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USC, Stanford, Oregon Crash Dempsey Indoor for 2003 Track Opener
Release: 01/14/2003
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Jan. 14, 2003

On the Track: Washington track and field opens the 2003 season this week with the Husky Indoor Preview on Sat., Jan. 18 at Dempsey Indoor on the UW campus. Throwing events begin at 9:00 a.m., while events on the track will commence at 10:30 a.m.

The Field: Several of the West Coast's top collegiate track programs will make their way to Seattle this weekend, including men's and women's teams from Oregon, Stanford and USC. The rest of the field will be comprised of the top small-college and club squads from throughout the Pacific region including Portland, Portland State, UC-Davis, San Francisco State, and others. For more information, including a complete list of entries, visit www.directathletics.com.

Event Schedule: Following is a schedule of events for the Husky Indoor Preview.

9:00 a.m. -- Weight Throw (W/M)
9:30 a.m. -- Long Jump (W/M)
9:30 a.m. -- High Jump (M/W)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W/M)
10:30 a.m. -- 60m H Prelims (W)
10:55 a.m. -- 60m H Prelims (M)
11:15 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (W)
11:35 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (M)
11:55 a.m. -- Mile (W)
12:05 p.m. -- Mile (M)
12:20 p.m. -- 60m H Consol. Final (W)
12:25 p.m. -- 60m H Final (W)
12:30 p.m. -- Shot Put (M/W)
12:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump (W/M)
12:35 p.m. -- 60m H Consol. Final (M)
12:50 p.m. -- 60m H Final (M)
1:05 p.m. -- 400m (W)
1:20 p.m. -- 400m (M)
1:40 p.m. -- 60m Dash Consol. Final (W)
1:45 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (W)
1:50 p.m. -- 60m Dash Consol. Final (M)
1:55 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (M)
2:05 p.m. -- 600m (W)
2:15 p.m. -- 600m (M)
2:25 p.m. -- 800m (W)
2:35 p.m. -- 800m (M)
2:45 p.m. -- 200m (W)
3:05 p.m. -- 200m (M)
3:25 p.m. -- 3000m (W)
3:40 p.m. -- 3000m (M)
3:55 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (W)
4:05 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (M)
4:15 p.m. -- DMR (W)
4:35 p.m. -- DMR (M)

Meet Results: Results will be posted periodically throughout the meet on a board at the south end of Dempsey Indoor. Following the conclusion of the meet, packets of results will be available at the finish line for coaches and meet officials only. Please allow 5-10 minutes following the conclusion of the final event for results to be processed and approved. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the meet, and will be posted to the official site of Husky athletics, www.gohuskies.com, within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on the following page.

Rankings Report: Washington's men's team debuted Monday in a tie for No. 18 in the initial Trackwire 25 power rankings, making the UW's first Trackwire ranking since the end of the 2001 season. The Huskies, who received 10 points in the rankings, share the No. 18 spot with five other teams, including Pac-10 for UCLA. Washington's women went unranked by Trackwire, which attempts to predict team scoring at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships. LSU earned the top spot in both rankings, with identical 59-point totals.

Huskies on the Airwaves: 'On Campus with the Huskies,' a half-hour program featuring Washintgon's Olympic sports teams, debuted this fall on Fox Sports Northwest. The weekly program, hosted by former Husky athlete Elise Woodward, features event highlights and profiles of Husky athletes and coaches. 'On Campus' airs each Thursdayat 6:30 p.m. PT.

Top Dawgs: Three seniors and one junior, distance runner Todd Arnold, were selected to be captains for the 2003 season by a vote of their teammates. Arnold, a Pac-10 qualifier at 1500 meters in 2002 will be joined by senior All-American Brad Walker, the 2002 NCAA runner-up in the pole vault, as captains on the men's side, while a pair of school-record holders - Kameko Gay in the hammer and Courtney Inman in the mile - will lead the women.

2003 Indoor Season Preview: Washington returns strong teams on both the men's and women's sides in 2003, including three of the team's four NCAA qualifiers from the 2002 outdoor season. Without a doubt, the pole vault will be one of the Huskies' strongest events, with the team returning school-record holders on both sides in the form of two-time All-American Brad Walker and sophomore Kate Soma. Walker enters the 2003 season as the nation's top-ranked competitor in the vault, having earned a runner-up finish to Texas senior Brian Hunter at last year's NCAA Championship meet. In addition to the pole vault, the Huskies are bound to make noise in the distance events, with indoor mile record holders Eric Garner and Courtney Inman returning to the track for their junior and senior seasons, respectively. Junior Brittiny Roberts, one of five UW women ever to triple jump 40-plus feet, will lead the Husky women in the jumps, while senior co-captain Kameko Gay, the school-record holder in the hammer, will seek an NCAA invitation in the shot put and weight throw. On the men's side, Washington will be strong in the throws with senior Mat Schwinn, and should prove formidable in the sprints, with UW football players Roc Alexander, Matt Fountaine, Derrick Johnson, Shelton Sampson and Chris Singleton bolstering an emerging UW sprint squad led by junior Pac-10 qualifier Cristian Adams.

2002 Indoor Season Recap: The 2002 indoor track season was a roller-coaster ride for Washington's coaches, athletes and fans. The Huskies christened their new indoor track and field home, Dempsey Indoor, with six collegiate meets, including a series of thrilling duals between the women's squads of Washington and the University of Oregon. The new track surface at Dempsey Indoor proved to be one of the nation's fastest, with a total of six indoor school records established on the home track, including an exciting 3:58.93 mile time by sophomore All-American Eric Garner at the Indoor Qualifier, one of four four-minute miles run at the meet. Senior LeTesha Moore set a school record in the 60m dash at Dempsey Indoor's debut in January, and was soon joined atop the record list by senior Kelsey Sheppard, who set the 60m hurdles mark with an 8.73-second mark. Freshman pole vaulter Kate Soma broke the school's indoor record in her second collegiate meet, and then extended that mark by nearly six inches more later in the season. Perhaps the facility's best treats were saved for last, with no fewer than 45 athletes establishing NCAA marks at the UW Indoor Qualifier in March, including indoor school records by Garner (mile), Courtney Inman (mile) and Sabrina Monro (3,000m).

Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf enters his first year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his sixth year overall at the University. In five seasons as a UW assistant, Metcalf guided the women's cross-country team to five-straight NCAA appearances, including a UW-best ninth-place finish in 1998. Metcalf has coached eight All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 57 NCAA qualifiers and 10 school-record setters. A 1993 graduate of Washington, Metcalf was a two-time All-American for the Huskies in the steeplechase.

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