Oregon Track & Field Preseason Preview
Jan. 14, 2003
EUGENE - In his 27th and final season as Oregon women's head coach Tom Heinonen looks to springboard the Ducks off of a strong 2002 season - one of their finest in recent memory.
The women capped the NCAA outdoor season with four All-America honors (Becky Holliday, pole vault, third; Roslyn Lundeen, javelin, seventh; Mary Etter, discus, eighth; Elisa Crumley javelin, 12th) among its five entries, and their highest team finish - 27th with nine points - since 1995. Indoors, the Duck women sent a pair of pole vaulters to the NCAA showdown as Becky Holliday earned All-America reviews for her seventh-place finish and Niki Reed also finished top-10 (10th).
At the conference championships, the women were only three points away from doubling their score from the year before and finished sixth (67 points). Individually, the 24-person Oregon contingent featured three runners-up (Sarah Malone, javelin; Jenny Brogdon, high jump; Becky Holliday, pole vault) among its 13 scorers in 12 events. In the year-end USTCA Power Rankings, Oregon weighed in at 12th overall and second among league members, and ended its dual slate with a 3-0 record with wins over Montana, Washington and Weber State. On the Pac-10 All-Academic charts, Oregon sported one first-team honoree (Jenny Kenyon) and two second-team selections (Eri Macdonald, Kirsten Riley), and a Verizon Second-Team Academic All-American (Kenyon).
This season, the Duck men welcome back two NCAA champions from 2001 (Santiago Lorenzo, decathlon; John Stiegeler, javelin), and three other All-Americans (Samie Parker - 60 indoors 2002; Jason Hartmann - 10,000 - 2001, '02; Trevor Woods - pole vault indoors - 2002). As a team the Duck men posted their highest ever NCAA indoor finish (ninth, 15 points) and featured three All-America performances among their four qualifiers (Trevor Woods, pole vault, third; Samie Parker, 60, fourth; Simon Kimata, 800 fifth). Outdoors in the collegiate finale, the UO sent seven men - their most since 1996 (8) - and finished 35th as a team with seven points and featured two All-Americans (Jason Hartmann, 10,000, fourth; Micah Harris, 110 hurdles, seventh)) and two other top-12 finishers.
At the Pac-10 level, the Men of Oregon claimed a league-best five titles and three more runner-up honors en route to a second-place team finish (125 points) - their highest since 1996. The Ducks continued to flex their depth across the 21 outdoor events with NCAA marks in nine of them, and points at the Pac-10 level in 15 of them. During the regular season, the Ducks went 3-0 with dual wins over Montana, Washington and Weber State, and ranked ninth in the national USTCA Power Rankings, based on a team's dual-meet potential. Academically, the men featured a league-high four first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selections (Ryan Andrus, Adam Bergquist, Billy Pappas, John Stiegeler), and two Verizon Academic All-America Second-Team selections (Adam Bergquist, Billy Pappas).