Virginia, 24:49.4.
Oregon Women's Finishers - 99. Carrie Zografos, 22:32.2. 106, Laura Harmon, 22:35.8. 162, Magdalena Sandoval, 23:04.0. 180, Erinn Gullbrandsen, 23:19.1. 188, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, 23:24.0. 199, Annette Mosey, 23:41.2. 210, Sara Schaaf, 24:23.8.
2001 Schedule9/17 - Portland-Portland St. Triangular (M4M) - Portland, Ore., Pier Park (UO 'B' 20, UO 'B 36, UO 'B' 115, PSU 47)
9/22 - Sundodger Invitational (W6K) - Seattle, Lincoln Park (5th, 121 pts)
9/29 - Roy Griak Invite (M8K / W6K) - St. Paul, Minn., Les Bolstad XC Course - (M 11th 326 pts, W 28th 735 pts)
10/7 - Willamette Inv. (W6K) - Salem, Ore., Bush Park (2nd, 43 pts)
10/13 - Furman Invitational (M8K /W6K) - Greenville, S.C., Furman Univ. GC10/27 - Pac-10 Champs. (M8K /W6K) - Gilbert, Ariz., Gilbert Park
11/10 - NCAA Western Regional (M10K /W6K) - Tucson, Ariz., Dell Urich Park
11/19 - NCAA Champs. (M10K/W6K) - Greenville, S.C., Furman Univ. GC
M & W TEAM INFORMATION
Colors: Green & Yellow (Pantone 342 & 109)
Enrollment / Founded: 17,850 / 1876
* 2000 NCAA Finish: M: NA, W: 28th (619)
* 2000 Regional Finish: M: 4th, W: 4th
* 2000 Pac-10 Finish: M: 2nd, W: 7th
* M Head Coach: Martin Smith, 3rd Year
* W Head Coach: Tom Heinonen, 27th Year
* Returning All-Americans (1): Men: Jason Hartmann - 37th in '99, 35th in '00. Women: NA
* NCAA Team Champions (6)
Men: 1971-73-74-79, Women: 1983-87
* NCAA Individual Winners (4)
Steve Prefontaine (1970-71-73), Alberto Salazar (1978)
Men: 52 (since '63), Women: 30 (since '79)
* Conference Champions*
Team: Men's: 13 , Women: Women's: 11
Individual: Men's: 9, Women's: 8
* Regional Champions**
Team: Men's: 13 , Women: Women's: 12
Individual: Men's: 9, Women's: 8
*since M-1969,W-1982 **since M-1979,W-1975
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