April 25, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington sophomore hurdler Ashley Lodree has been named the Pac-10's women's track and field athlete of the week, Pac-10 Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday. Lodree is the first Husky since Brad Walker in 2002 to receive the Pac-10's athlete of the week honor, and the first UW woman to do so since 1998.
Running the 400-meter hurdles for just the second time in her collegiate career Saturday at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene, Lodree clocked a Pac-10-leading time of 59.65 seconds that ranks ninth on UW's all-time list, and is the fastest by a Husky woman since 2000. Less than an hour later, the Richmond, Calif., native helped the Huskies' 4x400-meter relay squad to a second victory in 3 minutes, 44.58 seconds, also ninth-best ever at UW and five seconds faster than the team's previous season best.
Just a sophomore, Lodree already ranks among Washington's all-time top-10 competitors in eight different events, including school records in the 60- and 100-meter hurdles. The 19-year-old Lodree earned All-America honors in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships, is currently qualified for next month's NCAA West Regional Championships in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, and has run legs of both UW's leading 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay squads.
Arizona State's Aaron Aguayo was named the conference's men's track athlete of the week, while Oregon's Andy Young and UCLA's Jessica Cosby earned conference honors in the field event category. For more information, visit www.pac-10.org.