April 27, 2007
SEATTLE - Washington's 21st-ranked men's track and field team handed rival Washington State its worst defeat at Husky Stadium since 1922 Friday in the 92nd running of the Washington-Washington State Dual.
Friday's meet -- believed to be the first in the series ever held at night in Husky Stadium -- proved to be a raucous affair for UW track fans, who had much to celebrate as the Husky men earned wins in 13 of 19 events for a 103-60 dual-meet win, the largest margin of victory by a UW track team over WSU at Husky Stadium since a 93-38 win in 1922. Washington's men also harkened back to the early years of the long-running series, which began in 1900, with their third-straight series win, the UW's longest since a 11-meet winning streakfrom 1915-32.
"This was as good a meet as our men's team has ever had against Washington State," said fifth-year head coach Greg Metcalf, who led the Huskies to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor meet in March. "Coaches always project out what you think your team is capable of scoring at a meet like this, and the entire night, we lost just one point off that form chart. I thought from beginning to end there was just an oustanding effort team-wide to get the win."
Junior James Fredrickson was one of Washington's biggest scorers on the night, earning wins in both hurdles events and leading the Huskies' 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay squads to wins as well. Fredrickson's times in the hurdles -- including a mark of 14.12 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and 51.58 in the 400-meter hurdles -- were each better than the NCAA's regional qualifying standard, and each rank among the top-10 marks in Washington history.
"We asked a lot of James tonight, and he stepped up in a big way," said Metcalf.
Four-time All-American Norris Frederick (high jump, long jump, 4x100-meter relay) was also a multiple winner in individual events for the UW men, who began the night with a 1-2 sweep in the hammer by senior Martin Bingisser and freshman Zack Midles (each boasting regional-qualifying lifetime bests) and ended it with a come-from-behind victory in the 4x400 meters.
Washington's women, meanwhile, suffered their third-straight defeat at the hands of the their cross-state rivals, who were equal in dominance to the UW men with a 102-61 victory over the host Huskies. Five-time All-American Ashley Lodree won the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles, and took second in her first long jump competition in nearly three years, while junior All-American Amanda Miller earned a sweep in the 800- and 1,500-meter races.
Other event winners for included (on the men's side) junior Alex Harcourt (46.62, 400-meter dash), senior Jon Hickey (3:52.86, 1,500 meters), sophomore Jon Harding (8:28.12, 3,000 meters), junior Carl Moe (9:00.34, 3,000-meter steeplechase) and freshman Scott Roth (16-10 ¾, pole vault), while sophomores Anita Campbell (9:53.70, 3,000 meters) and Syreeta Martin (1:00.79, 400-meter hurdles) and senior Stevie Marshalek (13-5 ¾, pole vault) all added victories for the UW women.
While the focus Friday was obviously on the team scoring, Washington individuals also combined for 12 NCAA regional qualifying marks and seven improvements to UW's all-time top-10 lists, marking the single most prolific meet of the year for Washington track teams.
No Husky climbed higher on the NCAA's descending-order lists Friday than Marshalek, who moved into the top-10 of the national pole vault rankings with a lifetime-best outdoor clearance of 13 feet, 5 ¾ inches, good for the No. 3 position on UW's all-time list. Junior Kelley DiVesta also moved into the national top-15 with a pole vault clearance at 13-1 ¾, while junior Sheree Ellis bettered her shot put regional qualifier with a toss of 48-5 ¼, the eighth-best throw ever at UW.
Harcourt (46.62, 400 meters), Moe (9:00.34, steeplechase), Frederick (24-4 ½, long jump), Bingisser (216-1, hammer), Midles (195-5, hammer), junior Brad Liber (9:04.77) and senior Seth Perrins (16-6 ¾, pole vault) all bettered or established NCAA Regional qualifying marks as well, while top-10 all-time UW marks were established by Fredrickson (14.12, 110-meter hurdles, No. 7 all-time; 51.58, 400-meter hurdles, No. 4), Bingisser (216-1, hammer, No. 3), Midles (195-5, hammer, No. 9), Marshalek (13-5 ¾, pole vault, No. 3), Ellis (48-5 ¼, shot put, No. 8) and Lodree (19-8, long jump, No. 9).
For complete results from Friday's meet, or for more information on Washington track and field, visit www.GoHuskies.com.