May 30, 2006
SEATTLE - Washington senior Will Conwell and redshirt freshman Jeremy Mineau were added Tuesday to the field for the 2006 NCAA Track and Field Championships, bringing to 15 the total number of Washington athletes who will compete in the national meet, June 7-10 in Sacramento, Calif.
The Huskies' 15 NCAA Championships competitors -- including Conwell, Mineau and 13 who earned automatic berths at last weekend's West Regional meet -- represent the second-most NCAA competitors in school history, trailing only the 16 who qualified for the meet in 2005. Unlike last year, however, when 11 of UW's 16 competitors were spread over just four events, this year's group represents 15 different events, including one sprinter, one jumper, two hurdlers, two vaulters, three throwers, five distance runners and one relay.
"This is as diverse a group as we've ever had," says fifth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "It's something that our athletes, and in particular our assistant coaches, should be really proud of. When you talk about the different event areas -- jumping, throwing, sprinting, distance running, etc. -- there isn't a single area in which we are not going to represented next weekend. That's an accomplishment not many schools in the country can match."
Conwell received one of six at-large bids in the men's discus, which he will enter as the No. 7-ranked competitor in the nation. The senior from Kent, Wash., made himself eligible for at-large selection by finishing eighth in the event at Friday's West Regional Championships.
The top-five finishers in each event at the regional earned automatic NCAA berths, with the next seven finishers advanced to the at-large pool of candidates. At-large candidates were then ranked in order of their best performance from the 2006 season, and the top 6-8 competitors were extended Championships invitations.
Conwell, who boasts the nation's seventh-best mark in the discus at 200 feet, 1 inch, ranked No. 1 on the at-large list after regionals, and was thus guaranteed an at-large berth.
Mineau, meanwhile, received one of 18 provisional berths in the men's 10,000 meters -- an event which, along with the heptathlon and decathlon -- is not contested at the regional meet. Athletes in those events qualify for nationals by meeting predetermined automatic and provisional standards throughout the year; Mineau's time of 28 minutes, 49.69 seconds -- the second-fastest in UW history -- ranked eighth on the provisional list, and was thus certain to gain the redshirt freshman entry to the Championships field.
"I've run fast this already, so I don't really feel like I have anything to prove," says Mineau. "I'm just going to go out and see what I can do, and try and stack up against the best in the country.
Washington is scheduled to have at least seven athletes in action on every day of the four-day meet, which begins Wed., June 7 at Sacramento State University. The final day's events -- which could include up to nine Huskies -- will be televised live on CBS from 12:30-3 p.m., Pacific time. Friday's events will also feature live television coverage on College Sports Television (CSTV) from 5-7 p.m., Pacific time.
For complete list of all NCAA Championships qualifiers, visit www.GoHuskies.com.
2006 NCAA Track and Field Championships - UW Qualifiers
Name, Event, Yr., Hometown (High School)
Austin Abbott, 1,500 Meters, So., Chehalis, Wash. (W.F. West)
Martin Bingisser, Hammer, Sr., Bellevue, Wash. (Interlake/Cal State-Northridge)
Jordan Boase, 4x400m Relay, So., Bothell, Wash. (Bothell)
Ryan Brown, 800 Meters/4x400 Meters, Jr., Renton, Wash. (Renton)
Anita Campbell, 5,000 Meters, Fr., Vancouver, B.C. (Aldergrove)
Shane Charles, 400-Meter Hurdles/4x400 Meters, Sr., St. Andrew's, Grenada (St. Aguilan Secondary/Central Arizona JC)
Will Conwell*, Discus, Sr., Kent, Wash. (Kentwood)
Kelley DiVesta, Pole Vault, So., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Palmer)
Carly Dockendorf, Pole Vault, Sr., Port Moody, B.C. (Best Secondary)
Norris Frederick, High Jump/Long Jump So., Seattle, Wash. (Roosevelt)
Bruce Jackson, 400-Meter Dash/4x400 Meters Sr., Seattle, Wash. (Nathan Hale/EWU)
Amy Lia, 1,500 Meters, Jr., Bothell, Wash. (Bothell)
Ashley Lodree, 100m Hurdles, Jr., Richmond, Calif. (El Cerrito)
Jeremy Mineau*, 10.000 Meters, RFr., Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo-Atherton)
Juan Romero, Javelin, Sr., Renton, Wash. (Renton)
* - At-large qualifier