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Conference's Best Crash Dempsey Indoor for First-Annual Pac-10 Invitational
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Feb. 26, 2003

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On the Track: The Pac-10 track and field season gets off to an early start in 2003 with the first-annual Pac-10 Indoor Invitational, the fourth of five indoor meets at Dempsey Indoor this season. Events begin Friday night with the women's distance medley relay at 8 p.m., followed immediately by the men's distance medley relay and the women's and men's 5,000-meter runs. On Saturday, field events begin at 9 a.m., with events on the track scheduled to commence at 10:45 a.m. Admission is free, and parking is available for $8.00 in all Husky Stadium lots.

The Field: The 10th-ranked Washington men's team will be one five teams ranked in the top-25 of at least one of the two major rankings on display at Dempsey Indoor this weekend, including three nationally-ranked women's teams and two top-25 men's squads. Joining the Husky men will be the sixth-ranked men of Stanford University, led by defending national mile champion Donald Sage. On the women's side, No. 2 Stanford and its dangerous distance tandem of Lauren Fleshman and Malindi Elmore lead the field, which also features 13th-ranked Oregon and 17th-ranked Washington State. In addition to Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon, a full team will also be present from Arizona State -- including the team's NCAA title-contending 4x400-meter relay team -- as well as selected athletes from each of the other four Pac-10 schools. The meet is not open to any athletes outside of the Pac-10 Conference.

Event Schedule: Following is a schedule of events for Saturday's Pac-10 Invitational. The distance medley relays and 5,000-meter events will be contested Friday night, Feb. 28 beginning at 8 p.m. All other events will take place Saturday.

9:00 a.m. -- Weight Throw (W/M)
9:30 a.m. -- Long Jump (W/M)
9:30 a.m. -- High Jump (M/W)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W/M)
10:45 a.m. -- 60m H Prelims (W)
11:10 a.m. -- 60m H Prelims (M)
11:30 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (W)
11:50 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (M)
12:10 p.m. -- Mile (W)
12:20 p.m. -- Mile (M)
12:30 p.m. -- Shot Put (M/W)
12:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump (W/M)
12:35 p.m. -- 60m H Consol. Final (W)
12:40 p.m. -- 60m H Final (W)
12:50 p.m. -- 60m H Consol. Final (M)
1:05 p.m. -- 60m H Final (M)
1:20 p.m. -- 400m (W)
1:35 p.m. -- 400m (M)
1:55 p.m. -- 60m Dash Consol. Final (W)
2:00 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (W)
2:05 p.m. -- 60m Dash Consol. Final (M)
2:10 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (M)
2:20 p.m. -- 800m (W)
2:30 p.m. -- 800m (M)
2:40 p.m. -- 200m (W)
3:00 p.m. -- 200m (M)
3:20 p.m. -- 3000m (W)
3:35 p.m. -- 3000m (M)
3:50 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (W)
4:00 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (M)

Meet Results: Results will be posted periodically throughout the meet on a board at the south end of Dempsey Indoor. Following the conclusion of the meet, packets of results will be available at the finish line for coaches and meet officials only. Please allow 5-10 minutes following the conclusion of the final event for results to be processed and approved. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the meet, and will be posted to the official site of Husky athletics, www.gohuskies.com, within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on the following page.

Rankings Report: Washington's men's team remained in the top-10 of the U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings for the second-consecutive week, falling one spot from ninth to 10th in Monday's rankings, which simulate dual-meet competition between the nation's elite collegiate squads. The team's total of 254.89 points leads all Pac-10 teams and is just 24 points shy of top-ranked Ohio State, which held the No. 1 rankings for the second week in a row. Washington also earned a top-20 nod in the Trackwire 25 power rankings, which predict team scoring at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships. Washington's total of 11 points tie Kentucky for 18th, matching the team's ranking of a week ago. NCAA host Arkansas remained atop the Trackwire poll with 55 points, leading five SEC schools among the top-five spots. The Husky women, meanwhile, earned 237.93 points in the USTCA Power Rankings, placing the team 29th overall, and second only to 17th-ranked Washington State among Pac-10 teams. North Carolina knocked off defending indoor champion LSU for the No. 1 spot, totaling 300.10 points to the Lady Tigers' 298.53. Washington's women went unranked by Trackwire.

Just Dandy, Thank You: Much of the credit for Washington's lofty men's rankings in both polls can be given to Huskies' Brad Walker and Jeremy Park, who each earned top-10 individual rankings in this week's Trackwire Dandy Dozen, which predicts individual order of finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Factoring in seed marks, injury history, and past performance in major competitions, Trackwire ranks Walker No. 1 overall in the pole vault, and Park eighth in the 3,000 meters. A junior indoors, Walker is currently ranked among the top-15 pole vaulters in the world with a mark of 18-6 1/2 set two weeks ago at the UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor. The mark leads all NCAA vaulters by six inches, and is just three inches shy of the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4. Walker's mark came just minutes after Park brought the Dempsey Indoor crowd to its feet with a time of 7:54.13 in the 3,000 meters that is fourth-fastest in the nation this season and broke the UW record in the event by more than eight seconds.

Top Dawgs: Three seniors and one junior, distance runner Todd Arnold, were selected to be captains for the 2003 season by a vote of their teammates. Arnold, a Pac-10 qualifier at 1,500 meters in 2002, will be joined by senior All-American Brad Walker, the 2002 NCAA runner-up in the pole vault, as captains on the men's side, while a pair of school-record holders -- Kameko Gay in the hammer and Courtney Inman in the mile -- will lead the women.

Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best: If Washington's home indoor meets this season have seemed to shimmer in gold, it is likely due to the numerous current and former Olympians who have highlighted the fields at Dempsey Indoor. The Feb. 1 Husky Invitational featured four Olympic athletes, including former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, who set a facility record in the 60m dash with a blistering time of 6.63 seconds. Hooker was joined by fellow U.S. Olympians John Godina and Seilala Sua, and distance runner Bolota Asmeron, who competed in 2000 for his native Etruria. Godina, a two-time Olympic medalist, heaved the shot 65-6 3/4 in a winning effort, while Sua took the women's shot with a throw of 56-8, besting her own facility record. Asmeron, however, highlighted the competition, clocking the world's sixth-fastest indoor 3,000-meter time of the 2003 season with a mark of 7:49.68 which, at the time it was run, was the world's best this season. Hooker also ran at the Husky Indoor Preview, and fellow 2000 Olympian Michael Stember set a facility record in the mile at the Feb. 15 UW Indoor Invitational.

Resourceful Recruiting: Washington's coaches in 2003 have found a creative way to add numerous elite athletes to the squad without having to give up any scholarships -- cull the most talented athletes from the UW's other sports. This season's Husky roster, therefore, features nine players from the Husky football team, one UW gymnast, and one better known for her exploits on the basketball court. Those to make the biggest impact so far in 2003 are the football players, two of whom lead the team in their events and one -- freshman tailback Shelton Sampson -- who is an NCAA qualifier, in the 200 meters. Sophomore safety James Sims, a Pac-10 competitor last season, is a Pac-10 qualifier again in the triple jump. Those two are joined on the UW roster by wide receivers Reggie Williams and Matt Williams, cornerbacks Roc Alexander and Derrick Johnson, tailback Chris Singleton and linebacker Will Conwell. This spring, former Husky basketball player Heather Reichmann will seek a fourth-career top-10 Pac-10 finish in the javelin, and redshirt freshman gymnast Carly Dockendorf -- who as a guest last season posted a mark of 12-2 in the pole vault that, if duplicated, would rank third in school history -- will make her competitive debut.

You Might Recall: While the 11 athletes on the roster from sports other than track or cross-country are more than Washington has had in recent years, the practice of mining athletic talent from other UW programs has unearthed countless gems for the Husky track and field squad in the past. In fact, a glance at Washington's career top-10 charts reveals numerous outstanding two-sport performers, including 110m hurdles record-holder Spider Gaines, a tailback for the UW football team in the 1970s, and sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker, the UW record-holder at 100m, 200m, and 400m and a Husky wide receiver from 1997-98. Other names which highlight the list include football players Ernie Conwell (No. 5, shot put), Dana Hall (No. 3, 110m HH), Sterling Hinds (No. 3, 100m/200m), Pete Kaligis (No. 6, shot put), Orlando McKay (No.2, 400m), Brent Merritt (No. 5, 400m) and Tony Parrish (No. 5, triple jump). That's not to say that multi-sport success is limited just to the football team. Former UW All-American volleyball star Makare Desilets boasts the school's fifth-best high jump mark, while basketball standout Tara Davis is the school-record holder in the triple jump, and ranks second all-time in the long jump. And, of course, current Husky and former hoopster Heather Reichmann is the school's all-time record-holder in the javelin (new implement). This list doesn't even include Huskies Herman Brix and Paul Jessup, who starred for Washington's football teams in the 1920s before establishing world records in the shot put and discus, respectively.

World-Class Walker: When Husky senior Brad Walker cleared 18 feet, 6 inches in a sixth-place finish at the USA. Outdoor Track and Field Championships last June, he sent a message to the rest of the NCAA that the nation's top returning vaulter was primed for a big season in 2003. After a slow start to the indoor season, Walker broke out in a big way at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational, clearing a height of 18-feet, 6 1/2 inches on his first attempt to move into the top-10 of the IAAF World Rankings for the 2003 season. Though Walker has since been bumped into a tie for 15th in the world this year, his mark continues to lead all NCAA competitors by six inches, is tied for the sixth-best in Pac-10 history, and has the two-time All-American primed to challenge the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4. A non-scholarship athlete who had never cleared 17 feet at University High School in Spokane, Walker blossomed during his sophomore season at UW, improving his personal best by more than a foot en route to an indoor school record and All-America honors indoors. An undiagnosed foot injury hampered Walker during the outdoor season, but he still finished 12th at the NCAA meet before undergoing offseason surgery. After redshirting the 2002 indoor season, Walker posted one of the top seasons in UW track and field history, shattering the school's outdoor vault record on three occasions while earning the UW's first conference pole vault title in 30 years. A second-place finish at the NCAA Championships and the sixth-place finish at the USA meet followed. While 2003 will be Walker's final season outdoors, he has one year of eligibility remaining indoors and has indicated a desire to return to Washington for the 2004 winter season.

Palo Alto, Here We Come: Washington's best have wasted no time in 2003, with 14 Husky athletes combining for 15 Pac-10 qualifying marks through the season's first three competitions. Last year, Washington boasted 40 Pac-10 qualifiers, two of whom -- pole vaulter Brad Walker and steepler Mike Hill -- left Pullman, Wash., with conference titles. Now a senior, Walker placed atop the list with a mark of 18-6 1/2 at the UW Invitational on Feb. 15. The Pac-10 appearance would be the fourth in as many years for Walker, who in addition to his championship in 2002 was also a top-10 finisher in 2000. Senior Courtney Inman has already notched qualifying marks in both the 800m run and the mile; the indoor school-record holder in both events earned top-10 finishes in both the 800m and 1,500m events at last year's conference meet. Following is a list of all UW athletes currently qualified for the 2003 Pac-10 Championships. Pac-10 teams can bring a maximum of 24 athletes to the championships, and in addition may place one athlete in each event for which the school has no qualifier. Thus, some athletes to post qualifying marks may not make the trip to Palo Alto, while others not on the qualifying list may be entered in certain events.

Men
Name, Event, Mark
Todd Arnold, Mile, 4:06.65
Ryan Brown, 800m, 1:50.97
Warren Eickhoff, High Jump, 6-9 1/2
Shelton Sampson, 200m, 21.18
James Sims, Triple Jump, 49-3 3/4
Brad Walker, Pole Vault, 18-6 1/2

Women
Name, Event, Mark
Mary Beeman, Shot Put, 44-9 1/2
Kate Bradshaw, 5,000m, 17:21.23
Cherron Davis, Shot Put, 45-9 1/4
Lindsey Egerdahl, Mile, 4:55.12
Kameko Gay, Shot Put, 43-11 1/4
Courtney Inman, 800m, 2:10.56
Courtney Inman, Mile, 4:43.43
Brittiny Roberts, Triple Jump, 41-4 1/4
Kate Soma, Pole Vault, 12-11 1/2

International Blend: Washington's 2003 roster features several individuals from outside the United States. Most prominent among them is senior Courtney Inman, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, who last year placed 10th in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships. Not surprisingly, Canada is the foreign nation with the most athletes on the UW roster, including Inman, freshman Gaelle Banini (Richmond, B.C.), redshirt freshman pole vaulter Carly Dockendorf (Port Moody, B.C.) and sophomore thrower Jeff Wallis (Duncan, B.C.). For Banini, however, Canada is just the most recent nation of residence. The freshman was born in Cameroon, Africa, where her father still resides, moved to France in 1987, and finally settled in Canada in 1994. Joining the Canadian quartet is freshman Vinh Chung, who will rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles while traveling between Seattle and his hometown of Hamilton, New Zealand, as well as freshman Mike Sayenko, born in the Ukraine, and senior Elena Popovskaya, a native of Russia.

Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf enters his first year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his sixth year overall at the University. In five seasons as a UW assistant, Metcalf guided the women's cross-country team to five-straight NCAA appearances, including a UW-best ninth-place finish in 1998. Metcalf has coached eight All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 57 NCAA qualifiers and 10 school-record setters. A 1993 graduate of Washington, Metcalf was a two-time All-American for the Huskies in the steeplechase.

Park Central to UW Success: Perhaps no Husky has risen as quickly this season as senior distance runner Jeremy Park, who boasts an NCAA automatic-qualifying time at 3,000m and is one of four members of the school's NCAA-qualified distance medley relay team. A graduate of Klamath Falls (Ore.) High School, park attended Portland State University for two seasons before transferring to UW in the fall of 2001. Last season, Park earned an eighth-place finish in the 1,500m at the Pac-10 championships, and entered 2003 among Washington's top-three competitors at 1,500m and 5,000m. It was in the 3,000m where Park made his splash, however, shaving 16 seconds off of his personal best with an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 7:54.13 at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational that currently ranks fourth in the nation in 2003. In the process, Park became the first UW runner ever to clear 8:00.00 indoors in the 3,000m, shattering the school record by more than eight seconds in the process. Remarkably, it was the second school record in as many meets for Park, who ran the first leg of Washington's record-setting distance medley relay squad at the Husky Invitational on Feb. 1. The team's time of 9:44.97 was also eight seconds beyond the previous best, and qualified the squad for a trip to the NCAA meet in March. Park's automatic-qualifying time in the 3,000m gives Washington its third NCAA indoor automatic qualifier on the track in as many years. Junior Eric Garner was an automatic qualifier in the mile in 2002, and Ja'Warren Hooker bested the automatic standards in the 60m and 200m events in 2001.

Triple Threat: Junior triple jumper Brittiny Roberts entered rare air on Feb. 15 when she leapt 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational, nearly 10 inches farther than any Husky to come before. Roberts' success should come as no surprise, given that her cousin, U.S. track legend Ralph Boston, was a gold-medal winning long jumper at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Maybe Roberts learned a thing or two from Boston -- in addition to the triple jump, she currently leads all Husky competitors in the high jump, and is ranked second on the team in the long jump. A graduate of Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif., Roberts has positioned herself for an assault on the school outdoor record of 41-7 3/4 set by Tara Davis in 1995. Prior to 2003, Roberts had already joined an elite class of female triple jumpers, clearing 40-8 3/4 in a fourth-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships to rank third all-time at UW. Roberts is one of just five UW women ever to cover 40 feet in the triple jump outdoors, and one of just three to accomplish the feat on an indoor runway. Roberts was outstanding as a prep, competing in the California state championship meet for four consecutive seasons, with four top-10 finishes, including two each in the high and triple jumps. Roberts continued her success as a UW freshman, placing 10th in the triple jump at the 2001 Pac-10 Championship meet.

Ridiculous Records: If the Huskies don't stop soon, they may render the indoor school records section of the 2003 UW Track and Field Media Guide completely obsolete. At the Feb. 15 UW Invitational alone, Husky athletes posted 15 marks that rank among Washington's top-10 all-time, increasing to 32 the total number of new top-10 marks established through just three meets in the 2003 season. Included among the top-10 marks are no fewer than seven school records. Senior Jeremy Park has had a hand in two such records, shattering the school's 3,000m mark by eight seconds with a time of 7:54.13, and teaming with sophomore Sean Williams and juniors Todd Arnold and Eric Garner to set a record of 9:44.97 in the distance medley relay. Senior pole vaulter Brad Walker crushed his own record of 17-11 3/4 in the pole vault by clearing 18-6 1/2 at the UW Invitational, and sophomore Kate Soma tied her own record of 12-11 1/2 in the women's vault. Junior Brittiny Roberts raised the school's triple jump record by nearly a foot with a mark of 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational, the same meet at which senior Courtney Inman lowered her own mile record to 4:43.43. Inman also established the UW's all-time best indoor 800m mark this season, posting a time of 2:10.56 on Jan. 18. Seven records are already down, and several others appear in jeopardy with three weeks remaining in the 2003 indoor season. See the PDF copy of this release for a full list of the UW athletes who have cracked the school's all-time top-10 indoor rankings this season, as well as a listing of UW's indoor school records in each event.

`Note' Worthy: Team-leading weight competitor Brendan Tuohy is doing his best to debunk the stereotype of the oafish thrower. The junior, whose mark of 50-0 3/4 at the Husky Invitational leads all UW competitors in 2003, is majoring in music at the UW and boasts a fine tenor voice. When not performing in the throwing circle, Tuohy can be heard performing such works as Bach's Oratorio for the UW School of Music, and in performances with the Tacoma Opera and the UW Chambersingers. Tuohy plans on continuing his musical education upon earning his degree in the spring of 2004.

Dempsey Indoor: The 80,000-square foot home of Husky indoor track opened in September of 2001 to rave reviews. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track (six lanes on the straightaway, five on the oval) and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events. Already in 2003, Dempsey Indoor has played host to five former Olympians, and witnessed four top-10 world marks, one top all-time U.S. mark (though not officially a record), six UW indoor school records and dozens of NCAA-qualifying marks. In addition to its competitive use, the building is utilized as an indoor practice facility for Washington's football, softball, baseball and men's and women's soccer teams, and is considered one of the premier indoor track and field facilities on the West Coast. The facility is named for California businessman Neal Dempsey, a 1964 Washington graduate. Dempsey and his wife, Janet, made the largest individual contribution ever to the University in January of 2001, announcing a gift of $10 million to be split between the School of Business' "Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation" and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Meet the Coaches: Washington's coaching staff in 2003 is in no way short on accolades. Seventh-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directed three All-Americans, and last year coached both Brad Walker and Kate Soma to school records in the pole vault. First-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen founded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, and in seven years at North Idaho College, mentored 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coach Dion Miller last year led Texas Tech sprinters to 13 All-America accolades, and a Big 12 title in the 4x100m. Second-year distance coach David Bazzi, a Husky alum, was the 2001 Pac-10 champion at 10,000m, and still holds three all-time school records. Rounding out the all-star cast is first-year distance coach Kelly MacDonald, who graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with five All-America accolades and three Pac-10 titles.

Washington's 2003 NCAA Championships Qualifiers

Todd Arnold
Distance Medley Relay
Junior, Westport, Wash. (Ocosta)

o Ran third leg of UW's provisionally-qualified distance medley relay team.

o Relay's 2003 best of 9:44.97 currently ranks 18th in the nation this season.

o Distance medley relay mark of 9:44.97, clocked at the Feb. 1 Husky Invitational, shattered previous UW school record of 9:52.65, set in 1996.

o Boasts indoor mile best of 4:06.04 that is seventh-fastest in school history.

o Is one of two co-captains in 2003, along with fellow NCAA qualifier Brad Walker.

o Placed 11th in the 800 meters at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships with a personal-best time of 1:52.34.

o Won prep state titles at 800m, 1,600m and 3,200m, and was the Class 1A state cross-country champ in 1999.

Eric Garner
Distance Medley Relay
Junior, Kelso, Wash. (Kelso)

o Anchored UW's provisionally-qualified distance medley relay team.

o Relay's 2003 best of 9:44.97 currently ranks 18th in the nation this season.

o Distance medley relay mark of 9:44.97, clocked at the Feb. 1 Husky Invitational, shattered previous UW school record of 9:52.65, set in 1996.

o In 2002, became just the second Husky ever to break four minutes for a mile with an indoor school-record mark of 3:58.93 in Seattle on Mar. 2.

o Also established a UW indoor record of 8:02.56 in the 3,000 meters, a mark since broken by Husky senior Jeremy Park, at this February's UW Invitational.

o Placed 13th in the mile at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships.

o Was the ninth-place finisher in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing in a career-best 3:43.21.

o Personal best of 3:43.21 in the 1,500 meters ranks fourth all-time at UW.

o Was a top-five finisher in both the 800- and 1,500-meter events at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.

Courtney Inman
Mile
Senior, Abbotsford, B.C. (W.J. Mouat)

o Boasts a provisional-qualifying mark of 4:43.43 in the mile that ranks 14th in the nation in 2003.

o Qualifying time broke own school record of 4:45.40, set at the 2002 UW Indoor Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor.

o Also owns UW's indoor 800m record with a time of 2:10.56, set at the Jan. 18 Husky Indoor Preview.

o Placed 10th in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 NCAA Championships, posting a preliminary time of 4:17.53 that was three seconds faster than her previous best, and was the second-fastest time in UW history.

o A top-10 finisher in both the 800m and 1,500m events at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.

o Was a double NCAA qualifier in 2002, with a provisional mark of 2:06.46 in the 800m that was less than fourth tenths of a second out of the 18th and final spot in the NCAA Championships field.

o Career-best mark of 2:06.46 for 800m is just seven tenths shy of Sarah Bolender's all-time school record of 2:05.73.

o Placed 14th in the mile run at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships in 4:46.83.

Jeremy Park
3,000m, Distance Medley Relay
Senior, Klamath Falls, Ore. (Klamath Falls)

o NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of 7:54.13 for 3,000 meters ranks fourth in the nation in 2003.

o Shaved eight seconds off of UW's indoor 3,000-meter record with a mark of 7:54.13 at Feb. 15 UW Invitational.

o Is only Husky ever to run the 3,000 meters indoors in under eight minutes.

o School-record 3,000m mark was 16 seconds faster than previous best of 8:10.78.

o Ran the opening leg of Washington's provisionally-qualified distance medley relay team, whose time of 9:44.97 ranks 18th in the nation this season.

o DMR mark of 9:44.97 at the Feb. 1 Husky Invitational was eight seconds faster then previous record of 9:52.65.

o Placed eighth in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.

o Transferred to Washington in fall of 2001 after spending two seasons at Portland State University.

Shelton Sampson
200 meters
Freshman, Tacoma, Wash. (Clover Park)

o Boasts an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 21.18 seconds that is tied for the nation's 20th-best in 2003.

o At the Feb. 15 UW Invitational, completed first 200 meter race of his UW career in 21.18 seconds, the third-fastest indoor 200 meter time in Washington history.

o An outstanding prep running back, is one of nine Husky football players competing for the UW track team in 2003.

o Redshirted freshman football season of 2002 to preserve a year of eligibility.

o Won six prep state titles on the track at Clover Park High School in Tacoma, Wash.

o Was a three-time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles, a two-time champ in the 200m and a one-time winner of the 100-meter dash.

o Was named a U.S. Army Prep All-American in 2002.

Kate Soma
Pole Vault
Sophomore, Portland, Ore. (Grant)

o Cleared 12-11 1/2 at the Jan. 17 Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., equaling her own indoor school record and bettering the NCAA's provisional qualifying standard.

o Provisional mark of 12-11 1/2 is tied for 17th in the nation in 2003.

o As a true freshman in 2002, shattered Washington's indoor and outdoor pole vault records.

o Indoor mark of 12-11 1/2 broke by nearly a foot the record of 12-0 3/4 set by MerryJane Bendico in 2000.

o Became Washington's all-time outdoor pole vault record holder in 2002 with a provisional-qualifying vault of 13-1 1/2 at the Oregon Dual that tied for 18th in the nation.

o Won the pole vault at the 2001 Junior Olympics in Eugene, Ore.

Brad Walker
Pole Vault
Senior, Spokane, Wash. (University)

o School-record mark of 18-6 1/2 ranks in a tie for 15th in the world in the 2003 IAAF World Rankings.

o Currently leads all NCAA competitors by six inches, and is the fifth-ranked vaulter in the 2003 USATF Rankings.

o Shattered own indoor school record of 17-11 3/4 with vault of 18-6 1/2 at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational.

o Is the top-returning collegiate pole vaulter in America after capping an outstanding 2002 season with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships.

o Earned second All-America honor with a vault of 18-2 1/2 at the NCAA Championships, at the time a school record.

o Shattered own school record with a vault of 18-6 to earn a sixth-place finish at the 2002 U.S. Senior Nationals.

o Earlier in the season, broke Garth Willard's 10-year-old school record of 18-0 1/2 with a vault of 18-1, at the May 4 dual meet with Washington State in Pullman.

o Earned first Pac-10 title on May 18, also in Pullman, with a vault of 18-0 1/2, routing the field by a full five inches.

o Was named Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Week on May 7.

o Had offseason surgery in 2001 to repair a stress fracture in his foot suffered sometime during the 2001 season.

o Despite the fracture, tied for 12th at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships in Eugene, Ore. with a vault of 16-10 3/4.

o Earned 2001 Indoor All-American honors by placing seventh with a vault of 17-11 3/4 at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, three inches better than his previous best.

o 2001 indoor vault PR shattered the school record of 17-10 held for 22 years by Steve Cravetz.

Sean Williams
Distance Medley Relay
Sophomore, Kirkland, Wash. (Lake Washington)

o Ran second leg of UW's provisionally-qualified distance medley relay team.

o Relay's 2003 best of 9:44.97 currently ranks 18th in the nation this season.

o Distance medley relay mark of 9:44.97, clocked at the Feb. 1 Husky Invitational, shattered previous UW school record of 9:52.65, set in 1996. o A 400-meter specialist, placed 10th in the event at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, as a true freshman.

o Boasts indoor 400-meter best of 48.19 seconds that is seventh-fastest in school history.

o Has led two different 4x400m relay squads to identical marks of 3:12.42 in 2003, tied for the fifth-fastest in school history.

o Led the UW's 4x400m relay squad to a sixth-place finish at the 2002 conference meet, in 3:11.40.

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