Jan. 14, 2004
On the Track: Washington's track and field teams seek to recapture the magic of an exciting 2003 season on Saturday with the season-opening UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor. With six of the team's 11 NCAA Championships qualifiers returning, and a recruiting class that boasts numerous prep and junior-college All-Americans, the Huskies will attempt to put together a fitting follow-up to the team's 2003 campaign, which featured one national champion, four All-Americans and a dozen school records. No fewer than 42 Division-I, small-college and club squads will be helping Washington ring in 2004 on Saturday, including full teams from Oregon, Stanford, Sacramento State, and Portland. Spectator seating is available for all events, and admission is free.
Vaulters Tune Up: Washington's vaulters earned a jump-start on 2004 at last wekend's U.S. Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. Senior All-American Brad Walker, who saw bid for a second NCAA title cut short in May by a broken hand, made a triumphant return, defeating U.S. record holder Jeff Hartwig and reigning Olympic gold medalist Nick Hysong with a vault of 18-4 that trailed only 2003 U.S. indoor champ Derek Miles. Freshman Stevie Marshalek also made her mark, becoming just the second UW woman to clear 13 feet with a vault of 13-1, good for the win. Junior All-American Kate Soma cleared 12-9, as did sophomore Carly Dockendorf, while Sam Roberts, Fumi Nagahisa and McKane Lee each made their 2004 debuts for Washington.
Event Schedule: Following is a complete schedule of events for Saturday's UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor. All times are Pacific and subject to change.
9:00 a.m. -- 20-lb Weight Throw (W)
9:30 a.m. -- Long Jump (W)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W)
10:30 a.m. -- 35-lb Weight Throw (M)
10:30 a.m. -- High Jump (M)
10:45 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelim (W)
11:00 a.m. -- Long Jump (M)
11:10 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelim (M)
11:30 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelim (W)
11:50 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelim (M)
12:10 p.m. -- Mile Run (W)
12:20 p.m. -- Mile Run (M)
12:30 p.m. -- Shot Put (W)
12:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump (W)
12:35 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (W)
12:45 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (M)
12:50 p.m. -- 600m Run (W)
12:55 p.m. -- 600m Run (M)
1:00 p.m. -- High Jump (W)
1:00 p.m. -- Pole Vault (M)
1:00 p.m. -- 400m Dash (W)
1:15 p.m. -- 400m Dash (M)
1:30 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (W)
1:35 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (M)
1:45 p.m. -- 800m Run (W)
1:55 p.m. -- 800m Run (M)
2:00 p.m. -- Shot Put (M)
2:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (M)
2:05 p.m. -- 200m Dash (W)
2:25 p.m. -- 200m Dash (M)
2:45 p.m. -- 3000m Run (W)
3:00 p.m. -- 3000m Run (M)
3:10 p.m. -- DMR (W)
3:25 p.m. -- DMR (M)
3:40 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (W)
3:50 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (M)
Meet Results: Results will be posted periodically throughout the meet on a board at the south end of Dempsey Indoor. Following the conclusion of the meet, packets of results will be available at the finish line for coaches and meet officials only. Please allow 5-10 minutes following the conclusion of the final event for results to be processed and approved. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the meet, and will be posted to the official site of Husky athletics, www.gohuskies.com, within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on the following page.
Rankings Report: Washington's men debuted in a tie for 23rd in the first 2004 release of the Trackwire 25, a national ranking which attempts to predict team scoring at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Huskies earned 10 points in the ranking, equaling the total given to Kansas, Connecticut and Purdue. Defending NCAA outdoor champion Arkansas claimed the top spot with 62 points, while reigning champs Louisiana State ranked No. 1 among women's teams with 71. The Husky women went unranked by Trackwire. The first release of the 2004 U.S. Track Coaches Association Dual Meet Power Rankings is due out later this month.
Monster PR of the Week: With only a handful of athletes competing at last weekend's U.S. Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., the pool for Monster PR of the Week was small, but that didn't prevent freshman Stevie Marshalek from literally rising above the crowd. In her UW debut, Marshalek soared 13-1 to win her flight, and become just the second UW woman to clear 13 feet. A Prep All-American out of Bothell (Wash.) High School, Marshalek boasted a best of 12-11 1/2 entering 2004.
2003 Indoor Season Recap: The 2003 indoor season will long be remembered as one of the most exciting in UW history, with school records, American records, and top-10 world marks falling left and right. Eight UW records were set during the team's five weeks of competition at Dempsey Indoor, including a pair of records by Courtney Inman in the 800m and mile runs. At the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, Inman was a top-10 finisher in the mile, Jeremy Park earned All-American honors at 3,000m, and pole vaulter Brad Walker won his first NCAA title, crushing the competition by nine inches. Walker's mark of 19 feet, 0 1/4 inch was three inches beyond the Pac-10 record, and tied for third in the world indoors in 2003. In fact, a glance at the 2003 IAAF World Rankings reveals dozens of marks set on the Dempsey Indoor track. As many as 2,500 spectators packed the facility each week, creating a highly-charged atmosphere that attracted such luminaries as two-time Olympic medalist John Godina, and fellow Olympians Seilala Sua, Bolota Asmeron, Michael Stember and Ja'Warren Hooker. Also, a pair of Masters' athletes, Tony Young and Harold Morioka, combined for three all-time U.S.-best marks, while the Northwest's top preps filled the facility on three weekends.
Dempsey Indoor: The 80,000-square foot home of Husky indoor track opened in September of 2001 to rave reviews. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track (six lanes on the straightaway, five on the oval) and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events. Already in 2003, Dempsey Indoor has played host to five former Olympians and witnessed five top-10 world marks, three top all-time U.S. marks (though not officially records), eight UW indoor school records and dozens of NCAA-qualifying marks. In addition to its competitive use, the building is utilized as an indoor practice facility for Washington's football, softball, baseball and men's and women's soccer teams, and is considered one of the premier indoor facilities on the West Coast.
Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best: If Washington's home indoor meets last season seemed to shimmer in gold, it was likely due to the numerous current and former Olympians who highlighted the fields at Dempsey Indoor. The Feb. 1 Husky Invitational featured four Olympic athletes, including former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, who set a facility record in the 60m dash with a time of 6.63 seconds. Hooker was joined by fellow U.S. Olympians John Godina and Seilala Sua, and distance runner Bolota Asmeron, who competed in 2000 for his native Eritrea. Godina, a two-time Olympic medalist, heaved the shot 65-6 3/4 in a winning effort, while Sua took the women's shot with a throw of 56-8, besting her own facility record. Asmeron, however, highlighted the competition, clocking the world's sixth-fastest indoor 3,000-meter time of the 2003 season with a mark of 7:49.68 which, at the time it was run, was the world's best in 2003. Also, 2000 Olympian Michael Stember set a facility record in the mile at the UW Invitational.
Walker Takes An Encore: A broken hand in May ended the 2003 season for Husky senior Brad Walker, but has played a large role in bringing the three-time All-American back this season. Though Walker has exhausted his four years of outdoor eligibility, he has competed just three seasons indoors, having redshirted the 2002 indoor season due to injury. By utilizing the remaining season, Walker can continue to train with his UW coaches in preparation for July's U.S. Olympic Trials, while simultaneously defending his 2003 NCAA indoor pole vault crown. Walker will compete for Washington through the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, Mar. 12-13, before launching his professional career in the spring.
World-Class Walker: When Brad Walker returns to Dempsey Indoor in 2004, he will be seeking to recapture the magic of the finest indoor seasons ever posted by a U.S. collegian. The two-time Pac-10 champion gave the nation a preview of the year to come in June 2002, clearing 18-6 in a sixth-place finish at the U.S. Senior Nationals. After his performance at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, however, one had to go beyond the collegiate ranks to find anyone who could compete with the Spokane, Wash., native. Walker's clearance of 19-0 1/4 at the NCAAs was better than all but two indoor marks in the world in 2003, and equaled the winning mark at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Walker, who won the NCAA title by nearly nine inches, finished the indoor season tied for third in the world with American Derek Miles and Romain Mesnil of France, and tied Miles for the U.S. best. Even with the handicap of having not competed at any of the major national or international meets during the summer and fall, Walker still finished among the top-12 vaulters in the final 2003 IAAF World Rankings. Walker crushed his own UW record by more than six inches, and became the first Pac-10 vaulter ever to clear the 19-foot mark, shattering by three inches the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4 set by Stanford's Toby Stevenson.
Final 2003 IAAF World Indoor Rankings
Name, Country, Mark
1. Tim Lobinger, Germany, 19-1
2. Adam Ptacek, Czech Republic, 19-0 3/4
3. Brad Walker, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Derek Miles, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Romain Mesnil, France, 19-0 1/4
6. Oleksandr Korchmid, Ukraine, 18-10 1/4
6. Michael Stolle, Germany, 18-10 1/4
8. Jeff Hartwig, United States, 18-9 1/2
8. Lars Borgeling, Germany, 18-9 1/2
8. Rens Blom, Netherlands, 18-9 1/2
8. Vasily Gorshkov, Russia, 18-9 1/2
8. Richard Spiegelburg, Germany, 18-9 1/2
All-Time Collegiate Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School, Year, Mark
1. Lawrence Johnson, Tennessee, 1996, 19-7 1/2
2. Istvan Bagyula, George Mason, 1991, 19-5
3. Jacob Davis, Texas, 1998, 19-4 1/4
4. Bill Payne, Baylor, 1991, 19-2 3/4
5. Joe Dial, Oklahoma State, 1985, 19-2 1/4
6. Brad Walker, Washington, 2003, 19-0 1/4
6. Russ Buller, Louisiana State, 1999, 19-0 1/4
6. Jim Davis, Fresno State, 2000, 19-0 1/4
9. Doug Fraley, Fresno State, 1986, 18-11
10. Jeff Buckingham, Kansas, 1983, 18-10 1/2
Walker's Steady Climb: Walker initially enrolled at Washington as a non-scholarship athlete who never cleared 17 feet at University High School in Spokane, Wash. He blossomed during his sophomore season, improving by more than a foot en route to an All-American indoor campaign. An undiagnosed foot injury hampered Walker outdoors, but he still finished 12th at the NCAA Championships before undergoing surgery. After redshirting the 2002 indoor season, Walker posted one of the top outdoor seasons in UW history, shattering the UW pole vault record and earning Washington's first Pac-10 pole vault title in 30 years. A second-place finish at the NCAA Championships and the sixth-place finish at the USA Senior Nationals followed. In 2003, Walker upped the school record again, to 19-0 1/4 with his performance at the NCAA Indoor meet, broke his own outdoor record in his first competition, and won his second-straight Pac-10 title.
Jamaican Sensations: Don't blame second-year sprints/hurdles coach Dion Miller for catching a bit of island fever - the island nation of Jamaica is producing some impressive track talent. Washington's 2003 roster includes two athletes from the Caribbean nation, juniors Patrick Davidson and Davaon Spence. The two grew up friends at St. Jago HS in Kingston, Jamaica, and competed together on 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads that swept Jamaican national titles in 2003. After splitting up to attend junior colleges in the U.S., the two long-time friends have reunited at Washington this season, providing the Huskies a pair of top-flight sprinters to anchor a rapidly-improving unit. Davidson's career-best marks of 10.50 for 100m and 21.50 for 200m would each have scored at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, while Spence adds big-meet experience gained from years of competition at the World Youth Championships. The two should bring Washington its most exciting presence in the sprints since the graduation of 10-time All-American Ja'Warren Hooker in 2001, and add dangerous sprint talent to a men's squad already strong in the distances and field events.
Scandinavian Invasion: Jamaica may be the place to go for untapped sprint talent, but Norway is where it's at if you need a distance runner. If you happened to be at the Norweigian Track and Field Championships this summer, you may recognize some of the new faces on the Husky roster. Washington boasts the odd coincidence of having both of Norway's reigning 800-meter champions competing in purple and gold this season, including women's champ Ingvill Makestad and men's champ Stig Ellingson. Makestad, a junior, followed up her 800-meter national title this summer with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the Under-23 European Championships in Poland, clocking a career-best time of 4:13.58. That time, if duplicated, would be the third-best in UW history, behind only Courtney Inman and Regina Joyce. Both Makestad and Ellingson, a native of Oslo, have competed for several years on the European amateur circuit, and will have two years of collegiate eligibility remaining. Makestad was outsanding in competition for Washington's cross country squad in the fall, taking ninth at the Pac-10 Championships and fifth at the NCAA West Regional, tops among UW runners at both events. Ironically, at the West Regional in Portland, Makestad placed just a split-second ahead of USC's Iryna Vaschuk, the same athlete who finished behind Makestad in this year's Norweigian 1,500-meter final.
International Blend: Washington's roster in 2004 features several individuals from outside the United States, with Not surprisingly, Canada is the foreign nation with the most athletes on the UW roster, sophomores Gaelle Banini (Richmond, B.C.), and Carly Dockendorf (Port Moody, B.C.) and junior Grace Vela (Toronto, Ont.). Of the three, Banini has certainly carved the most unique route to Seattle, having been born in Cameroon, Africa, and moved to France in 1987 before settling in Canada in 1994. Nearly as well-represented as Canada is Norway, which sent both of its reigning 800-meter national champs to Washington in the form of Ingvill Makestad (Odda, Norway) and Stig Ellingsen (Tromso, Norway). Jamaican greats Patrick Davidson and Davaon Spence, both from Kingston, will make their UW debuts this spring, while sophomoire Vinh Chung will rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles traveling from Seattle to his hometown of Hamilton, New Zealand.
Triple Threat: Senior triple jumper Brittiny Roberts entered rare air last season when she leapt 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational, nearly 10 inches farther than the Huskies' previous indoor best. She did herself one better, though, at March's Stanford Invitational, clearing 41-4 1/2 to leapfrog Michele Davis into second on the UW's all-time outdoor list. Roberts' success should come as no surprise, given that her cousin, U.S. track legend Ralph Boston, won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Maybe Roberts learned a thing or two from Boston - in addition to the triple jump, she led all Huskies outdoors in both the high and long jumps. At the 2003 NCAA West Regional meet, the Fresno, Calif., native earned a return trip to her home state with a third-place finish in the triple jump that guaranteed Roberts a spot at the 2003 NCAA Championships. The junior, who finished just 3/4 of an inch out of the lead with a mark of 41-4 1/4 at the Regional, is making an assault on the school outdoor record of 41-7 3/4 set by Tara Davis in 1995. Prior to 2003, Roberts had already joined an elite class of triple jumpers, clearing 40-8 3/4 in a fourth-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships to rank third all-time at UW. Roberts is one of just six Huskies - including teammate Sidney Brown - to cover 40 feet in the triple jump outdoors, and one of just three to accomplish the feat indoors.
Triple Double: Teammates Brittiny Roberts and Sidney Brown became, in 2003, the first UW women's tandem ever to triple-jump 40 feet in the same season, with Roberts' best of 41-4 1/2 ranking second all-time at Washington, and Brown's 40-1 1/4 the UW's sixth-best mark. For perspective, only three UW women in the entire decade of the 1990s ever reached 40 feet in the event, and only six (including Roberts and Brown) have done it at Washington all-time.
Garnering Acclaim: When hunting for breaking news, it can be easy to overlook those for whom success is routine. Eric Garner has been so succesful over the past two seasons - both in track and field and cross country - that his impressive results are too often taken for granted. All the senior has done over the past two years is to ensure that his name will come up in any future discussion of Washington's legendary distance-running tradition. A graduate of Kelso (Wash.) High School, Garner burst onto the scene in 2002 with a school-record 3:58.93 mile at Dempsey Indoor, the first four-minute ever by a Husky on Washington soil. Garner took 13th in the mile that season at the NCAA Indoor meet, and returned in 2003 to become the UW's most prolific postseason qualifier, boasting NCAA Regional marks at 800-, 1,500-, and 5,000 meters. Garner placed third in the 1,500 meters at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, and earned an NCAA berth with a fourth-place finish in the event at the Regional. With one full track season remaining, Garner already owns all-time UW indoor marks in the mile and distance medley relay, ranks second in the indoor 3,000 meters, and is sixth all-time at 1,500 meters. Additionally, he has led Washington's cross country runners at all but one varsity meet over the previous two seasons, and in 2003 led the Husky men back to the NCAA Championships for the first time since the 1993 season.
It's Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight...: ... it's the size of the fight in the dog. Junior pole vaulter Kate Soma may stand only an inch above 5'-0", but the Portland, Ore., native towers over all UW female vaulters, past and present. Soma is one of just two Husky women ever to clear 13 feet in the pole vault, having done so both indoors and outdoors. In fact, only six UW women have ever cleared 12 feet in the event, a feat Soma has accomplished in 26 of her 31-career pole vault finishes, including the 2003 NCAA Championships. Soma earned her first-career All-America honor by placing seventh at last year's outdoor meet with a mark of 13-5 1/2, and might have gone higher if not for a broken pole that lacerated her right hand. The meet marked the third NCAA appearance for Soma, who was the 12th-place finisher at the 2003 NCAA indoor meet, and 16th-place finisher outdoors in 2002. Soma vaulted herself in the Pac-10's all-time elite at last year's NCAA West Regional Championships, clearing 13 feet, 10 inches to break her own Washington record by more than eight inches and climb to eighth in Pac-10 history. The sixth-place finisher at the 2003 Pac-10 meet, Soma was bested at the Regional only by Oregon's Becky Holliday, who set a collegiate outdoor record of 14-8 in her Regional win. At the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, Soma broke her own indoor school record with a clearance of 13-3 3/4, continuing a record trend she began as a freshman by setting UW benchmarks of 13-1 1/2 outdoors, and 12-11 1/2 indoors.
All-Time Pac-10 Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School, Year, Mark
1. Amy Linnen, Arizona, 2002, 14-10 1/4
2. Becky Holliday, Oregon, 2003, 14-8
3. Tracy O'Hara, UCLA, 2000, 14-7 1/4
4. Tamara Diles, Wash. State, 2003, 14-3 1/4
5. Nikki McEwen, Oregon, 2003, 14-1 1/4
5. Connie Jerz, Arizona, 2003, 14-1 1/4
7. Chelsea Johnson, UCLA, 2003, 13-11 1/4
8. Kate Soma, Washington, 2003, 13-10
9. Andrea Dutoit, Arizona, 2001, 13-9 1/4
10. Erica Hoerning, UCLA, 2001, 13-7
Double-Duty Dockendorf: Freshman football/basketball star Nate Robinson may be Washington's most celebrated two-sport athlete in 2003, but even he didn't try to compete in two sports at once. That's was the feat accomplished by Port Moody, B.C., native Carly Dockendorf, a star for the Husky gymnastics team who in just four official UW competitions pole vaulted her way to second all-time at Washington, and fourth in all of Canada this season. A redshirt freshman, Dockendorf has improved weekly, culminating with an eighth-place finish at this year's Pac-10 Championships, in 12-11 1/2, that trails only Kate Soma in Husky history. The weekend of Mar. 1, though, may have marked the most impressive display of Dockendorf's athletic ability. On Friday, Feb. 28, with the gymnasts needing a big performance from Dockendorf to extend an undefeated home season, the redshirt freshman scored a perfect 10 on the floor exercise, just the sixth perfect 10 in UW history. Barely 12 hours later, Dockendorf pulled on her track spikes and soared 12-feet, zero inches in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Indoor Track Invitational, a mark which would have ranked fifth all-time in UW history. This season, she established herself as one of Washington's top gymnasts, earning All-America honors while tallying three perfect 10s on the floor, including at the Pac-10 Championships, where she shared the conference crown. A provincial pole vault champion as a prep, Dockendorf's 2003 best of 12-11 1/2 is tied for fourth by a Canadian woman this season, remarkable given that the redshirt freshman has only officially vaulted three times in her UW career. Following is a list of the top-10 pole vault performances by Canadian women this season, through June 5:
Athletics Canada All-Time Women's Outdoor Rankings
Name, Year, Mark
1. Stephanie McCann, 2002, 14-3 1/4
2. Dana Ellis, 2003, 14-1 1/4
3. Ardin Tucker-Harrison, 2002, 13-9 3/4
4. Kelsie Hendry, 2003, 13-8 1/4
5. Trista Bernier, 1998, 13-7 1/4
6. Jackie Honey, 2001, 13-6 1/4
7. Simona Kovacic, 2003, 13-2 1/4
8. Adrienne Vangool, 2003, 13-1 3/4
9. Carly Dockendorf, 2003, 12-11 1/2
9. Rebecca Chambers, 1999, 12-11 1/2
9. Melissa Feinstein, 2000, 12-11 1/2
Arnold Steps Up: To say that junior Todd Arnold went from not qualifying for the 2003 Pac-10 Championships to instead qualifying for the NCAA Championships is remarkable, but does not tell the whole story. Needing a mark of 1:51.44 to qualify for the postseason at 800 meters, the Ocosta, Wash., native lowered his half-mile best consistently all season, from 1:56 to 1:52 and 1:51.68. Amazingly, Arnold was able to lower his mark yet again, to 1:51.50 at the season-ending Ken Foreman Invitational, but was still unable to crack the Pac-10 standard. Recognizing his consistent improvement, head coach Greg Metcalf designated Arnold one of two "wildcard" selections for the Pac-10 meet, given to each team to bring athletes who did not otherwise qualify. Arnold rewarded his coach's faith with a personal-best in the 800-meter prelim, clocking 1:50.00 to not only earn a spot in the finals, but also a berth at the 2003 NCAA West Regional. A seventh-place finish in the Pac-10 final could have been a well-deserved reward for Arnold's determination, but the junior had bigger plans. Seeded 10th overall in the event at the Regional, Arnold qualified for the final but was shuffled back of the pack after starting in the outside lane. As was the case all season, however, Arnold refused to give up, charging to fourth on the backstretch and holding on for the automatic NCAA berth.
Russell Rebounds: He may have been out of action for over two years, but if his performances over the past month of the 2003 season are any indication, junior John Russell hasn't lost any of the speed that led him to a fourth-place finish as a freshman in the 1,500 meters at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships. Touted as the next great Husky distance runner after that exciting debut season, in which he also cracked the school's all-time top-10 indoors in the mile and placed 13th in the U.S. Junior National Cross-Country Championships, Russell had his 2001 track season wiped out entirely by tendonitis, a condition that also kept him out of action during the 2001 cross-country and 2002 track seasons. The Spokane, Wash., native finally returned to competition during the fall of 2002, and steadily improved throughout the fall and winter seasons. By April's Oregon Invitational, Russell was rolling, clocking a time of 3:44.65 in the 1,500 meters to earn a Pac-10 and NCAA Regional qualifying mark. In addition to setting aside questions of lost speed, the junior showed at the Pac-10 meet that he had lost none of his tenacity, fighting through a physical race to take sixth. Finally, Russell completed his comeback with an outstanding run at the Regional, placing fifth to earn his first-ever NCAA Championships appearance. In all, Russell was off the track for 22 months, missing two full seasons of track, and one full season of cross-country.
2003 NCAA Indoor Championships Recap: Without a doubt, the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships were nearly a perfect finish to an outstanding indoor season for the University of Washington track and field teams. Senior Brad Walker backed up his No. 1 ranking in the pole vault, earning Washington's 25th-ever NCAA individual title with a vault of 19-feet, 0 1/4 inches that is the best-ever by a Pac-10 vaulter, third-best in the world in 2003, and tied for sixth-best in NCAA history. Senior Jeremy Park earned All-American honors with a 13th-place finish in the 3,000 meters, helping lead the Husky men to a tie for 20th overall at the meet. Senior Courtney Inman placed ninth overall in the mile, and sophomore Kate Soma was the 12th finisher in the pole vault, each improving their finishes from the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Top-ranked Arkansas ran away with the men's title, while LSU defended its indoor crown on the women's side.
Husky Greats Give Back: Looking for an explanation for the Huskies' success in the javelin last season? Look no further than 1984 U.S. Olympian Duncan Atwood, who has volunteered his time to his alma mater, working with second-year assistant coach Bud Rasmussen. The results speak for themselves: in 2003, four UW javelin throwers qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships, while senior Heather Reichmann earned All-America honors with a throw of 159-6 that was the 10th-best by a U.S. woman in 2003. Atwood joins second-year head coach Greg Metcalf, a two-time steeplechase All-American at UW and a participant at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, as well as two-time Husky All-American David Bazzi, now a UW assistant coach.
Star-Studded Staff: Washington's coaching staff in 2003 is in no way short on accolades. Seventh-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directed three All-Americans, including Pac-10 and NCAA champion Brad Walker. First-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen founded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, and in seven years at North Idaho College mentored 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coach Dion Miller last year led Texas Tech sprinters to 13 All-America accolades, and a Big 12 title in the 4x100-meter relay. Second-year distance coach David Bazzi, a Washington alum, was the 2001 Pac-10 champion at 10,000 meters, and still holds three all-time school records. Rounding out the all-star cast is first-year distance coach Kelly MacDonald, who graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with five All-America honors and three Pac-10 titles. The full-timers are joined by UW legends and volunteer coaches Duncan Atwood and Ja'Warren Hooker.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his second year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his seventh year overall on the UW coaching staff. Inhis first season at the helm, Metcalf led the UW women to 29th at the NCAA Championships, equaling their highest point total since the 1998 season, and guided seven UW distance runners to NCAA Championships appearances. In seven years directing Washington's cross country program, Metcalf has led the women's cross country team to seven-consecutive NCAA Championships, the seventh-longest active streak in the nation. Metcalf has coached nine All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 13 school-record setters and 62 NCAA qualifiers. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeplechase, and ran in the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials.