Kriz Uncorks Hammer Best
April 4, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas - Redshirt junior Adam Kriz led the University of Oregon track and field teams in their opening day of action Thursday in the Texas Relays in Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas.
The Toledo, Ore., native finished seventh in an all-star collegiate field in the men's hammer with a three-foot personal best (197-9, 60.27m). His mark improved on his previous best of 194-8 - a fourth-place effort in the Pac-10 Championships last May - while his previous season best was 189-5 from the team's season opener vs. Weber State and Montana three weeks ago.
'My best throw actually felt horrible,' Kriz said. 'I was tentative and kind of fell off at the end technique- wise. I came in really excited and nervous, but once the meet got going, I settled down. Ideally you like to be excited, but you also have to harness it, and that balance is something you're always working on.'
Kriz had an auspicious warm-up throw past the 200-foot line, but then opened the competition with a first effort foul that left only two more attempts to qualify for the finals.
'The foul didn't bother me, because I do that a lot on my first throw,' Kriz said. 'I was more nervous about how good I felt in practice warming up. I felt the same way in LA but didn't get the marks or throws I wanted once the meet started. I hadn't had a good meet yet, so I needed to step up.'
Also factor in an extra bit of fraternal pressure. Kriz was competing for the first time with his grandparents in attendance, residents of nearby San Antonio, Texas, while his father also flew in to cheer his son on.
'You have to do well in front of grandma and grandpa,' Kriz said while smiling. 'I also like this hammer throw area, itself. The fans are up close behind you, and it's almost claustrophobic. You get a lot of energy from the fans. Plus there's a lot of great talent, including the national leader, so you know it'll be a quality competition.'
Kriz's effort Friday eclipsed the conference qualifying standard of 190-3 for the first time this season, and marked the 24th Duck male to qualify for this season's Pac-10 Championships, May 18-19 in Pullman, Wash. His mark also fell only two feet and four inches shy of the minimum NCAA provisional standard of 200-7 - a distinction the Ducks haven't scored in the event since Jeremy Robinson graduated in 1997.
'I'm not going to worry about focusing on distances or qualifying marks,' Kriz said. 'I'm training through until Pac-10's and that's the meet that matters. If I do things right there, the accolades or accomplishments will come.'
Two-time NCAA champion Libor Charfreitag of SMU, won Thursday's competition with a collegiate season-leading and NCAA automatic mark of 244-0, edging All-Americans Janne Vartia of UTEP (second, 212-6) and Scott Russell of Kansas (third, 208-9).
The Duck women also featured four entries in Thursday's limited action.
In the women's hammer throw, junior Jordan Sauvage finished eighth with a four-foot personal best of 177-1 and took eighth overall, while Nebraska's Melissa Price won the competition by more than 26 feet (216- 11). Sauvage's best throw came on her second preliminary effort after another season best, 176-10, on her opener, while her lone remaining legal throw was a solid 168-8 mark. Also for the Ducks, junior Mary Etter took 16th with a throw of 161-10 (49.33m) - her third and final qualifying effort after opening round efforts of 158-5 and 160-11.
On the track, the 4x800 squad of Carrie Zografos, Laura Harmon, Annette Mosey and Eri Macdonald finished second in the 4x800 relay in a time of 8:50.01. UT-San Antonio won the event (8:45.37), while Arkansas Little Rock followed Oregon in third place (8:50.13).
In the only Duck individual action on the women's side, junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson took sixth in her preliminary heat of the 400 hurdles (68.16), while Washington's State Randi Smith ran the fastest time among the six heats' 54 entrants (58.54).
The Ducks return to action Friday in the penultimate day of action in the 75th edition of the meet. Top Duck entries include javelin thrower Charyl Weingarten, horizontal jumper Amanda Brown, and Etter and Sauvage in the discus.
Mike A. Myers Stadium
University of Texas
Thursday, April 4, 2002
Hammer - 1, Libor Charfreitag, SMU, 244-0. 2, Janne Vartia, UTEP, 212-6. 3, Scott Russell, Kansas, 208-9. 4, Adam Judge, Southern Illinois, 200-5. 5, Sal Gigante, North Carolina, 199-0. 6, Ryan Kavanagh, Auburn, 198- 1. 7, Adam Kriz, Oregon, 197-9. 8, Lynden Reder, Minnesota, 194-9.
4x800 - 1, UT San Antonio, 8:45.37. 2, Oregon, 8:50.01. 3, Arkansas Little Rock, 8:50.13. 4, Kansas, 8:52.25. 5, Tulsa, 8:53.27. 6, Baylor, 8:59.17. 7, Illinois, 9:01.98. 8, TCU, 9:12.99.
400 Hurdles - Heat 1 - 1, Allison Beckford, Rice, 59.11. Heat 2 - 1, Danielle Myricks, Baylor, 59.02. Heat 3 - 1, Chava Demart, Baylor, 60.64. Heat 4 - 1, Jamillah Wade, Miami, 60.93. Heat 5 - 1, Carolyn Estes, Illinois, 60.80. Heat 6 - 1, Randi Smith, Washington State, 58.54. 6, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, Oregon, 68.16.
Hammer - 1, Melissa Price, Nebraska, 216-11. 2, Anne Gremillet, UTEP, 190-7. 3, Kaisa Kintonen, UTEP, 188- 11. 4, Mallory McDonald, LSU, 181-9. 5, Ev Charfreitagova, SMU, 181-2. 6, Marie Hilmersson, Illinois, 180-4. 7, Maire Lejour, Arkansas, 180-2. 8, Jordan Sauvage, Oregon, 177-1. 16, Mary Etter, Oregon, 161-10.