Jan. 19, 2008
SEATTLE - Hundreds of top track and field athletes crowded their way into the Dempsey Indoor facility on Saturday to take part in the 2008 UW Indoor Preview. Despite a modest contingent of Huskies, there was still plenty to cheer, including a facility record and Norris Frederick taking the early collegiate lead in the long jump.
The Husky men, currently ranked an all-time best No. 2 in the nation, did not put forth a full squad, but enjoyed solid performances from all who did take part. Frederick, a five-time All-American, won the long jump with a mark of 25' 8 ¾" on his fifth attempt out of six. The jump was easily past the NCAA provisional mark and just half an inch off the automatic standard--not bad for his first competitive long jump in six months. The leap puts Frederick in the early lead in the collegiate ranks.
The crowd's biggest roar was elicited near the end of the meet when British Columbia's Michael Mason broke his own Dempsey Indoor record in the high jump, clearing 7' 5 ¾". The mark is one of the top-five in the world in the new year.
The day's busiest competitor was former Olympic silver medalist and World Champion decathlete Bryan Clay. Still one of the world's top multi-event athletes, Clay started with the 60m hurdles, finishing second, then placed second in the long jump to Frederick with a leap of 24' 4 ¼", then put strength with speed and agility by winning the shot put.
Highlights among the Husky women included a triple jump victory by junior Daria Amiad-Pavlov that launched her into UW's Indoor Top-10. Amiad-Pavlov's jump of 39' 3" was a personal best and places her eighth on the career indoor list. Also having good days were Falesha Ankton who placed third in the 60m hurdles (8.86), and freshman Elise Bryant, who was third in the weight throw.
"A lot of people made some important strides today," said Head Coach Greg Metcalf. "We are working our way into the season and will add some key ingredients to the mix soon. Now is a good time to see what some of the freshmen are capable of. Meanwhile we still got to watch Norris come put on a show, and some of our cross country athletes got back out there after their winter breaks."
Washington's next major date is Feb. 2 when the Dempsey will play host to the UW Invitational.
For complete meet results visit www.gohuskies.com.