Track Teams Head South for Spring Break
March 26, 2002
Stanford Invite (M only)
Arizona State Invite (M & W)
OUTDOOR VOL. 3: Duck Fly South to California & Arizona for Spring Break.
With the winter academic term a week behind them, the Duck track and field teams head to Stanford and Arizona State in an off-week from classes before the start of spring term, Monday, April 1. The men enter eight distance runners in arguably the nation's top distance meet, the Stanford Invitational, Fri.-Sat., March 29-30. Also for the men, a handful of sprinters and hurdlers will join the women's squad in Tempe, Ariz., matching up against Air Force, Arizona State, Boise State and Colorado, Sat., March 30. Last week, the Duck men scored two individual wins in a triangular against USC and BYU, including an outdoor personal best by pole vaulter Trevor Woods (17-6 1/2). Virtually all of the Duck women took last week off to concentrate on final exams except for a few individual performances at Friday's Lane Open and Saturday's Western Intercollegiate.
MEN TO WATCH: Distance Runners Chase NCAA marks in Stanford & ASU.
All-America sophomore Jason Hartmann returns to Stanford, the site of last year's NCAA automatic 10K debut of 28:56.06 that moved him to seventh all-time for the Ducks. Redshirt senior Adam Bergquist, redshirt sophomore John Lucas and redshirt frosh Noel Paulson all notched last chance NCAA provisional marks indoors (3K/5K/mile, respectively), and next chase similar honors outdoors. In Tempe, senior Micah Harris looks for his first NCAA provisional mark outdoors in the 110 hurdles after missing by only .01 seconds last weekend in USC (second, 13.91). Senior Simon Kimata continues his quest for his third NCAA invite after taking fifth indoors in the collegiate indoor 800 in Fayetteville, Ark., less than a month ago, while redshirt senior Ross Krempley missed a Pac-10 invite by l.42 seconds last week with his outdoor debut in LA (fourth, 1:52.86). Overall in 2002, 18 Duck men have combined for 20 qualifying marks in 11 individual events for the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA level indoors, the Ducks scored 10 provisional and one automatic mark, and outdoors have added one automatic and one provisional mark.
WOMEN TO WATCH: A Quartet of Javelin Throwers Rank Top 15 Nationally.
The javelin corps has gotten a jump on the young outdoor season with four throwers combining for NCAA provisional or automatic marks, including national leader Sarah Malone (171-3), and three other top-10 rankees -- freshmen Roslyn Lundeen (eighth, 160-5) and Elisa Crumley (10th, 159-4) and junior Charyl Weingarten (15th, 152-7). Junior Janette Davis anchors the sprint corps and her 400 personal best in winter-like conditions at home two weeks ago (first, 54.31) was only .61 seconds off the NCAA provisional mark (53.70). Redshirt junior transfer Becky Holliday makes her outdoor Duck debut after being snowed out at home two weeks ago. Redshirt freshman Laura Harmon sped to a Pac-10 qualifying mark in the 1,500 and collegiate best during the worst part of the meet's weather conditions. All-America junior Mary Etter has scored Pac-10 marks in the shot put (47-7 3/4) and discus (160-0), and is three feet away in the hammer (167-4). On the qualifying scene, 12 Ducks have combined for 13 Pac-10 qualifying marks, one NCAA automatic and three more provisional marks outdoors.
2002 Duck NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifiers
Duck M&W Yr.-Exp. Hometown Event National Rank PR*Sarah Malone So.-1L Newberg, Ore. Javelin 1st, 171-3 174-0Rosyln Lundeen Fr.-HS Victoria, B.C. Javelin 8th, 160-5 161-9Elisa Crumley Fr.-HS Hillsboro, Ore. Javelin 10th, 159-4 159-4Charyl Weingarten Jr.-1L Grand Forks, S.D. Javelin 15th, 152-7 155-6
*John Stiegeler RJr.-2L Coos Bay, Ore. Javelin 1st, 247-0 252-10Trevor Woods So.-1L Coos Bay, Ore. Pole Vault 2nd, 17-6.5 17-11.75
*NCAA Automatic Qualifiers
Head Coaches: M-Martin Smith (Fourth year), W-Tom Heinonen (26th year)
Key Pronunciations: Foluso Akinradewo (fah-LOOSE-oh ack-in-rah-DAY-woe), Nick Bakke (BOCK-ee), Jason Boness (BONE-is), Torkwase Fraser (TOR-qua-se), Tom Heinonen (HY-nah-nihn), Simon Kimata (kih-MOTT-ah), Eri Macdonald (AIR-ee), Annette Mosey (MOE-see), Billy Pappas (PAPP-us), Niki Reed (NICK-ee), John Stiegeler (STEEG-ler), Jordan Sauvage (suh-VAHGE), Charyl Weingarten (WINE-gar-ten), Carrie Zografos (zah-GRAF-ohs).
MEN'S SEASON PREVIEW: Ducks Return All 27 NCAA Points from 2001.
With back-to-back ninth-place NCAA finishes indoors in 2002 and outdoors in 2001, the Duck men set their sights on a third top-10 honor outdoors, and a climb up the Pac-10 Conference ranks. The squad is paced by two returning NCAA and Pac-10 champions -- senior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and redshirt junior John Stiegeler (javelin). The sprints feature All-America junior Samie Parker, fourth indoors in the NCAA 60 (6.63), and one of the football squad's top receivers in 2001 (41 rec., 18.2 ypc avg., 4 TD, long of 79). Senior Micah Harris leads the 110 hurdles unit after breaking the school record with his 13.73 best in 2001. Last season, the NCAA and USA Champs qualifier also locked up runner-up honors in his Pac-10 debut. Senior Simon Kimata clocked an 800 best of 1:47.92 last season -- seventh all-time in Oregon history -- and was fifth indoors at NCAA's in 2002 after a regular season best of 1:48.07. Two-time harrier All-American and redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann tied the Ducks' second-highest ever finish in the NCAA 10K last year (third) after debuting in 28:56.06 last March. The field events should supply a majority of the team's conference scoring firepower, paced by a trio of All-Americans -- sophomore Trevor Woods, third indoors in March's NCAA finale (pole vault, indoor PR 17-11 3/4), senior Jason Boness, a three-time All-American and school record holder (high jump, PR 7-5) and All-America senior Billy Pappas (decathlon, PR 7,488). Two other pole vaulters -- redshirt senior Cody Howell (17-1 3/4) and junior Jason Slye (17-0 3/4) -- scored their first NCAA provisional marks indoors with personal bests in 2002, and a trio of distance runners added last chance NCAA provisional marks in early March -- senior Adam Bergquist (3,000, 8:10.35), redshirt sophomore John Lucas (5,000, 14:16.40) and redshirt frosh Noel Paulson (mile, 4:04.31). Indoors in 2001, redshirt senior Rian Ingrim scored his first NCAA provisional honors in the shot put (57-5).
WOMEN'S OUTLOOK: Field Events Will Fuel Championship Runs.
Returning all four of last year's NCAA participants, head coach Tom Heinonen's Ducks also welcome back 14 Pac-10 finalists. The javelin unit looms as the nation's best, led by sophomore All-American and school record Sarah Malone (PR 174-0) who ranked fourth among collegians and eighth among Americans last year. Junior Charyl Weingarten made her first NCAA appearance last year thanks to her Pac-10 personal best (fourth, 155-6). Two newcomers, prep All-American Elisa Crumley (159-4 best in 2002) and British Columbian Roslyn Lundeen (161-9 int'l implement PR), are on pace for NCAA invites in their collegiate debuts. In the pole vault, redshirt junior transfer Becky Holliday took seventh in her NCAA indoor debut in March (13-7 1/4) and shares the school record of 13-9 3/4 with All-American and redshirt junior Niki Reed who will redshirt this outdoor season. Last season the former Clackamas athlete Holliday 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). Among other field events, junior Amanda Brown nabbed Pac-10 points in the long jump in 2001 (seventh, PR 19-4), and the high jump returns a pair of 2001 Pac-10 finalists, junior Jenny Brogdon (ninth, 5-7) and sophomore Rachael Kriz (11th, 5-5), and adds Clackamas transfer and junior Mary Murphy (PR 5-8). Junior sprinter Janette Davis missed the Pac-10 400 final last year by one place and only .65 seconds (55.50), and hurdlers Ann Sullivan (13.99) and Lucretia Larkin (14.25) rank sixth and 11th, respectively, in school history in the 100 hurdles. Sophomore Kirsten Riley and redshirt junior Georgette Moyle scored NCAA provisional marks outdoors in the Pac-10 pole vault in 2001 (12-7 1/4), with Riley raising her best to 12-10 indoors in 2002. Junior Eri Macdonald's 800 best and NCAA provisional mark of 2:07.08 last year missed an NCAA invite by a half-second. Moving up in distance, redshirt junior Carrie Zografos paced the cross country team in four races last fall, with redshirt frosh Laura Harmon leading the other, and clipping off the team's fastest indoor mile in 2002 (4:55.03).
2002 NCAA INDOOR RECAP: Ducks Take Ninth & Grab Four All-America Awards.
All six of the Duck men's and women's NCAA indoor qualifiers notched top-10 finishes three weekends ago, and five of them garnered All-America awards. Team-wise, the men's squad tallied 15 points to tie Mississippi State for ninth in the team race, and the women ended 40th with their two points. On the final day, sophomore Trevor Woods finished third in the pole vault (17-11 3/4) at the same height as the winner but with more misses. Simon Kimata and Samie Parker were equally on par in their NCAA debuts with fourth and fifth-place finishes in the 60 (7.67) and 800 (1:49.56), with Parker scoring a personal best of 7.63 in the prelims. High jumper Jason Boness just missed his fourth All-America honor with a 10th-place finish in the high jump (6-11 3/4). The Duck women sent a pair of pole vaulters -- redshirt juniors Becky Holliday and Niki Reed -- who finished seventh (13-7 1/4) and 10th (13-3 1/2), respectively, after raising the school record to 13-9 3/4 in February in Seattle.
LAST WEEK'S RECAP: Woods Ups Outdoor Best to Rank Second Nationally.
LOS ANGELES (3/23) -- One of two winners for the Duck men, All-America sophomore pole vaulter Trevor Woods raised his outdoor best to an NCAA provisional mark of 17-6 1/2 to claim the win over USC's Jeff Ryan (second, 17-0 3/4) and also easily meet the NCAA minimum provisional standard of 17-2 3/4. The Coos Bay, Ore., native's mark was his third this month of 17-4 or better after a third-place finish in the NCAA Indoor Championships (personal best 17-11 3/4) and his win in the Oregon Preview on March 16th (17-4 1/2). Sophomores Adam Jenkins and Nick Bakke shared the javelin victory (200-5). In the high jump, senior Jason Boness raised his outdoor best to 7-0 1/2 to take second, just ahead of redshirt senior Kyley Johnson (third, 6-10 3/4) and redshirt junior Jake Horner (fourth, 6-8 3/4). On the track, senior Micah Harris missed the NCAA provisional mark in the 110 hurdles by only .01 seconds (second, 13.91), and the 4x100 (41.64) and 4x400 (3:15.32) each took second to USC and BYU in their respective races. All of the aforementioned Duck individuals also notched Pac-10 Championships qualifying marks, as did junior Cory Gray (100, third, 10.73), junior Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, fifth, 14.64), and redshirt senior Cody Howell (pole vault, third, 16-6 3/4). Near misses among the Pac-10 lists included redshirt senior Ross Krempley (800, fourth, 1:52.86) and redshirt junior Adam Kriz (hammer, second, 189-5).
2001 MEN'S SEASON REVIEW: Ducks Win Two NCAA Titles and Take Ninth as Team.
In the NCAA Championships' ninth trip to Hayward Field in Eugene (5/30-6/2), the Duck men scored their first top-10 finish since 1992 and their first pair of NCAA champions since 1986 (Santiago Lorenzo & John Stiegeler). Lorenzo relied on five personal bests en route to a late surge and narrow 18-point win in the decathlon (7,889) after previous season victories in the Pac-10 (7,617) and Texas Relays (7,726). In the NCAA javelin, John Stiegeler broke the school record on his second throw (first, 252-10) and ranked third in the U.S. in 2001 -- season that featured four meets past the 240-foot mark and seven of eight better than 230 feet. Six other Ducks earned NCAA invites thanks to strong provisional marks during the year -- Simon Kimata (800, 1:47.92), Michael Kasahun (5,000, 13:56.04), Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 13.79), Jason Boness (high jump, 7-3), Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), and Billy Pappas (decathlon, NCAA prov. 7,342), while John Bello missed similar honors by less than a foot (shot put, 59-9 3/4). Several others were on the cusp of NCAA provisional marks, including Samie Parker (100, 10.45 nwi), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, 14.04), Tim Overfield (400 hurdles, 51.74), Cody Howell (pole vault, 16-11), Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-2 3/4), John Bello (discus, 180-1), Adam Jenkins (javelin, 218-5) and Ryan Keith (javelin, 217-2). Other returnees for 2002 that netted Pac-10 points last season include Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:51.48), Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 48-10 3/4) and Adam Kriz (hammer, fourth, 194-8). A key part of the nation's top recruiting class according to December 2000 issue of Track and Field News, Jake Garlick posted Pac-10 qualifying marks in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles (14.51/52.40) and ranked third on the team in both events behind a pair of Pac-10 scorers. Two other nationally-regarded freshman, Eric Logsdon and Noel Paulson, redshirted to maximize their future potential. As prep seniors in 2000, Logsdon paced the nation in the 3,000 (8:10.66), and Paulson (8:18.72) also ranked among the country's fastest milers (4:07.14).
2001 WOMEN'S SEASON REVIEW: Malone Leads Quartet to NCAA Invites.
The Ducks looked to one of their specialties, the javelin, for half of their entries in last year's NCAA Championships. All-American Sarah Malone took seventh in her NCAA debut (164-9), and was past the 167-foot line in her last three appearances including a school record of 174-0 in the Oregon Twilight. Charyl Weingarten earned her first NCAA invite thanks to a three-foot, three-inch personal best (fourth, 155-6) in the Pac-10 Championships. Also in the throws, All-American Mary Etter ranked second in the conference last season in the discus (NCAA prov. 175-9) and took fourth in the Pac-10 finale (168-8). Maureen Morrison tied her school record in the hammer (NCAA prov. - 186-6), and scored for the fourth and fifth times in the Pac-10 finale (hammer, seventh, 185-4, discus, seventh, 160-7). Two-time All-America pole vaulter 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 also featured an additional trio of NCAA provisional qualifiers that all cleared season bests of 12-7 1/4 or better in the Pac-10 Championships Holly Speight, Georgette Moyle and Kirsten Riley. Heptathlete Jenny Kenyon (PR 5,046) claimed her third Pac-10 points thanks to a fifth-place finish in the league finale (4,911), and 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). Eri Macdonald joined the NCAA provisional list in the 800 in May's Cardinal Invite (2:07.08) but was slowed in the Pac-10 finale because of a leg stress fracture. The hurdles featured a pair of former Washington prep titlists, Sullivan (13.99) and Lucretia Larkin (14.25), who rank sixth and 11th all-time in UO history.
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 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 (www.preclassic.com) and USA Outdoor Championships. A total of nine NCAA Championships -- (1962-64-72-78-74-77-91-96-01) have visited Track City USA, along with three Olympic Trials (1972-76-80) and six 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 three NCAA track and cross country titles (TF 1985, XC 1983, 87) and nine Pac-10 Conference titles since the meets' inception in 1986 (TF 1991-92, XC 1986-87-88-90-91-92-95). Individually, his Ducks have claimed 78 track and cross country All-America honors, and 14 NCAA and AIAW titles. For the men, two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year Martin Smith has seen Ducks collect 18 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 that 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 16-24 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 entries 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 NCAA 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 are fewer than eight Americans in the event final.
This Week's Tentative Duck Entries
Arizona State Invitational
Sun Angel Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
Saturday, March 30, 2002
10 pm - W HT (Etter, McKeever, Sauvage)
1 pm - W DT (Etter, McKeever, Sauvage)
4 pm - W Javelin (Crumley, Lundeen, Malone, Weingarten)
5 pm - W LJ (Brown, Kenyon)
5:30 pm - W PV (Holliday, Riley)
6:30 pm W/M SP (Etter, McKeever)
7 pm - W HJ (Brogdon, Kriz, Murphy)
7 pm - W TJ (Brown, Hayward-Lee)
Running Events (Rolling Schedule starts at 6 pm)
W 100H (Kenyon, Larkin, Sullivan)
M 110H (Harris, Ellis)
W/M 3,000m Steeple
W/M 4x100 Relay
W/M 1,500 (Macdonald, Mosey)
W/M 400 (Davis, Donovan, McAllister, Mellott)
M 100 (Amundson, Gray)
W 800 (Snyder-Carlson, Zografos)
M 800 (Kimata, Krempley)
M 400H (Holliday)
W 200 (Davis, Donovan, Kenyon, McAllister, Mellott)
M 200 (Gray)
W/M 3,000 (Harmon)
W/M 4x400 Relay
Cobb Track - Stanford, Calif.
Fri.-Sat., March 29-30, 2002
Friday Running Events
4:15 pm - M 1,500 (Robinson)
8 pm - M 5,000 (Bergquist)
8:20 pm - M 10,000 (Hartmann)
8:55 pm - M 10,000 (Lucas)
Saturday Running Events
11:45 pm - M Steeple (Holts)
2:40 pm - M 1,500 (Andrus, Lucas, Paulson)
Online Track Resources
UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
NCAA Champs: www.ncaachampionships.com
NCAA Indoor Host (Ark.): www.ladybacks.com
NCAA Outdoor Host (LSU): www.lsusports.com
USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
Track & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com
Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net