April 26, 2002
DES MOINES, Iowa - Washington's distance medley relay squad placed second Friday at the prestigious Drake Relays, just two hundredths of a second behind champion Kansas State. The three-day meet, which this year includes over 8,000 athletes from 86 countries, concludes Saturday.
Kansas State's Amy Mortimer and Washington's Courtney Inman appeared to cross the line simultaneously, requiring race officials to review the finish line photo. After a brief delay, the Wildcats were awarded the event championship with a winning time of 11 minutes, 27.52 seconds, edging the Huskies' mark of 11:27.54.
Washington freshman Lindsey Egerdahl led off the relay, which consists of legs of 1,200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and a 1,600-meter run to the finish line. Senior LeTesha Moore and sophomore Devin Golob also carried the baton for the Huskies, before handing off to nationally-ranked miler Inman for the final leg.
The women's distance medley was one of two top-five finishes by Husky relays Friday. The men's 4x1600-meter relay contingent of Todd Arnold, Dustin Duke, Jeremy Park and Eric Garner ran to a fifth-place finish in 16:47.51, trailing the winning time of 16:35.34 posted by Notre Dame's talented mile foursome.
While the relays took center stage on the meet's second day, a pair of Huskies competed individually.
Senior Kelsey Sheppard, who qualified for Friday's 400-meter hurdles final with a second-place finish in her preliminary heat Thursday, placed seventh overall in 1:00.47. Sheppard was three seconds off the pace of Tulsa's Jamese James, who won the race in 57.86 seconds. Meanwhile, sophomore Brittiny Roberts earned a 13th-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 38-11 to post the third-best mark of her Husky career.
Several Huskies are scheduled to compete Saturday, including triple jumper Marcus Kelly, several men's and women's 1500-meter competitors, and a slew of relays.
For the latest posted results of the Drake Relays, visit www.drakerelays.org.