Track Teams Look Ahead to Pac-10 Champs at USC
May 13, 2003
Pacific-10 Conference Championships
OUTDOOR VOL. 8: Duck M&W Return after 2nd & 6th-Place Finishes in 2002.
USC plays host to the Pac-10 Championships for the first time since 1986 (and site one of Oregon's six men's triumphs since the league expanded to an eight-team championship in 1965). The Oregon M&W will each enter 24 student-athletes in their championship season opener. The Duck men return four individual champions - seniors Adam Kriz (hammer, 2002), Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon, 2001 & 2002), John Stiegeler (javelin, 2001) and junior Brandon Holliday (400 hurdles, 2002). The women feature a pair of league runners-up from last season, seniors Jenny Brogdon (high jump) and Becky Holliday (pole vault). After last weekend's Pac-10 decathlon and heptathlon, the Duck men are in first with 19 points, and the UO women are third with six points. Tickets for the meet can be obtained at the USC Ticket Office at 213-740-GO SC or at the gate. Looking ahead, the Ducks take the following weekend off before heading to Stanford for the inaugural West Regional Championships, Fri.-Sat., May 30-31.
MEN TO WATCH: Three Men Top-Ranked Heading into Troy Territory.
Three Ducks enter this weekend's clash seeded first in three events thanks to senior Adam Kriz (hammer, 219-9), junior Adam Jenkins (javelin, 221-4) and sophomore Brett Holts (steeplechase, 8:48.81). Other highly-ranked Ducks include seniors Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, third, 52-0 1/2), Samie Parker (100, fourth, 10.34W) and John Stiegeler (javelin, second, 220-0), juniors Jason Hartmann (10,000, fourth, 28:52.03), Brandon Holliday (400 hurdles, fourth, 51.18) and Trevor Woods (pole vault, third, 17-8 1/2), sophomore Eric Logsdon (5,000, fifth, 13:52.62), and freshmen Eric Mitchum (110 hurdles, third, 13.87w), Teddy Davis (high jump, fourth, 7-0 1/4), Ryan Flaherty (800, fourth, 1:49.65) and Jordan Kent (200, fourth, 21.09). The Ducks return the most points of any league team from last year (69), although USC looms as the team favorite.
WOMEN TO WATCH: Holliday On Top of Collegiate Pole Vault World.
The nation's top-ranked pole vaulter outdoors this season, senior Becky Holliday (school record 14-5 1/2) is the lone event list leader for the Ducks. Senior teammate and fellow All-American Niki McEwen stands second in the Pac-10 and fourth nationally (13-11 1/4) and is one of five Pac-10 and Regional qualifiers for the squad in the pole vault. Other high-ranking Ducks include seniors Mary Etter (discus, third, 176-0), Janette Davis (400, fourth, 53.87), Eri Macdonald (800, fourth, 2:07.40), Amanda Brown (triple jump, fifth, 40-9 1/2), Jordan Sauvage (hammer, fifth, 191-4) and Jenny Brogdon (high jump, sixth (five-way tie), 5-7), and sophomores Roslyn Lundeen (javelin, fourth, 158-3) and Elisa Crumley (javelin, fifth, 157-11).
CONFERENCE PREVIEW: Host USC Could Sweep Team Crowns at Home.
On the men's side, USC looms as the favorite with Oregon, Stanford and UCLA likely in a tight race for second place. The Cardinal won last year's crown thanks to a distance corps that scored 111 of their 151 points in the five distance events (800, 1,500, steeple, 5K, 10K) but graduated 2002's 1,500 and 10K champs and the 2001 steeplechase winner. This season, USC boasts eight event top seeds among the 21 events, followed by Oregon (4) and Stanford (3). Leading men's individuals include WSU sprinter Bennie Chatman (100), USC's Wes Felix (200), Raphael Asafo-Agyei (800), Ryan Wilson (110H/400H), David Jaworski (HJ), Allen Simms (LJ/TJ), ASU's Lewis Banda (45.68), Stanford's Grant Robison (1,500), Louis Luchini (5,000) and Ian Dobson (10,000), UCLA's Scott Wiegand (SP) and Dan Ames (DT), and Washington's Brad Walker (PV). On the women's side, host USC hopes to upend UCLA who has won the past two Pac-10 titles by two and three points, respectively, over the Trojans in 2001 and 2002. Women's event leaders include ASU's Lisa Aguilera (steeple) and Tiffany Greer (long Jump), Stanford's Malindi Elmore (1,500), Lauren Fleshman (5,000) and Jillian Camarena (shot put), UCLA's Monique Henderson (400), Tiffany Burgess (800), Lena Nilsson (1,500), Sheena Johnson (100H/400H), Candice Baucham (triple jump), and Chaniqua Ross (discus), USC's Natasha Myers (100/200), Julianna Tudja (hammer) and Inga Stasiulionyte (javelin), Washington's Sabrina Monro (10,000), and WSU's Whitney Evans (high jump).
Tentative Duck Entries
Katherine A. Loker Stadium / Cromwell Field - USC - LA, Calif.
Sat.-Sun., May 17-18, 2003
Saturday Field Events (5/17)
10 am - W Hammer (Jordan Sauvage)11 am - W Long Jump (Amanda Brown)1 pm - M Pole Vault (Jason Slye, Trevor Woods, Andy Young)1 pm - W High Jump (Jenny Brogdon)1:30 pm - W Javelin (Elisa Crumley, Roslyn Lundeen)1:45 pm - M Shot Put3 pm - M Long Jump (Santiago Lorenzo)4:30 pm - M Javelin (Adam Jenkins, John Stiegeler)4:45 pm - W Shot Put (Mary Etter)
Saturday Running Events (5/17)
1 pm - W 4x100 Qual.1:10 pm - M 4x100 Qual.1:25 pm - W 1500 Qual. (Erinn Gulbrandsen, Laura Harmon, Carrie Zografos)1:40 pm - M 1500 Qual. (Andy Young)1:55 pm - W 100H Qual.2:15 pm - M 110H Qual. (Terry Ellis, Eric Mitchum)2:30 pm - W 400 Qual. (Janette Davis)2:45 pm - M 400 Qual. (Travis Anderson, Matt Scherer)3 pm - W 100 Qual. (Heather Murtaugh)3:15 pm - M 100 Qual. (Jordan Kent, Samie Parker)3:30 pm - W 800 Qual. (Eri Macdonald)3:45 pm - M 800 Qual. (Ryan Flaherty)4 pm - W Steeple (Alicia Snyder-Carlson)4:25 pm - M Steeple (Brett Holts)4:55 pm - W 400H Qual. (Abby Andrus, Kayla Mellott)5:05 pm - M 400H (Brandon Holliday, Santiago Lorenzo, Eric Mitchum)5:20 pm - W 200 Qual. (Heather Murtaugh)5:35 pm - M 200 Qual. (Jordan Kent)5:50 pm - W 10K (Nicole Feest, Magdalena Sandoval)6:40 pm - M 10K (Ryan Andrus, Jason Hartmann)
Sunday Field Events (5/18)
9 am - M Hammer (Adam Kriz)Noon - W Triple Jump (Amanda Brown, Clarice Hayward-Lee)Noon - W Discus (Mary Etter)1 pm - W Pole Vault (Becky Holliday, Niki McEwen, Hannah Moore, Georgette Moyle, Kirsten Riley)1 pm - M High Jump (Teddy Davis, Chad Clason)3 pm - M Triple Jump (Foluso Akinradewo, Derek Strubel)3 pm - M Discus
Sunday Running Events (5/18)
1 pm - W 4x1001:10 pm - M 4x1001:20 pm - W 1500 (Erinn Gulbrandsen, Laura Harmon, Carrie Zografos)1:30 pm - M 15001:45 pm - W 100H2 pm - M 110H (Terry Ellis, Eric Mitchum)2:10 pm - W 400 (Janette Davis)2:20 pm - M 400 (Travis Anderson, Matt Scherer)2:30 pm - W 100 (Heather Murtaugh)2:40 pm - M 100 (Jordan Kent, Samie Parker)2:50 pm - W 800 (Eri Macdonald)3 pm - M 800 (Ryan Flaherty)3:15 pm - W 400H (Abby Andrus, Kayla Mellott)3:30 pm - M 400H (Brandon Holliday, Santiago Lorenzo, Eric Mitchum)3:45 pm - W 200 (Heather Murtaugh)3:55 pm - M 200 (Jordan Kent)4:10 pm - W 5K (Feest, Harmon, Sandoval, Zografos)4:40 pm - M 5K (Ryan Andrus, Jason Hartmann, Eric Logsdon)5:05 pm - W 4x4005:20 pm - M 4x400
HEP/DEC. REVIEW: Lorenzo Wins Dec./Andrus Ups Hep PR by 150 Bones.
LOS ANGELES (5/10-11) - Last weekend, redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo and redshirt junior Abby Andrus led the UO men and women with first- and third-place finishes in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships decathlon and heptathlon, at USC's Katherine A. Loker Stadium. Lorenzo won his second decathlon title by 178 points (7,564) over Washington State freshman Darion Powell (second, 7,386) and USC senior Shelton Davis (third, 7,290). His win as the Ducks' third straight decathlon title and was the fourth, top-two league finish of his career after a win in 2001 (7,617) and runner-up nods in 2000 (7,649) and 1999 (7,150). Duck senior Jason Slye (fourth, 7,078w) and freshman Andy Young (fifth, 7,017w) added personal best scores and their first +7,000-point tallies of their career, with Slye making his third league trip after taking fifth in 2002 (6,996) and ninth in 2001 (6,631). Overall, Lorenzo ranked top three in seven of the event's 10 disciplines, and won the javelin by more than 17 feet (187-4) and the 400 by .07 seconds (48.96). He also stood second in the shot put (44-11 3/4), pole vault (15-7) and discus (132-6), and added third in the long jump (22-11 3/4) and 110 hurdles (14.97). Young made up a 230-point deficit heading into the last event by winning the 1,500 by 14 seconds with an eight-second personal best (4:22.49), and ultimately edged the sixth-place finisher by one point. Slye added the top mark in the pole vault with an outdoor season best of 16-10 3/4. Oregon's 1-4-5 finish in the event put them atop the team standings with 19 points after one event and a 10-point edge on Washington State (second, 9 points), USC (third, 6), Stanford (fourth, 3) and Arizona (fifth, 2). In the heptathlon, redshirt junior Abby Andrus claimed a third-place finish and 151-point personal best (5,303), and trailed only national leader and senior Ellannee Richardson of Washington State (first, 5,766) and Stanford junior Lillian Bush (second, 5,519). On the second day, Andrus ranked second in the javelin (113-10) and 800 (2:14.93), and tied for fourth-best in the long jump with a heptathlon best (18-5 1/4, w:+1.7). On the first day, her 100 hurdles (13.99w, w:+2.8) and 200 (25.70, w:+0.7) marks were heptathlon personal bests as she also ranked fourth in the 100 hurdles and high jump (5-3 3/4).
MR. PAC-10 FOR A WEEK: Holts Becomes Seventh Current Duck Honoree.
This week, redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo took Oregon's fourth Pacific-10 Conference Athlete of the Week honor of 2003. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native was rewarded for his Pac-10 decathlon victory last weekend in USC (7,564) as he led the field in the javelin (187-4) and 400 (48.96), and stood top three in seven of the 10 overall events. Lorenzo's win was also his fourth, top-two league decathlon finish after runner-up nods in 2000 (7,649) and 1999 (7,150). The former NCAA champion also picked up his fourth career honor. As a junior in 2001 he was honored after winning the Pac-10 (7,617) and the Texas Relays (7,726) decathlons, and as a sophomore in 2000 after his Texas Relays decathlon then-personal best (third overall, 7,580). The previous week (Tue., 5/6), redshirt sophomore Brett Holts was selected in the men's track category after he took the Pac-10 steeplechase lead with his four-second personal best in the Cardinal Invitational (8:48.81, Fri., 5/2). The week before (Mon., 4/28), junior Adam Jenkins was selected in the field event category after he leap-frogged senior teammate John Stiegeler to the top of the Pac-10 javelin rankings, thanks to his three-foot personal and six-foot, seven-inch season best in the Oregon Invitational (221-4). Redshirt senior hammer thrower Adam Kriz claimed his first conference award two weeks prior in 2003's inaugural honor for his then-best and Pepsi Team Invite win (217-10). Besides this year's quartet of honorees, three other current Ducks have combined for five other Pac-10 honors the past three seasons - senior John Stiegeler (Texas Relays 4/02, javelin, first, 242-11; Texas Relays 4/01, javelin, second, 245-9; Oregon Invite 4/01, javelin, second, 241-11), and juniors Trevor Woods (Pepsi Team Invite 4/02, pole vault, first, 18-0 1/2) and Sarah Malone (Oregon Twilight 5/01, javelin, first, 174-0).
2003 MEN'S OUTLOOK: Eight All-Americans & Four Pac-10 Champs Return.
With a pair of NCAA and Pac-10 champions back from 2001 - senior Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon) and redshirt junior John Stiegeler (javelin) - the Ducks will look for another top-10 NCAA finish when the collegiate finale travels to Sacramento (6/11-14). The sprints feature senior Samie Parker, fourth indoors the past two seasons in the NCAA 60, and one of the football squad's top deep receiving threats in 2001 (41 rec., 18.2 ypc, 4 TD) and 2002 (45 rec., 15.1 ypc, 7 TD). Junior Brandon Holliday clipped nearly two seconds off his 400-hurdle personal best last season and claimed the Pac-10 title in his league debut (50.73). Three-time harrier All-American and redshirt junior Jason Hartmann has posted two, top-four NCAA 10K finishes (third-'01; fourth-'02). The field events will supply a healthy portion of the team's conference firepower, paced by All-America sophomore Trevor Woods who took third indoors in the 2002 NCAA finale (pole vault, indoor PR 17-11 3/4, outdoor PR of 18-0 1/2), and redshirt senior Adam Kriz, the Pac-10 hammer champion in 2002 (PR, 210-7) and an NCAA qualifier outdoors in 2002 (14th) and indoors in 2003 in the weight throw (15th). A quartet of NCAA provisional qualifiers from 2002 will also challenge for their first NCAA invites - redshirt senior Jason Slye (pole vault, 17-3 1/2), redshirt junior John Lucas (5K-indoors, 14:16.40), and redshirt sophomores Eric Logsdon (5K, 14:04.85) and Noel Paulson (mile-indoors, 4:04.31). On the trails in the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the Ducks featured three other All-Americans besides Hartmann (20th) - first-time honorees Ryan Andrus (34th), Logsdon (41st) and Brett Holts (43rd) - the highest Duck tally since 1989.
2003 WOMEN'S OUTLOOK: Field Events Will Fuel Championship Runs.
Returning all five of last year's NCAA participants, head coach Tom Heinonen's Ducks also return 19 Pac-10 finalists. The javelin unit again looms among the nation's best, led by sophomores and returning All-Americans Roslyn Lundeen (seventh, 165-4) and Elisa Crumley (12th, 157-4), although All-American and two-time Pac-10 runner-up Sarah Malone will likely redshirt. The Ducks also boast arguably the nation's top pole vault unit and features a pair of redshirt seniors and three-time All-Americans - Becky Holliday and Niki McEwen - who finished second (14-3 1/4) and fourth (13-11 1/4) in the 2003 NCAA Indoor Champs in March. Junior Kirsten Riley also finished top-10 in the NCAA indoor finale (10th, 13-3 1/2) and matched her personal best and improved on her 13th-place seeding. Senior Amanda Brown is one of two Duck returnees that scored in multiple Pac-10 events last year (triple jump, sixth, 40-2 3/4; long jump, eighth, 18-10). Senior Jenny Brogdon returns as one of three Duck Pac-10 runners-up from last year (high jump, 5-9 1/4) with potential redshirt Malone (javelin, 171-9) and Holliday (13-9 3/4). Senior Mary Etter has paced the team in scoring at the end of the two seasons and is a two-time third-place Pac-10 discus finisher and eighth-place All-American in both 2000 and '02. Senior Jordan Sauvage raised her hammer best last season by 11 feet en route to her first Pac-10 points and year-end personal best (eighth, 183-9). Senior sprinter Janette Davis ranks seventh all-time in school history in the 400 (54.31) and was sixth in the league finale last year (54.35). Senior Eri Macdonald missed an NCAA invite by .03 seconds last season in the 800 (2:06.37), ranks seventh all-time in UO history, and is a two-time Pac-10 finalist (2000, '02). School steeplechase record holder and redshirt senior Carrie Zografos (10:42.02) led the 2002 cross country team with All-America honors (33rd) and top-eight Pac-10 (eighth) and Western Regional (sixth) finishes.
2002 PAC-10 MEN'S REWIND: Ducks Climb to Second & Led by Five Champs.
PULLMAN, Wash. (5/18-19/02) - In the 2002 finale of the 'Conference of Champions' the UO men took second with 125 points - their highest finish since 1996. Stanford (first, 151) repeated as champions, ahead of Oregon (second, 125), USC (third, 103), Arizona State (fourth, 103), Arizona (fifth, 99), UCLA (sixth, 91 1/2), Washington State (seventh, 71), Washington (eighth, 49) and California (ninth, 22). Individually, the Duck men featured five Pac-10 champions for the first time since 1990. Nick Bakke started the first day off with a surprise win in the javelin (first, NCAA prov. 227). The Ashland, Ore., native entered the meet seeded 12th in the conference, yet his 21-foot personal best vaulted him to third all-time for the Ducks. At the same time in the hammer ring, Adam Kriz improved on his second seed to win with an almost three-foot personal best (210-7). On the second day, Simon Kimata wasted little time escaping the field en route to victory in the 800 (1:48.35), and Brandon Holliday improved on his second-place seeding with a half-second personal best in the 400 hurdles (NCAA prov. 50.73) and moved to seventh all-time for the Ducks. Three more Ducks added runner-up honors - Micah Harris who was .01 seconds away from the win in the 110 hurdles (13.82), Foluso Akinradewo who upped his windy triple jump personal best by four inches (second, 50-10 3/4w, +2.2 wind mps), and All-American Jason Hartmann who kicked up a place in the final 50 meters of the 10K (30:28.92). Other Duck scorers included Kyley Johnson (high jump, third, 7-0 1/2), Trevor Woods (pole vault, fourth, 17-7 1/4), Eric Logsdon (5K, fourth, 14:28.30) and Brett Holts (steeple, fourth, 9:03.32), Ross Krempley (800, fifth, 1:51.81), Hartmann (5K, fifth, 14:30.01), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, fifth, 14.22), Jason Slye (pole vault, sixth, NCAA prov. & PR 17-3 1/2), Billy Pappas (long jump, seventh, 23-5) and Adam Bergquist (eighth, 14:36.17), and both relays (4x100, fifth, 41.06) and (4x400, fifth, 3:10.86). Other Duck finalists that did not score included Derek Strubel (triple jump, ninth, 49-0 1/4), Jake Horner (high jump, 10th, 6-8 3/4), Cody Howell (pole vault, 10th, 16-7 1/2), and John Lucas (10K, 13th, 32:37.37). The previous weekend in the league decathlon, Pappas notched Oregon's second straight and ninth conference decathlon win (7,532), a 44-point personal best and his first-ever NCAA automatic mark. Also in the decathlon, Slye and Horner added personal bests of 6,996 (fifth) and 6,587 (ninth) with Slye netting his first conference decathlon points and Horner making his 10-event debut.
2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S REWIND: Ducks Nearly Double Output from '01.
PULLMAN, Wash. (5/18-19/02) - In the 2002 league finale, the UO women took sixth with 67 points for their highest finish since 1999. UCLA (160) captured top team honors after a win in the final event (4x400) ahead of USC (second, 157), Stanford (third, 121), Arizona State (fourth, 89), Washington State (fifth, 85), Oregon (sixth, 67), Arizona (seventh, 59), California (eighth, 44) and Washington (ninth, 36). Individually, Becky Holliday (pole vault, second, 13-9 1/4), claimed her third highest mark of the 2002 outdoor season (second, NCAA auto. 13-9 3/4) and edged former national leader Tracy O'Hara of UCLA (third, 13-9 3/4) on fewer misses. Jenny Brogdon (high jump, second, 5-9 1/4) improved on her pre-meet ranking of fourth, broke her previous personal best by a half-inch, and was just shy of the NCAA provisional mark of 5-10 1/2. Javelin thrower Sarah Malone (javelin, second, NCAA auto. 171-9) led a 20-point explosion in the javelin that also featured NCAA provisional efforts from Roslyn Lundeen (fourth, 163-11), Elisa Crumley (fifth, 160-6) and Charyl Weingarten (sixth, three-foot PR 158-8). Also in the throws, All-American Mary Etter claimed her first Pac-10 points in the shot put (seventh, 49-11 1/4) and equaled her league-best finish in the discus (third, 169-1). Amanda Brown paced the Ducks in the horizontal jumps with a wind-legal long jump season best of 18-10 (eighth), then returned on the second day with a nearly 1 1/2-foot personal best in the triple jump (sixth, 40-2 3/4). In the sprints, Janette Davis broke 55.00 in both the 400 prelims (54.78) and final (sixth, 54.35) and scored her first Pac-10 points. In the 100 hurdles, Jenny Kenyon claimed a personal best in the prelims (14.18) and her second-best ever time in the finals (eighth, 14.23). The team's top harrier the previous fall, Carrie Zografos paced the squad in the steeplechase (fifth, 10:56.26) with her third sub-11:00 clocking of the season. Other Duck scorers included Kirsten Riley (pole vault, sixth, NCAA prov. & PR 12-10), Rachael Kriz (high jump, seventh, 5-7 1/4), Eri Macdonald (800, eighth, 2:19.76, 2:07.61-prelims), and Jordan Sauvage (hammer, eighth, NCAA prov. & PR 183-9). Other Duck competitors included junior Sauvage and Katie McKeever in the discus (11th, 146-4, and 12th, 144-2), Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, 11th-prelims, 14.23), Annette Mosey (12th-prelims, 2:14.44), Laura Harmon (1,500, 12th, 4:32.84), Alicia Snyder-Carlson (400 hurdles, 13th-prelims, 63.72), Mary Murphy (high jump, 14th, 5-3 1/4). The previous weekend in the heptathlon, Kenyon took fifth (5,169) for her fourth conference heptathlon scoring honor and only six points shy of the NCAA provisional mark (5,175).
MEN'S 2002 SEASON REVIEW: Ducks Second in Pac-10 with Five Champs.
The Duck men return in 2003 after their best Pac-10 team finish since 1996 - second with 125 points - and their most individual champions (5) since 1990 (6). Indoors in 2002, the squad claimed its highest ever NCAA indoor finish (ninth, 15 points) and featured three All-Americans among its four qualifiers (Trevor Woods, pole vault, third; Samie Parker, 60, fourth; Simon Kimata, 800 fifth). Outdoors in the collegiate finale, the UO sent seven men - their most since 1996 (8) - and finished 35th as a team with seven points and featured two All-Americans (Jason Hartmann, 10,000, fourth; Micah Harris, 110 hurdles, seventh) and two other top-12 finishers. During the year, the Ducks flexed their depth with NCAA qualifying marks in nine of the 21 outdoor events, and points at the Pac-10 level in 15 of them. In the dual setting, the Ducks went 3-0 with wins over Montana, Washington and Weber State, and ranked ninth in the national USTCA Power Rankings, based on a team's dual-meet potential. Academically, the men featured a league-high four first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selections (Ryan Andrus, Adam Bergquist, Billy Pappas, John Stiegeler), and two Verizon Academic All-America Second-Team selections (Adam Bergquist, Billy Pappas).
WOMEN'S 2002 SEASON REVIEW: Four Ducks Claim Five All-America Nods.
The Ducks took flight in one of the best seasons in recent memory in 2002 as head coach Tom Heinonen guided five Ducks to the NCAA outdoor finale and 27th place as a team - their highest team finish since 1995. Individually, four Ducks took All-America honors outdoors (Becky Holliday, pole vault, third; Roslyn Lundeen, javelin, seventh; Mary Etter, discus, eighth; Elisa Crumley javelin, 12th), and indoors Holliday earned similar reviews for her seventh-place finish and Niki Reed (McEwen) also finished top 10 (10th). In the league showdown, the women were only three points away from doubling their score from 2001 and finished sixth (67 points). The 24-woman Oregon contingent featured three runners-up (Sarah Malone, javelin; Jenny Brogdon, high jump; Becky Holliday, pole vault) among its 13 scorers in 12 events. In the year-end USTCA Power Rankings, Oregon weighed in at 12th nationally and second among league members, and ended its dual slate with a 3-0 record with wins over Montana, Washington and Weber State. On the Pac-10 All-Academic charts, Oregon sported one first-team honoree (Jenny Kenyon) and two second-team selections (Eri Macdonald, Kirsten Riley), and a Verizon Third-Team Academic All-American (Kenyon).
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Duck M&W Feature 25 First-Year Ducks.
In 2003, the Duck men welcomed 16 men's newcomers in one of their deepest and most talented newcomer classes in recent memory. Assistant coach Steve Silvey quickly restocked the sprint and middle distance corps with four 48-second or faster quarter-milers (Travis Anderson, 47.09; Jordan Kent, 47.46; Matt Scherer, 46.87; Kyle Sunderland, 47.9) and four 1:53 or faster 800-meter runners (Jan Olszowy, 1:50.14; Kyle Sunderland, 1:52.4; Tomas Finol, 1:52.59; Ryan Flaherty, 1:52.73); and the seventh-ranked prep high hurdler last season (Eric Mitchum, 13.82). The field events corps features an equally accomplished group of new faces, including three freshman high jumpers with prep bests of 6-10 or better (Jeff Lindsey, 7-2; Teddy Davis, 6-11; Chad Clason, 6-10 1/4), a prep All-America pole vaulter (David Moore, 16-6), and another likely Pac-10 point scorer in the decathlon (Gabriel LeMay, 6,832). Redshirt junior transfer and 2002 junior college heptathlon runner-up Abby Andrus headlined eight women's additions and owned prior personal bests and Pac-10 caliber marks in the hep (4,903), high jump (5-7), long jump (18-10 3/4), 100 hurdles (14.34) and 400 hurdles (62.70). Among freshmen, Nicole Feest (3,200, 10:59.7), a three-time cross country scorer last fall, and Montana state prep champion Whitney Gum (shot put 44-5; discus 136-3) also saw extensive duty as top UO newcomers in their specialties.
DUCK MEN'S NEWCOMERS
Shane Ahlers, Fr., Black Hawk, SDHS - 3,200 (9:30) / UO - redshirt
Travis Anderson, Fr., Arvada, Colo.HS - 400 (47.09) / UO - 47.54
Chad Clason, Fr., Bend, Ore.HS - HJ (6-10 1/4) / UO - 6-10 3/4
Teddy Davis, Fr., White Salmon, Wash.HS - HJ (6-11) / UO - 7-0 1/4-indoors
Tomas Finol, Fr., Houston, TexasHS - 800 (1:52.59) / UO - 1:53.26-indoors
Ryan Flaherty, Fr., Bend, Ore.HS - 800 (1:52.19) / UO - 1:51.64
Jordan Kent, Fr., Eugene, Ore.HS - 200 (21.29), LJ (25-1 1/4niw) / UO - 21.09, 24-0 3/4
Jeff Lindsey, Fr., Mansfield, TexasHS - HJ (7-2) / UO - 6-9 1/2
Gabriel LeMay, RJr., Yoncalla, Ore.JC - Dec. (6,832) / UO - inj.
Eric Mitchum, Fr., Chicago, Ill.HS - 110H (13.82) / UO - 13.87w, 14.02
David Moore, Fr., Orinda, Calif.HS - PV (16-6) / UO - 16-8 3/4-unattached
Bobby Owen, Fr., Mansfield, TexasHS - HJ (6-8), TJ (46-8), 400 (50.21) / UO - RS
Jan Olszowy, Fr., Jarfalla, SwedenHS - 800 (1:50.15) / UO - 1:50.40 - indoors
Matthew Scherer, Fr., Bridgeport, Ill.HS - 400 (46.87) / UO - 47.59, 400H-53.21
Kyle Sunderland, Fr., Fontana, Calif.HS - 400 (47.7), 800 (1:52.4)
Will Viviani, RFr., Arlington, Va.UNAT. - 3K (8:33.83), 5K (15:03.67)
DUCK WOMEN'S NEWCOMERS
Abby Andrus, RJr.-TR, , Peoria, Ariz.JC - Hep. 4,903, HJ 5-7, 100H 14.34, 400H 62.70UO - Hep. 5,303, 100H 14.00, 13.99w, 400H 59.90
Nicole Feest, Fr., Lombard, Ill.HS 3,200 (10:59.7) / UO - 5K 16:57.94
Kim Gaviglio, Fr.-HS, Bend, Ore.Distances / UO - redshirt
Eleanor Gordon, Fr.-HS, Eugene, Ore.1,500 (4:56), 3K (10:45) / UO - redshirt
Whitney Gum, Fr., Billings, Mont.HS - SP 44-5, DT 136-3 / UO - 42-7, 129-4
Chelsea Manesh, Fr., Portland, Ore.HS - 800 (2:17) / UO - 2:20.62
Emily Marsh, Fr., Pullman, Wash.HS - 300H (46.03) / UO - 64.52
Krissy Sonniksen, Fr., Portland, Ore.HS - 1,500 (4:55) / UO - 4:56.09
* NOTE: HS/JC = pre-Oregon bests.
HAYWARD FIELD PROFILE: Eugene Welcomed its Ninth NCAA Finale in '01.
One of the most famous track facilities in the world, Hayward Field is named for Bill Hayward, who coached the Oregon's men's team from 1904-1947. Originally dedicated in 1919, the 10,205-seat stadium now boasts a capacity of 10,505. In 2001, the venue welcomed the world's fastest, strongest and most explosive to a Triple Crown of great meets - the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Prefontaine Classic (www.preclassic.com) and USA Outdoor Championships. Altogether, nine NCAA Championships (1962-64-72-78-74-77-91-96-01) have visited Track City USA, along with three Olympic Trials (1972-76-80) and six U.S. Championships.
AT THE HELM: Duck Head Coach Profiles.
The dean of Oregon coaches, Tom Heinonen continues in his 27th and final season as women's head coach and has led the Ducks to one NCAA track crown (1985) and six NorPac and Pac-10 Conference titles since the meets began in 1983 (1983-84-85-86-92-93). For the men, 2002 Pac-10 and West Region Track & Field Coach of the Year Martin Smith has seen Ducks collect 24 All-America honors and 11 Pac-10 titles in cross country and track already in his first 4 1/2 seasons in Eugene, including NCAA titles by Santiago Lorenzo and John Stiegeler outdoors in 2001 in the decathlon and javelin, respectively. Prior to his arrival in Eugene in July 1998, his Wisconsin runners posted two cross country NCAA team titles (1982-88), five NCAA individual track and cross country titles and 78 All-America honors (44 track and 34 XC).
NEW NCAA FORMULA: Explaining the Inaugural Regional Qualifying System.
After several years of research and urging by the U.S. Track Coaches Association, the NCAA Championships Division 1 Board of Directors agreed to switch to a regional qualifying procedure for the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento (6/11-14/03). Four, two-day regionals, drawn in a vertical fashion geographically, will be held nationally on May 30-31 with regional qualifying standards based on the 100th best performance nationally from the previous year (while all conference champions are also automatically invited to their respective regional). Except for the 10K and heptathlon/decathlon (which will still operate on an automatic/provisional standard system), the top-five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, nearly two weeks later. Besides the automatic advancers, an additional 6-8 athletes nationally per event will be invited by the NCAA Championships selection committee based on a season performance list (in case of injury, illness, false-start/DQ, etc.) as long as that athlete competed in the regional. Coaches hope that the easier regional qualifying standards (compared to previous national provisional standards) will enable athletes to obtain marks during the regular season and avoid 'chasing marks', especially in mid- to late-May, while the regional competition will encourage head-to-head competition at the end of the season and increase fan and media interest. In other NCAA committee news, the championships field sizes were raised approximately 40 percent - most individual events were previously 18-21 deep with relays inviting 11-12 entries, and will now grow to 27-29 and 15-16, respectively. Previous men's and women's fields were set at 388 athletes among the 21 individual and relay events, and in 2003, the number expands to 544 each.
ALL-AMERICA EQUATION: Breaking down the NCAA Honor.
Based on their NCAA Championships performances, individuals are awarded All-America honors at season's end by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. The top-eight finishers from each event are honored regardless of citizenship, and any additional U.S. finishers that are among the top eight American finishers are also rewarded. If necessary, the U.S.-based honors can even extend to the top performances in the preceding qualifying round if there are not eight Americans in the event's final.
TOP DUCK: Smith Pegged Top Men's Regional and Pac-10 Mentor.
At the end of the 2002 outdoor season, the U.S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA) tabbed University of Oregon men's track and field head coach Martin Smith as West Regional Men's Coach of the Year. The fourth-year Oregon mentor guided the Duck men to Pac-10 runner-up honors (125 points) as the squad featured five individual winners - the most by the Ducks since 1990 and tops among the conference last season. At the national level, seven Duck men qualified for the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, La., and indoors featured four NCAA participants and three All-Americans. The Ducks also ranked ninth on the USTCA power rankings, a dual-meet power index based on a squad's top two individuals and their season bests in each event (except the 10K and decathlon). His honor was based on a vote by regional coaches. In related news, Men's and Women's Regional Athlete of the Year honors went to Anson Henry and Ellannee Richardson from Washington State. For more information on the USTCA, go to their web site (www.ustrackcoaches.org).
NCAA INDOOR MEN'S REWIND: Parker Repeats Fourth in 60.
In Fayetteville, Ark., in mid-march (3/14-15), senior Samie Parker led the UO men with his second straight fourth-place honor in the 60 (6.64). The first day, he lowered his school record in the event prelim by .01 seconds (fourth, 6.62), even after the field was whistled back after two false starts. The Long Beach, Calif., native entered the meet seeded 13th of 17 entries with a regular season best of 6.68, and in the final stood as the highest returning finisher from the 2002 edition. Overall in the event final, East Carolina's Julien Dunkley (first, 6.54) lowered his collegiate season best for the second straight day, this time by a .01-second margin, and edged Mississippi State senior and Canadian Pierre Browne (6.60) and Texas senior Tre Gardner (third, 6.62). In first day action, senior Adam Kriz added 15th in the 35-lb. weight throw in his NCAA indoor debut with his third-best mark ever (64-9 1/4). The Toledo, Ore., native entered the meet seeded 15th with a season best of 67-7 that ranked him 15th nationally, as the fifth-year Duck notched personal bests in his previous four meets in 2003, and all five of season marks, including the NCAA finale, outdistanced his preseason best of 61-7 1/2. In the collegiate indoor showdown, he launched his daily best on his first effort, then lost control and never released his second throw as he slowed his momentum, while his third throw - likely a new daily best - crossed over the left sector line by a couple inches.
NCAA INDOOR WOMEN'S REWIND: Duck Vaulters Put Three in Top 10.
In mid-March (3/14-15), redshirt senior Becky Holliday (second, indoor school record 14-3 1/4) led a trio of top-10 Duck finishers in the NCAA Indoor Championships pole vault and just missed winning the event. Second seeded entering the competition, she did not miss an attempt until her final height of 14-7 1/4 and was in prime position to win after first-attempt clearances at 13-3 1/2, 13-7 1/4 and 14-3 1/4, until Florida State sophomore Lacy Janson cleared her third and final attempt at 14-7 1/4 (then missed her three attempts at the next height of 14-10 3/4). Even more impressive, the Sparks, Nevada native Holliday cleared the last three heights on a borrowed pole from an Arkansas vaulter, after the correct pole was inadvertently left in Eugene. In contrast, Holliday's final clearance was nearly two feet higher than her season opener in mid-January, the Pole Vault Summit (12-5 1/2 ). Afterwards in February, she picked up momentum with marks of 13-2 1/4 and a school record 14-1 3/4 in a pair of meets in Nampa, Idaho. Redshirt senior Niki McEwen also wrapped up her indoor collegiate career by matching her highest NCAA placing with her second-highest clearance ever (fourth, 13-11 1/4). The Newport, Ore., native also began the competition with a clean slate converting opening attempts at 13-3 1/2, 13-7 1/4 and 13-11 1/4, before narrowly missing several of her chances at 14-3 1/4. The third seed entering the meet, McEwen's finish marked her third All-America honor for the Ducks in her sixth NCAA appearance indoors and outdoors, including fifth place outdoors in 1999 (12-9 1/2) and fourth place indoors in 2000 (13-5 1/4). Indoors in 2003, she stood out as the Ducks' most consistent pole vaulter with four clearances of 13-9 1/4 or better, including a then-school record in her season opener (14-1 1/4) in the Pole Vault Summit. However, her toughness stood out after she had missed two weeks of training in mid-February because of a bout with shingles. Rounding out Oregon's third, top-10 finisher in the event, junior Kirsten Riley enjoyed an auspicious NCAA debut, matching her personal best (10th, 13-3 1/2) and just missed her attempts at a 4 1/4-inch improvement (13-7 3/4). The Eugene native and South High School graduate entered the meet seeded in a tie for 13th, and opened the evening with first-attempt clearances at 12-5 1/2 and 12-11 1/2. She then needed a third-attempt clearance at 13-3 1/2 on the same borrowed pole that Holliday used for her runner-up finish. Overall in the event, indoor collegiate record holder and top seeded Amy Linnen of Arizona followed in sixth, while other top placers included Arkansas' April Steiner (third, 14-3 1/4) and Georgia' Fanni Juhasz (fifth, 13-7 1/4). The NCAA field altogether featured six Pac-10 entries - all of whom finished top-12.
Online Track Resources
UO Athletics: www.GoDucks.com
Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
NCAA Champs.: www.ncaasports.com
NCAA Outdoor Host: www.hornetsports.com
USATF Oregon: www.usatf-oregon.org
USA Track and Field: www.usatf.org
High School T&F Info: www.dyestat.com
Oregon Track Club: www.oregontrackclub.com
Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
USA Championships: www.ustfnationals.org
World Champs: www.paris2003saintdenis.org
World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net
Runner's World: www.runnersworld.com
Collegiate Track Results: www.trackshark.com
Track & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com