Feb. 25, 2009
ON THE TRACK: Washington track and field once again plays host to the annual Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships this weekend at the Dempsey Indoor. The two-day meet is the indoor conference championship for the West Coast's top track teams and one of the last and best chances to qualify for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships just two weeks away.
The meet begins Friday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m. and runs until approximately 7 p.m. Events on day one include finals in the men's and women's weight throws, 5,000-meter runs, 200-meter dashes, distance medley relays, long jumps, and the women's pole vault. The majority of the multi-events also will be held Friday. Action resumes Saturday morning at 11 a.m., with conference champs crowned in the majority of the sprints and distance events, plus high and triple jumps, the shot put, and men's pole vault. The men's and women's 4x400m relays bring the meet to a close at around 3:30 p.m.
The field is made up of Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, California, Oregon and UCLA out of the Pac-10, plus Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge from the Big West. The Duck men are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USTFCCCA and are the defending conference champions, while the Oregon women are the top-ranked women's team in the field at No. 3. The Arizona State women are ranked eighth and are the defending MPSF as well as NCAA Indoor Champions. Additional ranked men's squads include Arizona State (11th), UCLA (15th), Washington (22nd), and Stanford (25th). The Arizona women are ranked 10th, followed by Washington (21st), and Stanford (25th).
Both Husky teams placed fifth at last year's MPSF meet. The Washington men won the conference title in both 2006 and 2007, while the women have won once before, back in 1995. Last season the Huskies had MPSF wins from Jordan Boase in the 400-meters, and Norris Frederick in the long jump, while the women had five different second-place showings.
Several Huskies rank among the favorites in their events this weekend. Boase's top time in the 400-meters of 46.15 seconds leads not only the MPSF, but ranks No. 1 in the NCAA. Austin Abbott is seeded second in the 800-meters, while Jake Schmitt has the top time among the 5,000-meter entrants. Katie Follett and Christine Babcock will be among the favorites in the women's mile, and will also compete on the UW's DMR, ranked fifth nationally. Senior Falesha Ankton boasts the top time in the 60m hurdles, while Kelly McNamee and Elisa Bryant both rank second in the high jump and weight throw, respectively. Senior Daria Amiad-Pavlov heads the field in the women's triple jump, and will look to improve her NCAA Provisional mark in the women's pentathlon.
Entires and heat assignments will be finalized on Thursday night.
ABOUT THE MPSF: Established in 1992 to serve the competitive needs of member institutions from the Big West, Pacific-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic and West Coast Conferences and other selected universities in the western United States, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation provides Division-I competition to schools whose primary conferences do not sponsor championships in selected sports. In 2008-2009, the MPSF will again provide competition in nine Olympic intercollegiate sports while serving over 1,500 student-athletes and approximately 75 head coaches from 32 universities in 12 western states. All MPSF teams compete at the NCAA Division I level in men's soccer, men's and women's water polo, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse and men's volleyball. In 2007-2008, five MPSF teams won NCAA championships to total 53 NCAA team titles since the Federation's first season of competition in 1992-93. Almost a score of Federation teams and hundreds of student-athletes competed in NCAA post-season competition.
MEET RESULTS: Results of all UW home indoor track and field meets are posted throughout the meet to the official site of UW athletics, www.GoHuskies.com. A link to a complete event schedule and live results will be posted on the track and field sport page the morning of each meet, allowing fans the opportunity to follow along with the action as events conclude. Simply go to GoHuskies.com, and click on "track" from the "sports" pull-down menu to find the live results link on each meet day.
2008 MPSF REVIEW: The 12th-ranked Oregon men won the 2008 MPSF title with 90 points, followed by Cal with 84.5, No. 24 Stanford with 83, No. 1-ranked Arizona State with 77, and Washington in fifth-place with 66.5 points. It was the first MPSF title for the Ducks, who snapped the UW men's streak of conference titles at two. Second-ranked Arizona State held off No. 3 Stanford to take the women's crown for the second year in a row. No. 20 Oregon was third with 72 points, Cal placed with with 65.5, and 16th-ranked Washington was right behind in fifth with 61.5. The two days of competition produced 17 NCAA Automatic qualifying marks, 103 NCAA Provisional marks, eight MPSF Championship records, and five Dempsey Indoor facility records. The Huskies were led by senior Norris Frederick, who won the long jump title for the third year in a row with a school, MPSF meet, and Dempsey Indoor record jump of 26-7 3/4. Frederick then also placed second in the high jump with a personal-best clearance of 7-3. Junior Jordan Boase captured the men's 400-meter dash title in a school record time of 46.37. Boase's win followed up his second place finish in the 200-meters on Friday. Coupling that with his No. 3 leg on UW's fourth-place 4x400-meter relay, and Boase was a major factor in 23 of Washington's 66.5 total points. Other strong performances included senior Amanda Miller's second-place finish in the women's mile, sophomore Katie Follett running a school-record 3K in 9:25.09 to place second, junior Falesha Ankton's runner-up finish in the 60m hurdles, Liz Fuller's second-place pentathlon score, and Scott Roth taking second in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-8 1/4. UW's women's DMR also set a school record, placing second behind Stanford.