Track Teams Prepare for Cardinal Qualifier and Pac-10 Hep./Dec.

May 7, 2003

EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's and women's track and field teams will make one last run after Pac-10 and Regional qualifying marks at Stanford's Cardinal Qualifier, Fri., May 9, while the Duck men's and women's combined event athletes compete in the Pac-10 Championships Decathlon and Heptathlon, Sat.-Sun., May 10-11 at USC.

Redshirt senior and two-time All-American Santiago Lorenzo makes his fourth trip to the league, 10-event finale as the top seed with a season best score of 7,911(w) points. The 2001 NCAA champion won his first conference title that same season (7,617), and was also the event runner-up in 2000 (7,649) and 1999 (7,150). Among other Duck entries, redshirt senior Jason Slye is a two-time participant in the league decathlon (2002, fifth, 6,996; 2001, ninth, 6,631) and also a two-time scorer in the league pole vault (2002, sixth, 17-3 1/2; 2001, eighth, 15-11 1/4). Redshirt freshman Andy Young ranks fifth on the 2003 Pac-10 season best list based his 10-event debut at the Texas Relays (6,948w), and redshirt junior and transfer Gabriel LeMay could use one of the team's three wild-card entries for the meet, and scored 6,832 points for Lane CC last May in the NWAACC Championships.

On the women's side, redshirt junior Abby Andrus enters the heptathlon ranked second based on her season best and NCAA provisional mark of 5,152 that placed her second in the Oregon Invitational two weekends ago. The Peoria, Ariz., native and Paradise Valley JC transfer competed in her first decathlon for the Ducks in March in the California Invite heptathlon (4,963), while the former national junior college runner-up owned a pre-Duck best of 4,903 points from 2002. Andrus also leads the team in 2003 in the 100 hurdles (14.00 from her Oregon Invite heptathlon) and 400 hurdles (59.90) and ranks seventh and sixth all-time for the Ducks, and her hep best puts her #6 all-time.

On Wednesday's version of the national qualifying lists in the two events, Lorenzo ranks third in the decathlon and Andrus stands 13th in the heptathlon, with the NCAA likely to take 26-28 athletes in the event.

Saturday's decathlon and heptathlon action starts at 2 pm and 2:30 pm, respectively, and at noon and 1 pm on Sunday, respectively. Washington State's Ellannee Richardson leads the women's field with the nation's leading score (5,701), and two other competitors have topped the NCAA provisional standard of 5,000 points this season - Stanford's Lillian Bush (5,129) and WSU frosh Diana Pickler (5,120). On the men's side, besides Lorenzo, two other league qualifiers have topped the NCAA provisional standard of 7,000 points - WSU freshman Darian Powell (7,243) and USC's Shelton Davis (7,236). Oregon's Young and Slye (6,851 score from April's Oregon Invite) follow at fifth and eighth on the Pac-10 season best list. More meet info is at the website.

On the individual side at Stanford, the Duck men will send freshman high jumpers Chad Clason, Teddy Davis, and Jeff Lindsey, redshirt freshman pole vaulter Jon Derby and 5K runner Erik Heinonen and senior discus thrower James March to compete at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field. The meet starts at 4 pm with the first throwing event, running events begin at 6:30 pm, and the final event is slated for 9 pm. More meet info is available at the web site.

In the Oregon Twilight last Saturday, Derby notched a six-inch personal best in the pole vault (fourth, 16-6 3/4) for his first Pac-10 mark of his career, and had already met the Regional mark of 16-0 3/4. All three men's freshman high jumpers have met the Pac-10 qualifying standard of 6-8 3/4, while Clason and Lindsey received regional invites the past two weeks for their season bests of 6-10 3/4 and 6-9 1/2 in the Oregon Invitational and Oregon Twilight, respectively. Davis opened his career indoors in January with a personal best of 7-0 1/4, and outdoors has cleared a season best of 6-6 3/4. March is now a Pac-10 and Regional qualifier in the shot put after the conference lowered the 2003 qualifying mark Tuesday to a mark that matches his season best (55-7), and had already easily met the Regional mark in the event (53-5 3/4). The Hillsboro, Ore., native had already earned Pac-10 and Regional invites in the discus (171-10) with a season best well past the qualifying standards of 168-11 and 165-0. On the track, Heinonen will make his collegiate debut as a Duck and is a former fifth-place FootLocker Cross Country National Championships finalist.

The Duck women will enter two middle-distance runners at Stanford - senior Eri Macdonald and redshirt freshman Sara Schaaf - who are slated to compete in the 800. Macdonald ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with her current best of 2:07.40, and last weekend in the Oregon Twilight dropped her 1,500 personal best by almost 10 seconds with her third-place finish (4:25.81). Schaaf ran a personal best of 2:12.87 in the Oregon Invitational two weekends ago and will take aim at the Regional and Pac-10 qualifying standards of 2:10.30 and 2:11.14, respectively. Redshirt senior Carrie Zografos will look to dip under the regional 5K qualifying mark of 17:00.00 after just missing in the Oregon Invite (17:01.93). The cross country All-American (33rd in 2002) already earned her regional invite in the Oregon Twilight in the 1,500 last weekend with a .91-second personal best (4:26.09), and on the track in 2002 broke the school steeplechase record (10:42.02) and was a Pac-10 scorer in the event (fifth, 10:56.26).

The Duck women will also send junior Jill Hoxmeier in the women's hammer. The Aloha, Ore., native owns a season and personal best of 162-6, and needs to improve to 168-4 for a Regional invite, and 170-7 for a Pac-10 invite.

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