April 23, 2005
EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Ashley Lodree ran the 400-meter hurdles in just 59.65 seconds Saturday at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene, faster than any Pac-10 Conference competitor this year and good for ninth all-time at Washington. Lodree's mark was one of nine NCAA Regional qualifying efforts by UW competitors in Oregon Saturday, bringing to 32 the total number of Huskies qualified to return to Hayward Field in May for the 2005 NCAA West Regional Championships.
Running the 400-meter hurdles for just the second time in her UW career, Lodree became the first Husky since 2000 to crack the one-minute mark. Less than an hour later, the Richmond, Calif., was back on the track again, leading Washington's 4x400-meter relay squad to victory in 3 minutes, 44.58 seconds, also the school's ninth-fastest ever, and tops by a Husky relay since the 2000 season. The four-woman team of Lodree, juniors Brynne Steward and Lauran Dignam, and freshman Amanda Miller shaved a remarkable five seconds off the Huskies' previous 2005 best in the event, and fell just two seconds shy of the NCAA's regional-qualifying standard.
Including Saturday's runs, Lodree now ranks among Washington's all-time top-10 competitors in eight different events, including school records in the 60- and 100-meter hurdles.
Junior pole vaulter Carly Dockendorf, who completed a stellar UW gymnastics career earlier this month, cleared 12-feet, 6 1/2 inches in her 2005 outdoor season debut, a clearance matched by freshman Kelley DiVesta. DiVesta's mark ranks as the sixth-best in Washington history; Dockendorf, the 17th-place finisher at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track Championships, boasts a career outdoor best in the event of 13-3 ¼ that is the UW's third-best all-time.
Other regional qualifiers Saturday included indoor All-Americans Amanda Miller (2:09.17) and Ryan Brown (1:49.21) at 800 meters, sophomore Amy Lia in the 1,500 meters (4:27.74) and junior Sam Roberts in the men's pole vault (16-6 3/4). Washington also added a fourth men's 4x400-meter relay squad to the regional qualifying list, with junior Phil McCary and seniors Bruce Jackson, Nik Williams and Sean Williams combining for a 3:10.44 effort, while Jackson made a name for himself with a regional-qualifying effort in the 400-meter dash, his time of 46.95 seconds nearly a one-second personal best.
Senior Kate Soma (pole vault) and freshman Jennifer Nash (100-meter dash) added event victories for Washington, while redshirting freshman Carl Moe clocked a solid time of 3:46.39 in an unattached run at 1,500 meters.
Also of note over the weekend was an impressive peformance by sophomore Martin Bingisser, one of three Husky throwers in action at the UCSD Triton Invitational in San Diego. The Pac-10's top-returning hammer thrower, Bingisser earned a fourth-place finish Friday with a season-best toss of 198 feet, 6 inches, third-best by a Pac-10 Conference thrower in 2005 and a five-foot improvement upon his regional-qualifying mark set two weeks ago in Eugene.
Washington's teams return home next Saturday for the centerpiece of the 2005 regular season, the UW-WSU Dual at Husky Stadium. The two in-state rivals have clashed 97 times since 1900, with Washington State owning a 66-30-1 edge on the men's side, and the Huskies boasting a 19-8 advantage in women's competition.
For complete results from Saturday's Oregon Invitational in Eugene, visit www.goducks.com.