Duck Men Open Action in NCAA Indoor Champs
March 14, 2003
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Seniors Adam Kriz took 15th in the weight throw and Samie Parker ran a school record and advanced to the 60-meter final in opening day action for the University of Oregon track and field teams in the NCAA Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas in the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Kriz exactly matched his pre-meet seeding (15th, 64-9 1/4) in the 35-pound weight throw in his first NCAA indoor appearance, and was the only Duck to compete in Friday's event finals. The Toledo, Ore., native launched his third-best mark ever on his first throw, then lost control and never released his second throw as he slowed his momentum, while his third throw - likely a new daily best - crossed over the left sector line by a couple inches.
'Anytime you go to nationals and don't do as well it's frustrating,' Kriz said. 'For some reason I was much more nervous this time, while last year (in the NCAA hammer outdoors) I really wasn't. The first throw was a decent starting point, but I lost my timing on the second throw, and I let the third one go a little late and paid for it. I guess this will give me more incentive heading into the outdoor season.'
Friday's performance wrapped up another breakthrough season for the fifth-year Duck as he notched personal bests in his previous four meets in 2003, and all five of season marks, including the NCAA finale, outdistanced his preseason best of 61-7 1/2. Outdoors in 2002, Kriz made his overall NCAA debut in the hammer throw (14th, 200-7) and earned his invite based on his current personal best of 210-7 that netted the Pac-10 title for the former Duck walk-on.
'You have to be happy when you improve your best by five feet during the season,' assistant coach Lance Deal said, 'but I'm not sure how much I've had to do with it since this is my first year working with him. It could partly be maturity, or even getting marks he could have gotten last year. However, I can go off what he's said, and he's been excited with his training this year, so we're looking forward to keep improving outdoors.'
In the men's 60-meter dash, senior Samie Parker positioned himself for his second straight All-America honor by breaking his school record by .01 seconds and ranking in a three-way tie for fourth overall among Friday's 17 competitors.
The Long Beach, Calif., native finished second (6.62) in the third heat behind East Carolina's Julien Dunkley (6.55) who easily led Friday's results. Combining Friday's three sections, second heat winner Tre Gardner of Texas (6.61) ranked second-fastest, ahead of Florida's Ahmad Jasmine (6.62), followed by Parker, TCU's Michael Frater and first heat winner Pierre Browne of Mississippi State who all clocked 6.62.
Parker's race Saturday - only his third of the season - also rewrote his Oregon record of 6.63 from last year's NCAA prelims. In last year's collegiate final he followed his with his then-second-fastest mark ever (fourth, 6.66).
'I can't worry that I haven't raced much this year,' Parker said. 'I'm where I'm at and there's no excuses. My technique's improving - I had a good middle phase today - but need to work on my start. I've come in knowing that I can compete with these guys, and I'll be ready tomorrow.'
Even more impressive, Parker's fastest-ever time came after two false starts - one which disqualified Tennessee's Sean Lambert - and more than a 10-minute delay altogether.
Looking ahead to Saturday's final, Dunkley's time moves him atop of the collegiate list this season, moving ahead of Tre Gardner from Texas who owned the prior national leader of 6.58.
Looking ahead to Saturday's final day action, the Duck women enter three pole vaulters ranked top-13 overall - seniors Becky Holliday (second), Niki McEwen (third) and Kirsten Riley (13th), and Samie Parker returns for the final of the 60-meter dash for the men.
Randal Tyson Track Center
University of Arkansas
Friday, March 14, 2003
Men's 60 Prelims - Heat 1 - 1, Pierre Browne, Mississippi State, 6.64. 2, Brendan Christian, Texas, 6.70. 3, Marquis Davis, Mississippi State, 6.71. 4, Ahmad Carroll, Arkansas, 6.73. 5, Dennis Baker, Georgia, 6.75. 6, Latonel Williams. Heat 2 - 1, Tre Gardner, Texas, 6.61. 2, Ahmad Jasmine, Florida, 6.62. 3, Michael Frater, TCU, 6.64. 4, DaBryan Blanton, Oklahoma, 6.66. 5, Taiwo Ajibade, UTEP, 6.67. 6, Kenneth Baxter, Purdue, 6.81. FS - Sean Lambert, Tennessee. Heat 3 - 1, Julien Dunkley, East Carlina, 6.55. 2, Samie Parker, Oregon, 6.62. 3, Larry Griffin, Clemson, 6.65. 4, Mardy Scales, Middle Tennessee State, 6.66. 5, Stanford Routt, Houston, 6.77. 6, Jacey Harper, Clemson, 6.80. 7, Ernet Simms, Kentucky, 6.81.
Men's Weight Throw - 1, Thomas Freeman, Manhattan, 71-2 1/2. 2, Drew Loftin, Colorado State, 71-1 1/2. 3, Dan Taylor, Ohio State, 68-10 3/4. 4, Lucais McKay, Georgia, 68-7. 5, Stacy Andrews, Mississippi, 68-0 1/2. 6, Dan Ames, UCLA, 68-0 1/4. 7, Vinny Tortorella, Northeastern, 67-11. 8, Simon Stewart, Idaho, 67-10 1/4. 9, Christian Cantwell, Missouri, 67-4 3/4. 10, Russ Bell, Missouri, 65-7 3/4. 11, Janne Vartia, UTEP, 65-7. 12, Nick Welihozkiy, Stanford, 65-5. 13, Panagiotis Mavraganis, Georgia, 65-2 1/4. 14, Coby Cost, Kansas State, 65-1 1/2. 15, Adam Kriz, Oregon, 64-9 1/4. 16, Spyridon Julien, Virginia Tech, 64-0 1/2. 17, James Rowell, N.C. State, 57-1.
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