May 4, 2007
SEATTLE - Washington's track and field teams made their seniors' final meet at Husky Stadium a memorable one Friday with wins in 12 events and a pair of improvements to NCAA Regional qualifying marks at the Ken Shannon Invitational at Husky Stadium. The fifth-annual meet, featuring local small-college and club athletes, is the final 2007 regular-season competition for UW's track teams, who open postseason action next weekend at the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford.
Named for longtime head coach Ken Shannon, who was in attendance, Friday's meet marked the final chance for Washington's athletes to improve their postseason qualifying marks in advance of next week's Pac-10 meet, and the NCAA West Regional Championships in Eugene later this month.
Two Huskies did just that, with junior Norris Frederick upping his NCAA Regional-qualifying mark in the long jump to 24 feet, 5 inches in a win Friday, despite cold and blustery conditions that held marks down throughout the meet. The defending Pac-10 long jump champion and a four-time NCAA All-American, Frederick enters next week's Pac-10 Championships seeking to become the first Husky since Brad Walker in 2002-03 to repeat at the conference meet.
Washington also saw an improvement from senior pole vaulter Myrriah Swango, who raised her regional-qualifying mark from 12-5 ½ to 12-6 on Friday, good for third in the competition behind teammates Kelley DiVesta and Stevie Marshalek, both of whom cleared 12-11 ½. Swango's mark, furthermore, was the sixth-best in UW track history, and ranks the senior among the Pac-10's top-10 competitors entering next weekend's competition.
In addition to the wins by Frederick in the long jump and DiVesta in the pole vault, Washington also earned victories Friday from freshmen Scott Roth (pole vault, 17-0 ¾) and Shannon Harvey (hammer throw, 153-6), sophomore Emily Collins (800 meters, 2:13.63), juniors Carl Moe (1,500 meters, 3:47.79), Lindsay Todd (high jump, 5-5) and Janine Sandell (shot put, 46-9), and senior Ashley Lodree (100m dash, 12.14). Freshman Jake Schmitt (5,000 meters, 14:36.85) and sophomore Mart Israel (shot put, 55-9 ¾; discus, 200-7) also earned victories Friday, though not officially representing Washington in the competition.
The regular season behind them, Washington will turn its attention to repeating the postseason success it achieved a year ago. Three Huskies won Pac-10 titles in 2006, while two won NCAA individual crowns, both totals marking UW's best in more than a quarter-century.
For complete results from Friday's Ken Shannon Invitational, or for more information on Washington track and field, visit www.GoHuskies.com.