Feb. 29, 2008
SEATTLE - Senior Norris Frederick broke through with the second-farthest long jump by an American this year, helping the Washington men's track and field squad to first place after day one of the MPSF Championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. The 16th-ranked Husky women also were very strong in fourth place after Friday's action.
Frederick, who had never broken 26-feet indoors, turned in his best jump of the season on his second attempt with a mark of 25'-10", but then flew past that by more than nine inches on his next attempt, registering 26' 7 ¾" to assume the new NCAA lead and earn 10 points for the Husky men. It is Frederick's third-consecutive MPSF long jump crown. The mark was also a Washington indoor, MPSF meet, and Dempsey facility record, and ranks Frederick sixth in the world this year.
All told, Frederick's leap was part of eight NCAA Automatic marks, 41 NCAA Provisional marks, and four MPSF Championship records.
"The long jump field was one of the best in the nation this year," said Husky head coach Greg Metcalf. "The top of the NCAA list is completely made up of guys jumping today at the Dempsey, and Norris turned in a massive jump. It was his last real intense competition in the Dempsey and he goes out with a monster effort."
The Husky men hold the day one lead with 31 points, followed by a bunched-up field of No. 1 ranked Arizona State with 29 points, Washington State with 25, and Oregon with 23. Washington has captured the past two MPSF crowns.
"It's going to be tough to hold off Arizona State because they are absolutely loaded. But any day you can come out and score more points than all these teams out here, I'll take that every time."
The Husky women are neck-and-neck with Oregon for third place, as the Huskies sit with 25.5 points and 20th-ranked Oregon amassed 31. The second-ranked Arizona State women lead after day one with 78 points, followed by No. 3 Stanford with 64.
Strong Husky performances on the women's side came from Liz Fuller, who placed second in the pentathlon with 3,840 points, the third-best mark ever by a Husky. The women's distance medley relay, comprised of Amanda Miller, Falesha Ankton, Michelle Turner, and Katie Follett, ran a close second to the Stanford women the whole way, but Cardinal Arianna Lambie held off Follett down the stretch. Stanford won in an MPSF record time of 11:08.56, with the Huskies turning in a very strong 11:12.77 that moves them into seventh in the NCAA this year and should be strong enough for an NCAA berth.
The women's DMR this season has crushed all previous school records, slashing more than 10 seconds off the all-time indoor best.
Freshman Elisa Bryant once again bested her own school record in the women's weight throw. She finished fifth with a throw of 61' 1 ½". Bryant, a walk-on, has outdistanced Olympian Aretha Hill's former school record by nearly six feet in her first season.
"Our women did a great job competing today. I was really impressed with Falesha Ankton, turning in a P.R. in the 60-hurdles then coming back to run a strong leg in our DMR. We are going to come out even better on day two," Metcalf said. "All in all, it was another great day at the Dempsey."
Junior Jordan Boase was part of a blistering 200-meter dash final, placing second with an NCAA Provisional time of 21.08. Brent Gray of Long Beach State edged him out with a facility record run of 20.93. Boase's run was a new personal best and ranks third on the UW all-time list, and tied for seventh in the NCAA this season.
Tomorrow's action will begin at 10 a.m. and features such attractions as the men's pole vault, men's and women's mile and 800-meter runs, and the finals of the 60-meter dash and hurdles. The championships will end at approximately 3 p.m. with the running of the 4x400-meter relays.