Feb. 28, 2004
SEATTLE - Washington's Eric Garner and Ingvill Makestad set meet records in the mile runs Saturday at Dempsey Indoor, but couldn't push the Huskies past the Stanford women and UCLA men, who charged away with the team titles at the 2004 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Nearly 3,000 spectators passed through Dempsey Indoor during the three-day meet, which serves as the indoor conference championships for Pac-10 and Big West Conference track and field teams.
Strong performances in the distances and relays sparked a Cardinal rout on the women's side, with Stanford's 148 points easily outdistancing the 109 of runner-up UCLA, and 83 of third-place Washington. On the men's side, the Bruins rode wins in the throws and middle-distance events to a meet-best 127 points, edging Cal's 108-point total, and Stanford's 82.5. Washington State's men placed seventh with 50 points, and Washington was eighth with 47.5.
"I was pleased at how our team came out here and scrapped for points today, particularly the women's team," said second-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "Finishing third isn't just a matter of putting a few ladies in the top-three - you have to have people in those six, seven, eight spots fighting for every point they can get; it's a whole team effort. I'm fired up to get both of these teams outdoors and see what they can do."
One Husky who need not prove himself to Metcalf is Garner (Kelso (Wash.) HS), whose winning time of 4 minutes, 0.53 seconds in the men's mile was a meet record, and the ninth-fastest by a collegian this year. Trailing NCAA 1,500-meter champion Grant Robison by 10 meters entering the back stretch, the Husky All-American surged into the lead over the ensuing 30-meter stretch, and held off a late charge by UCLA's Ben Aragon to win a photo finish by just .03 seconds.
Garner alone was responsible for more than one-quarter of Washington's 47.5 team points, earning 10 in the mile and another three with a sixth-place finish in Friday's 3,000 meters, both under the NCAA's provisional-qualifying standard.
Washington's dominance in the mile was further pronounced when Husky sophomore Ingvill Makestad (Odda, Norway) crushed the meet record in the women's event, clocking a 4:42.17 to climb to eighth on the NCAA's 2004 performance list. Running the first open mile of her UW career, Makestad surged forward at the line to edge Stanford All-American Sara Bei, and lead three Husky women among the top-eight finishers. The reigning Norweigian 800-meter champion, Makestad moved to second in Washington history in the event, one of eight top-10 all-time marks set by Huskies on Saturday.
In all, three Husky men and seven UW women earned top-three finishes at the meet, including impressive performances by 5,000-meter runner-up Alison Tubbs (Enumclaw (Wash.) HS) and sprinter Lauran Dignam (Honolulu, Hawaii), who earned third in the 200 meters with a mark of 25.13 that is the fourth-best ever by a UW woman.
For complete results of the 2004 MPSF Championships, visit www.gohuskies.com.