May 12, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - Freshman Scott Roth was second in the pole vault and junior Norris Frederick placed second in the long jump, staking the Husky men to fifth place through one day of competition Saturday at the 2007 Pac-10 Conference Track and Field Championships. Washington's women are eighth in the two-day meet, which concludes Sunday.
Roth and Frederick's finishes were two of five scoring performances by UW men Saturday, giving the Huskies 31 points through seven events. Eighth-ranked Arizona and No. 11 Oregon finished day one tied atop the men's team's standings at 47 points apiece, followed by No. 6 Arizona State (39), No. 15 UCLA (34) and the Huskies. Second-ranked ASU, meanwhile, dominated day one action on the women's side with 73 points, well ahead of No. 14 Washington State (49 5/6) and No. 10 UCLA (45 ½).
Washington will have as many as 14 men - including two-time NCAA champion Ryan Brown - and 13 women in action Sunday, when the final 14 events will be contested.
"All in all, everything went just about how we had it laid out on the form chart," said fifth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "Realistically, given how deep the conference is this year on the men's side, we could still probably finish anywhere from third to sixth. We definitely need some guys to step up Sunday like Scott Roth did today."
Roth, a freshman from Granite Hills, Calif., and senior McKane Lee of Arlington both earned top-five finishes in the pole vault, with Roth taking second and Lee fifth. After clearing 17 feet, 10 ½ inches - the second-best jump in the nation this year and the fourth-best in school history - Roth had a chance to win the meet with a lifetime-best clearance at 18-2 1/2, but missed all three of his attempts. Instead, Oregon senior Tommy Skipper won the event on the strength of his first-attempt clearance at 17-10 ½.
"He was close at 18-2 ½, and just knocked the bar off at the end," Metcalf said. "For a freshman to come out here and go jump-for-jump with one of the best vaulters in Pac-10 history, though, is a pretty cool thing to see. That was definitely the highlight of the day."
Frederick, meanwhile - the 2006 Pac-10 long jump champion - narrowly missed out in his bid to become just fourth Husky to repeat as Pac-10 champion since 1979, clearing 24-6 ¼ to place second to ASU's Matt Turner. The Roosevelt High School graduate will have another shot at a Pac-10 title Sunday when he competes in the high jump, an event in which he placed second last May.
The Husky men also earned points Saturday in the steeplechase from juniors Carl Moe (5th, 8:57.13) and Brad Liber (6th, 9:01.96), each of whom lowered their personal-best times in the event by at least three seconds.
Washington's women, meanwhile, were led almost single-handedly by senior Ashley Lodree, who not only qualified for event finals in both the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles, but also earned a third place finish in the long jump.
Lodree's best jump - a 20-foot, 8 ½-inch monster - was the best by a Husky women's long jumper in more than 20 years, ranking second in UW history only to Meledy Smith's school-record 21-0 leap in 1984. The Husky senior - who has competed in the long jump just twice, total, in the past three years - earned the highest finish by a UW long jumper at the Pac-10 meet since 1995, and moved into the top-15 of the national collegiate rankings.
In addition, Lodree continued to excel at her "regular" events, clocking the second-fastest preliminary time in the 100-meter hurdles (13.24 seconds) and the ninth-fastest time in the 100-meter dash (11.89 seconds) to advance to Sunday's finals in both events.
"That was a huge jump, and she has an even bigger one in there," Metcalf said of Lodree's third-place mark. "She's a tremendous athlete, the kind that only comes along once in a while. I know that with this being her last Pac-10 Championships, she's going to be as motivated as ever to do well tomorrow."
Lodree will be joined in track finals Sunday by two-time All-American Amanda Miller - at 4 minutes, 32.12 seconds, the fastest qualifier Saturday in the 1,500 meters - as well as freshman Katie Follett (3rd, 1,500 meters, 4:32.21), sophomores Dani Schuster (5th, 800 meters, 2:09.07) and Syreeta Martin (6th, 400m hurdles, 1:01.09), and senior Amy Lia (14th, 1,500 meters, 4:38.19), each of whom qualified out of Saturday's preliminary heats.
For complete results from the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, or for more information on Washington track and field, visit www.GoHuskies.com.
2007 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships
Cobb Track and Angell Field, Stanford, Calif.
May 12, 2007
Men's Team Scores (Through 7 Events): 1. Arizona 47, Oregon 47; 3. Arizona State 39; 4. UCLA 34; 5. Washington 31; 6. Stanford 26; 7. Washington State 21; 8. USC 18; 9. California 10.
Men's Results (UW Only)
100m Dash (Prelim): 16. Randy Bacon, 10.93 (w: 0.4). 200m Dash (Prelim): 14. Randy Bacon, 22.32 (w: 0.0). 400m Dash (Prelim): 2. Alex Harcourt, 47.03Q; 10. Jeff Gudaitis, 48.47. 800m Run (Prelim): 7. Ryan Brown, 1:50.73Q; 10. Brian Govier, 1:51.90. 1500m Run (Prelim): 11. Jon Hickey, 3:50.92q; 16. Matt Owen, 3:52.75; 17. Jon Harding, 3:52.98. 3000m Steeplechase (Final): 5. Carl Moe, 8:57.13; 6. Brad Liber, 9:01.96; 10000m Run (Final): 9. Mike Sayenko, 29:50.84. 110m Hurdles (Prelim): 13. James Fredrickson, 14.46 (w: -0.7). 400m Hurdles (Prelim): 3. James Fredrickson, 51.58q; 7. Kyle Still, 52.41q. Pole Vault (Final): 2. Scott Roth, 17-10 ½; 5. McKane Lee, 16-10 ¾; --. Seth Perrins, NH; Ryan Vu, NH. Long Jump (Final): 2. Norris Frederick, 24-6 ¼ (w: 1.8). Shot Put (Final): 17. Cameron Elisara, 51-9; 18. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, 51-4 ¼. Discus (Final): 19. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, 159-4.
Women's Team Scores (Through 7 Events): 1. Arizona State 73; 2. Washington State 49 5/6; 3. UCLA, 45 1/2; 4. Stanford 31 1/3; 5. Arizona 30; 6. California 22 1/3; 7. Oregon 11; 8. Washington 7; 9. 9. USC 6; 10. Oregon State 0.
Women's Results (UW Only)
100m Dash (Prelim): 9. Ashley Lodree, 11.89 (w: -2.4). 800m Run (Prelim): 5. Dani Schuster, 2:09.07q; 10. Kira Harrison, 2:12.06. 1500m Run (Prelim): 1. Amanda Miller, 4:32.12Q; 3. Katie Follett, 4:32.21Q; 14. Amy Lia, 4:38.19Q; 17. Kailey Campbell, 4:46.06. 3000m Steeplechase (Final): 16. Trisha Rasmussen, 11:09.14; 17. Mo Huber, 11:15.21. 10000m Run (Final): 11. Sayaka Yoshinaga, 37:13.83. 100m Hurdles (Prelim): 2. Ashley Lodree, 13.24Q (w: 0.0). 400m Hurdles (Prelim): 6. Syreeta Martin, 1:01.09q. High Jump (Final): 13. Lindsay Todd, 5-5; 18. Liz Fuller, 5-5. Long Jump (Final): 3. Ashley Lodree, 20-8 ½; 13. Daria Amiad-Pavlov, 18-1 ½. Shot Put (Final): 11. Sheree Ellis, 46-10 ¾; 14. Janine Sandell, 39-9 ¾. Discus (Final): 11. Janine Sandell, 148-3.