Feb. 18, 2009
SEATTLE - Both the Washington men's and women's track and field teams entered into the Top-25 of the USTFCCCA rankings today following several standout performances at last Saturday's Husky Classic.
The men's team jumped 10 spots to come in at No. 20, while the women moved up 12 spots and are now ranked 22nd.
The rankings, assembled by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, assign points to individuals based on their standing in their events, to try and approximate scores at the NCAA Indoor Championships should the standings hold.
The men picked up a large chunk of points from senior Jordan Boase, who took the NCAA lead in the 400-meter dash in a time of 46.15 seconds at the Husky Classic. Boase's time broke his own school record and is currently the fastest time run in the world this year.
Senior Austin Abbott also climbed the 800-meter rankings, moving up to fourth in the NCAA after he ran 1:48.56 on Saturday. Junior Jake Schmitt's provisional time in the 5,000-meters also padded UW's total.
The women got large point additions from three sources. Freshman Christine Babcock ran the second-fastest mile time in school history in her first collegiate attempt, hitting the NCAA auto mark in 4:38.00. That ranks her sixth in the NCAA lists. Senior Anita Campbell also now ranks sixth nationally in the 5,000-meters after her school-record 16:09.26 on Saturday. Last but not least, sophomore Elisa Bryant shattered her own record in the weight throw with a throw of 64-feet, 8-inches that ranks her ninth in the nation.
Washington's next team effort will be at the MPSF Championships inside its own Dempsey Indoor facility on Feb. 27-28.