Feb. 4, 2004
On the Track: Selected members of Washington's track and field squads will embark on a rare indoor road trip to challenge top-ranked LSU and Pac-10 rivals Stanford, UCLA, Arizona State and Cal at Saturday's United Heritage Invitational in Boise. The Huskies' 18-athlete contingent heading to Boise includes senior pole vaulter Brad Walker, freshman hurdler Ashley Lodree and the UW's men's 4x400-meter squad. While the sprinters and jumpers focus on competition in Boise, the Husky distance corps will have its attention fixed on Indianapolis, where four UW freshmen, and assistant coach Kelly MacDonald, will seek to qualify for the 2004 World Cross Country Championships by placing among the top-six finishers in their respective races at the U.S. National Cross Country Championships, Saturday and Sunday.
World Marks Light Up Dempsey Indoor: One world-leading mark, 11 facility records and two UW records kept the estimated crowd of 1,000 on its feet throughout the 2004 Husky Invitational at Dempsey Indoor last Saturday. Former Pac-10 record holder Toby Stevenson cleared 19-0 3/4 in the pole vault to take the world lead, while post-collegian Malindi Elmore and 2000 Olympian Bolota Asmeron each ran times in the 3,000 meters that were then among the world's best. Husky athletes set a pair of UW records in the distance medley relays, while freshmen Ashley Lodree and Carl Moe set freshman records in the 60-meter hurdles and 3,000 meters, respectively. In all, the collegiate athletes who competed combined for 11 automatic and 34 NCAA provisional qualifying marks, including provisionals by both of Washington's DMRs, as well as Moe in the 3,000 meters and junior Kate Soma the pole vault.
Event Schedule: Following is a complete schedule of events for Saturday's United Heritage Invitational at Boise State University. For a list of start times for races at the 2004 U.S. National Cross Country Championships in Indianapolis, please visit www.usatf.org. All times below are Pacific and subject to change.
9:00 a.m. -- 20-lb Weight Throw (W)
9:00 a.m. -- Long Jump (W)
10:00 a.m. -- 5000m Run (W)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W)
10:00 a.m. -- Shot Put (M)
10:30 a.m. -- 5000m Run (M)
10:30 a.m. -- Long Jump (M)
11:00 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (W)
11:15 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (M)
11:30 a.m.. -- Mile Run (W)
11:30 a.m. -- High Jump (M)
11:45 a.m. -- Mile Run (M)
12:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (W)
12:00 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (W)
12:10 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (M)
12:20 p.m. -- 400m Dash (W)
12:30 p.m. -- Pole Vault (M)
12:40 p.m. -- 400m Dash (M)
12:50 p.m. -- 800m Run (W)
1:00 p.m. -- 800m Run (M)
1:00 p.m. -- Shot Put (W)
1:00 p.m. -- 35-lb Weight Throw (M)
1:15 p.m. -- 200m Dash (W)
1:30 p.m. -- High Jump (W)
1:35 p.m. -- 200m Dash (M)
1:55 p.m. -- 3000m Run (W)
2:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (M)
2:10 p.m. -- 3000m Run (M)
2:25 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (W)
2:35 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (M)
2:50 p.m. -- DMR (W)
3:05 p.m. -- DMR (M)
Meet Results: Results of Saturday's United Heritage Invitational will be posted online to www.broncosports.com immediately following the meet. A full recap of UW action, including results, will be posted to GoHuskies.com shortly thereafter. For results from the 2004 U.S. Cross Country Championships, visit www.usatf.org.
Rankings Report: Washington's men climbed four spots into a tie 21st in this week's Trackwire 25, while ranking 22nd in the U.S. Track Coaches Association Dual Meet Power Rankings. The Huskies and Colorado each earned 11 points from Trackwire, while defending NCAA champion Arkansas remained atop the poll -- which attempts to predict team scoring at the NCAA Championships -- for the third-straight week. Washington's men saw their dual-meet score increase by nearly 50 points in the USTCA Rankings, but it wasn't enough to prevent a two-spot drop to 22nd, at 216.17. Florida held strong at No. 1 among men's teams in the USTCA rankings, which simulate a massive dual meet between the nation's elie collegiate squads, but it was Nebraska usurping Penn State for top honors on the women's side. The Husky women, meanwhile, remained 17th for the second-straight weeek while increasing their score to 235.81. The UW women were unranked by Trackwire.
Just Dandy, Thank You: Washington's athletes are excelling on a weekly basis, and the nation is beginning to take notice. The Huskies received three mentions in this week in Trackwire's Dandy Dozen, which attempts to predict the individual order of finish in each event at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships. Tops in the men's pole vault was UW senior Brad Walker, and why not? The defending NCAA indoor champion, Walker boasts a best mark of 19-0 1/4 that won last year's NCAA title by more than a foot, a feat he will seek to repeat in Fayetteville, Ark., this march. Meanwhile, the Huskies' distance medley relay squad of Todd Arnold, Sean Willams, John Russell and Carl Moe debuted eighth in the rankings on the heels of a school-record performance last weekend, while junior All-American Kate Soma climbed one spot, to ninth, in the pole vault.
Monster PR of the Week: It's hard to consider a team-leader unheralded, but Rainier Beach High School grad Phillippe Cook may be just that. After a terrific freshman season in which he placed 12th in the long jump and 16th in the high jump at the Pac-10 meet, Cook failed to qualify for the conference meet in either event in 2003. The junior, however, is in top shape to start 2004, and last week affirmed that he is back by cinching a Pac-10 berth with a career-best high jump of 6-8 3/4 at the Husky Invite.
Dempsey Indoor: The 80,000-square foot home of Husky indoor track opened in September of 2001 to rave reviews. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track (six lanes on the straightaway, five on the oval) and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events. In just the past 13 months, Dempsey Indoor has played host to seven former Olympians and witnessed six top-10 world marks, three top all-time U.S. marks (though not officially records), 10 UW indoor school records and hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks. In addition to its competitive use, the building is utilized as an indoor practice facility for Washington's football, softball, baseball and men's and women's soccer teams, and is considered one of the premier indoor facilities on the West Coast.
Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best: If Washington's home indoor meets over the past two seasons have seemed to shimmer in gold, it is likely due to the numerous current and former Olympians who have highlighted the fields at Dempsey Indoor. Last week's Husky Invitational featured former Olympians Bolota Asmeron of the U.S. and Peru's Hugo Munoz, the former of which clocked a facility-record time of 7:48.59 that is among the best by an American this year. Additioally, fomer Stanford star Toby Stevenson achieved a pole vault mark of 19-0 1/2 that leads the world in 2004, while fellow Cardinal alum Malindi Elmore clocked a time of 9:00.27 that is among the world's best this season. Last year, numerous former Olympians put Dempsey Indoor on their competition schedule, including former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, two-time Olympic medalist John Godina, fellow U.S. Olympians Seilala Sua and Michael Stember, and Asmeron, who in 2000 competed for his native Eritrea. All set facility records in their respective events, while Asmeron clocked what at the time was the world's sixth-fastest 3,000-meter mark.
Walker Takes An Encore: A broken hand in May ended the 2003 season for Husky senior Brad Walker, but has played a large role in bringing the three-time All-American back this season. Though Walker has exhausted his four years of outdoor eligibility, he has competed just three seasons indoors, having redshirted the 2002 indoor season due to injury. By utilizing the remaining season, Walker can continue to train with his UW coaches in preparation for July's U.S. Olympic Trials, while simultaneously defending his 2003 NCAA indoor pole vault crown. Walker will compete for Washington through the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, Mar. 12-13, before launching his professional career in the spring.
World-Class Walker: Senior pole vaulter Brad Walker, currently tied for third among American vaulters in the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Rankings with a season-best of 18-4 1/2, has become a fixture on lists of America's top vaulters. Walker's rise began in earnest in June of 2002, when the Spokane, Wash., native cleared 18-6 in a sixth-place finish at the U.S. Senior Nationals. After his performance at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, however, one had to go beyond the collegiate ranks to find anyone of Walker's caliber. Walker's clearance of 19-0 1/4 at the NCAAs was better than all but two indoor marks in the world in 2003, and equaled the winning mark at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Walker, who won the NCAA title by nearly nine inches, finished the indoor season tied for third in the world with American Derek Miles and Romain Mesnil of France, and tied Miles for the U.S. best. Even with the handicap of having not competed at any of the major national or international meets during the summer and fall, Walker still finished among the top-12 vaulters in the final 2003 IAAF World Rankings. Walker crushed his own UW record by more than six inches, and became the first Pac-10 vaulter ever to clear the 19-foot mark, shattering by three inches the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4 set by Stanford's Toby Stevenson.
Final 2003 IAAF World Indoor Rankings
Name, Country, Mark
1. Tim Lobinger, Germany, 19-1
2. Adam Ptacek, Czech Republic, 19-0 3/4
3. Brad Walker, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Derek Miles, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Romain Mesnil, France, 19-0 1/4
6. Oleksandr Korchmid, Ukraine, 18-10 1/4
6. Michael Stolle, Germany, 18-10 1/4
8. Jeff Hartwig, United States, 18-9 1/2
8. Lars Borgeling, Germany, 18-9 1/2
8. Rens Blom, Netherlands, 18-9 1/2
8. Vasily Gorshkov, Russia, 18-9 1/2
8. Richard Spiegelburg, Germany, 18-9 1/2
All-Time Collegiate Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School, Year, Mark
1. Lawrence Johnson, Tennessee, 1996, 19-7 1/2
2. Istvan Bagyula, George Mason, 1991, 19-5
3. Jacob Davis, Texas, 1998, 19-4 1/4
4. Bill Payne, Baylor, 1991, 19-2 3/4
5. Joe Dial, Oklahoma State, 1985, 19-2 1/4
6. Brad Walker, Washington, 2003, 19-0 1/4
6. Russ Buller, Louisiana State, 1999, 19-0 1/4
6. Jim Davis, Fresno State, 2000, 19-0 1/4
9. Doug Fraley, Fresno State, 1986, 18-11
10. Jeff Buckingham, Kansas, 1983, 18-10 1/2
Walker's Steady Climb: Walker initially enrolled at Washington as a non-scholarship athlete who never cleared 17 feet at University High School in Spokane, Wash. He blossomed during his sophomore season, improving by more than a foot en route to an All-American indoor campaign. An undiagnosed foot injury hampered Walker outdoors, but he still finished 12th at the NCAA Championships before undergoing surgery. After redshirting the 2002 indoor season, Walker posted one of the top outdoor seasons in UW history, shattering the UW pole vault record and earning Washington's first Pac-10 pole vault title in 30 years. A second-place finish at the NCAA Championships and the sixth-place finish at the USA Senior Nationals followed. In 2003, Walker upped the school record again, to 19-0 1/4 with his performance at the NCAA Indoor meet, broke his own outdoor record in his first competition, and won his second-straight Pac-10 title.
Trend-Breakers: Washington's men's distance medley relay squad of Todd Arnold, Sean Williams, John Russell and Carl Moe, currently ranked third in the nation with a school-record mark of 9:38.09, is projected this week by Trackwire to take eighth place at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships in March. Should that occur, the foursome would be the first UW distance medley relay ever to earn All-America honors, and would put them in an elite class of UW men's relays ever to accomplish the feat. No Husky relay has ever performed better at the national meet than the men's mile relay of Keith Tinner, Jerry Belur, Pablo Franco and Billy Hicks, which earned a national title in 1975. Since then, two UW relays have earned All-America acclaim, including the men's 4x400-meter relays in 1990 and 1998, the latter being the only relay to do so indoors. Only one women's relay has ever been named All-American, with the two-mile team of Sandra Gregg, Anne Phillips, Susan Gregg and Dana Arnim placing third outdoors in 1980. Arnold, Russell and Moe, however, are old pros at bucking trends -- this fall, the threesome combined to lead the UW cross country team to the NCAA Championships, in the process snapping UW's 11-year NCAA drought.
Moe Is Money: If there's one thing Husky track and field fans can bank on so far this season, it's big-time performances by freshman Carl Moe. The middle-distance star has run just three times in 2004, but each has gone down in the history books as one of Washington's fastest all-time. The Auburn, Wash., native made his Husky debut with a time of 4:07.15 in the mile, eighth-fastest ever at Washington and tops by a UW freshman. On Friday night, however, Moe turned up the jets, clocking a timed four-minute mile to run down UCLA's Jon Rankin and lead UW across the finish line first in the distance medley relay, the UW school record and NCAA provisional qualifying standard left tattered in his wake. The DMR's time of 9:38.09 is third-fastest in the nation this year, and would have placed eighth at last year's NCAA meet. Moe saved his best individual effort for Saturday's 3,000 meters, however, crossing the line in a UW freshman-record 8:02.82 to earn his second NCAA provisional mark in just three-career collegiate races. Moe's success is an extension of an oustanding senior season at Auburn-Riverside High School, during which he earned the state's 4A cross country title and swept crowns at 1,600- and 3,200 meters, ranking third among U.S. preps in the latter. In fact, only a third-place finish in the state 800-meter final prevented Moe from completing an undefeated senior season.
It's Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight...: ... it's the size of the fight in the dog. Junior pole vaulter Kate Soma may stand only an inch above 5'-0", but the Portland, Ore., native towers over all UW female vaulters, past and present. Already an NCAA qualifier in the event in 2004, Soma is one of just two Husky women ever to clear 13 feet in the pole vault, and is the only Husky female ever to have done so both indoors and out. In fact, only seven UW women have ever cleared 12 feet in the event, a feat Soma has accomplished in 28 of her 33-career pole vault finishes, including the 2003 NCAA Championships. Soma earned her first-career All-America honor by placing seventh at last year's outdoor meet with a mark of 13-5 1/2, and might have gone higher if not for a broken pole that lacerated her right hand on her third attempt at 13-10. The meet marked the third NCAA appearance for Soma, who was the 12th-place finisher at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, and 16th-place finisher outdoors in 2002. Soma vaulted herself in the Pac-10's all-time elite at last year's NCAA West Regional Championships, clearing 13 feet, 10 inches to break her own Washington record by more than eight inches and climb to eighth in Pac-10 history. The sixth-place finisher at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, Soma was bested at the Regional only by Oregon's Becky Holliday, who set a collegiate outdoor record of 14-8 in her Regional win. Soma's outdoor success in 2003 was foreshadowed at the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, when the sophomore broke her own indoor UW record with a clearance of 13-3 3/4, continuing a record trend she began as a freshman by setting UW benchmarks of 13-1 1/2 outdoors, and 12-11 1/2 indoors. Soma entered Washington with a best of 12-0 at Grant High School, but improved that mark by more than a foot by the end of her freshman season.
All-Time Pac-10 Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School, Year, Mark
1. Amy Linnen, Arizona, 2002, 14-10 1/4
2. Becky Holliday, Oregon, 2003, 14-8
3. Tracy O'Hara, UCLA, 2000, 14-7 1/4
4. Tamara Diles, Wash. State, 2003, 14-3 1/4
5. Nikki McEwen, Oregon, 2003, 14-1 1/4
5. Connie Jerz, Arizona, 2003, 14-1 1/4
7. Chelsea Johnson, UCLA, 2004, 14-0
8. Kate Soma, Washington, 2003, 13-10
9. Andrea Dutoit, Arizona, 2001, 13-9 1/4
10. Erica Hoerning, UCLA, 2001, 13-7
Double-Duty Dockendorf: Washington has had plenty of two-sport athletes over the years, but few, if any, have attempted to compete in two sports in one season. That's the feat being accomplished by gymnast/pole vaulter extraordinaire Carly Dockendorf, who this weekend will attempt to enter an even more select group by competing in two different sports on the same weekend -- on the road. Both teams head to Boise this weekend, with the gymnasts dueling Boise State on Friday and the track squad competing Saturday. One shouldn't doubt teh Port Moody, B.C., native's ability to pull off the road double, however -- in 2003, Dockendorf set a UW gym record with three perfect 10s while pole vaulting her way to second all-time at Washington, and ninth in Canadian history. A redshirt freshman in 2003, Dockendorf improved weekly, culminating with an eighth-place finish at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, in 12-11 1/2, the second-best outdoor mark in UW history. The weekend of Mar. 1, 2003, though, may have marked the most impressive display of Dockendorf's athletic ability. On Friday, Feb. 28, the redshirt freshman scored a perfect 10 on the floor exercise to lead UW to a dual-meet win, then turned around barely 12 hours later and soared 12-0 in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Invitational, among the best marks ever at UW. During the 2003 season, she established herself as one of Washington's top gymnasts, earning All-America honors and sharing the conference crown in the floor exercise with a perfect 10 at the Pac-10 Championships. A provincial pole vault champion as a prep, Dockendorf's vault best of 12-11 1/2 tied for fourth by a Canadian woman in 2003, and equals the ninth-best mark in Canadian history.
Athletics Canada All-Time Women's Outdoor Rankings
Name, Year, Mark
1. Stephanie McCann, 2002, 14-3 1/4
2. Dana Ellis, 2003, 14-1 1/4
3. Ardin Tucker-Harrison, 2002, 13-9 3/4
4. Kelsie Hendry, 2003, 13-8 1/4
5. Trista Bernier, 1998, 13-7 1/4
6. Jackie Honey, 2001, 13-6 1/4
7. Simona Kovacic, 2003, 13-2 1/4
8. Adrienne Vangool, 2003, 13-1 3/4
9. Carly Dockendorf, 2003, 12-11 1/2
9. Rebecca Chambers, 1999, 12-11 1/2
9. Melissa Feinstein, 2000, 12-11 1
Triple Threat: Senior triple jumper Brittiny Roberts, already a Pac-10 triple-jump qualifier this season, entered rare air in 2003 when she leapt 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invite, nearly 10 inches farther than the Huskies' previous indoor best. She did herself one better at Stanford in March, clearing 41-4 1/2 to leapfrog Michele Davis into second on the UW's all-time outdoor list. Roberts' success should come as no surprise -- her cousin, U.S. track legend Ralph Boston, won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Maybe Roberts learned a thing or two from Boston -- in addition to the triple jump, she led all Huskies outdoors in both the high and long jumps. At the 2003 NCAA West Regional meet, the Fresno, Calif., native earned a return trip to her home state with a third-place finish in the triple jump that guaranteed Roberts a spot at the 2003 NCAA Championships. The junior, who finished just 3/4 of an inch out of the lead with a mark of 41-4 1/4 at the Regional, is making an assault on the school outdoor record of 41-7 3/4 set by Tara Davis in 1995. Prior to 2003, Roberts had already joined an elite class of triple jumpers, clearing 40-8 3/4 in a fourth-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships to rank third all-time at UW. Roberts is one of just six Huskies -- including teammate Sidney Brown -- to cover 40 feet in the triple jump outdoors, and one of just three to accomplish the feat indoors.
Triple Double: Teammates Brittiny Roberts and Sidney Brown became, in 2003, the first Washington women's tandem ever to triple-jump 40 feet in the same season, with Roberts' best of 41-4 1/2 ranking second all-time at Washington, and Brown's 40-1 1/4 the UW's sixth-best mark. For perspective, only three UW women in the entire decade of the 1990s ever reached 40 feet in the event, and only six (including Roberts and Brown) have done it at Washington all-time.
Garnering Acclaim: When hunting for breaking news, it can be easy to overlook those for whom success is routine. Eric Garner has been so succesful over the past two years -- both in track and field and cross country -- that his impressive results are too often taken for granted. All the senior has done is ensure that his name will come up in any future discussion of Washington's legendary distance-running tradition. A graduate of Kelso (Wash.) High School, Garner burst onto the scene in 2002 with a school-record 3:58.93 mile at Dempsey Indoor, the first four-minute ever by a Husky on Washington soil. Garner earned All-America honors with a 13th-place finish in the mile that season at the NCAA Indoor meet, and returned in 2003 to become the UW's most prolific postseason qualifier, boasting NCAA Regional marks at 800-, 1,500-, and 5,000 meters. Garner placed third in the 1,500 meters at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, and earned an NCAA berth with a fourth-place finish in the event at the Regional. With one full track season remaining, Garner already owns the all-time UW indoor marks in the mile, ranks second in the indoor 3,000 meters and distance medley relay, and is sixth all-time at 1,500 meters. Additionally, he has led Washington's cross country runners at all but one varsity meet over the previous two seasons, and in 2003 led the Husky men back to the NCAA meet for the first time since the 1993 season.
MPSF Mayhem: All the stars will be out at the 2004 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, which Washington will host at Dempsey Indoor in February after a two-year absence from the meet. Excitement for the meet -- featuring Pac-10 rivals Stanford, Washington State, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona and Cal, as well as other elite West Coast colleges -- is at a fever pitch, and Husky athletes have wasted no time locking in their bids. A remarkable 38 MPSF Championships qualifying marks were clocked by Husky athletes at the season-opening UW Indoor Preview on Jan. 17, and Washington athletes litter the current conference rankings. For a complete listing of UW's MPSF Championships qualifiers, along with their current conference rankings, see the box above.
Jamaican Sensations: Don't blame second-year sprints/hurdles coach Dion Miller for catching a bit of island fever -- the island nation of Jamaica is producing some impressive track talent. Washington's 2003 roster includes two athletes from the Caribbean nation, juniors Patrick Davidson and Davaon Spence. The two grew up friends at St. Jago HS in Kingston, Jamaica, and competed together on 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads that swept Jamaican national titles in 2003. After splitting up to attend junior colleges in the U.S., the two long-time friends have reunited at Washington this season, providing the Huskies a pair of top-flight sprinters to anchor a rapidly-improving unit. Davidson's career-best marks of 10.50 for 100m and 21.50 for 200m would each have scored at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, while Spence adds big-meet experience gained from years of competition at the World Youth Championships. The two should bring Washington its most exciting presence in the sprints since the graduation of 10-time All-American Ja'Warren Hooker in 2001, and add dangerous sprint talent to a men's squad already strong in the distances and field events.
Scandinavian Invasion: Jamaica may be the place to go for untapped sprint talent, but Norway is where it's at if you need a distance runner. If you happened to be at the Norweigian Track and Field Championships this summer, you may recognize some of the new faces on the Husky roster. Washington boasts the odd coincidence of having both of Norway's reigning 800-meter champions competing in purple and gold this season, including women's champ Ingvill Makestad and men's champ Stig Ellingson. Makestad, a junior, followed up her 800-meter national title this summer with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the Under-23 European Championships in Poland, clocking a career-best time of 4:13.58. Both Makestad and Ellingson, a native of Tromso, have competed for several years on the European amateur circuit. Already this season, Makestad's influence has been felt, having led the Husky women to a school-record and NCAA provisional mark in the distance medley relay at last weekend's Husky Invitational. Makestad was also outsanding in competition for Washington's cross country squad in the fall, taking ninth at the Pac-10 Championships and fifth at the NCAA West Regional, tops among UW runners at both events. Ironically, at the West Regional in Portland, Makestad placed just a split-second ahead of USC's Iryna Vaschuk, the same athlete who finished behind Makestad in this year's Norweigian 800-meter final.
The Kids Are Alright: Husky fans may not recognize many of the names atop the UW performance lists. To the surprise of none, a freshman class featuring five prep All-Americans has already made its presence known, and is beginning to turn heads nationwide. Pole vaulter Stevie Marshalek needed just one competition to put her name second all-time in the UW record books, clearing 13-1 1/2 in a victory at the U.S. Pole Vault Summit, in the process becoming just the second UW woman over the 13-foot mark. Freshman Ashley Lodree has proven equally prolific, eclipsing UW's freshman record in the 60-meter hurdles with a best of 8.44 seconds, third-fastest all-time at Washington, while qualifying for Pac-10 competition in the long jump. Freshman records have also fallen to Amy Lia in the 800 meters (2:11.41) and to Carl Moe in the 3,000 meters (8:02.82), the latter an NCAA provisional qualifier. In addition to the record-setters, freshmen Doug Blaty (LJ), Carin Trygg (WT) and Evan Wilson (SP), and first-year transfers Joe Gatewood (WT), Bruce Jackson (800m), Davaon Spence (60m dash, 200m), and Grace Vela (LJ) all boast team-leading marks in their events.
Ridiculous Records: The official 2004 University of Washington track and field media guide came out just this week, and already the Huskies'athletes have rendered its indoor records section virtually useless. At last weekend's Husky Invitational, Washington athletes posted 13 marks among the UW's top-10 all-time, bringing to 17 the total number of new marks over the first three weeks of the season. Included among the marks were a pair of school records by Washington's distance medley relay squads, with the women's squad of Ingvill Makestad, Cambrielle Jensen, Amy Lia and Lindsey Egerdahl shaving a stunning 12 seconds off the previous UW benchmark. Egerdahl has been the biggest thorn in the side of the Huskies' record keepers this season, clocking top-10 all-time marks in three events, including the fourth-fastest 3,000-meter and seventh-fastest mile marks, in addition to the DMR record. Also responsible for three such changes has been freshman Carl Moe, who has cracked the UW top-10 in every race of his young collegiate career, includingthe third-best mark at 3,000 meters, the eighth-fastest mile, and a leg of the record-setting men's DMR. The records have already required significant revision, with Husky athletes having posting 10 school records and 58 marks among the top-10 in UW history over the past two seasons. For a complete list of the top-10 indoor marks set by UW athletes in 2004, see the box above.
Raising Arizona: Though the 2004 season is just three weeks old, 24 Husky athletes have already booked their tickets to Tuscon for the 2004 Pac-10 Championships at the University of Arizona. Last year, Husky athletes earned 55 Pac-10 qualifying marks, and pole vaulter Brad Walker earned his second-straight Pac-10 title. Pac-10 teams can bring a maximum of 24 athletes and two wild cards per team to the meet, and in addition may place one athlete in each event for which the school has no qualifier. Thus, some athletes to post qualifying marks may not compete, and others not qualified may be entered in some events.
Name, Event, Mark
Todd Arnold, Mile, 4:06.32
Phillippe Cook, High Jump, 6-8 3/4
Warren Eickhoff, High Jump, 6-8 3/4
Eric Garner, Mile, 4:08.14
McKane Lee, Pole Vault, 16-4 3/4
Carl Moe, Mile, 4:07.15
Sam Roberts, Pole Vault, 16-4 3/4
Brad Walker, Pole Vault, 18-4 1/2
Name, Event, Mark
Camille Connelly, Mile, 4:55.30
Cherron Davis, Shot Put, 44-9 1/2
Carly Dockendorf, Pole Vault, 12-9 1/2
Lindsey Egerdahl, Mile, 4:51.30
Laura Halverson, Mile, 4:59.49
Kira Harrison, Mile, 5:00.54
Amy Lia, Mile, 4:57.86
Ashley Lodree, Long Jump, 19-0 1/2
Stevie Marshalek, Pole Vault, 13-1 1/2
Brianna McLeod, Mile, 4:56.16
Brittiny Roberts, Triple Jump, 39-6
Kate Soma, Pole Vault, 13-1 1/2
Grace Vela, Long Jump, 19-1 1/4
Ashley Wildhaber, Pole Vault, 12-5 1/2
Dallon Williams, Mile, 5:00.67
Angela Wishaar, Mile, 4:56.90
Arnold Steps Up: To say that junior Todd Arnold went from not qualifying for the 2003 Pac-10 Championships to instead qualifying for the NCAA Championships is remarkable, but does not tell the whole story. Needing a mark of 1:51.44 to qualify for the postseason at 800 meters, the Ocosta, Wash., native lowered his half-mile best consistently all season, from 1:56 to 1:52 and 1:51.68. Amazingly, Arnold was able to lower his mark yet again, to 1:51.50 at the season-ending Ken Foreman Invitational, but was still unable to crack the Pac-10 standard. Recognizing his consistent improvement, head coach Greg Metcalf designated Arnold one of two "wildcard" selections for the Pac-10 meet, given to each team to bring athletes who did not otherwise qualify. Arnold rewarded his coach's faith with a personal-best in the 800-meter prelim, clocking 1:50.00 to not only earn a spot in the finals, but also a berth at the 2003 NCAA West Regional. A seventh-place finish in the Pac-10 final could have been a well-deserved reward for Arnold's determination, but the junior had bigger plans. Seeded 10th overall in the event at the Regional, Arnold qualified for the final but was shuffled back of the pack after starting in the outside lane. As was the case all season, however, Arnold refused to give up, charging to fourth on the backstretch and holding on for the automatic NCAA berth. Arnold isn't going to wait this year -- already he's off to a fast start, with a hand in Washington's school-record distance medley relay that ranks third in the nation.
Russell Rebounds: He may have been out of action for over two years, but if his performances over the past month of the 2003 season are any indication, junior John Russell hasn't lost any of the speed that led him to a fourth-place finish as a freshman in the 1,500 meters at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships. Touted as the next great Husky distance runner after that exciting debut season, in which he also cracked the school's all-time top-10 indoors in the mile and placed 13th in the U.S. Junior National Cross Country meet, Russell had his next two full season wiped out by tendinitis. The Spokane, Wash., native finally returned to competition during the fall of 2002, and steadily improved throughout the fall and winter seasons. By April's Oregon Invitational, Russell was rolling, clocking a time of 3:44.65 in the 1,500 meters to earn a Pac-10 and NCAA Regional qualifying mark. In addition to setting aside questions of lost speed, the junior showed at the Pac-10 meet that he had lost none of his tenacity, fighting through a physical race to take sixth. Finally, Russell completed his comeback with an outstanding run at the Regional, placing fifth to earn his first-ever NCAA Championships appearance. In all, Russell was off the track for 22 months, missing two full seasons of track, and one full season of cross-country.
Husky Greats Give Back: A look around a UW practice reveals some familiar faces -- in the coaching staff. Former U.S. Olympian Duncan Atwood has volunteered his time to his alma mater as a throws coach, working with second-year assistant coach Bud Rasmussen. The results speak for themselves: in 2003, four UW javelin throwers qualified for the NCAA Regional, while senior Heather Reichmann earned All-America honors with a throw of 159-6 that was the 10th-best by a U.S. woman in 2003. Atwood joins second-year head coach Greg Metcalf, a two-time steeplechase All-American at UW and a participant at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, as well as two-time Husky All-American David Bazzi, now a UW assistant coach.
International Blend: Washington's roster in 2004 features several individuals from outside the United States. Not surprisingly, Canada is the foreign nation with the most athletes on the UW roster, with sophomores Gaelle Banini (Richmond, B.C.), and Carly Dockendorf (Port Moody, B.C.) and junior Grace Vela (Toronto, Ont.). Of the three, Banini has certainly carved the most unique route to Seattle, having been born in Cameroon, Africa, and moved to France in 1987 before settling in Canada in 1994. Nearly as well-represented as Canada is Norway, which sent both of its reigning 800-meter national champs to Washington in the form of Ingvill Makestad (Odda, Norway) and Stig Ellingsen (Tromso, Norway). Jamaican greats Patrick Davidson and Davaon Spence, both from Kingston, are making their UW debuts this spring, while sophomore Vinh Chung will rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles traveling from Seattle to his hometown of Hamilton, New Zealand.
2003 Indoor Season Recap: The 2003 indoor season will long be remembered as one of the most exciting in UW history, with school records, American records, and top-10 world marks falling left and right. Eight UW records were set during the team's five weeks of competition at Dempsey Indoor, including a pair of records by Courtney Inman in the 800m and mile runs. At the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, Inman was a top-10 finisher in the mile, Jeremy Park earned All-American honors at 3,000m, and pole vaulter Brad Walker won his first NCAA title, crushing the competition by nine inches. Walker's mark of 19 feet, 0 1/4 inch was three inches beyond the Pac-10 record, and tied for third in the world indoors in 2003. In fact, a glance at the 2003 IAAF World Rankings reveals dozens of marks set on the Dempsey Indoor track. As many as 2,500 spectators packed the facility each week, creating a highly-charged atmosphere that attracted such luminaries as two-time Olympic medalist John Godina, and fellow Olympians Seilala Sua, Bolota Asmeron, Michael Stember and Ja'Warren Hooker. Also, a pair of Masters' athletes, Tony Young and Harold Morioka, combined for three all-time U.S.-best marks, while the Northwest's top preps filled the facility on three weekends.
2003 NCAA Indoor Championships Recap: Without a doubt, the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships were nearly a perfect finish to an outstanding indoor season for the University of Washington track and field teams. Senior Brad Walker backed up his No. 1 ranking in the pole vault, earning Washington's 25th-ever NCAA individual title with a vault of 19-feet, 0 1/4 inches that is the best-ever by a Pac-10 vaulter, third-best in the world in 2003, and tied for sixth-best in NCAA history. Senior Jeremy Park earned All-American honors with a 13th-place finish in the 3,000 meters, helping lead the Husky men to a tie for 20th overall at the meet. Senior Courtney Inman placed ninth overall in the mile, and sophomore Kate Soma was the 12th finisher in the pole vault, each improving their finishes from the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Top-ranked Arkansas ran away with the men's title, while LSU defended its indoor crown on the women's side.
Star-Studded Staff: Washington's coaching staff in 2003 is in no way short on accolades. Seventh-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directed three All-Americans, including Pac-10 and NCAA champion Brad Walker. First-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen founded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, and in seven years at North Idaho College mentored 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coach Dion Miller last year led Texas Tech sprinters to 13 All-America accolades, and a Big 12 title in the 4x100-meter relay. Second-year distance coach David Bazzi, a Washington alum, was the 2001 Pac-10 champion at 10,000 meters, and still holds three all-time school records. Rounding out the all-star cast is first-year distance coach Kelly MacDonald, who graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with five All-America honors and three Pac-10 titles. The full-timers are joined by UW legends and volunteer coaches Duncan Atwood and Ja'Warren Hooker.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his second year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his seventh year overall on the UW coaching staff. Inhis first season at the helm, Metcalf led the UW women to 29th at the NCAA Championships, equaling their highest point total since the 1998 season, and guided seven UW distance runners to NCAA Championships appearances. In seven years directing Washington's cross country program, Metcalf has led the women's cross country team to seven-consecutive NCAA Championships, the seventh-longest active streak in the nation. Metcalf has coached nine All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 13 school-record setters and 62 NCAA qualifiers. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeplechase, and ran in the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials.