March 8, 2002
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Washington sophomore Eric Garner and junior Courtney Inman each earned top-15 finishes today in the preliminary heats of the men's and women's mile runs, respectively, at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Neither qualified for Saturday's final heats.
Garner finished his preliminary race in 4:07.06, just over four seconds behind Arkansas' Chris Mulvaney, who earned the last of 10 spots in tomorrow's final with a time of 4:02.69. Stanford All-American Donald Sage won the race in 4:01.80.
On Mar. 2, Garner became the state of Washington's first-ever four-minute miler, outrunning Sage to the finish line at Dempsey Indoor in a school record and NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 3:58.93.
Inman, meanwhile, nearly duplicated her school-record qualifying time with a mark of 4:46.83 in the preliminary heat of the women's mile, but missed the top-10 and a bid to Saturday's final by just over a second. UCLA's Lena Nilsson took the race in 4:43.16, while Providence junior Roisin McGettigan was the final qualifier at 4:45.02.
A native of British Columbia, Inman placed second to Nilsson among collegiate competitors at last week's UW Indoor Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor, besting the school record by more than five seconds with a mark of 4:45.40. She entered today's race ranked 17th nationally.
The NCAA Indoor Championships mark the conclusion of the indoor track and field season. Washington opens its outdoor campaign in Tacoma tomorrow with the Salzman Invitational, before returning home to host the Husky Classic next Saturday at Husky Stadium.