Mitchum Notches NCAA Provisional Mark In Pac-10 Invitational
March 1, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. - Freshman hurdler Eric Mitchum snatched his first ever NCAA Provisional qualifying mark Saturday afternoon, as he won the 60-meter hurdles in a personal best time of 7.87 seconds, and highlighted the day for the men's track squad at the first-ever Pac-10 Invitational, held at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Washington. The Duck men also recorded two other wins, nine personal or seasonal bests, and one outdoor Pac-10 qualifying mark. Redshirt senior Nike McEwen won the women's pole vault with a clearance of 13-9 1/4, and junior Kirsten Riley moved up the NCAA Provisional list with a personal best leap of 13-1 3/4, as they led a group of four Duck women pole vaulters who also traveled North to compete at the meet.
Freshman middle distance runner Jan Olszowy won the 800-meters (1:50.40) in a seasonal-best time that easily qualified him for the outdoor Pacific-10 conference Championships, and fell just .20 seconds short of the indoor NCAA Provisional qualifying mark. In the same event, Freshman Ryan Flaherty (5th, 1:52.90) and Tomas Finol (6th, 1:53.26) improved upon their seasonal bests, while freshman Adam Bailey (10th, 1:55.73) fell less than a second short of a seasonal best himself.
Another Duck victory came in the 60-meter dash, where senior All-American sprinter Samie Parker claimed the tape in 6.71 seconds, a NCAA Provisional mark, but no improvement upon his 6.68 from his season debut at the Bodybuilding.com Invitational.
In the 400-meter dash, freshman sprinters Travis Anderson (4th, 47.98) and Matthew Scherer (6th, 48.07) ran seasonal bests, and were only .14 seconds, and .23 seconds respectively off qualifying for the outdoor Pac-10 Championships.
Redshirt senior Jason Slye led the Ducks in the field, as he improved upon his seasonal best mark in the Pole Vault, clearing 16-10 3/4, a third-place effort. Gabriel LeMay was the on ly other Duck vaulter with a seasonal best, as he placed 13th, clearing 14-11.
Redshirt Senior and NCAA Decathelete Champion Santiago Lorenzo made his season debut in the long jump, and placed fifth, soaring 22-9 1/4.
The Duck men's track squad will send selected individuals who have qualified to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 14-15, at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and will open their outdoor campaign March 22 at Hayward Field, when they host the Oregon Preview.
60-meter dash - 1, Samie Parker, Oregon, 6.71.
200-meter dash - 1, Nick Sebes, Stanford, 21.58.
1-mile run - 1, Grant Robinson, Stanford, 4:01.40.
3000-meter run - 1, Roger Cahill, Arizona State, 8:15.75.
60-meter hurdles - 1, Eric Mitchum, Oregon, 7.87.
Men's Pole Vault - 1, Brad Walker, Washington, 17-2 3/4. 3, Jason Slye, Oregon, 16-10 3/4. 5, Trevor Woods, Oregon, 16-4 3/4. 8, Jon Derby, 15-5. 8, Andy Young, Oregon, 15-5. 8, David Moore, Oregon, 15-5. 13, Gabe LeMay, Oregon, 14-11. NH, Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon.
Triple Jump - 1, Ryan Zimmerman, Arizona State, 48-10 3/4. 3, Foluso Akinradewo, Oregon, 43-9 3/4.
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