Track Teams Streak to Success in Oregon Preview

March 22, 2003

EUGENE - In Saturday's Oregon Preview, the University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams polished off a successful home opener, combining for 25 wins (16 W, 9 M), and 11 regional qualifying (6 M, 5 W) and 14 Pac-10 qualifying marks (8 W, 6 M).

For the Duck women who won all eight field events, senior hammer thrower Jordan Sauvage started the day off with a personal best and school record on the opening throw of the meet (first, 188-3). The North Bend, Wash., native easily eclipsed the Pac-10 and Regional Championships qualifying marks by more than 15 feet, and broke the former Oregon record of 186-6 set by Maureen Morrison in 2000.

'It was surprising to get it on my first throw,' Sauvage said. 'We threw at Willamette a few week s ago, and I fouled my first three throws so I just wanted to get a fair mark early - it just happened to be my best throw ever. (Technique-wise on that throw) I had good speed and kept my feet together, and kept my body vertically in a line pretty well. I think I got a little excited after that one because I didn't throw any further afterwards, but it's a good start to the season. My goal this season is to get 200 feet and get to nationals.'

Senior teammate Mary Etter enjoyed an equally auspicious outdoor debut with wins and Pac-10 qualifiers in the shot put (44-6) and discus (161-3), with her discus mark also netting a Regional invite. In the other throws discipline, junior and unattached entrant Rachael Kriz took top javelin honors (145-9).

In other field event action, senior Amanda Brown claimed the triple jump with a personal best and Pac-10 and Regional qualifier (first, 40-8 3/4), and also won the long jump (18-9 1/4) with a mark that was only 3/4 inches from her personal best. In the vertical jumps, Jenny Brogdon won the high jump (5-7) with a Pac-10 and Regional mark, and redshirt senior Georgette Moyle and Hannah Moore went 1-2 in the pole vault with marks of 10-11 3/4 and 10-6, respectively.

On the track Oregon continued its success with wins in seven of the eight individual events and added another relay victory.

Redshirt junior transfer Abby Andrus enjoyed a busy Duck debut with wins in the 100 hurdles (first, 14.19w, w:+2.2) and 400 hurdles (first, 60.51). Both times earned Pac-10 invites, and her 400 hurdles personal best also stood as a Regional qualifier.

Senior Heather Murtaugh continued to surge in the sprints with a windy personal best and Pac-10 qualifier in the 100 (first, 11.93w, w:+3.0), and added a personal best in the 200 (second, 24.72) that was only .08 seconds shy of the league qualifying standard. Senior Janette Davis nipped Murtaugh in the 200 (first, 24.69) with a .05-second personal best; logged a windy 100 best (12.09, w:+3.0); and anchored the winning 4x400 (3:47.65). Redshirt freshman Sara Schaaf (first, 57.46) and sophomore Michelle Donovan (second, 57.99) led the field across the finish line in the 400.

In the distances, senior Eri Macdonald missed the Pac-10 qualifying mark by just over a second in the 800 (first, 2:12.46), as did Duck winner Erinn Gulbrandsen in the 1,500 (first, 4:41.86).

Other strong outdoor home season debuts came courtesy of redshirt sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (1,500, second, PR 4:42.43), freshman Nicole Feest (3,000, second, PR 9:59.06), sophomore Kayla Mellott (400 hurdles, PR 62.73), sophomore triple jumpers Clarice Hayward-Lee (third, 39-2 1/2w, w:+3.9) and Maegan Traver (fourth, 37-9 1/2w, w:+2.3), freshman Whitney Gum (shot put, fourth, 40-4 3/4), junior Jill Hoxmeier (discus, second, 143-0), senior Mary Etter (hammer, third, 165-11) and junior Dani Keyser (hammer, eighth, 152-5).

On the men's side, Saturday marked the return of a pair of NCAA and Pac-10 champions for the Ducks. Redshirt senior John Stiegeler won the javelin by 19 feet (219-11) with a Pac-10 and Regional qualifier, and edged Duck junior Adam Jenkins (second, 200-4) who also netted qualifiers for both championships. Former collegiate decathlon champ and redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo anchored the winning 4x400 (3:12.99) and also competed in the 110 hurdles (third, 14.90).

Returning NCAA qualifier Adam Kriz posted his third-best mark ever in the hammer (fourth, 206-9) and was the top collegian in Saturday's contest, won by New York Athletic Club's John McEwen (237-10).

Senior James March was another leading scorer for the Men of Oregon with a pair of wins and two-foot best in the shot put (55-7) and 10-foot victory in the discus (157-2).

In the triple jump, sophomore Derek Strubel registered a four-inch personal best (first, 49-5 1/2), and redshirt freshman Jesse Mays followed in second with a personal best (46-0 1/2). Redshirt freshman Jon Derby also won his first Duck title in the pole vault (15-11) and missed his personal best by only 3/4 inches, and redshirt junior transfer Gabriel LeMay was an inch shy of his personal best (third, 14-11).

On the oval, freshman Eric Mitchum debuted with a Regional and Pac-10 qualifying mark in the 110 hurdles (14.07w, w:+3.0) and a runner-up honor in the 400 hurdles (53.81) that was less than a quarter-second shy of the league standard (53.64). Junior hurdler and Pac-10 champion Brandon Holliday claimed the other hurdle title (53.21) with a Pac-10 qualifier.

In distance action, redshirt sophomores Eric Logdson (first, 3:50.93) and Noel Paulson (second, 3:51.15) led finishers in the 1,500 and just missed the Pac-10 (3:50.14) and Regional (3:50.00) qualifying standards. Freshman Ryan Flaherty finished second in the 800 (1:53.07) - less than a second off his prep best of 1:52.19) - and trailed only Willamette's Nick Symmonds (first, 1:51.18). Redshirt junior John Lucas took runner-up honors in the 3,000 (8:29.41) behind Nike Portland's Patrick McCurry (first, 8:24.520).

Other solid men's marks came from freshmen Travis Anderson (200, second, 22.14) and Jan Olszowy (400, fifth, 49.74).

Looking ahead, the Duck women's squad and the men's distance and throws crews compete next weekend in the Stanford Invitational, Fri.-Sat., March 28-29 in Stanford, Calif., while both squads will send select athletes the following week to the Texas Relays, Wed.-Sat., April 2-5. The Duck women will also enter heptathlete Abby Andrus in the California Multi-Events competition, Wed.-Thu., March 26-27, in Berkeley, Calif.

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