Track and Field Athletes Climb NCAA Provisional Lists

March 8, 2003

SEATTLE - In their last runs after NCAA qualifying marks, three University of Oregon track and field athletes improved their personal bests and standings on the NCAA provisional lists in the NCAA Last Chance Qualifier in the Dempsey Indoor at the University of Washington.

Junior pole vaulter Kirsten Riley upped her best by 1 1/2 inches with her winning mark Saturday (13-3 1/2) . Her mark Saturday greatly improves her chances at an invite since at least 16 athletes are normally invited to the collegiate finale and her mark Saturday was the same as a trio of performers tied at 12th nationally last weekend. Two other Ducks are already qualified in the event - seniors Becky Holliday and Niki McEwen - and rank second and third nationally with NCAA automatic marks of 14-1 3/4 and 14-1 1/4 from earlier this season.

'She got a personal best and is in a real good position to make it to NCAA's,' Oregon women's coach Tom Heinonen said. 'Even if two others jumped higher this weekend, she would still be in a tie for 17th nationally and they would still normally take her.'

On the men's side, freshman Eric Mitchum lowered his personal best in the 60 hurdle final to 7.86 (second), after clocking 7.94 in the prelims - with both clockings under the 7.95 qualifying standard. The Calumet City, Ill., native appears to be just shy of an NCAA invite since a time of 7.80 on last week's qualifying list ranked in a three-way tie at 14th, and the NCAA invites 16 athletes normally.

In the 3,000, redshirt junior Ryan Andrus made his debut on the NCAA provisional list (fourth, 8:01.22), trailing teammate Jason Hartmann who ran unattached (third, 7:59.43). In last week's 5K national qualifying list, the Orem, Utah native Andrus ranked 20th with his 5K personal best (14:06.33), while Hartmann also ran a personal best unattached earlier in the year in Seattle (13:53.53).

Freshman 800-meter runner Jan Olszowy (ninth, 1:51.63) just missed the NCAA provisional standard by less than 1 1/2 seconds (1:50.20) and was just off his personal best from last weekend (1:50.40).

Full results are available at web site.

Looking ahead, Oregon's NCAA provisional qualifiers will know by Monday whether they will be invited to the NCAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark. The track and field teams open their outdoor home season in the Oregon Preview, Sat., March 22, tentatively scheduled for an 11:30 am start.

NCAA Last Chance Qualifier
University of Washington
Dempsey Indoor (307-meter flat track)
Seattle, Wash.
Sat., March 8, 2003


Pole Vault - 1, Kirsten Riley, Oregon, 13-3 1/2. 2, Gail Larsen, UCLA, 12-10. 3, Kathleen Donoghue, Stanford, 12-4. 3, Samantha Shepherd, Stanford, 12-4. 5, Alexis Jamie, Washington, 11-10. 6, Emily Enders, Unat., 11-10.


60 Hurdles - Final - 1, Jeff Hunter, Airzona, 7.83. 2, Eric Mitchum, Oregon, 7.86. 3, Marc James, Washington, 8.13. 4, Sean Temple, Air Force, 8.14. 5, Luke Marker, Air Force, 8.20. 6, Jim Campbell, Air Force, 8.31. Prelims - 1, Jeff Hunter, Arizona, 7.94. 1, Eric Mitchum, Oregon, 7.94.

800 - 1, Gary Reed, Pacific Athletics, 1:48.42. 2, Chad Simkins, BYU, 1:49.73. 3, Nick Thornton, UCLA, 1:50.04. 4, Mike McGrath, OPRJ, 1:50.09. 5, Bryant Bevan, Air Force, 1:50.77. 6, Evan fox, Stanford, 1:50.78. 9, Jan Olszowy, Oregon, 1:51.63.

3,000 - 1, Kip Kangogo, BYU, 7:52.40. 2, Lyle Weese, Montana State, 7:54.35. 3, Jason Hartmann, Unat., 7:59.43. 4, Ryan Andrus, Oregon, 8:01.22. 5, Brent Corbitt, Unat., 8:03.32. 6, Steve Loughlin, Stanford, 8:03.80.

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