April 27, 2011
UW VS. WSU DUAL MEET
April 29 Seattle, Wash. Husky Stadium
ON THE TRACK: After nearly 90 years the Huskies and Cougars will meet on the track at Husky Stadium for the final time for their annual track and field showdown. With the pending stadium renovation, the track will be removed from Husky Stadium and a new outdoor facility is in the planning stages, adjacent to the Husky Soccer Field. So while the rivalry will continue on for future years, the long-time Husky home track will be no more after this season.
The dual is set for this Friday, April 29, beginning first with the men's and women's hammer throw out at West Seattle Stadium at 12 noon. Action resumes at Husky Stadium with the women's javelin throw at 3 p.m. followed by the men at 3:45. The first track events, the men's and women's steeplechase, will go off at 4 p.m. and the evenings final races, the 4x400m relays, will go at 6:55 p.m.
The UW-WSU dual is one of the longest-running in the nation, and one of the few remaining two-team duals left in D-I track. The Huskies and Cougars first met in 1900, with Washington taking a 74-41 win. This year's meeting will as usual feature multiple All-Americans and NCAA title contenders battling for bragging rights before they vie for conference and national honors.
The men's meet could be a fight to the finish, with each squad holding clear advantages on paper in certain events. The Huskies are currently ranked 30th in the national polls, while the Cougar men are 46th. Washington State looks to be the favorites in the women's dual, as the Cougars are ranked 21st and the Dawgs come in at 46th.
A more in-depth preview will be posted once entries are finalized.
SCHEDULE: The schedule for Friday's dual meet is as follows:
12:00 PM Hammer Throw (Women then Men) @ West Seattle Stadium
3:00 PM Javelin (W)
4:00 PM Pole Vault (W)
4:00 PM Long Jump (W)
3:45 PM Javelin (M)*
4:30 PM High Jump (W)
4:45 PM Long Jump (M)*
4:30 PM Discus (W)
5:30 PM Pole Vault (M)*
5:30 PM Triple Jump (W)
5:15 PM Discus (M)*
5:45 PM High Jump (M)*
5:45 PM Shot Put (W)
6:30 PM Triple Jump (M)*
6:15 PM Shot Put (M)*
4:00 PM 3000m Steeplechase (W)
4:15 PM 3000m Steeplechase (M)
4:30 PM 4x100m Relay (W)
4:35 PM 4x100m Relay (M)
4:45 PM 1500m Run (W)
4:55 PM 1500m Run (M)
5:05 PM 100m Hurdles (W)
5:10 PM 110m Hurdles (M)
5:15 PM 400m Dash (W)
5:20 PM 400m Dash (M)
5:25 PM 100m Dash (W)
5:30 PM 100m Dash (M)
5:35 PM 800m Run (W)
5:40 PM 800m Run (M)
5:45 PM 400m Hurdles (W)
5:50 PM 400m Hurdles (M)
6:00 PM 200m Dash (W)
6:05 PM 200m Dash (M)
6:10 PM 3000m Run (W)
6:35 PM 3000m Run (M)
6:55 PM 4x400m Relay (W)
7:00 PM 4x400m Relay (M)
*Men's Field Event times approximate, will follow women's events
UW-WSU DUAL MEET HISTORY: More than one hundred years of history has passed between the Huskies and Cougars on the track. The rivals first squared off in 1900, and the early years were dominated by the Seattleites. Washington won 15 of the first 17 meetings until 1932. The Cougars then strung together eight wins from 1946-53. The biggest run in the series was from 1976 until 1995, when Washington State dominated with 22 consecutive wins, snapped in 1996 when UW scored a 104-97 win in Pullman. Since that time things have been nearly even, with WSU holding an 8-7 lead. UW posted its greatest Husky Stadium win over WSU in 2007, a 103-60 victory. The Cougar men have now taken the last three meets. The women have squared off 35 times prior with UW holding a 20-15 edge. The Huskies were 18-3 against their rivals from 1979 until 1997, when WSU turned it around and took 12 of the next 13 duals. The Husky women snapped a four-meet win streak for WSU in 2009, squeaking out the win by just a third of a point, the closest meet in UW-WSU history. The Cougars hold a 26-19 edge in Seattle on the men's side, while the Husky women own an 11-5 advantage on their home turf, though until 2009 their last home win came back in 1997.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO IOWA: The outdoor track season heads towards the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa from June 8-11. For the second season, athletes will reach the final site by qualifying through the preliminary rounds, held at two different locations. The western half of the country will be in Eugene, Oregon for the West Prelims on May 26-28, and the eastern half will meet in Bloomington, Indiana. There are no set NCAA qualifying standards anymore; athletes will qualify for the prelims by ranking in the top 48 in their event in their respective region. For relay teams it will be the top 24. The top-12 finishers from each regional meet then advance to Des Moines. Therefore most events will feature initial fields of 96 athletes over the two sites, that will be whittled down to 24 that advance to Iowa.
ALAKA, ROTH GO BACK-TO-BACK WITH PAC-10 POTW: Washington collected two Pac-10 Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors over the first two weeks of the season. First up was sophomore James Alaka, who garnered Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors on April 11. That came after the Pepsi Team Invitational, in which Alaka won the title at 100-meters, 200-meters, and ran a leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay team. Alaka won the 100-meters in 10.53 seconds into a strong headwind, winning by nearly three tenths. He then cruised to a 21.18 second win at 200-meters, again winning by a large margin into the wind. The relay clocked a season-best 40.24 seconds. On April 18, senior Scott Roth was named Men's Field Event Athlete of the Week, the first such honor in his decorated career. Roth broke the school pole vault record with a win at the Mt. SAC Relays. Competing against a field of professionals that included vaulters with Olympic Games experience, Roth stole the show with a sterling performance. Roth cleared two bars cleanly and then broke the record with a jump over 18-9 1/4, once again needing just one try. That easily surpassed American record-holder Brad Walker's former school record of 18-6 ½ set in 2003. Roth took three shots at 19-0 ¾, which would have been a new Pac-10 record, barely brushing off the bar on his second attempt. Still, the 18-9 ¼ clearance was the best pole vault by an American in 2011 indoors or outdoors, and the second-best clearance in the world outdoors this season.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: In the fourth week of USTFCCCA national team rankings, all 2010 marks were tossed out for the first time, making for a lot of changes in the polls. However the Husky men were largely unaffected, as they moved up one spot to No. 30. The women lost some preseason points and dropped to 46th. Providing big points for the men is Scott Roth, who remains No. 1 nationally in the pole vault. Colton Tully-Doyle and James Cameron are 14th and 18th at 5,000-meters, and Kyle Nielsen and Joe Zimmerman rank 16th and 20th respectively in the javelin. The men were ranked 21st in the preseason. Junior Amanda Peterson is providing the most points for the women as she ranks third nationally in the javelin. Other top-20 marks come from Katie Flood at 1,500-meters (14th), Lindsay Flanagan at 10k (16th), and Megan Goethals in the 5k (17th). The men return all of their point scorers from the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships at which they finished 15th.
FIELD EVENT WINS HIGHLIGHT OREGON RELAYS: The Husky track and field squads wrapped up their second trip to Hayward Field this season, leaving the Oregon Relays with a number of personal and season-best marks. UW had a couple big crunch time performances from sophomores Shaniae Lakes and Joe Zimmerman in the women's triple jump and men's javelin, respectively, to close the meet on a big upswing. Lakes had not hit the 41-foot mark since her freshman year. Through five jumps on Saturday, her outdoor season best was 38-10 1/2. But on her final run, Lakes hit her marks, and flew to a new career-best of 41-3 1/4 to take the victory. Not to be overlooked was the third-place finish of redshirt freshman Alana Alexander, as she also set a major PR, going 39-8 1/2 on her fifth attempt. Zimmerman got the line he wanted on his sixth and final javelin throw. Through five throws he had a best of 220-6, but on his final toss he fired the spear 231-7, a season-best by 10-feet, to place second overall. Senior Scott Roth easily won his fourth straight pole vault dating back to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Roth cleared 18-0 1/2 on his second attempt, the fourth straight meet he's been over 18-feet. He then had the bar raised all the way up to 19-0 3/4 to take another shot at the Pac-10 record for the second week in a row, but that bar eluded him again today on three attempts. In the men's 800-meter final, junior Ryan Styrk and redshirt freshman Brad Whitley both posted season-bests. Styrk was fifth in a time of 1:50.04, while Whitley was close behind in sixth-place in 1:51.39. In the second heat, freshman Kyle Blume of Seattle got the victory in 1:53.19, another season-best. Also running well outside his usual comfort zone was James Alaka. The London native moved up to run an open 400-meters for the first time in his college career, and posted a very solid 48.06 second time to take second overall. On Friday, freshman Kasen Covington had a season-best 51-foot triple jump to place third, though it was wind-aided. In the women's discus throw, junior Elisa Bryant was third with a season-best of 157-7 coming on her fourth throw. The field in the men's 1,500-meter run was very strong, but the times in the end weren't especially fast, as only one runner went under 3:45. Senior Colton Tully-Doyle led three Huskies across the line in fifth place in 3:49.63. Gareth Gilna and Ryan Soberanis were sixth and seventh.
ROTH'S RECORD HEADLINES BIG WEEK AT MT. SAC: A big week for the Huskies at the Mt. SAC Relays was capped off by a school record vault from senior Scott Roth on April 16, as he took the U.S. lead with a clearance of 18-9 1/4. Roth broke American record-holder Brad Walker's outdoor mark of 18-6 1/2. Roth got to his record height with no misses and needed just one vault to clear 18-9 1/4 as well. Despite being the only college athlete in a field of mostly professionals, Roth was the only vaulter over at 18-9 1/4. He had the bar raised to 19-0 3/4, which would have been a new Pac-10 record, but was unable to make his three tries. Still, Roth's clearance ranks him second in the world so far this year outdoors. That effort was just one of nearly 20 PRs by Husky athletes at the three-day meet. Saturday, Angus Taylor PR'd in the hammer with a mark of 201-feet, 2-inches, and James Alaka shaved down his season-best at 100m to a wind-legal 10.34 seconds as the top collegiate finisher, fifth overall, in the invitational. The Husky 4x100-meter relay also got its second straight win, taking the Olympic Development Elite section in 40.30 seconds. Friday PRs came from Justine Johnson in the 1,500-meters (4:22.57), and James Cameron at 1,500m (3:44.90), while Joey Bywater (SB 3:46.14), junior Ryan Soberanis (PR 3:47.69), and junior Charlie Williams (SB 3:52.25) all ran well. For the first time in five years, the Huskies have a women's sprinter under the 55-second mark for the quarter mile. Jordan Carlson has battled through injuries early in her career to come on strong in 2011, and the Spokane native broke through with a PR in the 400 of 54.74 seconds. That's the best time by a Husky since 2006 and ties for seventh on the school's Top-10 list. Freshman Michelle Fero also ran a PR of 56.28 seconds. Continuing a big day for the women's sprinters was senior Dominique Lauderdale, who won her 200-meter heat in a big PR of 24.24 seconds, the fastest time by a Husky since Chelsie Pentz in 2000, jumping Lauderdale up to sixth on the all-time list. Shortly thereafter, freshman Maurice McNeal made a big splash in the 400-meter dash, winning his heat by more than a second and placing third out of more than 40 entries in 46.86 seconds. In the javelin, Kyle Nielsen had a season-best toss of 234-feet, 6-inches. Joe Zimmerman added five feet to his season-best with a throw of 221-10. In the women's javelin, Amanda Peterson had a solid follow-up to her school record debut. She threw 165-4 on her fourth attempt to win her flight and place fifth overall as the top collegian. The Huskies continued to accumulate the PRs in the jumps. In the women's triple jump, Taylor Nichols went 40-feet, 7-inches, wind-aided. Then freshman A.J. Maricich cleared 6-10 ¾ to take fifth in the men's high jump with his best outdoor clearance so far this season. Back on the track, UW's top two finishers in the men's and women's 400-meter hurdles had their fastest times of the year. Dan Sanders ran 53.03 and Kayla Stueckle stopped the clock at 1:01.40. The final Husky in action late Friday was Lindsay Flanagan who went under 16:30 in the 5k for the first time at 16:28.86. In the women's hammer throw, Elisa Bryant had a season-best throw of 180-7.
ALAKA, PETERSON LEAD DAWGS AT PEPSI TEAM INVITE: Six event victories and a new school record wrapped a big day for the Huskies as they completed their first scored meet of the outdoor season at the Pepsi Team Invitational at Oregon's Hayward Field on April 9. Three wins for sprinter James Alaka and a school record for newcomer Amanda Peterson helped set the tone for the early season tune-up. On the men's side, the 10th-ranked Ducks got the win with 195 points, followed by ninth-ranked Nebraska with 181. The Huskies were third with 159 points, outpacing eighth-ranked Stanford which had 121. Third-ranked Oregon took the women's team title with 205 points, with Washington coming in fourth with 112. One of the first events of the day was the women's javelin, where it took all of two throws for junior Amanda Peterson to become the new Washington school record-holder. Peterson threw 168-feet, 5-inches on her first attempt, then fired the spear 174-2 on her second toss to set the school record, previously held by Megan Spriesterbach who went 173-7 in 2004. Washington's five other event wins came on the men's side, including another in the javelin, as two-time All-American Kyle Nielsen got his senior season off to a solid start with a toss of 233-10 to get the win. Jimmy Brookman also had a PR of 215-9 and All-American Joe Zimmerman debuted with a 216-4 toss to take fourth. Three more wins came on the heels of sprinter James Alaka. He was first at 100m in 10.53 seconds into a headwind, while junior Ryan Hamilton was third in a time of 10.99. Alaka also rolled to an easy win at 200-meters, clocking 21.18. UW clocked a very impressive 40.24-seconds win in the men's 4x100-meter relay, with Alaka on the second leg. Freshman Maurice McNeal led off, then Alaka handed to Colton Dunn who passed to Hamilton on the anchor. The final Husky victory lap was run by senior Scott Roth, who tied his own meet record with a clearance of 18-0 ½ in the pole vault. In the steeplechase, sophomores James Cameron and Michael Miller went second and third. Cameron, an All-American indoors in the mile, clocked 9:02.83, a huge 36 second improvement over his previous steeple from a year ago. More PRs were had throughout the field events. Sophomore Julian Bardwell had a new best long jump of 23-5 ¼, and freshman Kasen Covington went 49-9 ¾ to take fourth in the triple jump. Conner Larned extended his best in the discus out to 172-10 to place fourth. Angus Taylor was second in the hammer, tossing 195-6. Nearly pulling off the upset of the day was freshman Katie Flood, who simply continues to roll at any track over any distance, as she took second in the 1,500-meters in 4:18.80. Flood nearly chased down NCAA indoor mile champion Jordan Hasay of Oregon, who held on for the win in 4:18.61. Maybe the biggest PR of the day came from Laura Schmitt, who sliced more than five seconds off her lifetime 800-meter best to run 2:10.05 and place sixth. Also PRing was Lindsay Flanagan, who lowered her career-best 5,000-meter time with a third-place finish in 16:34.11. In the sprints, Dominique Lauderdale and the rest of the field was slowed by the windy conditions, but she still placed third in the 100-meters in a time of 11.86 seconds. Jordan Carlson PR'd in 55.08 to take third in the 400m.
SPRINTERS START FAST AT STANFORD INVITE: The Huskies started the outdoor track season with a bang from their top two sprinters, James Alaka and Dominique Lauderdale, who each won the 100-meter dashes at the Stanford Invitational, held March 25-26. After doing short so well, Washington went long, as senior Colton Tully-Doyle and sophomore James Cameron ran the second and third-fastest 5,000-meters in school history. Washington made its mark early in the sprints. Alaka made his season debut in style, as he won the men's 100-meters in 10.37 seconds, edging out pro runner Josh Norman. It's the fifth time Alaka has gone under 10.40 seconds in his Husky career. Lauderdale ran to a big PR to start her outdoor season, winning in 11.54 seconds, well under her previous career-best of 11.77 seconds. Lauderdale's time would tie for third-best in school history but it was wind-aided. Later in the evening it was time for the distance runners to dig in. Husky freshman Megan Goethals crushed the UW freshman record at 5,000-meters, as she placed fourth in the top heat in a time of 16:06.64, surpassing Anita Campbell's 16:29.91 freshman mark from 2006. That ranks eighth on the Husky top-10 list. The top heat of the men's 5,000-meters was up next, and three UW men broke the 14-minute barrier. Tully-Doyle posted the number two 5k time in Washington history at 13:47.25. Right behind Tully-Doyle was Cameron, who showed his versatility today by stopping the clock in 13:51.83, which now ranks him third right behind Tully-Doyle and record-holder David Bazzi (13:40.61). Also getting into the mix was junior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald, who set a 20-second personal-best with a time of 13:59.82. Sophomore Lindsay Flanagan became just the fifth Husky woman ever to go under 34 minutes in the 10k, running 33:42.50 to jump up to fifth in school history. Jordan Carlson had a big PR in the 400-meters of 55.24. Sophomore Justine Johnson had a good opening at 1,500-meters, as she clocked 4:26.80, just a couple seconds off her PR. On Saturday, freshman Maurice McNeal posted a speedy debut at 200-meters, winning his section in a time of 21.23 seconds. That time would have qualified for NCAA West Prelims a year ago. Husky sophomore Colton Dunn was fourth in that same heat, running a big PR of 21.74. The top Husky men's relays also both placed second overall. At 800-meters, redshirt freshman Brad Whitley blew about six seconds off his outdoor 800-meter PR, as he led UW with a time of 1:51.94. Leading the throws was junior Angus Taylor, who opened up in the hammer throw with a best toss of 192-feet, 11-inches on his fifth attempt. Freshman Kasen Covington placed fourth in the triple jump with a best of 49-2 ¼ which came on his sixth and final jump.
2011 INDOOR IN REVIEW: Washington's 2011 indoor season had a little bit of everything, from veteran seniors going out on a high note, to impressive returns to form from familiar faces, and several new faces bursting onto the national scene. The highlight of the season was senior pole vaulter Scott Roth, who successfully defended his NCAA Indoor title with a gritty performance at nationals in College Station, Texas. Roth suffered a hamstring injury early in the season and had not competed in a month by the time NCAAs rolled around, but he was able to regain his form and won the title with a clearance of 18-0 1/2. He becomes just the sixth Husky track athlete to own multiple NCAA titles, and was the first repeat winner since fellow vaulter Brad Walker won the indoor titles in 2003-04. Roth earned the sixth All-America honor of his career, the most by a vaulter and fifth-most in school history. Also earning All-America First Team honors at NCAAs were sophomores James Cameron and Jeremy Taiwo. Cameron capped an incredible indoor season with an eighth-place mile finish, while Taiwo placed eighth in the heptathlon. Cameron punched his ticket to NCAAs by running the second-best mile in school history at 3:58.51, the fourth sub-four minute mile in UW history. Taiwo raised his own heptathlon school record to 5,780 points at nationals. The Husky men posted 12 points to tie for 18th, and while the women did not score, they were well represented by freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals. The young distance runners were the only two freshmen in the 3,000-meter field. Flood placed 10th and Goethals was 13th, earning both of them All-America Second Team honors. Washington had an incredible 35 new marks written into its indoor Top-10 list, with another school record coming from senior Colton Tully-Doyle in the 3,000m (7:53.13). Tully-Doyle would place 18th at NCAAs, and senior Ryan Vu also earned All-America Second Team honors with an 11th-place finish in the pole vault in his final UW competition. Washington's own Dempsey Indoor was once again the place to be for distance runners, as a majority of the NCAA qualifiers posted their top times in Seattle. Looking at the Top-20 on the men's national list from 800-meters through 5,000-meters, exactly 40 of the 80 best times in the four distance events came from the Dempsey, while the Dempsey accounted for 29 of the 80 best marks in the same distances on the women's side.
ROTH'S TITLE HIGHLIGHTS NCAA INDOORS: Seven Huskies qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, hosted this year by Texas A&M in College Station. As always, the meet brought some highs and lows, but nobody went higher than senior Scott Roth, who successfully defended his indoor pole vault national title. Despite not competing in a month while rehabbing a hamstring injury, Roth's experience proved too much to overcome. Despite some early struggles, which included a third attempt at 17-6 1/2, Roth got on a roll with a first attempt clearance at 17-10 1/2 and again at 18-0 1/2. That first jump make proved critical, as only one other vaulter made that bar, and did so on his second attempt, giving Roth the tiebreaker. Ben Peterson of Minnesota was unable to clear another bar, so Roth collected his second national championship, becoming one of just six Huskies all-time to win multiple NCAA titles. Also scoring for the Huskies was sophomores James Cameron and Jeremy Taiwo. Seeded just 12th entering the meet, Cameron qualified for the mile final, and ran to eighth in a time of 4:01.88. Taiwo also finished eighth in his second career NCAA Indoor heptathlon competition. He raised his school record to 5,780, and had PRs in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles, long jump, and 1,000m run, but subpar showings in the shot put and pole vault kept Taiwo from contending for the title. Still, he became the first Husky to ever score in the heptathlon at nationals. Senior Ryan Vu competed for the final time as a Husky, tying for 11th in the pole vault with a 17-2 3/4 clearance, and senior Colton Tully-Doyle was 18th in the 3,000-meter final, struggling in a congested field that knocked him off stride. The women were represented by freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals in the 3,000-meters. Both ran well as the only two freshmen in the field, and finished just out of scoring position, Flood placing 10th and Goethals 13th. The Husky men's 12 points earned them a tie for 18th in the team standings. The 12 points had only been surpassed five times since 1965 and Roth's title was the ninth indoor title in school history. Roth, Cameron, and Taiwo were named First Team All-Americans by the USTFCCCA. Vu, Flood, and Goethals earned Second Team honors and Tully-Doyle was an honorable mention.
DEMPSEY INDOOR: Having just concluded its first decade of competition, Washington's Dempsey Indoor continues to enhance its reputation as one of the nation's fastest venues. Over the past two years, more and more elite professionals have come through the Dempsey on a regular basis. This year saw the likes of track superstars Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Chris Solinsky, Amy Begley, and a return from Husky legend Brad Walker, while 2010 was highlighted by Olympians Nick Symmonds, Shannon Rowbury, Jesse Williams, and Jen Rhines. The Dempsey produces numerous top-10 world marks every year and has seen 33 UW indoor school records broken, and thousands of NCAA qualifying marks. The Dempsey is also the annual host site of the MPSF Championships. 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. In addition to its competitive use, the building serves as an indoor practice facility for many UW teams. Following is a list of new facility records set during the 2010 season:
2011 Dempsey Indoor Records
Men's 60m 6.58, Josh Norman, Unattached, 1/15/11
Men's Mile 3:54.52, Chris Solinsky, Nike, 2/12/11
Men's 60m Hurdles 7.75, Ronald Brookins, Sacramento State, 2/12/11
Women's 60m 7.23, Amber Purvis, Oregon, 2/26/11
Women's 800m 2:02.91, Geena Gall, Oregon Track Club, 3/5/11
Women's 3,000m 8:53.14, Lisa Koll, Nike, 1/15/11
Women's DMR 11:02.15, Oregon, 1/28/11
Women's High Jump 6-3 1/2, Brigetta Barrett, Arizona, 2/26/11
Women's Pentathlon 4,507, Brianne Theisen, Oregon, 1/28/11
HEAD COACH Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in the midst of his ninth season as head of Washington's track and field program, and his 14th year overall on the staff, and remains the driving force behind UW's rise to national prominence. Metcalf, also the head cross country coach, led the women's cross country team to the National Championship in 2008, the first team title for a UW track program. The women went undefeated and Metcalf earned Pac-10 and National Coach of the Year honors. They followed that with a third-place NCAA finish in 2009 and Metcalf repeated as the Pac-10's top coach. The men's cross country squad has also reached NCAAs in five of the past eight years with three Top-20 finishes since 2006. The track and field squads have also enjoyed a prolonged period of unprecedented success the past several years. The men have finished in the Top-25 at eight of the last nine NCAA Championship meets, including consecutive Top-10 indoor finishes in 2007 and 2008. Washington was one of six programs to place both its men's and women's teams in the 2009-10 USTFCCCA Program of the Year standings, which measures combined NCAA Championship results across cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. The Husky men's squad was rated the No. 5 program in the NCAA and the women were 15th. In 2008-09 the UW women were ninth and the men 10th. In 2008, the men's team scored its most points at the NCAA Outdoor meet since 1983, finishing 16th. Men's track also won the MPSF Championships in both 2006 and 2007, and Metcalf was named conference coach of the year on both occasions. The women have also had five Top-25 NCAA finishes since 2005, and sent three team members to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1500-meters. Metcalf's distance runners have combined for three individual NCAA track titles, 12 Pac-10 titles, 59 All-America awards, 146 NCAA Championship bids and 28 school records in 13 years with the program. In addition to their athletic prowess, Metcalf's teams have achieved remarkable things in the classroom. His teams are nine-time recipients of the USTFCCCA All-Academic honor, including National Scholar Team of the Year honors for both 2008 men's outdoor track team and the national champion 2008 women's cross country team. Washington is the second head coaching position for Metcalf, who served in 1996-97 as the head cross country and assistant track coach at Auburn University. A four-time Academic All-Pac-10 honoree at Washington, Metcalf earned All-American honors at the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Championships. His best collegiate mark of 8:41.17 ranks fourth all-time among Husky steeplers. He also was a steeple finalist in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials.