March 19, 2005
SEATTLE - Former Husky Mat Schwinn claimed the 2005 U.S. outdoor discus lead and moved to 11th in the 2005 IAAF World Outdoor Rankings on Saturday, heaving the discus 196-feet, 9 inches through a driving rain at Husky Stadium. Schwinn's throw earned one of 16 event victories for Husky athletes at the meet, which featured athletes from several Northwest small colleges and clubs.
Seemingly unbothered by a driving rain which forced the cancellation of the men's pole vault, and generally limited marks throughout the meet, Schwinn launched the national-leading throw on his fifth attempt of the discus competition, outdistancing his nearest competitor by 24 feet. The Castle Rock, Wash., native has continued to train at Washington throughout his post-collegiate career, which includes a 20th-place finish in the discus at last year's U.S. Olympic Trials.
Equally unaffected by the adverse conditions were senior Sidney Brown (Brush Prairie, Wash./Brush Prairie), who posted victories in all three jumping events, and junior Tiffany Zahn (Newberg, Ore./Newberg), whose first-attempt throw of 149-8 in the javelin earned the Pac-10's top-returning javelin competitor her third-straight berth at the NCAA West Regional Championships in May.
Though the rain kept most Huskies from surpassing their lifetime bests on the track, Husky quarterback Isaiah Stanback (Seattle, Wash./Garfield) anchored Washington's 4x100-meter squad to an impressive mark of 41.01 seconds in its 2005 season debut, while sophomores Amy Lia (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) and Carl Moe (Auburn, Wash./Auburn-Riverside) each made long-awaited returns from injury.
UW's freshman-record holder indoors in the 800 meters and mile, Lia won the 3,000 meters in 10:14.22, while Moe, running for the first time since concluding his 2004 freshman season with an eighth-place finish in the Pac-10 1,500-meter final, placed second to teammate Mark Mandi in the 1,500 Saturday, finishing in 3:53.88. Both sat out the fall cross country and winter indoor track seasons, each nursing injuries suffered during the 2004 outdoor track campaign.
Other event winners for Washington on Saturday included sophomore Kira Harrison (800m, 2:12.15), senior Laura Halverson (1,500m, 4:38.13), junior Myrriah Swango (Pole Vault, 11-3 ¾), senior Brandon Bailey (400m IH, 54.15), senior Andrew Robinson (Steeplechase, 9:28.19), freshman Norris Frederick (Long Jump, 23-9 ½), senior Juan Romero (Javelin, 188-2), and UW's women's 4x100-meter relay (48.37).
For complete results from Saturday's UW Outdoor Preview at Husky Stadium, visit www.gohuskies.com.