Cross Country Teams Prepare for Western Regional
Nov. 12, 2002
THIS WEEK'S MEET INFORMATION
The Duck men's and women's harriers make their national qualifying bids this weekend, traveling to the NCAA Western Regional Championships. In each race, the top two teams and top four individuals from non-qualifying teams automatically advance to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., (Mon., Nov. 25), while another 13 teams and two individuals will be selected from across the nation on Monday, Nov. 18. Both the UO men and women look to improve off last year's third- and 12th-place finishes, with Stanford the returning champs in each race. Individually, Duck senior Jason Hartmann and sophomore Ryan Andrus finished fourth and fifth, respectively, against a similar field in the recent Pac-10 Championships, and redshirt senior Carrie Zografos paced the Oregon women (eighth).
OREGON IN THE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Since the Duck women began varsity competition in 1975, they lead the regional field with 14 team titles - the most recent in 1995 - and also sport five more runner-up nods, while Stanford ranks second in championships (8). The Duck men have won five regional titles since 1979 (the most recent in 1989) - third-best behind Arizona (8) and Stanford (7). Individually, Milena Glusac's win in 1994 was the most recent of eight Duck women's victors - again the most of any school with Arizona and Stanford tied at second (5 each). Going back to 1969 when the men's regional and Pac-8 were held in conjunction but scored separately, Duck men have won nine individual titles - the last by Steve Fein in 1999 - and the second-most behind Washington State (11).
LIKELY DUCK ENTRIES
M&W Yr.-Exp. Hometown (Last School/HS)Ryan Andrus So.*-1L-TR Orem, Utah (Wisconsin/Mountain View)Jason Hartmann Sr.-3L Rockford, Mich. (RHS)Brett Holts Jr.-2L Bend (BHS)Eric Logsdon So.*-1L Canby (CHS)John Lucas Jr.*-2L Eagle Point (EPHS)Noel Paulson Jr.-1L Aumsville (Cascade)Shane Ahlers Fr.-HS Black Hawk, S.D. (Sturgis Brown)
Nicole Feest Fr.-HS Lombard, Ill. (Glenbard East)Erinn Gulbrandsen Sr.-3L Chico, Calif. (Pleasant Valley)Laura Harmon Jr.-2L Vancouver, Wash. (Jesuit-Portland)Eri Macdonald Jr.*-2L Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)Magdalena Sandoval Jr.-1L Los Alamos, N.M. (Rice/LAHS)Alicia Snyder-Carlson Jr.*-1L Kihei, Hawai'i (St. Anthony (Wailuku))Carrie Zografos Sr.*-1L Portland, Ore. (Colorado/Central Catholic)
*indicates utilized redshirt season
Pronunciations: Men - AYE-lers, ANN-druhs, HOLTS, LOGS-dun, PAUL-son. Women - AIR-ee, gull-BRAND-son, FEE-st, SAN-dah-vul, ZOE-graf-ohs, HIGH-nah-nen.
Defending champion and No. 1 Stanford and No. 5 Oregon lead a men's field that features two other top-40 teams (No. 22 Arizona State and No. 40 Washington). The women's race features four top-25 squads - defending champion and No. 2 Stanford, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 21 Washington and No. 23 UCLA. Individually, last year's top four men's finishers return - Stanford's Donald Sage (first) and Grant Robison (second), Oregon's Hartmann (third), and ASU's Fasil Bizuneh (fourth). On the women's side, two of last year's top four (Stanford's Lauren Fleshman (second) and Alicia Craig (fourth)) also return, while fellow Cardinal sophomore Sara Bei topped both of her teammates and won the recent Pac-10 contest.
Men's Race (29 teams)
Arizona, ASU, Boise State, California, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Pepperdine, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Washington, Washington State
Women's Race (33 teams)
Arizona, ASU, Boise State, California, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV, USC, Washington, Washington State.
SIZING UP THE DUCKS
In his 28th season as women's head coach, Tom Heinonen returns six letterwinners ready to improve on last year's eighth-place Pac-10 team finish. Senior Carrie Zografos has led the squad in her three races this fall, including eighth in the recent Pac-10 finale. Junior Laura Harmon has paced the squad once herself, and ranked top three in the other three races. Junior Magdalena Sandoval has ran top four in all three of her appearances, and senior Erinn Gulbrandsen has scored in her last three races. Other Duck scorers in varsity appearances this season include redshirt junior Eri Macdonald, freshman Nicole Feest and redshirt junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson. The Duck men are ranked fifth nationally in the eighth poll of the season - their seventh straight week at that position - and return six of last year's seven NCAA entries. Senior Jason Hartmann took third in the Western Regional finale last year, and was second in both the conference and regional championships as a sophomore in 2000. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus has emerged as the team's most improved harrier, leading the team in the season opener in Minnesota, and ranking second on the squad and fifth overall in the recent Pac-10 finale. Juniors Brett Holts, John Lucas and Noel Paulson, and redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon all have scored for the Ducks in key contests, and freshmen Will Viviani and Shane Ahlers loom as the top newcomers after running in the team's seventh and eighth spots in the season-opening Roy Griak Invite.
IN THE POLLS
The Duck men were elevated to fifth in the most recent coaches polls (11/5, 10/22, 10/15, 10/8 & 10/1). They opened the year tied for ninth in the preseason poll, dropped to 10th in the first regular season poll (9/17), then climbed to ninth the following week (9/24). The Oregon women received their first votes of the year this season and stand 37th nationally and fifth in the regional.
RECENT WOMEN'S RECAP
PASADENA, Calif. (11/2) - Two weeks ago in the 17th women's edition of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, the Ducks showed marked improvement from 2001 with two runners in the top 20 and two others in the top 40 - in comparison, the 2001 race featured only two Ducks in the top 40 overall. Redshirt senior Carrie Zografos enjoyed a breakthrough eighth-place finish in the 6K chase (21:03) - the Ducks' highest since Marie Davis took fifth in 1998. Looking back at past league finales, the Portland, Ore., native and Central Catholic High School graduate finished 35th last year and 44th in 2000 as a sophomore after transferring from Colorado, and overall has led the Ducks in six of her last seven races going back to 2001. Junior Laura Harmon was close behind with a Pac-10 best of her own (19th, 21:25), ahead of junior Magdalena Sandoval (36th, 22:13), senior Erinn Gulbrandsen (40th, 22:22), redshirt junior Eri Macdonald (44th, 22:36) and freshmen Nicole Feest (54th, 23:00) and Eleanor Gordon (58th, 23:13). Oregon's other entrant, redshirt junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson, was injured in a fall in the opening 100 meters of the race, and received a deep gash in her arm after being spiked by another runner. The Duck women's finish also marked the final conference harrier finale for Tom Heinonen in his 28th year as head coach. During his career, the six-time Pac-10 Cross Country Coach of the Year has led the Ducks to wins in seven of the 17 Pac-10 Championships ever held - second-most among any league team - and Duck individuals have claimed a conference-best eight individual crowns. Overall in the women's race, No. 2 Stanford took four of the top five individual spots and scored 23 points, edging No. 17 Arizona State (second, 59), No. 25 Washington (third, 79), No. 19 UCLA (fourth, 86), Oregon (fifth, 134), Washington State (sixth, 197), USC (seventh, 202), California (eighth, 208) and Arizona (ninth, 242).
RECENT MEN'S RECAP
PASADENA, Calif. (11/2) - In the 34th edition of the men's Pacific 10 (formerly Pac-8) Championships, the Ducks nabbed second place in the race's first visit to UCLA's Brookside Golf Course, and split the top nine places with No. 1 Stanford against a field that featured four, top-40 teams. Senior Jason Hartmann and redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus (fifth, 23:43) became the first Duck pair since 1995 to score top-five finishes when Karl Keska won the league title and Matthew Davis followed in fourth place. Andrus' effort was particularly impressive as the Orem, Utah native improved upon a 23rd-place finish last season as the team's fifth runner in the ASU-hosted meet. Junior Brett Holts stepped up with his best conference finish (12th, 24:08), ahead of juniors John Lucas (17th, 24:29) and Noel Paulson (18th, 24:34), redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon (21st, 24:41) and redshirt freshman Will Viviani (46th, 25:23). No. 1 Stanford took full advantage of a new rule that allowed a maximum of 10 entries per team. Senior Grant Robison defended his title (23:27) en route to a 1-2-3 Stanford sweep that included juniors Ian Dobson (second, 23:30) and Donald Sage (third, 23:36), while altogether the Cardinal claimed seven of the top nine places and nine of the top 15 overall. Trailing the Ducks (second with 51 points), No. 25 Arizona State (third, 85) edged No. 35 Washington (fourth, 114), Washington State (fifth, 165), California (sixth, 166), Arizona (seventh, 176) and UCLA (eighth, 183). The Ducks' runner-up finish also marked Oregon's fifth top-two conference finish in the past seven years, and second in Martin Smith's four-year tenure (with third-place efforts the other two seasons).
2001 REGIONAL FLASHBACK
TUCSON, Ariz. (11/10/01) - Against the nation's top regional, the Duck M&W took third and 12th, respectively, at last year's edition of the NCAA Western Regional Championships, hosted on the Dell Urich Golf Course. Against a 20-team men's field featuring seven, top-30 teams, the No. 18-ranked Ducks posted their best finish of the season with a third-place tally of 112 points in a tight team race, just ahead of No. 14 Arizona State (fourth, 116), No. 13 Santa Barbara (fifth, 124), No. 20 Arizona (sixth, 135) and No. 28 Washington (seventh, 140). No. 2 Stanford won the team title with 37 points, ahead of No. 8 Portland (second, 91). Jason Hartmann turned an impressive third-place finish on the 10K Dell Urich Golf Course (30:57.6), not far behind Stanford's Donald Sage and Grant Robison who finished first and second in times of 30:43.4 and 30:50.1, respectively. The Duck men put their four remaining scorers, and their sixth runner, in the top 50 overall. Adam Bergquist duplicated his 11th-place Pac-10 finish from two weeks before against an even stronger field (31:30.8), and was followed by Ryan Andrus (27th, 30:06.2), Brett Holts (31st, 32:12.7), Eric Logsdon (42nd, 32:40.1), Noel Paulson (49th, 32:52.7) and John Lucas (55th, 33:06.5). On the women's side, the Ducks' season came to an end with a 12th-place regional finish as the Ducks tallied 350 points in the 23-team race. No. 1 Stanford won the competition with 39 points, ahead of No. 8 Arizona (second, 81), No. 11 Arizona State (third, 85), No. 24 Washington (fourth, 118) and No. 17 UCLA (fifth, 164). Laura Harmon led the Oregon squad for the first time in her career as the Vancouver, Wash., native and Jesuit product paced the unit the entire race and took 45th overall at the end of the 6K course in a time of 23:07.1. Erinn Gulbrandsen stepped up with her highest finish ever on the squad, ranking second among Saturday's six entries and 75th overall (23:59.5). The Duck scoring contingent was rounded out by Magdalena Sandoval (78th, 24:03.7), Annette Mosey (81st, 24:07.20), Carrie Zografos (97th, 24:25.8), and Alicia Snyder-Carlson (125th, 25:07.5).
LIFE IN A WESTERN TOWN
Last season, the NCAA Western Regional and the 'Conference of Champions' again laid claim as the most prolific among the NCAA fields with 11 combined M&W teams. The NCAA men's field featured six regional and four Pac-10 teams (Stanford (second), Portland (seventh), Oregon (13th), Santa Barbara (17th), Arizona State (20th), and Arizona (21st), and the women's field featured five conference foes (Arizona (fourth), Stanford (fifth), Washington (14th), UCLA (21st) and Arizona State (23rd). In six of the past seven NCAA finales, the men's Western Regional has featured six or more All-Americans, and the 2000 & 2001 NCAA women's fields featured five conference schools, and six in 1999. Altogether in the past 11 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the Pac-10 has featured three team titles (2 men's, 1 women's), three team runners-up (2 men's, 1 women's) and five individual winners (3 men's, 2 women's).
ACROSS THE NATION
A battle is brewing nationally on the men's front after Colorado edged Stanford by one point, 90-91, last fall for the NCAA team title. Stanford returns virtually all of last year's varsity talent, while Colorado may redshirt injured sophomore Dathan Ritzenhein (fourth as a frosh in '01, and a 13:27.77 5K'er in '02). 2000 NCAA champion Arkansas returns four All-Americans and joins Wisconsin as other title contenders. On the women's side, BYU has won three of the past team titles (2001, 1999 and 1997), and will fend off challenges from Stanford, Colorado, North Carolina, and Georgetown. The men's individual chase could be one of the fastest ever with three of last year's top four back - 2001 champion Boaz Cheboiywo of Eastern Michigan, Jorge Torres (second) of Colorado, and Alistair Cragg (third) of Arkansas - not to mention 1999 NCAA champ David Kimani of Alabama, and Kenyan Kip Kangogo, a BYU sophomore who outkicked Cheboiywo earlier this year. Women's individual favorites include Stanford's Lauren Fleshman (third last year, and a two-time NCAA outdoor 5K champion), 2002 NCAA 10K champ Kristen Price of N.C. State, North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan, Colorado's Molly Austin and Florida State's Vicky Gill.
TOP DUCK NEWCOMERS
Ranking seventh on the squad in his last two appearances, redshirt frosh Will Viviani (Arlington, Va.) paced Duck men's newcomers in September's Roy Griak Invite in Minnesota (128th, 25:55) and more recently in the Pac-10 Championships (46th, 25:23). Last year he attended UO but trained on his own, and ran season bests of 3:56.52 (1,500), 8:33.83 (3K) and 15:03.67 (5K) in area meets unattached. In the season opener on Sept. 13 against 'B' squads from Portland Portland State, true freshman Shane Ahlers (Black Hawk, S.D.) took second overall (4 miles, 24:44) to pace the Ducks, then led a 'B' squad again in the Beaver Classic in Corvallis on Oct. 23 (seventh, 18:39). As a prep senior, he was the state cross country and 3,200 champion in 2001-02, and was 14th in the 2001 Midwest Footlocker Regional. True frosh Collin Stark-Benz (Portland) was 15th in the 2001 Oregon state 4A harrier meet and third on the track in the 1,500 in 2002 to go along with a regular season 1,500 personal best of 3:57.14. Entering the year with a minor Achilles injury, redshirt freshman Erik Heinonen looms as another key addition for the future. A local product out of South High School in Eugene, he placed fifth in the 2000 FootLocker Cross Country Championships, the national prep championship. On the track as a prep senior in 2001, he paced the national prep list in the 10,000 (31:26.05), while his 5,000 best of 14:35.8 dates back to his junior season. At the state harrier level, he finished third as a senior, 21st as a junior, third as a sophomore and 30th as a freshman. He also competed in the U.S. Junior Cross Country Championships in 2001 (13th) and 1999 (21st). Leading a quintet of true freshmen for the Duck women, Nicole Feest (Lombard, Ill.) has scored in three of her five races this season after placing fourth last fall in the Illinois 2A state cross country meet (14:24). On the track she finished sixth in the state 3,200 as a junior (11:07.62), then lowered her best to 10:59.7 as a senior before a shin injury slowed her at the end of 2002. Other women's additions include Portland natives Krissy Sonniksen of Westview High School and Chelsea Manesh of Sunset High School who took 19th and 27th last fall in the 4A state cross country championships. Sabrina Turner (Corvallis) of Crescent Valley High School followed close behind (31st), and on the track finished fourth in her district meet in 2002 in the 800 and 1,500. Local product Eleanor Gordon (Eugene) from South High School ranked sixth among the 11 Ducks that competed in the Willamette Invite in early October, but was diagnosed two weeks later with a stress reaction. In the Beaver Classic (10/23), she finished second overall (second, 14:16) off limited practice the weeks prior, and seventh on the team in the Pac-10 Championships (58th, 23:13).
During the season, the Ducks have tried to garner as many head-to-head regular season wins against other potential NCAA participants from across the nation to help their qualifying cause for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA men's and women's fields (31 teams in each) feature the top-two team finishers from each of November's nine NCAA regionals on Sat., Nov. 16, along with an additional 13 at-large teams selected on their regional finish and regular-season wins against other automatic qualifiers and at-large hopefuls. The 255-individual NCAA field also features 38 individuals from non-qualifying teams -- the top four individuals from each region, plus two at-large individuals selected nationally. Although the Duck women failed to qualify in 2001, they utilized the at-large route in 2000 after a fourth-place regional finish and previous regular season wins against five fellow NCAA qualifiers -- Marquette, North Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest and Weber State.
At-Large Duck Women's Season Scorecard Against Potential NCAA Qualifiers
At-Large Duck Men's Season Scorecard Against Potential NCAA Qualifiers
DUCK WOMEN'S SEASON OUTLOOK
The Duck women return five of of last year's six letterwinnners, and a two-time NCAA veteran that redshirted in 2001, and sport only one senior on their roster. Last year, they missed the national finale for only the third time in head coach's Tom Heinonen 27 years at the helm after eighth- and 12th-place Pac-10 and Western Regional finishes, respectively. Redshirt senior Carrie Zografos (Portland) returns after a breakthrough 2001-02 season. In cross country, she ranked as the team's MVP and most improved and led the squad in four of her five harrier races, including the Pac-10 Champs (35th). On the track, she led the team in the 1,500 with a Pac-10 qualifier that was 12 seconds better than her preseason best (4:26.98), and made an ever bigger splash over the barriers. In her season steeplechase debut vs. Washington, she missed the NCAA provisional mark by barely two seconds with her school record (10:42.02), and later added fifth in the Pac-10 finale. Junior Laura Harmon (Vancouver, Wash.) led the squad once last season -- in the Western Regional (45th) -- and ranked second in the first two races of 2001 and fifth in the remaining two meets due to illness. On the track in 2002, she led the team in the 5K (17:12.04) and ranked second in the 1,500 (4:29.49) with Pac-10 qualifiers in both. Redshirt junior Eri Macdonald (Honolulu, Hawai'i) returns after redshirting last fall and has scored in 13 of 15 career races for the Ducks, including NCAA appearances in 1999 and 2000. Outdoors on the track in 2002, she missed an NCAA invite in the 800 by .04 seconds with her personal best (2:06.37) and made her second appearance in the Pac-10 final. Junior Magdalena Sandoval (Los Alamos, N.M.) was the team's top newcomer last fall and ran among the Ducks' top four in all five races -- including second twice -- before missing the spring as she returned from a stress fracture. Senior Erinn Gulbrandsen (Chico, Calif.) placed among the squad's top four in every race, including four stops among the top three, then redshirted the track season. Redshirt sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson (Kihei, Hawai'i) proved a pleasant surprise in her first season of varsity cross country duty in 2001 -- including two scoring efforts and top-seven finishes in her three other appearances. On the track, she was the only athlete to qualify for the Pac-10 meet in the 400 hurdles (61.51) and steeplechase (11:07.85), and ranked first and second, respectively, on the team. Junior Annette Mosey (Wilsonville) will redshirt this season while studying in Spain after scoring in fix of her six races last fall. On the track in 2002 ranked second and third on the squad, respectively, in the 800 (2:10.55) and 1,500 (4:35.78). Freshman Sara Schaaf (Klamath Falls) will not compete this fall, switching to the Ducks' long sprint/middle distance corps this track season. She scored once last fall for the varsity harrier unit before missing the harrier regional finale because of a stress fracture.
DUCK MEN'S SEASON OUTLOOK
The Duck men return six of last year's top seven from last year's 13th-place NCAA finishers -- a solid effort considering the 14th-ranked squad entered six NCAA rookies. The squad foreshadowed their success with third-place Pac-10 and Western Regional finishes against fields that featured four and six NCAA team qualifiers, respectively. Looking ahead to 2002, two-time All-American Jason Hartmann (Rockford, Mich.) will try to become the eighth Duck to win three or more All-America honors after missing the honor by 10 seconds last year (50th, 30:21). He has led the squad in nine of his 10 races as a sophomore and junior, and was the Pac-10 Men's Newcomer of the Year as a frosh. On the track, he placed top-four in the NCAA 10K in 2001 (third) and 2002 (fourth). His lowered his 10K best in June's USA Championships (eighth, 28:48.76) and stands as the top collegiate returnee from the race for 2003, not to mention fifth all-time for the Ducks. Juniors John Lucas (Eagle Point) and Brett Holts (Bend) posted top-25 Pac-10 finishes both in 2001 (17th/21st), and 2000 (18th/19th), and scored in their 2001 NCAA debuts (117th/96th). On the track in 2002, Lucas was an NCAA provisional qualifier indoors in the 5,000 (14:16.40) and a Pac-10 10K entrant (13th). Holts was a Pac-10 scorer in the steeplechase (9:03.32), with all four of his season and career races sub-9:05 - including a best of 8:57.33 three seconds shy of the NCAA provisional mark. Junior Noel Paulson (Aumsville) was also a top-25 Pac-10 harrier finisher in 2000 (25th), and in 2001 his Pac-10 open race time in Arizona was the sixth-fastest of the eight Ducks on the course that day. Indoors in 2002, he ran an NCAA provisional mile of 4:04.31. Redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon (Canby) scored in three of his final four harrier races of 2001, including his Regional (41st) and NCAA (156th) debuts. On the track in May, he ran an NCAA provisional best of 14:04.85 with only one shoe the last mile in the Cardinal Invite, and later scored fourth in the Pac-10 track finale. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Andrus (Orem, Utah) figured as the team's third finisher in three meets in 2001, including top-30 Pac-10 and Western Regional finishes (23rd/27th). On the track, he owns 1,500/5K bests of 3:46.5/14:11 as a freshman at Wisconsin in the spring of 1998. The only loss from last year's harrier top seven is Adam Bergquist, the squad's second finisher in all three championships races -- (11th at Pac-10 and Regionals, 60th at NCAAs). Seth Pilkington (Roy, Utah), a freshman on the 2001 squad and sixth in the 2000 Foot Locker Championships as a prep senior, will begin a two-year religious mission this fall. Redshirt freshman Erik Heinonen, one place better (fifth) than Pilkington in the prep 2000 Footlocker Champs and the fastest 10K prep in 2001 (31:26.05), is recovering from a summer Achilles injury.
No university boasts a combined history as rich as the Oregon men's and women's programs. Dating back to All-American Steve Prefontaine in 1969, 18 men's runners have finished among the top five in the NCAA Championships - the most recent being Steve Fein (third in '99). The list of Oregon greats includes such legends as NCAA harrier champions 'Pre' (1970-71-73) and Alberto Salazar (1978) and fellow American track record holders Rudy Chapa and Matt Centrowitz. On the women's side, Oregon has qualified as a team in 24 of 27 NCAA meets since 1975 and has finished in the top 10 in 18 appearances. The University of Oregon women have garnered 30 All-America honors and have featured such greats as Marie Davis, Melody Fairchild, Kathy Hayes, Lisa Ondieki, and Annette Peters.
AT THE HELM
On the women's side, 28th-year head coach Tom Heinonen has been honored as NCAA Coach of the Year for each of Oregon's NCAA one track and field team and two cross country titles, and has directed the Ducks to the collegiate harrier finale 24 times, including 18 top-10 NCAA finishes. Individually, his distance pupils have scored 30 All-America honors in cross country and 53 awards on the track. In conference competition the Ducks have historically paced 'The Conference of Champions' as his teams have won seven of 17 Pac-10 team titles and six individual crowns since the league's inception in 1986 - also garnering him six Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors. In his fourth season as men's cross country head coach, Martin Smith has solidified Oregon as one of nation's preeminent programs. In his first season as cross country head coach in 1999, he guided Oregon to a sixth-place NCAA harrier finish -- its 24th top-10 national placing. Altogether in track and field and cross country since his arrival in 1998, the Ducks have garnered 20 All-America honors individually, and ninth-place NCAA track finishes outdoors in 2001 and indoors in 2002. In return, Smith was tabbed Pac-10 and West Region Men's Track Coach of the Year in 2002. Previously, the two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year (1985 & 88) led Wisconsin harrier squads to two NCAA titles; nine top-five finishes; and top-14 finishes in each of his 15 years in Madison. On the individual side, his Badger cross country athletes won one NCAA title and 34 All-America awards, to go with five NCAA titles and 44 All-America honors on the track. His harrier All-America tally during that period trailed only Arkansas, and even bettered the Hogs' tally counting only U.S. athletes.
SCORING THE RACE
Cross country races are scored by adding together the places of each seven-person team's top five finishers, with the lowest score winning. A perfect score would be 15 points (1+2+3+4+5), although scores in larger meets such as the NCAA Championships are much higher because of the larger number of teams on hand (i.e. 50-100+ points). In the NCAA Championships or other regular season invitationals where some individuals compete apart from teams, their places are not counted in the team scoring (i.e. a runner who finished 49th overall but was beaten by two individuals not affiliated with teams would be scored 47th in the team scoring).
COMING INTO HIS OWN
Senior Jason Hartmann is on pace to cap an impressive harrier career this fall. A two-time All-American in both cross country and track and field, he returns as one of the league's top harriers after runner-up regional and Pac-10 finishes in 2000 and third- and sixth-place efforts in 2001, respectively. However, last year's track season further cemented his place among the nation's top distance runners. The Rockford, Mich., native was one of the most-raced distance runners in 2002, racing 48K (29.8 miles) in 4 meets -- including three 10K's, one 5K and one 3K in a seven-week span in May and June. He opened the year with a personal best in the Stanford Invitational 10K in March (28:51.00), was slowed by a minor injury in April, then returned to duty in May's Oregon Twilight (3K, second, 8:20.02). During the championship season, he was one of only two league members to score in the Pac-10 5K (fifth) and 10K (second), then passed three runners in the final lap of a hot and humid NCAA 10K for his second top-four honor (fourth). In the USA Championships later in June, he raised the bar again when most collegians had already peaked. He ran among a crowded pack contesting third place for the first five miles, before coming away with an eighth-place finish and second among collegians. At the finish line, he added yet another personal best (28:46.76) that ranks him fifth in school history and stands as the top collegiate returnee for the 2003 edition. He made his debut on the national track spotlight in Eugene in 2001 with his third-place NCAA 10K finish (as he outkicked three runners in the final lap) - one of seven races and six home meets at the fabled facility (2000-2 races/2 meets; 2001-4 races/3 meets; 2002-1 race/1 meet). His personal bests follow - 3K (8:09.79), 5K (14:05.72), 10K (28:46.76) - and here's a quick rundown of his career so far:
Honors: Two-time All-American in cross country (1999, 2000) & track (2001, '02), Two-time Pac-10 runner-up (cross country 2000; track-10K 2002).2001-02: Track: All-American (10K, 4th, 29:28.80). Pac-10 (5K, 5th, 14:30.01; 10K, 2nd, 30:28.92). Season Bests: 3K (8:20.02), 5K (14:05.72), 10K (28:46.76). Cross Country: NCAA qualifier (50th, 30:21), Pac-10 (6th-fell, 24:30.9), West Reg. (third, 30:57).2000-01: Track: All-American (10K, 3rd, 29:28.97). Pac-10 (10K, 12th-ill, 31:33.83) . Season Bests: 3K (8:09.79), 5K (14:05.72, indoors), 10K (28:56.06 debut). Cross Country: All-American (35th, 31:03.5). Pac-10 (2nd, 23:47.37). West Regional (2nd, 30:42).1999-00: Track: Redshirted. Unattached Season Bests: 800 (1:56.18), 5K (14:22.25). Cross Country: All-American (NCAA - 37th, 31:17.3, top U.S. frosh); Western Regional (16th, 31:05); Pac-10 (15th, 24:46, Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year). World Junior Champs (66th, 8K, 25:50). U.S. Champs (6th, 26:40).
All-America honors are awarded based on NCAA Championships finishes. The top 30 finishers from both the men's and women's races, regardless of citizenship, are honored by the U.S. Cross Country Coaches Association, along with any additional finishers that are among the top 30 U.S. finishers. Often the award will extend to Americans in the 40th-50th range on the men's side, and 35th-40th on the women's side.
PAC-10 HONOR ROLL
Barely two weeks after the 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships, Arizona's Tara Chaplin and Stanford's Donald Sage were named Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Year after their first- and seventh-place NCAA finishes. Arizona State's J.J. Duke and Stanford's Sara Bei claimed M&W Newcomer of the Year honors, and Stanford's Vin Lananna and Arizona's Dave Murray were named M&W Coaches of the Year. Honors were decided by a vote of conference cross country coaches.
M&W Duck Cross Country Information
Colors: Green & Yellow (Pantone 3425 & 109)Mascot: DucksConference: Pacific-10Enrollment / Founded: 19,091 / 1876* 2001 Season Recap/Team Finishes NCAA : M: 13th (389); W: DNQ W. Reg. Champs: M: 3rd (112); W 12th (350) Pac-10 Champs: M: 3rd (78); W 8th (210)* M Head Coach: Martin Smith, 4th Year* W Head Coach: Tom Heinonen, 28th Year* Returning All-Americans (1): M: Jason Hartmann - 37th in '99, 35th in '00. W: NA* Letterwinners Ret./Lost: M 6/1; W 6/2
Duck Harrier History
* NCAA Team Champions (6) - Men: 1971-73-74-79; Women: 1983-87
* NCAA Individual Winners (4) - Steve Prefontaine (1970-71-73); Alberto Salazar (1978)
* All-Americans - Men: 52 (since '63); Women: 30 (since '79)
* Conference Champions* - Team: Men's: 13; Women's: 11 / Individual: Men's: 9; Women's: 8
* Regional Champions** - Team: Men's: 5; Women's: 13 / Individual: Men's: 9; Women's: 8
*since M-1969,W-1982 **since M-1969,W-1975
Recent Regional Results
2001 NCAA Western Regional
Dell Urich Golf Course * M10K/W6K
Tucson, Arizona * 11/10/01
Men's Teams (20 Total) - 1, Stanford 37 points. 2, Portland 91. 3, Oregon 112. 4, ASU 116. 5, Santa Barbara 124. 6, Arizona 135. 7, Washington 140. 8, WSU 194. 9, UCLA 222. 10, Cal Poly SLO 246. ... 20, St. Mary's 651.
Men's Individuals - 1, Donald Sage, Stanford, 30:43.4. 2, Grant Robison, Stanford, 30:50.1. 3, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 30:57.6. 4, Fasil Bizuneh ASU, 30:59.1. 5, Joe Driscoll, Portland, 31:01.4.
Women's Teams (23 total) - 1, Stanford 39 points. 2, Arizona 81. 3, Arizona State 85. 4, Washington 118. 5, UCLA 164. 6, WSU 214. 7, UC Irvine 229. 8, Cal Poly SLO, 250. 9, Boise State 268. 10, Hawaii 295. 11, Santa Barbara 298. 12, Oregon 350. ... 23, St. Mary's 608.
Women's Individuals - 1, Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 20:40.1. 2, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:52.0. 3, Lisa Aguilera, ASU, 20:54.5. 4, Alicia Craig, Stanford, 21:04.4. 5, Everlyne Lagat, WSU, 21:06.6.
UO Women - 45, Laura Harmon, 23:07.1. 75, Erinn Gulbrandsen, 23:59.5. 78, Magdalena Sandoval, 24:03.7. 81, Annette Mosey, Oregon, 24:07.2. 97, Carrie Zografos, 24:25.8. 125, A. Snyder-Carlson, 25:07.5.
2000 NCAA Western RegionalWoodward Park * M10K/W6K
Fresno, Calif. * 11/11/00
Women's Team Results (26 Teams) - 1, Stanford, 58 points. 2, Arizona State, 88. 3, Arizona, 126. 4, Oregon, 169. 5, Washington, 170. 6, Cal Poly, 187. 7, Washington State, 188. 8, UCLA, 199. 9, UC Irvine, 219. 10, Idaho, 221.
Women's Individual Results - 1, Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State, 20:25. 2, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:33. 3, Mary Duerbeck, Arizona State, 20:36. 4, Elena Villarreal, Stanford, 20:37. 5, Kate Bradshaw, Washington, 20:37.
Men's Team Results (21 Teams) - 1, Stanford, 58; 2, Arizona, 62; 3, Cal Poly, 114; 4, Oregon, 122; 5, Arizona State. 128; 6, Portland, 150. 7, UCLA, 167. 8, Washington, 207. 9, Santa Barbara, 230. 10, California, 259.
Men's Individuals - 1, J. Riley, Stanford, 30 minutes, 40 seconds. 2, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 30:42. 3, Tom Prindiville, Arizona, 30:43. 4, Michael Kasahun, Oregon, 30:45. 5, Steve Smith, Arizona, 30:49.
2002 Pac-10 Champs Review
Brookside Golf Course * M8K/ W6K
Pasadena, Calif * 11/2/02
Men's Team Scores - 1, Stanford, 19. 2, Oregon, 51. 3, Arizona State, 85. 4, Washington, 114. 5, Washington State, 165. 6, California, 166. 7, Arizona, 176. 8, UCLA, 183.
Men's Individual Results (8K) - 1, Grant Robison, Stanford, 23:27. 2, Ian Dobson, Stanford, 23:30. 3, Donald Sage, Stanford, 23:36. 4, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 23:38. 5, Ryan Andrus, Oregon, 23:43. 6, Adam Tenforde, Stanford, 23:51. 7, Neil Davis, Stanford, 23:58. 8, Ryan Hall, Stanford, 24:00. 9, Peter Meindl, Stanford, 24:00. 10, Fasil Bizuneh, Arizona State, 24:03. 11, Justin Romaniuk, Stanford, 24:08. 12, Brett Holts, Oregon, 24:08. 13, J.J. Duke, Arizona State, 24:20. 14, Mark Anderson, Arizona, 24:21. 15, Robert Smitson, Stanford, 24:24. 16, Aaron Aguayo, Arizona State, 24:28. 17, John Lucas, Oregon, 24:29. 18, Noel Paulson, Oregon, 24:34. 19, Eric Garner, Washington, 24:38. 20, Matt Topping, Washington, 21, Eric Logdson, Oregon, 24:41. 22, Martin Conrad, California, 24:44. 23, Danny Wolf, Washington State, 24:45. 24, Erik Emilsson, UCLA, 24:47. 25, Ryan Warrenburg, Arizona State, 24:47.
Other UO Men - 46, Will Viviani, 25:23.
Women's Team Scores - 1, Stanford, 23. 2, Arizona State, 59. 3, Washington, 79. 4, UCLA, 86. 5, Oregon, 134. 6, Washington State, 197. 7, USC, 202. 8, California, 208. 9, Arizona, 242.
Women's Individual Results (6K) - 1, Sara Bei, Stanford, 19:48. 2, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 19:50. 3, Lena Nilsson, UCLA, 20:01. 4, Alicia Craig, Stanford, 20:10. 5, Malindi Elmore, Stanford, 20:25. 6, Jessica Scalzo, Arizona State, 20:53. 7, Courtney Inman, Washington, 20:57. 8, Carrie Zografos, Oregon, 21:03. 9, Alejandra Barrientos, UCLA, 21:11. 10, Amy Hastings, Arizona State, 21:11. 11, Erin Sullivan, Stanford, 21:14. 12, Desiree Davila, Arizona State, 21:19. 13, Kate Bradshaw, Washington, 21:20. 14, Lindsey Egerdahl, Washington, 21:21. 15, Cynthia Atencio, Arizona State, 21:22. 16, Liz Lindgren, Arizona State, 21:23. 17, Kate Spigel, Washington, 21:23. 18, Jeane Goff, Stanford, 21:24. 19, Laura Harmon, Oregon, 21:25. 20, Anna Blue, Washington State, 21:26. 21, Anna Masinelli, Arizona State, 21:29. 22, Jenna Timinsky, UCLA, 21:30. 23, Cody Sohn, Arizona State, 21:30. 24, Brooke Thomas, USC, 21:30. 25, Carmen Winant, UCLA, 21:31.
Men's Regional Team Champs
2001: Stanford2000: Stanford1999: Stanford1998: Stanford1997: Stanford1996: Stanford1995: Stanford1994: Arizona1993: Portland1992: Arizona1991: Arizona1990: Arizona1989: OREGON1988: OREGON1987: Arizona1986: Arizona1985: Arizona1984: Arizona1983: OREGON1982: OREGON1981: UCLA1980: UCLA1979: OREGON
*Prior Regional Races were held in conjunction with the conference championships
Men's Regional Champs2001: Donald Sage, Stanford2000: Jonathon Riley, Stanford1999: STEVE FEIN, OREGON1998: Abdi Abdirahman, Arizona1997: Bernard Lagat, WSU1996: Meb Keflezighi, UCLA1995: KARL KESKA, OREGON1994: Martin Keino, Arizona1993: Joe Kapkory, WSU1992: Joe Kapkory, WSU1991: COLIN DALTON, OREGON1990: Marc Davis, Arizona1989: Marc Davis, Arizona1988: BRAD HUDSON, OREGON1987: Matt Giusto, Arizona1986: Aaron Ramirez, Arizona1985: Marc Olesen, Stanford1984: Tom Ansberry, Arizona1983: JIMHILL, OREGON1982: JIM HILL, OREGON1981: Richard Tuwei, WSU1980: Ron Cornell, UCLA1979: Henry Rono, WSU1978: Henry Rono, WSU1977: Joel Cheruiyot, WSU1976: Henry Rono, WSU1975: Josh Kimeto, WSU1974: John Ngeno, WSU1973: STEVE PREFONTAINE, OREGON1972: John Ngeno, WSU1971: STEVE PREFONTAINE, OREGON1970: STEVE PREFONTAINE, OREGON1969: Gerry Lindgren, WSU
Women's Regional Results2001: 1. Stanford 39, 12. OREGON 3502000: 1. Stanford 58,4. OREGON 1691999: 1. Stanford 29, 5. OREGON 1581998: 1. Arizona 78, 4. Oregon 1181997: 1. Stanford 37, 2. OREGON 781996: 1. Stanford 51, 4. OREGON1995: 1. OREGON 37, 2. Stanford 711994: 1. Stanford 55,3. OREGON 991993: 1. Arizona 59, 3. OREGON 741992: 1. Washington 90, T2. OREGON, AZ 941991: 1. OREGON 56, 2. Arizona 60,1990: 1. OREGON 49, 2. Cal-Irvine 501989: 1. Washington 75, 4. OREGON 951988: 1. OREGON 36, 2. California 501987: 1. OREGON 29, 2. Cal-Irvine 681986: 1. UCLA 69, 3. OREGON 801985: 1. OREGON 63, 2. Washington State 641984: 1. Stanford 26, 2. OREGON 401983: 1. OREGON 33, 2. Stanford 71982: 1. Stanford 33, 2. OREGON 551981: 1. OREGON 52, 2. Stan., SDSt., 731980: 1. OREGON 28, 2. Washington 481979: 1. OREGON 18, 2. Washington 651978: 1. OREGON 15, 2. Washington 701977: 1. OREGON 36, 2. Washington 631976: 1. OREGON 30, 2. Seattle Pac 611975: 1. Seattle Pac 46, 2. OREGON 60
Women's Regional Champs2001: Tara Chaplin, Arizona2000: Lisa Aguilera, ASU1999: Julia Stamps, Stanford1998: Amy Skieresz, Arizona1997: Amy Skieresz, Arizona1996: Amy Skieresz, Arizona1995: Amy Skieresz, Arizona1994: MILENA GLUSAC, Oregon1993: Karen Hecox, UCLA1992: Louise Watson, Stanford1991: LUCY NUSRALA, Oregon1990: Buffy Rabbitt, Cal-Irvine1989: Buffy Rabbitt, Cal-Irvine1988: PENNY GRAVES, Oregon1987: ANNETTE HAND, Oregon1986: PENNY GRAVES, Oregon1985: Regina Jacobs, Stanford1984: Regina Jacobs, Stanford1983: KATHY HAYES, Oregon1982: Ceci Hopp, Stanford1981: Monica Joyce, San Diego State1980: Regina Joyce, Washington1979: MOLLY MORTON, Oregon1978: ROBIN BAKER, Oregon1977: Debbie Quatier, Seattle Pacific1976: Debbie Quatier, Seattle Pacific1975: Maureen Crowley, Simon Fraser
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