March 10, 2008
Eight Washington athletes were selected to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships today by the NCAA Division I Track and Field Committee. Three Husky men and five women will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the championships this Friday-Saturday, Mar. 14-15.
The University of Arkansas hosts NCAA Indoors at the Randal Tyson Track Center. A total of 568 participants will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event.
Frederick is the No. 1 seed in the long jump with a mark of 26' 7 3/4" set at the MPSF Championships at UW's Dempsey Indoor that ranks as the sixth-best jump in the world this year. Frederick is also seeded fifth in the high jump, where he has cleared 7' 3". The five-time All-American is seeking his first NCAA Championship after a sixth-place long jump finish at last year's NCAA Indoors and third-place long jump finish at NCAA Outdoors in June of 2007.
Boase is a two-time All-American in the 4x400-meter relay, and is making his first solo national meet appearance. He boasts the nation's sixth-best 400-meter time, a school-record of 46.37 set in winning the MPSF conference title two weeks ago.
Roth will be making his third NCAA appearance in the pole vault, having qualified for every national meet thus far in his career. He placed 11th in his NCAA Indoor debut last year, then finished eighth at the NCAA Outdoor meet, earning All-American status both times.
"Our men are not bringing the numbers we have in past years but we are very high on quality," said head coach Greg Metcalf. "Norris, Scott and Jordan have all been to nationals before and know what to expect. They all expect to score big and will each be in contention for a national championship."
The women's team awaited the selections with a bit more anticipation, hoping that junior Michelle Turner's provisional mile time from Saturday's Last Chance Qualifier meet, and the time of the distance medley relay would hold up. Both did.
The Huskies will feature a stunning three milers in the field of 17. No other school has more than one entrant. Sophomore Katie Follett and senior Amanda Miller both achieved automatic qualifying times in the same race back at the Husky Classic, then Turner joined them with a time of 4:40.08 two days ago. Follett is seeded fourth, Miller is ninth, and Turner 11th. The trio are now the three top women's milers in school history, having each broken the previous record.
Follett, Miller, and Turner will also make up three-fourths of Washington's distance medley relay, with junior sprinter Falesha Ankton rounding out the team. The Huskies are the No. 10-seed, having run a school-record time of 11:12.77 earlier this season.
Joining the four will be senior Kelley DiVesta who is seeded sixth in the pole vault. DiVesta competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2005 and 2006, and will be making her first trip to the indoor meet.
"Placing three women in one mile field is a jaw-dropping accomplishment," said Metcalf. "Especially in this year where so many women posted auto marks. It continues to be a record-breaking year for our women's distance runners. They should all be able to give each other loads of confidence on the track. Kelley DiVesta also has all the ability needed to go out and win the pole vault, it's just a matter of executing under the pressure. We're also very excited to bring our women's DMR after our men placed fifth in that event the past three years. Falesha gets to make her first trip to nationals, and anything can happen in a relay. We shaved 10 seconds off the school record this year already and think we can run faster."
Miller is no stranger to NCAA competition. She finished ninth in the mile at last year's NCAA Indoors, earning her second All-American honor after picking up the distinction in the 800-meters as a freshman in 2005. Turner has twice participated in the NCAA Outdoor meet as a member of the BYU track team, running the 800-meters both times. She transferred to Washington last summer.
Follett and Ankton will be making their first NCAA track appearances, however Follett led the UW women's cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall, and earned her first All-American honor for her 19th-place finish. Miller ran third for the Huskies in that race.
Last year the Husky men finished an all-time-best seventh at NCAA Indoors with 22 points, while the women were 34th with six points.
Visit www.ladybacks.com for a complete list of entrants and schedules.
Following is the schedule for events featuring Washington athletes:
Friday, March 14 (All times Central)
5:00 p.m. Men's long jump - Pre / Final
5:40 p.m. Men's 400-meter dash - Prelim
7:05 p.m. Women's mile run - Prelim
7:15 p.m. Men's pole vault - Final
9:35 p.m. Women's distance medley relay - Final
Saturday, March 15 (All times Central)
4:45 p.m. Men's high jump - Final
5:00 p.m. Women's pole vault - Final
6:25 p.m. Women's mile run - Final
6:55 p.m. Men's 400-meter dash - Final