Hartman, Lundeen & Crumley Score All-America Honors

May 30, 2002

BATON ROUGE, La. - The University of Oregon track and field teams continued to add All-America hardware in second day action in the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium at Louisiana State University.

In the women's javelin, freshmen Roslyn Lundeen (seventh, 164-2) and Elisa Crumley (12th, 157-4) claimed All-America honors in their NCAA debuts, and sophomore Sarah Malone added 14th in her NCAA return (155-4).

'It feels so great to be an All-American -- oohhhh, it feels funny saying it for the first time,' Lundeen said. ' I had a consistent series and a strong finish to a season which had some disappointments here and there injury-wise. It was an amazing competition, and I felt honored to be out here with so many great athletes at one time.'

Ranked 11th coming into the competition, Lundeen's effort especially stood out considering she spent much of the previous day in bed, sick from an apparent case of food poisioning. 'Being so out of it yesterday kind of shook me up,' Lundeen said. 'I went for a walk last night and that helped a little, and I felt a lot better today when I woke up.'

Lundeen opened the competition with a throw of 163-3, and followed with preliminary efforts of 160-10 and 165-4. In the finals, she had a foul and marks of 146-1 and 160-7.

'I had a solid first throw, then was a little off on my second throw,' Lundeen continued. 'I knew I needed to improve on my third throw because there was a whole bunch of us at 163 feet, and I was sixth or seventh. After two throws I knew I wouldn't make the final without improving so I had to step up. I just tried to relax and let it go even though I lost the (javelin) tip a little. However, after having to re-warm up for the final, my elbow was pretty much shot.'

Looking back over her 2002 campaign, Lundeen wrapped up a season that featured +160-foot efforts in five of her six meets. The Ducks' fourth-ranked thrower all-time notched her season best of 166-11 in the Arizona Invite in April, and had additional +160-foot heaves in the Pac-10 Champs (fourth, 163-11), Nebraska Invite (second, 163-6), and Montana Weber State Triangular (second, 160-5).

For Crumley, her All-America effort required half the throws of Lundeen, as she also relied on her third throw for her daily best. The Hillsboro, Ore., native and Glencoe High School opened with marks of 151-8 and 138-6, then improved to 157-4 on her third and final prelim throw -- not to mention her sixth-best mark of the season.

She entered Thursday's competition seeded eighth with a season best of 169-7 from the Mt. SAC Relays that ranks her second all-time for the Ducks. Her freshman season also included a fifth-place Pac-10 finish (160-6) for her second +160-foot mark of the season.

Although disappointed by her NCAA finish, Malone continued to shine as one of the nation's top prospects. She entered the NCAA finale as the fourth seed with a season best and school record of 179-2 from her Texas Relays win in April. She added four other wins during the year, eclipsed the 170-foot line at four meets and the 160-foot line at seven of nine contests this season.

'I don't know what went wrong,' Malone said. 'Everything felt fine coming in physically. I felt great five weeks ago, but things haven't gone as well since, and my timing just wasn't hitting today.'

Even though the trio all entered the meet with top-12 seedings, Lundeen admitted that the throwers still shared a touch of nerves coming into the competition, especially since thunderstorms doused the Bayou much of the day. Officials moved the event start time back an hour - with only a slight drizzle left as they throwers warmed up.

'Sally was so nervous this morning,' Lundeen concluded, 'that Mary (Etter) told her to stay away from us or she would psyche us out. During the morning we were hoping to keep the rain, since we were used to it. But once it started, the runway dried up quickly and the conditions were fine.'

Overall, the Duck javelin unit capped the collegiate season as the marquee event for the Ducks and the top trio nationally. All three entered the NCAA finale top-12 ranked, and also featured a fourth NCAA provisional qualifier and junior Charyl Weingarten,who ranked 28th nationally with her 158-8 personal best from the Pac-10 Champioinships.

On the all-time Oregon All-America charts, the UO freshmen were the first duo to claim All-America honors in the same event since Melody Fairchild and Milena Glusac (first, second) in the indoor 3K in 1996; the first duo honored in the javelin since Paula Berry (second) and Kim Hyatt (sixth) in 1990, and the first pair of Duck freshmen the same year in any event since 1982's Rosa Guiterrez (3K, third) and Kathy Hayes (5K, second).

Overall in the javelin, top seed Serene Ross wasted little time cruising to the win. The Purdue senior broke the American record with her opening and winning throw (195-8) of the second prelim flight. USC's Inga Stasiulionyte followed in second (177-0), edging BYU frosh Lindsey Johnson (third, 174-5).

On the men's side, redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann relied on familiar tactics for his second track All-America honor in the 10,000 meters (fourth, 29:28.80).

With the top three places far out of reach early in the race, the Rockford, Mich., native ran in a pack of as many as 10 runners for much of the race in the chase for fourth. With a lap to go, Hartmann let the other four contenders make their moves early, before he started kicking in the final 200 meters. He claimed fourth with 100 meters to go, then kept the through the finish.

'I was confident in my finishing ability, but certainly not cocky,' Hartmann said. 'I knew I needed to be patient the whole way. The temperature and humidity changed the nature of the race, but it was equal for everybody so I can't complain that it bothered me. I focused on being as efficient and relaxed and work off others as much as possible.'

Overall in the race, last fall's NCAA cross country champ Boaz Cheboiwyo escaped the field on the third lap of the 25-lap race (first, 28:32.10). The 5-foot Kenyan junior lapped everyone but second- and third-placers Ryan Shay (second, 29:02.92), last year's NCAA champ from Notre Dame, and top-seeded Tom McArdle of Dartmouth (third, 29:10.18). Shay pulled away from McArdle in the last 600 meters after running together from the second kilometer on.

Hartmann relied on similar racing tactics last year in the NCAA 10K finale in Eugene, passing three runners in the final lap to take third in his NCAA debut. His second All-America honor Thursday ranks him second in Duck history in 10K All-America awards behind the legendary Alberto Salazar (sixth, 1978; third 1979; fourth 1981), while Hartmann's season best of 28:51.00 from the Stanford Invitational in March ranks him fifth in school history.

Also this season, he scored for the Ducks at the Pac-10 finale in the 10K (second, 30:28.92) and 5K (fifth, 14:30.01), with his effort Thursday tops among the five league entries.

'Although the type of finish was the same, it was different from last year because there wasn't the homefield advantage,' Hartmann said. 'It was nice having the other guys from the Pac-10 up there because it makes you more confident, running with people you know. It also gives all of us a little competitive fire against each other, although I have a lot of respect for all of them. This was a great way to finish the season. From the start of the season, Coach and I had focused on being ready for the big meets at the end of the season, so I have to be pleased with how things turned out.'

In the men's javelin, redshirt sophomore Nick Bakke added the final chapter of a Cinderella finish to the season, taking 18th in his NCAA debut (211-1).

'It was funny because nobody else in the field knew who I was,' Bakke said. 'They were high-fiving each other after their throws while I was kind of the outcast. I was relatively pleased with the effort, and it was awesome to be here with the nation's best.'

The Ashland, Ore., native earned his first NCAA invite thanks to his 21-foot personal best at the Pac-10 Champs. The 12th seed entering the league meet, he won Oregon's seventh league crown and also improved to third all-time for Oregon behind NCAA champions John Stiegeler and Art Skipper.

'I started out relaxed and ready to throw,' Bakke said. 'My first throw felt pretty good. My second one was a little off, and I tweaked my arm on my third. Still, I have to be happy to be here and to throw reasonably well. I never expected the year to end like this.'

During the season, Bakke topped the 200-foot line in four of five meets, with his NCAA effort his second-best of the year and his career.

Overall in the event Tursday, Kansas senior Scott Russell won by 17 feet with a daily best of 262-0, edging Texas senior Nathan Junius (second, 244-9).

In qualifying action the men's 110 hurdles, senior Micah Harris advanced to the semifinals of the 110 hurdles with the third of three automatic qualifying positions from his third heat (13.81). Overall among the three sections' 20 entrants, he ranked ninth overall - the exact same place as his pre-meet seeding.

Overall, Alabama's Ron Bramlett posted the day's fastest effort (13.54) to win the first heat, and Clemson's Todd Matthews and USC's Ryan Wilson won the second (13.59) and third heats (13.74).

Looking ahead to Friday's third day action, Duck competitors include Billy Pappas (in the first of the decathlon), Mary Etter (discus), Micah Harris (110 Hurdles) and Trevor Woods (pole vault).


NCAA Championships
Bernie Moore Stadium
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, La.
Thursday, May 30, 2002

Women's Javelin - 1, Serene Ross, Purdue, 195-8. 2, Inga Stasiulionyte, USC, 177-0. 3, Lindsey Johnson, BYU, 174-5. 4, Irina Kharun, Indiana, 172-2. 5, Barbora Spotakova, Minnesota, 171-5. 6, Kendra Wecker, Kansas Staet, 168-4. 7, Roslyn Lundeen, Oregon, 165-4. 8, Brianne Johnson, Penn State, 164-2. 9, Sammie Freeman, Cal State Northridge, 162-8. 10, Brit Klanert, Eastern Michigan, 158-9. 11, Denise O'Connell, Virginia Tech, 157-5. 12, Elisa Crumley, Oregon, 157-4. 13, Lynlee Philliips, Michigan State, 156-0. 14, sarah Malone, Oregon, 155-4. 15, Helmi Leppanen, Tulane, 154-3. 16, Julie DeMarni, Arizona, 150-11. 17, Leslie Erickson, USC, 149-0. 18, Alana Redfern, Iowa, 148-6. 19, Brooke Freeburg, Providence, 144-4. 20, Lindsay Daniel, Georgia, 121-0.

Men's 10,000 - 1, Boaz Cheboiywo, Eastern Michigan, 28:32.10. 2, Ryan Shay, Notre Dame, 29:02.92. 3, Tom McArdle, Dartmouth, 29:10.18. 4, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 29:28.80. 5, Louis Luchini, Stanford, 29:29.70. 6, Vinny Mulvey, Iona, 29:29.96. 7, Adam Tenforde, Stanford, 29:31.47. 8, Nick Winkel, Wisconsin, 29:34.11. 9, Ed Torres, Colorado, 29:36.15. 109, Mike Wisniewski, Michigan, 29:47.74. 11, Chris Seaton, N.C. State, 29:53.81. 12, Teren Jameson, Utah, 30:00.64. 13, Donovan Fellows, Purdue, 30:04.18. 14, Mike Mwangong, Iowa State, 30:17.11. 15, Fasil Bizuneh, Arizona State, 30:34.71. 16, Joep Tigchelaar, Florida State, 30:37.31. 17, Jason Sandfort, Arkansas, 30:41.35. 18, Chad Pearson, N.C. State, 31:36.17. DNF - Ian Dobson, Stanford. Joe Driscoll, Portland.

Men's Javelin - 1, Scott Russell, Kansas, 262-0. 2, Nathan Junius, Texas, 244-9. 3, Bill Neumann, Iowa, 244-8. 4, Artur Wszelaki, Nebraska, 243-4. 5, Janne Sakko, UTEP, 242-2. 6, Ron White, Eastern Illinois, 240-2. 7, John Welch, Virginia, 234-5. 8, Justin St. Clair, Boise State, 229-6. 9, Gary File, Missouri, 228-3. 10, Chris Sinotte, Georgia Tech, 226-8. 11, Rob Minnitti, 226-2. 12, Paul Pisano, Connecticut, 224-2. 13, Leigh Smith, Tennessee, 222-8. 14, Mike Hazle, SW Texas, 221-8. 15, Trevor Snyder, Georgia, 217-10. 16, Brian Chaput, Pennsylvania, 214-1. 17, Blake Theriot, LSU, 213-5. 18, Nick Bakke, Oregon, 211-1. 19, Luke Marrs, Texas A&M, 210-9. 20, Gabor Hajdu, Idaho State, 204-4.

Men's 110 Hurdles Prelims (Athletes advancing to semifinals) - Heat 1 - 1, Ron Bramlett, Alabama, 13.54. 2, Antwon Hicks, Mississippi, 13.59. 3, Eddie Jackson, Arkansas, 13.66.4, Michael Thomas, Arkansas, 13.76. 5, Jabari Greer, Tennessee, 13.88. 6, Chris Stokes, George Mason, 13.90. Heat 2 - 1, Todd Matthews, Clemson, 13.59. 2, Chris Pinnock, Texas A&M, 13.69. 3, Jermaine Cooper, Texas, 13.72. 4, Derek Zachary, Nebraska, 13.72. 5, Jeff Young, Southern Illinois, 13.93. Heat 3 - 1, Ryan Wilson, USC, 13.74. 2, Lewis Edmonson, Prairie View A&M, 13.78. 3, Micah Harris, Oregon, 13.81. 4, Jared MacLeod, Kansas State, 13.95. 5, Tony Galaviz, Arizona State, 13.98.

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