SEATTLE - The head-to-head dual meet is a rarity in the sport of track and field these days, but it has many devoted fans who would say the essence of the sport should be winning events, rather than competing for individual marks. In that spirit, Track & Field News publishes Dual Meet Rankings each season, compiled by Jesse Squire, including only those teams that continue to keep duals on their schedules.
In the final Dual Meet Rankings, the Husky men finished No. 6, and the women finished 23rd. In order to appear in the rankings, "a team must compete in one or more dual meets (defined as a scored meet between four or fewer teams). Teams are ranked on wins and losses, marks, and strength and depth of dual meet schedule. Teams are rewarded for taking dual meet competition seriously."
Along with the rankings, Squire chose the UW-WSU Dual Meet as his Meet of the Year in his season review, saying "There were close meets, there were high-quality meets, there were great meets for one gender but not the other, and there were meets that both sides took seriously and laid it all out for the win. This year, none combined all of these factors quite like the annual 'Apple Cup', the Washington-Washington State dual."