March 14, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior Norris Frederick earned his sixth-career All-American award with a career-best second-place finish in the men's long jump today on day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randall Tyson Track Center hosted by the University of Arkansas.
Frederick jumped 26'-2 ¾" on his second attempt, taking command of the lead and holding it through the end of flight one. The jump was the second-best of Frederick's career and his best-ever long jump in six NCAA appearances.
It would not prove to be enough, however, as Cal State Northridge's Reindell Cole turned in a 26'-7 ¾" jump on his first attempt in flight two. None of Cole's next five jumps would again surpass Frederick, but Frederick was unable to retake the lead on his final three attempts.
"Norris had the best NCAA jump and finish of his career," said Husky head coach Greg Metcalf. "He's disappointed because he always jumps to win, but you have to hand it to Cole with the mark he threw out there."
Frederick's six All-American honors tie him for third-most in Washington history along with another UW jumper for the ages--Rick Noji (1986-90).
All four Huskies competing on the track qualified for their even finals tomorrow, including UW's trio of women's milers, highlighting a memorable day for Washington running.
First on the track was junior men's sprinter Jordan Boase, competing in the 400-meters. Boase won his four-man heat with a last kick over the final 20-meters to edge Florida's Calvin Smith. Boase's time of 46.51 wound up being the second-fastest out of the 16 competitors, and he will go for the title on Saturday at 3:55 p.m. PT.
Next it was time for the Husky milers to shine. Senior Michelle Turner was off and running in the first heat, sticking to the inside in second-place for much of the race. She began to get passed early in the last lap and dropped to seventh, but dug down and sprinted to the line to finish fourth in a time of 4:42.77.
In the second and final heat, sophomore Katie Follett led for the majority of the race, with senior Amanda Miller in the middle of the pack. With two laps to go, Miller went wide and joined Follett in the lead, the Husky pair running side by side out front. Michigan's Nicole Edwards, the top seed coming in, pushed past Follett and Miller on the last lap and wound up winning, with Follett coming in second in 4:42.43 and Miller third in 4:42.98.
Turner, Follett, and Miller all advanced to the finals, giving the Huskies an amazing three out of the final 10 entrants. All three are assured of earning All-American honors.
"These three milers are going to go down as legends in Husky history. Now they just have to rest up for tomorrow's final and see what damage they can do," Metcalf said. "Each of them went out aggressive and was confident they could sustain it to the finish and they did."
Barely two hours after their mile run, Miller and Turner were back on the track for the distance medley relay. Follett, the usual anchor leg of the relay, gave way to junior Andrea Brown in order to rest for the mile final.
The Huskies finished 11th in the DMR in 11:29.02, well off their school-record 11:12.77 set earlier this season.
"The plan was to rest Katie if she qualified for the mile final," said Metcalf. "Andrea went out faster than she ever has in her leg but ran out of steam with around 400 meters left. Getting the NCAA experience for Andrea and Falesha will help them a great deal in the future."
Sophomore Scott Roth made his second-consecutive NCAA Indoor appearance, but settled for a tie for 10th-place. Roth cleared the bar at 17'-0 ¾" on his first attempt, but missed his three attempts at 17'-4 ½".
"Scott was never entirely healthy this whole season, and missed a lot of training because of it. But he's just a sophomore and still has many great meets ahead of him," said Metcalf.
By virtue of Frederick's eight points in the long jump, the Husky men are tied for 12th in the team standings.
Tomorrow, Frederick will go for a seventh All-American honor, this time in the high jump, and senior Kelley DiVesta goes into the women's pole vault as a top-eight seed.
2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Randall Tyson Track Center; Fayetteville, Ark.
Mar. 14, 2008
Women's Results (UW Only)
Mile Run Prelim (Heat 1 of 2): 4. Michelle Turner, 4:42.77q; (Heat 2 of 2): 2. Katie Follett, 4:42.43Q; 3. Amanda Miller, 4:42.98Q; Distance Medley Relay (Final): 11. Washington (Amanda Miller, Falesha Ankton, Michelle Turner, Andrea Brown), 11:29.02.