March 1, 2008
SEATTLE - The Washington men's and women's track teams each wrapped up solid fifth-place finishes today at the MPSF Championships in the Dempsey Indoor Facility. Junior Jordan Boase captured the men's 400-meter dash title in a school record time of 46.37.
Boase's win followed up his second place finish in the 200-meters on Friday. Coupling that with his No. 3 leg on UW's fourth-place 4x400-meter relay, and Boase was a major factor in 23 of Washington's 66.5 total points. Even more impressive was the fact that his winning time came out of the seventh out of nine heats, and two of his competitors got tangled up and did not finish, leaving Boase to come around the final turn and down the straightaway virtually by himself.
The 12th-ranked Oregon men won the MPSF title with 90 points, followed by Cal with 84.5, No. 24 Stanford with 83, No. 1-ranked Arizona State with 77, and then the Huskies, who beat out UCLA (64.5), Arizona and Washington State (58), Cal State Northride (49), and Long Beach State (28.5). It is the first MPSF title for the Ducks, who snapped the UW men's streak of conference titles at two.
Second-ranked Arizona State held off No. 3 Stanford to take the women's crown for the second year in a row. No. 20 Oregon was third with 72 points, Cal placed with with 65.5, and 16th-ranked Washington was right behind in fifth with 61.5.
The 2008 meet will be a lengthy one in the record books. Two days of competition produced 17 NCAA Automatic qualifying marks, 103 NCAA Provisional marks, eight MPSF Championship records, and five Dempsey Indoor facility records.
"The quality of this meet and the teams in the conference this year on both the men's and women's sides is off the charts," said head coach Greg Metcalf. "Just finishing in the top half of the standings as both our teams did this year is something to be proud of. We don't have as much depth this season as some of these teams, but several of our top athletes went out and showed they can compete with the very best, so that bodes well for scoring at NCAA's."
Although Boase and senior Norris Frederick's fantastic long jump on Friday provided UW's only two titles, the Huskies turned in a number of impressive second place finishes today. Senior Amanda Miller placed second in the women's mile, sophomore Katie Follett was second in the women's 3,000-meters, and junior Falesha Ankton was runner-up in the women's 60-meter hurdles. Ankton's time of 8.43 seconds was a personal best, and equaled the NCAA Provisional mark.
Follett's 3k time of 9:25.09 is a school record by more than seven seconds, despite being her first attempt at the distance this season. It is also an NCAA Provisional mark. Follett, a cross country All-American in the fall, has been setting records every time out in the last month. At the Husky Classic, she slashed three seconds off the UW mile school record, and was part of this weekend's distance medley relay which set a school record for the second straight outing, and has cut a whopping 11 seconds off the school record entering this season. All told, Follett has accounted for three major school records thus far that have chopped a combined 21 seconds off the previous marks.
"Katie Follett is just attacking every race with supreme confidence at this point. She is an absolute joy to coach and to watch compete on race day," said Metcalf. "Jordan Boase is much the same way. He took the year off last season and has come back stronger than ever. He's as important to our team right now as anyone."
With the Dempsey still buzzing about his 26' 7 ¾" long jump yesterday--currently the No. 6 mark in the world this year--Norris Frederick put on an impressive encore in the high jump. For the second-straight day, the Roosevelt High product turned in a career-best performance, clearing 7' 3". Frederick and Cal's Ed Wright both cleared the same final height, but Wright got the title by virtue of less missed attempts. Still, the mark further solidifies Frederick's NCAA credentials, as he will go to Fayetteville, Ark. as the long jump favorite and strong contender in the high jump.
Additional NCAA times were turned in by Michelle Turner in the 800, who ran 2:08.97, and Scott Roth in the pole vault, who took second place with a season-best clearance of 17' 8 ¼", which ranks the sophomore No. 5 in the NCAA this season.
Other noteworthy performances included a colossal shotput heave from Arizona State's Ryan Whiting. The sophomore went for 70' 5 ¼" on his sixth and final attempt, eliciting roars from himself and the teammates and fans surrounding the pit. Whiting's toss is the fifth best in the world this year. Proving that the Dempsey features much more than just a fast track, the top two shotput marks in the NCAA this year have been set in the facility in the last two meets.
Stanford's Josh Hustedt also finished up a record-breaking heptathlon performance today, scoring 5,784 points to establish new MPSF Championship meet and Dempsey Indoor records.
The Huskies will have one more chance to add to their NCAA participant portfolio, as they host the NCAA Last Chance Qualifier next Saturday, March 8, at the Dempsey.
2008 MPSF Championships
Feb. 29-Mar. 1 - Seattle, Wash.
1) Oregon - 90
2) California - 84.50
3) Stanford - 83
4) Arizona State - 77
5) Washington - 66.50
6) UCLA - 64.50
7) Arizona - 58
7) Washington St. - 58
9) Cal St. Northridge - 49
10) Long Beach St. - 28.50
1) Arizona State - 154.50
2) Stanford - 141
3) Oregon - 72
4) California - 65.50
5) Washington - 61.50
6) Arizona - 57.50
7) Washington St. - 49
8) Cal St. Northridge - 38.50
9) UCLA - 14.50
10) Long Beach St. - 6