June 8, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Ashley Lodree ran the ninth-fastest 100-meter hurdles time in Pac-10 history Friday to earn a sixth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday, leading four Huskies to All-America honors on the meet's third day.
The four-day meet at Sacramento State's Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex, which features 12 UW athletes, concludes Saturday.
Running in lane three under perfect conditions, Lodree came slow off the blocks but was outstanding across the hurdles, surging forward at the line to finish in a career-best time of 12.99 seconds - her first-ever wind-legal mark below the 13-second barrier and the ninth-fastest time ever by a Pac-10 women's hurdler.
"I'm happy with the time, but I know I should have run faster," said Lodree after the race. "The kind of hurdler I am, and in these conditions and this race, I could have done better.. I didn't get out real well and tried to make up for it in the middle. It's a good time, but I know I'm capable of more."
Lodree's finish earned the Richmond, Calif., native her sixth-career All-America honor, more than any other woman in UW history. She leaves Washington having obliterated the school's hurdles records and ranking among UW's top-10 all-time in 12 different events, a number unsurpassed by any Washington athlete, male or female.
"Ashley's been a big part of our team the last four years," said fifth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "Getting under 13 seconds today was a terrific accomplishment. You can't ask much more of an athlete than for them to do their best when the chips are down, and that's what Ashley did today. She's a one-of-a-kind young woman, and we'll miss her for sure."
Seeded just 13th entering the national meet, Bingisser notched three personal-best throws Friday, the last a 222-foot, 2-inch toss to earn a sixth-place NCAA Championships finish. Bingisser's finish is the best by a Husky hammer thrower at the NCAA meet since Scott Neilson won the last of his four-consecutive NCAA titles in 1979, while his throw of 222-2 marked UW's longest since Neilson's school-record 238-7 in 1978.
"I pretty much knew that if the top guys went out there and threw their best, I probably wasn't going to beat them, but I couldn't control that; all I could do was go out and throw as far as I could," said Bingisser, who earned his second-career All-America honor. "It's great to PR at nationals; I actually felt like I had a bigger one in there, but I know I'll keep improving."
Roth, too, is a two-time All-American after placing eighth in Friday's pole vault final. The freshman - UW's first ever to earn All-America honors in the event - cleared the opening two heights on his first attempt but needed three tries to top the bar at 17-6 ½ before failing to clear the subsequent height.
Roth in March became the first UW freshman ever to win All-America honors in the pole vault, and though just a freshman, trails only two-time NCAA champion and 2006 world indoor champion Brad Walker in UW's all-time pole vault rankings.
"It's exciting to look at the things Scott accomplished this year - jumping 18 feet, earning All-America awards indoors and out - and realize that those are things not even Brad was doing at that same stage of his career," Metcalf said. "Scott's definitely going to be back at this meet again several times in his career, and he'll take this experience and apply it forward to those competitions. He has a terrific career ahead of him."
Rounding out Washington's All-America quartet on Friday was junior James Fredrickson, who placed 10th overall in the semi-finals of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.14 seconds, just two spots shy of a berth in Saturday's final. Fredrickson's high-school teammate, junior Alex Harcourt, also narrowly missed a finals berth, clocking 46.68 seconds to place 14th in semis of the 400-meter dash.
Washington already boasts five All-America honors from this year's national meet and will seek a sixth Saturday when senior Ryan Brown competes in finals of the 800-meter dash. CBS will televise all of Saturday's finals beginning at 10 a.m., and concluding with the 4x400-meter relay at 11:35 a.m.
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NCAA Track and Field Championships
Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex; Sacramento, Calif.
June 6-9, 2007
Men's Results (UW Only) - 400m Dash (Semi, Heat 1 of 2): 6. Alex Harcourt, 46.68; 400m Hurdles (Semi, Heat 1 of 2): 5. James Fredrickson, 51.14; Pole Vault (Final): 8. Scott Roth, 17-6 1/2; Hammer Throw (Final): 6. Martin Bingisser, 222-2.
Women's Results (UW Only) - 100m Hurdles (Final): 6. Ashley Lodree, 12.99.