Feb. 16, 2010
With all the track activity over the past weekend--the two-day Husky Classic, the Indoor Open, and the USA Cross Country Championships--it would be pretty easy to have let one or two of the dozens of storylines slip past. So GoHuskies.com will do its best to gather all the relevant info here in one space, along with video of the races and interviews provided by Flotrack.org.
Once again the Dempsey lived up to its reputation as one of the fastest indoor tracks in America, as the two-day Husky Classic produced a staggering 144 NCAA qualifying marks by eligible Division-I athletes. A glance at the national descending order lists today illustrates the influence that the meet has on who will wind up in Fayetteville for next month's NCAA Indoor Championships.
The men's 3,000-meter invitational was one of the premiere races, with 22 men breaking the 8-minute mark. In the new NCAA rankings for the 3k, 18 of the top 30 times come from the Husky Classic, including the top-seven listed below:
1 McNeill, David JR-3 Northern Arizona 7:47.52 UW Husky Classic
2 Miller, Craig SR-4 Wisconsin 7:49.94 UW Husky Classic
3 Fernandez, German SO-2 Oklahoma State 7:51.02 UW Husky Classic
4 Emanuel, Lee SR-4 New Mexico 7:51.20 UW Husky Classic
5 Coe, Michael JR-3 California 7:52.14 UW Husky Classic
6 Bethke, Brandon SR-4 Arizona State 7:54.27 UW Husky Classic
7 Rombough, Chris SR-4 Minnesota 7:54.57 UW Husky Classic
UW junior Colton Tully-Doyle is close behind on this list, as he ran a 7:56.67 to rank 13th nationally and second in the Husky Top-10 list.
That race is just one of a number of distance events now dominated by Husky Classic times. Check out the descending order list here.
The UW highlight of the day was senior Katie Follett rolling to a new school record in the mile run, as she lowered her own mark from 4:37.22 down to 4:34.98. Video of that complete race is just below. Other great Husky moments were junior Scott Roth winning another pole vault and sophomore Mel Lawrence hitting the NCAA Provisional mark in the 3k in her first race of the season. There were six Dempsey records on Saturday alone, including a 7-7 high jump clearance by 2008 U.S. Champion Jesse Williams, and two sprint records by breakout pro Ryan Bailey. Former UW All-American Carly Dockendork also set a Canadian national indoor record in the pole vault, clearing 14-6.
Relevant Race Videos on Flotrack
Husky Video Interviews on Flotrack
Husky Classic - Friday Night Session
Friday featured a world record in the distance medley relay, run mainly in America. Nick Symmonds, Matt Scherer, Tyler Mulder, and Will Leer of the Oregon Track Club covered the 4,000-meter relay course in 9:21.77 highlighting the opening night of the two-day Husky Classic. That broke a two-year-old record set by the University of Texas by more than four seconds. Symmonds in particular was a treat for Dempsey fans, as he is the two-time reigning American 800-meter champion.
Both top heats of the 5,000-meters also were incredibly fast. Much like the men's 3k, 19 of the top 30 times in the women's 5k now come from the Husky Classic, including nine of the top 10.
1 Koll, Lisa SR-4 Iowa State 15:29.65 2010 ISU Classic
2 Blood, Nicole SR-4 Oregon 15:51.59 UW Husky Classic
3 Areson, Jackie SR-4 Tennessee 15:53.54 UW Husky Classic
4 Franek, Bridget SR-4 Penn State 15:56.76 UW Husky Classic
5 Milton, Felicity JR-3 Oklahoma State 15:58.34 UW Husky Classic
6 Maier, Deborah SO-2 California 15:58.49 UW Husky Classic
7 Lowe, Rebecca SO-2 Florida 15:59.46 UW Husky Classic
8 Bridgmon, Mattie SR-4 Oregon 16:02.48 UW Husky Classic
9 Jesang, Janet SR-4 Western Kentucky 16:04.48 UW Husky Classic
10 Becker, Alex SR-4 Tulsa 16:10.87 UW Husky Classic
USA Cross Country Championships
Washington sent three of its freshmen women over to Spokane to compete in the junior race at the U.S. Cross Country Championships. Freshman Lindsay Flanagan wound up ninth overall with Grace Green and Breanna Huschka also placing in the Top-25. This is the third year in a row that a Husky freshman has placed in the Top-10 in one of the junior races, following Joey Bywater last year and Lauren Saylor in 2008.
Another thousand or so athletes packed into the Dempsey on Sunday in a meet open to all competitors. The field was comprised mostly of small college and high school athletes, but a number of Huskies competed as well with very impressive results. Freshmen Logan Miller (pole vault) and Shayne Moore (60m hurdles) achieved Top-10 marks for the first time and other big PRs came from Richard Anderson in the shot put and Bryce Borer in the men's vault.