Harriers Open Championship Season
Oct. 23, 2001
Pacific-10 Conference Championships
The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country squads open the championship season this weekend at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships. The men's and women's fields each feature five top-25 teams, respectively, while two other men's regional foes are also top-25 ranked. Last year the Duck men and women took second and seventh, respectively, and top UO returnees from the meet in Seattle include Jason Hartmann (second) and Laura Harmon (35th). Stanford looms as the men's and women's team favorite with Grant Robison (Stanford) and Sabrina Munro (Washington) individual contenders.
DUCK WOMEN'S PREVIEW
Head Coach Tom Heinonen returns for his 27th season as the Duck women feature 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 all three of her races this year -- the Sundodger Invite (seventh), Roy Griak Invite (99th) and Furman Invite (75th). Sophomore Laura Harmon was the team's second runner in her first two races of 2001, then was its fifth runner in Furman after an illness slowed her the week prior. Sophomore Annette Mosey has scored at three of her four races this fall in her first varsity season, while sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson has placed top seven in her first three varsity appearances, including two scoring nods. Among the team's top newcomers, sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (Rice University/Los Alamos, N.M.) has finished among the team's top four in all three varsity races in 2001, and freshman Sara Schaaf (Klamath) has scored once. Sandoval was a top-five scorer for the Owls last year and a former New Mexico state champion, and Schaaf was the 2001 Oregon 4A state prep champion in the 800 (2:13.38). Redshirt sophomore Tara Struyk was a top-three scorer every race her freshman season in 1999, but redshirted last year due to injuries. She missed several early races in 2001 because of tendinitis in her achilles tendon, while a recent calf strain may delay her season debut until the NCAA Western Regional, Nov. 10 in Tucson, Ariz.
DUCK MEN'S PREVIEW
Two-time All-American and junior Jason Hartmann has led the No. 20-ranked Duck men in both races this fall. Last year's Pac-10 and Western Regional runner-up is picking up speed, and ranked as the 10th-fastest conference finisher among the Furman Invite's two races with only two seconds separating the sixth through 10th-fastest league finishers. Sophomores John Lucas (18th), Brett Holts (19th) and Noel Paulson (25th) were also top-25 finishers last year in their Pac-10 Championships debuts. Lucas stepped up to take 37th at Furman last outing and ranked second on the squad. Holts and Paulson continued to run among the team's top six in South Carolina ranking fourth and sixth, while redshirt frosh Eric Logsdon claimed his first harrier points in the fifth spot. Two freshman newcomers have played major roles -- redshirt transfer Ryan Andrus (Orem, Utah/Univ. of Wisconsin) and true freshman Seth Pilkington (Roy, Utah) -- as the duo ranked second and third on the team in their 2001 varsity debuts in Minnesota. Andrus returned to rank third at Furman, while Pilkington was a DNF near the finish line due to dehydration. Although he has yet to make a varsity appearance in '01, redshirt senior and eighth man Adam Bergquist will make the trip this weekend to run in a 'B' open race prior to the Pac-10 Championships on the same course. Last year, he finished third at every race in his first year as a Duck scorer.
THIS WEEK'S LIKELY DUCK ENTRIES
Men Yr._Exp. Hometown (Last School/HS)Ryan Andrus Fr.*_TR Orem, Utah (Wisconsin/Mountain View)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)
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
LAST MEET RECAP
GREENVILLE, S.C. (10/13) - The Duck men and women cross country teams faced another national caliber field at the recent Furman Invitational, held on the site of this year's NCAA Championships, although the men's and women's races were split in half to accommodate the +70 teams in each field. The then-No. 18-ranked Duck men scored 233 points to finish fifth in the 35-team black race, and beat both Michigan State and Colorado State, who were ranked ahead of them in the prior national poll. All-America junior Jason Hartmann led Oregon individuals with a 17th-place finish (25:03), and was followed by sophomore John Lucas (37th, 25:25), freshman Ryan Andrus (41st, 25:28), and sophomores Brett Holts (65th, 25:52), Eric Logsdon (73th, 25:58) and Noel Paulson (88th, 26:07). Overall, Stanford won the team title with 56 points, and Alabama junior David Kimani, the 1999 NCAA champ, won the individual title (8K-24:06). In the other men's race, top-ranked Colorado won the team title with 62 points, and individually Eastern Michigan's Boaz Cheboiywo set a new course record (first, 23:31). The Duck women finished 26th in the 34-team purple race, while Georgetown won the team title with 48 points. Colorado's Molly Austin covered the 6-kilometer course in 20:48 to capture individual title honors. Junior Carrie Zografos led UO (75th, 22:45), and was followed by sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (133th, 23:30), junior Erinn Gulbrandsen (150th, 23:42), sophomores Annette Mosey (156th, 23:52) and sophomore Laura Harmon (173rd, 24:04), and freshman Sara Schaaf (188th, 24:29). In the women's silver race, Stanford won with 72 points, and individual honors went to Sabrina Monro of Washington (20:26).
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 lost only one runner from 2000. No. 2 Stanford is equally talented as the Buffaloes, and defending champion Arkansas joins Notre Dame and Wisconsin as other contenders. On the women's side, returning victor and No. 10 Colorado will have its hands full against perennially deep BYU, with Boston College, Stanford and Georgetown potential spoilers. Top men's individuals include Colorado's Jorge Torres, 1999 NCAA champ David Kimani of Alabama, Eastern Michigan's Boaz Cheboiywo, and Wisconsin's Matt Tegenkamp. Women's individual favorites include last year's runner-up Sabrina Monro of Washington, Lisa Aguilera and Kelly Macdonald of Arizona State, North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan, and Stanford's 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 seven regional men's teams in the top 25, and five women's squads in the top 20. In recent years, 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 conference championship, 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 of seven entrants in each) feature the top-two team finishers from each of November 10th'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 four highest 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, 18th in the next two editions, and stand 20th currently, while the women were unranked in all five 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 started 12th in the preseason, and eventually ended 22nd.
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).
MONDO Men's Cross Country RankingsPoll released Oct. 16.
Rank Rank Last WeekRank Team Region Points Week Before
1 Colorado (14) MT 398 1 12 Stanford W 378 2 23 Arkansas (2) SC 369 3 34 Wisconsin GL 341 4 45 Notre Dame GL 331 5 56 North Carolina State SE 328 9= 87 Portland W 293 6 68 Providence NE 282 7 79= Northern Arizona MT 251 8 109= Air Force MT 251 -- --11 UC-Santa Barbara W 221 -- --12 Michigan GL 214 12 1213 Arizona W 202 24 --14 Villanova MA 193 9= 915 Eastern Michigan GL 171 19 1916 Brigham Young MT 160 17 1717 Duke SE 141 13 1318 Michigan State GL 122 16 1619 Arizona State W 115 15 1520 Oregon W 114 18 1821 Wake Forest SE 89 14 1422 Colorado State MT 84 11 1123 Indiana GL 39 -- --24 Washington W 27 -- --25 Utah State MT 25 23 ---- Weber State MT 20 20-- Alabama S 21 21-- Georgetown MA 22 22-- Iona NE 25 23-- William & Mary SE -- 24-- Nebraska MW -- 25
Also receiving votes: Butler 14, Washington State 14, William & Mary 7, Dartmouth 5, Alabama 4, Florida State 4, Georgetown 4, Nebraska 2, Penn State 2, Weber State 2, Iona 1, Miami (Ohio) 1, Oklahoma State 1..
FinishLynx Women's Cross Country Rankings
Poll released October 15, 2001.
Rank Rank Last WeekRank Team Region Points Week Before
1 Stanford (1) W 324 2 22 Brigham Young MT 311 4= 4=3 Georgetown MA 299 11 114 NC State SE 283 3 35 Boston College NE 260 6 66 Michigan State GL 256 13 137 Arizona State W 242 4= 4=8 Providence NE 228 7 79 North Carolina SE 224 8 810 Colorado (12) MT 220 1 111 Arizona W 191 9 912 Arkansas SC 190 10 1013 Washington W 167 16 1614 Wisconsin GL 147 14 1415 Virginia SE 143 15 1516 Villanova MA 127 -- 2517 Northern Arizona MT 125 21 2318 Colorado State MT 105 12 1219 James Madison NE 86 23 21=20 Duke SE 74 -- --21 Yale NE 70 22 21=22 UCLA W 54 18 1823 Cornell NE 42 20 2024 Marquette GL 33 19 1925 Boston University NE 19 17 17-- Notre Dame GL 24 ---- Baylor SC 25 24
Also receiving votes: Georgia Tech 3, Notre Dame 1, Texas A&M 1.
NE = Northeast, MA = Mid-Atlantic, SE = Southeast, GL = Great Lakes, MW = Midwest, SC = South Central, MT = Mountain, W = West, S = South.
Top two teams in Regional Championships on Nov. 10 will automatically qualify for Nationals on Nov. 19. Thirteen other teams qualified based on of criteria listed in the NCAA CC Championships Manual (www.ncaa.org).
Head-to-Head Record Against Potential NCAA Qualifiers
Roy Griak Wins
William and Mary
Furman Invite Wins
Roy Griak Wins
Furman Inv. Wins
RECENT VARSITY RECAPS
Furman University Cross Country Course
Men's Team Results (Black Race)- 1, Stanford, 56 points. 2, N.C. State, 94. 3, N. Arizona, 136. 4, BYU, 192. 5, Oregon, 233.
Men's Individual Results - 1, David Kimani, Alabama, 24:06. 2, Grant Robison, Stanford, 24:31. 3, William Kemey, Belmont, 24:35.
Women's Teams (Purple Race - 34 Teams) - 1, Georgetown, 48 points. 2, Michigan State, 118. 3, ASU, 137. 4, Colorado, 165. 5, N. Arizona, 225. 26, Oregon, 682.
Women's Individuals - 1, Molly Austin, Colorado, 20:48. 2, Renee Metivier, Georgia Tech, 20:59. 3, Lisa Aguilera, ASU, 21:05.
Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Women's Teams - 1, Stanford, 51 points. 2, Arizona State, 67. 3, Arizona, 79. 4, Washington, 83. 5, WSU, 124. 6, UCLA, 134. 7, Oregon, 140. 8, USC, 226. 9, California, 254.
Women's Individuals - 1, Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 20 minutes, 10.67 seconds. 2, Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State, 20:19.95. 3, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:34.84. 4, Cami Matson, Washington, 20:42.08. 5, Victoria Chang, Stanford, 20:45.01.
Oregon Women's Finishers - 9, Hanna Smedstad, 20:51.52. 20, Katie Crabb, 21:25.81.35, Laura Harmon, 22:17.22. 36, Eri Macdonald, 22:19.68. 40, Erinn Gulbrandsen, 22:31.98. 42, Rhiannon Glenn, 22:42.18. 44, Carrie Zografos, 22:43.48.
Men's Teams - 1, Stanford 21, points. 2, Oregon, 66. 3. Arizona, 70. 4, ASU, 114. 5, Washington, 117. 6, UCLA, 142. 7, WSU, 190. 8, Cal, 195.
Men's Individuals - 1, Jonathon Riley, Stanford, 23 minutes, 39.59 seconds. 2, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 23:47.37. 3, Louis Luchini, Stanford, 23:49.53. 4, Grant Robison, Stanford, 23:50.17. 5, Tom Prindiville, Arizona, 23:50.47.
Other Oregon Men's Finishers - 10, Michael Kasahun, 24:03.58. 17, Adam Bergquist, 24:18.43. 18, John Lucas, 24:21.79. 19, Brett Holts, 24:23.02.25, Noel Paulson, 24:35.14. 31, Lincoln Nehring, 24:48.03.
M & W TEAM INFORMATION
DUCK HARRIER HISTORY
* 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)
* All-Americans - Men: 52 (since 1963), Women: 30 (since 1979)
* 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