2013 Indoor Track and Field Outlook - Jumps
The 2012 season saw the graduation of some of the most reliable jumpers in Oregon history such as Lauryn Newson, Brian Schaudt, Rebecca Rhodes and Danny Marconi, in addition to the multitalented Brianne Theisen, all of whom finished their careers ranked among the UO top 10 in at least one jump.
However, their departure opens the door for a number of youngsters to move to the forefront.
For the women, that shift began last season with Lauren Crockett (Ogden, Utah) and Chancey Summers (Eagle Creek, Ore.) in the high jump and Sammie Clark (North Bend, Ore.) and Kortney Ross (San Diego, Calif.) in the pole vault. Crockett and Summers, both sophomores, broke into the Ducks' outdoor high jump record book last season - Summers at 6-0/1.83m and Crockett at 5-10.75/1.80m. They look to build on those marks as the indoor season gets underway.
Clark, a sophomore, was a pleasant surprise in the pole vault last indoor season after tying for second at the MPSF Championships at 13-4.5/4.08m and upped that to 13-5.25/4.10m outdoors. Ross, a junior, peaked at the Pac-12 outdoor meet a year ago where she tied for fourth at 13-4.5/4.08m.
In the triple jump, senior Maggie Pietka (Vancouver, Wash.) has been a consistent force during her career and is on the verge of cracking Oregon's career top-10 in the event.
Beyond those five veterans, the Ducks will look to younger jumpers to bolster their roster. Some of the more anticipated newcomers include freshmen Jenna Prandini (Clovis, Calif.), a dynamic jumper who redshirted a season ago, Jasmine Todd from Chandler, Ariz., and Madelayne Varela from Kent, Wash.
The men's jumps will be led by pole vaulter Austin Ouderkirk (Newport, Ore.), decathlete Dakotah Keys (Sweet Home, Ore.) and triple jumpers Trevor Ferguson (Oregon City, Ore.) and Tyler Pinkney (Everett, Wash.).
All four are Pac-12 competitors, while Keys won the league's decathlon title as a freshman in 2012. He's also the Ducks' top returning long jumper (23-11.75/7.31m). Ouderkirk, a senior, is a Pac-12 scorer in the pole vault with an indoor PR at 16-7.25/5.06m. Ferguson, a sophomore, and Pinkney, a junior, are both 50-foot triple jumpers outdoors.
In the high jump, the Ducks will look to prep state champion Bradley Laubacher from Bend, Ore. He cleared 6-10/2.08m last year for Summit High School.
Other men to watch are senior Jordan Alviso (Granite Bay, Calif.) and freshman Matt Hidalgo (Banks, Ore.) in the pole vault, while junior Caleb Kruse (Coos Bay, Ore.) returns in the triple jump.
The 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are coming to Historic Hayward Field June 5-8 (http://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor-men/d1#!championship_br_home).