Track Teams Add Qualifying Marks Against the Northwest's Best in Oregon Invite

April 26, 2003

EUGENE - Several of the University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams' top athletes recorded impressive marks against many of the Northwest's top collegians and post-collegians in Saturday's day and twilight sessions of the Oregon Invitational.

For the men, seniors Samie Parker lowered his wind-aided 100 best by .07 seconds (10.34, w:+4.6), and Jason Willis also popped a windy personal best in the 200 (third, 21.65w, w:+2.6).

In the 400, freshman Travis Anderson lowered his collegiate best to 47.54 for his first Pac-10 qualifier this season and was just shy of the Regional mark (47.45). Fellow frosh Eric Mitchum ran a wind-aided best in the 110 hurdles (first, 13.87w, w:+2.8), and senior Terry Ellis took third in his fastest time this season (14.30w, w:+2.8). Junior Brandon Holliday added his second-fastest effort ever in the 400 hurdles en route to the win (51.18), and Mitchum was only .33 seconds off his season best (fourth, 52.55).

On the relay side, the 4x400 relay of Anderson, Matt Scherer, Santiago Lorenzo and Brandon Holliday posted their first Regional mark of the campaign (3:10.09). The 4x100 also broke 41:00 for the first time in 2003 with the quartet of Willis, Scherer, Anderson and Parker.

In the distances, redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon chopped 12 seconds off his personal best in the 5,000 for a Pac-10 and Regional qualifier (fifth, 14:04.85) as the second collegiate finisher in a talented field that featured 11, sub-14:00 finishers. In the 800, freshman Ryan Flaherty missed his personal best by .46 seconds (second, 1:52.10).

Senior Foluso Akinradewo claimed a foot personal best in the triple jump to move to No. 5 all-time for the Ducks (first, 52-0 1/2), and redshirt senior Adam Kriz raised his hammer personal best and conference-leading mark to 219-9. Junior Adam Jenkins leap-frogged John Stiegeler on the collegiate javelin list with an almost-three-foot personal best (second, 221-4) that moved him to eighth all-time for the Ducks, with Stiegeler just behind (third, 216-3). In other evening field events, freshman high jumper Chad Clason raised his outdoor personal best by 1/2 inches (third, 6-10 3/4) and redshirt freshman Jon Derby tied his outdoor best (15-11).

In the morning session, Duck men's winners included freshmen Jordan Kent (100, 10.54w, w:+3.5) and Andy Young (pole vault, 15-7). Freshman Doug Sells threw his best mark in the shot put since 2000 (10th, 48-11), freshman Matt Scherer missed his personal best in the 400 hurdles by .22 seconds, and freshman Kent was 1 3/4 inches short of his personal best in the long jump (third23-11w)

On the women's side in the evening session, senior sprinter Janette Davis fought off windy conditions for her first sub-54.00 mark in the 400 with a .24-second personal best (first, 53.87), and senior Heather Murtaugh added a .23-second personal best in the 100 (second, 24.34).

The 4x400 of Becky Holliday, Sara Schaaf, Eri Macdonald and Davis logged their first Regional mark of the year Saturday en route to the win (3:45.46). Freshman Nicole Feest paced the distance crew with a 24-second personal best in the 5,000 (16:57.94), and senior Carrie Zografos finished just behind in her season debut (13th, 17:01.93) and just missed the Regional mark (17:00.00). Senior Alicia Snyder-Carlson took 10 seconds off her personal best in the steeplechase (10th, 10:57.72) and was only seven seconds shy of the Regional standard (10:50.00). In the field events, seniors Niki McEwen won the pole vault (13-1 1/2), and Amanda Brown added second in the long jump (18-10 3/4).

Duck morning session winners included sophomore Kayla Mellott who ran a personal best in the 400 (58.56), and Brown who missed her triple jump personal best by 1/2 inches (40-9w). Other morning personal bests came from redshirt junior C'Rel McAllister (400 hurdles, second, 63.40), freshmen Emily Marsh (400 hurdles, third, 64.52) and Whitney Gum (shot put, eighth, 42-7), and season bests were turned in by senior Torkwase Fraser (100, eighth, 12.49w, w:+5.5) and freshman Beth Jackson (800, eighth, 2:18.92)

Looking ahead, the Duck men and women remain at Hayward Field for their regular season finale, the Oregon Twilight, Saturday, May 3.

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