Athletes running on the hallowed Husky Stadium track do so in the footsteps of some of track and field's most notable names, including former U.S. gold medalists Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson, both of whom own facility records.
The eyes of the entire world were upon Husky Stadium in 1990, when the Huskies' outdoor track and field home played host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and all track and field competition, for the 1990 Goodwill Games.
In addition to the 33 Stadium records set during the Goodwill Games, the facility has served as the site of numerous collegiate records, including a record of 8:05.4 in the steeplechase by Washington State's Henry Rono that has stood for the last 26 years.
Perhaps it's not surprising that Rono's mark should withstand the test of time, as the Cougars and Huskies have been going at it in Husky Stadium since 1922, two years after the stadium's initial construction. The 2005 dual in Seattle went down to the wire, with Washington's men pulling off a 110.5-92.5 win, and the UW women suffering a rare home defeat, 111-92.
Husky Stadium has been a regular site of top collegiate competition, including the 1997 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, the 1972 AAU Championships, and the 1971 NCAA Championships.
Looming high above Lake Washington, Husky Stadium provides competitors with a unique combination of world-class competition and breathtaking natural scenery. Throwers using the East Field's two shot put areas, javelin runway and discus and hammer cages can watch as their implements sail high into a Seattle sky framed by Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountains, while pole vaulters and jumpers can take in the boats and seaplanes on Lake Washington in between jumps.
In 2001, the UW installed FieldTurf on both the stadium infield, used as an athlete warm-up area, and on the East Field between Husky Stadium and Lake Washington. An all-weather track was first installed in 1968, and was resurfaced in 1989.
Husky Stadium Records (through May 6, 2006)
100m Dash: 10.05, Leroy Burrell, USA, 1990
200m Dash: 20.54, Michael Johnson, USA, 1990
400m Dash: 44.79, Robert Hernandez, Cuba, 1990
800m: 1:45.10, Joaquim Cruz, Oregon, 1984
1500m: 3:38.2, Jerome Howe, Mid-America TC, 1972
Steeplechase: 8:05.4, Henry Rono, Wash. State, 1978
5000m: 13:33.52, Paul Williams, Canada, 1990
10000m: 27:26.33, H. Boutayeb, Morocco, 1990
110m Hurdles: 13.43, Greg Foster, UCLA, 1980
400m Hurdles: 48.78, Winthrop Graham, Jamaica, 1990
4x100m Relay: 38.45, USA, 1990
4x400m Relay: 2:59.54, USA, 1990
High Jump: 7-7 3/4, Hollis Conway, USA, 1990
Pole Vault: 19-5, Rodion Gataullin, USSR, 1990
Long Jump: 27-6, Carl Lewis, USA, 1990
Triple Jump: 58-1 1/2, Kenny Harrison, USA, 1990
Shot Put: 70-4, Randy Barnes, USA, 1990
Discus: 220-3, Romas Ubartas, USSR, 1990
Hammer: 276-0, Igor Astapovitch, USSR, 1990
Javelin: 276-1, Viktor Zaitsev, USSR, 1990
Decathlon: 8,403, Dave Johnson, USA, 1990
100m Dash: 11.03, Carlette Guidry, USA, 1990
200m Dash: 22.64, Dannette Young, USA, 1990
400m Dash: 50.34, Ana Quirot, Cuba, 1990
800m: 1:57.52, Ana Quirot, Cuba, 1990
1500m: 4:09.17, Leah Pells, Abbotsford Royals, 1993
Steeplechase: 9:48.90, Kelly Strong, Asics, 2006
5000m: 15:02.23, Yelena Romnova, USSR, 1990
10000m: 32:01.17, Wanda Panfil, Poland, 1990
100m Hurdles: 12.70, Natalya Grigoryeva, USSR, 1990
400m Hurdles: 55.16, Sandra Farmer, USA, 1990
4x100m Relay: 42.46, USA, 1990
4x400m Relay: 3:21.22, USSR, 1990
High Jump: 6-7 1/2, Yelena Yelesina, USSR, 1990
Pole Vault: 13-7 1/4, Tamara Diles, Washington State, 2005
Long Jump: 22-8 3/4, Inessa Kravets, USSR, 1990
Triple Jump: 43-8 1/2, Simidele Adeagbo, Team XO, 2004
Shot Put: 67-7, Natalya Lisovskya, USSR, 1990
Discus: 223-4, Ilke Wyludde, East Germany, 1990
Hammer: 172-9, Jennifer Dunkin, Western Oregon, 2002
Javelin: 202-2, Natalya Skikolenko, USSR, 1990
Heptathlon: 6,783, Jackie Joyner, USA, 1990