March 29, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Two Huskies broke school records and 14 bettered the NCAA qualifying standards Friday in the first day of competition at the Stanford Invitational. The two-day meet, Washington's first on the road this season, concludes Saturday.
Sparking the Huskies' outstanding day at the meet were junior steepler Kate Spigel and senior thrower Kameko Gay, each of whom bettered their own school record in the steeplechase and hammer throw, respectively.
Spigel, who redshirted the 2002 season to study abroad, made her return to Pac-10 steeplechase competition memorable, crossing the line eighth in 10 minutes, 45.76 seconds to crush her own school record, set in 2001, by 13 seconds. The mark was both a Pac-10 and NCAA regional qualifying mark, the first of 14 NCAA marks set by Huskies on Friday.
Another of those marks was recorded by Gay, whose throw of 171 feet, zero inches in the hammer was good for tops in school history, breaking by two inches the record set by Gay last season. In her third year at Washington since transferring from Arizona, Gay currently leads all UW hammer throwers all-time by nearly two feet.
While Spigel and Gay broke records, distance runners Sabrina Monro and Jeremy Park came close, each clocking times that ranked among the top-three all-time in their respective events. Monro, competing outdoors for the first time since transferring from Montana in 2001, clocked an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 33:32.28 in the 10,000 meters, second-fastest all-time at Washington only to Olympian Regina Joyce. Monro was trailed closely by senior Kate Bradshaw, whose time of 34:54.47 ensures that the 2000 Pac-10 10,000-meter champion will be at the Regional meet as well.
Likewise, Park blistered the Cobb & Angel Track Facility surface, finishing the 5,000-meter run in 13:43.07. The mark was a Pac-10 and NCAA regional qualifier, and ranks third in UW history. An All-American indoors in 2003, Park crushed the school's indoor 3,000-meter record in February, and ran a leg of the school's record-setting distance medley relay squad in March.
In addition to Park, three other Huskies in the men's 5,000 meters added their names to the list of 16 now qualified for the first-ever NCAA West Regional Championships, in May.
Junior Eric Garner clocked a 14:13.26 in the event to take 11th in the top section of the event, while freshman Jesse Fayant -- seventh in the second section in 14:19.02 -- and sophomore Andy Fader, 13th in the second section in 14:23.88, each earned NCAA Regional berths.
Joining the distance runners at the Regional meet will be sophomore Cambrielle Jensen. Jensen's regional-qualifying mark of 1:01.31 in the 400-meter hurdles marks the fifth-consecutive year that the Huskies have boasted an NCAA qualifier in the event.
While many Huskies were clocking outstanding performances on the track, several others were just as terrific in the field events.
The men's pole vault and women's javelin featured a pair of UW NCAA Regional qualifiers in each, including a pair of first-time postseason qualifiers in vaulters Fumi Nagahisa and Sam Roberts. Nagahisa, a sophomore and the freshman Roberts each cleared 16-0 ľ in the event, giving the Huskies three vaulters, including NCAA indoor champion Brad Walker, who have cleared 16 feet this season.
In the women's javelin, senior Heather Reichmann missed her own school record by barely two feet, posting a mark of 156-3. She and freshman Tiffany Zahn, who heaved the spear 142-3, both locked up NCAA Regional berths last week, but duplicated their success again on Friday.
Rounding out the list of UW qualifiers was redshirt freshman Cherron Davis, who threw the shot 46 feet, 2 ľ inches to better both the Pac-10 and NCAA Regional standards.
One Husky who made noise without posting a qualifying mark was sophomore sprinter Reggie Williams, who made his track debut with a blazing 10.88-second mark in the 100-meter dash. An All-American wide receiver for the Huskies' football team, Williams missed a Pac-10 qualifying mark by just over a tenth of a second.
Washington will seek to add even more qualifiers Saturday, as the team wraps up competition at the Stanford meet before heading to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays next weekend.