Track Teams Bound For NCAA Indoor Championships

March 6, 2002

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NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Track: Randal Tyson Track Complex (200m-Banked)
Host: University of Arkansas
Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
Date: Friday-Saturday, March 8-9

Friday: First Event: W Weight Throw, Noon, Last Event: M Distance Medley Relay, 9 p.m.
Saturday: First Event: M Weight Throw 2 p.m., Last Event: W 4x400 Relay, 8:10 p.m.
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INDOOR VOL. 1: Ducks Chase All-America Honors in 'Hawgville'.
This weekend the Duck men's and women's track and field teams set their sights on their final and biggest date of the indoor season, the NCAA Championships. This season's indoor collegiate finale marks the third straight appearance in the University of Arkansas' three-year-old Randal Tyson Track Complex, as a pair of Ducks (Jason Boness (9th)/Katie Crabb, mile (9th)) scored All-America honors last year. The Pac-10 Conference and University of Oregon typically focus primarily on the outdoor season, but in 2002 the Ducks have put together arguably its most successful indoor campaign ever, with six actual NCAA M&W invites among its three automatic qualifiers, and 13 provisional qualifiers.

2002 Oregon NCAA Indoor Championships Entries

Duck M&W          Yr.-Exp.     Hometown           Event  - National Rank - Qual. Mark***Jason Boness   RJr.-2L      Casper, Wyo.       High Jump - 10th - 2.18m 7-1 3/4Simon Kimata      RJr.-1L      Nyeri, Kenya       800m - 3rd - 1:48.07Samie Parker      Jr.-1L       Long Beach, Calif. 60m - 11th - 6.66Trevor Woods      So.-1L       Coos Bay, Ore.     Pole Vault - 7th - 5.43m 17-9 3/4

Becky Holliday RJr.-TR Sparks, Nev. Pole Vault - 6th - 4.21m 13-9 3/4**Niki Reed RJr.-2L Newport, Ore. Pole Vault - 6th - 4.21m 13-9 3/4

*indicates # of previous All-America honors

Head Coaches: M-Martin Smith (Fourh year), W-Tom Heinonen (26th year)Pronunciations: Boness (BONE-is), Kimata (kih-MOTT-ah), Niki (NICK-ee), Heinonen (HY-nah-nihn).

Other 2002 Duck NCAA Indoor Provisional Qualifiers

Athlete         Yr.-Exp.      Hometown             Event - National Rank - Season BestNoel Paulson    RFr.-SQ       Aumsville, Ore.      Mile	- 38th - 4:04.31Adam Bergquist  RSr.-1L       Boulder, Colo.       3K - 49th - 8:10.35Jason Hartmann  Jr.-1L        Rockford, Mich.      5K	- 26th - 14:07.12John Lucas      RSo.-SQ       Eagle Point, Ore.    5K - 40th - 14:16.40Micah Harris    RJr.-1L       Phoenix, Ariz.       60H - 	25th - 7.87-aa 7.83Cody Howell     RSr.-3L       Veneta, Ore.         PV	- 28th - 5.23m, 17-1 3/4Jason Slye      RJr.-2L       Keizer, Ore.         PV	- 33rd - 5.20m, 17-0 1/2

Kirsten Riley So.-1L Eugene, Ore. PV - 28th - 3.91m, 12-10

WOMEN TO WATCH: Pole Vault Pair Have Combined for Six Auto Marks in '01.
Two-time All-American and redshirt junior Niki Reed makes her fifth NCAA appearance in six indoor/outdoor seasons, and is tied for sixth nationally in the pole vault with her season best and school record of 13-9 3/4 (4.21m). Reed has two top-five NCAA finishes already to her credit -- fourth indoors in 2000 (13-5 1/4) and fifth outdoors in 1999 (12-9 1/2) with then-school records in each. Joining her with the same season best and national rank, redshirt junior Becky Holliday has quickly settled in as a Duck after transferring from Clackamas Community College. Last season she ranked seventh in the U.S. with her NWAACC conference meet PR (14-4), and took fifth in the U.S. Championships (14-1 1/4) and eighth in the World University Games in Beijing, China (13-0). The pair raised the school record with their 13-9 3/4 clearances in the University of Washington Quad in Seattle (2/2). Altogether, Holliday has two marks above 13-9 (also 13-9 1/4 at the UW Invite), and four at 13-5 1/4 or better, and Reed has two at 13-7 or better (including a 13-7 1/4 at the Mountain Pacific Champs), and four at 13-5 1/4 or better.

MEN TO WATCH: Duck Quartet Each Sports Scoring Hopes.
With only two of last year's NCAA indoor 800-meter finalists back in 2002, senior Simon Kimata ranks among the favorites in his first NCAA appearance for the Ducks. An All-American in 1999 for South Plains Community College in the 800 (fourth) and 4x800 (second), he's led the nation in 2002 until the last two weeks with his season opener of 1:48.07 from the Husky Scoring Meet (1/19). Junior sprinter Samie Parker has proved the surprise of the second half of the indoor season, eclipsing the NCAA provisional standard of 6.72 in four of his six races after ranking among the football team's top receivers last fall (41 catches, 18.2 ypc avg., 4 TD, long catch of 79). Now ranked sixth all-time for Oregon (17-9 3/4), sophomore pole vaulter Trevor Woods has cleared heights of 17-4 1/2 or better at three of five meets with another above 17 feet. Last year he tied for first nationally among freshmen with his outdoor best of 17-4 1/2. Redshirt junior high jumper Jason Boness has scored All-America honors in two of his first three NCAA appearances for the Ducks and set his school record of 7-5 at the Pac-10 Championships in 2000.

LAST CHANCE RECAP: Parker Seals NCAA invite in Seattle.
At last weekend's University of Washington Qualifier in Seattle, junior Samie Parker lowered his 60 season best by .04 seconds with his win in the final (6.66 seconds), while three others scored their first provisional marks of the season Paulson (mile, fifth, 4:04.31), junior Jason Hartmann (5K, third, 14:07.12) and redshirt sophomore John Lucas (5K, fifth, 14:16.40). Also among the distance ranks, redshirt senior Ross Krempley made his season debut (800, fifth, 1:53.35), and junior Micah Harris just missed his season best in the 60 hurdles by .03 seconds (finals-first, 8.06, prelims-NCAA prov. 7.90). Also last Saturday, redshirt junior Niki Reed paced a pair of Duck women's pole vaulters who competed in the Nebraska Last Chance Qualifier. Reed won the competition by almost six inches with her NCAA automatic mark of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m), edging Oklahoma's Leslie Dunlap (second, 12-11 3/4), and sophomore Kirsten Riley followed in a tie for seventh place (11-8), not improving on her season best and NCAA provisional mark of 12-10 from earlier in the season.

NCAA INDOOR REVIEW '01: Boness Scores First Indoor All-America Plaque.
Last March, two Ducks capped the indoor campaign with All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas. Katie Crabb closed her career with her first indoor honor (mile, ninth, 4:46.90) after overcoming a mid-race ankle sprain. Redshirt 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 -- junior Jason Hartmann (5,000, PR 14:05.72), redshirt senior Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-5) and Holly Speight (pole vault, 12-6).

NCAA INDOOR REVIEW '99: Largest Duck Travel Party led by Three All-Americans.
The Duck men made their most prolific NCAA indoor appearance ever in Martin Smith's first season as head coach in 1999, as seven Ducks traveled to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships -- six more than any previous year. Steve Fein led the Ducks with a seventh-place indoor finish in the 3K (7:58.51), a unit that also included Micah Davis (3,000, 15th, 8:13.35), pole vaulter Piotr Buciarski (11th-tie, 17-4 1/2), and the distance medley relay of Laird Prosser, Howard Moore, Richard Girvan, Todd Humcke. That same season, the Duck women posted a pair of All-America finishes thanks to Kaarin Knudson (mile, eighth, 4:43.88) and Karina Elstrom (pole vault, fifth-tie, 12-7 1/2).

NCAA CHAMPION REWIND '96: Fairchild Winds First Duck NCAA Indoor Crown.
At the NCAA indoor level, the Duck women's highest individual finishes were a 1-2 finish in the 3,000 by Melody Fairchild (9:07.25) and Milena Glusac (9:13.31) in 1996, while the men's highest indoor finisher ever was Piotr Buciarski who took third in the pole vault in 1998 (18-0 1/2).

2001 OUTDOOR REVIEW: Ducks Post Two Titles and Top-10 Team NCAA Finish.
The Duck men come off a breakthrough 2001 outdoor season, taking ninth in the NCAA Championships with a score of 27 points in the collegiate finale's ninth trip to historic Hayward Field in Eugene. The Ducks posted a pair of NCAA wins -- Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon, 7,889) and John Stiegeler (javelin, 252-10) -- and another pair of All-America efforts by Jason Hartmann (10K, third, 29:28.97) and Billy Pappas (decathlon, eighth, 7,488). The scoring quartet all return in 2002, along with NCAA provisional qualifiers Simon Kimata (800, season best 1:47.92), Micah Harris (110 hurdles, PR 13.73) and Trevor Woods (pole vault, then-PR 17-4 1/2). The Duck women return all four of their NCAA outdoor participants from last season -- All-American Sarah Malone (javelin, school record 174-0), Charyl Weingarten (javelin, PR 155-6), Mary Etter (discus, PR 175-9) and Niki Reed (pole vault, then-PR, 13-5 1/4) -- and three NCAA provisional qualifiers, Eri Macdonald (800, PR 2:07.08), Kirsten Riley (pole vault, then-PR 12-7 1/4) and Georgette Moyle (pole vault, PR 12-7 1/4).

2002 OUTDOOR HOME OPENER: Ducks Face Weber State & Montana.
Looking ahead to next weekend's home outdoor opener, the Ducks face Weber State and Montana in a triangular, Sat., March 16 at Hayward Field in Eugene. The meet begins at noon and ends at 4:30, and tickets (346-4461 or 1-800-WEB-FOOT) for either of Saturday's home track and field and softball events are valid for both events. Ticket prices follow: Single Meet: Reserved: $6, General Admission - $5 Adult, $3 Children (high school or younger) & Senior Citizens (62 or older). Season: $24 Reserved, General Admission - $20 Adult, $12 Children & Senior Citizens. The meet-day ticket office in the Bowerman Building (off 15th Ave. near Agate St.) normally opens an hour before the first event, in this case 11 a.m.

2001 MEN'S REVIEW: Ducks Return Two NCAA Champs and 11 Pac-10 Scorers.
In their third year under head coach Martin Smith, the Men of Oregon took solid aim at climbing the Pac-10 and NCAA ranks in 2001. The Ducks sported 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 featured Pac-10 scorers in virtually every discipline. Among the NCAA automatic qualifying ranks, junior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon, NCAA auto - 7,726), redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (javelin, 245-9) and redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000, 27:58.06) locked up bids in the opening month for the NCAA championships. A septet of other Ducks notched NCAA provisional marks during the year -- junior Simon Kimata (800, 1:47.92), 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), junior Jason Boness (high jump, 7-3), freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), and junior Billy Pappas (decathlon, NCAA prov. 7,342). Several others that were on the cusp of NCAA provisional marks included sophomore Samie Parker (100, 10.45 nwi), sophomore Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, 14.04), junior Tim Overfield (400 hurdles, 51.74), redshirt junior Cody Howell (pole vault, 16-11), redshirt junior Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-2 3/4), redshirt junior John Bello (discus, 180-1), freshman Adam Jenkins (javelin, 218-5) and senior Ryan Keith (javelin, 217-2). Other returnees that netted Pac-10 points include junior Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:51.48), and sophomores Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 48-10 3/4) and Adam Kriz (hammer, fourth, 194-8)

2001 WOMEN'S TEAM REVIEW: Four All-Americans led a youth-heavy squad.
This year's Duck roster was paced by several talented youngsters -- with all four NCAA qualifiers returning in 2002. The throws paced the charge as junior All-American Mary Etter ranked second in the conference in the discus (NCAA prov. 175-9) and took fourth at the Pac-10 finale (168-8). Graduated senior Maureen Morrison tied her school record in the hammer last year (NCAA prov. - 186-6), and in 2001 scored for the fourth and fifth times in the Pac-10 finale (hammer, seventh, 185-4, discus, seventh, 160-7). In the javelin, sophomore Sarah Malone was past the 167-foot line at her last three appearances this season, and raised the school record to 174-0 at the Oregon Twilight. Junior teammate Charyl Weingarten earned an NCAA invite of her own with her three-foot, three-inch personal best (155-6) at the Pac-10 Championships. Two-time All-America pole vaulter and senior Niki Reed matched her school record en route to the win at home (13-5.25) in the annual dual with Washington last April. The pole vault featured an additional trio of NCAA provisional qualifiers that all cleared season bests of 12-7 1/4 at the Pac-10 Championships -- Holly Speight, redshirt junior Georgette Moyle and sophomore Kirsten Riley. Senior heptathlete Jenny Kenyon (PR 5,046) claimed her third Pac-10 points thanks to a fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 finale (4,911), while sophomore Ann Sullivan (sixth, 4,874) moved to 10th all-time in UO history. In the distances, Hanna Smedstad paced the Ducks in four events -- the 1,500 (4:26.79), 3,000 (9:35.57), 5,000 (16:52.95) and 10,000 (NCAA prov. 34:42.93). Junior Eri Macdonald joined the NCAA provisional list in the 800 at May's Cardinal Invite (2:07.08) but was slowed at the Pac-10 finale because of a stress fracture in her leg. The hurdles featured sophomore Ann Sullivan (13.99) and junior 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 Made Ninth Trip 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 8,300-seat stadium -- originally dedicated in 1919 -- again welcomed top national and international talent to a Triple Crown of great meets in 2001, the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Prefontaine Classic ( and USA Outdoor Championships. 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 begins his 26th 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 15 All-America honors in cross country and track already in his first 3 1/2 seasons in Eugene, including NCAA titles by Santiago Lorenzo and John Stiegeler outdoors in 2001 in the decathlon and javelin, respectively. 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 NCAA Championships event field (typically a total of 16-19 athletes indoors 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 outdoor marks in wind conditions of +4.0 meters per second (mps) of less.

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.

M&W Team Information

  • M Head Coach: Martin Smith (4th Year)
  • W Head Coach: Tom Heinonen (26th Year)
  • Returning All-Americans (7): Men: Jason Boness-9th indoors in HJ-'01,7th outdoors in HJ-'00, 10th outdoors in HJ-'99, Jason Hartmann-3rd outdoors in 10K-'01, Santiago Lorenzo-1st outdoors in Dec.-'01, 5th outdoors in Dec.-'00, Billy Pappas-8th outdoors in Dec.-'01, John Stiegeler-1st outdoors in Jav.-'01. Women: Mary Etter-8th in Discus-'00, Sarah Malone-7th in Jav-'01, Niki Reed-4th indoors in PV-'00, 5th outdoors in PV-'99
  • NCAA Titles (6): Men-1962-64-65-70-84. Women (1)-1985.
  • Individual NCAA Champions (64):
  • Men: 50, Women: 14.
  • All-Americans: 276 (M: 220, W: 56)

    2001 Team Recap (M/W)

  • Pac-10: 5th (86.5 pts) / 8th (35 pts)
  • Pac-10 Indiv. Champs: Santiago Lorenzo, Dec., John Stiegeler, JTNCAA: 9th (27) / 60th (2pts)
  • NCAA Indiv. Champs: Santiago Lorenzo, Dec., John Stiegeler, JT
  • Dual Record: 1-0 / 1-0

    NCAA Indoor Championships Schedule

    Randal Tyson Track Center
    University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, Ark.
    March 8-9, 2002

  • Friday, March 8
  • Noon - W 20-lb. Weight Throw1:30 p.m. - M High Jump (Boness)2:30 p.m. - M Shot Put4 p.m. - W 800-meter Prelims4 p.m. - M Long Jump4:15 p.m. - M 800-meter Prelims (Kimata)4:35 p.m. - W 60-meter hurdles Prelims4:50 p.m. - M 60-meter hurdles Prelims5:10 p.m. - W 400-meter Prelims5:20 p.m. - M 400-meter Prelims*5:35 p.m. - W Pole Vault (Reed, Holliday)5:45 p.m. - W 60-meter Prelims*6 p.m. - M 60-meter Prelims (Parker)6 p.m. - W Long Jump6:15 p.m. - W Mile Prelims6:35 p.m. - M Mile Prelims6:50 p.m. - W 200-meter Prelims7:05 p.m. - M 200-meter Prelims7:20 p.m. - W 5,000-meter7:40 p.m. - W 60-meter hurdles7:50 p.m. - M 60-meter hurdles8 p.m. - M 5,000-meter run8:20 p.m. - W 200-meter dash8:30 p.m. - M 200-meter dash8:40 p.m. - W Distance Medley Relay9 p.m. - M Distance Medley Relay

  • Saturday, March 9, 2002
  • 2 p.m. - M 35-lb. Weight Throw3:45 p.m. - W High Jump4:10 p.m. - W Triple Jump4:30 p.m. - W Shot Put5:30 p.m. - M Pole Vault (Woods)5:45 p.m. - M Triple Jump6:05 p.m. - W Mile Run6:15 p.m. - M Mile Run6:25 p.m. - W 800-meter run*6:35 p.m. - M 800-meter run (Kimata)6:45 p.m. - W 400-meter dash6:55 p.m. - M 400-meter dash7:05 p.m. - W 60-meter dash*7:15 p.m. - M 60-meter dash (Parker)7:25 p.m. - W 3,000-meter run7:40 p.m. - M 3,000-meter run7:55 p.m. - W 4x400-meter Relay8:10 p.m. - M 4x400-meter Relay

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