Track Teams Welcome Top Talent to Oregon Invite

April 24, 2002

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Oregon Invitational (M&W)

  • Dates: Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, 2002
  • Location: Hayward Field * Eugene

    * 7:15 p.m. - W 10K / 8 p.m. - M10K
    * Cost: Free (until 2:30 pm)

    * First Field Event: 10:15 a.m. - M Discus
    * First Running Event: 10 a.m. - W 5K
    * Last Event: 2:10 p.m. - W Steeple
    * Cost: Free (until 2:30 pm)

    * First Field Event: 3 p.m. - W Hammer
    * First Running Event: 5 p.m. - W 4x100
    * Last Event: 7:50 p.m. - M 5,000
    * Ticket Prices:(after 2:30 pm) Reserved=$6 / GA $5 Adult, $3 Kid/Sr

    Bi-Mart Ticket Special: 2 adults, unlimited kids for $7 when you show Bi-Mart card
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    Collegiate Teams: Arizona State, Army, Boise State, British Columbia, Central Washington, Chemeketa, Clackamas, Clark, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Highline, Humboldt State, Lane CC, Montana State, Mt. Hood CC, Nevada, Northwest Nazarene, Portland, Portland State, San Diego State, Seattle, Seattle Pacific, Texas Tech, Spokane CC, Utah, Washington, Weber State, Western Oregon, Western Washington

    Featured Individuals: Dan Browne, mile, Becky Holliday, pole vault, Ray Hughes, steeple/mile, Kevin McMahon, hammer, Lisa Nye, steeple, Sarah Malone, javelin, James Parker, hammer, Matt Phillips, pole vault, Jason Pyrah, mile, Jeremy Tolman, steeple, Trevor Woods, pole vault. (See attached file for complete list).

    OUTDOOR VOL. 7: Ducks Welcome Northwest Talent to Oregon Invite.
    The Duck track and field teams return to Hayward Field for their third home meet of the season and certainly their biggest with nearly 900 entries expected in the +10-hour, dual-session affair. Switched from its traditional May date, the Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Twilight Mile highlights the schedule, with Olympians and or U.S. champions also on hand in the men's hammer and women's 1,500. The following weekend, the Oregon women head to Lincoln, Neb., for a scored meet with Nebraska, Kansas State and Wyoming. The men will send a handful of distance runners to Stanford and several sprinters and field event performers to the Jesse Owens Track Classic in Columbus, Ohio (Sun., 5/5). Among last weekend's highlights, redshirt junior Becky Holliday and senior Micah Harris broke school records in the pole vault (14-1.25) and 110 hurdles (13.67), and freshman Elisa Crumley and Katie McKeever logged season bests and NCAA provisional marks last weekend in the discus (169-9) and javelin (169-7).

    MEN TO WATCH: Boness & Holliday On Qualifying Prowl.
    Redshirt junior Adam Kriz boomed an almost 10-foot personal best in the hammer (NCAA prov. 207-8) to climb to eighth in school history two weekends ago at home. Sophomore Brandon Holliday missed the NCAA provisional standard by only .09 seconds in his last home appearance in the 400 hurdles (51.29) vs. UW, and then ran his second-best time of the season last weekend in the Mt. SAC Relays (52.15). One of three Ducks with Pac-10 or NCAA qualifying marks in the 110 hurdles, junior Terry Ellis has run a season best of 14.33 twice in the past month, and owns a personal best of 14.04 from last season. Redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon looks to become the fourth Duck Pac-10 qualifier in the 1,500 after missing by only .09 seconds in the Stanford Invite in March (3:50.23) -- the team's second-fastest time this season. Team-wise in 2002, 26 Duck men have combined for 31 qualifying marks in 14 individual events for the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA level indoors, the Ducks scored one automatic and 10 provisional marks, and outdoors have added four NCAA automatic and three provisional marks.

    WOMEN TO WATCH: McKeever Dialing it Up in Discus Ring.
    Freshman Katie McKeever kickstarted her season last week with a pair of NCAA provisional discus marks -- the first a 12-foot season best in Pomona (167-5), and the other the next day in the Mt. SAC Relays (169-9). The javelin corps has started out strong outdoors with four javelin throwers combining for NCAA provisional or automatic marks, including second-ranked Sarah Malone (179-2), and three other top-25 rankees -- freshmen Elisa Crumley (fifth, 169-7) and Roslyn Lundeen (eighth, 166-11) and junior Charyl Weingarten (23rd, 155-1). Not to be outdone on the school charts, Duck leader and redshirt junior Jordan Sauvage ranks third all-time for the Ducks in the hammer with last Friday's best in Pomona (180-6), and topped the 170-foot line in her previous three appearances -- the Texas Relays (4/4, 177-1), Willamette Open (4/6, 175-8), and Washington Dual (4/13, 170-7). Junior Amanda Brown chases her first Pac-10 marks in the long jump (17-9.5) and triple jump (38-10 1/4) this season, after taking seventh last year in the league long jump (19-4). Junior Eri Macdonald climbed to seventh all-time for the Ducks in the 800 (NCAA prov. 2:06.37) with her .71-second personal best against Washington two weekends ago. Redshirt junior Carrie Zografos returns to battle in the steeplechase after missing the NCAA provisional mark by just over two seconds two weeks ago at home (10:42.02). Last weekend in Mt. SAC, she followed with an eight-second personal best in the 1,500 (4:26.98) and the Ducks' fastest mark this season. On the qualifying scene outdoors, 18 Ducks have combined for 21 Pac-10 qualifying marks among 11 individual events, and two NCAA automatic and seven provisional marks.

    TWILIGHT MILE MOVES TO OREGON INVITE: Browne, Miller and Pyrah Lead Field.
    A pair of former Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Mile champions match up Saturday evening in the annual event normally scheduled for the Oregon Twilight Meet. Mike Miller, the 2001 champ (3:57.13), and Jason Pyrah, the 2000 champ (3:57.63), headline a field that includes another pair of sub-4 milers - West Linn HS product Dan Browne (3:59.19) and Eugene post-collegian Ray Hughes (3:59.78). Pyrah is a two-time Olympian in the 1,500, and the top American in Sydney in 2000 (10th), and owns mile/1,500 personal bests of 3:55.14 and 3:35.21. Miller, a Linfield College and Milwaukie HS (Ore.) product, also won the 1,500 in the Oregon Invite last year (3:41.54). Browne was a U.S. 10K champ in 1998, and a 1999 World Champs 5K qualifier. World Also watch for Nolan Swanson, a Eugene post-collegian training with Hughes, and former Duck NCAA qualifier Ben Andrews. The race is named after former Oregon distance great and Eugene native Bill McChesney Jr. The Spencer View Junior High and South High product went on to win four All-America awards, and still owns Duck school records in the 5K (13:14.80) and 10K (27:50.82). At the national level, he was a 1980 Olympian in the 5K and 1983 World Champs qualifier in the 10K, before being tragically killed in a car accident in 1992.

    LAST WEEK'S RECAP: Ducks School Records and NCAA Marks in LA.
    In their annual trip to LA, the Duck men and women scored two school records, two NCAA automatic, and four NCAA provisional marks over the course of three meets in four locations over four days. Senior Micah Harris clocked a .06-second personal best and school record in the 110 hurdles (second, NCAA auto. 13.67), and redshirt junior Becky Holliday posted a 3 1/2-inch pole vault school record and season best (fourth, 14-1 1/4). Also at SAC, freshman Elisa Crumley upped her javelin best by 3 feet, 3 inches (fifth, NCAA prov. 169-4) in a field that featured the top-ranked American and three of the top four collegians. After entering the weekend with a discus season best of 155-4, freshman Katie McKeever raised her season best with NCAA provisional marks in the Pomona Pitzer Invite (second, 167-5) and Mt. SAC Relays (second, 169-9), and also had a hammer season best in Pomona (34th, 158-7). Other season bests from Mt. SAC came courtesy of redshirt senior Adam Bergquist (5K, 14th, 14:16.31) -- and a pair of 1,500 runners, redshirt junior Carrie Zografos (second, 4:26.98) and redshirt freshman Laura Harmon (sixth, 4:29.49). In the high jump, junior Jenny Brogdon took second in Pomona (second, PR 5-8 3/4), and Rachel Kriz matched her Duck best (sixth-tie, 5-7), with other Friday season bests from junior Jordan Sauvage (hammer, 13th, PR 180-6), and sophomores Annette Mosey (800, 2:11.39), Ann Sullivan (sixth, 14.36) and Jill Hoxmeier (hammer, 33rd, 158-10). On the multi-event stage, redshirt senior and All-American Billy Pappas (decathlon, sixth, 7,311w) scored his third-best mark ever even though he had been training for only three weeks after a vertebrae stress fracture in February and March. Senior Jenny Kenyon added a 17-point season best in the Mt. SAC heptathlon (sixth, 4,867), with both multi's held at Azusa Pacific University.

    2001 OREGON INVITE REVIEW: Etter Leads Busy Weekend with Discus PR.
    EUGENE (4/28/01) -- Last year, a total of 855 athletes traveled from around the world to the biggest single-day collegiate stop of the Eugene collegiate track season, the Oregon Invitational. In the men's 5K, Michael Kasahun shadowed a trio of Japanese runners, including Olympian Toshinari Takaoka, to his first NCAA qualifying mark (fourth, 13:56.04). In the 800, Simon Kimata strided out to a two-second win and one-second season best (1:49.03) that missed the NCAA provisional mark by .03 seconds, while Ross Krempley (fourth, 1:51.55) missed the Pac-10 qualifying standard by only .11 seconds. In the javelin, John Stiegeler posted his second meet above the 240-foot mark in the javelin, finishing second with a heave of 73.74 meters (241-11), trailing only Eastern Washington's Ryan Cole (first, 244-7). Other noteworthy efforts included a first-place tie between Terry Ellis and Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 14.14), and marks by Santiago Lorenzo (pole vault, first, PR 16-0 3/4), and Rian Ingrim (shot put, fourth, outdoor PR 56-7 1/4). Sarah Malone led the Oregon women's squad with a school record in the javelin by more than a foot (169-3), previously set by All-American Karis Howell at the 2000 NCAA Championships. On the Pac-10 front, several Ducks added then-personal bests and qualifying marks, including Eri Macdonald (800, fourth, 2:09.19), Kirsten Riley and Georgette Moyle (pole vault, (sixth-tie, 12-1 1/2), Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, first, 14.00, 400 hurdles, fourth, 1:02.03), Janette Davis (400, fourth, 55.81), Hanna Smedstad (1,500, ninth, 4:26.79), and season bests from the 4x100 (47.56) and 4x400 (3:47.63) relays. Also in the pole vault, Niki Reed missed her attempts at 13-5 3/4 and a new school record but still scored NCAA provisional mark (second, 12-9 1/2).

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