June 26, 2005
CARSON, Calif. - Washington sophomore Ashley Lodree capped a record-breaking season with a 10th-place finish Sunday in the women's 100-meter hurdles at the 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Carson, Calif. Lodree's effort was one of eight top-10 finishes by current, former, or future Huskies at the four-day meet, which concluded Sunday.
The 2005 USA Track and Field Championships were a banner one for the University of Washington, whose athletes combined for one U.S. title at least two World Championships berths, a total that could increase to three if former Husky Rob Minnitti can best the IAAF`s "A" qualifying standard in July.
Needing to place among the top-nine finishers in Sunday's semi-final round to advance to the live televised final Sunday night, Lodree equaled her lifetime best with a 13.17-second posting, matching the UW school record she set en route to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago. Unlike at the NCAAs, however, the record time proved not enough to advance the Husky sophomore to the U.S. women's final, as eight runners broke the 13-second mark, with adidas' Jenny Adams taking the ninth and final qualifying spot at 13.05.
Lodree entered the meet seeded 16th in a field including nine of America's top-10 women's hurdlers. The Richmond, Calif., native had a tremendous 2005 season, winning two All-America honors and breaking her own UW hurdles records indoors and out. She has been at her best in the 2005 postseason, clocking the eight fastest 100-meter hurdles times of her life in her last eight races.
"Ashley has just been so fun to watch over these past six weeks," said third-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "She has such a fire in her right now. She looks like she's having a lot of fun out there, and it shows in her results."
Lodree was one of two Husky sprinters competing for national titles Sunday, on opposite sides of the North American continent. Washington senior Davaon Spence, who anchored UW's 4x100-meter relay to 11th at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago, just missed making the 100-meter final at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Track Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.
Spence clocked a 10.43 in preliminary rounds -- equaling the fifth-fastest ever by a UW sprinter -- and a 10.71 in Sunday's semi-final, just shy of the time necessary to advance a Sunday night final featuring recent world-record setter Asafa Powell. Spence has significant international experience, having won a gold medal in the 4x100 meters at the 1999 World Youth Championships, and a silver medal in the same event at the 1999 Pan-Am Games.
Sunday's action officially concludes the 2005 collegiate season for Washington track and field. Husky athletes combined for a record 15 All-America honors in 2005, including 10 indoor and five outdoor, while senior pole vaulted Kate Soma earned her first NCAA title.
For complete results from the 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, visit www.usatf.org.