Holliday and Woods Lead Ducks in Indoor Track Opener

Jan. 15, 2002

RENO, Nev. - Junior transfer Becky Holliday proved an instant hit in her first meet for the Ducks, leading a trio of women's pole vaulters in its indoor opener, USA Pole Vault Summit at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Holliday competed in the elite section of the pole vault and cleared a mark of 13-5 1/4 that equaled the NCAA automatic standard of 4.10 meters (13-5 1/4) and also tied the school record.

Sophomore teammate Kirsten Riley upped her personal best with a mark of 12-9 1/2 in a different section - a mark equaled by senior teammate Niki Reed. Riley's previous best was 12-7 1/2, a mark which netted her 10th in the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Championships, while Reed's best and school record stands at 13-5 1/4 - a mark which she has cleared indoors in 2000 and outdoors in both 2000 and 2001. Both vaulters easily met the NCAA provisional mark of 3.80 meters (12-5 1/2).

On the men's side, sophomore Trevor Woods cleared 17-4 1/2 to better the NCAA provisional standard by almost four inches, but was not allowed to take attempts at the next height due to time constraints. A pair of Oregon's decathletes joined in the success as senior Santiago Lorenzo raised his indoor best to 15-9, and Billy Pappas tied his indoor best of 14-5. Senior Cody Howell ended with a mark of 16-2 1/2 to improve on last year's indoor opener, and junior Jason Slye no-heighted at the opening height of 16-0. True freshman Jonathan Derby traveled on his own to the meet and competed unattached and cleared 15-7 - a four-inch personal best from his prep best of 15-3 from the 2001 outdoor season.

Looking ahead, the Duck men and women compete this weekend at the Husky Scoring Meet in Seattle, Wash., scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19.

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