May 8, 2008
ON THE TRACK: The final home meet for the Washington track and field team goes off inside Husky Stadium this Saturday, May 10, as the Huskies host the Ken Shannon/Ken Foreman Invitational. Washington, which hosts the Ken Shannon annually, welcomes Seattle Pacific as co-hosts of the meet. SPU traditionally hosts the Ken Foreman Invite in West Seattle. Field events begin at 2 p.m. and the first track event will start at 3 p.m.
The meet brings the regular season to a close for the Huskies, with the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships beginning this weekend in Tempe, Ariz. to be followed by the main competition next weekend at Arizona State. Given the proximity of the intense postseason meets, many of UW's top athletes will be resting up this weekend. The Huskies will still have a handful of current regional qualifiers in action on Saturday, including seniors Amanda Miller, Michelle Turner, Amy Lia, Kelley DiVesata, junior Dani Schuster, and sophomore Katie Follett on the women's side. Many of UW's top mid-distance runners on the men's team will compete in a special mile run invitational, including senior All-Americans Carl Moe and Austin Abbott.
The field for the Ken Shannon/Ken Foreman Invitational will be mostly comprised of local small colleges and clubs. Teams on hand from around the region include Western Washington, Central Washington, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, British Columbia, Seattle U., and Simon Fraser.
LIVE RESULTS: Live results of the 2008 Ken Shannon/Ken Foreman Invitational will be posted throughout the meet to the official site of UW athletics, www.GoHuskies.com. In addition, a complete recap of the evening's events will be posted to GoHuskies.com shortly after the meet's conclusion.
Ken Shannon HISTORY: Washington renamed its annual spring invitational in 2002 to honor former head coach Ken Shannon, the second-longest tenured coach in University of Washington history. In 29 years as head coach of Washington men's track and field team, from 1968-97, Shannon guided the Huskies to seven top-12 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a best of sixth in 1972. Under Shannon's tutelage, Husky athletes combined to earn 81 All-America certificates, 38 Pac-10 titles, and 18 NCAA championships, while setting 10 NCAA records. After stepping down as Washington's head coach following the 1997 season, Shannon remained on staff as the UW's throws coach, mentoring seven more All-Americans over the next four years, including 2000 U.S. Olympian Aretha Hill, before retiring for good in 2001.
MULTIS UP AND RUNNING IN TEMPE: This Friday, May 9, actually marks the beginning of postseason action for a select number of UW's track team. The Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships begin in Tempe, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State, continuing on Saturday to crown the conference champs in the heptathlon and decathlon. Juniors Daria Amiad-Pavlov and Liz Fuller will compete on the women's side, while freshman Andrew Ferleman dives in on the men's side.
LAST TIME OUT: Another NCAA-leading run by junior sprinter Jordan Boase was certainly the performance of the day, but the Washington State track and field teams prevailed over Washington in the yearly dual meet at Mooberry Field last Saturday in Pullman. The Cougar men, ranked 25th, defeated the 30th-ranked Huskies, 92-71, snapping Washington's three-meet win streak. The Cougar women handled a thin Husky roster, 116-47 to win their fourth dual in a row. Boase, already the NCAA leader in the 400-meter dash, took the NCAA lead in the 200-meters as well, running 20.37 seconds. The time is the second-fastest in Washington history, just behind UW legend Ja'Warren Hooker's 20.23, although Boase broke Hooker's UW-WSU dual meet record of 20.57 set back in 2001.Senior Norris Frederick won both the men's high and long jumps for the second straight year, setting a personal-best in the high jump. Frederick cleared 7-3 ¼ to beat out Washington State's Trent Arrivey, who was also very impressive at 7-2 ½. Frederick now ranks fifth nationally outdoors. Zack Midles, a sophomore, was also a multiple winner for the Dawgs, taking first in both the discus and hammer throw. On the women's side, the Huskies had to cope without All-American sophomore Katie Follett, who was busy running the school's fifth-best 5K time in history at a meet in Stanford, but UW still won the mid-distances races thanks to All-American seniors Amanda Miller and Michelle Turner. Miller ran the 800-meters for the first time this season, and posted a personal-best 2:06.98, moving her up to sixth on the women's Top-10 list. Turner captured the 1500-meters in 4:25.46, nearly six seconds faster than runner-up Lisa Egami of WSU. Junior Falesha Ankton was responsible for 12 of the women's 47 points, as she ran well in the 100m and 200m dashes, and the 100m and 400m hurdles. Ankton won the 100m hurdles in 13.73 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in school history. Senior Kelley DiVesta had her best outdoor pole vault of the season thus far, winning the event by more than a foot with a clearance of 13-3 ½.
UP NEXT: Washington will enter 24 men and 24 women into the 2008 Pac-10 Conference Track and Field Championships, held May 16-17 in Tempe, Ariz. Last season the men placed sixth and the women finished ninth.