April 30, 2005
SEATTLE - Behind 11 event victories and a meet record in the 400-meter hurdles for junior Shane Charles, Washington's 13th-ranked men's track and field team snapped a four-year losing streak to No. 12 Washington State on Saturday with a 110.5-92.5 win in dual-meet action at Husky Stadium. The Huskies' win was just its fourth over the Cougars since 1975, while its' 110.5 points were the most ever scored by a Washington men's team in the meet's 105-year history.
The Cougars' women, meanwhile, avenged a loss to Washington in Pullman last year with a 111-92 win over the host Huskies, who were without a number of competitors due to injuries or illness. Cougars' junior Tamara Diles led a field-event sweep for WSU with a Husky Stadium record of 13-7 1/4 in the pole vault, while sisters Diana and Julie Pickler combined to score 26 of WSU's 111 points.
Washington's men are 31-58-1 all-time in dual-meet competition against WSU, while the UW women fell to 19-10 all-time against their in-state rivals.
"That was a fun track meet," said third-year Washington head coach Greg Metcalf. "Those guys have beaten us down for a long time, and I think our guys were ready for them today. It would have been nice to have been able to throw our full women's team out there, but it still would have been a dogfight. The Cougars are a tough squad to beat, which is why I'm so proud of our guys for the way they competed."
Washington athletes accounted for three meet records, including a winning time of 50.76 in the 400-meter hurdles by Charles that broke a 15-year-old record held by current WSU assistant coach Mark Macdonald. Charles' time was the second-fastest in UW history, and ranks among the top-10 times in the nation this year.
The seeds of Saturday's men's victory were planted Friday night, when sophomore Martin Bingisser routed the field in the hammer throw with a lifetime-best toss of 204 feet, 7 inches, fifth-best ever at UW and nearly 50 feet beyond his nearest competitor. Bingisser, who will attend the UW law school in the fall, became just the seventh Husky ever to top the 200-foot mark in the hammer, and the first since 1995.
Momentum gained from Bingisser's effort carried over to Saturday morning's field events, where the Huskies set an early tone with 1-2 sweeps by Rigel Wise (211-11) and Brian Harris (211-7) in the javelin, and by J.R. Wolfork (24-5) and Norris Frederick (23-11) in the long jump. A win on the track by Bruce Jackson (400 meters, 40.76 seconds), combined with sweeps in the 800-, 1,500- and 5,000-meters sealed the victory for UW, which won for the first time at Husky Stadium since 1997. Warren Eickhoff added a victory in the high jump (6-8 ¾), Sam Roberts won the pole vault (16-6 ¾) and Evan Wilson won the shot put (52-2 ½), while the team's 4x400-meter relay put the icing on the cake with a victory in the day's final event, finishing in 3:09.59.
The day was not entirely without positives for the Husky women, who won seven of nine events on the track, including a regional-qualifying effort by senior Lindsey Egerdahl at 800 meters. Egerdahl's time of 2:09.76 earned one of two victories on the day for the Auburn native, who also captured the 1,500-meter crown in 4:37.36 to score 10 of UW's 92 points. Lodree also netted a pair of wins, adding a 400-meter hurdles crown to her meet-record performance in the 100-meter hurdles. The Richmond, Calif,, native also ran on both of UW's top relays, her efforts earning 16 points Saturday for the UW women. Junior Lauran Dignam added a victory in the 200-meter dash (24.68 seconds), as did senior Angela Wishaar in the 5,000 meters (17:49.97).
Washington's teams will compete once more at home next weekend, in the third-annual Ken Shannon Invitational, before heading to Westwood, Calif., May 14-15 for the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. For compete results from Saturday's UW-WSU Dual, visit www.gohuskies.com.