March 27, 2004
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Washington freshman Ashley Lodree made her first collegiate 100-meter hurdles final one to remember Saturday, crushing the UW's 10-year-old sprint hurdles record at the 2004 Stanford Invitational.
Lodree's record capped an exciting weekend of competition for the Huskies, who set two school records and added 10 NCAA qualifiers over two days of competition at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.
After earning an NCAA qualifying time in Friday's 100-meter hurdles prelim, Lodree raced aggressively Saturday, crossing the line third in a wind-aided 13.43 seconds, more than a tenth of a second faster than Claudine Robinson's school record of 13.55, set in 1994.
Barely two months into her college career, Lodree has already broken Robinson's sprint hurdles records both indoors and out. The Richmond, Calif., native was the 14th-place finisher in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this month, and is the nation's top-ranked freshman sprint hurdler.
Lodree wasn't the only Husky lighting up the scoreboard at Stanford, however, as five UW milers earned NCAA regional qualifying marks at 1,500 meters, bringing to 20 the total number of Husky athletes qualified for West Regional competition in May.
Two-time All-American Eric Garner ran into the UW record books in the men's 1,500- meter final, his fourth-place time of 3:43.40 equaling Washington's sixth-best all-time. Just behind Garner was fellow 2003 NCAA Championships competitor John Russell, whose time of 3:45.06 earned the senior a second-straight trip to the regional meet.
The Husky women's milers proved equally prolific, with sophomore Ingvill Makestad and junior Lindsey Egerdahl each earning regional-qualifying marks. Norway's reigning 800-meter national champion, Makestad clocked a 4:23.76 in her first collegiate 1,500 meters, good for ninth on the UW's all-time list, bumping Egerdahl to 10th. Egerdahl responded, however, with an impressive race of her own, finishing in 4:26.88 to cinch her second regional bid in as many years.
On Friday's first day of competition, which did not wrap up until nearly midnight, senior Megan Spriestersbach broke the UW record in the javelin, while six other Huskies broke the NCAA regional qualifying standards.
After spending the past two weeks in California during Washington's spring break, the Husky track and field teams will return home Sunday to begin the spring quarter, before heading to the Texas Relays in Austin over the weekend.
For complete results of the 2004 Stanford Invitational, visit www.recordtiming.com.