Feb. 7, 2009
NAMPA, Idaho - Senior sprinter Jordan Boase got his 2009 season off to a great start Friday night at the United Heritage Invitational, hosted by Boise State at the Jackson Track. Boase won the 200-meter dash in 20.85 seconds, the second-fastest time in the NCAA so far this season, and second all-time at Washington.
Boase, a native of Bothell, Wash., is coming off a record-breaking 2008 that saw him place third in the 400m dash at NCAA Indoors and fourth at NCAA Outdoors then reach the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials. But the quarter-mile specialist also displayed his talents at the shorter distances, qualifying for the Trials in the 200-meteers, and leading UW's Pac-10 Champion 4x100m relay team.
Boase's 20.85 seconds on Friday is second only to Ja'Warren Hooker's 20.56 indoor school record set back in 2001. It was just .02 seconds off the NCAA Automatic qualifying standard.
Joining Boase in the first heat was senior Joe Turner, who posted the night's second-fastest time of 21.60 seconds. Junior Jeff Gudaitis also placed fifth overall, running 22.12 out of the second heat.
The next major meet on Washington's schedule is the Husky Classic, set for next Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Dempsey Indoor.