June 10, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sophomore Ashley Lodree on Friday became the second Husky in as many days to win All-America honors at the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Championships, placing fifth in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles.
A record 16 Huskies are competing at this year's NCAA meet, which continues through Saturday at Sacramento State.
Lodree blasted out of the blocks and picked up speed throughout the race, crossing the line in a time of 13.20 seconds that is the second-fastest of her UW career. Seattle native and USC sophomore Ginnie Powell won the NCAA title in 12.80, followed by Priscilla Lopes of Nebraska (12.82) and UCLA's Dawn Harper (12.91).
"I didn't really come in with a specific place in mind," Lodree said after the race. "I just wanted to run fast. Being in the top-five feels great."
Lodree's All-America honor is her second this year, making her one of just six women in UW history to accomplish such a feat. The Richmond, Calif., native was one of a record 10 Huskies to win All-America honors indoors in March, placing 10th in the 60-meter hurdles. Her two such honors also place her in a tie for seventh on the UW's career All-America honor list, two behind career leaders Aretha Hill, Meg Jones and Kate Soma.
The sophomore, who set UW's sprint hurdles records indoors and out as a freshman in 2004, has been at her best in the 2005 postseason, clocking the six fastest 100-meter hurdles times of life over her last six races, including a school-record and USA Championships-qualifying 13.17-second mark into a headwind in Wednesday's NCAA Championships semifinal. No other Husky has ever run below 13.55 seconds in the event, something Lodree has done 13 times in her first two seasons.
"When Ashley is on, there aren't many people who are going to beat her, and she has been on in a big way this last month," said third-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "My only disappointment is that I'll only get to watch her race one more time this year, at U.S. Senior Nationals, because it's been a real privilege to watch her turn her hard work into such success."
Washington sophomore Ryan Brown earned All-America honors in the 800 meters Thursday, a feat pole vaulters Kate Soma and Carly Dockendorf, and miler Amy Lia, hope to match on the final day of action Saturday. Two-time NCAA runner-up Soma will be competing for the final time in a UW uniform, as she seeks what would be a UW-record fifth-career All-America honor.
For complete results from the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Championships, visit www.ncaasports.com.