March 5, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Sophomore Katie Flood has been named the West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday. The awards cover the 2012 NCAA Division I Track & Field season, which concludes this weekend with the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho.
Regional honors are voted on by the head coaches in each region. Flood is the second Husky woman to win the award in the last three years, as Katie Follett was named West Region Athlete of the Year in 2010 en route to a second-place finish in the mile run at indoor nationals.
Flood, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, recorded the fastest collegiate times this season in the Mile, 3000-meters, and as a member of Washington's top-ranked Distance Medley Relay (10:55.01). Her Mile time of 4:28.48 is the fourth-fastest in NCAA history indoors, and her time in the 3000-meters of 8:55.31 ranks among the top ten ever recorded indoors by a collegian, and the No. 5 time by an American collegiate indoors or outdoors. All three times are Washington school records.
Flood will be competing in her second consecutive NCAA Indoor Championships this week. She was 10th in the 3,000-meter run last year as a freshman.