May 14, 2005
WESTWOOD, Calif. - Washington throwers Martin Bingisser and Rigel Wise each earned third-place finishes Friday at the Pac-10 Championships, leading the Husky men to sixth place after one day of competition at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The two-day meet concludes Saturday with track event finals, and selected field events.
Oregon claimed the early lead on the men's side with 63,5 points, leading Arizona State (49) and UCLA (45). Stanford leads all women's teams with 61 points, edging out Washington State (54.5) and UCLA (46). The Bruins swept team titles at the Pac-10 meet in 2004, and boast a conference-record eight-year winning streak in women's competition. Washington is seeking to improve upon finishes of sixth (women) and ninth (men) in 2004.
Bingisser and Wise needed just one throw each to cinch third-place finishes in the hammer and javelin, respectively, matching the best performance by any Husky at the Pac-10 meet Saturday.
Sophomore Bingisser found himself in a three-way Northwest battle with Oregon's Paul Etter and Olympia's Adam Midles, now competing for USC. Both Bingisser and Midles launched the hammer 201 feet, 2 inches on their first attempts to lead all throwers, but Midles' final throw of 208-10 earned the Pac-10 title for the Trojans' sophomore, with Etter claiming second at 201-11.
Senior Wise, meanwhile, hurled the javelin 215 feet, 7 inches on his first attempt to sit third after one round, then held his position over the final five throws of the competition. Cal's Paul Teinert won with a throw of 235-11, and Oregon's Lars Laursen was second at 222-2.
Both are Pac-10 Championships veterans, with Bingisser placing third in the hammer in 2004, and Wise placing sixth in the javelin each of the past two seasons.
Sophomore McKane Lee also earned a third-place finish Saturday, clearing 17-0 ½ in the men's pole vault. The sixth-place finisher in the event as a freshman a year ago, Lee entered the Pac-10 meet on a high, having cleared a lifetime-best 17-5 at Husky Stadium a week ago.
"Those guys went out there and did what they needed to do," said third-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "They've put us in a good position on the men's side; now it's up to the rest of our folks to go out and capitalize on that Sunday."
Two Huskies scored in the men's long jump, with freshman Norris Frederick taking fourth with a jump of 24-8 1/4, and junior J.R. Wolfork earning sixth at 24-3 ½, both on their first attempts of the competition. The talented duo, both making their first-career Pac-10 Championships appearances, will each compete again on Sunday -- Frederick in the high jump and Wolfork in the triple jump.
On the women's side, junior Tiffany Zahn earned fifth in the javelin with a throw of 152-4 -- her third-straight top-five Pac-10 finish -- while senior Laura Halverson placed seventh in the steeplechase, and senior Sidney Brown tied for seventh in the high jump. Brown's effort marked her sixth-career top-10 effort in Pac-10 Championships competition, a number she will attempt to increase in Sunday's triple jump.
Action on Saturday also included preliminary heats of the majority of track events, in which several Huskies advanced to Sunday's finals.
Junior Shane Charles was the top qualifier in the men's 400-meter hurdles, winning his preliminary heat in 51.10 seconds. Sophomore Amy Lia, meanwhile, clocked the third-fastest qualifying time of 4:26.72 to qualify for Sunday's final of the 1,500 meters, where she will be joined by senior Lindsey Egerdahl, the Pac-10's number-three seed and the seventh-fastest qualifier Saturday at 4:32.17.
Two Husky women also earned qualifying spots in the women's 100-meter hurdles, with sophomore Ashley Lodree posting a time of 13.64 seconds to rank fifth entering the final, and junior Brynne Steward nabbing the ninth and final qualifying spot with a time of 14.39. Junior Bruce Jackson also qualified for finals competition in the 400 meters (46.80, 9th overall), as did sophomore Ryan Brown at 800 meters (1:50.19, 3rd overall).
Those qualifiers will join several Husky field-event competitors in action Sunday. Senior Kate Soma, the 2004 Pac-10 pole vault champion and two-time NCAA runner-up, will attempt to become the first UW woman to successfully defend a conference crown, while junior Will Conwell will attempt to make UW men's throwers three-for-three with a top-three finish in the men's discus.
For complete results and upcoming event schedules for the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, visit www.uclabruins.com.