Jan. 15, 2009
Attention Coaches & Athletes:
Due to the many entries we have moved the track schedule up to 8:30 AM. Due to our additional long jump/triple jump pit, we have been able to move back the field schedule to 10:00 AM.
Heats in the sprint events will be run slowest to fastest.
Please be sure to check in 20 minutes prior to your events.
ON THE TRACK: The 2009 indoor track and field season begins in earnest this weekend at the Dempsey Indoor facility as Washington hosts the UW Indoor Preview on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free for all spectators, and those on hand will get to witness a large and diverse field of athletes that includes Beijing Olympians, NCAA Champions, and numerous returning All-Americans.
Washington will have several returning NCAA Championship participants making their season debuts on Saturday, as they start their pursuit of the qualifying marks needed to make the NCAA Indoor Championships in mid-March. Senior Joe Turner, part of UW's Pac-10 Champion 4x100m relay team last year, will run the 60m dash on Saturday, as will new addition Kenjamine Jackson, a former Washington state sprint champ that transfered from Cal State Northridge. Senior All-American Austin Abbott is scheduled to run a 600-meter race, working his way up to the 800m or the mile later in the year.
Senior Falesha Ankton, UW's top returning women's sprinter and a 100m hurdles NCAA participant, will start her year in the 60m hurdles. Ankton is also entered in the 200m dash along with senior Syreeta Martin, who led the team in the 200m and 400m last year indoors.
Washington's pair of All-Americans will highlight the men's pole vault. Jared O'Connor, second at last year's NCAA Outdoor meet will look to carry his breakout success back indoors, while three-time NCAA competitor Scott Roth will also compete, though unattached for the time being.
Also visiting the Dempsey this weekend will be a number of current professional track superstars and Olympians. Kara Goucher and Amy Yoder-Begley, two of America's premier women's distance runners, are entered in the mile run and 3,000-meters, respectively. Both women competed in the Beijing Olympics, with Goucher placing 9th in the 5k and 10th in the 10k, while Yoder-Begley placed 26th in the 10k finals in Beijing.
The men's mile will feature two of the past three NCAA Cross Country Champions, in Oregon's Galen Rupp and Josh Rohatinsky, competing for Nike. Rupp won the 2008 cross country title this past November, and was the top U.S. finisher in the 10k in the 2008 Olympics. Rohatinsky won the 2006 cross country title competing for BYU. Adding depth to the overall field will be standouts from several Pac-10 schools including Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, plus Northwest schools such as Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Central Washington, Portland and Portland State.
Potentially providing a major boost to the men's sprints will be a trio of Husky football players that will transition from the turf of the Dempsey to the track that surrounds it. Receivers Jordan Polk and Alvin Logan will each compete in the 60m dash on Saturday, and cornerback Adam Long, who redshirted the football season, will run the 200-meters. Polk was the Oregon state 100m sprint champ as a senior while Long was one of the top prep sprinters in California last year.
Other Huskies to watch include senior Andrea Brown, a provisional qualifier in the mile last year who ran on UW's distance medley relay at nationals. Brown will be in the 800-meters. In the men's 800-meters, Brian Govier will look to get his season off on the right foot in what could be a big year for the junior. Veteran field event chameleons Liz Fuller and Daria Amiad-Pavlov will compete in a number of events, and men's throws leader Zack Midles is scheduled to compete in the weight throw and shot put.
MEET RESULTS: Results of all UW home indoor track and field meets are posted throughout the meet to the official site of UW athletics, www.GoHuskies.com. A link to a complete event schedule and live results will be posted on the track and field sport page the morning of each meet, allowing fans the opportunity to follow along with the action as events conclude. Simply go to GoHuskies.com, and click on "track" from the "sports" pull-down menu to find the live results link on each meet day.
2008 INDOOR IN REVIEW: Washington track and field was put front and center before the indoor season even began, as the Husky men earned a No. 2 preseason ranking from the USTFCCCA. An all-time high for the program, the Huskies spent the early part of the season recovering from an assortment of injuries, and never quite reached full strength. But when NCAA's rolled around, senior Norris Frederick and junior Jordan Boase were enough to propel the men to a 10th-place finish. Frederick took second in the long jump and sixth in the high jump, and Boase was third at 400-meters, scoring 17 points total. Sophomore Scott Roth also made his third NCAA appearance, taking 10th in the pole vault. On the women's side, the Huskies broke into the Top-20 late in the season, thanks in large part to the women's dominant middle-distance corps. Seniors Amanda Miller and Michelle Turner and sophomore Katie Follett all earned All-American honors in the mile, making UW the only team at NCAA's to earn three All-American awards in one event. Miller was fifth, Follett sixth, and Turner ninth. Senior Kelley DiVesta also earned points at the national meet with her seventh-place pole vault finish. DiVesta set a new personal record at NCAA's with a 13-9 1/4 clearance to earn her first All-American award. The women's mile and pole vault added up to nine points for the Huskies, placing them in a tie for 22nd, the third-best finish all-time for the women. All told, the Husky men and women combined for seven All-America honors. Seven new indoor school records were set during the 2008 campaign, including three by Follett (mile, 3000m, DMR). The Dempsey Indoor was a hotbed for worldclass talent once again, and nine facility records were smashed during the season, including eight on the men's side. Norris Frederick provided one of the most thrilling facility records when he long jumped 26-7 3/4 to win the MPSF Championship on Feb. 29. Frederick's mark was a personal-best and sixth-best in the world at the time.
DEMPSEY INDOOR: Having now completed seven full seasons, Washington's Dempsey Indoor has solidified its reputation as one of the nation's top indoor competition venues. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track (six lanes on the straightaway, five on the oval) and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events. Dempsey Indoor has hosted more than a dozen Olympians, witnessed 20 top-10 world marks, 27 UW indoor school records and hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks, and is the host site of the MPSF Championships. In addition to its competitive use, the building serves as an indoor practice facility for many UW teams. Following is a list of all the new facility records set during the 2008 season:
2008 Dempsey Indoor Records
Men's 200m 20.93, Brent Gray, Long Beach St., 2/29/08
Men's Mile 3:56.00, Steve Sherer, Athletic Performance, 2/2/08
Men's DMR 9:31.52, Stanford, 2/29/08
Men's High Jump 7-6 ½, Michael Mason, UBC, 1/19/08
Men's Long Jump 26-7 3/4, Norris Frederick, UW, 2/29/08
Men's Shot Put 70-5 1/4, Ryan Whiting, Arizona St., 3/1/08
Men's Weight Throw 76-5 1/2, James Parker, Team XO, 2/16/08
Men's Heptathlon 5,784, Josh Hustedt, Stanford, 3/1/08
Women's High Jump 6-1 1/2, Ebba Jungmark, Wash. St., 2/16/08