Feb. 2, 2012
SEATTLE - Added to the prestigious Bowerman Award "Watch List" today was Washington's own Katie Flood. A sophomore, Flood turned in one of the most impressive indoor track performances in Husky history, running 8:55.31 for 3000-meters last Saturday at the UW Invitational inside the Dempsey Indoor. Flood's performance is the fastest by a collegiate runner since 2009, and currently ranks fourth in the world.
Flood, a Des Moines, Iowa native, beat a number of post-collegiate professionals, coming up a few seconds short of Sally Kipyego to finish in 2nd place. Kipyego was the 2011 World Championships silver medalist at 10,000-meters. Flood broke the previous school record by an impressive 13 seconds, previously held by senior teammate Mel Lawrence. Her time is the No. 8 performance in NCAA Indoor history, and she now ranks No. 5 among American collegiate all-time at 3,000-meters, indoors or out.
As recognition for her outstanding performance, Flood was added to the Bowerman "also receiving mention" list--a group of athletes just outside the Watch List's top ten. The Bowerman Award is considered the Heisman Trophy of track and field, awarded to the top male and female athlete in the sport. The Watch List is updated throughout the season, drawing attention to the top athletes in college track and field.
Only two other Huskies have ever gained Bowerman recognition--Husky alum Scott Roth was one of the final ten up for consideration last year and 2010 grad Katie Follett was on the Watch List for a period in her senior year.