Kimata & Woods Post Wins in Jesse Owens Track Classic

May 6, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In its penultimate weekend of regular season action, the University of Oregon men's track and field team claimed two wins and four personal or season bests in the Jesse Owens Track Classic at The Ohio State University.

The Ducks featured a pair of wins from the All-America duo of senior Simon Kimata (800, NCAA auto. 1:47.25) and sophomore Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-0 3/4). Kimata's mark was the second fastest of his career and was more than 1 1/2 seconds faster than Michigan's Nathan Brannen (second, 1:48.92) who was a 2001 World Championships competitor for Canada. Woods' effort - his sixth 17-foot clearance outdoors in 2002 in as many tries - led a Duck 1-2-3 sweep of the event that included redshirt junior Jason Slye (second, 16-4 3/4) and redshirt senior Cody Howell (third, 16-4 3/4).

In the sprints, All-America junior Samie Parker placed third in his heat and overall with the fastest wind-aided 100 of his career (10.41) -- with the wind (+2.3 meters per second) just above the legal limit of +2.0 mps. Redshirt sophomore Allan Amundson added fourth in his section and 21st overall among the event's 28 finishers (10.91, +0.6w).

The sprints corps also posted season bests in the 4x100 (fifth, 40.66) and 4x400 (fourth, 3:12.04).

In the 110 hurdles, senior Micah Harris clocked his second-fastest effort of the year to lead collegians Sunday (second, 13.77w, +3.8w), trailing only Olympian Mark Crear of Nike (13.63). Junior Terry Ellis followed with his fastest clocking of 2002, albeit wind-aided (14.18w, +3.8w), and ranked fourth in the same heat and fifth overall among the 11 finishers.

In the jumps, All-America senior Jason Boness (high jump, 6-9 3/4) and freshman Derek Strubel (triple jump, 47-2 1/4) claimed runner-up finishes. Junior James March added third in the discus (166-6) with a six-foot personal best, and junior Foluso Akinradewo added the same placing in the triple jump (46-2).

Other Duck finishers included redshirt senior Ross Krempley (800, 11th-heat/15th-overall, 1:55.73), sophomore Brandon Holliday (400 hurdles, fourth heat/overall, 52.37), redshirt senior Kyley Johnson (high jump, sixth, 6-9 3/4), redshirt junior Adam Kriz (hammer, 194-1) and March who added duty in the shot put (sixth, 52-10 3/4).

Looking ahead, the Duck men's and women's track and field teams return home for their regular season finale, the Oregon Twilight, Sat., May 11. An all-star women's steeplechase headlines the meet schedule and features 2001 U.S. champion and former Duck Lisa (Karnopp) Nye, and five other U.S. finalists from last season. The first field event tentatively starts at 4:30 pm, and the meet will end at 8 pm. Tickets are $6 for reserved, $5 for adult general admission and $3 for kids (high school or younger) and senior citizens.

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