May 17, 2008
The Washington track and field team produced two historic Pac-10 champions today on the final day of the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships at Sun Angel Stadium. Sophomore Katie Follett won the women's 1500-meter run and Jordan Boase, James Fredrickson, Joseph Turner, and Ryan Hamilton combined to win the men's 4x100-meter relay. Both titles are the first in Washington history in the respective events.
Both men's and women's teams placed ninth in the team standings at the meet, hosted by Arizona State. The Oregon men's team defended its title with 144.5 points, with the Husky men scoring 63. The Arizona State women also repeated as conference champs, racking up 186.5 points on their home track while the Huskies posted 32.5.
Follett, from Fort Collins, Colo., became the first Husky women's conference champion since Kate Soma won the pole vault in 2004. She held off Stanford's Lauren Centrowitz and Alicia Follmar, and Oregon's Nicole Blood to win in 4:22.41. Husky senior Amanda Miller placed fifth in the race, in 4:27.63.
Follett ran third much of the race behind Centrowitz and Blood, sticking with them when they tried to open up a lead on the field. Rounding the final turn, Follett made her push and overtook the pair of All-Americans.
"(Coach Greg Metcalf) didn't want me to take the lead until about 75 meters to go," said Follett. "The plan was to be patient. I really felt good coming off the turn and I went for it."
Follett is the first UW women's Pac-10 champion in a running event since Anna Aoki won the second of her two 10,000-meter titles in 2001. Follett also returned to the track later in the evening to finish sixth in the 5000m run in 17:00.12.
The win by the men's relay was equally as historic. It is the first ever Pac-10 title for Washington in an event that has been held since 1976. It is also just the third relay win of any kind for the Huskies at the conference meet, and first since 1999 when UW won the 4x400-meters.
There were numerous other top-five performances by Husky athletes this evening, starting with Boase, a junior from Bothell, Wash., who also took second in the 400-meter dash today in a much-anticipated showdown with defending Pac-10 Champion Lionel Larry of USC. Larry successfully defended his crown, winning in an NCAA-leading time of 44.77. Boase also ran under the 45-second mark for just the second time, finishing in 44.97.
Senior Norris Frederick followed up his second-place showing in the long jump yesterday with another second-place finish in the high jump today. Frederick cleared 7-2 ¼ but Cal's Ed Wright edged him by an inch, clearing 7-3 ¼.
UW's best throws performance came from sophomore Zach Midles, who was third in the hammer throw with a best mark of 207-11. Senior Austin Abbott (4th, 800m, 1:48.14) and Turner (4th, 200m, 21.15) each earned five points apiece for the Dawgs as well.
The Huskies will now turn their attention to NCAA Regionals, hosted this year by Cal State Northridge from May 30-31. In most events, the top-five Regional finishers qualify for the NCAA Championships.
2008 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships
Joe Sellah Track at Sun Angel Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
May 17, 2008
Men's Team Results: 1) Oregon, 144.5; 2) Arizona State, 134; 3) UCLA, 108; 4) California, 81.5; 5) Stanford, 79; 6) Washington St., 73.5; 7) USC, 69.5; 8) Arizona, 65; 9) Washington, 63.
Men's Results (UW Only)
100m Dash (Final): -- Joseph Turner, DQ. 200m Dash (Final): 4. Joseph Turner, 21.15. 400m Dash (Final): 2. Jordan Boase, 44.97. 800m Run (Final): 4. Austin Abbott, 1:48.14. 5000m Run (Final): 23. Kelly Spady, 14:54.91; 25. Jordan Sarthout, 14:58.33. 400m Hurdles (Final): 6. James Fredrickson, 51.62. 4x100m Relay (Final): 1. Washington (Jordan Boase, James Fredrickson, Joseph Turner, Ryan Hamilton), 39.52. 4x400m Relay (Final): 5. Washington (Jeff Gudaitis, James Fredrickson, Joseph Turner, Jordan Boase), 3:09.16. High Jump (Final): 2. Norris Frederick, 7-2 1/4. Discus (Final): 15. Zach Midles, 162-3; 16. Peter Follmer, 155-6; 17. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. Hammer (Final): 3. Zach Midles, 207-11.
Women's Team Results: 1) Arizona State, 186.5; 2) Stanford, 117; 3) Oregon, 100; 4) USC, 91; 5) UCLA, 80; 6) Washington St., 71.5; 6) California, 71.5; 8) Arizona, 65; 9) Washington, 32.5; 10) Oregon State, 0.
Women's Results (UW Only)
800m Run (Final): 6. Michelle Turner, 2:09.84. 1500m Run (Final): 1. Katie Follett, 4:22.41; 5. Amanda Miller, 4:27.63; 9. Kailey Campbell, 4:32.75. 5000m Run (Final): 6. Katie Follett, 17:00.12; 12. Bailey Schutte, 17:18.67; 17. Kenna Patrick, 17:44.47; 18. Mo Huber, 17:49.58; 25. Anna Imperati, 18:29.85; -- Michelle Turner, DNF. 400m Hurdles (Final): 5. Falesha Ankton, 59.52. High Jump (Final): 16 (tie). Liz Fuller, 5-5; 21 (tie). Daria Amiad-Pavlov, 5-3. Pole Vault (Final): 7 (tie). Kelley DiVesta, 13-1 ¾; 12 (tie). Sarah Pappas, 12-1 ½; 14 (tie). Allison Moore, 12-1 ½; 14 (tie); Andrea Peterson, 12-1 ½; 14 (tie). Stevie Marshalek, 12-1 ½. Triple Jump (Final): 11. Daria Amiad-Pavlov, 38-6 ¾; 14. Nicole Vielma, 35-10 ½. Discus (Final): 10. Caroline Veldman, 146-6; 11. Elisa Bryant, 142-6.