Jan. 17, 2004
SEATTLE - Huskies' freshmen Ashley Lodree and Carl Moe each made their Washington track and field debuts in impressive style Saturday, each clocking marks among the top-10 in school history at the UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor. Moe was among 12 Huskies to lock up qualifying bids for the 2004 Pac-10 Championships at the meet, which featured a full team from Oregon, and hundreds of athletes from the Northwest's top small colleges and clubs.
While many of those in attendance came to witness a battle of two of the world's top-five pole vaulters in the current IAAF World Rankings, it was the UW freshmen who wound up stealing the show.
Lodree (Richmond, Calif/El Cerrito) was the first to strike, clocking a prelim-best time of 8.59 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles before exploding out of the blocks en route to a winning time of 8.48 seconds in the final. The mark was the third-fastest at Washington, and the fastest by any UW runner since Claudine Robinson set the school record of 8.21 in 1994. A prep All-American in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles events, Lodree also qualified herself for February's MPSF Indoor Championships at Dempsey Indoor, one of 40 indoor conference qualifying marks set at Saturday's meet.
Lodree's impressive run was preceded immediately by the record mile debut of Moe (Auburn, Wash./Auburn-Riverside), Washington's reigning prep champion at 1,600- and 3,000-meters, and a prep All-American in both. Moe and teammate Todd Arnold (Westport, Wash./Ocosta) charged to the front on the opening lap and never looked back, battling each other for the lead throughout the race. An exciting home stretch brought the crowd to its feet as Arnold outran Moe to the line, the two finishing in times of 4:06.32 and 4:07.15, respectively, the seventh- and eighth-fastest mile marks in Washington history.
"It's great to see those freshmen come out here hungry to get after it right away," said second-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "When we were recruiting this year, we wanted to get people who could help us right away, and we've done that with this group. I couldn't be prouder of their effort."
The strong performances by the Husky freshmen nearly overshadowed the much-anticipated matchup in the men's pole vault of Husky senior All-American Brad Walker (Spokane, Wash./University) and Denmark's Piotr Buciarski, both of whom entered the meet tied for second in the world in the current 2004 IAAF World Rankings.
Buciarski, whose season-best stands at 18 feet, 4 inches, stunned the crowd with misses on his first two attempts at his opening height of 17-4 1/2, before clearing cleanly on his final attempt. Walker, meanwhile, had no trouble at 17-4 1/2 but was unsuccessful on all three attempts at 17-10 1/2, a height well below his personal best of 19-0 1/4. The first-attempt clearance at 17-4 1/2 would prove crucial for Walker, however, when Buciarski also failed to clear 17-10 1/2, leaving Walker the winner of the shorter-than-expected battle by virtue of fewer misses.
Also of note was the performance of junior Lindsey Egerdahl (Auburn, Wash./Auburn), who earned her third-straight trip to the Pac-10 Championships with a mark of 4:51.30 in the mile, faster than all but six women's mile times in UW history. Egerdahl led four Pac-10 qualifiers for UW in the event, including freshmen Brianna McLeod (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) and Amy Lia (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) and junior Camille Connelly (Marysville, Wash./Marysville-Pilchuk).
With one meet under their belts, Washington's athletes will turn their attention towards the UW Invitational on Jan. 31, a meet scheduled to feature several elite college teams, as well as several world-class athletes from throughout the U.S. and abroad. For complete results of the 2004 UW Indoor Preview, visit www.gohuskies.com.