April 12, 2008
Tempe, Ariz. - Junior Jordan Boase set the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. on fire on Saturday, winning the 400-meter Invitational in a new school and meet record of 44.82, the second-best time in the world this year. Boase broke Ja'Warren Hooker's record that had stood for eight years, and is the first Husky ever to rank ahead of Hooker in an outdoor sprint.
Boase, who took third in the 400-meter dash at NCAA Indoors, was making his outdoor season debut but amazingly turned in a lifetime best despite the layoff. The time is the fastest in the NCAA this year, indoors or outdoors.
Hooker, a 10-time All-American, and the school record holder at 100-meters, 200-meters, and until Saturday, 400-meters, had never had one of his records broken before. The fact that Boase was not even competing one year ago makes his 2008 season all the more astounding. The three-time All-American took the year off, unsure if track was right for him.
While Boase deservedly soaks up most of the spotlight, seven new NCAA Regional qualifying marks were set by the Huskies at the meet, and three previous marks were bettered.
Senior Austin Abbott punched his ticket to the NCAA Regionals, finishing third in the 800m with a provisional qualifier time of 1:49.37, while senior James Fredrickson lowered his regional qualifier with a time of 51.27.
Junior Jared O'Connor turned in a personal-best pole vault of 16-6 3/4 to place fourth in the event and earn his way to Regionals, while senior Norris Frederick topped his season best with a 25-0 ¾ in the long jump, placing him third in the event.
On the women's side, sophomore Katie Follett took third in the 1500-meter run with an regional qualifying time of 4:19.20, just ahead of senior Amanda Miller, who lowered her PR in the event with a 4:19.49. Senior Michelle Turner also qualified in the same race, placing 10th in 4:24.17. Follett and Miller now rank seventh and eighth, respectively, all-time at Washington in the 1500m.
In the 5000-meter run, the Huskies put three in the top-four, as senior Trisha Rasmussen took second place and also posted an NCAA provisional time of 16:47.96. Rasmussen was followed by freshman Lauren Saylor in third and sophomore Mo Huber in fourth.
Leading the field event crew were senior vaulters Kelley DiVesta and Stevie Marshalek. DiVesta upped her season-best to 13-1 1/2, finishing fourth, and Marshalek was seventh at 12-7 1/2. Both marks are regional qualifiers.
The Huskies will be on the road again next week, as Washington is set to compete at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., April 17-20.