March 26, 2004
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Washington senior Megan Spriestersbach reclaimed her school record in the javelin Friday, heaving the spear 164 feet, 2 inches on the first day of action at the 2004 Stanford Invitational. The two-day meet at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field, featuring over 4,000 of the nation's top collegiate, post-collegiate and prep athletes, concludes Saturday.
Six more Huskies added their names to the NCAA West Regional qualifying scrolls, not counting Spriestersbach, who had already qualified last weekend.
The Husky senior from Lakewood, Wash., first set the school's javelin mark at 158-2 in 2002, before seeing it broken by teammate Heather Reichmann's 159-6 toss in an All-America performance at last year's NCAA Championships. With her throw Friday, however, Spriestersbach became the first UW woman ever to throw the new javelin (in use since 1999) more than 160 feet, and climbed into the top-five of the national collegiate rankings.
First-day action also included the much-anticipated 100-meter hurdles debut of freshman Ashley Lodree, America's top-ranked indoor freshman sprint hurdler in 2004. The Richmond, Calif., native didn't disappoint, winning her preliminary heat in a regional-qualifying time of 13.78 seconds that is fourth-fastest ever at Washington, and trails Claudine Robinson's school record by just under a quarter-second.
Also climbing the UW's all-time charts was junior Mark Mandi, whose time of 29:48.92 for 10,000 meters is seventh-best ever at Washington, and the second-fastest by a Husky since 1987, trailing only David Bazzi's school record of 28:34.54, set in 2001. Freshman Martin Bingisser, too, made a dent in the UW records, launching the school's ninth-best hammer effort with a toss of 189-9.
While that outstanding quartet put their marks in the record books, several others put theirs on the regional qualifying list, including three freshmen in the women's 5,000 meters.
Freshman Dallon Williams led the NCAA-qualifying trio across the line Friday, clocking a 10th-place time of 16:41.19 that was just two seconds shy of Washington's all-time record, and only eight seconds off the school's freshman best. Just behind the UW frosh was redshirt freshman Alison Tubbs, the national prep cross country leader in 2001 who was competing for just the third time since missing two years to injury. Tubbs' time of 16:49.51 was her UW career best, and just edged Husky freshman Brianna McLeod, who rounded out Washington's 5,000-meter qualifiers in 16:59.50.
Other regional qualifiers included sophomores John Hickey (5,000m, 14:14.24) and Ashley Wildhaber (Pole Vault, 12-3 1/2), bringing the team's total number of qualifiers to 12, just two weeks into the outdoor season.
For live results of Saturday's action at the Stanford Invitatioal, visit www.gostanford.com.