March 31, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Redshirt freshman Jeremy Mineau made his official UW outdoor track and field debut a memorable one Friday, running the second-fastest 10,000-meter time in school history at the prestigious Cardinal Invitational at Stanford. The two-day meet, featuring more than 4,000 of the top collegiate athletes in the nation, continues Saturday.
A native of nearby Menlo Park, Calif., and a well-known prep star during his four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, Mineau was represented in the stands by a large contingent of family and friends who cheered him throughout the race's 25 laps around the track.
His final time of 28 minutes, 49.69 seconds - good for 12th in the elite field - was just the third sub-29-minute effort in UW history, and ranks second all-time at Washington only to the school-record 28:34.54 clocked by current UW assistant coach David Bazzi in 2001.
Besides Bazzi and Mineau, only Curt Corvin (28.34.4 in 1986) has cracked the elite 29-minute mark. Notably, both Bazzi and Corvin went on to earn All-America honors in those respective seasons; Mineau's mark Friday - which was just four seconds off the NCAA's automatic-qualifying standard in the event - is the 10th-fastest this year by a collegiate runner, and the No. 1 mark among all NCAA freshmen.
"Jeremy really impressed me tonight," said fourth-year head coach Greg Metcalf, himself a former UW All-American distance runner. "He was pretty fired up to be running in his hometown, but I don't know that it was that much of a factor - he's fast no matter what track he's running on. He's just a super-talented young man with a great future ahead of him."
Junior Kevin Peters also bested the NCAA's provisional standard in the 10,000 meters, his time of 29:22.47 good for fifth on UW's all-time list. Peters' time was a nine-second improvement over his previous best of 29:31.43, clocked at this same meet last season.
On the women's side, senior Brianna McLeod earned a berth in the NCAA postseason Friday. Her time of 16:51.96 in the second section of the women's 5,000 meters was an eight-second personal best, and was four hundredths of a second faster than the NCAA's Regional qualifying standard.
Mineau, Peters and McLeod were among 19 Huskies competing Friday on the first of two days of competition at Stanford. Saturday's start lists includes UW competitors in the high jump and pole vault, as well as top sections of the 800- and 1,500-meter runs.
For complete start lists and results from the 2006 Cardinal Invitational, visit www.gostanford.com.