April 25, 2004
EUGENE, Ore. - Two UW freshman records highlighted an outstanding day of track and field Saturday at the Oregon Invitational, which saw the Huskies add two more postseason qualifying marks for both the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional Championships.
With just two weeks of regular season competition remaining, Washington already boasts 61 Pac-10 Championships qualifying marks, six more than its total in 2003.
Saturday, however, was less about the past and more about the future, as first-year distance runners Carl Moe and Dallon Williams established new benchmarks for UW freshmen in the mile and steeplechase, respectively, before an approving crowd at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Just one week after setting the Huskies' freshman record in her first-ever collegiate steeple at the Mt. SAC Relays, Williams did so again on Saturday, shaving eight seconds off of her previous best with a mark of 10 minutes, 41.78 seconds that was just six seconds off the school record set by Kate Spigel last season. The Turlock, Calif., native has a good mentor for the event in UW assistant coach Kelly MacDonald, who won Oregon's steeple in 10:16.29 as she seeks to qualify for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. ASU's Amy Hastings was second overall, in 10:17.67.
Also second overall was Moe, who added his third UW freshman record of the season with a time of 3:44.91 in the 1,500 meters, a mark bettered only by the 3:44.79 posting of Montana's Scott McGowan. The freshman's mark, nearly a second below the previous record of 3:45.56 set by teammate John Russell in 2000, was among the top-20 marks in the NCAA this year, and is fourth-best by a Pac-10 runner in 2004.
Both Moe and Williams are among the Huskies' 27 qualifiers for May's NCAA West Regional in Northridge, Calif., a list which as of Saturday includes sophomore pole vaulter Seth Perrins. The Tekeo, Wash., native added his name to the Northridge travel party with a clearance of 16-5 1/4 Saturday, more than six inches beyond his previous outdoor best and tops by a Husky vaulter outdoors this season.
Also putting their names on the postseason scrolls were junior Andy Fader -- whose 15-second outdoor PR of 14:14.87 was four seconds below the NCAA's regional standard at 5,000 meters -- and freshman Marie Foushee, who logged her own 5,000-meter mark of 17:11.06 to earn a Pac-10 Championships qualifying mark.
Just two weeks of regular-season competition remain for Washington before May's Pac-10 meet, inc;uding next weekend's dual with Washington State in Pullman, and the May 8 Ken Shannon Invitational at Husky Stadium.
For complete results of the 2004 Oregon Invitational, visit www.goducks.com.