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Release: 01/31/2002
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Jan. 31, 2002

Feb. 2: UW Quad Classic, Dempsey Indoor, Seattle, Wash.

On the Track: After a week on the road, the Huskies welcome athletes from six of the west's top collegiate squads - including the fourth-ranked UCLA women - for the UW Quad Classic at Dempsey Indoor. Pac-10 foes UCLA and Oregon will compete for the Classic title, as will Boise State, Eastern Washington, Portland and Portland State. Events begin with the weight throw at 9 a.m., while the 60m hurdles will be the first event on the track, at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

UW Quad Classic Event Schedule
9:00 a.m. -- Weight Throw (Women/Men)
9:30 a.m. -- Long Jump (Women/Men)
9:30 a.m. -- High Jump (Women/Men)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (Women/Men)
10:00 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelim (Women)
10:25 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelim (Men)
10:45 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelim (Women)
11:05 a.m. -- 60m Dash (Men)
11:25 a.m. -- Mile Run (Women)
11:35 a.m. -- Mile Run (Men)
11:50 a.m -- 60m HH Consol. Final (W)
11:55 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (Women)
12:00 p.m. -- Shot Put (Women/Men)
12:10 p.m. -- 60m HH Consol. Final (M)
12:15 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (Men)
12:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump (Women/Men)
12:30 p.m. -- 400m Dash (Women)
12:50 p.m. -- 400m Dash (Men)
1:10 p.m. -- 60m Dash Consol. Final (W)
1:15 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (Women)
1:20 p.m. -- 60m Dash Consol. Final (M)
1:25 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (Men)
1:35 p.m. -- 800m Run (Women)
1:45 p.m. -- 800m Run (Men)
1:55 p.m. -- 200m Dash (Women)
2:15 p.m. -- 200m Dash (Men)
2:35 p.m. -- 3000m Run (Women)
2:50 p.m. -- 3000m Run (Men)
3:05 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (Women)
3:15 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (Men)
3:25 p.m. -- DMR (Women)
3:40 p.m. -- DMR (Men)

Last week: Husky freshman Kate Soma earned the Huskies' first qualifying mark for the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships at Nebraska's Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. Soma cleared 12-5 1/2 in a second-place pole vault finish, equaling the NCAA's provisional qualifying standard. The mark was also the second-best in school history, trailing only record-holder Sandy Erickson's vault of 12-11 1/2 in 2000. Kelsey Sheppard earned the team's lone victory in her first 400m competition of the season, while junior Kameko Gay bettered her Pac-10 qualifying mark in the shot put. Nebraska, ranked in the top-five of both the men's and women's USTCA Dual Meet Power Rankings, swept the team titles, with the Husky women placing fourth overall, and the men fifth.

Huskies in the Polls: Washington's men's squad debuted at No. 10 and the women ranked 12th overall in the Jan. 29 release of the United States Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings. The Husky men earned 221.06 points in the rankings, which simulate dual-meet competition between the nation's top collegiate track squads. Defending national champion Tennessee was No. 1 on the men's side with 255.77 points, while South Carolina led all women's teams with 250.68. Washington's women totaled 221.79 points, tops among all Pac-10 squads. Tennessee's men and South Carolina's women also took control of the Trackwire 25, which ranks teams based on projected finish at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships. Neither Husky squad was ranked in this week's Trackwire poll.

Leading the Pac: Already this season, five Husky veterans have guaranteed a return trip to the Pac-10 Championship meet in May, while one freshmen will be making her conference meet debut. Junior pole vaulter Sandy Erickson bested the Pac-10 standard by more than a full foot with an 11-foot, 11 3/4-inch mark at the Small College Invitational, a mark bested the following week by freshman Kate Soma, who went 12-5 1/2 at the Husker Invite. Also in the pole vault, sophomore Alexis Jaime, a 17th-place conference finisher in 2001, earned a bid to the 2002 meet with a career-best of 11-6 1/4, the fourth-best in school history. Joining the terrific vault trio will be triple jumpers Brittiny Roberts and Marcus Kelly, both top-10 finishers in the event in 2001, and junior shot-putter Kameko Gay, who threw the javelin at the Pac-10s in 2001.

Biting the Injury Bug: Several Huskies expected to play key roles for the squad in 2002 are currently sidelined with various ailments. Still nursing an foot injury from the Pac-10 Cross-Country Championships is stellar junior Sabrina Monro. Monro's return is expected near the end of the indoor season, while junior Kate Bradshaw, an NCAA competitor in 2001, is on a slightly longer rehabilitaion schedule with an IT band injury. Also out but expected to return are senior Jason Fayant and freshman Lisa Gibbs, Washington's top men's and women's runners, respectively, at the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional cross-country meets.

Fab Freshmen: The early returns from Washington's class of 2004, who made their Husky debuts this month at Dempsey Indoor, are promising. Portland, Ore., native Kate Soma earned an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark in the pole vault at the Husker Invite, while no fewer than five Husky freshmen earned event victories in the team's first three competitions, including a pair of wins by freshman Cherron Davis, competiting unattached, in the shot put. Davis, distance runners Lindsey Egerdahl (mile) and Jamie Gibbs (3000m) and sprinters Sean Williams (200m) and Eric Pedersen (400m) have each notched victories in 2002. Additionally, four freshmen currently lead the squad in their event, including Gibbs, Pedersen, Soma and high-jumper Sidney Brown.

USA's Top Dawg: Husky track and field head coach Orin Richburg was elected by fellow coaches and U.S.A. Track and Field administrators to head the U.S. National Team at the 2001 World Track and Field Championships, the most prestigious honor for a track-and-field coach in a non-Olympic year. Richburg capitalized on the opportunity, leading the U.S. to a meet-high 19 medals, including nine golds. In his 17th year at UW, Richburg is responsible for molding the Husky track squad into one of the nation's elite dual-meet teams, as evidenced by both teams' top-10 finishes in the 2001 U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings.

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