Jan. 18, 2003
SEATTLE - Club Northwest's Tony Young ran the fastest indoor mile by a masters division runner in U.S. history, and Pacific Sport's Diane Cummins joined the world's elite at 800 meters, helping Washington open the 2003 track and field season in the Husky Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor.
The announcement of Young's time of 4 minutes, 8.60 seconds brought a roar from the crowd of roughly 2,500 in attendance at the largest indoor track and field meet in the state of Washington in over 20 years. Despite bettering the U.S. indoor masters mile record of 4:11 by more than two seconds, the mark will not be officially considered the U.S. record due to an IAAF rule which requires records to be set on tracks of no more than 200 meters in length. The Dempsey Indoor track is 307 meters.
The host Huskies made plenty of noise in their 2003 opener, welcoming first-year head coach Greg Metcalf with four Pac-10 qualifying marks and six marks that rank among the top-10 all-time indoors for UW.
No Husky made a bigger splash than senior Courtney Inman, whose time of 2:10.56 in the 800 meters is the second-fastest indoors all-time at Washington, and earned the senior a return trip to the 2003 Pac-10 Championships in May. Not even Inman, however, could catch Cummins, whose winning time of 2:03.05 is the second-fasest indoor 800-meter mark in the world thus far in 2003. Far from a runaway win, however, Cummins was hotly pursued by NIKE Farm Team's Chantee Earl, who kept pace with Cummins step-for-step before finishing second in 2:03.88. Inman's mark was good for third.
Joining Inman at the Pac-10 meet will be sophomore James Sims, who won the triple jump with a mark of 47-11 1/4 that was well beyond the conference standard. Sims, also a safety on the UW football squad, was one of several Husky football players to make an impact at the meet. Freshman Shelton Sampson, a UW tailback, placed second in the 60-meter dash - his first race as a collegian - with a time of 6.84 seconds that was just .03 seconds shy of UW's all-time top-10, while freshman Matt Fountaine, a Husky cornerback, placed fourth in the event in 6.99 seconds.
Not to be overlooked by the outstanding performances on the track are those by Husky field athletes, who, including Sims, posted three conference-qualifying marks. Junior Brittiny Roberts notched a qualifying leap of 39-8 1/2 that was good for second place, trailing only the facility-record jump of 41-6 by Rosaline Olomina, competing unattached. Additionally, redshirt freshman Cherron Davis scored a Pac-10 mark with a winning throw of 44-3 1/4 in the shot put, edging teammate Mary Beeman by just under two feet.
Washington returns to the track Sat., Feb. 1, for the Husky Invitational, a meet scheduled to feature several Olympic athletes from the U.S., Canada and abroad, as well as teams from Oregon and Arizona State.