EUGENE, Ore. -- It was everything it was billed to be Saturday, as Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado and Washington combined for six NCAA automatic and 11 NCAA provisional qualifying marks at the Pepsi Team Invitational. In the team races, the Duck men and women won both titles with scores of 210 and 199 1/2 points, respectively.
In the men's field events, competitors from the four teams posted NCAA marks in five of the eight events. Oregon claimed two of those marks courtesy of season bests by senior Gregg Bleakney in the triple jump (first, 53-0 1/2w) and junior Piotr Buciarski in the pole vault (first, 18-0 1/2). Washington's Ben Lindsey won the shot put with an NCAA automatic mark of 63-4, a new personal best, then missed the NCAA automatic mark in the discus by one inch with his winning throw of 193-6. Arizona State's Mika Laiho, top-ranked in the nation, overcame a neck injury from earlier in the week to win the hammer with an NCAA automatic throw of 223-4.
On the track, junior Micah Davis opened running action with an exciting dual in the steeplechase with Colorado's two- time All-American Clint Wells. Davis and teammate Konrad Knutsen shared the lead for much of the first mile before Wells tried to break away with 800 meters to go. While the '96 Olympic Trials qualifier built up a 10-15 meter lead in the span of 100 meters, Davis gradually worked his way back to Wells, before charging the final water pit and passing Wells over the final barrier. Davis' mark of 8:45.57 was a new personal best and just off the NCAA automatic mark of 8:44.0. Wells finished second (8:47.75), while UW's Christian Belz (8:54.27) and Knutsen (8:55.45) narrowly missed the NCAA provisional cut-off of 8:54.00.
Providing the perfect benchmark, Colorado senior Adam Goucher brought the crowd to its feet at the meet's end in the 5,000 meters, chasing a time few collegians had run at Hayward Field. Hoping to better his personal best of 13:33.30, Goucher hit 64-second quarters for the first four laps -- exactly 13:20 pace -- then slowed to 13:26 pace at the two mile mark. However, the workload of the solo effort proved too much as Goucher crossed the line in a time of 13:52.90, yet finished well under the NCAA automatic mark of 13: 50.00. Oregon freshman Adam Bergquist, ironically a native of Boulder, Colo., and summer training partner of the Colorado team, took second (14:24.63), edging Colorado All-American Adam Batliner (14:34.37).
Washington's freshman sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker was the busiest runner on the day, anchoring the Huskies to the win in the 4x100 relay after making up a three-meter deficit (41.04), then followed with comfortable wins in the 100 (10.49) and 200 meters (20.88).
Also in the sprints, Colorado senior James Davis missed a season best in the 400 meters by .11 seconds with his winning effort of 46.57 -- nearly a full second over UW's B.J. Dawson (47.22). Davis had run on the Hayward Field oval before, taking 12th in the qualifying round of the 400 at the 1996 NCAA Championships.
On the women's side, UW senior Aretha Hill competed in three events to pace the Huskies to a second-place team finish with 189 points. Hill won the discus with her second best mark of the season (204-7) after setting the American Collegiate Record two weeks ago (215-3). Beforehand, she had opened the day with a fifth-place finish in the hammer (162-2), then closed the afternoon with a 2 1/2-inch win in the shot put (48-1 3/4), edging Oregon senior Chris Cvitanich (47-11 1/4).
Also in the throws, Oregon sophomore Karis Howell took a comfortable win in the javelin with a throw of 161-10, defeating Arizona State's Charity Amama (153-7). The Sun Devil senior entered the meet seven inches ahead of Howell on the NCAA rankings based on their season bests of 168-8 and 168-1, respectively.
In the jumps, freshman Karina Elstrom pushed her Oregon record to 12-2, winning the event by two feet over frosh teammate Holly Speight (10-2), while Elstrom's mark was 4 1/2 inches better than her indoor best (11-10 1/2). Arizona State high jumper Fiona Daly also cleared the NCAA provisional mark, tying the standard with her winning leap (5-10).
Oregon seniors Jennifer Thomas and Nonglack Somsanith swept the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 18-11 3/4 and 39-8 (PR), respectively.
In the running events, the 400 hurdles proved the fastest race of the day as UW's Keisha Griffis won her Hayward Field rematch with Oregon junior Tish Henes, with both easily meeting the NCAA provisional standard of 59.60. Griffis ran away early en route to a time of 57.59 -- a 3 1/2 second season best and just off her PR of 57.35 -- while Henes rewrote her PR from her freshman Pac-10 meet (58.51) with her second-place clocking of 58.40. Last season, the duo met at the Oregon-Washington dual and Henes winning that meeting 1:00.22-1:02.27.
Colorado freshman Jennifer Smith turned in the day's toughest double, winning the 3,000 in an NCAA provisional effort (9:31.12) and finishing second in the 1,500 meters (4:24.93).
Oregon junior Marie Davis opened Saturday's running action with a personal best in the 5,000 meters in a time of 16:26.14. Although Washington entered Anna Aoki and Deeja Youngquist, the nation's top-ranked runners in the 10,000 so far this season, the three-time All-American Davis broke away from the field after the halfway point to improve her PR by two seconds from last year's Pac-10 meet where she finished seventh.
In the 800 meters, Oregon sophomore Katie Crabb held off the meet's most memorable surge, holding on for the win (2:09.97), ahead of Colorado's Kelly Smith (2:10.22). Crabb opened up a 15-meter lead on the field with 300 meters to go, not to mention 30 meters on Colorado's Kelly Smith, before the returning NCAA 1,500 runner-up Smith almost drew even at the tape. Oregon junior Robyn Sutherland finished third (2:10.94).
Arizona State dominated the sprints, winning the 100, 200 and 400. ASU's Dawnyell Linder won the 100 (11.91) and 200 (24.00), while Joronda White and Arlaina Davis went 1-2 in the 400 in times of 53.29 and 54.56, respectively. White's time met the NCAA provisional standard of 53.79 and was just off her personal best of 53.30 from earlier this season.
The Sun Devil 4x100 unit of Doreisha Davis, Christie Winkle, Arlaina Davis and Dawnyell Linder also walked away with the short relay title (45.64), while Washington's 4x400 relay won their event in an NCAA provisional time of 3:38.26, courtesy of Monique Glass, Marzette Penton, Keisha Griffis, and Asya Muhammad.
Also in the sprints, Colorado's Rachel Joy won the 100 hurdles (14.06) and placed fifth in the 100 (12.72).
Next up for the Oregon men's and women's track and field teams is the 89th annual Drake Relays in Des Moines Iowa. The teams open action at the two-day meet Friday, April 24.
Pepsi Team Invitational Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore., April 18, 1998 Attendance: 3,860
Men's Team Scores-- 1, Oregon, 210. 2, Washington, 175. 3, Colorado, 155. 4, Arizona State, 118.
100 Meters-- 1, Ja'Warren Hooker, Wash, 10.49. 2, LaVell Robinson-Blanch, ASU, 10.91. 3, Eniak Mpwo, ASU, 10.94. 4, Kyle Swartz, Colo, 10.98. 5, Willem Ryan, Wash, 11.06. 6, Kevin Howard, Ore, 11.09. 7, Jason Mayo, Ore, 11.20. 8, Zach Smith, Colo, 12.31. (Wind:-2.3)
200 Meters-- 1, Ja'Warren Hooker, Wash, 20.88. 2, James Davis, Colo, 21.55. 3, LaVell Robinson-Blanch, ASU, 21.75. 4, Kyle Swartz, Colo, 22.03. 5, Willem Ryan, Wash, 22.11. 6, Kevin Howard, Ore, 22.25. 7, Jody Mortimore, Ore, 22.32. 8, Vince Jones, ASU, 23.07. (Wind:+0.1)
800 Meters-- 1, Vondre Armour, ASU, 1:52.02. 2, Richard Girvan, Ore, 1:52.48. 3, Tom Newman, Ore, 1:52.67. 4, Rob Warnock, Wash, 1:53.01. 5, Matt Elmuccio, Colo, 1:53.08. 6, Dwight Jonsson, Wash, 1:53.29. 7, John Reyes, Colo, 1:53.55. 8, Phillip Prince, ASU, 1:55.61.
400 Meters-- 1, James Davis, Colo, 46.57. 2, B.J. Dawson, Wash, 47.22. 3, Howard Moore, Ore, 47.48. 4, Nat Johnson, Ore, 47.63. 5, Tony Berrian, ASU, 48.29. 6, Vince Jones, ASU, 50.17. 7, Zach Smith, Colo, 52.57.
1,500 Meters-- 1, Geoff Perry, Wash, 3:48.47. 2, Greg James, Ore, 3:48.49. 3, Chris Ledford, Wash, 3:48.61. 4, Todd Humcke, Ore, 3:49.59. 5, Ari Rodriguez, ASU, 3:50.69. 6, David Burke, ASU, 3:56.23. 7, Chris Valenti, Colo, 3:59.87. 8, Jay Johnson, Colo, 4:02.54. Exhibition: Laird Prosser, Ore, 3:49.68; Mike Terry, Wash, 3:56.86; Chris Schafer, Colo, 4:10.79.
3,000-Meter Steeplechase-- 1, Micah Davis, Ore, 8:45.57*. 2, Clint Wells, Colo, 8:47.75*. 3, Christian Belz, Wash, 8:54.27. 4, Konrad Knutsen, Ore, 8:55.45. 5, Paul Harkins, Wash, 9:08.85. 6, Wes Berkshire, Colorado, 9:29.40. 7, David Grex, ASU, 9:44.77. Exhibition: Sam Hill, Ore, 9:32.17.
5,000 Meters-- 1, Adam Goucher, Colo, 13:42.90**. 2, Adam Berquist, Ore, 14:24.63. 3, Adam Batliner, Colo, 14:34.37. 4, Andrew Bliss, Ore, 14:42.94. 5, Paul Harkins, Wash, 15:11.82. 6, Andy Carusetta, ASU, 15:13.65. 7, Paul Rickey, Wash, 15:13.86.
110-Meter High Hurdles-- 1 Lex Butler, Colo, 14.22. 2, Eric Abel, Ore, 14.37. 3, Will Driessen, Ore, 14.90. 4, Jon Bonk-Vasko, ASU, 14.95. 5, Skip Moody, Wash, 15.84. Reggie DePass, Colo, FS. Dan Johnston, Wash, DQ. (Wind:+0.6)
400-Meter Inetermediate Hurdles-- 1, Will Driessen, Ore, 51.55. 2, Dan Johnston, Wash, 51.78. 3, Reggie DePass, Colo, 52.36. 4, Scott Anabel, Wash, 53.06. 5, Lex Butler, Colo, 53.72. 6, Jeremy Alden, Ore, 54.64.
4x100 Relay-- 1, Wash (Willem Ryan, Lamar Robinson, Tyler Rose, Ja'Warren Hooker), 41.04. 2, Colo (Kyle Swartz, James Davis, Reggie DePass, Lex Butler), 41.35. 3, Ore (Anouxa Vixathep, Nat Johnson, Jason Mayo, Jody Mortimore), 41.44. 4, ASU (LaVell Robinson-Blanch, Vince Jones, Eniak Mpwo, Maurice Lee), 41.53.
4x400 Relay-- 1, ASU (LaVell Robinson-Blanch, Tony Berrian, Eniak Mpwo, Vondre Armour) 3:12.84. 2, Colo (John Reyes, Reggie DePass, Lex Butler, James Davis) 3:13.79. 3, Ore (Scott Kolenic, Greg James, Howard Moore, Will Driessen) 3:16.24. 4, Wash (Scott Anabel, B.J. Dawson, Dan Johnston, Rob Warnock) 3:18.51.
High Jump-- 1, Andrew Dambreville, Wash, 6-6 3/4. 2, Joe DeRieux, Ore, 6-6 3/4. 3, Damian Olson, Ore, 6-6 3/4. 4, Jon Bonk- Vasko, ASU, 6-4 3/4. 5, Maurice Lee, ASU, 6-2 3/4. 6, K.J. Eddings, Wash, 6-0 3/4. Chris Olson, Colo, NH. Brent VanSickle, Colo, NH.
Pole Vault-- 1, Piotr Buciarski, Ore, 18-0 1/2*. 2, Craig Connors, Wash, 16-4 3/4. 3, Cody Howell, Ore, 16-0 3/4. 4, Chris Olson, Colo, 15-9. 5, Thor Thornhill, Colo, 14-9. 6, Graham Campbell, Wash, 14-5 1/4.
Long Jump-- 1, Jody Mortimore, Ore, 24-9 1/4 (Wind:+2.8). 2, Piotr Buciarski, Ore, 24-3 1/2. 3, Anthony Hazard, ASU, 23-0 3/4. 4, Troy Lindner, ASU, 22-11 1/4. 5, Brent VanSickle, Colo, 22-5 1/4. 6, Marcus Kelly, Wash, 21-11 1/2. 7, Chris Olson, Colo, 20-6 1/2. 8, Joshua Renz, Wash, 20-1.
Triple Jump-- 1, Gregg Bleakney, Ore, 53-0 1/4*. 2, Marcus Kelly, Wash, 47-6 1/4. 3, Nat Johnson, 45-9 1/4. 4, Troy Lindner, ASU, 45-7 1/4. 5, Brent VanSickle, Colo, 45-1 1/2. Anthony Hazard, ASU, Foul.
Shot Put-- 1, Ben Lindsey, Wash, 63-4**. 2, Ryan Cole, Ore, 51-11 3/4. 3, Gavin Graham, Colo, 49-1. 4, Rian Ingrim, Ore, 48- 10. 5, Justin St. Clair, Wash, 46-4 1/4. 6, Nick Duresky, Colo, 38-3 1/4. 7, Jareol Schrieber, ASU, 36-11. 8, Jon Bonk-Vasko, ASU, 35-11 1/4.
Discus-- 1, Ben Lindsey, Wash, 193-6*. 2, Ryan Cole, Ore, 172-10. 3, Jeff Singleton, Colo, 167-7. 4, Nick Duresky, Colo, 159-9. 5, Rian Ingrim, Ore, 136-3. 6, Victor Leyva, ASU, 121-7. 7, Mike MacPherson, Wash, 106-9. 8, Jon Bonk-Vasko, ASU, 105-11.
Javelin-- 1, Jared Schrieber, ASU, 213-0. 2, Justin St. Clair, Wash, 208-2. 3, Ben Mitchell, Ore, 207-9. 4, Scott Sweeney, Wash, 185-9. 5, David Ovall, Ore, 178-7. 6, Jon Bonk-Vasko, ASU, 149-2. 7, Chris Olson, Colo, 140-8. 8, Jeff Singleton, Colo, 131-0.
Hammer-- 1, Mika Laiho, ASU, 223-4**. 2, Ryan Cole, Ore, 186-6. 3, Jeff Singleton, Colo, 180-5. 4, Rian Ingrim, Ore, 168-4. 5, Nick Duresky, Colo, 166-9. 6, Ben Lindsey, Wash, 136-2. 7, Jareol Schrieber, ASU, 122-3.
Pepsi Team Invitational Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore., April 18, 1998 Attendance: 3,860
Women's Team Scores-- 1, Oregon, 199 1/2. 2, Washington, 189. 3, Colorado, 135. 4, Arizona State, 134 1/2.
100 Meters-- 1, Dawnyell Linder, ASU, 11.91. 2, Marzette Penton, Wash, 12.23. T3, Doreisha Davis, ASU, and Mikki Mc Clatcher, Wash, 12.63. 5, Rachel Joy, Colo, 12.72. 6, Keena Schuler, Colo, 12.78. 7, Aisha Wallace, Ore, 12.81. 8, Stacy Robson, Ore, 13.06. (Wind:+3.0)
200 Meters-- 1, Dawnyell Linder, ASU, 24.00. 2, Christie Winkle, ASU, 24.32. 3, Marzette Penton, Wash, 24.58. 4, Nicole Commissiong, Ore, 24.64. 5, Cynthia Newsome, Colo, 24.93. 6, Chelsie Pentz, Wash, 25.12. 7, Aisha Wallace, Ore, 25.37. 8, Keena Schuler, Colo, 25.60. (Wind:-1.2)
400 Meters-- 1, Joronda White, ASU, 53.29*. 2, Arlaina Davis, ASU, 54.56. 3, Monique Glass, Wash, 54.90. 4, Nicole Commissiong, Ore, 54.99. 5, Asya Muhammad, Wash, 55.14. 6, Cynthia Newsome, Colo, 55.39. 7, Mariah Bowden, Ore, 1:00.54. 8, Erica Hulsman, Colo, 1:03.08.
800 Meters-- 1, Katie Crabb, Ore, 2:09.97. 2, Kelly Smith, Colo, 2:10.22. 3, Robyn Sutherland, Ore, 2:10.94. 4, Amy Rose, Wash, 2:12.50. 5, Amanda Markland, ASU, 2:16.54. 6, Angela Froese, Wash, 2:20.12. 7, Lindsey Bradfield, Colo, 2:21.17. 8, Kelly MacDonald, ASU, 2:21.34.
1,500 Meters-- 1, Danelle Kabush, Wash, 4:24.92. 2, Jennifer Smith, Colo, 4:24.93. 3, Annie Ebiner, Ore, 4:33.67. 4, Cami Matson, Wash, 4:34.10. 5, Priscilla Hein, ASU, 4:35.26. 6, Kelly MacDonald, ASU, 4:38.96. 7, Christie Goering, Ore, 4:42.55. 8, Lindsay Arendt, Colo, 4:44.49. Exhibition: Rhiannon Glenn, Ore, 4:50.26.
3,000 Meters-- 1, Jennifer Smith, Colo, 9:31.12*. 2, Heather McMahon, Ore, 9:38.28*. 3, Kara Syrdal, Wash, 9:40.48. 4, Jen Gruia, Colo, 9:43.31. 5, Margaret Butler, Wash, 9:45.23. 6, Susan Gilbaugh, Ore, 10:12.06. 7, Amy Maciasek, ASU, 10:41.25. Exhibition: Aleah Thome, Wash, 10:10.73; Pam Fields, Ore, 10:22.77.
5,000 Meters-- 1, Marie Davis, Ore, 16:26.14*. 2, Anna Aoki, Wash, 16:54.21. 3, Deeja Youngquist, Wash, 16:54.68. 4, Deb Rieck, Colo, 17:02.45. 5, Heather Burroughs, Colo, 17:12.00. 6, Liz Howell, Ore, 17:24.69. 7, Shannon Houseman, ASU, 18:06.17. Exhibition: Ashley Foianini, Wash, 17:43.69; Kylee Wells, Ore, 18:05.88.
100 Meter High Hurdles-- 1, Rachel Joy, Colo, 14.06. 2, Jennifer Thomas, Ore, 14.43. 3, Katie Rowlett, Ore, 14.52. 4, Lara Kelley, Wash, 14.60. 5, Keisha Griffis, Wash, 14.61. 6. Annie King, Colo, 16.65. (Wind:+1.5)
400 Meter Intermediate Hurdles-- 1, Keisha Griffis, Wash, 57.59*. 2, Tish Henes, Ore, 58.40*. 3, Lara Kelley, Wash, 1:02.06. 4, Jennifer Cathey, Colo, 1:03.19. 5, Molly Luman, Ore, 1:05.49.
4x100 Relay-- 1, ASU (Doreisha Davis, Christie Winkle, Arlaina Davis, Dawnyell Linder), 45.64. 2, Wash (Mikki McClatcher, Marzette Penton, Chelsie Pentz, Asya Muhammad), 46.07. 3, Ore (Hilary Holly, Nicole Commissiong, Aisha Wallace, Tish Henes), 46.29. 4, Colo (Jennifer Cathey, Cynthia Newsome, Rachel Joy, Keena Schuler), 47.39.
4x400 Relay-- 1, Wash (Monique Glass, Marzette Penton, Keisha Griffis, Asya Muhammad), 3:38.26*. 2, ASU (Arlaina Davis, Christie Winkle, Jennifer Bridgeman, Joronda White), 3:41.38. 3, Ore (Aisha Wallace, Tish Henes, Katie Crabb, Nicole Commissiong), 3:42.01. 4, Colo (Jennifer Cathey, Kelly Smith, Rachel Joy, Keena Schuler), 3:57.65.
High Jump-- 1, Fiona Daly, ASU, 5-10*. 2, Francine Richardson, Wash, 5-6. 3, Maris Doty, ASU, 5-6. T4, Megan Franza, Wash, 5-4 1/4 and Nonglack Somsanith, Ore, 5-4 1/4. 6, Jennifer Thomas, Ore, 5-4 1/4. 7, Annie King, Colo, 5-0 1/4.
Pole Vault-- 1, Karina Elstrom, Ore, 12-2*. 2, Holly Speight, Ore, 10-2. 3, MerryJane Bendico, Wash, 9-10. 4, Margaret Haines, Wash, 9-10. 5, Jennifer Cathey, Colo, 9-6 1/4.
Long Jump-- 1, Jennifer Thomas, Ore, 18-11 1/2 (Wind:-1.4). 2, Marzette Penton, Wash, 17-11 3/4. 3, Hilary Holly, Ore, 17-5 3/4. 4, Erika Johnson, ASU, 17-2 3/4. 5, Lindsey Raham, Colo, 16-11. 6, Kari Weil, Wash, 16-2. 7, Maris Doty, ASU, 15-6 1/4. 8, Annie King, Colo, 14-5 1/4.
Triple Jump-- 1, Nonglack Somsanith, Ore, 39-8. 2, Erika Johnson, ASU, 38-4. 3, Stacy Robson, Ore, 37-8 3/4. 4, Fiona Daly, ASU, 37-2 1/2. 5, Lindsey Raham, Colo, 34-4 3/4. MerryJane Bendico, Wash, Foul.
Shot Put-- 1, Aretha Hill, Wash, 48-1 3/4. 2, Christine Cvitanich, Ore, 47-11 1/4. 3, Valerie Sweitzer, Ore, 44-11 1/2. 4, Rebecca Morrison, Wash, 44-2 1/2. 5, Janet Visosky, Colo, 42-11 3/4. 6, Adrienne Judie, ASU, 40-11 1/2. 7, Marlaina Corbett, Colo, 40-0 1/2. 8, Charity Amama, ASU, 30-0 1/4.
Discus-- 1, Aretha Hill, Wash, 204-7**. 2, Maureen Morrison, Ore, 154-10. 3, Janet Visosky, Colo, 152-5. 4, Heidi Fisk, Ore, 151-8. 5, Marlaina Corbett, Colo, 140-10. 6, Adrienne Judie, ASU, 129-4. 7, Rebecca Morrison, Wash, 105-5. 8, Charity Amama, ASU, 77-10.
Javelin-- 1, Karis Howell, Ore, 161-10*. 2, Charity Amama, ASU, 153-7*. 3, Katie Pearmine, Ore, 152-3. 4, Rebecca Morrison, Wash, 111-10. 5, Maris Doty, ASU, 97-4. 6, Marlaina Corbett, Colo, 95-9. 7, Annie King, Colo, 78-8.
Hammer-- 1, Janet Visosky, Colo, 191-2**. 2, Marlaina Corbett, Colo, 173-11*. 3, Rebecca Morrison, Wash, 169-1. 4, Christine Cvitanich, Ore, 163-6. 5, Aretha Hill, Wash, 162-2. 6, Valerie Sweitzer, Ore, 146-5. 7, Adrienne Judie, ASU, 80-8. 8, Charity Amama, ASU, 37-8.
*NCAA Provisional ** NCAA Automatic
Pepsi Team Invitational April 18, 1998, Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon
Conditions: 55 degrees, sunny for first hour of meet, then slightly overcast, 5-10 mph breeze at times (occasional sprinkle)
Meet Records & Quotes
New Pepsi Team Invitational records
Adam Goucher, Colorado, 5,000 meters, 13:42.90 (Old: 13:53.39, Rick Bergesen, UO, 1987) Janet Visosky, Colorado, Hammer, 191-2 (Old: 185-2, Paulette Mitchell, Nebraska, 1996) Aretha Hill, Washington, Discus, 204-7 (Old: 174-5, Aretha Hill, Washington, 1996)
Bill Dellinger, UO Men's Head Coach
"It was a good team win for us. We had a lot of great efforts today across the board. Piotr Buciarski in the pole vault -- he went 18 feet and had an outdoor season best. Micah Davis ran a personal best in the steeple to rank third in the country, and Gregg Bleakney got another 53-foot jump. There were also a lot of fine efforts that also helped us out in the team score, going 2-3 in the 800 and also 2-4 in the 1,500. It was a solid team effort all around the track with a lot of guys getting PRs."
Ja'Warren Hooker, UW, 100, 1st, 10.49; 200, 20.88; 4x100, 1st, 41.04
"I wasn't worried about the times, just about the team points and winning the races. The times will come, and I don't care where I'm running at. The weather doesn't effect me -- I'll run in whatever. Every race I'm trying to improve. (About the NFL draft being today and his future down the road) I haven't thought about it. That's a long way down the road. Track's my main focus and that' what I'm worrying about. I'm not going to football practice these days because the football coaches think that's what I should do (focus on track) and be as good as I can."
Will Driessen, UO, 400 Hurdles, 1st, 51.55 (Personal Best); 100 Hurdles, 3rd, 14.90 (Personal Best)
"I didn't mind running the high hurdles earlier today -- I just use it as my warm-up for the intermediates. I felt really fast and smooth today in the 400 hurdles. I was watching Tish (Henes) in the women's race and she really floats over the hurdles, so I just tried to copy her. I felt so strong on those last hurdles, that's a good sign for me. I'm coming off a great week of practice, especially Tuesday's workout. I finally feel all the pieces falling together."
Micah Davis, UO, Steeplechase, 1st, 8:45.57 (Personal Best), NCAA Provisional
"When Clint (Wells, Colorado) tried to take off with two laps to go, that was a pretty hard surge he laid on me, but I knew what he was capable of and couldn't let him get away. I wanted to work my way back before that last water pit and go off that. I only ran a little faster than I did here two weeks ago, but I was really ready for that race where I wasn't feeling as strong before today. It was definitely a fun race to be a part of today."
Adam Goucher, CU, 5,000 meters, 13:42.90, NCAA automatic, Meet record
"I thought I could go faster coming, so I'm a little disapointed. Even though I was alone today, I thought since I ran 13:38 indoors at Big 12s, it would automatically happen again today. But it's been a tough three weeks of training, and I could feel the wind a little on the back curve. I didn't think it was there for the first mile, because I was on pace there, but maybe I was a little excited and didn't notice it because of that. The crowd was great, and I didn't want to take a victory lap afterwards. But then I wanted to run by the stands and give them thanks -- they were truly awesome. I guess I shouldn't get too upset because this is only my first race, and it's all about being at your best June 6 in Buffalo. I also got the qualifying for NCAA's out of the way, so that's something I don't have to worry about either."
Gregg Bleakney, UO, Triple Jump, 53-0 1/4w, NCAA Provisional Best
"It's hard getting out there when you shooting for a mark by yourself. I had to make up a fake person who jumped 53 feet and tried to focus on beating him -- not the best way to do it, but it worked. I boomed my best mark on my fifth jump, then my final jump could have been a 55-footer, but I'd never been out that far on my second step, I didn't know what to do. This is a great place to go from."
Ben Lindsey, UW, Shot Put, 1st, 63-4 (Personal Best), NCAA Automatic; Discus, 1st, 193-6, NCAA Automatic
"I had two good performances today. I even fouled a 65-footer in the shot put, but it was a pretty solid foul so it wasn't an 'almost' kind -- but that will come when I do some work in practice The discus is my first love, yet there's still so much I can work on. The shot put is something I just tinker with."
Mika Laiho, ASU, Hammer Throw, 1st, 223-4, NCAA Automatic
"It was a good crowd to throw in front of. I wasn't at my best after I hurt my neck in practice Tuesday, so today was the first day I threw since then. I'm pretty happy with the effort although I couldn't go out and give the effort I'd like to."
Tom Heinonen, UO Women's Head Coach
"This was a good college meet, with its share of exciting races, fast times and lots of good competition. In the team race, we struggled a little early, according to the form chart, but things starting turning around with the 100 hurdles thanks to a 2-3 finish -- Jennifer Thomas ran a good time and Katie Rowlett came through after not being able to practice much -- she showed she's a great racer. Katie Crabb and Robyn Sutherland followed, staying up to form in the 800 and from there we were able to keep it going and hold Washington off, but it wasn't easy."
Jennifer Smith, CU, 1,500, 2nd, 4:24.93, NCAA Provisional; 3,00, 1st, 9:31.12, NCAA Provisional
"I wanted to see how I felt after the 1,500, but the 3K didn't too out to be that hard. It's nice to be back in the Northwest (Spokane, Wash., native), and the first time I think my parents have ever saw me in a college uniform. (About going from indoor NCAA fourth-place finish (mile) to outdoors?) I never ran indoors at all in high school, so I wasn't worried about this year, just wanted to train through it and see what I could do, while focusing on indoors."
Marie Davis, UO, 5,000 meters, 16:26.14 (Personal Best), NCAA provisional "I felt good today, and mainly wanted to have a good experience. I'm still not entirely comfortable with the 12 1/2 laps, but as it went along today, it was kind of fun, being able to see all the people over and over. I tried to leave the pack with 5 1/2 laps to go, because at that time they said we were on pace for 16:40, so I was able to pick it up and get a two-second PR today. Although I ran the 5K at Pac-10s, I still consider this my first 'race', because at that race, they did all the work, and I was just along for the ride. Here I had to actually race and go for it and it was a fun day to run."
Tish Henes, UO, 400 Hurdles, 2nd, 58.40 (Personal Best), NCAA Provisional
"I was trying to run as hard as I could early, then Keisha (Griffis, UW) took off and made me have to go faster. I love her for that -- she's the best. She also helped me break my old PR from my freshman year -- I've been gunning for that for a while. This will make me so much more relaxed the rest of the season, because this is the type of time that should get me into the NCAA meet. Now I can go out and keep trying to faster earlier on."
Aretha Hill, UW, Discus, 1st, 204-7; NCAA Automatic, Meet Record; Shot Put, 1st, 48-1 3/4; Hammer, 5th, 162-6
"It was an OK day for me. I felt really good in the discus and got my second best mark of the year. Distance-wise it felt good, but technically there are still some things to work on. It's always fun to come here and compete, and I've been here so many times. I wish other places had this atmosphere because it makes it a joy to go out and compete when people recognize and understand what you're doing."