Track Teams Score Wins Over Weber State and Montana

March 16, 2002

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams braved a brief, early meet snowstorm en route to team sweeps against Weber State and Montana in Saturday's outdoor home opener at Hayward Field.

'I thought we competed hard, and competed well, and in miserable conditions at times,' Oregon women's coach Tom Heinonen said. 'We got several surprisingly good marks, and I saw a lot of spirit from our team. Team scoring added a dimension to that, especially when your teams gets on a roll and is winning. Part of it is also that we want to be better than we were last year, and I think we're on the way to do it.'

The Duck women edged Montana, 124-69, and Weber State, 111 1/2 -77 1/2, with Weber State beating Montana, 107-75. The Duck men added a pair of victories over Weber State, 108 1/2-73 1/2, and Montana, 116-66, and Weber State edged Montana, 96-84.

'I was very pleased with how we competed,' Oregon coach Martin Smith said. 'I thought our athletes handled the challenging weather conditions very well, and that allowed us to have a successful team meet. Individually, there were a number of fine performances - the three biggest probably from John Stiegeler, Kyley Johnson and Trevor Woods, an especially performance considering the elements.'

On the NCAA charts the Ducks claimed two NCAA automatic marks, four NCAA provisional marks, and nine additional Pac-10 qualifying marks among Saturday's 37 events.

Oregon's school javelin record holders each claimed NCAA automatic honors Saturday with their second-best throws of their Duck careers - sophomore Sarah Malone (first, 171-3) and redshirt junior John Stiegeler (first, 247-0).

Three other Duck women's javelin throwers scored NCAA provisional marks - freshman Rosyln Lundeen (second, 160-5), fellow frosh Elisa Crumley (third, 155-3) and junior Charyl Weingarten (fourth, 152-7). Weingarten's mark was her second highest ever and a season best, as was Lundeen's, while Crumley uncorked a season best of 159-4 two weeks ago. The first-year Ducks now rank third and fourth all-time for the Ducks with Weingarten close behind in fifth place. On the men's side, All-America sophomore Trevor Woods equaled his outdoor best from last season of 17-4 1/2, winning the pole vault by almost two feet.

'Our javelin throwers threw well,' Heinonen said, 'and I fully expect that all four will get to the NCAA meet and be the best foursome in the country. Malone is really good and she wants to be even better. Rosyln was two weeks behind everyone else because of an ankle injury and was really exciting in her outdoor debut.'

On the Pac-10 lists, Duck women's qualifiers included junior Janette Davis (400, first, PR 54.31), redshirt freshman Laura Harmon (1,500, first, PR 4:40.13) and junior Mary Etter (shot put, first, 47-7 3/4, discus, first, 157-4). Duck men's conference qualifiers included All-America junior Samie Parker (100, first, 10.47w), senior Micah Harris (110 hurdles, first, 14.13) and junior Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, second, 14.42), sophomore Brandon Holliday (400 hurdles, second, 52.90), redshirt senior Kyley Johnson (high jump, first, 7-0 1/4) and junior Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, first, 48-6 1/4).

Other victors among the 11 Duck women's wins on the day included redshirt junior Carrie Zografos (3,000, PR 9:49.94), sophomore Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, 14.51), Alicia Snyder-Carlson (400 hurdles, PR 63.06), Georgette Moyle (pole vault, 11-0 1/4), freshman Clarice Hayward-Lee (triple jump, first, 36-3), junior Mary Etter (hammer, 167-4). Other men's winners also included redshirt junior Jason Slye (200, 22.21), senior Simon Kimata (800, 1:51.87), junior James March (shot put, 51-7, discus, 151-0) and redshirt junior Adam Kriz (hammer, 186-1).

'Janette really attacked the first 200,' Heinonen said. 'She always finishes well, and really got after it at the start -- that, plus the wind on the backstraight, really got her going. She finished strongly and finally had the breakthrough that Mark (Stream, assistant coach) thought was coming. Laura ran a tactically perfect race under the most trying conditions - in fact, no coach or official remembers a day like this for a track meet, with the heavy snow during the two 1,500s and the triple jump. There was even a point when you couldn't see Laura across the track because the snow was so thick. I'm really proud of her hanging in there and staying focused and running well. I was also pleased to see Ann run well and win that race because she's so far behind in training after being injured most of fall and winter. I was really happy with our 400 hurdlers -- Alicia PR'ed and both her and Kayla ran really strong, technical races and finished well.'

Looking ahead, the Duck men will send a contingent to Los Angeles next weekend to face USC and BYU, Sat., March 23, while the women have a weekend off from competition. The following weekend, the Duck women compete against Arizona State, Colorado, Boise State, Air Force in Tempe, Ariz., Sat., March 30, and several men's distance runners will travel to the Stanford Invite, Fri.-Sat., March 29-30.

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