Jan. 14, 2005
On the Track: 2000 U.S. Olympian Adam Goucher, 2003 U.S. steeplechase champion Steve Slattery and a pair of reigning Pac-10 pole vault champions highlight the field Saturday for the Dempsey Indoor Preview, the first of eight indoor track and field meets this winter on the UW campus. Seven of UW's eight returning NCAA Championships competitors are scheduled to compete, including Pac-10 pole vault champion Kate Soma, the NCAA runner-up in 2004. Can't-miss events include the men's 5,000 meters, where Goucher and Slattery take aim at American Mike Donnelly and his facility record of 13:47.40, and the men's high jump, where Husky newcomers Norris Frederick and Teddy Davis will battle Kyley Johnson of Team XO to be the first over the latter's facility record of 7-1 1/2. Also making their UW debuts will be freshman sprinter Jennifer Nash, a prep All-American from Sacramento, Calif., and junior hurdler Shane Charles, Grenada's reigning national champion in the 400-meter hurdles. Field events begin at 9 a.m., and track events open at 10:15 a.m.. Admission is free to all spectators.
Event Schedule: Following is a revised schedule of events for Saturday's UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor. All times are Pacific. Schedule is subject to change. For a complete list of entries and heat sheets, visit www.gohuskies.com.
9:00 a.m. -- 20-lb Weight Throw (W)
9:30 a.m. -- Long Jump (W)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W)
10:15 a.m. -- 5000m Run (W)
10:30 a.m. -- 35-lb. Weight Throw (M)
10:30 a.m. -- High Jump (M)
10:45 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelims (W)
11:00 a.m. -- Long Jump (M)
11:05 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelims (M)
11:20 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (W)
11:35 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (M)
11:50 a.m. -- Mile Run (W)
12:10 p.m. -- Mile Run (M)
12:25 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (W)
12:30 p.m. -- Shot Put (W)
12:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump (W)
12:35 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (M)
12:50 p.m. -- 600m Run (W)
1:00 p.m. -- 600m Run (M)
1:00 p.m. -- High Jump (W)
1:00 p.m. -- Pole Vault (M)
1:15 p.m. -- 5000m Run (M)
1:35 p.m. -- 400m Dash (W)
1:45 p.m. -- 400m Dash (M)
2:00 p.m. -- Shot Put (M)v 2:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (M)
2:00 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (W)
2:05 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (M)
2:10 p.m. -- 60m Dash Masters (M)
2:15 p.m. -- 800m Run (W)
2:25 p.m. -- 800m Run (M)
2:35 p.m. -- 200m Dash (W)
2:55 p.m. -- 200m Dash (M)
3:05 p.m. -- 3000m Run (W)
3:30 p.m. -- 3000m Run (M)
3:55 p.m. -- DMR (W)
4:10 p.m. -- DMR (M)
4:25 p.m. -- 4x400m (W)
4:35 p.m. -- 4x400m (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.
Rankings Report: Washington's women fell just two points shy of a top-25 mention in this week's debut of the Trackwire 25, which attempts to predict the order of finish at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Huskies scored six points in the poll, two shy of the eight netted by the four teams which shared 24th place. Tennessee claimed the spot of early favorite from Trackwire with 59 points, followed by defending NCAA indoor champion LSU at 50, and Florida at 57. The UW men did not receive points from Trackwire, which made reigning NCAA outdoor champs Arkansas an overwhelming No. 1 at 67 points, well ahead of Florida and Michigan, each with 34. Both Husky teams should be among the nation's top-25 on both sides when the U.S. Track Coaches Association Dual Meet Power Rankings debut later this month. The Husky women closed the 2004 season 11th and the men were 27th in the final 2004 rankings, which simulate head-to-head competition between the nation's top college teams.
Just Dandy, Thank You: Trackwire may not have seen fit to include Washington in its preseason Top-25s this week, but that didn't stop the magazine from putting numerous Husky athletes on its list of those to watch this indoor season. Four Huskies earned mentioned in Trackwire's 2005 debut of the Dandy Dozen, which predicts the order of finish in each event at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Husky junior Kate Soma, the Pac-10 pole vault champion and NCAA runner-up in 2004, is picked third overall by Trackwire, while the magazine expects junior vaulter Carly Dockendorf to improve her 2004 NCAA finish by three spots with a No. 11 ranking. Sophomore Ashley Lodree, the 14th-place finisher in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2004 NCAA indoor meet, is ranked ninth in the event by Trackwire entering the 2005 season, while freshman Norris Frederick earned a No. 12 national ranking in the long jump, an event in which he ranked fourth among U.S. preps in 2004.
Monster PR of the Week: With a roster exceeding 100 athletes, it is nearly impossible for this release to properly recognize and acknowledge the accomplishments of every deserving Husky. The Monster PR of the Week feature was thus conceived to draw attention to those athletes who are consistently improving away from the spotlight, and may be otherwise overlooked. Past honorees have gone on to achieve school records and NCAA-qualifying marks. Check this space regularly throughout the season to discover which Husky track and field athletes are the stars of tomorrow.
2005 Season Preview: As impressive as Washington's 2004 campaign proved to be -- with one NCAA title, one Pac-10 title, four All-America honors, and nine school records -- 2005 could be even better. Seven of UW's 12 NCAA Championships competitors return for the 2005 campaign, including three-time All-American and 2004 NCAA pole vault runner-up Kate Soma. The reigning Pac-10 pole vault champion, Soma leads a deep UW women's team that includes athletes responsible for all but 13 of the Huskies' 67 points at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, a total good for sixth in the conference standings. The Husky men are equally loaded for a strong postseason run in 2005 with 13 Pac-10 scorers returning, including three of the four members of the team's NCAA-qualifying 4x400-meter relay. While the Husky women boast particular strength in the pole vault, where three NCAA qualifiers return, most of any school in the nation, and the distance events, Washington's men are loaded in the sprints and throws, with the Pac-10's top returning competitors in the hammer and javelin, and the conference's third-ranked returnee in the discus. Husky hurdler Ashley Lodree and heptathlete Grace Vela each seek return trips to the NCAA Championships, while four-time prep All-American sprinter Jennifer Nash and freshman heptathlete Bonnie Snyder could challenge for NCAA berths in their first collegiate seasons. Grenadan national champion Shane Charles, a junior-college All-American in the 400-meter hurdles, joins a 4x400-meter relay seeking its second-straight NCAA berth, while freshman Norris Frederick seeks to back up his No. 1 national prep high-jump ranking, and No. 4 national long jump mark, with an impressive freshman campaign. In all, eight NCAA competitors return for UW, while the team adds four newcomers whose prep or junior-college bests would have qualified them for the NCAA Championships last year.
It's Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight: Three-time All-American pole vaulter Kate Soma may stand only an inch above 5'-0", but the Husky senior towers over UW female vaulters past and present. At the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, the Portland, Ore., native became just the 12th collegiate vaulter ever to clear 14 feet, winning the Pac-10 title with a mark of 14-2, 10th-best in NCAA history and fifth-best ever by a collegiate woman outdoors. Soma followed up her conference crown with a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a berth at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Only five other UW women have ever earned as many All-America honors as Soma's three, while just four others have captured at least two in the same season, something Soma did in 2004 with a second-place NCAA finish outdoors, and a tie for fifth indoors. Remarkably, Soma has improved her NCAA standing in each of her five-career appearances at the meet -- she placed 16th at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships, improved to 12th indoors, and seventh outdoors, in 2003; and tied for fifth indoors, and placed second outdoors, in 2004. Should she continue that trend in 2005, Soma would become just the third NCAA Champion in UW women's history, and the first since 1988. Soma's steady improvement is reflected in UW's school records, which she has broken in all six of her collegiate "seasons," including three indoors and three outdoors. After entering UW in 2002 with a best of 12-0 at Portland's Grant High School, Soma added 13 inches to her PR as a freshman, eight more in 2003, and four more last season. Perhaps it's her support system -- Soma's mother, Donna, is one of America's top vaulters in her age group, while Soma's high school coach designs shoes worn by elite vaulters Dmitri Markov and Stacy Dragila.
All-Time Collegiate Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School, Year, Mark
1. Chelsea Johnson, UCLA, 2004, 15-0
2. Amy Linnen, Arizona, 2002, 14-10 1/4i
3. Thorey Elisdottir, Georgia, 2001, 14-9 1/2i
4. Becky Holliday, Oregon, 2003, 14-8
5. Tracy O'Hara, UCLA, 2000, 14-7 1/4
5. Lacy Janson, Florida State, 2003, 14-7 1/4i
7. Melissa Price, Fresno State, 1998, 14-3 1/2
8. Tamara Diles, Wash. State, 2002, 14-3 1/4i
8. April Steiner, Arkansas, 2003, 14-3 1/4i
10. Kate Soma, Washington, 2004, 14-2
Vault Supremacy: There is little doubt that Washington reigns supreme in the world of collegiate women's vaulting. Four Husky women boasted best marks over 13 feet in 2004, a feat matched nationally only by the University of Nebraska. However, the Huskies one-upped the Cornhuskers in the category of NCAA Championships qualifiers, with Washington sending three competitors to the NCAA field out of unquestionably the nation's toughest region, while Nebraska managed just two. The Huskies made sure to back up their bids at the NCAA meet, with Kate Soma placing second, and Carly Dockendorf and Stevie Marshalek taking 13th and 14th, respectively. In 2005, the results could be even better -- all three of the UW's NCAA qualifiers return, as does seventh-place West Regional finisher Ashley Wildhaber, who was just one clearance short of an automatic berth in 2004. Dare the Huskies dream of five NCAA qualifiers in 2005? Joining the accomplished quartet is freshman Kelley DiVesta of Colorado, whose prep best of 12-6 1/2 is higher than the prep bests of all but one of the UW's four returnees.
Dazzling Double: From the first time she entered a pole vault competition -- clearing 12-1 1/2 in her first-ever vault competition in 2002 -- it was obvious that junior Carly Dockendorf, already a decorated UW gymnast, was in an elite class of athletes. Just two years later, at the 2004 NCAA West Regional, Dockendorf moved into a class all her own, adding an NCAA Track and Field Championships invitation to the NCAA Gymnastics meet invite she earned in April. While it is not uncommon for a college athlete to compete in multiple NCAA Championships in one year -- track/cross country, volleyball/basketball, and basketball/track doubles being among the most frequent -- to do so in two unrelated sports in which qualification is based on individual, not team, performance is extremely rare. Dockendorf finished 13th in her NCAA pole vault debut, after placing 24th on the floor exercise at April's gymnastics nationals.
Double-Duty Dockendorf: While official confirmation of the exclusivity of Dockendorf's NCAA double may be difficult to obtain, there is no doubt that the Husky is one of the finest two-sport athletes in UW history. Already one of the top vaulters in Canadian history, the Port Moody, B.C., native added to her legend last February by competing in two different sports on the same weekend - on the road. With both teams in Boise, Dockendorf found time to win the all-around competition for the Husky gymnasts Friday night, then place fourth in the pole vault on Saturday morning at the United Heritage Invitational. Dockendorf capped her 2004 gymnastics season at the NCAA Championships in April, and closed out her track season with a sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, and a 13th-place effort at the NCAA Championships. Nor did the ambitious sophomore stop there, winning the pole vault competition at the Seattle International Track and Field meet in June with a career-best vault of 13-3 1/2, the eighth-best ever by a Canadian woman. Amazingly, Dockendorf has been pole vaulting for less than three years, having begun the sport only after seeing Husky vaulters working out at Dempsey Indoor during her freshman gymnastics season in 2002. With a borrowed pole and shoes, Dockendorf entered the UW's Ken Shannon Invitational that May and cleared 12-1 1/2, a mark bettered by only two women in UW history. Dockendorf began her two-sport double on a full-time basis in 2003, winning All-America honors on the gymnastics floor while placing eighth in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Championships. Dockendorf's seven perfect 10's are the most by any gymnast in UW history, while her five-career vaults over 13 feet rank second among UW women's vaulters all-time.
Athletics Canada All-Time Women's Pole Vault Rankings
Name, Year, Mark
1. Dana Ellis, 2004, 14-8
2. Stephanie McCann, 2004, 14-5 1/4
3. Kelsie Hendry, 2004, 14-1 1/4
4. Ardin Tucker-Harrison, 2002, 13-9 3/4
5. Trista Bernier1998, 13-7 1/4
6. Jackie Honey, 2001, 13-6 1/4
7. Adrienne Vangool, 2004, 13-5 3/4
8. Carly Dockendorf, 2004, 13-3 1/2
9. Simona Kovacic, 2003, 13-2 1/4
10. Rebecca Chambers, 1999, 12-11 1/2
10. Melissa Feinstein, 2000, 12-11 1/2
10. Sue Kupper, 2004, 12-11 1/2
The `Lo' Down: It only took Ashley Lodree one meet to crush the Washington's 100-meter hurdles record. But then, everything the 18-year-old does is fast -- whether breaking the UW's freshman record in the 60-meter hurdles in her first collegiate race, or reaching the NCAA Championships just five weeks after her first college meet. So, it should be no surprise that in her first collegiate 100-meter hurdles final, Lodree blazed to a wind-aided time of 13.43 seconds, unofficially breaking the UW record of 13.55 set by All-American Claudine Robinson in 1994. Over the next two months, Lodree ran 12 hurdles races, with seven under Robinson's old record pace, including a wind-aided best of 13.39 at the Texas Relays, and a legal record of 13.41 seconds at Drake. Lodree's efforts ranked the freshman No. 7 in the world among junior-age runners in the IAAF's 2004 World Rankings, and No. 2 among American juniors -- a classification roughly defined as any runner under the age of 20 as of Dec. 31, 2004. Lodree finds herself running out of records to set. On Mar. 6, 2004, the Richmond, Calif., native knocked Robinson off the top of the UW indoor charts with a 60-meter hurdles best of 8.19 seconds that was the fastest by a college freshman in 2004, and earned her a trip to the NCAA indoor meet, where she placed 14th. Lodree also has top-10 all-time UW marks in the 100 meters and indoor long jump, and scored in four events at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships before falling just short of an NCAA Championships berth outdoors with a sixth-place hurdles finish at the NCAA West Regional. Lodree, however, isn't fazed by national acclaim. In 2003, she ranked among the top-five preps in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, placing third in the former at the U.S. Junior Nationals. Who are likely to be Lodree's chief rivals in the coming years? Following is a list of the top legal marks by the world's top junior hurdlers in 2004:
2004 IAAF Junior Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Rankings
Name, Country, Mark
1. Ronetta Alexander, United States, 13.22
2. Sally McLellan, Australia, 13.30
3. Stephanie Lichtl, Germany, 13.36
4. MaKeatha Cooper, United States, 13.37
5. Sabrina Altermatt, Switzerland, 13.39
, 5. Shantia Moss, United States, 13.39
7. Ashley Lodree, United States, 13.41
8. Amy Menlove, United States, 13.45
9. Josephine Onyia, Nigeria, 13.48
9. Cindy Billaud, France, 13.48
Passing the Baton: More than a decade passed between the last two times a Husky men's 4x400-meter relay crossed the finish line at the NCAA Championships. It's likely Washington fans won't have to wait so long again. Three of the four Huskies who led UW's 4x400-meter relay to third at the 2004 NCAA West Regional and a berth at the 2004 NCAA Championships return in 2005, including senior Sean Williams and juniors Phil McCary and Bruce Jackson. One needs only 30 minutes to travel between the high schools of those three, who respectively attended Lake Washington and Juanita High Schools in Kirkland, and Roosevelt in Seattle, but it would take a plane or boat to reach the hometown of the relay's newest addition, Grenada native Shane Charles. A national champion 400-meter hurdler in his home country, Charles earned junior-college All-American honors in the event at Central Arizona JC in 2004, and boasts a best of 50.92 seconds that would have qualified for the 2004 NCAA Championships. With the addition of Charles, the Huskies' relay -- which clocked a best of 3:06.41 in 2004 to rank 15th in the nation, and third in UW history -- could significantly threaten not only for All-America honors, but for the UW record of 3:04.73 that has stood for almost 15 years.
Multi-Talented: When Toronto native Grace Vela decided to transfer to Washington from Chicago's Lewis University in 2004, the UW coaches knew they were getting a talented multi-eventer. What they may not have known, however, is that in addition to a top collegian, they were getting one of the highest-ranked women in all of Canadian athletics. Just a junior in 2004, Vela ranked among the Athletics Canada's top-10 in four events, including a heptathlon best of 5,225 that is second-best in UW history. The only UW woman to score higher than Vela -- school-record holder Sonja Forster, who tallied 5,266 points at the 1992 Pac-10 meet -- was also the last Husky to earn an NCAA berth in the heptathlon before Vela accomplished the feat last season. Vela's NCAA-qualifying score of 5,225, the sixth-highest by a Canadian woman in 2004, earned the Husky a fourth-place finish at May's Pac-10 Championships. The junior competed in four additional events at the conference meet the following weekend, meaning that including the heptathlon, Vela toed the line 11 times at the Pac-10 meet. Crisscrossing the track for simultaneous events is nothing new to Vela, however -- the Toronto native closed the 2004 season ranked sixth by Canada's governing body in the heptathlon, seventh in the long jump, and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump. A graduate of Vaughan High School, Vela was an NCAA Division-II All-American in 2003 in the 4x100-meter relay, and earned top-12 national finishes in the long jump and triple jump. Even more impressive, however, was her performance at the 2003 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, where the Zimbabwe-born Vela won five events to earn conference Athlete of the Year honors. Vela will receive her degree in economics this spring, and plans to return to Zimbabwe to improve the quality of life for its citizens.
Jumping for Joy: Perhaps no one was more excited for the first day of practice in 2004-05 than Husky jumps coach Pat Licari. After seeing his men's unit decimated in 2004 by injuries -- to the point that only one UW jumper, sophomore Warren Eickhoff, competed at the Pac-10 Championships -- Licari in 2005 boasts one of the Pac-10's deepest jumps units, with two seven-foot high jumpers, two 24-foot long-jumpers and two 48-foot triple jumpers. And that doesn't include Eickhoff, who ranks among the Pac-10's top returnees in the high jump after tying for sixth at the conference meet in 2004. Chief among Licari's new additions is freshman Norris Frederick, who as a senior at Seattle's Roosevelt High School became the first prep in state history to achieve a seven-foot high jump and a 24-foot long jump in the same season. Frederick led all U.S. preps in 2004 with a high jump best of 7-1, and was the nation's fourth-ranked prep in the long jump at 24-10 1/2. In addition, Frederick cleared 48-8 3/4 in his first season of triple jump competition, and ranked among the top-35 junior-age athletes in the world in all three events. Frederick may, however, find it a challenge just to lead his team this season, as Oregon transfer Teddy Davis seeks to repeat the form that led him to a 7-1 high jump and a third-place NCAA West Regional finish, and Pacific Lutheran transfer J.R. Wolfork tries to better the respective long- and triple-jump marks of 23-10 1/4 and 48-6 that led him to Division-III All-America honors in 2003. Wolfork is one of two Husky jumpers who were lost to injury in 2004, including senior Phillippe Cook, a Pac-10 long- and high-jump competitor in 2002. Both will return this season, while Davis will redshirt due to Pac-10 transfer rules.
Dempsey Indoor: In only three full seasons, Washington's Dempsey Indoor has already earned a reputation as one of the nation's top indoor competition venues. 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. Dempsey Indoor has hosted 10 Olympians, witnessed 13 top-10 world marks, 12 UW indoor school records and hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks, and is the host site of the MPSF Championships. In addition to its competitive use, the building serves as an indoor practice facility for many UW teams.
Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best: If Washington's home indoor meets over the past two seasons 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. 7 Husky Invitational featured former Olympians Bolota Asmeron of the U.S. and Peru's Hugo Munoz, the former of which clocked a facility-record time of 7:48.59 that is among the best by an American this year. Last year, numerous former Olympians put Dempsey Indoor on their competition schedule, including former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, two-time Olympic medalist John Godina, fellow U.S. Olympians Seilala Sua and Michael Stember, and Asmeron, who in 2000 competed for his native Eritrea. All set facility records in their respective events, while Asmeron clocked what at the time was the world's sixth-fastest 3,000-meter mark.
2004 Year in Review: Washington's track and field athletes will have to dig deep in 2005 to top the accomplishments of the Huskies' 2004 squad, which combined for one national title, one Pac-10 title, four All-America honors and nine school records. Both Husky teams earned top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships, with the Husky women tying for 18th outdoors on the strength of All-America performances by junior pole vaulter Kate Soma and senior javelin thrower Megan Spriestersbach, and the UW men tying for 22nd indoors behind senior Brad Walker's second-straight NCAA indoor pole vault title and senior Eric Garner's second-career All-America honor in the mile. Individually, Soma captured the Pac-10 pole vault title with a UW-record vault of 14-2 that ranks 10th in NCAA history, and combined with fellow vaulters Carly Dockendorf and Stevie Marshalek to give the UW three NCAA competitors in the event, most of any school in the nation. Seniors shone for the final time -- witness Walker's NCAA title and sixth-place performance at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, Spriestersbach's school-record javelin toss of 173-7 that ranked 10th among American women; and Cristian Adams leading the 4x400-meter relay to an NCAA Championships berth -- while freshmen provided glimpses of promising futures -- Ashley Lodree ranked seventh in the world among junior-age 100-meter hurdlers and placed 14th in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA indoor meet; Marshalek ranked among the top-20 junior-age pole vaulters in the world and qualified for her first NCAA Championships; and Carl Moe, Amy Lia, and Dallon Williams each set UW freshman records. Junior Grace Vela also earned an NCAA berth, in the heptathlon, while Walker, Soma and Spriestersbach each competed at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his third year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross country, and his eighth year overall on the UW coaching staff. In his first two seasons at the helm, Metcalf has led the UW women to 29th and 18th at the NCAA Championships, and guided the Husky men to a tie for 22nd indoors in 2004. Individually, eight Husky distance runners have earned NCAA Championships berths, with two grabbing All-America accolades. In addition, Metcalf has led the UW women's cross country team to the NCAA Championships in each of his eight years heading the UW distance program, marking the sixth-longest active streak of NCAA appearances in the nation. In all, Metcalf has coached 11 All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 14 school-record setters and 65 NCAA qualifiers. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeplechase, and ran in the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials.
Husky Greats Give Back: Head coach Greg Metcalf isn't the only former Husky passing his knowledge on to UW's stars of today. In fact, three former Husky greats dot the coaching staff at Washington, including two-time All-Americans Metcalf and David Bazzi, and two-time Olympian Duncan Atwood. The results speak for themselves: in Atwood's two seasons working with throws coach Bid Rasmussen as a volunteer assistant javelin coach, Husky women's spearers have combined for two All-America awards and a pair of top-10 U.S. women's rankings, while raising the UW javelin record by nearly 20 feet. Meanwhile, over the past three years in the men's distance events, where Bazzi assists Metcalf, Husky runners have combined for three school records, and 34 times that rank among Washington's top-10 all-time in distance events.
Star-Studded Staff: Washington's assistant coaching staff in 2005 is in no way short on accolades. Ninth-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directed eight All-Americans, including two-time NCAA champion Brad Walker. Third-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen founded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, has mentored two All-Americans in two years at Washington, and in seven years at North Idaho College coached 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coach LaMonte Vaughn, Jr. mentored eight Eastern Kentucky sprinters to Ohio Valley Conference titles in 2004, and coached athletes to 13 school records in four years at Marshall University. Fourth-year distance coach David Bazzi, a Washington 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 third-year distance coach Kelly Strong, who graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with five All-America honors and three Pac-10 titles, and is largely credited with putting together a women's recruiting class in 2003 that was ranked sixth in the nation by Track and Field News. Ironically, the most accomplished member of the Husky coaching staff is one of the team's volunteer assistants -- former Olympian Duncan Atwood. A UW All-American, two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion, Atwood has helped Husky women's javelin throwers earn All-America honors in each of his two seasons with the team, and mentored freshman Brian Harris to an IAAF Junior World Championships berth in 2004.