May 4, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - A pair of school records, four NCAA qualifiers and 16 individual victories weren't enough for Washington's track and field squads Saturday, which fell to rival Washington State by a combined 11 points in dual meets in Pullman.
The Husky men fell by a seven-point margin, 105-98, to fall to 31-56-1 in the 88-meet series between the schools' men's teams, which began in 1900. Washington's women took the 26th meeting between the cross-state rivals down to the final two events, losing just 103-99 to fall to 18-8 all-time against WSU.
Junior All-American Brad Walker set the early tone for Washington with a mark of 18-feet, one inch in the pole vault, breaking by half an inch the 10-year old school record set by Garth Willard in 1992. The Spokane, Wash., native improved his career-best mark by four and half inches, and moved into a tie for third in the national rankings with just one week of regular-season competition remaining.
Junior Kameko Gay handled the record-setting responsibilities for the women's squad, throwing the hammer 170-feet, 10 inches to best the record mark of 169-1 set by Rebecca Morrison in 1998. Gay, a five-time Pac-10 qualifier, moved up to 12th in the conference this season.
Almost overshadowed by the record-setting performances of their teammates, a pair of Husky throwers added their names to the list of athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, La.
Junior javelin thrower Heather Reichmann, competing for just the third week since concluding her senior season with the Husky women's basketball team, achieved the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10 this year with a career-best throw of 153-5, besting the NCAA's provisional-qualifying standard.
Senior Mat Schwinn also earned an NCAA provisional mark with a throw of 181-8 in the discus, just five inches shy of Washington's all-time top-10 in the event.
Schwinn and Reichmann bring the Huskies' total number of NCAA qualifiers to 10, with just Saturday's SPU Invitational at Husky Stadium remaining before the Pac-10 Championships, May 18-19 in Pullman.