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Prefontaine Classic scheduled for June 19.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The 29th annual Prefontaine Classic Grand Prix track and field meet has been scheduled for June 19, 2004, at Hayward Field.

The event, whose start time will be determined by an as yet unknown television schedule, is the final major invitational meet in the United States prior to U.S. Olympic Trials at Sacramento on July 9.


It will be the 10th year for the Nike-sponsored meet on the IAAF's Grand Prix circuit and the third year with the meet as part of the USA Track & Field's Golden Spike Tour series.

Tickets for the Pre Classic will go on sale April 7 at the Casanova Center ticket office, adjacent to Autzen Stadium on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. On-line ticket sales will begin on March 31 from

June 19 is not the latest date for a Pre meet. In 1984, two weeks prior to the start of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the Prefontaine Classic was held on July 21.

Tom Jordan, the meet director, said the 2004 Pre Classic again will feature the mile run.

"It will be the 50th anniversary of the first sub-4-minute mile," he said.

The mile run in the 1995 Pre meet had 13 runners finish under 4 minutes - the most in a single race on U.S. soil.

Top seed advances at women's tennis tourney

Top-seeded Alina Jidkova of Russia needed three sets to outlast Mashona Washington 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 in one of 12 first-round matches played at the BMW of Eugene USTA Women's $50,000 Challenger at the Eugene Swim & Tennis Club on Wednesday.

Defending champion Marissa Irvin was not as fortunate as the No. 7 seed dropped a 7-6 (11), 7-5 match to Lindsay Lee-Waters. No. 2 seed Ansley Cargill also was eliminated in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Kelly McCain.

Other first-round winners were Stanford graduate Teryn Ashley, Sofia Arvidsson, Sandra Kloesel, Mara Santangelo, Tatiana Poutchek, Diana Ospina, Kristen Schlukebir, Tara Snyder and Stephanie DuBois.

Today's featured matches will have Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld, the world's top-ranked junior prior to turning pro, taking on Ashley, while Israel's No. 1 player, Tzipora Obziler, meets McCain.

Eight singles matches are scheduled to be played on three different courts starting at 10 a.m., with five doubles matches also on the docket.

There is a $5 admission charge, and all proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

UO volleyball team hosts

final home matches

The Oregon volleyball team returns to McArthur Court this week for its final two home matches of the season.

The Ducks, 3-20 overall and 0-14 in the Pac-10, have lost 15 straight matches. They will host Arizona (12-13, 6-8) at 7 tonight in an effort to avoid matching their longest losing streak in school history.

The Wildcats opened Pac-10 play at 0-5, but they have since rebounded and are making a strong push for a berth in the postseason.

On Friday, the Ducks host Arizona State (8-5, 3-11) in a 7 p.m. match.

Oregon will be without starting setter Jodi Bell, who will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a ligament strain in her right knee against Washington last week. Bell ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with an average of 10.02 assists per game.

Ex-Duck LaVoie three shots back at golf tourney

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Ryan LaVoie, who lettered at the University of Oregon from 1997-2000, shot a 1-under-par 71 Wednesday in second-stage qualifying of PGA Tour Qualifying School.

LaVoie was tied for 19th place - three strokes behind leaders Russ Cochran, Jeff Gallagher and Eduardo Agiro - in the 72-hole event, one of six tournaments that will determine the field for the final stage of qualifying Dec. 3-8 at Winter Garden, Fla.

Chinese women edge OSU on last-second shot

CORVALLIS - Wang Ling's off-balance jumper with six seconds left gave the Chinese National Team a come-form-behind 74-73 victory over Oregon State on Wednesday in a women's basketball exhibition.

The Chinese squad rallied from a 10-point second-half defict to earn the win.

The Beavers held a 36-34 halftime edge and used a 10-0 run early in the second half to forge a 44-34 lead.

Senior Hollye Chapman, a former Cottage Grove standout, led all players with 21 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Chapman's free throw with 26 seconds left gave the Beavers a 73-72 lead.

Brina Chaney was 7-of-8 from the field and scored 16 points for OSU, and Leilani Estavan added 14 points, as she made 10-of-10 from the line.

Four Chinese National Team players reached double figures, led by Ling's 18 points.

Oregon State opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 21 against Utah Valley State College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.
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Date:Nov 13, 2003
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