Holliday & Hartmann Lead Ducks in USA Track Championships

June 25, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Redshirt junior Becky Holliday and redshirt sophomore Jason Hartmann led a sextet of University of Oregon track and field All-Americans in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held Fri.-Sun., June 21-23 at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Holliday paced the women and tied for fifth place in the pole vault (13-9 1/4) -- tying her for the top finish among collegians and tops among returnees in 2003. The Sparks, Nev., native also finished fifth in the national championship in Eugene last year, and was an All-American for the Ducks in 2002 indoors (seventh, 13-7 1/4) and outdoors (third, 13-5 1/4).

In the same event, redshirt junior Niki Reed claimed 10th overall (13-5 1/4) and ranked fourth among collegians for her best finish in four U.S. championships appearances, including an 11th-place finish in Eugene in 2001. Olympic champion Stacy Dragila won the competition (15-3) over Asics' Mary Sauer (second, 14-7 1/4) and Nike's Melissa Mueller (third, 14-5 1/4).

Also in the field events, sophomore Sarah Malone ranked third among collegians and sixth overall in the javelin (163-5) -- her second USA national appearance after taking sixth in 2001. In the discus, junior Mary Etter added 10th place overall (169-4) and ranked third among collegiate entrants in her national finale debut. Event winners in the two disciplines included Purdue's Serene Ross (197-0) and Nike's Kris Kuehl (211-5), respectively.

For the men, Hartmann ranked second among collegians in the 10,000 meters and tops among returnees for 2003. The Rockford, Mich., native Hartmann scored a four-second personal best of 28:46.76, and crossed the line just behind Notre Dame's Ryan Shay (seventh, 28:40.66), the 2001 NCAA champion and 2002 collegiate runner-up. A two-time All-American in both track and cross country for the Ducks, he ran most of the race in a six-man group contending for fourth place, before most of the post-collegiate heavy group gradually pulled away in the final three laps.

Overall in the event, Nike's Meb Keflezighi (13:27.52) outkicked Nike's Abdi Abdirahman (27:42.83) in the final lap, with Alan Culpepper taking third (27:48.09).

In his second USA Champs trip in the 110 hurdles, senior Micah Harris wrapped up his Duck career and ranked 19th in the prelims (13.99) and ranked seventh among collegians. Overall in the event, Nike's Allen Johnson (13.08) edged Mizuno's Terrence Trammell (second, 13.17) and Nike's Larry Wade (third, 13.18) in the following day's final.

Other Eugene area post-collegians that competed included Olympian Lance Deal (hammer, first, 244-5), Ray Hughes (steeple, fourth, 8:24.67), Travis Nutter (hammer, ninth, 220-11), Nick Rogers (10K, 12th, 29:00.77), Nolan Swanson (10K, 17th, 30:03.88), and women Marla Runyan (5K, first, 15:07.19), Lisa Nye (steeple, second, 9:52.61), Milena Glusac (10K, second, 32:15.09), Jenny Crain (5K, 13th, 16:09.20) and Marie Davis (14th, 16:15.05).

Complete meet results are at the http://www.usatf.org/events/2002/USAOutdoorChampionships web site.

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