Track & Field Teams Ready for Mountain Pacific Championships
Feb. 21, 2002
EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams begin their championship season this weekend, traveling to the Mountain Pacific Championships, in Flagstaff, Ariz., Fri.-Sat., Feb. 22-23. The Ducks will match up against many of the best teams from the Pac-10 and Big West Conferences in the University of Northern Arizona's Skydome.
Tentative Duck men's entries include sprinters Allan Amundson, Cory Gray, Brandon Holliday and Samie Parker, hurdlers Micah Harris and Terry Ellis, middle distance runners Simon Kimata and Ross Krempley, high jumpers Jason Boness, Kyley Johnson and Jake Horner, horizontal jumpers Foluso Akinradewo and Derek Strubel, pole vaulters Trevor Woods, Cody Howell and Jason Slye, and throwers Rian Ingrim, Adam Kriz and James March.
The Duck women will also enter a quartet of pole vaulters to compete in a who's who of collegiate pole vaulting, as the top three entries - Arizona's Amy Linnen (4.52m, 14-10), UCLA's Tracy O'Hara (4.36m, 14-3 1/2) and Washington State's Tamara Diles (4.35m, 14-3 1/4) - have each led the nation at some point this season. A pair of Ducks - juniors Becky Holliday and Niki Reed and their season bests of 13-9 3/4 - fill out a group of six likely entries in this weekend's meet that are ranked among the top eight nationally. Sophomore Kirsten Riley, hopes to improve her NCAA provisional mark and personal best of 12-10 to join her Duck teammates who are already NCAA automatic qualifiers in the NCAA Championships two weekends away in Fayetteville, Ark. (3/8-9)
h3>Tentative Duck Men's Entries
(Mtn. Pacific Rank, Entry, Seeded Mark)
20021, Cory Gray, 22.49
800WC, Ross Krempley
Distance Medley Relay4, 10:15.72
WC=Wild Card entry (no previous qualifying mark in '02).
Tentative Duck Women's Entries
More meet information is available at the University of Northern Arizona's web site at www.nauathletics.com, although the University of Arizona (www.arizcats.com) track and field staff is serving as the meet host.
Currently on the NCAA qualifying lists, several Ducks are ranked among the nation's best, with each event usually inviting approximately 16-18 athletes, depending on field constraints for each event.
For a complete of NCAA automatic and provisional qualifiers, go to www.ncaachampionships.com.
At the men's last stop in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite in Lincoln, Neb., (2/8), redshirt junior Jason Boness led the Ducks with a win, season best and NCAA provisional mark of 7-1 3/4 in the high jump. Other Duck wins came courtesy of senior Simon Kimata (800, 1:50.43) and juniors Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, 50-3 1/2) and Jason Hatmann (5,000, 14:20.91) with Akinradewo's leap a quarter-inch indoor personal best. The Duck sprinters posted their best effort of the season thanks to season debuts in the 60 by juniors Samie Parker (third, 6.73) and Allan Amundson (seventh, 6.92), with Parker only .01 seconds shy of the NCAA provisional mark. Junior Terry Ellis turned in an auspicious season debut in the 60 hurdles, missing his personal best by only .01 seconds with his prelim effort (fourth, 8.02), then returned to take fourth in the final (8.05). Sophomore pole vaulter Trevor Woods tied his season best and NCAA provisional mark (third, 17-4 1/2), followed closely by redshirt senior Cody Howell (fourth, 16-6 3/4) and redshirt junior Jason Slye (fifth, 16-6 3/4), and redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon and redshirt senior Adam Bergquist ran the team's fastest times of the year in the 3,000 and placed fourth (8:20.21) and fifth (8:20.25).
In the Duck women's most recent action in the UW Invitational in Seattle (2/9), junior Mary Etter scored lifetime bests in the shot put (second, 48-4) and weight throw (third, 55-8.5). In the pole vault, juniors Becky Holliday and two-time All-American Niki Reed, and sophomore Kirsten Riley placed first, second, and fourth, respectively. Holliday and Reed were tied for first at 13-5 1/2 when they chose to raise the bar to 14-1 1/4, but they both missed, and then had a jump-off to break the tie. Holliday ended up the victor with a winning vault of 13-9 1/4. Reed cleared 13-5.25 and Riley 12-5 1/2. Junior Janette Davis ran the team's fastest 200 of the season (fourth, 25.23), with other notable season bests from freshman Katie McKeever in the shot put (seventh, 42-11.5), junior Amanda Brown in the long jump and triple jump (fourth, 18-8, fourth, 38-7.75), freshman Clarice Hayward-Lee in the triple jump (sixth, 37-11.25), sophomore Annette Mosey (ninth, 2:16.45) and junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson in the 800 (14th, 2:19.18).
Looking past the Mountain Pacific Championships, a handful of Ducks may make one last run after NCAA qualifying marks the following weekend, depending on whether they improve their provisional marks in Flagstaff.