Pappas Scores NCAA Provisional Mark in Mt. SAC Decathlon

April 19, 2002

AZUSA, Calif - University of Oregon redshirt senior and All-American Billy Pappas began his chase after an NCAA Championships return with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark (sixth, 7,311w) in his season-opening decathlon Friday in the Mt. SAC Relays.

The Azalea, Ore., native turned in strong second-day marks of 14.70w in the 110 hurdles (+4.3 wind), 136-1 in the discus, 13-11 1/4 in the pole vault, 190-10 in the javelin, and 4:39.23 in the 1,500.

More impressive, Pappas began his outdoor training three weeks ago after a stress fracture in his vertebrae had severely limited his training in February and March.

Off limited conditioning, Pappas still opened with a strong first-day score Thursday of 3,647 points, only 147 points shy of last year's personal best opener in the NCAA meet in Eugene (3,794). He ended the first day in 11th place overall thanks to marks of 11.51 in the 100, 21-7 1/2 in the long jump, 45-4 1/4 in the shot put, 6-2 1/4 in the high jump and 51.27 in the 400.

Looking back over the marks from his third-best decathlon for the Ducks in his three-year career, he scored decathlon personal bests in three events - the shot put (45-1 3/4), 400 (51.48) and javelin (184-8). His second-day tally of 3,664 was only 30 points off his second-day best of 3,694 points.

Overall Friday, All-American Paul Terek of Michigan State won the 13-man contest (7,926), edging Joe Cebulski of Bell Athletics (second, 7,809) and Andy Giesler of Oakley International (third, 7,671).

Looking at previous Pac-10 Conference marks this season, Pappas' mark is better than the previous leader, WSU's Steve Dwyer (7,229). The Cougar senior also competed at Mt. SAC this weekend but withdrew Friday after no-heighting in the pole vault. On the 2002 NCAA national qualifying list, only 10 others have scored higher than Pappas entering this weekend.

Pappas enters this season ranked ninth all-time for the Ducks in the decathlon thanks to last year's personal best in the NCAA Championships (eighth, 7,488). He earned his first NCAA invite in 2001 with a then-personal best in the Pac-10 Championships (third, 7,342).

In other action at the event, but on the main track in Walnut, Calif., redshirt senior Adam Bergquist improved his season best in the 5,000 by eight seconds (14th, 14:16.31). Colorado's Ed Torres won the section (13:59.84), ahead of Penn State Spiked's James Carney (second, 14:02.42) and Purdue's Donnie Fellows (third, 14:02.51).

The Boulder, Colo., native Bergquist missed his personal best (14:14.51) Friday by less than seconds, and improved on his season opener in the Stanford Invite (14:24.39).

Two other Duck men are qualified in the event for May's Pac-10 Championships - redshirt sophomores Jason Hartmann (14:07.12) and John Lucas (14:16.40) - thanks to their indoor season bests in March's Washington Qualifier in Seattle.


Mt. Sac Relays
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, Calif.
Friday, April 19, 2002

5,000 - 1, Ed Torres, Colorado, 13:59.84. 2, James Carney, Penn State Spike SC, 14:02.42. 3, Donnie Fellows, Purdue, 14:02.51. 14, Adam Bergquist, Oregon, 14:16.31

Decathlon - 1, Paul Terek, Michigan, State, 7,926. 2, Joe Cebulski, Bell Athletics, 7,809. 3, Andy Giesler, Oakley International, 7,671. 4, Michael Hoffer, Sweden, 7,581. 5, Barry Thomas, Great Britain, 7,505. 6, Billy Pappas, Oregon, 7,311. 7, Knut Summerfeldt, Missouri, 7,300. 8, Shelton Davis, USC, 6,959. 9, Dave Pope, Red Bull, 6,642. 10, Mike Kuoppomaki, Unat,. 6,490. 11, Anthony Agbassi, USC, 6,473. 12, Chad Smith, OTC Elite, 6,318. 13, Steve Dwyer, WSU, 5,707 (NH-PV, 1,500-DNC).

April 19, 2002
Duck Women Turn in Strong Effort in Pomona Pitzer Invite

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The University of Oregon women's track and field team enjoyed an auspicious start in a busy weekend in the LA area with one new NCAA provisional qualifier, another Pac-10 qualifying addition, and six personal bests and three seasonal bests among its 12 efforts in Friday's Pomona Pitzer Invitational.

Freshman Katie McKeever raised her personal best in the discus by 12 feet (167-5, 51.04m) and easily met the NCAA provisional standard of 164-0. The freshman from Woodland, Calif., added a season best in the hammer (34th, 158-7), while her shot put (18th, 42-2 3/4) was less than seven inches off her season best of 42-9.

Also in the hammer, junior Jordan Sauvage (13th, 180-6) scored an almost 3 1/2-foot personal best, and moved within four feet of the NCAA provisional standard (183-9). Also in the hammer, sophomore Jill Hoxmeier (33rd, 158-10) upped her season best by 1 1/2 feet.

Among other field events, junior high jumper Jenny Brogdon tied for second place with a 3/4-inch personal best (5-8 3/4) - less than two inches shy of the NCAA provisional mark (5-10 1/2). Sophomore Rachael Kriz followed with a tie for fourth with her season best (5-7) and her first conference qualifier of 2002.

On the track, sophomore Ann Sullivan missed the Pac-10 qualifying mark in the 100 hurdles by only .02 seconds with Friday's season best (sixth heat/overall, 14.36), and sophomore Annette Mosey was only a quarter-second shy of a league invite in the 1,500 (fourth-heat/10th overall, 2:11.39).

Freshman Clarice Hayward-Lee (triple jump, 37-11 1/2) rounded out action for the eight-woman unit.

'This is the best day we've ever had at Pomona,' Oregon women's coach Tom Heinonen said. 'It started well with Ann in the hurdles and got better and better. Katie McKeever had her best day as a Duck. After the hammer, she had to run over to the shot put with no warm-ups and still almost had a season best in that, too. We're thrilled with the way she performed and happy for her.'

Looking ahead to Saturday, the Duck women feature nine entries in the Mt. SAC Relays and five entries in the Long Beach Invite. The Oregon men enter three individuals in the Mt. SAC Relays.


Pomona Pitzer Invite
Pomona College
Claremont, Calif.
Friday, April 19, 2002
Conditions: Partly Sunny/Cloudy, Breezey, 60s.

800 - 1, Ashley Wysong, Stanford, 2:07.02. 2, Diljeet Mendoza, CS Stanislaus, 2:09.58. 3, Tracy Egnatuk, Michigan, 2:10.00. 10, Annette Mosey, Oregon, 2:11.39.

High Jump - 1, Cathy Ross, Wisconsin, 5-8 3/4. 2, Jenny Brogdon, Oregon, 5-8 3/4. 2, Kelley Bowman, Louisville, 5-8 3/4. 4t, Rachael Kriz, Oregon, 5-7.

Triple Jump - 1, Althea Williams, Toronto, 42-10 3/4. 2, Clarice Hayward-Lee, Oregon, 37-11 1/2. 3, Julie Stefan, Wisconsin, 37-11 1/4.

Shot Put - 1, Heather Leverington, Emporia State, 54-2 3/4. 2, Lailai Crawford, USC, 53-8 1/4. 3, Jillian Camarena, Stanford, 53-7. 18, Katie McKeever, Oregon, 42-2 3/4.

Hammer - 1, Florence Ezeh, Unat., 213-2. 2, Lisa Misipeka, Unat., 211-8. 3, Lailai Crawford, USC, 201-0. 13, Jordan Sauvage, Oregon, 180-6. 33, Jill Hoxmeier, Oregon, 158-10. 34, Katie McKeever, Oregon, 158-7.

Friday, April 19, 2002
Kenyon Finishes Sixth in California Invite Heptathlon

AZUSA, Calif. - University of Oregon senior Jenny Kenyon closed her second combined event effort of the season with a 17-point season best in Friday's final day of the California Invitational Heptathlon (sixth, 4,867).

'Jenny had a strong first day Thursday, but didn't score quite as well today,' Oregon assistant coach Mark Stream said. 'Overall, she competed hard, and it's good news for the rest of the season. I think she's starting to get fired up and has the competitive edge going.'

Her final day marks were 17-4 in the long jump, 87-10 in the javelin, and 2:22.04 in the 800.

Her previous 2002 best was her 4,850-point season debut in the Central Arizona Heptathlon, March 6-7.

Overall Friday, Idaho State's Jackie Poulson improved off her 71-point first-day lead to win the competition Friday with a final score of 5,218 points, edging Utah's Brianne Allen (second, 5,150) and Stanford's Lillian Bush (third, 5,015).

Final Results

California Invitational Heptathlon
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, Calif.
Friday, April 19, 2002

Heptathlon - 1, Jackie Poulson, Idaho State, 5,218. 2, Brianne Allen, Utah, 5,150. 3, Lillian Bush, Stanford, 5,015. 4, Stephanie Huffman, Seattle Pacific, 5,005. 5, Shannon Meyer, Desert Athletics, 4,944. 6, Jenny Kenyon, Oregon, 4,867. 7, Dacia Fernandez, Idaho, 4,850. 8, Jessica Stafford, UC Irvine, 4,835. 9, Krisy Slade, Utah, 4,752. 10, Ahimsa Hodari, Stanford, 4,716. 11, Desiree Jones, Purdue, 4,610. 12, Nina Grubbs, Long Beach State, 4,588. 13, Annie Sippel, Fresno Pacific, 4,548. 14, Mary Ann Graves, Idaho, 4,529. 15, Leah Wiiest, Seattle Pacific, 4400. 16, Kelly Faber, Unat., 4,392. 17, Laura Widman, Seattle Pacific, 4,339. 18, Sammie Freeman, CS Northridge, 4,333. 19, Miryea Beltran, Unat., 4,329. 20, Ami Goldhammer, Long Beach State, 4,250. 21, Jennifer Pyeatt, Seattle Pacific, 4,086. 22, Sadie Martin, Hawaii, 3,972. 23, Claire Everett, Great Britain, 3,924. 24, Mindy Helman, Louisville, 3,878. 25, Lana Philips, Hawaii, 3,536. 26, Kim Higa, Hawaii, 3,170. 27, Kira Lee, Hawaii, 2,965.

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