Feb. 1, 2003
SEATTLE - Nike's Bolota Asmeron clocked the world's sixth-fastest indoor 3,000-meter time in 2003 on Saturday, while Iron Wood Track Club's Derek Woodske threw the 35-pound weight farther than any athlete in the world had so far this season, highlighting the 2003 Husky Invitational Track and Field Meet at Dempsey Indoor, on the UW campus.
Collegiate athletes posted 17 NCAA automatic-qualifying marks, and 28 provisional-qualifying marks, including provisional marks by Husky senior Courtney Inman in the mile, and the UW men's distance medley relay.
Asmeron routed a world-class field by six seconds, posting a time of 7 minutes, 49.68 seconds that was briefly the world's best, before five athletes ran faster at Saturday night's Adidas Games 2003, in Boston. The mark was only the second most-impressive of the day, however, as Woodske heaved the weight a stunning 73-feet, 9 1/2 inches, tops in the world of marks entering Saturday's competition.
The two world-beaters stole the show from the three Olympians on hand for the UW meet. Two-time Olympic medalist John Godina wowed the eager crowd by winning the shot put with a throw of 65-6 3/4, as did 2000 Olympian Seilala Sua, whose mark of 56-8 in winning the women's shot put bested her own facility record. Joining the two throwers on the victory stand was former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, who took the 60-meter dash in a blistering 6.63 seconds.
"I thought that the performances at today's meet were outstanding," said first-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "Having athletes like John Godina and Seilala Sua competing at our meet is great for our athletes, who can see firsthand what it takes to perform at a world-class level. Of our folks, I thought that Courtney Inman, the men's distance medley relay team, and Brittiny Roberts had particularly strong days."
Already an NCAA qualifier at 800 meters, Inman clocked a qualifying time in the mile of 4:45.78, less than half a second off of her own school record. In the DMR, Huskies Jeremy Park, Sean Williams, Todd Arnold and Eric Garner made the best of their first time on the track together, shattering the UW's indoor school record by nearly eight seconds with a time of 9:44.97 that was well under the NCAA's provisional-qualifying standard. Roberts, meanwhile, became just the third woman in UW history to reach 40 feet in the triple jump indoors, achieving the mark, exactly, in a one-foot victory.
In addition to Roberts and the two NCAA qualifiers, Washington also added five additional Pac-10 qualifiers to its ranks, bringing to 10 the total number of UW athletes already qualified for May's conference meet. Joining the list at Saturday's meet were senior Kameko Gay and sophomore Mary Beeman in the shot put, senior Kate Bradshaw in the 5,000 meters, sophomore Lindsey Egerdahl in the mile and true freshman Ryan Brown, who not only qualified at 800 meters but also ran a key leg of Washington's nearly record-setting 4x400-meter relay squad.
Washington will look to add more NCAA and Pac-10 qualifiers - and the world's best athletes will look to improve their marks - when the team returns to the track Saturday, Feb. 15 for the UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor.