April 2, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - Washington freshman Ashley Lodree clocked a wind-legal school record, and sophomore pole vaulter Ashley Wildhaber earned an NCAA Regional qualifier, as Husky athletes excelled on the second day of competition at the 77th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
With 125 events featuring over 5,000 athletes - including five Olympic gold medalists - the four-day meet is considered one of the highlights of the U.S. track schedule.
Though only running in her second collegiate outdoor meet, Lodree was not intimidated by the spectacle of the Relays, clocking a wind-legal time of 13.54 seconds in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles to earn one of nine spots in Saturday's final. Lodree's time was the fourth-fastest of all qualifers, and is bettered in Washington history only by the freshman's own wind-aided mark of 13.43 seconds set a week ago.
The Richmond, Calif., native will likely have to beat her record to win Saturday, when she will line up next to two of the top-five finishers from last year's NCAA Championships. Lodree placed 14th in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2004 NCAA indoor meet, and was America's top-ranked freshman collegiate sprint hurdler during the 2004 indoor season.
Even as Lodree was blowing over hurdles on Mike A. Myers' Stadium's west straightaway, sophomore vaulkter Ashley Wildhaber was earning an NCAA Regional qualifying mark on the stadium infield. Wildhaber's second-attempt clearance at 12-3 1/2 matched her outdoor season-best, which ranks fifth all-time in UW history. The Chehalis, Wash., native placed ninth in Friday's Section B of the women's vault, just six inches below winner Emily Enders of Oregon.
In other competition Friday, junior Davaon Spence placed fourth in his preliminary heat of the 100-meter dash, his time of 10.63 seconds just over a tenth of a second slower than the ninth and final qualifying mark of 10.49. Junior Rigel Wise also competed, heaving the javelin 199 feet, 9 inches in a seventh-place effort.
Washington will look to wrap up a successful weekend with six athletes in action Saturday, including Lodree and two-time pole vault All-American Kate Soma.
For complete results, heat sheets and event schedules for the 2004 Texas Relays, visit www.texassports.com.