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UW's "Fab Four" to be Honored at May 6 Shannon Invitational
Release: 04/27/2006
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April 27, 2006

The Husky Track & Field Program invites all track and field alumni to Husky Stadium on May 6 for the third-annual Ken Shannon Invitational track and field meet and alumni banquet.

Renamed in 2004 to honor legendary head coach Ken Shannon, the meet is a highlight of the Huskies' 2006 schedule, marking the final opportunity to earn qualifying marks for the Pac-10 Championships, while also showcasing some of the Northwest's top young track and field talent.

In addition, the post-meet Washington Track and Field Alumni Banquet has become a favorite event for UW's current and former track stars, allowing Washington's distinguished alumni and their families the opportunity to share memories of their historic careers and mingle with the current UW team, while celebrating the legacy of Hall of Fame head coach Ken Shannon.

This year's banquet will also honor the 30-year anniversary of the Fab Four's - Scott Neilson, Borys Chambul, Rob Ewaliko & Russ Vincent - sweep of the throwing events at the 1976 Pac-10 Championships, a feat never before accomplished, and never since repeated.

All four members of the "Fab Four" will be present for what will certainly be a memorable evening for all in attendance.

This year's banquet will recognize Scott Neilson, Rod Ewaliko, Borys Chambul and Russ Vincent, who swept Pac-10 throwing titles in 1976.

Not all the excitement will be confined to the banquet, however. Washington's men's track and field team - fresh off a victory at the MPSF Indoor Championships and an upset of seventh-ranked Oregon in Eugene - is primed for big things at the Pac-10 Championships, May 13-14 in Eugene, Ore., while the UW women boast All-America candidates in every event area, and will certainly be a factor at the conference meet as well.

Links to an event schedule, driving directions and to a copy of the official Ken Shannon Invitational Track and Field Meet and Alumni Banquet can be found below.

See you in Husky Stadium!

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  • Ken Shannon Invitational Track and Field Meet and Alumni Banquet Invitation  

    ABOUT COACH SHANNON: Husky Hall of Fame Coach Ken Shannon is one of the nation's most respected track & field coaches. In his 31 years at Washington, the Huskies recorded seven top-12 finishes at the NCAA Championships and earned 81 All-American certificates. Coach Shannon's Husky teams produced 39 conference champions and 18 NCAA champions, while 10 of Shannon's athletes set all-time collegiate records.

    Known not only as an outstanding collegiate coach, Coach Shannon has also played a significant role on the world stage. Shannon mentored numerous U.S. and foreign Olympians, and was selected by Team USA as an assistant coach for the 1984 and 1976 Olympic Games, the 1986 Goodwill Games, the 1979 Pan-Am Games, and the 1978 World University Games.

    The annual Ken Shannon Invitational Track & Field meet at Husky Stadium is a memorable opportunity to honor Coach Shannon, his family and the indelible legacy that he has left on the UW Track & Field Program.

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