May 11, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. - Juniors Megan Spriestersbach and Heather Reichmann today each established NCAA provisional-qualifying marks in a 1-2 finish in the javelin at the Ken Foreman Invitational at Husky Stadium. Washington athletes won 14 events at the meet, the final regular-season competition entering next week's Pac-10 Championships.
Spriestersbach, an NCAA Champiosnhips participant in 2001, waited until her final throw before heaving the javelin 158-feet, two inches, the seventh-best mark in the conference this season and among the top-25 marks in the nation. Placing second to Spriestersbach was Reichmann, the Pac-10's seventh-place finisher last season, whose mark of 157-3 placed her eighth in the Pac-10 standings.
While their teammates made noise in the field events, Washington's track stars added two new Pac-10 qualifiers to the list of 38 already making the trip to Pullman for next week's conference championships.
Sophomore Cristian Adams and freshman Sean Williams swept the top two spots in the men's 400-meter dash, each posting marks under the Pac-10 qualifying standard. Adams crossed the line in 47.38 seconds, barely ahead of Williams' mark of 47.69.
Michael Kiter, already a conference qualifier at 5,000 meters, earned his second nod with a mark of 3:49.26 in the 1,500 meters, good for second to teammate Eric Garner's winning time of 3:45.03. The Huskies also picked up qualifiers in each of the 800-meter races, with freshman Lindsey Egerdahl and junior John Snyder each placing second in the women's and men's races, respectively, with marks below the conference standard.
In the women's pole vault, school-record holder Kate Soma led senior Sandy Erickson and first-time competitor Carly Dockendorf in a 1-2-3 sweep. Dockendorf, a true freshman Husky gymnast, began training with the team just 10 days prior to Saturday's meet, but cleared the bar at 12-feet, 1 1/2 inches to establish the third-best mark in school history, trailing only Soma and Erickson.
With the regular season concluded, Washington's Pac-10 qualifiers head to Pullman for the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, Saturday and Sunday, before concluding the 2002 season with the NCAA Championships, May 29-June 1, in Baton Rouge, La.