Track Teams Close Action in Stanford Invite

March 29, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up action in the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field Saturday with nine Pac-10 qualifying marks (6 W, 3 M), and seven Pac-10 qualifying marks (5 W, 2M).

On the men's side, redshirt senior Adam Kriz upped his hammer personal best by five inches on his opening throw of the competition and led collegiate entries (ninth, 211-0) but failed to advance to the final by one position in a post-collegiate-heavy field. James Parker of the U.S. Air Force won (242-8) and beat John McEwen of Nike (second, 241-8) and Travis Nutter of the New York Athletic Club (third, 225-7).

Kriz's mark Saturday improved on his previous best of 210-7 from the 2002 Pac-10 Championships which he won with a nearly three-foot best. The Toledo, Ore., native opened the 2003 outdoor season at home in the Oregon Preview as the top collegiate finisher (fourth overall, 206-9) with his then-third-best career mark.

In the shot put ring, senior James March advanced to the final of the discus and ranked fourth among collegians (ninth, 53-7). Nebraska's Carl Myerscough won the event (63-9) over Tonyo Sylvester of the U.S. Army (second, 63-4 3/4).

In the only Duck men's distance race, redshirt sophomore Noel Paulson (13th-heat, 3:48.21) lowered his personal best in the 1,500 by almost three seconds and ranked 15th overall among Saturday's 29 finishers. The Aumsville, Ore., native became the second Duck this year with teammate Eric Logsdon (who did not race Saturday) to eclipse the Pac-10 and Regional standards of 3:50.14 and 3:50.00.

On the women's side, junior Kirsten Riley led the Ducks in the pole vault with a win and outdoor best of 12-11 3/4, edging Santa Barbara's Deborah Samson who cleared the same final height but with more misses. The Eugene native and South High School product Riley opened Saturday with a second-attempt clearance at 12-6, cleared her first attempt at 12-11 3/4, then missed all three attempts at 13-4.

'I changed my approach and added two more steps in my run-up, and it felt pretty good,' Riley said. 'When we went up to 13-4, my first attempt was OK, but the second two were off. The conditions were great - sunny and warm - and it was a fun way to wrap up Spring Break.'

Riley's previous outdoor best of 12-10 dated back to her fifth-place finish in last May's Pac-10 Championships in Pullman, Wash. Indoors in 2003, she cleared 13 feet in the last three meets of the season, including a personal best of 13-3 1/2 in the NCAA Championships (10th). She was forced to skip the team's outdoor home opener last Saturday, the Oregon Preview (3/22), since the poles she had used for the collegiate indoor finale didn't return home from Fayetteville, Ark., until last Tue., (3/25).

Also in Saturday's pole vault, redshirt senior and three-time All-American Niki McEwen no-heighted in her outdoor season debut. The Newport, Ore., native also missed last week's home opener because of pole transportation problems after tying her best-ever finish in the NCAA Indoor Championships (fourth, 13-11 1/4).

Two-time All-American and senior Mary Etter upped her season best in the discus (third, 169-7) and easily surpassed the Pac-10 and Regional standards of 150-11 and 150-0. She also competed in the shot put didn't record a mark in her three preliminary throws.

'I was hoping to get a (discus) throw in the mid-170s,' Etter said. 'All my throws were in the 160s, so it was a decent series, but I came into the season hoping to get a good mark early. Things haven't gone quite as I planned, and I have a lot of work to do in the next few weeks. My strength is there, but there's a lot of things that need to be fixed in my technique - like I need to get more pull out of my throw.'

In the hammer, senior Jordan Sauvage logged her second-best ever mark in the hammer (fifth, 184-2) and ranked fourth among collegians as USC's Julianna Tudja topped the field (209-1). Sauvage had already earned her Pac-10 and Regional invites last weekend with a school record in the Oregon Preview (188-3).

In the high jump, senior Jenny Brogdon tied her outdoor season best (eighth, 5-7) and equaled the Pac-10 and Regional standards for the second straight meet. The LaGrande, Ore., native was one of seven Pac-10 performers among the event's top-10 placers who all cleared 5-7 or better, and led by Whitney Evans of Washington State (first, 6-0 3/4). Duck senior Mary Murphy followed in 26th in the same event (5-5).

Senior Amanda Brown capped a successful weekend on the horizontal runway with a solid triple jump effort (fifth, 40-0 3/4) that was eight inches shy of her personal best from the Oregon Preview last weekend. In the �B' section of the event, sophomores Clarice Hayward-Lee (third, 37-11 1/4) and Maegan Traver (ninth, 36-10 1/2) posted wind-legal season bests.

On the oval, the 4x400 of sophomore Michelle Donovan, redshirt freshman Sara Schaaf, and seniors Heather Murtaugh and Eri Macdonald clocked 3:53.77 to finish sixth in the top heat and 12th of the 21 entries among the three secitons. Macdonald ran the 800 �A' section earlier in the day and finished 12th in her heat and 16th overall (2:12.72).

Full meet results are available at the web site.

Looking ahead, the Duck men's and women's teams will send a select group of athletes from the sprint, hurdle, middle distance, jumps and throws crews to the Texas Relays, Wed.-Sat., April 2-5 in Austin, Texas.


Stanford Invitational - Day Two
Cobb Track and Angell Field
Stanford, Calif.
Saturday, March 29, 2003


1,500 - 1, Michael Stember, Nike, 3:42.70. 15, Noel Paulson, Oregon, 3:48.21.

Shot Put - 1, Carl Myerscough, Nebraska, 63-9. 9, James March, Oregon, 53-7.

Hammer - 1, James Parker, U.S. Air Force, 242-8. 9, Adam Kriz, Oregon, 211-0.


100 - 1, Kelli White, Remi TC, 11.04.

400 - 1, Nakiya Johnson, USC, 54.03.

800 - 1, Linette Wilson, South Bay TC, 2:06.25. 16, Eri Macdonald, Oregon, 2:12.72.

1,500 - 1, Sally Hauser, Nike Farm Team, 4:16.28.

Steeplechase - �B' Section - 1, Letiwe Marakurwa, Idaho, 10:23.16. 6, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, Oregon, 11:08.10.

100 Hurdles - 1, Felicia Stone, Sheffield Elite, 13.10.

4x100 - 1, USC, 45.00.

4x400 - 1, Remi TC, 3:39.17. 12, Oregon, 3:53.77.

High Jump - 1, Whitney Evans, WSU, 6-0 3/4. 2, Kaylene Wagner, USC, 5-8 3/4. 8t, Jenny Brogdon, Oregon, 5-7. 26, Mary Murphy, Oregon, 5-5.

Pole Vault - 1, Kirsten Riley, Oregon, 12-11 3/4. NH - Niki McEwen, Oregon.

Triple Jump - Elite Section - 1, Jackie Edwards, Unat., 42-9 3/4. 5, Amanda Brown, Oregon, 40-0 3/4. �B' Section - 1, Andrea Kincaid, CS Northridge, 39-0 1/2. 3, Clarice Hayward-Lee, Oregon, 37-11 1/4. 9, Maegan Traver, Oregon, 36-10 1/2.

Shot Put - 1, Stephanie Brown, Cal Poly, 56-0. F - Mary Etter, Oregon.

Discus - 1, Chandra Flinn, Sacramento TC, 175-6. 3, Mary Etter, Oregon, 169-7.

Hammer - 1, Julianna Tudja, USC, 209-1. 5, Jordan Sauvage, Oregon, 184-2.

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