Nov. 29, 2007
On the Track: Less than two weeks after guiding the Washington women's cross country team to a program-best 8th-place NCAA finish, Head Coach Greg Metcalf makes the switch over to track and field, as the Husky squads debut this Saturday at the UW Winter Preview at the Dempsey Indoor. The meet, which features over 20 small college and club teams from around the Northwest, is new to Washington's schedule, and marks its first time opening before the turn of the calendars. Admission is free to all spectators, with both track and field events beginning at 10 a.m. For complete meet entries and a finalized event schedule, visit www.GoHuskies.com.
Several veteran Huskies will be shaking off the rust and competing in front of crowds for the first time in months, while many fresh faces are poised to make their purple-clad debuts for the Dawgs. Headlining the list of entrants is junior Norris Frederick, one of the most decorated athletes in UW history with five All-American honors in the long jump. Frederick was the national leader in the long jump through the outdoor season before placing third at the NCAA Championships. Frederick's five All-American honors are tied with Rick Noji for fourth-most in UW history, behind Ja'Warren Hooker (10), Ryan Brown (9), and Scott Neilson (7). Frederick ended his 2007 season with a 13th-place finish at the USA Track and Field Championships in June. Frederick's high jump prowess should also not be overlooked, as he has made three NCAA appearances in that event as well. The high jump is where Frederick will compete on Saturday.
Washington will have another multiple All-American on display on Saturday in sophomore pole vaulter Scott Roth. Roth is coming off of the best freshman pole vaulting season in Washington history, even surpassing the accomplishments of former NCAA Champion and current World Champion Brad Walker. He captured All-American honors both indoors (11th-place) and outdoors (8th-place) and cleared a season-best 18-1 3/4, already second on the UW career charts behind Walker. Roth capped his season with a second-place finish at the US Junior Track and Field Championships. Fellow sophomore Ryan Vu is also scheduled to compete in Saturday's vaulting competition. Vu is a former Canadian Junior National Champion and is one of UW's top returning vaulters. On the women's side, senior vaulter Kelley DiVesta, the Huskies' top indoor vaulter last year, is slated to make her first runs of the season.
Additional top women's returners ready for action are Daria Amiad-Pavlov and Liz Fuller, UW's top two multi-event athletes last season. Both competed at the Pac-10 Championships back in May. Junior Syreeta Martin (5th, 2007 Pac-10 400m IH) should also be one to watch in the 400-meters.
A slew of young Dawgs will be making their first appearances on Saturday, including men's freshmen sprinters Kyle Acheson, Andrew Ferleman, Ryan Hamilton, Sam Rucker, Kenny Shaw, Miles Timpe, and junior transfer sprinter Joe Turner.
Newcomers on the women's side expected to debut on Saturday include sprinters Chelsey Johnson, Christina Lee, Taylor Nichols, Marie Tvare, and Lauren Visoria.
Other competing schools include Portland, Western Washington, Seattle U., Western Oregon, St. Martin's, and several club teams.
Live Results!: Results of all UW home indoor track and field meets are posted live throughout the meet to the official site of UW athletics, www.GoHuskies.com. A link to a complete event schedule and live results will appear on the track and field sport page the morning of each meet, allowing fans the opportunity to follow along with the action as events conclude. Simply go to GoHuskies.com, and click on "track" from the "sports" pull-down menu to find the live results link on each meet day.
Event Schedule: Following is a time schedule for Saturday's UW Winter Preview. All times are Pacific and subject to change:
10:00 a.m.: 60m Hurdles Finals (W) 10:10 a.m.: 60m Hurdles Finals (M) 10:20 a.m.: 60m Dash Finals (W) 10:30 a.m.: 60m Dash Finals (M) 10:40 a.m.: Mile Run (W) 10:55 a.m.: Mile Run (M) 11:10 a.m.: 400m Dash (W) 11:20 a.m.: 400m Dash (M) 11:30 a.m.: 800m Run (W) 11:35 a.m.: 800m Run (M) 11:40 a.m.: 200m Dash (W) 11:50 a.m.: 200m Dash (M) 12:00 p.m.: 5000m Run (W) 12:25 p.m.: 5000m Run (M) 12:45 p.m.: 300m Run (W) 12:55 p.m.: 300m Run (M) 1:05 p.m.: 4 x 400m (W) 1:10 p.m.: 4 x 400m (M)
10:00 a.m.: Women's Shot Put 10:00 a.m.: Women's Long Jump 10:00 a.m.: Women's Pole Vault 11:00 a.m.: Men's Shot Put 11:00 a.m.: Men's Long Jump 11:00 a.m.: Women's High Jump 11:30 a.m.: Men's Pole Vault 12:00 p.m.: Men's High Jump
Meet Results: Results will be posted periodically throughout the meet on a board at the south end of Dempsey Indoor. Following the conclusion of the meet, packets of results will be available at the finish line for coaches and meet officials only. Please allow 5-10 minutes following the conclusion of the final event for results to be processed and approved. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the meet, and will be posted to the official site of Husky athletics, www.gohuskies.com, within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on the following page.
In both 2006 and 2007, Washington boasted at least one NCAA competitor in every event area -- sprints, hurdles, middle distance, long distance, relays, horizontal jumps, vertical jumps, pole vault and throws.
Head coach Greg Metcalf and junior Norris Frederick were named the USTFCCCA's West Region Men's Coach of the Year and West Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year in March of 2007.
The UW men's seventh-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships was the team's best-ever indoors, and equaled its third-best NCAA finish overall since 1930.
Washington's men's team won its second-straight indoor conference title in 2007, marking UW's first successful defense of a conference crown since 1921-22.
Washington has boasted at least one Pac-10 champion in eight-straight years, and at least one NCAA champ for five-straight seasons. Senior Ryan Brown extended both streaks in 2007, winning NCAA indoor and Pac-10 800m crowns.
Washington has sent a total of 64 athletes to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship since 2005, the most prolific stretch in team history. Of those 64, 45 have returned home with All-America honors, also obliterating all previous three-year records.
Washington's 45 All-Americans since the start of the 2005 season are more than its total from the previous seven years, combined.
2007 Indoor In Review: Washington continued to raise its national profile during the 2007 indoor season, with the Huskies' men's team capturing its second-straight MPSF Conference championship and placing seventh at the NCAA Indoor meet, and a record-breaking total of 11 Huskies bringing home indoor All-America honors, including an NCAA title at 800 meters for senior Ryan Brown. Brown's win was one of four top-five finishes for UW athletes at the NCAA meet, including a third-place hurdles effort for senior Ashley Lodree, a fourth-place 800-meter finish for junior Austin Abbott, and a fifth-place finish in the distance medley relay for Abbott, Brown, and juniors James Fredrickson and Carl Moe. In addition to their NCAA exploits, Washington's teams and athletes also excelled at the MPSF Indoor Championships, capturing seven individual titles -- including four men's crowns and three women's crowns -- and winning their second-consecutive conference men's team championship. In all, Husky athletes combined to win one NCAA title, seven conference individual titles and one conference team title, while earning 11 All-America honors and breaking six school records.
Dempsey Indoor: In only six full seasons, Washington's Dempsey Indoor has already earned a reputation as one of the nation's top indoor competition venues. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track (six lanes on the straightaway, five on the oval) and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events. Dempsey Indoor has hosted more than a dozen Olympians, witnessed 16 top-10 world marks, 20 UW indoor school records and hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks, and is the host site of the MPSF Championships. In addition to its competitive use, the building serves as an indoor practice facility for many UW teams.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his sixth year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross country, and his 11th year overall on the UW staff. Metcalf earned West Region Indoor Men's Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after leading Ryan Brown to his second-straight NCAA 800-meter title, and guiding the Washington men to a second-straight indoor conference title and a seventh-place tie at the NCAA Indoor meet, the latter an all-time program best. Metcalf can only hope that 2008 continues on the same track as his banner 2007 campaign, where Brown added another NCAA title, and the UW men and women combined for three seven conference crowns and the men made it back-to-back MPSF Conference titles. In his first five seasons at the helm, Metcalf has led the UW women and men to four top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships per team, including the aforementioned seventh-place finish indoors in March and a 15th-place outdoor finish by the men in June. Individually, 19 UW distance runners have earned NCAA berths, with three earning NCAA titles and 12 grabbing All-America accolades, a list which does not include the team's three-time All-America distance medley relays (2005-07). In addition, Metcalf has led the Huskies' women's cross country team to the NCAA meet nine of his first 11 years at the helm, and is coming off a program-best eighth-place finish, with two women earning All-American honors for the first time in history. Metcalf guided the UW men to a 12th-place NCAA cross country finish in 2006. In 11 years atop Washington's distance program, Metcalf has coached three NCAA champions, six Pac-10 champions, 24 All-Americans, 15 school-record setters and 88 NCAA Championships competitors. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeple, and ran in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials.