Duck Track & Field Teams Set for Invite

Jan. 27, 2003

EUGENE - Returning for their second meet of the indoor season, the Duck men's and women's track and field teams travel next to the Invitational, Sat., Feb. 1, hosted by Boise State University in Nampa, Idaho in the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Sports Center.

The Duck men and women have entered 25 and 17 athletes, respectively, and will face teams from Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, Cal State-LA and UTEP. The meet begins at 9 a.m. and will end at approximately 2 p.m., with more meet information available at the website.

Tentative Oregon women's entries include sprinters Janette Davis, Heather Murtaugh and Sara Schaaf, hurdler Kayla Mellott, high jumper Jenny Brogdon, pole vaulters Becky Holliday, Niki (Reed) McEwen, Hannah Moore, Georgette Moyle and Kirsten Riley, horizontal jumpers Amanda Brown and Clarice Hayward-Lee, throwers Whitney Gum, Jill Hoxmeier, Dani Keyser and Jordan Sauvage, and heptathlete Abby Andrus.

Tentative Oregon men's entries include sprinters Travis Anderson, Marcus Benton and Samie Parker, middle distance runners Adam Bailey, Tomas Finol, Ryan Flaherty and Jan Olszowy, hurdlers Samuel Hobbs, Brandon Holliday and Eric Mitchum, high jumpers Chad Clason, Teddy Davis and Jeff Lindsey, pole vaulters Jon Derby, David Moore, Jason Slye and Trevor Woods, horizontal jumpers Jesse Mays and Foluso Akinradewo, throwers Adam Kriz and James March, and decathletes Gabriel LeMay, Santiago Lorenzo, Doug Sells and Andrew Young.

Two weeks ago in their indoor season opener, the Duck M&W posted four wins and three Pac-10 Championships and 25 Mountain Pacific Championships qualifying marks in the Husky Preview in the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor Complex. Senior Jordan Sauvage paced the women with a six-foot hammer throw best (55-10 1/2), senior high jumper Jenny Brogdon added a runner-up finish and 1 1/4-inch indoor personal best and Pac-10 qualifier (5-7), and senior Amanda Brown scored a half-inch indoor best in the triple jump (third, 38-8 1/4) and was eight inches away from a May league invite. One of three Duck men's winners, freshmen Eric Mitchum claimed the tape in the 60 hurdles (8.02) .01 seconds faster than his prelim time (8.03) - and both were just shy of the NCAA provisional mark (7.95). Freshman high jumper Teddy Davis was only 3/4 inches away from the NCAA provisional mark (first, PR 7-0 1/4) with a mark that also qualified for May's outdoor Pac-10 finale, as did fellow frosh Chad Clason (third, 6-8 3/4). Among other highlights, redshirt junior James March added another win in the shot put (52-0), and redshirt senior Adam Kriz led collegians in the weight throw and was two feet away from the NCAA provisional mark (third overall, PR 61-11 1/2).

That same weekend, All-American and redshirt senior Niki (Reed) McEwen broke the UO school indoor pole vault record and matched its overall school record in the USA Track and Field Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. The Newport, Ore., native McEwen won the top collegiate section (14-1 1/4 (4.30m), although the mark will not be considered for NCAA qualifying purposes since the event was not a collegiate-sanctioned event. Eugene native and junior Kirsten Riley was only a half-inch off her personal best and won her section (12-9 1/2), and sophomore Hannah Moore added nearly two inches to her indoor best (eighth-section, 11-7 3/4).

Breaking down the women's squad, 27th-year head coach Tom Heinonen looks to springboard the Ducks off of a strong 2002 season - one of their finest in recent memory. The Ducks 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 their five entries, and scored 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).

In the 2002 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).

Sizing up the Duck men, a pair of NCAA champions from 2001 return for their final seasons (Santiago Lorenzo, decathlon; John Stiegeler, javelin), and three other All-Americans also return from last year (Samie Parker - 60 indoors 2002; Jason Hartmann - 10,000 - 2001, '02; Trevor Woods - pole vault indoors - 2002). As a unit, the Duck men posted their highest ever NCAA indoor finish (ninth, 15 points) last March 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 in 2002, the Men of Oregon claimed a league-best five individual titles and three more runner-up honors en route to a second-place team finish (125 points) - their highest since 1996. During the year, the Ducks continued to flex their depth in 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).

Looking ahead, the Duck squads will send a women's unit to the Mountain State Games Pentathlon, Fri.-Sat., February 7-8. The following weekend, the Duck men travel to the Iowa State Classic, Fri.-Sat., February 14-15 in Ames, Iowa, and the Duck women compete in the Washington Invitational Sat., Feb. 15 in Seattle.

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