12 Ducks Invited to NCAA T&F Champs at LSU Next Week

May 23, 2002

EUGENE - The University of Oregon track and field teams received confirmation Thursday evening that seven men and five women will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Wed.-Sat., May 29-June 1, hosted by Louisiana State University at Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

After taking ninth in the NCAA finale last season, the Duck men's squad features a quartet of All-Americans that are top-10 seeded in their events - redshirt senior Billy Pappas (decathlon, 10th, 7,532), senior Simon Kimata (800, third, 1:46.65), redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann (10,000, 10th, 28:51.00), and sophomore Trevor Woods (pole vault, fifth-tie, 18-0 1/2). Pappas and Hartmann took eighth and third in the 2001 NCAA outdoor finale in Eugene, and Kimata and Woods were fourth and third indoors in March, 2002 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Also among Duck NCAA vets, school record holder and senior Micah Harris (ninth-tie, 13.67) competes in his second NCAA Champs in the 110 hurdles - last year he ran a then-school record of 13.73 in the prelims, and advanced to the semifinals. Four of five of the aforementioned Ducks were automatic qualifiers, with Woods just shy of the 18-2 1/2 automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault.

Two remaining Duck men's entries will make their NCAA debuts in the throws. Redshirt junior Adam Kriz (hammer, 12th, 210-7) and redshirt sophomore Nick Bakke (javelin, 20th, 227-3) both claimed Pac-10 titles last weekend with personal bests and rank seventh and third, respectively, in school history in their events.

On the women's side, the Ducks will send an All-America trio and two additional newcomers to the collegiate finale.

All-America sophomore and school record holder Sarah Malone enters the meet ranked fourth nationally in the javelin (179-2) and took seventh in her NCAA debut last season in Eugene. Fellow All-America thrower and junior Mary Etter returns for her third NCAA appearance in the discus (ninth, 177-5). The Everett, Wash., native led freshmen in the 2000 NCAA finale (eighth), then added 19th last season. Redshirt junior Becky Holliday ranks third nationally in the pole vault with a school record and season best of 14-1 1/4, and took seventh in the NCAA Indoor Championships in March (13-7 1/4). Last weekend in the Pac-10 Championships, Malone and Holliday claimed Pac-10 runner-up honors, and Etter took third in the discus.

The NCAA women's javelin field features two other Ducks -- freshmen Elisa Crumley and Roslyn Lundeen who rank eighth (169-7) and 12th (166-11) nationally and round out the nation's top javelin corps.

Several other Duck provisional qualifiers just missed invites. In the women's 800, junior Eri Macdonald's personal and season best of 2:06.37 missed an invite by .04 seconds and was two spots shy on the national list with her 23rd-place ranking. Sophomore Brandon Holliday, last week's Pac-10 champ in the men's 400 hurdles with a personal best (50.73), missed an invite by .18 seconds and six places on the final collegiate qualifying list.

Other Duck provisional qualifiers from the outdoor season included juniors Mary Etter (shot put, 39th, 49-9 1/4), Charyl Weingarten (javelin, 28th, 155-10) and Jordan Sauvage (hammer, 47th, 183-9), sophomore Kirsten Riley (pole vault, 26th-tie, 12-10) and freshman Katie McKeever (discus, 31st, 169-9). On the men's side, additional provisional qualifiers included redshirt junior Jason Slye (pole vault, 31st, 17-3 1/2) and redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon (5,000, 35th, 14:04.85).

More NCAA Championships information can be found at the www.ncaachampionships.com or www.lsusports.com web sites.

This season marks the last that the NCAA will rely on an automatic/provisional qualifying method for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The event's championship committee 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). Except for the 10K and heptathlon/decathlon (which will still operate on an automatic/provisional standard system), 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 the athlete competed in the regional. Coaches hope that the easier regional qualifying standards (compared to the current season best-only qualifying method) will enable athletes to obtain marks during the regular season and avoid 'chasing marks', especially 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 sizes were raised approximately 40 percent for the 2003 finale. 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 for 388 athletes among the 21 individual and relay events, while next year, the number expands to 544 each.

2002 Duck NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Qualifiers

Duck M&W, Yr.-Experience, Hometown, Event, National Rank, Personal Best**Becky Holliday, RJr.-TR, Sparks, Nev., Pole Vault, 3rd, 14-1.25, 14-4**Sarah Malone, So.-1L, Newberg, Ore., Javelin, 4th, 179-2, 179-2**Elisa Crumley, Fr.-HS, Hillsboro, Ore., Javelin, 8th, 169-7, 169-7*Mary Etter, Jr.-2L, Everett, Wash., Discus, 9th, 177-5, 177-5*Roslyn Lundeen, Fr.-HS, Victoria, B.C., Javelin, 12th, 166-11, 166-11

**Simon Kimata, Sr.-1L, Nyeri, Kenya, 800, 3rd, 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, 9th-t, 13.67, 13.67**Jason Hartmann, RSo.-1L, Rockford, Mich., 10,000, 10th, 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, 12th, 210-7, 210-7*Nick Bakke, RSo.-1L, Ashland, Ore., Javelin, 20th, 227-3, 227-3

* NCAA Provisional Qualifiers **NCAA Automatic Qualifiers

Other Duck NCAA Qualifiers That Did Not Advance

Duck M&W, Yr.-Experience, Hometown, Event, National Rank, Season Best, Personal Best*Eri Macdonald, Jr.-2L, Honolulu, Hawaii, 800, 23rd, 2:06.37, 2:06.37*Mary Etter, Jr.-2L, Everett, Wash., Shot Put, 39th, 49-9.25, 49-9.25*Katie McKeever, Fr.-HS, Woodland, Calif., Discus, 31st, 169-9, 169-9*Charyl Weingarten, Jr.-2L, Grand Forks, N.D., Javelin, 28th, 155-10, 155-10*Kirsten Riley, So.-1L, Eugene, Ore., Pole Vault, 26th-t, 12-10, 12-10*Jordan Sauvage, Jr.-2L, Snohomish, Wash., Hammer, 47th, 183-9, 183-9

**John Stiegeler, RJr.-2L, Coos Bay, Ore., Javelin, 4th, 247-0, 252-10*Brandon Holliday, So.-1L, Beaverton, Ore., 400H, 25th, 50.73, 50.73*Jason Slye, RJr.-2L, Keizer, Ore., PV, 31st, 17-3.5, 17-3.5*Eric Logsdon, RFr.-SQ, Canby, Ore., 5,000, 35th, 14:04.85, 14:04.85

Tentative Duck NCAA Competition Schedule

Wednesday, May 294:00 M Hammer - Kriz6:20 W Pole Vault - Holliday7:30 M 800m, Prelim - Kimata

Thursday, May 303:00 W Javelin - Crumley, Lundeen, Malone6:00 M 110m Hurdles, Prelim - Harris7:30 M Javelin - Bakke9:15 M 10,000m - Hartmann

Friday, May 314:00 Dec 100m - Pappas4:45 Dec Long Jump - Pappas5:45 Dec Shot Put - Pappas6:30 M Pole Vault - Woods6:45 Dec High Jump - Pappas7:00 W Discus - Etter8:00 M 800m Finals - Kimata8:20 M 110m Hurdles, Semi - Harris9:00 Dec 400m - Pappas

Saturday, June 12:30 Dec 110m Hurdles - Pappas3:15 Dec Discus - Pappas4:30 Dec. Pole Vault - Pappas7:00 M 110m Hurdles Finals - Harris7:30 Dec Javelin - Pappas9:00 Dec 1,500m - Pappas

*NOTE: All times local (Central Daylight Time).

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