March 15, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Junior Jordan Boase placed third in the 400-meter dash final, and all six Huskies competing earned All-America finishes on the final day of the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas. The Washington men tied for 10th place and the women tied for 22nd in the team standings.
This is the second-straight Top-10 finish for the UW men's track program, a first in school history. Last season the Huskies tied for seventh. They are the two best finishes for the Husky men in the 44-year history of the meet. It is also just the third Top-25 NCAA Indoor finish for the Husky women since the meet began in 1983.
"Our men's team never quite was at full strength this year indoors, but to have Jordan and Norris (Frederick) carry us to another Top-10 finish is a testament to how hard they have worked, and what the best of Washington track and field is all about," said head coach Greg Metcalf.
Boase picked up six of UW's 17 total points with a school-record time of 46.34 in the second heat of the 400-meters timed final. Boase trailed for most of the race, but went wide and out-sprinted Calvin Smith of Florida and Miles Smith of Southeast Missouri to the finish. He could not quite catch up to Andretti Bain of Oral Roberts, who won in 46.19. Arizona State's Joel Phillip was second in 46.27 which came in the first heat.
Boase, a graduate of Bothell High School in Bothell, Wash., walked away from the sport last season, but has come back better than ever. He will earn his third-career All-American honor, having won a pair two years ago as part of UW's 4x400-meter relay. Boase's third-place finish was the best for any Husky ever at NCAA's, and he is just the third 400-meter dash All-American in school history.
Senior Norris Frederick (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) netted his seventh career All-American award with a career-best sixth-place finish in the men's high jump. Frederick was coming off a second-place finish in Friday's long jump. He cleared 7'-2 ¼" on his second attempt, but missed three tries after the bar was raised another inch. Frederick has now matched Scott Neilson (1976-79) for the third-most All-American honors in Washington history, trailing only Ja'Warren Hooker (10) and Ryan Brown (9).
"Norris was disappointed in not winning the long jump title, but he shook it off and came back out with a terrific showing in the high jump today," said Metcalf. "He had never done better than 10th in the high jump before, so it goes to show how much he is still working to improve even with everything he's already accomplished."
On the women's side, the Huskies earned three All-Americans in the women's mile run. Seniors Amanda Miller (Wenatchee, Wash./Eastmont) and Michelle Turner (Orem, Utah), and sophomore Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo.) made up nearly a third of the 10 finalists. Miller and Follett stayed with the middle of the pack for much of the race, eventually finishing side-by-side with Miller taking fifth in 4:41.56 and Follett finishing sixth in 4:41.88. Turner came in ninth-place in 4:48.24.
Miller improved on her ninth-place mile finish from a year ago, earning her third-career All-American honor. It is the first for Follett and Turner, although Follett was a cross country All-American in the fall as well.
"Both Amanda and Katie made great pushes at the end but just had too much ground to make up at that point," said Metcalf. "Still to have three finalists in one event is an historic accomplishment. These three women plus the return of Amy Lia, who was NCAA Champion at 1500-meters in 2006, gives us the best group of milers in the country for the outdoor season."
Senior pole vaulter Kelley DiVesta also turned in a sterling performance in her final indoor meet, placing seventh with a new personal record clearance of 13'-9 ¼". She got the clearance on her final attempt, becoming UW's fourth women's pole vault All-American since 2005.
"Kelley turned in a personal best when it mattered most, and that's exactly what you train for," said Metcalf. "She continues to add to the vaulting heritage at Washington."
The Huskies will now move things outdoors, beginning with the Husky Outdoor Preview at Husky Stadium on Friday, Mar. 28.
2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Randall Tyson Track Center; Fayetteville, Ark.
Mar. 15, 2008
Men's Final Stadings (Top-10): 1. Arizona State, 44; 2. Florida State, 41; 3. Texas, 34; 4. LSU, 33; 5. Tennessee, 26; 6. Arkansas, 24; 7. Stanford, 23; 8. Florida, 19; 9. Northern Iowa, 18; 10 (tie). Washington, 17; 10 (tie). Texas A&M, 17.
Women's Final Standings (Top-10): 1. Arizona State, 51; 2. LSU, 43; 3. Michigan, 39; 4. Texas, 35; 5. Stanford, 32; 6. Florida State, 28; 7. Texas A&M, 23; 8 (tie). Florida, 19; 8 (tie). Tennessee, 19; 10 (tie). Virginia Tech, 18; 10 (tie). Kansas, 18; 10 (tie). Texas Tech, 18. 22 (tie). Washington, 9.