March 9, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Husky senior Katie Follett has been honored as the West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year it was announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The award was based on a vote of head coaches from the West Region. Follett is the first Husky woman to earn the honor.
Follett, from Fort Collins, Colorado, is just a few days away from competing at her third consecutive NCAA Indoor Track Championships. She will be competing in the mile run and has the second-fastest seed time in the field at 4:34.98. Follett posted that school-record mark at the Husky Classic in mid-February, smashing a record she herself held by nearly three seconds.
Also this season Follett ran the second-fastest 800-meters in school history indoors, finishing in 2:07.80 in her only attempt at the distance.
While chasing her first individual NCAA title will be foremost on Follett's mind, she will also be pursuing a fourth indoor All-America honor. She earned her first All-America award with a sixth-place finish in the mile in 2008, and picked up two more in 2009 when she finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run and anchored UW's eighth-place distance medley relay.
Follett has made a career of firsts at Washington, winning races and making history. She is the two-time defending Pac-10 1,500-meter Champion, in the process becoming the first Husky woman to win consecutive Pac-10 titles. In the fall, she became the first UW three-time All-American in cross country, and she helped lead the women to their first NCAA Championships in 2008.
The NCAA Indoor Championships begin this Friday, March 12, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Follett will first compete in the preliminary round of the mile at 3:10 Pacific time on Friday, then potentially race in the final on Saturday, March 13, at 4:25 p.m.