May 3, 2003
SEATTLE - Despite a pair of school records and several NCAA-qualifying performances by Husky athletes, intrastate rival Washington State swept both the men's and women's dual meets Saturday at Husky Stadium. The men's squads clashed for the 96th time since 1900, with the Cougars extending their all-time series lead to 65-30-1 with a 116-81 victory, while the third-ranked WSU women defeated eighth-ranked Washington, 113-90, for just the ninth time in 27 meetings.
While the UW teams may not have defeated the Cougars, the school record book and postseason qualifying standards proved a less formidable foe.
A pair of UW records in the morning's first two events staked the Husky women to an early lead. Senior Kameko Gay was the first to strike, crushing her own record in the hammer throw by more than seven feet with a winning heave of 181 feet, six inches, a full 12 feet ahead of any other woman in UW history. Joining Gay atop the record books was senior Heather Reichmann, whose winning throw in the javelin of 159-2 broke her own record by nearly a foot.
Husky football stars Roc Alexander, Shelton Sampson and Reggie Williams brought the crowd of roughly 500 to its feet with an outstanding performance in the men's 100-meter dash, which pitted the trio against highly-ranked WSU sprinters Bennie Chatman and Anthony Buchanan. The Cougar duo placed 1-2 in the event, as expected, but Alexander blazed into third in a Pac-10 qualifying time of 10.53 seconds, ninth-fastest in UW history. Sampson, fifth in 10.76, and Williams, sixth in 10.81 each missed the Pac-10 qualifying standard by less than a tenth of a second.
The football players teamed up again in the 4x100-meter relay, with Alexander leading off, Sampson running the second leg, and Williams the anchor. Alexander staked the team to an early lead, but just as the Cougars appeared to have taken the advantage back in the third leg, a yellow flag was raised to indicate a handoff out of the zone, disqualifying the WSU squad. The Huskies' winning time of 40.79 seconds was its best of the season, and missed the NCAA qualifying standard by just .09.
The Husky men weren't the only ones excelling in the sprints. Freshman Brynne Steward was electric in the women's 100-meter hurdles, placing third in an NCAA-qualifying time of 14.05 seconds that equals the fifth-fastest ever at Washington.
Another newcomer bursting onto the scene at the meet was redshirt freshman Carly Dockendorf, who won the pole vault with an NCAA-qualifying mark of 12-feet, 5 1/2 inches that is the school's third-best all-time. The Pac-10 gymnastics champion in the floor exercise, Dockendorf had competed unattached at several UW meets before making her official Husky debut Saturday.
Junior Eric Garner also earned an NCAA qualifying mark, bettering the Regional standard in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute 50.74 seconds, a personal best and the sixth-fastest mark in the Pac-10 this season. Garner raced to the line with junior Todd Arnold, whose impressive time of 1:51.68 narrowly missed the conference qualifying standard.
Senior Courtney Inman was the Huskies' top dual-meet scorer, winning both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs in impressive fashion. Inman's time of 2:12.65 in the 800 meters was nearly five seconds faster than the second-place finisher, while her mark of 4:30.17 in the 1,500 meters was good for a one-second win over Washington State's Anna Blue.
In total, the Huskies added three NCAA qualifying marks and three Pac-10 qualifiers at the meet, including sophomore Brandon Bailey's conference-qualifying run of 53.53 seconds in the men's 400-meter hurdles.
Other event winners for the Huskies included John Russell at 1,500 meters, Sabrina Monro at 5,000 meters, Mark Mandi in the 3,000-meter run, Kate Spigel in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Brad Walker in the pole vault and Cherron Davis in the shot put.
The Huskies will remain at home next week for the Ken Foreman Invitational, hosted at Husky Stadium by Seattle Pacific University, before heading to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 Championships, May 17-18.