June 11, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa - Five Huskies advanced through the early rounds on the first day of the 2008 NCAA Track and Field Championships hosted by Drake University. Senior Norris Frederick led the way, reaching the final in both the long and high jumps.
Other Huskies advancing through their prelims or semis today included senior Austin Abbott (Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West) in the 800-meters, senior Carl Moe (Auburn, Wash./Auburn-Riverside) in the steeplechase, junior Jordan Boase (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) in the 400-meters, and junior Jared O'Connor (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) in the pole vault.
"Our day all in all was relatively perfect," said head coach Greg Metcalf. "We got Austin through to the next round, Carl Moe ran great, the best he's looked in a month. Jordan did what he's done all year to win his heat, and Norris had a great day today in both jumps. So it was a very exciting today with more to come tomorrow."
Early morning thunderstorms delayed the morning session, and competitors had to deal with constant winds throughout the day. The only affected UW competitor was Frederick, who had the start time of the high jump pushed back to 9 p.m. CT.
Frederick was the first and last Husky competitor of the day, and opened up with a wind-aided long jump of 25-feet, 8 ¾-inches. With fierce winds at the backs of the jumpers all afternoon, nearly every competitor's best mark had a wind reading above 2-meters. Frederick fouled on his next two attempts, but his first jump proved to be the sixth-best of the day and he moved on to the final.
At around 9:30 p.m. CT, Frederick ended his day with a perfect showing in the high jump, clearing all three heights on his first attempt to move on to the final.
"I just wanted to go in there and get the job done. It was good that I had all clean attempts, but I just wanted to take care of business," said Frederick.
Running out of the middle lane in heat four of the 400-meters, Boase looked relax en route to winning his heat in 46.65 seconds. His next run will be the semifinals on Friday.
"I actually didn't feel as good as I wanted today. They kept us sitting in the tent for an extra 20 or 25 minutes so I wasn't feeling too great. I was warmed up basically all day with the 4x1, but my goal is just to go out there and win, so I don't care about my time at this point."
Boase had run the lead-off leg in the 4x100m relay earlier in the day, but the Huskies did not fare as well. Boase, James Fredrickson, Joseph Turner, and Ryan Hamilton ran together for the first time since they won the school's first-ever Pac-10 Championship, but could not recapture the magic from that run, finishing fifth in their heat in 40.17 seconds.
"All in all we won a Pac-10 title and we weren't supposed to do that in the 4x1. It even sort of surprised me a little bit," said Boase. "I'm proud of the guys to get this far with a Pac-10 title, especially since it's never been done in UW history."
Abbott was running in lane eight and fell to the back of the pack early on. With 150-meters to go, Abbott was still in last, but on the final turn he got to the outside and sprinted past three competitors to place third, with the top three automatically qualifying for the final. Abbott's time of 1:49.64 was the 10th fastest out of 27 competitors.
"That was scary," Abbott remarked about his late push as he walked off the track.
Junior pole vaulter Jared O'Connor carried the momentum from his West Regional win into his first national meet, as he cleared 17-2 ¾ to advance to Friday's final. In similar fashion as his Regional win, O'Connor missed his first attempt of the day, but then cleared on three vaults in a row.
"Jared looked phenomenal today," said Metcalf. "He now has a chance to score at the NCAA Championships and if someone told you that four weeks ago you would have said there's no way. But it's a testament to what Jared has done and his level of belief in himself."
Moe was the final Husky on the track, and extended his career with a controlled third-place finish in the second heat of the 3000m steeple. Moe started out at the back of the pack but soon worked his way up into fifth in the 13-person field. Coming down the final stretch he made a final push to assure a top-five finish.
"I raced exactly as I planned," said Moe. "I just went to the back and hung out. It felt like I was jogging the whole time. I was watching the TV screens and I knew there were six of us (up front), so I felt pretty good and made a decision to wait until 200 (meters) left to make a push."
One senior did bow out today, as two-time All-American James Fredrickson failed to advance out of the preliminaries in the 400m hurdles. The native of Kent, Wash. started his collegiate career at Cal State Northridge before transferring to Washington before his junior season. He then ran on UW's fifth-place distance medley relay at the 2007 NCAA Indoor meet, and placed 10th in the 400m hurdles at last year's NCAA Outdoors. He ranks on UW's top-10 in eight different events, including ranking third in the 400m hurdles.
Friday, Frederick will go for the title in the final of the long jump at 7:30 CT. Abbott will run in the 800m semis, and Michelle Turner, Amanda Miller, and Katie Follett will compete in the 1500m semis, along with Falesha Ankton competing in the 100m hurdles first round. Jake Schmitt will end the night competing in the 10000m final.
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2008 NCAA Track and Field Championships
Drake Stadium - Des Moines, Iowa
Day 1 of 4
June 11, 2008
Men's Results (UW Only)
400m Dash (Prelim): 3. Jordan Boase, 46.80. 800m Run (Heat 3 of 4): 3. Austin Abbott, 1:49.64Q. 400m Hurdles (Final): 5. James Fredrickson, 51.22. Steeplechase (Heat 2 of 2): 3. Carl Moe, 8:49.52Q. 4x100m Relay (Heat 3 of 3): 5. Washington (Jordan Boase, James Fredrickson, Joseph Turner, Ryan Hamilton), 40.17 (15th overall). High Jump (Prelim): 1 (tie). Norris Frederick, 7-0 ¼Q. Pole Vault (Prelim): 1 (tie). Jared O'Connor, 17-2 3/4Q. Long Jump (Prelim): 6. Norris Frederick, 25-8 3/4Q.