Track Teams Bound For NCAA Champs
May 26, 2002
NCAA M&W Outdoor Track & Field Championships
* Dates: Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 1, 2002
* Edition: 81st Men's Annual; 21st Women's Annual
* Location: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.
* Wed. Duck First/Last Event (CT): 4 pm - M Hammer / 7:30 pm - M 800 prelims
* Thu. Duck First/Last Event (CT): 3 pm - W Javelin / 9:15 pm - M 10K
* Fri. Duck First/Last Event (CT): 4 pm - M Dec. 100 / 9 pm - M Dec. 400
* Sat. Duck First/Last Event (CT): 2:30 pm - M Dec. 110H / 9 pm - M Dec. 1,500
* Key Duck Pronunciations: Nick Bakke (BOCK-ee), Elisa Crumley (ah-LISS-ah CRUMB-lee), Mary Etter (EHT-er), Tom Heinonen (HY-nah-nihn), Simon Kimata (kih-MOTT-ah), Adam Kriz (KRIHZ), Roslyn Lundeen (luhn-DEEN), Billy Pappas (PAPP-us).
OUTDOOR VOL. 11: Ducks Springboard off Pac-10's into NCAA finale.
The Oregon track and field squads cap their championship seasons sending 12 Ducks to Baton Rouge, La., (7 M/5W) -- their largest contingent since 1997 (5M+9W=14). In their most recent season appearances in the Pac-10 Champs (5/18-19), the Duck M&W bucked the form chart with second- and sixth-place finishes, their respective bests since 1996 (second) and 1999 (fifth). Individually, the men added five Pac-10 crowns, their most since 1990 (6), and the women added three runner-up honors. Last year, the Duck men and women finished ninth and 60th in the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, with individual victories courtesy of Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and John Stiegeler (javelin). At the 2002 NCAA Indoor Champs in March, they finished 15th and 40th, respectively.
2002 Duck NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifiers
Duck M&W Yr.-Exp. Hometown Event Nat'l Rank PR**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 19th, 227-3 227-3
* NCAA Provisional Qualifiers **NCAA Automatic Qualifiers
MEN TO WATCH: Five of Seven Duck Men's Invites are Top-10 Ranked.
The Duck men's squad features a quintet of All-Americans that are top-10 seeded in their NCAA events - senior Simon Kimata (800, third, 1:46.65), sophomore Trevor Woods (pole vault, fifth-tie, 18-0 1/2), redshirt senior Billy Pappas (decathlon, 10th, 7,532) and redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann (10,000, 10th, 28:51.00). 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 the five aforementioned Ducks were automatic outdoor qualifiers in 2002, with Woods just shy of the 18-2 1/2 automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault. Two remaining Duck men's throwers will make their NCAA debuts. Redshirt junior Adam Kriz (hammer, 12th, 210-7) and redshirt sophomore Nick Bakke (javelin, 19th, 227-3) both claimed Pac-10 titles in Pullman, Wash., with personal bests and rank seventh and third, respectively, in school history in their events. Sophomore Brandon Holliday, the 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. Additional Duck men's provisional qualifiers that weren't accepted included redshirt junior Jason Slye (pole vault, 31st, 17-3 1/2) and redshirt freshman Eric Logsdon (5,000, 35th, 14:04.85).
DUCK WOMEN TO WATCH: Oregon Features Nation's Top Javelin Trio.
Head Coach Tom Heinonen's Ducks will send an All-America trio and two additional newcomers to the collegiate finale. All-American and redshirt junior Becky Holliday ranks third in the conference and 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). 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. Last weekend in the Pac-10 Championships, Holliday and Malone 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 trio. 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. Other Duck outdoor provisional qualifiers that did not advance 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).
NCAA PREVIEW: Tennessee and UCLA Obvious Men's & Women's Favorites.
On the men's side, Tennessee is favored to repeat as champions thanks to their talented sprint corps, with LSU the top challenger, and Arkansas, Florida, SMU and Mississippi State other top-five contenders. On the women's side, UCLA is on track for its first NCAA crown since 1983 after top five finishes in 12 of the past 14 years (including six runner-up honors). Others to watch include crosstown rival USC, who won last year's NCAA title, the recent Pac-10 title and the crosstown dual in early May, and South Carolina who is ranked second in the national Trackwire poll. Host LSU, Nebraska and Arizona also entertain top-five ambitions.
SMITH TOP MEN'S WEST REGIONAL COACH: Duck One of Nine Honored Nationally.
The U.S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA) recently announced that University of Oregon men's track and field head coach Martin Smith was tabbed West Regional Men's Coach of the Year. The fourth-year Oregon mentor guided the Duck men to Pac-10 runner-up honors (125 points) in Pullman, Wash., (5/18-19), behind only Stanford (first, 151). The Duck men featured five individual winners - the most by the Ducks since 1990 and tops among the conference this season. At the national level, seven Duck men qualified for the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, La., and had four other automatic or provisional qualifiers. The Ducks also currently rank ninth on the USTCA power rankings, a dual-meet power index based on a squad's top two individuals and their season bests in each event (except the 10K and decathlon). His honor was based on a vote by regional coaches, with the nine regional recipients now considered for National Coach of the Year honors, announced at the USTCA banquet at the NCAA finale. In related news, Men's and Women's Regional Athlete of the Year honors went to Anson Henry and Ellannee Richardson from Washington State. For more information on the USTCA, go to their web site (www.ustrackcoaches.org). The team national power rankings are at a separate web site (www.team-power.org).
BACK TO THE BAYOU: LSU Hosts Fourth NCAA Outdoor Champs.
Named in 1971 after LSU's longtime track mentor, Bernie Moore Stadium has hosted three prior NCAA Championships (1973, 1981 & 1987). In 1973, the Duck men finished second (31 points) behind UCLA (52) and featured NCAA wins by Steve Prefontaine (3-mile, 12:53.4) and Mac Wilkins (discus, 203-11), and All-America efforts by Wilkins in the shot put (63-8) and Craig Brigham (decathlon, fourth, 7,527). In 1981, Oregon tied for 12th with 16 points (led by Reidar Lorentzen in the javelin, second, 269-5), while UTEP won with 70 points. In 1987, the Duck men took 21st with 14 points and featured one NCAA champ (Dan Nelson, steeple, 8:35.37), with UCLA again winning the team title (81). With the inception of the women's NCAA Championships in 1982, the Duck women have competed in one NCAA finale in Baton Rouge (1987). That season the squad took ninth with 25 points, while host LSU won its first of 11 straight crowns thanks to a score of 62 points. Two Ducks scored runner-up honors -- Annette Hand (5K, 15:47.74) and Camille Jampolsky (high jump, 6-2).
PAC-10 REVIEW: Duck M&W Climb to Second & Sixth on League Charts.
PULLMAN, Wash. (5/18-19) -- Two weekends ago, the University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams took second and sixth with 125 and 67 points, respectively -- their highest finishes since 1996 and 1999 -- while Stanford (151) and UCLA (160) captured top team honors. Individually, the Duck men featured five Pac-10 champions for the first time since 1990, and the women were led by three runners-up. For the men, redshirt sophomore Nick Bakke started the first day off with a surprise win in the javelin (first, NCAA prov. 227). The Ashland, Ore., native entered the meet seeded 12th in the conference, yet his 21-foot personal best vaulted him to third all-time for the Ducks.At the same time in the hammer ring, junior Adam Kriz improved on his second seed to win with an almost three-foot personal best (210-7). Senior Simon Kimata wasted little time escaping the field en route to victory in the 800 (1:48.35), and sophomore Brandon Holliday improved on his second-place seeding with a half-second personal best in the 400 hurdles (NCAA prov. 50.73) and moved to seventh all-time for the Ducks. Three more Ducks added runner-up honors - senior Micah Harris who was .01 seconds away from the win in the 110 hurdles (13.82), junior Foluso Akinradewo who upped his windy triple jump personal best by four inches (second, 50-10 3/4w, +2.2 wind mps), and All-American and redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann who kicked up a place in the final 50 meters of the 10K (30:28.92). Other Duck scorers included redshirt senior Kyley Johnson (high jump, third, 7-0 1/2), sophomore Trevor Woods (pole vault, fourth, 17-7 1/4) redshirt freshmen Eric Logsdon (5K, fourth, 14:28.30) and Brett Holts (steeple, fourth, 9:03.32) senior Ross Krempley (800, fifth, 1:51.81), Hartmann (5K, fifth, 14:30.01), junior Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, fifth, 14.22), redshirt junior Jason Slye (pole vault, sixth, NCAA prov. & PR 17-3 1/2), redshirt seniors Billy Pappas (long jump, seventh, 23-5) and Adam Bergquist (eighth, 14:36.17), and both relays (4x100, fifth, 41.06) and (4x400, fifth, 3:10.86). Other Duck finalists that did not score included freshman Derek Strubel (triple jump, ninth, 49-0 1/4), redshirt junior Jake Horner (high jump, 10th, 6-8 3/4), redshirt senior Cody Howell (pole vault, 10th, 16-7 1/2), and redshirt sophomore John Lucas (10K, 13th, 32:37.37). Individually on the women's side, redshirt junior Becky Holliday (pole vault, second, 13-9 1/4), claimed her third highest mark of the 2002 outdoor season (second, NCAA auto. 13-9 3/4) and edged former national leader Tracy O'Hara of UCLA (third, 13-9 3/4) on fewer misses. Junior Jenny Brogdon (high jump, second, 5-9 1/4) improved on her pre-meet ranking of fourth, broke her previous personal best by a half-inch, and was just shy of the NCAA provisional mark of 5-10 1/2. Sophomore javelin thrower Sarah Malone (javelin, second, NCAA auto. 171-9) led a 20-point explosion in the javelin that also featured NCAA provisional efforts from freshmen Roslyn Lundeen (fourth, 163-11), Elisa Crumley (fifth, 160-6) and junior Charyl Weingarten (sixth, three-foot PR 158-8). Also in the throws, All-America junior Mary Etter claimed her first Pac-10 points in the shot put (seventh, 49-11 1/4) and equaled her league-best finish in the discus (third, 169-1). Junior Amanda Brown paced the Ducks in the horizontal jumps with a wind-legal long jump season best of 18-10 (eighth), then returned on the second day with a nearly 1 1/2-foot personal best in the triple jump (sixth, 40-2 3/4). In the sprints, Janette Davis broke 55.00 in both the 400 prelims (54.78) and final (sixth, 54.35) and scored her first Pac-10 points. In the 100 hurdles senior Jenny Kenyon claimed a personal best in the prelims (14.18) and her second-best ever time in the finals (eighth, 14.23). The team's top harrier last fall, redshirt junior Carrie Zografos paced the distance squad on the track (steeplechase, fifth, 10:56.26) with her third sub-11:00 clocking of the season. Other Duck scorers included sophomore Kirsten Riley (pole vault, sixth, NCAA prov. & PR 12-10), sophomore Rachael Kriz (high jump, seventh, 5-7 1/4), junior Eri Macdonald (800, eighth, 2:19.76, 2:07.61-prelims), and junior Jordan Sauvage (hammer, eighth, NCAA prov. & PR 183-9). Other Duck competitors included junior Sauvage and freshman Katie McKeever in the discus (11th, 146-4, and 12th, 144-2), sophomore Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, 11th-prelims, 14.23), sophomore Annette Mosey (12th-prelims, 2:14.44), freshman Laura Harmon (1,500, 12th, 4:32.84) junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (400 hurdles, 13th-prelims, 63.72), junior Mary Murphy (high jump, 14th, 5-3 1/4). The previous weekend in the league decathlon, redshirt senior Billy Pappas notched Oregon's second straight and ninth conference decathlon win (7,532), a 44-point personal best and his first-ever NCAA automatic mark. 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. In the women's heptathlon, senior Jenny Kenyon took fifth (5,169) for her fourth conference heptathlon scoring honor and only six points shy of the NCAA provisional mark (5,175).
PAC-10 PICKS OF THE WEEK: Pappas, Stiegeler & Woods Claim Honors in 2002.
After winning Oregon's ninth conference decathlon title the second weekend in May, All-American and redshirt senior Billy Pappas claimed the Ducks' third Pac-10 Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week honor of 2002. The Azalea, Ore., native posted a personal best and league season best of 7,532 points with his 278-point victory. Pappas posted the best mark in the field in four of 10 events, while his final score was a new personal by 44 points, and a season best by 221 points from his season debut from the Mt. SAC Relays (7,311w). His effort ranked even more impressive considering he had been training for barely two months after a vertebrae stress fracture kept him off the track February and most of March. All-time for the Ducks, he ranks ninth in the Oregon record books. All-America sophomore Trevor Woods earned similar honors in the pole vault on Monday, April 15 for his win and first career 18-foot clearance in the pole vault (18-0 1/2) in the Oregon-Washington Dual (4/13). The mark ranked him third in the nation at that point and still leaves him in a tie for fifth nationally. The mark also moved him to fourth all-time for the Ducks and also one of only four ever to clear the 18-foot barrier. A week prior, redshirt junior John Stiegeler claimed the first honor of the season after his Texas Relays win on April 6th (242-11). The Coos Bay, Ore., already led the collegiate ranks by a six-foot margin thanks to his season best and NCAA automatic mark of 247-0 from the Weber State-Montana Triangular (3/16) -- a mark that still ranks fourth among Americans in 2002 although he hasn't competed since April because of a knee injury from the Austin-hosted meet. Stiegeler also won honors twice in 2001 for his Texas Relays win (245-9) and Oregon Invite runner-up honor (241-11).
2001 NCAA REVIEW: Men Ninth and Claim Two NCAA Wins; Malone Leads Women.
EUGENE, Ore. (5/30-6/2) - In the NCAA Championships' ninth trip to Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, Sarah Malone added her name to the Ducks' storied javelin list of All-Americans (javelin, seventh, 164-9, 50.21m). Malone, the second seed entering the competition, ended up ranking third overall among freshmen in the underclass-heavy field which featured only two seniors and four juniors among the 21 entrants. Malone's best throw was her first, followed by a 163-5 second toss, and 152-10 on her fourth effort, while fouling the other three attempts. Also in the javelin, Charyl Weingarten improved on her 21st place pre-meet seeding with a 19th-place finish (136-7, 41.66m). In the pole vault, two-time All-American Niki Reed no-heighted at her opening height of 12-9 1/2 (3.90 meters), after entering the competition in a tie for fifth nationally thanks to her season best and then-school record of 13-5 1/4. Mary Etter opened action for the squad in the first day's discus, and finished 19th in the 21-athlete competition with a third throw of 139-2 (42.41m) after fouls on her opening two efforts. The Duck men returned to NCAA glory with its first top-10 team finish since 1992 and its first pair of NCAA champions since 1986. After a 16-point first day, and 11 points the second day, the Ducks held the team lead until the final hours of Saturday's final day action. Santiago Lorenzo won the school's first ever decathlon title thanks to an eight-second personal best in the final event, the 1,500 (4:21.84), and overcome a 70-point deficit to Georgia's David Lemen, to win by eight points over Tennessee's Stephen Harris (second, 7,871). Lorenzo's winning tally moved him to fourth all-time in UO history, and marked his fourth personal best in seven decathlons for the Ducks, with six of them +7,500 points or better. Also in the decathlon, Billy Pappas joined the All-America ranks (eighth, 7,488) and reaped a 146-point then-personal best to move to ninth all-time on the Duck decathlon list, coincidentally passing older brother Paul Pappas who tallied a personal best of 7,303 points in 1997. His first All-America honor for the Ducks also gave the team its first pair of scorers in the same event since another pair of decathletes - Pedro daSilva and Muhammad Oliver - notched their personal bests and UO's all-time leading marks of 8,167 and 8,060 points, respectively, in the NCAA Championships in 1992. In the high jump, Jason Boness exactly equaled his pre-meet seeding with a 13th-place finish (6-11 3/4) among the 20-jumper field. John Stiegeler verified his top seed status with a 13-foot win in the javelin (252-10, 77.07m) with his best mark on his second throw. Overall, the Coos Bay, Ore., native's winning throw was a personal best by more than seven feet after a previous best of 245-9 from April and broke the previous Oregon school record of Art Skipper (251-8) set in 1992, and also marked Oregon's first NCAA title in any event since Skipper's victory in 1992 (248-7) - Oregon's seventh in the event. The first-day honor proved a fitting finale for a collegiate season that featured six meets past the 240-foot mark, a Pac-10 title in May (240-10). The Oregon scoring cause also benefitted from another NCAA debut, as Jason Hartmann improved from a seventh-place pre-meet seeding to take third in the 10,000 (29:28.97). The Rockford Mich., native's first track All-America honor stood as Oregon's second-highest ever in the event, matching Alberto Salazar's finish in 1979 (third, 28:06.12) and just off of Mark McMonigal's effort in 1986 (second, 29:22.71). In his NCAA debut, he ran a smart race tactically, biding his time in the lead pack for the first half of the race before reeling off a final lap surge to hold off three others. In the 110 hurdles, Micah Harris broke the school record in the 110 hurdles opening round (13.73), then broke 14.00 again in the semifinals (13.99). His sixth-place second round clocking missed advancing to the final by only .16 seconds, and his time ranked 11th-fastest among the two races' 16 entrants. In the 5,000 meters, senior Michael Kasahun closed his Duck career with a 16th-place finish - one position better than his pre-meet seeding. Kasahun had qualified for the meet based on his season best of 13:56.04 from April's Oregon Invitational - a mark he nearly matched a week later in the Cardinal Invitational (13:56.44). Pole vaulter Trevor Woods failed to clear the opening height of 16-10 3/4 (5.15m), after taking fourth two weeks prior in the Pac-10 Championships, and was above 17 feet at three outdoor meets and twice indoors.
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 missed 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 in his two-year Duck career (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 supplied a majority of the team's 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 welcomed back 14 Pac-10 finalists. The javelin unit shined 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), earned 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) entered the year 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 preceding round qualifiers 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.
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). 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 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', 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 -- 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 athletes among the 21 individual and relay events, while next year, the number expands 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.
FABULOUS FROSH: Duck Newcomers Streaked to Fast Marks.
Quickly adjusting to the Conference of Champions, the Duck men's and women's 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 (eighth, 169-7) and Roslyn Lundeen (13th, 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 ranked first on the squad in the 5K (17:12.04) and second in the 1,500 (4:29.49) with Pac-10 qualifying marks in both. The men's distance 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). Both followed with fourth-place league debuts in the 5K and steeple against arguably the nation's toughest distance conference. On the indoor scene, Noel Paulson clocked an indoor mile best (NCAA prov. 4:04.31) that ranked 38th nationally. In the field events, Derek Strubel missed Pac-10 points in the triple jump by only 2 1/4 inches and was only two inches off his personal best. 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).
GIFTS FROM THE GRIDIRON: Parker Full Speed Ahead on Track.
A pair of Duck football players made the Pac-10 trip last meet for the Ducks in their first full month of track-only duty. Junior Samie Parker ended the outdoor season as the team's leader in the 100 and 200 (10.41w/21.46w). Indoors in March, he became the first Duck All-American in the 60-meter dash (fourth, 6.67) -- the second-fastest of three football-track players in the final, while his season best of 6.63 came in the NCAA prelims. The Long Beach, Calif., native came off a strong 2001 fall campaign on the gridiron as one of the team's top deep receivers (41 rec., 18.2 ypc, 4 TD, long of 79 yards) and kickoff returners (7-135 yards-19.3 avg., long of 25). Redshirt sophomore Allan Amundson ranked third on the squad in the 100 and 200 (10.86w/22.11w) and joined Parker on the 4x100 relay at Pac-10's (fifth, 41.06). Last fall, the reserve tailback starred on special teams and ranked 13th nationally in kickoff returns (13-354-27.23 avg.). The duo carry on a tradition that goes back to the '60s when future NFL'ers Jerry Tarr and Mel Renfro ran on a world record 440-yard relay (40.0) in 1962, the same year Tarr set the world record in the 120-yard hurdles (13.3). More recently, Pat Johnson started at receiver for the 2001 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, but Duck fans also fondly remember his standout freshman season on the oval in 1995. He earned All-America honors that year in the 100 (eighth, 10.32) and 200 (ninth, 20.76), just weeks after winning the Pac-10 400 crown (45.38). Other Duck two-sport luminaries include Don Coleman, school record holder in the 200 with Johnson (20.39, 1979), and sole possessor of the 100 honor (10.11, 1978); Muhammad Oliver, second-ranked all-time for UO in the decathlon (8,087, 1992) and Latin Berry, school record-holder in the long jump (26-8 1/2, 1989) and runner-up in the triple jump (53-11 1/4, 1989).
Tentative Duck NCAA Competition Schedule
Wednesday, May 29 - *Duck Entries4:00 Hep 100m Hurdles*4:00 M Hammer - Kriz4:45 Hep High Jump*6:20 W Pole Vault - Holliday6:30 M 4X100m Relay, Prelims6:45 W 4X100m Relay, Prelims6:45 M Long Jump6:45 Hep Shot Put7:00 M 400m Hurdles, Prelim7:15 W 400m Hurdles, Prelim7:15 W Hammer*7:30 M 800m, Prelim - Kimata7:45 W 800m, Prelim8:00 Hep 200m8:15 M Steeple, Prelim8:40 M 200m, Prelim8:55 W 200m, Prelim9:10 W 10,000m
Thursday, May 30 - *Duck Entries*3:00 W Javelin - Crumley, Lundeen, Malone4:30 Hep Long Jump5:45 Hep Javelin*6:00 M 110m Hurdles, Prelim - Harris6:15 W 100m Hurdles, Prelim6:30 M 400m, Prelim6:30 W High Jump6:45 W 400m, Prelim7:00 M 100m, Prelim7:15 W 100m, Prelim7:30 W Long Jump*7:30 M Javelin - Bakke7:30 Hep 800m7:40 M 1500m, Prelim8:00 W 1500m, Prelim8:20 M 4 X 400m Relay, Prelim8:35 W 4 X 400m Relay, Prelim8:50 W Steeple, Prelim*9:15 M 10,000m - Hartmann
Friday, May 31 - *Duck Entries*4:00 Dec 100m - Pappas4:00 M Discus*4:45 Dec Long Jump - Pappas*5:45 Dec Shot Put - Pappas*6:30 M Pole Vault - Woods6:45 M Triple Jump*6:45 Dec High Jump - Pappas*7:00 W Discus - Etter7:00 M 4X100m Relay7:10 W 4X100m Relay7:20 M 400m Hurdles7:30 W 400m Hurdles7:40 M 100m, Semi7:50 W 100m, Semi*8:00 M 800m - Kimata8:10 W 800m*8:20 M 110m Hurdles, Semi - Harris8:35 W 100m Hurdles, Semi8:45 M Steeple*9:00 Dec 400m - Pappas9:10 W 5,000m
Saturday, June 1 - *Duck Entries*2:30 Dec 110 Hurdles - Pappas*3:15 Dec Discus - Pappas*4:30 Dec. Pole Vault - Pappas4:45 W Shot Put6:30 W Triple Jump*7:00 M 110m Hurdles - Harris7:10 W 100m Hurdles7:15 M High Jump7:15 M Shot Put7:20 M 400m*7:30 Dec Javelin - Pappas7:30 W 400m7:40 M 100m7:50 W 100m8:00 M 1,500m8:10 W 1,500m8:20 M 200m8:30 W 200m8:40 M 5,000m*9:00 Dec 1,500m - Pappas9:10 W Steeple9:25 M 4x400m9:35 W 4x400m
All Times Local (Central Time)
*NOTE: All events finals unless otherwise noted.
Dual Meet Power Rankings
The U.S. Track Coaches Association has created a dual-meet power index based on a team's top two competitors in a dual-meet event format (excluding the 10K and decathlon). The top individual's season best mark per event is scored based on a decathlete/heptathlete scoring system, with the second performer's season best in each event getting half of the respective points. The web site is located at www.team-power.org, and visitors can even score mythical dual meets between participating schools.
Men's Rankings Score1. Tennessee 396.372. LSU 381.843. Florida 373.914. UCLA 370.525. Nebraska 368.276. Arizona State 360.867. Florida State 357.518. Brigham Young 348.59. Oregon 343.9610. Wisconsin 343.5311. Indiana 342.212. Alabama 341.7313. Texas A & M 341.3114. Texas 337.1915. Washington St 336.0216. Clemson 335.5717. UTEP 334.6718. Purdue 334.3619. Penn State 331.720. W. Michigan 328.48
Women's Rankings Score1. UCLA 408.522. North Carolina 385.913. South Carolina 372.244. Arkansas 369.55. Nebraska 368.086. Brigham Young 367.127. Indiana 364.598. Florida 360.859. Washington St 358.9110. CS Northridge 355.2711. Kansas State 354.512. Oregon 348.2113. LSU 346.7914. Kent State 343.0215. Houston 342.7716. Arizona State 340.1617. Washington 339.0118. Florida State 337.2819. Nevada 337.0520. Minnesota 336.74
The Trackwire 25 (www.trackwire.com) projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from NCAA coaches across the country.
Men's Teams Proj. NCAA Score1. Tennessee 852. LSU 623. Arkansas 384. Florida 29 SMU 29 Mississippi State 297. Colorado 288. Nebraska 279. South Carolina 2610. UCLA 2511. TCU 22 Stanford 2213. Georgia 2014. UTEP 1615. Auburn 1516. Alabama 14 Notre Dame 14 Texas 14 USC 1420. Eastern Michigan 13 Clemson 13 Michigan 13 Baylor 1324. Kansas 1225. Villanova 11
Women's Teams Proj. NCAA Score1. UCLA 932. South Carolina 743. USC 674. LSU 555. Nebraska 296. Colorado 267. Arizona 248. Kansas State 239. North Carolina 22 Texas 2211. Illinois 1912. Auburn 18*13. Oregon 1714. Indiana 16 Miami 16 Washington State 1617. Florida 1518. N.C. State 14 Rice 14 Stanford 1421. California 12 Clemson 12 Liberty 12 Missouri 12 Ohio State 12 Tennessee 12
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