April 17, 2008
ON THE TRACK: A small group of nine athletes will be in Walnut, Calif. this weekend to competed in the Mt. SAC Relays, which stretch over a four day period. After sending a large group of athletes to Tempe last weekend for the Sun Angel Classic, the focus will be on UW's top field competitors this weekend.
Starting things off at the California Invitational Multi-Events are junior Liz Fuller and freshman Andrew Ferleman, who will get their first opportunities to complete their respective multi-events outdoors. Fuller earned an NCAA Provisional mark indoors in the pentathlon.
On Friday, the remaining Huskies will compete in the Puma Collegiate Invitational. Washington athletes will be in action on Friday and again on Sunday. Making the trip are senior Norris Frederick who will high jump and long jump, junior Jared O'Connor in the pole vault, junior David Nyland and freshman Kyle Nielsen in the javelin, sophomore Zack Midles in the hammer throw, and senior women's pole vaulters Kelley DiVesta and Stevie Marshalek.
Fans can keep track of up-to-the-minute results of each meet through "live results" which will be available on the front page of Azusa Pacific's athletics website at www.apu.edu/athletics/. Flotrack will also be providing a live stream of the events beginning Friday, April 18, which can be found at www.flocasts.org.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior Jordan Boase set the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. on fire on Saturday, winning the 400-meter Invitational in a new school and meet record of 44.82, the second-best time in the world this year. Boase broke Ja'Warren Hooker's record that had stood for eight years, and is the first Husky ever to rank ahead of Hooker in an outdoor sprint. Boase, who took third in the 400-meter dash at NCAA Indoors, was making his outdoor season debut but amazingly turned in a lifetime best despite the layoff. The time is the fastest in the NCAA this year, indoors or outdoors. Hooker, a 10-time All-American, and the school record holder at 100-meters, 200-meters, and until Saturday, 400-meters, had never had one of his records broken before. The fact that Boase was not even competing one year ago makes his 2008 season all the more astounding. The three-time All-American took the year off, unsure if track was right for him. While Boase deservedly soaks up most of the spotlight, seven new NCAA Regional qualifying marks were set by the Huskies at the meet, and three previous marks were bettered. Senior Austin Abbott punched his ticket to the NCAA Regionals, finishing third in the 800m with a provisional qualifier time of 1:49.37, while senior James Fredrickson lowered his regional qualifier with a time of 51.27. Junior Jared O'Connor turned in a personal-best pole vault of 16-6 3/4 to place fourth in the event and earn his way to Regionals, while senior Norris Frederick topped his season best with a 25-0 ¾ in the long jump, placing him third in the event. On the women's side, sophomore Katie Follett took third in the 1500-meter run with an regional qualifying time of 4:19.20, just ahead of senior Amanda Miller, who lowered her PR in the event with a 4:19.49. Senior Michelle Turner also qualified in the same race, placing 10th in 4:24.17. Follett and Miller now rank seventh and eighth, respectively, all-time at Washington in the 1500m. In the 5000-meter run, the Huskies put three in the top-four, as senior Trisha Rasmussen took second place and also posted an NCAA provisional time of 16:47.96. Rasmussen was followed by freshman Lauren Saylor in third and sophomore Mo Huber in fourth. Leading the field event crew were senior vaulters Kelley DiVesta and Stevie Marshalek. DiVesta upped her season-best to 13-1 1/2, finishing fourth, and Marshalek was seventh at 12-7 1/2. Both marks are regional qualifiers.
Junior Jordan Boase was named Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week for the week of Apr. 7-13 after his record-setting 400-meter run at the Sun Angel Classic. Boase broke Ja'Warren Hooker's school record in 44.82 seconds, which tied for the second-fastest time in the world this year. He becomes the first Pac-10 weekly award winner since Shane Charles in 2006. The award was the 15th for the Husky men all-time.
The Husky men's 10th-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships was their second-straight Top-10 finish indoors, following 2007's all-time high seventh-place finish. The last two years represent the two-best NCAA Indoor finishes in school history, and the 2007 place equaled UW's third-best NCAA finish overall since 1930.
Senior Norris Frederick was named the 2008 West Region Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association. It is the second year in a row Frederick won the award.
Washington has sent a total of 72 athletes to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship since 2005, the most prolific stretch in team history. Those 64 have returned home with 58 All-America honors, also obliterating all previous three-year records.
Washington's No. 2 indoor preseason men's ranking marked the highest ever ranking for a UW track program, surpassing last season's No. 4 indoor ranking. The ranking was based on returning athletes from last season's final descending order list. The Husky men came in 10th-place in the preseason outdoor list.
In both 2006 and 2007, Washington boasted at least one NCAA competitor in every event area -- sprints, hurdles, middle distance, long distance, relays, horizontal jumps, vertical jumps, pole vault and throws. This season the Huskies already covered every area indoors save for throws, long distance and hurdles.
In 2006-07, the Husky men were one of only four teams that finished in the Top-15 in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
Washington has boasted at least one Pac-10 champion in eight-straight years, and at least one NCAA champ for five-straight seasons. Senior Ryan Brown extended both streaks in 2007, winning NCAA indoor and Pac-10 800m crowns.
NCAA SELECTION PROCESS: Automatic NCAA Championships berths will be granted to the top-five finishers in each individual event, and top-three relays, from each of the four Regionals contested nationwide May 25-26. Athletes qualify for Regionals by meeting pre-determined standards, or by winning their conference title. The NCAA then supplements the Championships field with the highest-ranking competitors (6-7 per individual event and 5-6 per relay) from the national performance lists, provided the athlete competed in their event at a Regional meet and was not among the finishers to earn automatic berths. The lone exceptions are the 10,000 meters and multi-events, in which athletes qualify directly for the NCAA Championships by meeting provisional and automatic standards.
BOASE RIPS OFF RECORD RUN IN TEMPE: Despite a third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 400-meters -- the best finish ever by a Husky -- junior Jordan Boase remained something of an unknown on the national scene. Boase won a pair of All-America awards as a sophomore in 2006 as part of UW's 4x400m relay, but then left the team last season to decide if the sport still appealed to him. Thankfully for the Huskies and the track world at large, Boase decided to return. He broke the indoor school record to win the MPSF Championships indoors, and then bettered his PR again at NCAA's, finishing third in 46.34. Boase had not competed since that final indoor run, heading into last weekend's Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. with nearly a month off. Despite the downtime, Boase came out and shocked the track world with a NCAA-leading time of 44.82. The time came against a strong field including ASU's Joel Phillip who placed just ahead of Boase in second at NCAA indoors. Boase broke the school-record outdoors, held for eight years by UW legend Ja'Warren Hooker, who previously held every significant sprints record. His time also tied 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner for second-fastest in the world this year. The Bothell, Wash. native, who competed in high school track for just two months before walking on at UW, is now coming into his own with the help of coach LaMonte Vaughn. Boase considered himself a 200m specialist coming into the season, and is still mastering the intricacies of the 400. Boase was named Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week for his efforts, and by achieving the U.S. Olympic Trials "A" standard, has guaranteed himself a spot in the Olympic trials this summer in Eugene, where he figures to have a legitimate shot at making at least the relay pool.
FREDERICK THRILLS WITH WORLD-CALIBER LEAP: Based on his own lofty standards, senior Norris Frederick was having a so-so year. Sure, he ranked in the Top-10 in both the long jump and high jump, but the five-time All-American from Roosevelt High School had yet to give the Dempsey faithful the jaw-dropping show he's known for. That moment came at the MPSF Championships, when Frederick soared into the NCAA lead with a monstrous personal-best long jump of 26-7 3/4. When the length was announced, Frederick treated the fans to a celebratory back flip. The jump broke the UW indoor record, the Dempsey facility record, the MPSF meet reocrd, and what's more ranks as the second-best jump by an American this year, and the sixth-best jump in the world. The next day, Frederick turned in another personal-best, this time clearing 7-3 in the high jump. Entering the NCAA Indoor Championships as the favorite in the long jump, Frederick would have to settle for second, as he again surpassed 26-feet, going 26-2 3/4 to hold the lead through the first flight. However, Cal State Northridge's Reindell Cole went 26-7 3/4 with his first jump, matching Frederick's personal best from MPSFs and the mark held up, although none of Cole's remaining five jumps surpassed Frederick's best. The second-place long jump finish was the best in UW history, and Frederick capped off his best ever NCAA meet with a sixth-place high jump finish the next day, walking away with two more All-American awards to bring his total to seven, and scoring 11 of UW's 17 points. Frederick's long list of achievements includes a Pac-10 championship, three MPSF championships, an NCAA West Regional championship plus five long jump All-American awards and two All-American high jump honors, but he will be pushing hard for his first NCAA title in his final outdoor campaign.
IF IT CAN BE MEASURED, MILLER CAN RUN IT: Senior Amanda Miller was an invaluable weapon for the Huskies indoors, and has been a versatile speedster throughout her illustrious career. With a fifth-place finish in the mile at March's NCAA Indoor Championships, Miller led the first trio of All-American milers in UW history, finishing just ahead of teammates Katie Follett and Michelle Turner. It was Miller's second-straight All-Americna mile performance, following up a ninth-place finish in 2007. Miller also won All-American honors in the 800-meters in 2005. Miller, who ranks among UW's all-time Top-10 in seven events, posted her first automatic qualifier in the mile at the Husky Classic, running 4:39.93 which would have been a school record had Katie Follett not finished just ahead of Miller in the same race. She also bettered her own school record in the 800-meters at the UW Invitational on Feb. 2, finishing in 2:06.69, though she chose to stick with the mile at NCAA's rather than the 800. In 2005, Miller became UW's first female All-American in the 800-meters since 1985. This season, Miller decided that excelling at two indoor events just wasn't engaging enough, and she led UW's distance medley relay to its first ever NCAA berth, running the opening 1200-meter leg of the relay which slashed over 10 seconds from the school record entering this season. The stage was set for Miller's outstanding season in the fall, when she had her best cross country season to date, running third for the Huskies at the NCAA Championships. Miller placed 108th overall in her first cross country national meet, and the women's team established a new program benchmark with an eight-place finish. Since moving outdoors, Miller has twice ran the 1500-meters, and last weekend at the Sun Angel Classic she went under 4:20 for the first time, finishing in 4:19.49, the ninth-best time in the NCAA thus far, and easily a regional qualifying mark.
NO RECORD SAFE FROM FOLLETT: Katie Follett had a respectable freshman season by any measure, but the Fort Collins, Colorado native gave little warning for what has become a remarkable sophomore campaign this year. Everything started back in September, when Follett finished second at the Sundodger Invitational, leading head coach Greg Metcalf to praise her offseason work, saying she had simply made herself into a better distance runner. Metcalf proved prescient, as Follett went on to earn her first All-American award in cross country, finishing 19th at NCAA's to lead the women to a program-best eighth-place finish. Following the standard rest period for cross country athletes prior to track season, Follett has spent the indoor season crushing various school records, and putting her name up near the top of the NCAA rankings in multiple events. At the Husky Classic, Follett crushed UW's mile record by more than three seconds, finishing in 4:37.22 to obtain the automatic NCAA qualifying mark. The run was the third fastest in the NCAA at the time, and 12th-best by an American. Follett would not run the mile again until the NCAA Championships, where she submitted a sixth-place finish in 4:41.88, right behind teammate Amanda Miller and just ahead of ninth-palce finisher Michelle Turner, making UW the only school to have three All-Americans in one event. Also during the indoor season, Follett ran as the anchor leg of UW's distance medley relay,finishing off two school-record runs on the only two occasions the Huskies ran their DMR during the regular season. After cutting three seconds off the school record the first time out, the Huskies demolished that record once again at MPSFs, running 11:12.77 to move into the Top-10 of the NCAA this season. The time is over 10 seconds faster than the previous school record entering 2008. Also at the MPSFs, Follett went out and ran the 3,000m for the first time this season, and shattered that indoor record by more than seven seconds as well. Follett placed second to Stanford's Arianna Lambie in a time of 9:25.09 that gave her three NCAA qualifying marks, and three school records in less than three weeks. Already this outdoor season, Follett has placed herself among the Top-10 nationally in both the 1500m and 5000m, running consistenly great races every time out.
DIVESTA ADDS TO VAULT TRADITION: With one NCAA title, one Pac-10 title, and seven All-America honors over the past five years, Washington's pole vault unit under coach Pat Licari knows a thing or two about raising the bar. Heading into the 2008 season, two vaulters remained from the quintet that set an NCAA record in 2005 by being the first unit to send five vaulters over 13-feet in one season. One of the two was senior Stevie Marshalek, who only had outdoor eligibility remaining and is just rounding back into form as she cleared the Regional qualifying mark last week in Tempe. Marshalek is a four-time NCAA participant. Fellow senior Kelley DiVesta benefited from a full indoor season, and it turned out to be the best of her career. DiVesta did what every coach dreams of--setting a personal-best at the NCAA Championships. She cleared 13-9 1/4 to place seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville to earn her first career All-American honor, making eight awards for Licari's women's crew in six years. DiVesta is off to a solid start in the outdoor season as well, clearing the regional mark in her last two outings with higher vaults sure to come, perhaps as soon as this weekend in Walnut, Calif.
2008 INDOOR IN REVIEW: Washington track and field was put front and center before the indoor season even began, as the Husky men earned a No. 2 preseason ranking from the USTFCCCA. An all-time high for the program, the Huskies spent the early part of the season recovering from an assortment of injuries, and never quite reached full strength. But when NCAA's rolled around, senior Norris Frederick and junior Jordan Boase were enough to propel the men to a 10th-place finish. Frederick took second in the long jump and sixth in the high jump, and Boase was third at 400-meters, scoring 17 points total. Sophomore Scott Roth also made his third NCAA appearance, taking 10th in the pole vault. On the women's side, the Huskies broke into the Top-20 late in the season, thanks in large part to the women's dominant middle-distance corps. Seniors Amanda Miller and Michelle Turner and sophomore Katie Follett all earned All-American honors in the mile, making UW the only team at NCAA's to earn three All-American awards in one event. Miller was fifth, Follett sixth, and Turner ninth. Senior Kelley DiVesta also earned points at the national meet with her seventh-place pole vault finish. DiVesta set a new personal record at NCAA's with a 13-9 1/4 clearance to earn her first All-American award. The women's mile and pole vault added up to nine points for the Huskies, placing them in a tie for 22nd, the third-best finish all-time for the women. All told, the Husky men and women combined for seven All-America honors. Seven new indoor school records were set during the 2008 campaign, including three by Follett (mile, 3000m, DMR). The Dempsey Indoor was a hotbed for worldclass talent once again, and nine facility records were smashed during the season, including eight on the men's side. Norris Frederick provided one of the most thrilling facility records when he long jumped 26-7 3/4 to win the MPSF Championship on Feb. 29. Frederick's mark was a personal-best and sixth-best in the world at the time.
2008 Dempsey Indoor Records
Men's 200m 20.93, Brent Gray, Long Beach St., 2/29/08
Men's Mile 3:56.00, Steve Sherer, Athletic Performance, 2/2/08 (No. 2 in the world)
Men's DMR 9:31.52, Stanford, 2/29/08
Men's High Jump 7-6 ½, Michael Mason, UBC, 1/19/08
Men's Long Jump 26-7 3/4, Norris Frederick, UW, 2/29/08 (No. 6 in the world)
Men's Shot Put 70-5 1/4, Ryan Whiting, Arizona St., 3/1/08 (No. 8 in the world)
Men's Weight Throw 76-5 1/2, James Parker, Team XO, 2/16/08
Men's Heptathlon 5,784, Josh Hustedt, Stanford, 3/1/08
Women's High Jump 6-1 1/2, Ebba Jungmark, Wash. St., 2/16/08