March 13, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Husky track and field teams raked in six All-American honors today on day one of the NCAA Indoor Championships hosted by Texas A&M. Senior Jordan Boase also moved on to the 400-meter dash final by winning his preliminary heat.
Sophomore Elisa Bryant, a Seattle native and Inglemoor High grad, started the meet with a bang for the Dawgs, as she broke her own school record in the weight throw to finish eighth. Bryant threw 65-feet, 8 3/4-inches to become Washington's first ever All-American in the weight throw. She is the first Husky female to earn All-America honors in any throwing event since Megan Spriesterbach in 2004.
Junior Jake Schmitt (Kentfield, Calif./Redwood) earned his first career All-America honors as well today, placing ninth in the 5,000-meter run. Schmitt finished his run in 14:04.20. He is Washington's first ever 5,000-meter All-American indoors.
The women collected four more All-America honors all at once, as Washington's distance medley relay placed eighth in 11:06.81. That marks the best-ever finish for the women's DMR at nationals. Freshman Christine Babcock (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) held the lead for much of the 1,200-meter leg despite hesitating at the gun and needing to sprint right away to catch up. She handed to senior Falesha Ankton (Beicia, Calif./Benicia) for the 400-meter leg, who kept the women in the top-eight. Seattle's Kailey Campbell (Ballard HS) ran a solid 800-meter leg, and junior Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins) ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg.
All four legs of the DMR collected All-America honors for their efforts. It is the first for Ankton and Campbell, the second for Babcock and fourth for Follett counting their cross country honors.
Senior Anita Campbell (Vancouver, B.C./Aldergrove) placed 13th in the 5,000-meter run in her first NCAA Indoor track appearance, while freshman Kelly McNamee (Spokane, Wash./Ferris) tied for 14th in the high jump with a best clearance of 5-feet, 8 ¾-inches. McNamee, the only freshman in the field, just missed a clearance at 5-10 ¾.
Boase put himself in great position for the 400-meter dash final on Saturday. The finals are split into two heats and based purely on time, but Boase (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) made sure he would be in the second heat on Saturday, thus knowing the time to beat. Running in the second of four prelims, Boase held off Florida's Calvin Smith for the win in 46.64 seconds. That was the second-fastest time posted, just barely behind Robert Simmons of LSU who ran 46.63.
The news wasn't as good for senior Austin Abbott, the newly minted school record-holder in the mile run. Abbott (Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West) took seventh in the first heat of the mile, and will not advance to Saturday's final.
Washington did well in the individual honors, but points were hard to come by at the McFerrin Athletic Center. The Husky women scored two points on the day with the eighth-place finishes in the DMR and weight throw, while the men will look to get on the board tomorrow with a pair of finals. Freshman Jeremy Taiwo (Renton, Wash./Newport) will complete the final three events in the heptathlon, where he currently sits seventh with 2,324 points.
Also entered tomorrow are Mel Lawrence and Follett in the women's 3,000-meter run. For complete results visit www.aggieathletics.com.
Washington Track & Field
NCAA Indoor Championships
March 13, 2009 - College Station, Texas
McFerrin Athletic Center
400m Dash Prelim (Heat 2 of 4): 1. Jordan Boase, 46.64 (advances to final); Mile Run Prelim (Heat 1of 2): 7. Austin Abbott, 4:06.07 (does not advance); 5,000m Run Final: 9. Jake Schmitt, 14:04.20; Heptathlon (4 of 7 events completed): 7. Jeremy Taiwo, 2,324.
5,000m Run Final: 13. Anita Campbell, 16:14.82; Distance Medley Relay Final: 8. Washington (Babcock, Ankton, K. Campbell, Follett), 11:06.81; High Jump Final: 14 (tie). Kelly McNamee, 5-8 3/4; Weight Throw Final: 8. Elisa Bryant, 65-8 ¾.