Andrus and Slye Pace Ducks in Oregon Invite Decathlon and Heptathlon

April 24, 2003

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams got a headstart on their biggest home meet of the season with the first day of the Oregon Invitational men's decathlon and women's heptathlon Thursday.

On the women's side, Duck junior Abby Andrus stood in fourth place with 2,979 points after Thursday's first four events of the heptathlon. The Peoria, Ariz., native opened the afternoon with a .34-second personal best in the 100 hurdles (14.00), then followed with marks of 5-3 1/4 in the high jump, 28-2 1/4 in the shot put and 25.79 in the 200.

Overall in the event, former Stanford All-American Tracye Lawyer of the Bronco Track Club leads the field with 3,415 points, ahead of Idaho's Angela Whyte (second, 3,226) and Montana State's Erin Jones (third, 3,037).

Lawyer's first-day marks were 14.09 in the 100 hurdles, 5-8 in the high jump, 41-0 1/2 in the shot put and 25.26 in the 200. Whyte easily won the two sprint events - the 110 hurdles (13.21) and 200 (24.55) - and added marks of 4-10 1/2 in the high jump and 36-0 1/4 in the shot put.

For the Duck men, redshirt senior Jason Slye stood in third place with 3,560 points in his first decathlon appearance of the year with combined event personal bests in the shot put (38-3 1/2), long jump (21-5 1/2) and 100 (tied-11.25) to fuel an 18-point first-day personal best. The Keizer, Ore., native also posted a high jump mark of 5-11 1/4 that was only a quarter-inch shy of his all-time decathlon best, and a 400-meter time of 49.78 that was less than a second off his all-time mark of 49.04.

Overall in the event, Jason Williams of the Bronco Track Club (first, 3,846) leads former Duck All-American Billy Pappas, now of Team XO (second, 3,793). Williams posted first-day marks of 11.04 in the 100, 22-8 in the long jump, 43-5 3/4 in the shot put, 6-2 3/4 in the high jump and 50.18 in the 400. Pappas claimed marks of 11.31 in the 100, 22-9 3/4 in the long jump, 45-7 1/4 in the shot put, 6-2 3/4 in the high jump and 51.16 in the 400.

Looking ahead to Friday's final-day combined event action, the men's decathlon starts at noon with the 110 hurdles, and the women's heptathlon begins with the long jump at 1 pm. In the evening the women's and men's 10,000-meter races will start at 7:15 and 8 pm, respectively. Admission is free to the public for all of Friday's events, and also Saturday's morning session which runs from 10 am to 2:15 pm.

Saturday's twilight session follows with the first field event at 3 pm, and running events going from 4:45-8:15 pm in the evening and tickets are required. Families can take advantage of a Bi-Mart Family Special where two parents and unlimited kids can attend for $10 when they show a Bi-Mart card at the door, and tickets for Saturday afternoon's home softball game vs. ASU are also good for the track meet (and vice versa).More ticket information is available by calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT or (541) 346-4461 locally.


Oregon Invitational Heptathlon Decathlon First-Day Scores
Hayward Field - University of Oregon
Eugene, Ore.
Thursday, April 24, 2003

Heptathlon - 1, Tracye Lawyer, Bronco TC, 3,415. 2, Angela Whyte, 3,226. 3, Erin Jones, Montana State, 3,037. 4, Abby Andrus, Oregon, 2,979. 5, Dacia Fernandez, Idaho, 2,955. 6, Jenny Kenyon, Oregon, 2,903. 7, Wiyanna Kramer, Eastern Washington, 2,841. 8, Christie Kight, Eastern Washington, 2,753. 9, Katie Sharratt, Bronco TC, 2,543.

Decathlon - 1, Jason Williams, Bronco TC, 3,846. 2, Billy Pappas, Team XO, 3,793. 3, Jason Slye, Oregon, 3,560. 4, Brian Bernard, Unat., 3,483. 5, Brad Benjamin, Montana State, 3,275. 6, Ben Looney, Prefontaine TC, 3,265. 7, Dustin Erickson, Idaho, 3,078. 8, Marucs Luckstead, Idaho, 2,974. 9, Jeremy Richardson, Idaho, 1,318 (withdrew).

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