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March 5, 2003

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On the Track: Washington's track and field teams host the last of five collegiate indoor meets in the 2003 season this weekend at Dempsey Indoor, welcoming hundreds of athletes hungry for qualifying marks at the second-annual UW Last Chance Qualifier, Fri.-Sat., Mar. 7-8. The meet, which will cap one of the most exciting indoor seasons in UW track and field history, is one of just eight approved "last chance" meets in the nation this weekend, making Dempsey Indoor a prime destination for the nation's best athletes as they seek to improve their marks for next week's NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Only one event will be contested Friday, with the distance medley relays going off at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's events begin with the women's long jump at 10:00 a.m., and end with the men's 4x400m relay at 4:40 p.m. Events on the track begin at 1:00 p.m. with the prelims of the women's 60m hurdles.

The Field: Several of the nation's top collegiate teams will be sending their elite athletes to Dempsey Indoor this weekend. The ninth-ranked Husky men's team will be seeking automatic qualifying times for miler Eric Garner and sprinter Shelton Sampson, while the 28th-ranked Husky women will be led by pole vaulter Kate Soma and distance runner Sabrina Monro. Joining the UW athletes will be nationally-ranked competitors from fourth-ranked Stanford, eighth-ranked UCLA, 11th-ranked Washington State, 12th-ranked Oregon, as well as Cal State Northridge and others.

Event Schedule: Following is a schedule of events for Saturday's UW Last Chance Qualifier. The distance medley relays will be contested Friday night, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m. All other events will take place Saturday.

10:00 a.m. -- Long Jump (W/M)
10:30 a.m. -- High Jump (M/W)
11:00 a.m. -- Weight Throw (W/M)
11:30 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W/M)
12:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump (W/M)
1:00 p.m. -- 60m H Prelims (W)
1:10 p.m. -- 60m H Prelims (M)
1:25 p.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (W)
1:30 p.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (M)
1:45 p.m. -- Mile (W)
1:55 p.m. -- Mile (M)
2:00 p.m. -- Shot Put (M/W)
2:05 p.m. -- 60m H Final (W)
2:10 p.m. -- 60m H Final (M)
2:15 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (W)
2:20 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (M)
2:30 p.m. -- 5000m (W)
2:40 p.m. -- 5000m (M)
3:10 p.m. -- 400m (W)
3:15 p.m. -- 400m (M)
3:20 p.m. -- 200m (W)
3:25 p.m. -- 200m (M)
3:40 p.m. -- 800m (W)
3:50 p.m. -- 800m (M)
4:00 p.m. -- 3000m (W)
4:15 p.m. -- 3000m (M)
4:30 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (W)
4:40 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (M)

Meet Results: Results will be posted periodically throughout the meet on a board at the south end of Dempsey Indoor. Following the conclusion of the meet, packets of results will be available at the finish line for coaches and meet officials only. Please allow 5-10 minutes following the conclusion of the final event for results to be processed and approved. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the meet, and will be posted to the official site of Husky athletics, www.gohuskies.com, within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on the following page.

Last Year's UW Last Chance Qualifier: A total of 45 athletes achieved NCAA qualifying marks at the 2002 UW Indoor Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor, including eight Huskies. Sophomore miler Eric Garner became just the second Husky ever to run a four-minute mile with a time of 3:58.93, senior Courtney Inman shaved five seconds off the women's mile record and junior Sabrina Monro, running her first race as a Husky, went 9:32.28 in the 3,000 meters to establish a school record in that event. In addition to the record-setting trio, Husky pole vaulters Sandy Erickson and Kate Soma, and distance runners Mike Hill (5,000m), Dustin Duke (3,000m) and Lisa Gibbs (5,000m) each set NCAA provisional-qualifying marks.

Rankings Report: Washington's men's team gained one spot in Tuesday's U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, climbing to ninth. The team's ranking, matching its highest of 2003, was fueled by its total of 259.05 points, five points better than its total last week.The Huskies lead all Pac-10 teams and are just 22 points shy of top-ranked Nebraska, which edged Ohio State, 251.89-251.24, for No. 1. Washington also earned a top-20 nod in the Trackwire 25 power rankings, which predict team scoring at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Washington's total of 11 points tied SMU for 20th, a two-spot fall from the team's No. 18 ranking last week. NCAA host Arkansas increased its Trackwire lead with 61 points, leading five SEC schools among the top-six spots. The Husky women, meanwhile, earned a season-best 243.39 points in the USTCA Rankings, placing the team 28th overall, and second only to 11th-ranked Washington State among Pac-10 teams. After a week in second, LSU reclaimed the No. 1 ranking with 302.36 points, knocking North Carolina down to second at 300.82. The Husky women received three points from Trackwire, but fell shy of the eight points required to make the top-25.

Just Dandy, Thank You: Washington's teams continue to climb in the national polls, and much of the credit goes to four outstanding Husky athletes. Huskies Brad Walker, Jeremy Park, Courtney Inman and Kate Soma each earned top-10 individual rankings in this week's Trackwire Dandy Dozen, which predicts individual order of finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Factoring in seed marks, injury history, and past performance in major competitions, Trackwire ranks Walker No. 1 overall in the pole vault, Inman eighth in the mile, Park 10th in the 3,000 meters and Soma 10th in the pole vault . All four have established school records in their respective events this season, including a clearance of 18-6 1/2 in the pole vault by Walker that ranks among the top-18 in the world in 2003.

Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best: If Washington's home indoor meets this season have seemed to shimmer in gold, it is likely due to the numerous current and former Olympians who have highlighted the fields at Dempsey Indoor. The Feb. 1 Husky Invitational featured four Olympic athletes, including former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, who set a facility record in the 60m dash with a blistering time of 6.63 seconds. Hooker was joined by fellow U.S. Olympians John Godina and Seilala Sua, and distance runner Bolota Asmeron, who competed in 2000 for his native Etruria. Godina, a two-time Olympic medalist, heaved the shot 65-6 3/4 in a winning effort, while Sua took the women's shot with a throw of 56-8, besting her own facility record. Asmeron, however, highlighted the competition, clocking the world's sixth-fastest indoor 3,000-meter time of the 2003 season with a mark of 7:49.68 which, at the time it was run, was the world's best this season. Hooker also ran at the Husky Indoor Preview, and fellow 2000 Olympian Michael Stember set a facility record in the mile at the Feb. 15 UW Indoor Invitational.

Resourceful Recruiting: Washington's coaches in 2003 have found a creative way to add numerous elite athletes to the squad without having to give up any scholarships - cull the most talented athletes from the UW's other sports. This season's Husky roster, therefore, features nine players from the Husky football team, one UW gymnast, and one better known for her exploits on the basketball court. Those to make the biggest impact so far in 2003 are the football players, two of whom lead the team in their events and one - freshman tailback Shelton Sampson - who is an NCAA qualifier, in the 200 meters. Sophomore safety James Sims, a Pac-10 competitor last season, is a Pac-10 qualifier again in the triple jump. Those two are joined on the UW roster by wide receivers Reggie Williams and Matt Williams, cornerbacks Roc Alexander and Derrick Johnson, tailback Chris Singleton and linebacker Will Conwell. This spring, former Husky basketball player Heather Reichmann will seek a fourth-career top-10 Pac-10 finish in the javelin, and redshirt freshman gymnast Carly Dockendorf - currently the UW's fifth-best indoor pole-vaulter all-time - will join the track team on a full-time basis.

Double-Duty Dockendorf: Freshman football/basketball star Nate Robinson may be Washington's most celebrated two-sport athlete in 2003, but even Robinson isn't trying to compete in two sports at once. That's the feat currently being accomplished by Port Moody, B.C., native Carly Dockendorf, who is competing simultaneously for the Huskies' gymnastics and indoor track and field teams. The weekend of Mar. 1 may have marked the most impressive display of Dockendorf's athletic ability. On Friday night, Feb. 28, with the Husky gymnasts needing a big performance from Dockendorf to extend their undefeated home season, the redshirt freshman scored a perfect 10 on the floor exercise, just the sixth perfect 10 in school history. Barely 12 hours later, Dockendorf pulled on her track spikes and soared 12-feet, zero inches in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Indoor Track Invitational, the fifth-best mark all-time by a UW woman. A provincial pole vault champion as a prep, Dockendorf was named Rookie of the Year by the Husky gymnastics team in 2002.

You Might Recall: While the 11 athletes on the roster from sports other than track or cross-country are more than Washington has had in recent years, the practice of mining athletic talent from other UW programs has unearthed countless gems for the Husky track and field squad in the past. In fact, a glance at Washington's career top-10 charts reveals numerous outstanding two-sport performers, including 110m hurdles record-holder Spider Gaines, a tailback for the UW football team in the 1970s, and sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker, the UW record-holder at 100m, 200m, and 400m and a Husky wide receiver from 1997-98. Other names which highlight the list include football players Ernie Conwell (No. 5, shot put), Dana Hall (No. 3, 110m HH), Sterling Hinds (No. 3, 100m/200m), Pete Kaligis (No. 6, shot put), Orlando McKay (No.2, 400m), Brent Merritt (No. 5, 400m) and Tony Parrish (No. 5, triple jump). That's not to say that multi-sport success is limited just to the football team. Former UW All-American volleyball star Makare Desilets boasts the school's fifth-best high jump mark, while basketball standout Tara Davis is the school-record holder in the triple jump, and ranks second all-time in the long jump. And, of course, current Husky and former hoopster Heather Reichmann is the school's all-time record-holder in the javelin (new implement). This list doesn't even include Huskies Herman Brix and Paul Jessup, who starred for Washington's football teams in the 1920s before establishing world records in the shot put and discus, respectively.

Monster PR of the Week: Husky senior Sabrina Monro made quite a splash after transferring to UW from Montana in the fall of 2001, winning four consecutive cross-country races before a broken foot dashed her national-title hopes. After missing nearly the entire 2002 season as a result of the injury, Monro returned in a big way at last week's Pac-10 Indoor Track Invitational, clocking a time of 16:22.13 for 5,000 meters that shattered the UW record by nearly 11 seconds. The NCAA provisional-qualifying mark places Monro 13th in the nation with one week remaining in the 2003 regular season. The Montana City, Mont. native now boasts two school records in limited competition, having set the 3,000m mark in 2002.

They're Automatic: Already this season, Washington has three individuals automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, the team's highest total of automatic qualifiers in the past decade. Since 1993, the Huskies have had as many as two automatic qualifiers just once, in 2001, when sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker (100m, 200m) and distance runner David Bazzi (5,000m) bettered the automatic standards in their events. Through just four meets, senior Courtney Inman (mile), senior Brad Walker (pole vault) and junior Jeremy Park (3,000m) have all posted automatic-qualifying marks, and each rank among the top-10 nationally.

World-Class Walker: When Husky senior Brad Walker cleared 18 feet, 6 inches in a sixth-place finish at the USA Senior National Championships last June, he sent a message to the rest of the NCAA that the nation's top returning vaulter was primed for a big season in 2003. After a slow start to the indoor season, Walker broke out in a big way at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational, clearing a height of 18-feet, 6 1/2 inches on his first attempt to move into the top-10 of the IAAF World Rankings for the 2003 season. Though Walker has since been bumped into a tie for 18th in the world this year, his mark continues to lead all NCAA competitors by five inches, and has the two-time All-American primed to challenge the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4. A non-scholarship athlete who had never cleared 17 feet at University High School in Spokane, Walker blossomed during his sophomore season at UW, improving his personal best by more than a foot en route to an indoor school record and All-America honors indoors. An undiagnosed foot injury hampered Walker during the outdoor season, but he still finished 12th at the NCAA meet before undergoing offseason surgery. After redshirting the 2002 indoor season, Walker posted one of the top seasons in UW track and field history, shattering the school's outdoor vault record on three occasions while earning the UW's first conference pole vault title in 30 years. A second-place finish at the NCAA Championships and the sixth-place finish at the USA meet followed. While 2003 will be Walker's final season outdoors, he has one year of eligibility remaining indoors and has indicated a desire to return to UW in 2004.

Triple Threat: Junior triple jumper Brittiny Roberts entered rare air on Feb. 15 when she leapt 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational, nearly 10 inches farther than any Husky to come before. Roberts' success should come as no surprise, given that her cousin, U.S. track legend Ralph Boston, won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Maybe Roberts learned a thing or two from Boston - in addition to the triple jump, she currently leads all Huskies in the high jump, and is ranked third on the team in the long jump. A graduate of Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif., Roberts is making an assault on the school outdoor record of 41-7 3/4 set by Tara Davis in 1995. Prior to 2003, Roberts had already joined an elite class of triple jumpers, clearing 40-8 3/4 in a fourth-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships to rank third all-time at UW. Roberts is one of just five Huskies ever to cover 40 feet in the triple jump outdoors, and one of just three to accomplish the feat indoors. Roberts was outstanding as a prep, competing in the California state championship meet for four consecutive seasons, with four top-10 finishes, including two each in the high and triple jumps. Roberts continued to succeed as a UW freshman, placing 10th in the triple jump at the 2001 Pac-10 Championship meet.

Palo Alto, Here We Come: Washington's best have wasted no time in 2003, with 16 Husky athletes combining for 17 Pac-10 qualifying marks through the season's first four meets. Last year, Washington boasted 40 Pac-10 qualifiers, two of whom - pole vaulter Brad Walker and steepler Mike Hill - left Pullman, Wash., with conference titles. Now a senior, Walker placed atop the list with a mark of 18-6 1/2 at the UW Invitational on Feb. 15. The Pac-10 appearance would be the fourth in as many years for Walker, who in addition to his championship in 2002 was also a top-10 finisher in 2000. Senior Courtney Inman has already notched qualifying marks in both the 800m run and the mile; the indoor school-record holder in both events earned top-10 finishes in both the 800- and 1,500m events at last year's conference meet. Following is a list of all UW athletes currently qualified for the 2003 Pac-10 Championships. Pac-10 teams can bring a maximum of 24 athletes to the meet, and in addition may place one athlete in each event for which the school has no qualifier. Thus, some athletes to post qualifying marks may not compete, and others not qualified may be entered in some events.

Men
Name, Event, Mark
Todd Arnold, Mile, 4:06.65
Ryan Brown, 800m, 1:50.97
Warren Eickhoff, High Jump, 6-9 1/2
Shelton Sampson, 200m, 21.18
James Sims, Triple Jump, 49-3 3/4
Brad Walker, Pole Vault, 18-6 1/2

Women
Name, Event, Mark
Mary Beeman, Shot Put, 44-9 1/2
Kate Bradshaw, 5,000m, 17:09.06
Sidney Brown, Triple Jump, 39-4 1/2
Cherron Davis, Shot Put, 46-1 1/4
Lindsey Egerdahl, Mile, 4:55.12
Kameko Gay, Shot Put, 44-11 3/4
Courtney Inman, 800m, 2:10.56
Courtney Inman, Mile, 4:40.24
Sabrina Monro, 5,000m, 16:22.13
Brittiny Roberts, Triple Jump, 41-4 1/4
Kate Soma, Pole Vault, 13-3 3/4

International Blend: Washington's 2003 roster features several individuals from outside the United States. Most prominent among them is senior Courtney Inman, a native of Vancouver, B.C., who last year placed 10th in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships. Not surprisingly, Canada is the foreign nation with the most athletes on the UW roster, including Inman, freshman Gaelle Banini (Richmond, B.C.), redshirt freshman pole vaulter Carly Dockendorf (Port Moody, B.C.) and sophomore thrower Jeff Wallis (Duncan, B.C.). For Banini, however, Canada is just the most recent nation of residence. The freshman was born in Cameroon, Africa, moved to France in 1987, and finally to Canada in 1994. Joining the Canadian quartet are freshman Vinh Chung, who will rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles while traveling from Seattle to his hometown of Hamilton, New Zealand; freshman Mike Sayenko, born in the Ukraine; and senior Elena Popovskaya, a native of Russia.

Ridiculous Records: If the Huskies don't stop soon, they may render the indoor school records section of the 2003 UW Track and Field Media Guide completely obsolete. At the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational alone, Husky athletes posted 11 marks that rank among Washington's top-10 all-time, following a performance at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational in which 15 such marks were set. Through just four meets in the 2003 season, Husky athletes have already posted 38 marks among the top-10 in school history. Included among the top-10 marks are no fewer than eight school records, or one more than Husky athletes set in 2001 and 2002, combined. Senior Jeremy Park has had a hand in two such records, shattering the school's 3,000m mark by eight seconds with a time of 7:54.13, and teaming with sophomore Sean Williams and juniors Todd Arnold and Eric Garner to set a record of 9:40.82 in the distance medley relay that was 12 seconds better than the previous best. Senior pole vaulter Brad Walker crushed his own record of 17-11 3/4 in the pole vault by clearing 18-6 1/2 at the UW Invitational, and sophomore Kate Soma broke her own pole vault record of 12-11 1/2 with a clearance of 13-3 3/4 at the Pac-10 Invitational. Also, junior Brittiny Roberts raised the school's triple jump record by nearly a foot with a mark of 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational. Last week, Sabrina Monro lowered the 5,000-meter record by 11 seconds with a time of 16:22.13, and senior Courtney Inman lowered her own mile record to 4:40.24. Inman also established the UW's all-time best indoor 800-meter mark this season, posting a time of 2:10.56 on Jan. 18. That's eight records already down, and several others in jeopardy with two weeks remaining in the 2003 indoor season. See the box above for a full list of the athletes who have cracked the UW's all-time top-10 indoor rankings in 2003, as well as a listing of Washington's indoor school records in each event.

Park Central to UW Success: Perhaps no Husky has risen as quickly this season as senior distance runner Jeremy Park, who boasts an NCAA automatic-qualifying time at 3,000m and is one of four members of the school's NCAA-qualified distance medley relay team. A graduate of Klamath Falls (Ore.) High School, Park attended Portland State University for two seasons before transferring to UW in the fall of 2001. Last season, Park earned an eighth-place finish in the 1,500m at the Pac-10 Championships, and entered 2003 among Washington's top-three competitors at 1,500m and 5,000m. It was in the 3,000m where Park made his splash, however, shaving 16 seconds off of his personal best with an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 7:54.13 at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational that currently ranks fourth in the nation in 2003. In the process, Park became the first UW runner ever to clear 8:00.00 indoors in the 3,000m, shattering the school record by more than eight seconds. Remarkably, it was the second school record in as many meets for Park, who ran the first leg of Washington's record-setting distance medley relay squad at the Husky Invitational on Feb. 1. The team's time of 9:40.82 was 12 seconds beyond the previous best, and bettered the NCAA provisional standard.

'Note' Worthy: Junior Brendan Tuohy is doing his best to debunk the stereotype of the oafish thrower. The Tacoma, Wash., native, whose marks of 49-2 1/4 in the shot and 50-0 3/4 in the weight lead all Husky competitors in 2003, is majoring in music at the UW and boasts a fine tenor voice. When not performing in the throwing circle, Tuohy can be heard performing such works as Bach's Oratorio for the UW School of Music, and in performances with the Tacoma Opera and the UW Chambersingers. Tuohy plans on continuing his musical education upon earning his degree in the spring of 2004.

Freshmen to Watch: While Washington returns 19 of its 27 Pac-10 competitors from the 2002 season, expect to see several first-year athletes make a run at the top of the performance lists. Leading the charge will be a pair of freshman sprinters - Brynne Steward and Shelton Sampson. Steward, the 100m hurdles champion at the 2000 USATF Junior Nationals, won her debut race in the 60m hurdles at January's Husky Indoor Preview, and ranks second on the squad at 60m. Sampson, meanwhile, clocked an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 21.18 in his first collegiate 200-meter competition. Including Sampson, four Husky freshmen already boast Pac-10 qualifying marks. Middle-distance runner Ryan Brown leads the charge with a time of 1:50.97 for 800m that is the third-fastest indoor 800m mark in school history. Brown also ran the third leg of the team's 4x400m relay squad whose time of 3:12.42 was sixth-fastest in UW history and just two seconds off the NCAA provisional standard. Joining Brown at the conference meet will be redshirt freshman Cherron Davis, who became one of three UW women to qualify in the shot put with a throw of 44-9 at the Husky Invitational, and first-year high jumper Warren Eickhoff, whose 2003 best of 6-9 leads all UW competitors. Also expected to make an impact are sprinter Lauran Dignam - a nine-time prep state champion in Hawaii - and distance runners Gaelle Banini, Laura Hodgson, Noelani Kaneko and Alison Tubbs, the latter the national prep leader during the 2000 cross-country season. In the field events, expect to see pole vaulter Eric Dormaier - a prep teammate of two-time All-American vaulter Brad Walker - and prep All-American Tiffany Zahn, a spear specialist, near the top of the charts.

Dempsey Indoor: The 80,000-square foot home of Husky indoor track opened in September of 2001 to rave reviews. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track (six lanes on the straightaway, five on the oval) and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events. Already in 2003, Dempsey Indoor has played host to five former Olympian and witnessed five top-10 world marks, three top all-time U.S. marks (though not officially records), eight UW indoor school records and dozens of NCAA-qualifying marks. In addition to its competitive use, the building is utilized as an indoor practice facility for Washington's football, softball, baseball and men's and women's soccer teams, and is considered one of the premier indoor facilities on the West Coast. The facility is named for California businessman Neal Dempsey, a 1964 Washington graduate. Dempsey and his wife, Janet, made the largest individual contribution ever to the University in January of 2001. The Dempseys announced a gift of $10 million to be split between the School of Business' "Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation" and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Top Dawgs: Three seniors and one junior, distance runner Todd Arnold, were selected to be captains for the 2003 season by a vote of their teammates. Arnold, a Pac-10 qualifier at 1,500 meters in 2002, will be joined by senior All-American Brad Walker, the 2002 NCAA runner-up in the pole vault, as captains on the men's side, while a pair of school-record holders - Kameko Gay in the hammer and Courtney Inman in the mile - will lead the women.

Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his first year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his sixth year overall at the University. In five seasons as a UW assistant, Metcalf guided the women's cross-country team to five-straight NCAA appearances, including a UW-best ninth-place finish in 1998. Metcalf has coached eight All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 13 school-record setters and 62 NCAA qualifiers. A 1993 graduate of Washington, Metcalf was a two-time All-American for the Huskies in the steeplechase.

Star-Studded Staff: Washington's coaching staff in 2003 is in no way short on accolades. Seventh-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directed three All-Americans, and last year coached both Brad Walker and Kate Soma to school records in the pole vault. First-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen founded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, and in seven years at North Idaho College, mentored 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coach Dion Miller last year led Texas Tech sprinters to 13 All-America accolades, and a Big 12 title in the 4x100-meter relay. Second-year distance coach David Bazzi, a Husky alum, was the 2001 Pac-10 champion at 10,000 meters, and still holds three all-time school records. Rounding out the all-star cast is first-year distance coach Kelly MacDonald, who graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with five All-America accolades and three Pac-10 titles.

Washington's 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships Qualifiers
Todd Arnold -- DMR
Junior, Westport, Wash. (Ocosta)

* Ran third leg of UW's provisionally-qualified distance medley relay team.

* Relay's 2003 best of 9:40.82 currently ranks 13th in the nation this season.

* Distance medley relay mark of 9:40.82, clocked at the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, broke own UW school record of 9:44.97 set exactly one month earlier, and was 12 seconds faster than school record entering the 2003 season.

* Boasts indoor mile best of 4:06.04 that is seventh-fastest in school history.

* Is one of two co-captains in 2003, along with fellow NCAA qualifier Brad Walker.

* Placed 11th in the 800 meters at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships with a personal-best time of 1:52.34.

Eric Garner -- 3,000m, DMR
Junior, Kelso, Wash. (Kelso)

* Anchored UW's provisionally-qualified distance medley relay, whose best of 9:40.82 ranks 13th in the nation.

* Distance medley relay mark of 9:40.82, clocked at the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, broke own UW school record of 9:44.97 set exactly one month earlier, and was 12 seconds faster than school record entering the 2003 season.

* Is also qualified 19th in the nation in the 3,000m, with a best mark of 8:04.64.

* In 2002, established UW indoor record of 8:02.56 in the 3,000 meters, a mark since broken by teammate Jeremy Park.

* Also in 2002, became just the second Husky ever to break four minutes for a mile with an indoor school-record mark of 3:58.93 in Seattle on Mar. 2.

* Placed 13th in the mile at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships.

* Was the ninth-place finisher in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing in a career-best 3:43.21.

* Personal best of 3:43.21 in the 1,500 meters ranks fourth all-time at UW.

* Was a top-five finisher in both the 800- and 1,500-meter events at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.

Courtney Inman -- Mile
Senior, Abbotsford, B.C. (W.J. Mouat)

* Boasts an automatic-qualifying mark of 4:40.24 in the mile that ranks sixth in the nation in 2003.

* Clocked qualifying mark in a victory at Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational at Dempsey Indoor, shattering own school record of 4:43.43 set just two weeks prior at UW Invitational.

* Also owns UW's indoor 800m record with a time of 2:10.56, set at the Jan. 18 Husky Indoor Preview.

* Placed 10th in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 NCAA Championships, posting a preliminary time of 4:17.53 that was three seconds faster than her previous best, and was the second-fastest time in UW history.

* A top-10 finisher in both the 800m and 1,500m events at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.

* Was a double NCAA qualifier in 2002, with a provisional mark of 2:06.46 in the 800m that was less than fourth tenths of a second out of the 18th and final spot in the NCAA Championships field.

* Career-best mark of 2:06.46 for 800m is just seven tenths shy of Sarah Bolender's all-time school record of 2:05.73.

* Placed 14th in the mile run at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships in 4:46.83.

Sabrina Monro -- 5,000m
Montana City, Mont. (Jefferson)

* Provisional-qualifying time of 16:22.13 in the 5,000m currently ranks 13th in the nation in 2003.

* In first race of 2003 season, shattered previous school record of 16:33.01 in the 5,000m, set by Anna Aoki in 2000.

* Missed nearly all of the 2002 season while rehabilitating a foot injury suffered during the 2001 cross-country season.

* Won first four cross-country races after transferring to UW in 2001, before breaking her foot at the Pac-10 meet.

* Was the runner-up at the 2000 NCAA Cross-Country Championships while competing for the Univ. of Montana.

* Was featured in "Faces in the Crowd" in a Nov., 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Jeremy Park -- 3,000m, DMR
Senior, Klamath Falls, Ore. (Klamath Falls)

* NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of 7:54.13 for 3,000 meters ranks fourth in the nation in 2003.

* School-record 3,000m mark was 16 seconds faster than previous personal best of 8:10.78.

* Is only Husky ever to run the 3,000 meters indoors in under eight minutes.

* Ran the opening leg of Washington's provisionally-qualified distance medley relay team, whose time of 9:40.82 ranks 13th in the nation this season.

* Distance medley relay mark of 9:40.82, clocked at the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, broke own UW school record of 9:44.97 set exactly one month earlier, and was 12 seconds faster than school record entering the 2003 season.

* Placed eighth in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.

* Transferred to Washington in fall of 2001 after spending two seasons at Portland State University.

Shelton Sampson -- 200 meters
Freshman, Tacoma, Wash. (Clover Park)

* Boasts an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 21.18 seconds that is tied for the nation's 24th-best in 2003.

* At the Feb. 15 UW Invitational, completed first 200 meter race of his UW career in 21.18 seconds, the third-fastest indoor 200 meter time in Washington history.

* An outstanding prep running back, is one of nine Husky football players competing for the UW track team in 2003.

* Redshirted freshman football season of 2002 to preserve a year of eligibility.

* Won six prep state titles on the track at Clover Park High School in Tacoma, Wash.

* Was a three-time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles, a two-time champ in the 200m and a one-time winner of the 100-meter dash.

* Was named a U.S. Army Prep All-American in 2002.

Kate Soma -- Pole Vault
Sophomore, Portland, Ore. (Grant)

* Provisional-qualifying mark of 13-3 3/4 currently ranks ninth in the nation in 2003.

* At the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, became first Husky woman to clear 13 feet in the pole vault indoors with a mark of 13-3 3/4 that shattered own school record of 12-11 1/2 by more than four inches.

* As a true freshman in 2002, broke Washington's indoor and outdoor pole vault records.

* 2002 indoor mark of 12-11 1/2 broke by nearly a foot the record of 12-0 3/4 set by MerryJane Bendico in 2000.

* Became Washington's all-time outdoor pole vault record holder in 2002 with a provisional-qualifying vault of 13-1 1/2 at the Oregon Dual that tied for 18th in the nation.

* Won the pole vault at the 2001 Junior Olympics in Eugene, Ore.

Brad Walker -- Pole Vault
Senior, Spokane, Wash. (University)

* School-record mark of 18-6 1/2 ranks in a tie for 18th in the world in the 2003 IAAF World Rankings.

* Currently leads all NCAA competitors by five inches, and is the sixth-ranked vaulter in the 2003 USATF Rankings.

* Shattered own indoor school record of 17-11 3/4 with vault of 18-6 1/2 at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational.

* Is the top-returning collegiate pole vaulter in America after capping an outstanding 2002 season with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships.

* Earned second All-America honor with a vault of 18-2 1/2 at the NCAA Championships, at the time a school record.

* Shattered own school record with a vault of 18-6 to earn a sixth-place finish at the 2002 U.S. Senior Nationals.

* Earlier in the season, broke Garth Willard's 10-year-old school record of 18-0 1/2 with a vault of 18-1, at the May 4 dual meet with Washington State in Pullman.

* Earned first Pac-10 title on May 18, also in Pullman, with a vault of 18-0 1/2, routing the field by a full five inches.

* Was named Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Week on May 7.

* Had offseason surgery in 2001 to repair a stress fracture in his foot suffered sometime during the 2001 season.

* Despite the fracture, tied for 12th at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships in Eugene, Ore. with a vault of 16-10 3/4.

* Earned 2001 Indoor All-American honors by placing seventh with a vault of 17-11 3/4 at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, three inches better than his previous best.

* 2001 indoor vault PR shattered the school record of 17-10 held for 22 years by Steve Cravetz.

Sean Williams -- DMR
Sophomore, Kirkland, Wash. (Lake Washington)

* Ran second leg of UW's provisionally-qualified distance medley relay team.

* Relay's 2003 best of 9:40.82 currently ranks 13th in the nation this season.

* Distance medley relay mark of 9:40.82, clocked at the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, broke own UW school record of 9:44.97 set exactly one month earlier, and was 12 seconds faster than school record entering the 2003 season.

* A 400-meter specialist, placed 10th in the event at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, as a true freshman.

* Boasts indoor 400-meter best of 48.19 seconds that is seventh-fastest in school history.

* Has run on three of the top-10 indoor 4x400m relay squads in UW history.

* Led the UW's 4x400m relay squad to a sixth-place finish at the 2002 conference meet, in 3:11.40.

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