April 19, 2003
WALNUT, Calif. - Husky sophomore Kate Soma equaled her own school record in the pole vault Saturday at the 44th-Annual Mt. SAC Relays, wrapping up a record-setting weekend of competition for Washington's track and field teams.
Soma's record clearance of 13 feet, 1 ˝ inch -- the second school record and seventh top-10 all-time UW mark achieved by Husky athletes over three days of competition in southern California -- tied her own UW record set in Oregon during the 2002 season, and was good for eighth in Sunday's competition. The Portland, Ore., native is the only Husky woman ever to clear 13 feet in the event, having done so both indoors and out.
Also excelling for Washington on the meet's final day was senior Courtney Inman, whose time of 4 minutes, 17.39 seconds in the 1,500 meters is second-fastest all-time at Washington, trailing only the 4:12.7 clocked by Regina Joyce in 1981. The mark, good for fifth in a loaded race won by indoor NCAA mile champion Johanna Nilsson of Northern Arizona, moves Inman up to fourth in the nation during the 2003 season.
Placing fifth in her own event was junior triple-jumper Brittiny Roberts, whose best of 40'-2 ľ" fell just eight inches short of the winning mark of 40'-10 ˝" by West Virginia's Christine Brown. One of just six 40-foot triple-jumpers in UW history, Roberts boasts a career-best of 41'-4 ˝" that is second at Washington only to school-record Tara Davis.
Rounding out current Husky competition on Saturday was red shirt freshman Cherron Davis, whose throw of 44'-4" was good for 24th in the shot put. Results from Saturday's men's invitational pole vault, which included senior NCAA indoor champion Brad Walker, were not available as of late Saturday night.
While the above five were the only current UW athletes competing at the meet on Saturday, one former Husky made sure that the purple and gold was well represented on the Mt. SAC medal stand. Two-time Pac-10 champion Aretha Hill won the discus event Saturday with a throw of 207'-1" that was 13 feet beyond her nearest competitor. The 1996 U.S. Olympian is one of Washington's most decorated throwers, boasting a collegiate best of 215'-3" in the event that was at the time a collegiate record, and remains a Pac-10 record to this day.
Fueled by the record-setting binge in California, the Huskies will visit Oregon next week for the second time this month, joining many of the nation's top collegiate athletes at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene.
For complete results of the Mt. SAC Invitational visit vm.mtsac.edu/relays.