June 9, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Junior Ashley Lodree placed seventh Friday in the 100-meter hurdles and junior Martin Bingisser was 12th in the hammer throw, highlighting Washington's third day of competition at the 2006 NCAA Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State.
Both Lodree and Bingisser earned All-America honors, given to the top-eight finishers and top-eight Americans in every event. The honor was the first for Bingisser and the fourth for Lodree, tying her with Aretha Hill (1995-98) and Meg Jones (1985-88) for the second-most ever by a UW woman.
Fifth in the NCAA 100-meter hurdles final a year ago, Lodree placed seventh Friday despite running seven hundredths of a second faster than her finals time a year ago. Lodree finished in 13.13 seconds - the second-best wind-legal mark of her UW career - Seattle native Virginia Powell of USC won the event with a collegiate-record 12.48-second time, while Nebraska's Priscilla Lopes was second at 12.60.
"To be a four-time All-American is a special thing," said fifth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "I know Ashley isn't happy with anything less than a win, but despite fighting a little sickness this week, she still ran about as well as she ever has. That's what makes her such a tough competitor; she doesn't let anything hold her back."
Bingisser, too, captured All-America honors, placing 12th in finals of the hammer throw with a best of 206 feet, 2 inches. The junior from Bellevue's Interlake High School came within a fraction of an inch of placing even higher when his third throw of competition - which landed beyond the 213-foot line painted on the field - was flagged by the referee pitside for an apparent foot foul.
That considered, the 12th-place finish was a success for Bingisser, who entered the meet ranked 17th nationally and upset eight higher-ranked throwers just to make Friday's final.
"I saw the flag for the foul before seeing where the throw landed, so I didn't realize until later how far it had gone," said Metcalf. "I'm sure Martin wants that throw back, but the fact is that he did a terrific job at this meet to get through to the final and put himself in a position to have those throws in the first place."
Not everything went as planned for the Huskies on Friday, however - junior Bruce Jackson failed to advance past the semi-final round of the 400-meter dash, placing 16th overall in 47.17, while in an even bigger surprise, senior Shane Charles failed to advance past the semi-final round of the 400-meter hurdles.
The Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional champion in the event, Charles looked strong through the first 300 meters, but struggled to maintain his speed through the final 100, giving ground to the talented competitors in his heat. Needing to place in the top three to advance to Saturday's final, Charles crossed the finish line fifth in 50.16 seconds, ultimately good for ninth place overall.
"I've been working all year on staying low in the straightaway so that I can maintain my speed," Charles said. "I know that I can't do that, and I try so hard not to. It's tough that it had to happen today."
Charles will have a second chance at All-America honors Saturday with Washington's 4x400-meter relay, which closes a busy day that also features five Husky individuals - including four-time All-American Ryan Brown (800 meters) and 2006 Pac-10 champion Juan Romero (javelin) - in event finals.
A continuous live recap of UW events will be posted throughout the day to GoHuskies.com, while live results will be made available all day at NCAASports.com. In addition, CBS Sports will - for the first time ever - broadcast three hours of Saturday's action live nationwide. The three-hour broadcast, which begins at 12 p.m. Pacific time, will include Huskies Carly Dockendorf and Kellie DiVesta in the women's pole vault, as well as all five Huskies in finals on the track.
2006 NCAA Track and Field Championships
Hornet Stadium; Sacramento, Calif.
June 8, 2006
Women's Results (UW Only)
100m Hurdles (Final): 7. Ashley Lodree, 13.13.