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Husky Freshman Outduels NCAA Champion in Idaho
Release: 02/07/2004
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Feb. 7, 2004


BOISE, Ida. - Freshman hurdler Ashley Lodree outran several of the nation's top collegiate hurdlers, including reigning NCAA 400-meter hurdles champion Sheena Johnson of UCLA, to win the 60-meter hurdles Saturday at the United Heritage Invitational at Boise State's Jackson's Track.

Lodree's finals time of 8.33 seconds -- second-best ever by a UW hurdler -- was faster than any of the times run by her competitors, including Johnson and NCAA All-American Sani Roseby of UCLA, and the LSU pair of RaNysha LeBlanc and Brittany Littlejohn, who entered the meet with respective No. 6 and No. 7 national rankings.

Lodree's mark is well below the NCAA provisional-qualifying standard, is the second-fastest by an NCAA freshman in 2004, and equals the ninth-fastest collegiate mark in the nation this season. The meet also marks the third-straight in which Lodree, a graduate of El Cerrito High School in Richmond, Calif., has set a UW freshman record in the hurdles.

Lodree was not the only UW freshman making her mark, as fist-year pole vaulter McKane Lee cleared 16 feet, 7 1/4 inches to climb to 10th on Washington's all-time indoor list.

Lee's effort, however, was just a side note to the battle at the top of the event, as defending NCAA Indoor Champion Brad Walker dueled Oregon freshman Tommy Skipper. Walker impressed, cinching a bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships with an automatic-qualifying clearance of 18-1, but Skipper took center stage with a winning vault of 18-8 3/4, just 3 1/2 inches shy of Walker's Pac-10 record of 19-0 1/4, set last season.

Even Skipper can't claim the accomplishment of Husky sophomore Carly Dockendorf, however. The Port Moody, B.C., native capped an impressive weekend of two-sport competition by tying for fourth in the pole vault, at 12-5 1/2, just hours after winning the all-around for Washington's gymnastics team in dual-meet competition with Boise State on Friday night. On several weekends, Dockendorf has competed for both the Husky gymnastics and track teams at home, but Saturday marked the first time the sophomore had ever attempted the feat entirely on the road.

Washington track and field squads return home next weekend for the second-annual Pac-10 Invitational, featuring top-10 squads UCLA, USC, Stanford and BYU, as well as Washington State, Oregon, California, Arizona State and Air Force.

For complete results of the 2004 United Heritage Invitational, visit

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