Oct. 13, 2010
DELHI, India - Continuing a week of outstanding performances by Husky track and field alumni, former UW All-American Carly Dockendorf captured a bronze medal in the pole vault for Canada at the Commonwealth Games in India.
For Dockendorf, a native of Port Moody, Canada and an All-American in both track and gymnastics at Washington, this was her first international competition for Team Canada. However, she had a chance to compete at the Commonwealth Games twelve years ago, but in gymnastics. The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and feature a group of events similar to the Olympics, and involve the 54 member states within the Commonwealth of Nations.
"This is a bit of a special moment for me because I opted not to come to the 1998 Games for gymnastics," Dockendorf said in the Montreal Gazette. "I was a gymnast for 20 years and I was supposed to come for Canada then. Mentally, I wasn't ready. I was very young at the time, so I've kind of come full circle. To have this moment to compete was very special. A bronze medal to me is huge for my first team."
Dockendorf finished in a three-way tie for the bronze, clearing 13-feet, 11 1/4-inches. She and teammate Kelsie Hendry tied with England's Kate Dennison. Alanna Boyd of Australia won gold with a 14-5 1/4 clearance. Making the trip with Dockendorf was current Husky assistant coach Pat Licari, who has also coached Brad Walker to a pair of gold medals at the World Championships.
A 2006 grad, Dockendorf took sixth in the vault at the 2005 NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors. She currently is an assistant coach at Seattle Pacific University. She set the Canadian Indoor Record in UW's Dempsey Indoor facility earlier this year, clearing 14-6, though Hendry rebroke the record on the very same day.
On Sunday, another Husky track alum, 2007 grad Mike Sayenko, placed 10th in the Chicago Marathon as the second-finishing American.