Track Teams Look Forward to Pac-10 Championships
May 15, 2002
This Week's Action: Pacific-10 Conference Championships
OUTDOOR VOL. 10: Ducks Pullman-Bound for Pac-10 Championships.
The Duck track and field squads open the championship season in Pullman, Wash., with an eye on the weather after snow last Wednesday transformed into 80-degree temps three days later. Luckily, forecasts have temps predicted in the mid-60s and overcast/rainy. After last week's league decathlon and heptathlon, the Duck men and women are tied for first (14 points) with USC, and the Duck women are deadlocked in third (4 points) with Stanford, and WSU atop the field (14). Individually, senior Billy Pappas won the Ducks' ninth league decathlon title (NCAA auto 7,532) and senior Jenny Kenyon scored a 123-point heptathlon personal best (fifth, 5,169), missing the NCAA prov. mark by six points. Last year, the Duck men and women finished fifth and eighth in the Pac-10 Championships with individual victories courtesy of Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and John Stiegeler (javelin).
2002 Duck NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifiers
Duck M&W Yr.-Exp. Hometown Event National Rank PR**Becky Holliday RJr.-TR Sparks, Nev. Pole Vault 2nd, 14-1.25 14-4**Sarah Malone So.-1L Newberg, Ore. Javelin 3rd, 179-2 179-2**Elisa Crumley Fr.-HS Hillsboro, Ore. Javelin 7th, 169-7 169-7*Mary Etter Jr.-2L Everett, Wash. Discus 8th, 177-5 177-5 Shot Put 39th, 49-9.25 49-9.25*Roslyn Lundeen Fr.-HS Victoria, B.C. Javelin 11th, 166-11 166-11*Eri Macdonald Jr.-2L Honolulu, Hawaii 800 17th, 2:06.37 2:06.37*Katie McKeever Fr.-HS Woodland, Calif. Discus 26th, 169-9 169-9*Charyl Weingarten Jr.-2L Grand Forks, N.D. Javelin 31st, 155-10 155-10*Kirsten Riley So.-1L Eugene, Ore. Pole Vault 54th-t, 12-5.5 12-10
**John Stiegeler RJr.-2L Coos Bay, Ore. Javelin 2nd, 247-0 252-10**Simon Kimata Sr.-1L Nyeri, Kenya 800 2nd, 1:46.65 1:46.65*Trevor Woods So.-1L Coos Bay, Ore. Pole Vault 5th-t, 18-0.5 18-0.5**Micah Harris Sr.-1L Tempe, Ariz. 110H 11th-t, 13.67 13.67**Jason Hartmann RSo.-1L Rockford, Mich. 10,000 12th, 28:51.00 28:51.00**Billy Pappas RSr.-3L Azalea, Ore. Decathlon 10th, 7,532 7,532*Adam Kriz RJr.-2L Toledo, Ore. Hammer 16th, 207-8 207-8*Eric Logsdon RFr.-SQ Canby, Ore. 5,000 34th, 14:04.85 14:04.85
* NCAA Provisional Qualifiers **NCAA Automatic Qualifiers
MEN TO WATCH: Kimata Leads 800 List & 5 Others Top-3 Ranked.
All-America senior Simon Kimata enters the Pac-10 800 as the favorite, while other top-three ranked Ducks include All-American sophomore Trevor Woods (pole vault, second, 18-0 1/2), senior Micah Harris (110 hurdles, second (tie), 13.67), redshirt junior Adam Kriz (hammer, second, 207-8), sophomore Brandon Holliday (400 hurdles, second, 51.29), and junior Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, third, 50-4 1/2). Team-wise in 2002, 29 Duck men have combined for 37 qualifying marks in 18 individual events for the Pac-10 Championships, although only 24 athletes can travel to the conference championships (including decathletes). At the NCAA level indoors, the Ducks scored one automatic and 10 provisional marks, and outdoors have added five NCAA automatic and three provisional marks.
DUCK WOMEN TO WATCH: Javelin Leads Oregon Entries.
The javelin will anchor the Duck attack again this weekend with four top-eight ranked entries -- All-America sophomore Sarah Malone (second, 179-2), freshmen Elisa Crumley (third, 169-7) and Roslyn Lundeen (fifth, 166-11), and junior Charyl Weingarten (seventh, 155-10). Other Ducks entering the meet with top-eight seedings include juniors Becky Holliday (pole vault, fourth, 14-1 1/4), Mary Etter (discus, fifth, 176-8; shot put, 10th, 49-9 1/4), Carrie Zografos (steeple, fifth, 10:42.02), Eri Macdonald (800, sixth, 2:06.37), Janette Davis (400, eighth, 54.31) and Jenny Brogdon (high jump, eighth, 5-8 3/4). On the qualifying scene outdoors, 22 Ducks have combined for 29 Pac-10 qualifying marks among 16 individual events, and three NCAA automatic and seven provisional marks.
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: UCLA in running for both M&W titles.
On the men's side, Stanford and UCLA loom as the favorites with Oregon's chances hurt by key injuries to Santiago Lorenzo and John Stiegeler. The Cardinal will bank heavily on their distance squad, while UCLA features conference leaders in eight events spread out across the track. The race for third through eighth is hard to predict between Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, USC, Washington and WSU fairly close. Leading men's individuals include Arizona's Mike Kenyon (200/400), Stanford's Gabe Jennings (800/1,500/5K), Jonathon Riley (1,500/5K/10K) and Donald Sage (1,500/5K), USC's Ryan Wilson (110H) and Julien Kapek (TJ), Washington's Eric Garner (1,500) and Brad Walker (PV), and a trio of WSU sprinters leading the 100. On the women's side, rivals USC and UCLA again lead the field. UCLA won last year's Pac-10 title, largely with their field event depth, before USC answered with the NCAA crown. This year, USC is equally talented across the field although UCLA won their dual contest two weeks ago and their middle distance crew could be the deciding margin. Arizona finished third outdoors at NCAA's last year, and return sprint and jump star Brianna Glenn. Other key women's performers include Arizona's Tara Chaplin (5K/10K)and Amy Linnen (pole vault), Arizona State's Lisa Aguilera (steeple/5K), Cal's Jennifer Joyce (hammer), Stanford's Lauren Fleshman, USC's Angela Williams (100), Kinsasha Davis (200) and Inge Strasiulionyte (javelin), UCLA's Monique Henderson (400), Lena Nilsson (800/1,500), Tracy O'Hara (pole vault) and a host of throwers.
PAC-10 DEC./HEP. REVIEW: Duck Quartet Reap Personal Bests in Pac-10 Prelude.
PULLMAN, Wash. (5/11-12) - Seniors Jenny Kenyon and Billy Pappas gave the Ducks an early jump in the Pac-10 race in the league heptathlon and decathlon, last Saturday and Sunday at Mooberry Track at Washington State. Kenyon took fifth in the heptathlon (5,169) for her fourth conference heptathlon scoring honor and only six points shy of the NCAA provisional mark (5,175). The Newbury Park, Calif., native claimed second-day marks of 18-0 1/2 in the long jump (season best), 95-5 in the javelin and a personal best 2:17.07 in the 800, and first-day marks of 3,146 points, 14.46 in the 100 hurdles, 5-5 in the high jump, 35-8 in the shot put, and 25.41 in the 200. Her hurdles mark was a heptathlon personal best, her 200 was a season best, and her high jump effort was a career personal best. She had also posted top-six finishes in Pac-10 appearances in 2001 (fifth, 4,911), 2000 (fourth, 5,032) and 1999 (sixth, 4,432). Overall in the final heptathlon standings, WSU's Ellannee Richardson won her second straight Pac-10 title (5,821), beating 2000 champ Missy Vanek of Cal Missy Vanek of Cal (second, 5,498). For the men, Pappas notched Oregon's second straight conference decathlon win (7,532), a 44-point personal best and his first-ever NCAA automatic mark. The third-year Duck missed climbing the Oregon all-time list by only seven points from his current ninth-place ranking, and claimed the Ducks' ninth conference win in the event dating back to their first win by Craig Brigham in 1973. Pappas' effort ranked even more impressive considering he resumed training less than two months ago after a vertebrae stress fracture held him out in February and most of March. Pappas' second-day marks were 14.80 in the 110 hurdles (w:+1.7 mps), 133-11 in the discus, 15-5 (personal best) in the pole vault, 195-11 (personal best) in the javelin, and a 4:48.17 1,500 clocking, and first day marks of 3,795 points, 23-0 3/4 (long jump, season best), 11.52 (100), 44-11 1/2 (shot put), 6-4 1/4 (high jump) and 51.04 (400, season best). In prior Pac-10 decathlons, the Azalea, Ore., native claimed third in 2001 (then-PR, 7,342) and fourth in 2000 (then-PR, 7,184). Last year he ended the collegiate season with a personal best of 7,488 points in the NCAA Championships in Eugene after entering the competition seeded 16th based on his prior season best and Pac-10 tally. Also in the decathlon, redshirt juniors Jason Slye and Jake Horner added personal bests of 6,996 (fifth) and 6,587 (ninth) with Slye netting his first conference decathlon points and Horner making his 10-event debut. Slye improved from a ninth-place Pac-10 finish last season (6,677) and a personal best from April's Mt. SAC Relays (6,786). Overall in the event's final standings, Pappas made up a 37-point halfway deficit to first-day leader Russell Silvers of USC who ended second (7,254), followed by Steve Dwyer of WSU (third, 7,197).
1994 PAC-10 FLASHBACK: Blair and Bleakney Take Individual Crowns.
In their last trip to the Pac-10 finale in Pullman, the Duck women and men took fifth and sixth, respectively, while UCLA won both titles. Duck individual champions included Todd Bleakney (triple jump) and Kelly Blair (long jump, heptathlon).
ON THE AIR . . . Pac-10 Champs on TV Starting Friday.
FOX Sports Net will air a two-hour tape delayed Pac-10 Champs broadcast next week. Jim Watson calls the action, with color commentary provided by Dwight Stones and Tom Feuer. Listed below is the first date of airings of the championships for each of the FOX Sports Net regional carriers. See local listings for additional broadcasts (www.tvguide.com or www.foxsports.com):
Fri., May 24
FOX Sports West 12 p.m. PT
FOX Sports Arizona 2 p.m. PT
FOX Sports Bay Area 2 p.m. PT
FOX Sports Detroit 12 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Florida 2 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Midwest 12 p.m. CT
FOX Sports New England 12 p.m. ET
FOX Sports New York 12 p.m. ET
FOX Sports North 1 p.m. CT
FOX Sports Wisconsin 1 p.m. CT
FOX Sports Northwest 12 p.m. PT
FOX Sports Ohio 12 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Pittsburgh 12 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Rocky Mountain 12 p.m. MT
FOX Sports South 12 p.m. ET
Empire Network 12 p.m. ET
Sat., May 25
FOX Sports West 2 8 p.m. PT
Wed., May 29
FOX Sports Chicago 12 p.m. CT
Tentative Duck Pac-10 Entries
Saturday, May 18 - Field EventsNoon M Hammer (Kriz)Noon W Long Jump (Brown)12:30 W Shot Put (Etter)12:30 M Javelin (Bakke, Jenkins, Pappas*)1:30 M Pole Vault (Howell, Slye, Woods)1:30 W High Jump (Brogdon, Kriz, Murphy)3:00 M Long Jump (Pappas**)3:30 M Shot Put3:30 W Javelin (Malone, Crumley, Lundeen, Weingarten)
Saturday, May 18 - Running EventsNoon W 4x100 Qual.12:10 M 4x100 Qual.12:25 W 1500m Qual. (Harmon)12:40 M 1500m Qual. (Logsdon)12:55 W 100H Qual. (Kenyon, Sullivan)1:15 M 110H Qual. (Harris, Ellis)1:30 W 400m Qual. (Davis)1:45 M 400 Qual.2:00 W 100 Qual.2:15 M 100 Qual. (Parker)2:30 W 800 Qual. (Macdonald, Mosey)2:45 M 800 Qual. (Kimata, Krempley)3:00 W Steeple (Zografos)3:20 M Steeple (Holts)3:35 W 400mH Qual. (Snyder-Carlson)3:50 M 400H Qual. (Holliday)4:05 W 200 Qual.4:20 M 200 Qual. (Parker)4:35 W 10K5:20 M 10K (Hartmann, Lucas)
Sunday, May 19 - Field Events11:30 W Hammer (Sauvage)11:30 W Triple Jump (Brown**)11:30 M Discus1:00 W Pole Vault (Holliday, Riley)1:00 M High Jump (Boness, Horner, Johnson)2:30 M Triple Jump (Akinradewo, Strubel)2:30 W Discus (Etter, McKeever, Sauvage)
Sunday, May 19 - Running Events1:00 W 4x1001:10 M 4x1001:20 W 1500 (Harmon)1:30 M 1500 (Logsdon)1:40 W 100H (Kenyon, Sullivan)1:50 M 110H (Harris, Ellis)2:00 W 400 (Davis)2:10 M 4002:20 W 1002:30 M 100 (Parker)2:40 W 800 (Macdonald, Mosey)2:50 M 800 (Kimata, Krempley)3:00 W 400H (Snyder-Carlson)3:10 M 400H (Holliday)3:20 W 200 (Davis)3:30 M 200 (Parker)3:40 W 5K (Harmon, Zografos*)4:00 M 5K (Bergquist, Hartmann, Logsdon, Lucas)4:20 W 4 x 400m4:35 M 4 x 400m
*Wild Card Entry **Right of Event Entry
FABULOUS FROSH: Duck Newcomers Streaking to Fast Marks.
Quickly adjusting to the Conference of Champions, the Duck men and women freshman class have combined for one NCAA automatic, five provisional and 10 Pac-10 (5 M/5 W) qualifying marks in 2002. The Duck women feature a pair of top-12 nationally-ranked javelin throwers -- Elisa Crumley (seventh, 169-7) and Roslyn Lundeen (11th, 166-11), and another NCAA prov. qualifier in the discus, Katie McKeever (169-9) who also stands second on the team in the shot put (43-3 3/4). Redshirt freshman distance runner Laura Harmon ranks first on the squad in the 5K (17:12.04) and second in the 1,500 with a Pac-10 qualifier (4:29.49). The men's distance squad has continued its maturation after a 13th-place NCAA finish last fall. Redshirt freshmen Eric Logsdon clocked his first NCAA provisional effort in the Cardinal Invite 5K in early May (14:04.85), and Brett Holts missed the NCAA provisional mark in the steeplechase the same day by just over three seconds (8:57.33). On the indoor scene, Noel Paulson clocked an indoor mile best (4:04.31) that ranked him 38th nationally. Several other Duck men ended the season on the cusp of invites -- Sean Sanderson (110 hurdles, 14.83w / 14.74), Aaron Fonder (high jump, 6-6 3/4 / 6-8 3/4) and Jon Derby who redshirted this season (pole vault 15-11 3/4 / 16-4 3/4).
LAST WEEK'S RECAP: Browns Joins Pac-10 Fold With Long Jump Season Best.
EUGENE (5/11) -- Even without its normal marquee event - the Twilight Mile - headlining the bill, the largest Twilight crowd in five years (3,346) cheered the Ducks to six NCAA provisional marks and two key new Pac-10 qualifying marks. Junior Mary Etter posted a nine-inch personal best in the discus (first, NCAA prov. 177-5), and won the shot put (NCAA prov. 48-11 3/4). In the hammer, junior Jordan Sauvage launched a personal best (first, 183-3) that was only six inches shy of the NCAA prov. mark (183-9), and sophomore javelin thrower Sarah Malone rounded out a Duck sweep of the throws (first, NCAA prov. 166-10). In the pole vault, unattached Duck entrant Niki Reed (first, 13-5 1/4) edged teammate and redshirt junior Becky Holliday (second, NCAA prov. 13-5 1/4) on fewer misses. Junior Amanda Brown notched a long jump season best in the long jump by more than a foot and earned a Pac-10 invite (first, 19-2 1/2w, +3.7 mps), while she triple jumped her daily best (first, 38-8 3/4, 11.80m), three times Saturday, while her other legal mark (11.79m) was only a centimeter shorter. Other winners included juniors Eri Macdonald (800, 2:08.70), Heather Murtaugh (100, 12.48w +2.5w) and Janette Davis (200, first, 24.85), and sophomore Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, first, 14.41w +3.4w). In the evening's women's finale, Kelly MacDonald of New York Elite surged to the win late (10:02.92), edging Jennifer Michel of the Adidas Boulder Running Company (second, 10:04.20) and Toledo's Brianna Shook (third, 10:04.21) and former Duck All-American and Nike entrant Lisa Nye (fourth, 10:09.88). Redshirt junior Carrie Zografos paced the Ducks in the event (12th, 10:43.04), and was less than a second shy of her season best (10:42.02) from the UW Dual (4/13) at Hayward Field, and was again mere seconds off the NCAA provisional mark (10:40.00). On the men's side, with 28 Duck men already qualified for the Pac-10 Championships a week away in Pullman, several understandably concentrated on maximizing their training last weekend. Sophomore Trevor Woods won the pole vault (NCAA prov. 17-5 1/2), and redshirt junior Adam Kriz was less than two feet off his personal best in the hammer (third, NCAA prov. 205-9), while redshirt senior high jumper Kyley Johnson just missed his attempts at the NCAA provisional mark of 7-1 3/4, but still equaled his personal best (first, 7-0 1/2). Junior James March logged the Ducks' other throws victory by a four-inch margin (first, 52-6). In the sprints, junior Samie Parker logged a windy personal best and his first Pac-10 qualifier of 2002 in the 200 (21.46, w: +3.0). Local product and Duck freshman Sean Sanderson lowered his wind-legal season best in the 110 hurdles by .14 seconds (first, 14.87) en route to the win and 13 seconds shy of becoming the fourth Duck conference qualifier in the event. In the distances, redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann just missed his second victory in seven home races at Hayward Field in Saturday's 3,000 (second, 8:20.02). Area post-collegian Aaron Davis of Team Eugene (first, 8:19.90) won the lean at the line over the Duck All-American. In the 1,500, two others of the team's top distance runners - redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon (third, 3:51.39) and redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus (fourth, 3:53.10) - made final preparations for next week's conference finale.
2001 PAC-10 REVIEW: Duck Men Take Fifth with Two Champs; Women Take Eighth.
Berkeley, Calif. (5/19-20) - A young Duck women's squad scored 35 points for eighth in last year's conference showdown. Sarah Malone scored the UO women's top individual finish (javelin, second, 167-1) with her third-best mark of the year. Fellow javelin thrower Charyl Weingarten raised her personal best at the Pac-10 meet for the second straight year and earned an NCAA invite with her first-ever NCAA provisional mark (fourth, 155-6). In the pole vault, Niki Reed (seventh, 12-11) led a quartet of top-12 Duck placers - Holly Speight (ninth, 12-7 1/4), Kirsten Riley (10th, 12-7 1/4) and Georgette Moyle (11th, 12-7 3/4) - the latter three also scoring personal bests and NCAA provisional marks. Other Duck scorers included Mary Etter (discus, fourth, 168-8; hammer, 12th, 170-9), Maureen Morrison (discus, seventh, 160-7; hammer, seventh, 185-4), Amanda Brown (long jump, seventh, 19-3 3/4), Hanna Smedstad (10,000, eighth, 36:35.57; 5,000, ninth, 16:53.89), and the 4x400 relay (eighth, 3:47.86). Duck finalists that fell just short of scoring included Jenny Brogdon (high jump, ninth, 5-7), Rachael Kriz (high jump, 11th, 5-5), Jordan McDaniels (Sauvage) (discus, 11th, 136-8; hammer, 11th, 172-6) and Annette Mosey (1,500, 11th, 4:48.77). In the previous weekend's heptathlon, Jenny Kenyon and Ann Sullivan claimed fifth- and sixth-place finishes with scores of 4,911 and 4,874 points, respectively. The Duck men improved to fifth in the conference with 86 1/2 points, and claimed two individual titles and two more runner-up honors. Javelin thrower John Stiegeler posted a 14-foot win (73.40m, 240-10) - the Ducks' second of the meet after Santiago Lorenzo's decathlon crown the previous weekend. Defending high jump champion and Jason Boness came up just short of a second title, losing in a jump-off at 7-4 1/2 to Stanford's Michael Ponikvar. Boness opened the afternoon with first-attempt clearances at 6-11 and 7-1, then made his second try at an NCAA provisional mark of 7-3, before missing four tries at 7-4 1/2, including his jump-off. Micah Harris improved on his pre-race seeding in the 110 hurdles by a place with his third-fastest mark of the year (second, 13.83) and was just off his season best of 13.79. Other scorers for the men included Samie Parker (100, eighth, 10.67), Ross Krempley (800, sixth, 1:51.48), Michael Kasahun (10,000, sixth, 29:51.62), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, seventh, 14.48), Lorenzo (400 hurdles, fifth, 52.19; long jump, seventh, 23-0 3/4), junior Tim Overfield (400 hurdles, sixth, 52.33), Trevor Woods (pole vault, fourth, 17-3), Cody Howell (pole vault, sixth, 16-11), Jason Slye (pole vault, eighth, 15-11 1/4), Billy Pappas (long jump, eighth, 21-10 1/4), Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh, 48-10 3/4), John Bello (shot put, seventh, 57-7 3/4; discus, sixth, 179-10), Ryan Keith (javelin, sixth, 217-1), and Adam Kriz (hammer, fourth, 194-8). Duck competitors that did not score included Kasahun (5,000, 14th, 14:39.17) and Jake Horner (ninth, 6-5), Simon Kimata who was slowed by a two-week old hamstring injury (800, fifth-heat, 1:54.17), and Jason Hartmann (10,000, 12th, 31:33.83), Jake Garlick (400 hurdles, sixth heat, 54.59), Rian Ingrim (shot put, ninth, 56-2 1/2), and the 4x100 relay (ninth, 41.87). Overall, Stanford won its first men's conference title in 74 years with 142 points, edging USC (second, 136), UCLA, (third, 115 1/2), Arizona State (fourth, 109 1/2) and Oregon (fifth, 86 1/2). A week prior, Lorenzo and Billy Pappas opened scoring for the team with first- and third-place decathlon scores of 7,617 and 7,342 points, respectively, and sophomore Jason Slye just missed scoring with a ninth-place finish (6,631) in his conference debut.
MEN'S SEASON OUTLOOK: Ducks Sport All 27 NCAA Points from 2001.
With back-to-back ninth-place NCAA finishes indoors in 2002 and outdoors in 2001, the Duck men returned virtually all of last year's national and conference championship firepower. The squad sported a pair of NCAA and Pac-10 champions, senior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and redshirt junior John Stiegeler (javelin), although Stiegeler (knee) and Lorenzo (quad) will miss the rest of the season because of injuries. The sprints feature All-America junior Samie Parker, fourth indoors in the NCAA 60-meter dash (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 and has broken the school record twice (13.73-2001; 13.67-2002). Last season, the NCAA and USA Champs qualifier also locked up runner-up honors in his Pac-10 debut (13.83). Senior Simon Kimata clocked an 800 then-best of 1:47.92 last season 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), and climbed to fifth all-time for the Ducks this March (PR 28:51.00). 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 in 2002 with personal bests, 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 SEASON 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 holder Sarah Malone (PR 179-2 in 2002) who ranked fourth in 2001 among collegians and eighth among Americans with her then-PR from the Oregon Twilight (174-0). Junior Charyl Weingarten made her first NCAA appearance last year thanks to her Pac-10 personal best (fourth, 155-6). Two newcomers, British Columbian Roslyn Lundeen (166-11 best in 2002) and prep All-American Elisa Crumley (169-7 best in 2002), 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 outdoors in 2002 broke the school record in the Mt. SAC Relays (14-1 1/4). 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 USA Outdoor 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.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (3/8-9) -- All six of the Duck men's and women's NCAA indoor qualifiers notched top-10 finishes in March, 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.
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 returns for 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).
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.
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.
2003 NCAA QUALIFYING CHANGES: Champs Switches to Regional Approach in 2003.
After several years of research and urging by the U.S. Track Coaches Association, the NCAA Championships Division 1 Board of Directors recently agreed to switch to a regional qualifying procedure for the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento (6/11-14/03). Four two-day regionals, drawn in a vertical fashion geographically, will be held nationally on May 30-31 with regional qualifying standards based on the 100th best performance nationally from the previous year (while all conference champions are also automatically invited to their respective regional). The top five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, nearly two weeks later. Besides the automatic advancers, an additional 6-8 athletes nationally per event will be invited by the NCAA Championships selection committee based on a season performance list (in case of injury, illness, false-start/DQ, etc.) as long as that athlete competed in the regional. Coaches hope that the easier regional qualifying standards (compared to current national provisional standards) will enable athletes to obtain marks during the regular season and avoid 'chasing marks' in mid- to late-May, while the regional competition will encourage head-to-head competition at the end of the season and increase fan and media interest. In other NCAA committee news, the championships field size was raised approximately 40 percent, most individual events are currently 18-21 deep and relays are at 11-12, and will grow to 27-29 and 15-16, respectively. Currently, the men's and women's fields are set at 388 among the 21 individual and relay events, with next year, the number expanding to 544 each.
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 decathlon win (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 -- a 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 the December 200 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.
Returning Duck Pac-10 Women's Finalists
Evt., Women, Place-Mark, Year
800, Eri Macdonald, 8th-2:12.51, 2000
1,500, Annette Mosey, 11th-4:48.77, 2001
HJ, Jenny Brogdon, 9th-5-7, 2001
HJ, Jenny Brogdon, 13th-5-6, 2000
HJ, Rachael Kriz, 11th-5-5, 2001
PV, Niki Reed, 7th-12-11, 2001
PV, Niki Reed, NH, 2000
PV, Niki Reed, 2nd-12-7.5, 1999
PV, Kirsten Riley, 10th-12-7.25, 2001
PV, Georgette Moyle, 11th-12-7.25, 2001
LJ, Amanda Brown, 7th-19-4, 2001
LJ, Amanda Brown, 15th-18-0.50, 2000
SP, Mary Etter, 13th-45-10.75, 2001
DT, Mary Etter, 4th-168-8, 2001
DT, Mary Etter, 3rd-173-11, 2000
DT, Jordan Sauvage, 12th-136-8, 2001
HT, Mary Etter, 12th-170-9, 2001
HT, Mary Etter, 13th-161-6, 2000
HT, Jordan Sauvage, 11th-172-6, 2001
HT, Jordan Sauvage, 15th-156-3, 2000
JT, Sarah Malone, 2nd, 167-1
JT, Charyl Weingarten, 4th-155-6, 2001
JT, Charyl Weingarten, 3rd-146-4, 2000
Hep., Jenny Kenyon, 5th-4,911, 2001
Hep., Jenny Kenyon, 4th-5,032, 2000
Hep., Jenny Kenyon, 6th-4,432, 1999
Hep., Ann Sullivan, 6th-4,784, 2001
Returning Duck Pac-10 Men's Finalists
Evt., Men, Place-Mark, Year
100, Samie Parker, 8th-10.67, 2001
800, Ross Krempley, 6th-1:51.48, 2001
800, Ross Krempley, 6th-1:52.07, 2000
800, Ross Krempley, 9th-1:52.22, 1999
5K, Adam Bergquist, 12th-14:37.24, 2000
5K, Adam Bergquist, 11th-14:45.51, 1998
10K, Jason Hartmann, 12th-31:33.83, 2001
110H, Micah Harris, 2nd-13.83, 2001
110H, Terry Ellis, 7th-14.48, 2001
110H, Terry Ellis, 8th-14.51, 2000
400H, Santiago Lorenzo, 5th-52.19, 2001
400H, Santiago Lorenzo, 4th-51.70, 2000
HJ, Jason Boness, 2nd-7-3, 2001
HJ, Jason Boness, 1st-7-5, 2000
HJ, Kyley Johnson, 7th-6-9, 2000
HJ, Kyley Johnson, 3rd-6-10.75, 1999
HJ, Kyley Johnson, 1st-7-0.5, 1998
PV, Cody Howell, 6th-16-11, 2001
PV, Cody Howell, 10th-16-3.50, 2000
PV, Jason Slye, 8th-15-11.25, 2001
LJ, Santiago Lorenzo, 7th-23-0.75, 2001
LJ, Billy Pappas, 8th-21-10.25, 2001
TJ, Foluso Akinradewo, 7th-48-10.75, 2001
TJ, Foluso Akinradewo, 7th-49-9.75, 2000
SP, Rian Ingrim, 9th-56-2.5, 2001
HT, Adam Kriz, 4th-194-8, 2001
HT, Adam Kriz, 8th-189-5, 2000
HT, Rian Ingrim, 10th-180-2, 1999
JT, John Stiegeler, 1st-240-10, 2001
JT, John Stiegeler, 9th-203-10, 2000
JT, Adam Jenkins, 9th-197-7, 2001
Dec., Santiago Lorenzo, 1st-7,617, 2001
Dec., Santiago Lorenzo, 2nd-7,649, 2000
Dec., Santiago Lorenzo, 2nd-7,150, 1999
Dec., Billy Pappas, 3rd-7,342, 2001
Dec., Billy Pappas, 4th-7,184, 2000
Dec., Doug Sells, 9th-6,615, 2000
Online Track Resources
UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
NCAA Champs: www.ncaachampionships.com
Dual Power Rankings: www.team-power.org
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
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