June 3, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee announced today the participants in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Husky track and field squad will send a total of 13 athletes to the meet, competing in 12 events.
The championships will be held June 11-14 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University serves as the host.
A total of 544 student-athletes per gender will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championships through participation in one of four regional championship meets.
Seven-time NCAA All-American Norris Frederick (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) will look for his first NCAA title in his final national meet. Frederick finished third in the long jump at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor meet, and was second at the 2008 NCAA Indoor meet. He is actually ranked higher this season in the high jump than the long jump.
Jordan Boase (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) will look to write the perfect ending to his storybook season. Boase is ranked second in the 400-meters, and also runs the lead-off leg on UW's 10th-ranked and Pac-10 Champion 4x100-meter relay. Boase was third in the 400 at the 2008 NCAA Indoor meet back in March and set the UW school record in April.
Joining Boase on the relay are senior James Fredrickson (Kent, Wash./Kentridge), junior Joseph Turner (Fresno, Calif./Modesto Junior College), and freshman Ryan Hamilton (Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen) who runs the anchor leg. Fredrickson will also be competing in the 400m hurdles.
Seniors Carl Moe (Aubun, Wash./Auburn-Riverside) and Austin Abbott (Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West) will look to add additional hardware to their legacies. Moe earned an at-large bid into the men's 3000-meter steeplechase, while Abbott was an automatic qualifier in the 800-meters. The two have six All-American honors between them.
West Region pole vault champion Jared O'Connor (Clifton Park, N.Y./North Carolina) will look to carry the momentum from his surprise win into his first national meet. O'Connor cleared new personal bests on three straight vaults last Saturday at the Regional in Northridge, Calif., winning at 17-5 which was nearly a foot higher than his previous best.
Lastly, sophomore Jake Schmitt (Kentfield, Calif./Cal-Berkeley) will make his NCAA debut in the 10,000-meters. Schmitt ran the third-fastest 10k time in Husky history back in early April.
On the women's side, the story is much the same as the NCAA Indoor meet, where seniors Amanda Miller (Wenatchee, Wash./Eastmont) and Michelle Turner (Orem, Utah/BYU), and sophomore Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins) all placed in the top-10 of the mile run. The All-American trio are back at nationals, this time lining up in the 1500-meters. Follett won the Pac-10 Championships last month, and Turner followed that up with a stunning win at the West Regional, shaving more than eight seconds off her personal best.
Sophomore Falesha Ankton (Benicia, Calif./Benicia) rounds out the Husky field. She will be making her first individual NCAA appearance after finishing second at Regionals in the 100m hurdles. Her time at Northridge of 13.46 was the second-best 100m hurdles in school history.
For a complete schedule of events, visit gohuskies.com.
Washington's NCAA Track and Field Participants
Austin Abbott, Sr., 800 meters
Jordan Boase, Jr., 400 meters and 4x100 meter relay
Norris Frederick, Sr., Long Jump and High Jump
James Fredrickson, Sr., 400 meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay
Ryan Hamilton, Fr., 4x100 meter relay
Carl Moe, Sr., 3000 meter steeplechase
Jared O'Connor, Jr., Pole Vault
Jake Schmitt, So., 10,000 meters
Joseph Turner, Jr., 4x100 meter relay