April 27, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - Three Washington athletes earned Pac-10 qualifying marks at Saturday's Oregon Invitational, increasing the Huskies' total number of qualifiers to 32 entering the final month of the 2002 season.
A pair of Huskies qualified in the 5,000-meter race at legendary Hayward Field, including senior Jason Fayant, who placed sixth in 14 minutes, 27.58 seconds, among the top-15 times in the conference this season. Just behind Fayant, in ninth place, was junior Ben Koss, who slipped under the Pac-10 standard by just over three seconds with a mark of 14:31.83.
Joining the distance duo at the conference meet will be true freshman Jesse Giordano. The Snohomish, Wash., native became the third Husky to qualify in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.43 seconds, good for fifth in Saturday's race and 11th in the conference standings.
On the women's side, senior Zee Ogarro continued her successful 2002 season with a pair of victories. Ogarro won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 11 1/2 inches, and was the 100-meter champion in the morning session, finishing in 12.34 seconds.
Perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the day, that between seventh-ranked Brad Walker of Washington and Oregon's top-ranked Trevor Woods in the pole vault, ended in a draw, with each vaulter posting a best mark of 17-6 1/2 to tie for second place. Both were outdone by former Husky and 2002 U.S.A. Championships qualifier Matt Phillips, who cleared 18-0 1/2 to take the title.
The Huskies return to head-to-head competition next week with a visit to Pullman, Wash. for the WSU Scoring Meet, before returning home May 11 to cap the 2002 regular season with the a home meet against Northwest collegiate foes.