May 25, 2007
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior Norris Frederick won his first NCAA West Regional title and claimed the NCAA lead in the long jump Friday, highlighting the Huskies' first day of action at the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championships. The two-day meet, one of four regionals being held simultaneously nationwide, concludes Saturday.
The top-five finishers in each regional event final earn automatic berths to June's NCAA Championship meet, with the next seven finishers in each event placed in the at-large pool from which an additional 5-6 competitors will be drawn to fill the NCAA Championship field.
Frederick was one of five Huskies to earn automatic NCAA Championships berths Friday, while a number of other Huskies advanced through preliminary heats to Saturday's track finals.
Frederick and Arizona State's Matt Turner provided one of the meet's most electric competitions, trading NCAA-leading marks on their fourth and fifth attempts. Frederick led all jumpers after the preliminary round, but Turner stole the lead - and the crowd's affections - with a national-leading wind-aided jump of 26 feet, 0 ½ inches on his fourth attempt, jumping wildly and pumping his arms as the mark was announced.
Frederick, however, responded with a lifetime-best wind-aided leap of 26-0 ¾ on his next attempt, eliciting an even louder roar from the track-savvy crowd at Hayward Field and sealing the junior's first regional crown.
"[Turner] beat me at Pac-10s, and I didn't want to lose to him again," said Frederick, who placed second at the conference meet earlier this month. "When he hit that big one, I was like, `That's it. This is my time. Let's go.'"
Frederick's jump is longer than any on the NCAA performance list this year, and ranks among the top-13 marks, wind-aided or otherwise, by an American male in 2007. Though the 3.0 mps wind makes it ineligible for the record books, the jump stands as the first 26-footer by a UW long jumper since former American-record holder Phil Shinnick concluded his collegiate career in 1963.
"I've had that in me for a while, it's just been waiting to come out," said Frederick, who after jumping 25-10 indoors this year had failed to top even the 25-foot mark since the outdoor season began in March. "But this just tells me that I can go even farther. I'm happy with this, but I know I can do more."
Frederick will be joined at the NCAA meet by senior Martin Bingisser and freshman Scott Roth, who placed second in the hammer and pole vault, respectively. Bingisser, who launched the second-best toss of his career at 217-9, led much of the competition before Oregon's Brian Richotte took over with a 221-6 effort on his fourth attempt.
Roth, meanwhile, was perfect through his first three heights before topping out at 17-5, while Oregon senior Tommy Skipper tied former Husky Brad Walker's Pac-10 record of 19-0 ¼.
"Martin and Scott were both terrific today, but they ran into a couple of very talented guys who were fired up to compete for their home crowd," said fifth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "They've both been to nationals before, so they'll know just what to expect, which is a big advantage."
Sophomore Anita Campbell will also be making a return trip to nationals after a fourth-place finish in the 5,000 meters (16:21.37), while five-time hurdles All-American Ashley Lodree, meanwhile, continued her remarkable postseason with a third-place effort in the long jump (20-7 3/4).
Lodree also earned a chance Friday to qualify for nationals in the 100-meter hurdles, advancing to Saturday's hurdles final by winning her preliminary heat with a 13.28-second time. Other Husky heat winners included junior James Fredrickson (50.95, 400m hurdles) and senior Alex Harcourt (47.45, 400 meters), while junior Amanda Miller (4:21.44, 1,500 meters) and senior Ryan Brown (1:49.42, 800 meters) also advanced to finals with their preliminary efforts.
For complete results from Friday's competition, or to view start lists for tomorrow's action, visit www.GoHuskies.com.
2007 NCAA West Regional Championships Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore. May 24-25, 2007
Top-10 Men's Teams (Through 5 Events) - 1. Oregon 37; 2. UCLA 29.5; 3. Washington 26; 4. Stanford 19.5; 5. BYU 14.5; 6. Arizona 11.5; 7. Boise State 11; 8. Washington State 10; t9. Arizona State 9; Cal State Northridge 9. Men's Event Results* (UW Only) -- 400m Dash (Heat 1 of 2): 1. Alex Harcourt, 47.45Q; 800m Run (Heat 1 of 2): 2. Ryan Brown, 1:49.42Q; 5000m Run (Final): 13. Mike Sayenko, 14:22.11; 400m Hurdles (Heat 1 of 4): 1. James Fredrickson, 50.95Q; (Heat 3 of 4) 5. Kyle Still, 53.57; Pole Vault (Final): 2. Scott Roth, 17-5; --. McKane Lee, NH, Seth Perrins, NH; Long Jump (Final): 1. Norris Frederick, 26-0 ¾w; Hammer (Final): 2. Martin Bingisser, 217-9; 10. Zack Midles, 195-4.
Top-10 Women's Teams (Through 5 Events) - 1. Arizona State 25; 2. UCLA 22; t3. Stanford 20, Oregon 20; 5. California 13; t6. Washington 11; BYU 11; 8. Cal Poly 10; t9. Northern Arizona 9, Santa Barbara 9. Women's Event Results* (UW Only) - 800m Run (Heat 3 of 3): 7. Kira Harrison, 2:13.08; 1500m Run (Heat 2 of 2): 4. Amanda Miller, 4:21.44Q; 9. Dani Schuster, 4:40.98; 5000m Run (Final): 4. Anita Campbell, 16:21.37; 100m Hurdles (Heat 2 of 3): 1. Ashley Lodree, 13.28Q; 400m Hurdles (Heat 1 of 4): 3. Syreeta Martin, 1:00.94; Long Jump (Final): 3. Ashley Lodree, 20-7 3/4.; Shot Put (Final): 20. Sheree Ellis, 45-9.
* Top five finishers in event finals advance automatically to NCAA Championships.