Former home to the late American distance running legend Steve Prefontaine, Oregon”s Hayward Field featured the nation”s current collegiate track prodigies at the 2001 NCAA Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Ore.
Representing Michigan at the national level were Katie Jazwinski and Lisa Ouellet in the distances and Melissa Bickett in the discuss.
Jazwinski, a junior, raced to a 12th place finish in Prefontaine”s former event, the 5,000-meter run. Although her finish was just shy of All-American honors, her time of 16:13.09 was just 21 seconds behind Stanford”s Lauren Fleshman, who won the event in 15:52.21.
Ouellet, a senior, qualified in the 1,500 meters in her first trip to the outdoor national meet.
Her time of 4:28.95 placed her ninth in her semifinal heat, but she failed to advance on to the finals. Appalachian State”s Mary Jayne Harrelson won the finals race, clocking 4:14.3.
Also in her first trip to the outdoor national meet, Bickett, a true freshman, finished 18th overall in the discuss with a toss of 140-05.
Katja Schreiber of Idaho won the event with an effort of 197-11.
Southern Cal. won the overall team title with 64 points. While Michigan did not score any points, its two highest finishers, Bickett and Jazwinski, will both return next year and provide talent and experience for the Wolverines.