Track & Field Teams Set for Mountain Pacific Championships
Feb. 19, 2003
EUGENE - This weekend, the Oregon men's and women's track and field teams head to their quasi-indoor conference finale, the Mountain Pacific Federation Championships, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 21-22 at Jacksons Track in the Nampa Sports Center in Nampa, Idaho, and will take on a host of schools from the Big West and Pacific-10 Conferences.
All-American and redshirt senior Niki McEwen - the nation's top-ranked pole vaulter - leads a 16-woman Duck contingent of sprinters, jumpers and throwers, and redshirt senior Adam Kriz, ranked 14th nationally in the weight throw, paces a seven-man Duck squad of sprinters, jumpers and throwers.
This Weekend's Meet Information
National Collegiate Rankings
Event Oregon Women Rank 2003 Best PRPV Niki McEwen 1st 13-9 1/4 14-1 1/4 Becky Holliday 7th 13-2 1/4 14-1 1/4 Kirsten Riley 21st 12-10 12-10
Other tentative Oregon men's entries include sprinter Matt Scherer (200, 12th, 22.05), hurdler Eric Mitchum (second, 7.96), triple jumper Foluso Akinradewo (first, 50-11 1/2), pole vaulters Jason Slye (ninth, 16-4 3/4) and Trevor Woods (eighth, 16-7 1/4), and throwers James March (shot put, 12th, 55-1) and Adam Kriz (weight throw, fourth, 66-4 1/4).
Other tentative women's entries include sprinters Janette Davis (400, fifth, 55.54), Michelle Donovan (400, 20th, 58.76), Heather Murtaugh (60, 15th, 7.82; 200, 25th, 25.27) and Sara Schaaf (400, 12th, 57.84; 800, 11th, 2:16.17), hurdler and high jumper Abby Andrus (60H, 20th, 9.02; 15th, 5-3 3/4), high jumper Jenny Brogdon (6th, 5-7), pole vaulters Becky Holliday (fifth, 13-2 1/4), Niki McEwen (first, 14-1 1/4), Georgette Moyle (11th, 12-5 1/2) and Kirsten Riley (seventh, 12-10), horizontal jumpers Amanda Brown (long jump, 10th, 18-5 1/4; triple jump, fifth, 39-0 1/4) and Clarice Hayward-Lee (triple jump, 12th, 37-9 1/2), and throwers Whitney Gum (shot put, 20th, 42-6 1/4), Jill Hoxmeier (weight throw, 20th, 49-11 1/4), Dani Keyser (weight throw, 16th, 52-3 1/4) and Jordan Sauvage (weight throw, eighth, 55-10 1/2).
In their last stop of the indoor season in the Iowa State Classic (2/14-15), the Duck men picked up four personal or seasonal bests, and four Pacific-10 Conference Championships qualifying marks. Senior pole vaulter Jason Slye upped his season best to 16-4 3/4, freshman sprinter Travis Anderson lowered his collegiate best in the 400 (11th, 48.11), the trio of freshmen Jan Olszowy (17th, 1:51.56) and Tomas Finol (30th, 1:53.62) and Ryan Flaherty (33rd, 1:54.01) posted indoor season bests in the 800, and the 4x400 of Brandon Holliday, Matthew Scherer, Anderson, and Santiago Lorenzo ran a season best (eighth, 3:12.80). Closer to home in Seattle, redshirt senior Adam Kriz raised his best in the weight throw by almost 4 1/2 feet in the Washington Invitational (second, 66-4 1/4). The Toledo, Ore., native was rewarded with his first NCAA provisional mark indoors and led collegians last Saturday and trailed only post-collegian and Eugenean Travis Nutter (first, 67-8).
On the women's side last weekend in the Washington Invitational in Seattle (2/15), the Ducks made their biggest appearance of the indoor campaign and came away with two wins, 10 personal or seasonal bests, eight Mountain Pacific Qualifying marks, and one outdoor Pacific-10 Conference Championships qualifying mark. Redshirt senior Georgette Moyle set an indoor best in the pole vault (first, 12-5 1/2) and notched a Pac-10 qualifier, and All-American Niki McEwen won the other pole vault section (13-5 1/4) with an NCAA automatic mark. Senior sprinter Heather Murtaugh ran Pac-10 qualifiers in the 60 (7.82) and 200 (25.27), redshirt sophomore Sara Schaaf logged a season best and Mountain Pacific qualifier in the 800 (2:16.17), redshirt sophomore Magdalena Sandoval clocked a personal best and Mountain Pacific qualifier only 10 seconds off the NCAA provisional standard in the 3,000 (third, 9:45.88), senior Amanda Brown claimed third-place in both the long jump (18-5 1/4) and triple jump (39-0 1/4), and junior Dani Keyser paced the team in the weight throw (second, PR 52-3 1/4).
Looking ahead to the remainder of the indoor season, the Duck squads will return to Seattle in two weekends for the Pac-10 Invitational, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-March 1 in the Dempsey Indoor at the University of Washington. The NCAA Indoor Championships follow, Fri.-Sat., 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark., in the Randal Tyson Track Complex.
Breaking down the women's squad in 2003, 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 this year, 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).
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