May 10, 2008
SEATTLE - Senior Carl Moe authored a rousing end to the 2008 Washington track and field home season this evening, flying around Husky Stadium in 4:01.53 to win the mile run in his last appearance in front of the Husky faithful. Moe's run was the final major race of the Ken Shannon/Ken Foreman Invitational, which featured several outstanding performances despite windy conditions.
Moe was all by himself for the final lap, and many of the remaining spectators lined the backstretch to urge him on. Though he fell just short of breaking the four-minute mile for the first time in his career, Moe did easily surpass the 1500-meter NCAA Regional qualifying time with the run. A two-time All-American from Auburn, Wash., Moe was given a standing ovation by teammates after the meet for his gritty performance.
"Carl Moe was sensational tonight. If he had made that run in different conditions he would have gone 3:58 in what could potentially be the last significant run on this track," said Husky head coach Greg Metcalf. "With the stadium issue undecided, this could have been the last meet here, and it ended with one of the most seriously cool runs I have ever seen, as Carl came down that final stretch."
Headlining the event on the women's side was sophomore Katie Follett, who ran the third-fastest 800-meter time in Washington history in her first attempt at the distance all season. Follett won in 2:06.43, which ranks her in the Top-20 in the NCAA this season, although she will likely not run the 800 again this year, focusing on the 1500 and 5000-meters. She had not competed in an 800-meter race since high school.
"Less than one week ago, Katie Follett ran the sixth-best 5000-meter time (16:01.16) in the NCAA this year at a meet in Stanford. Now just six days later, she has the third-best 800-meter time in Husky history. What can you say? She is a superstar," said Metcalf."
This outdoor season, Follett has placed herself on UW's Top-10 list in the 800-meters (3rd, 2:06.43), 1500-meters (7th, 4:19.20), and 5000-meters (5th, 16:01.16).
Also earning a new Regional qualifying mark was sophomore transfer Sarah Pappas. Pappas cleared a personal-best 12-7 ½ in the pole vault, taking first in the event. Pappas joins seniors Kelley DiVesta and Stevie Marshalek as regional qualifiers in the pole vault.
Husky assistant coach Kelly Strong started the day off well, winning the women's 3000m steeplechase in what was essentially a time trial, as she was 30-seconds ahead of second place. Strong's time of 10:04.08 ranks 11th by an American this year, and it was just her first run of the season.
Most of Washington's regional qualifiers took the week to rest up in preparation of next weekend's Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, Ariz. The Huskies will send 24 men and 24 women to the conference meet, which takes place next Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, at Arizona State.