April 3, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - Washington freshman Ashley Lodree clocked a wind-aided time of 13.39 seconds Saturday in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at the 2004 Texas Relays, breaking Washington's school record in the event for the second time in the past eight days.
Lodree is the only UW woman ever to break 13.5 seconds in the hurdles, having done so twice in the first four races of her collegiate career.
The freshman's time -- four-hundredths of a second faster than the wind-aided record of 13.43 she set just a week ago at Stanford -- was good for fifth in a Texas Relays final that featured two of the top-five finishers from last year's NCAA Championships. LSU's Lolo Jones and Texas' Nichole Denby shared the Relays crown with identical times of 12.78 seconds, their photo-finish too close for even the meet officials' computers to break. The Longhorns' Ashlee Williams was third, in 13.04, while Arkansas' Kasia Williams took fourth in 13.27.
Lodree has run in nine hurdles finals since beginning her UW career in January; seven of those finals have established Washington records, including three school-record runs and an additional four freshman-record performances.
The cheers from the Husky contingent were loud for Lodree, but even louder for Texas-born Brianna McLeod, whose family and friends made the seven-hour drive from McLeod's hometown of Jenks, Okla., to cheer on the Washington freshman in the women's 1,500 meters.
McLeod, who set a Texas Relays meet record in 2003 in the high school girls' 1,500, clocked a 4:32.82 in Saturday's women's "A" final, good for 11th overall. The only college freshman in the 14-runner field, McLeod finished just nine seconds behind winner Beata Rudzinska of Akron, who crossed the line in 4:23.25.
All four of the other Huskies competing Saturday exceeded NCAA Regional standards in their events, including javelin stars Tiffany Zahn (7th, 151-5) and Megan Spriestersbach (8th, 151-4) and pole vaulters Stevie Marshalek (16th, 12-3 1/2) and Kate Soma (16th, 12-3 1/2).
With the Relays behind them, the Huskies who competed in Texas will rejoin their teammates this week for a trip to Oregon to face Colorado, Minnesota and the Pac-10 rival Ducks Saturday in the Pepsi Invitational at Hayward Field.
For complete results of the 2004 Texas Relays, visit www.texassports.com.