April 22, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior pole vaulters Seth Perrins and Carly Dockendorf on Saturday became the fifth and sixth Huskies in two days to record NCAA Regional-qualifying marks at the Oregon Invitational, increasing to 21 the UW's total number of Regional qualifiers so far this season. Perrins was also one of two Huskies, along with sophomore javelin thrower Dave Nyland, to record victories at the two-day event, which concluded Saturday.
A 2000 graduate of Tekoa (Wash.) High School, Perrins cleared a lifetime-best 16 feet, 6 ¾ inches Saturday to match the Regional standard, and earn the Husky his first-career victory. Perrins cleared 16-5 ¼ on the same Hayward Field runway two years ago, but was injured in 2005 and had failed to top 16-5 in the event since. The senior, 13th at the Pac-10 meet in 2004, moved to a tie for 11th in the conference standings with his clearance Saturday.
Also climbing the Pac-10 and national rankings was Dockendorf, whose successful vault at 12-9 ½ was a three-inch outdoor season best. The sixth-place finisher at the NCAA Championships a year ago, and a four-time NCAA Championships competitor, Dockendorf currently ranks second in the Pac-10 with an indoor best of 13-7 ¾, and is seeking her fourth-consecutive top-eight conference finish.
Rounding out the Huskies' list of top performers Saturday was Nyland, whose lifetime-best throw of 200-feet even in the javelin defeated a talented regional field. The Woodinville (Wash.) High School graduate bettered his previous lifetime best of 199 feet, 2 inches by 10 inches, in the process becoming the second Husky this season to top the 200-foot mark.
Washington saw six athletes set or better NCAA Regional qualifying marks at the two-day meet, including Perrins, Dockendorf, javelin thrower Tiffany Zahn and distance runners Austin Abbott, Amy Lia and Anita Campbell. Numerous other Huskies recorded outstanding marks, including a 211-foot, 1-inch effort by Martin Bingisser in the hammer throw, and a season-best 24.54-second time for senior Lauran Dignam in the 200 meters.
Washington will remain in the Northwest for the remainder of the regular season, renewing its century-old dual-meet rivalry with Washington State in Pullman next weekend before closing out the campaign with the third-annual Ken Shannon Invitational at Husky Stadium.
For complete results from this weekend's Oregon Invitational, visit www.goducks.com.