Jan. 12, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. -
Washington's men's and women's track and field teams kicked off the 2002 season with victories in 11 events at the University Indoor Open Preview Track and Field meet, the first meet ever held at Dempsey Indoor, Washington's new indoor facility.
The non-scoring meet featured Division-II and Division-III colleges and club teams from throughout the Northwest, and was the first at home for the Huskies' indoor track squads since the 1998-99 season, prior to the renovation of former home Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Several elite athletes particpated in the meet, including U.S. National team member and Washington native Nick Rogers, who placed eighth in the 3,000 meters in 8:19.64. The women's 3,000-meter event featured one of Canada's best, Emilie Mondor of Simon Fraser, who took the event in 9:18.23, five seconds better than the NCAA's automatic-qualifying standard.
The meet highlight, however, was provided by 16-year-old high-schooler Darren Woods, who set a state high-school record in the 400-meter dash with a 48.44, good enough for a victory in the event and the second-fastest high-school time in the nation this year.
Senior team captain Marcus Kelly posted Washington's most impressive win, leaping 49-3 1/4 to take the men's triple jump by more than four feet over teammate Kevin deSouza, who placed second with an indoor career-best jump of 45-2 1/2.
Kelly and deSouza's 1-2 finish in the triple jump was a reverse of their placings in the long jump, won by deSouza with a mark of 22-5 3/4. Kelly leapt 21-6 to take second, and true freshman Phillipe Cook jumped 21-2 3/4 to give Washington a sweep of the top-three placings.
Full results are linked to this page in PDF format.