Highly-Ranked Huskies Split Up for Meets at Mt. SAC, Boise State
On the Track: For just the second time this season, Washington's track and field squads will be divided., with at least eight of Washington's top athletes heading to Walnut, Calif, for the presitigious Mt. SAC Relays, while the rest of the squad battles Northwest collegiate opponents at Boise State's Bronco Invitational. Joining a Mt. SAC field that will include some of the nation's top prep, collegiate, and professional competitors will be six of Washington's eight NCAA qualifiers, including distance runners Kate Bradshaw, Eric Garner, Mike Hill and Courtney Inman, along with highly-ranked pole vaulters Kate Soma and Brad Walker. The sextet of qualifiers will be joined by NCAA hopefuls Dustin Duke and Jeremy Park. The meet runs Friday through Sunday, with Washington athletes competing on only the first two days. The majority of Washington's competitors will tackle a field of Northwest foes at the Bronco Invitational, where they hope to add to the list of 29 Huskies already qualified for May's Pac-10 Championships.
Mt. SAC Relays Schedule of Events
Friday, April 19
6:00 p.m. -- Men's Open Steeplechase (Hill)
7:30 p.m. -- Men's Univ. Pole Vault (Walker)
8:00 p.m. -- Men's Open 5000m (Duke, Park)
8:40 p.m. -- Women's Invt'l 10000m (Bradshaw)
Saturday, April 20
7:00 p.m. -- Women's Univ. Pole Vault - Flight 2 (Soma)
9:00 p.m. - Women's Univ. 1500m - Heat 5 (Inman)
9:40 p.m. -- Men's Univ. 1500m - Heat 4 (Park)
9:50 p.m. -- Men's Univ. 1500m - Heat 5 (Garner)
Bronco Invitational Schedule of Events
Friday, April 19
4:00 p.m. -- Hammer (Women)
4:00 p.m. -- Discus (Men)
4:00 p.m. -- High Jump (Men)
4:00 p.m. -- Pole Vault (Women)
4:00 p.m. -- Long Jump (Women)
5:00 p.m. -- 400m Hurdles (Women)
5:10 p.m. -- 400m Hurdles (Men)
5:20 p.m. -- 800m Run (Women)
5:30 p.m. -- 800m Run (Men)
5:30 p.m. -- Hammer (Men)
5:30 p.m. -- Discus (Women)
5:30 p.m. -- Long Jump (Men)
5:30 p.m. -- High Jump (Women)
5:40 p.m. -- 200m Dash (Women)
5:50 p.m. -- 200m Dash (Men)
6:00 p.m. -- 3000m Steeplechase (Women)
6:20 p.m. -- 3000m Steeplechase (Men)
Saturday, April 20
10:00 a.m. -- Javelin (Women)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (Men)
11:00 a.m. -- Shot Put (Women)
11:00 a.m. -- Triple Jump (Women)
11:30 a.m. -- Javelin (Men)
11:30 a.m. -- 4x100m Relay (Women)
11:40 a.m. -- 4x100m Relay (Men)
11:50 a.m. -- 1500m (Women)
12:00 p.m. -- 1500m (Men)
12:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (Men)
12:10 p.m. -- 100m Hurdles (Women)
12:15 p.m. -- 110m Hurdles (Men)
12:25 p.m. -- 400m Dash (Women)
12:30 p.m. -- 400m Dash (Men)
12:30 p.m. -- Shot Put (Men)
12:35 p.m. -- 100m Dash (Women)
12:40 p.m. -- 100m Dash (Men)
12:45 p.m. -- 5000m (Women)
1:15 p.m. -- 5000m (Men)
1:35 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (Women)
1:45 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (Men)
Oregon Dual Recap: Individual successes abounded for the Huskies at the 91st Washington-Oregon Dual, but the visitors could not overcome the Ducks on their home turf. Oregon's men improved to 59-32 all-time against Washington with a 117-81 win that put a halt to a four-year stretch in which the Huskies had won three of four head-to-haed matchups between the schools. On the women's side, Oregon avenged a pair of indoor losses to Washington with a 105-95 win to improve to 20-6 in the series. The men's squads have competed since 1900, and have met annually since 1946, while the women's squads have battled head-to-head consistently since 1977. For the Huskies, true freshman Kate Soma provided the largest spark, setting a school record with a pole vault of 13-feet 1-1/2 inches in front of a large crowd of family and friends on hand to support the Portland, Ore. native. Sophomore Eric Garner earned Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week honors after sweeping the 800-meter and 1500-meter runs. Garner's 800m time ranks seventh in the conference, while his 1500m mark of 3:43.40 is the conference's best in 2002. Junior Courtney Inman added a provisional-qualifying time of 2:06.46 at 800m, the second-fastest ever at Washington and just seven tenths of a second shy of the Huskies' school record. Other Pac-10 qualifiers included seniors Susan Werner (1500m) and Kelsey Sheppard (100m HH), juniors Heather Reichmann (javelin) and Jeremy Park (1500m), and true freshman Andy Fader (1500m).
Huskies Among Nation's Elite: Both Washington's men's and women's teams remained in the top-15 of the U.S. Track and Field Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, which simulate dual-meet competition between the nation's top collegiate squads. After a hard-fought loss to Oregon in last week's dual, the Husky women dropped four spots from sixth to 10th, despite increasing their point total by 14 points. The Huskies' 321.6 points continued to trail the 385.27 points of top-ranked UCLA. The Bruins lead five Pac-10 teams in the top-20, including No. 5 Washington State, 13th-ranked Oregon, and 17th-ranked Arizona State. The Husky men slipped five spots with the loss to Oregon, settling in at No. 15 with a total of 307.25 points. Indoor national-champion Tennesee maintained its stranglehold on the top spot with 372.4 points, though a trio of Pac-10 squads including No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 Oregon and No. 9 Arizona State are close behind. Both Husky squads remain unranked in the Trackwire 25, which rates teams based on expected performance at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Leading the Pac: In just five weeks of outdoor competition, Washington has already qualified 29 athletes in 21 different events for May's Pac-10 Championship meet at Washington State University in Pullman. Six Huskies have earned qualifying marks in more than one event. Sophomore Eric Garner (800m, 1500m, 5000m) is a three-way qualifier, as is senior Kelsey Sheppard (400m, 100m HH, 400m IH) and true freshman Lisa Gibbs (1500m, 5000m, 10000m). A pair of women's distance runners have done the double, with junior Courtney Inman (800m, 1500m) junior Kate Bradshaw (5000m, 10000m) each qualified in multiple events, while the men's team has matched them step-for-step, with senior Mike Hill (Steeplechase, 5000m) and junior transfer Jeremy Park (1500m, 5000m) meeting more than one conference standard. Those seven may be joined at the Pac-10 meet by a talented crop of true freshmen qualifiers including James Sims (triple jump), Laura Halvorsen (steeplechase), Jamie Gibbs (5000m), Lindsey Egerdahl (1500m), Andy Fader (1500m), Michael Kiter (5000m) and Kate Soma (pole vault). Junior transfer Sabrina Monro (1500m), the 2000 Big Sky Conference champion, will also make her Pac-10 debut. The conference newcomers will be joined by a strong corps of experienced athletes including sophomore Todd Arnold (1500m), junior Sandy Erickson (pole vault), junior Kameko Gay (shot put), sophomore Brad Goodrich (400m IH), sophomore Marc James (400m IH), sophomore Seth Jens (javelin), senior Marcus Kelly (triple jump), senior Zee Ogarro (long jump), junior Heather Reichmann (javelin), senior Frank Remund (high jump), sophomore Brittiny Roberts (triple jump), senior Searan Salibian (shot put), junior Brad Walker (pole vault) and senior Susan Werner (1500m).
Conference Contenders: Not only does the list of Pac-10 qualifiers in 2002 have a purple-and-gold tinge, but many of the top names in the current conference standings can be found on the Huskies roster. Released for the first time last week, the Pac-10's individual standings are a testament to the success of many Husky athletes in 2002. Junior Eric Garner leads all Pac-10 competitors in the mile and is the conference's top dawg in the 1500m, one of four Huskies littered throughout the Pac-10's top-seven in the event. Garner may be a double-qualifier, but neither of his leads measure up to the nine-second gap between senior Mike Hill, the Pac-10's top steeplechaser at 8:46.92, and the second-ranked 8:55.34 mark of Stanford's Jesse Thomas. On the women's side, junior Courtney Inman ranks fourth in both the 800m and 1500m runs, while freshman pole vaulter Kate Soma is tied for fifth in the Pac-10. In all, Huskies hold 14 top-five Pac-10 placings, and 21 mentions among the conference's top-10 in an individual event.
10,000 Meter Tandems: Junior Kate Bradshaw and true freshman Lisa Gibbs are this year continuing a Washington tradition that dates back to the 1996-97 season. Both ran NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 10,000-meter run at last month's Stanford Invitational, marking the sixth-consecutive year that the Huskies have qualified two women's runners at 10,000 meters. The tradition began when then-sophomore Deeja Youngquist was joined by a true freshman, Anna Aoki, at the 1997 championship meet. The two teamed at the NCAAs for the next three seasons, with Aoki earning All-American honors with a ninth-place finish in 1998. Youngquist's departure following the 1999 season could have signaled the end of the streak, but then-freshman Bradshaw defeated an experienced field at the Pac-10 meet to better the NCAA's 10,000-meter qualifying mark and keep the streak alive. Last year, Bradshaw and Aoki performed the double again, and in 2002, Bradshaw is joined by true freshman Gibbs.
Garner-ing Acclaim: Already in 2002, sophomore Eric Garner has established himself as not only the Huskies' man to beat this season, but one of the school's top distance competitors of all-time. At last week's Oregon Dual, Garner lowered his NCAA provisional-qualifying mark in the 1500m, to 3:43.40, the sixth-fastest ever at UW and ninth-best in the nation this year. Just for good measure, Garner also boasts Pac-10 qualifying marks in the 800m and 5000m events, and was named the Pac-10's Track Athlete of the Week on Apr. 15. The Kelso, Wash., native was making waves this season even before his All-American performance in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he placed13th overall. Garner battled injuries through his first year and a half at Washington, running competitively for the first time in February of 2001. Since then, he has steadily improved, culminating with a stunning 3:58.93 mile win at the UW Indoor Qualifier on Mar. 2, the first-ever indoor four-minute mile in Washington state and the third-fastest in the nation in 2002. Garner became just the second Husky to cover a mile in under four minutes, joining Greg Gibson, who ran 3:59.1h in 1974. Garner also holds the school's all-time top mark at 3000m, with an 8:02.56 mark from the Feb. 9 UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor, a full four seconds ahead of David Bazzi's mark of 8:06.57 in 2001.
Courtney, Queen of the Mile: British Columbia native Courtney Inman seems determined each week to top her performance at the previous meet. Already boasting an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark at 1500m, Inman last week came within seven tenths of a second of adding the school's all-time 800m mark to her growing records basket. Inman's time of 2:06.46 in the event places her second all-time at UW, and 10th in the nation this year, despite having run the event just twice outdoors this season. Inman has made the unexpected the norm in 2002, having posted her 1500m qualifying time of 4:21.80 in her first outdoor race of the year, moving into fifth on the school's all-time list in the process. The junior set the tone for her 2002 season on Mar. 2 at the UW Indoor Qualifier in Dempsey Indoor when she ran 4:45.40 in the mile to become the first Husky woman ever to run a mile in under 4:50. Inman shaved more than five seconds off the previous indoor school record of 4:50.65 set by Margaret Butler in 2000. She also boasted a top 800-meter time indoors, with a mark of 2:11.90 at the Feb. 2 UW Quad Classic that ranks third all-time indoors at UW. As a prep at W.J. Mouat in Abbotsford, B.C., Inman competed on the Canadian Junior Pan Am and Junior World teams. In 1998, she capped her prep career with a run to the semi-finals of the World Junior Track and Field Championships in France, and helped the Huskies' cross-country squad to a best-ever ninth-place NCAA finish. A stress fracture, howvever, cut short her 1999-2000 season, and kept her out of action until midway through the 2001 season, when she posted a Pac-10 qualifying mark at 800m. Limited by the injury again during the 2001 cross-country season, Inman returned for the postseason, running fifth on the squad in a 14th-place team finish at the NCAA Championships.
Shepparding Records Her Way: Senior Kelsey Sheppard, a graduate of Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, has kept Husky track researchers busy this season. Sheppard added the indoor 400m run and 60m hurdles marks to her list of accomplishments, which includes top-10 marks in the 100m- and 400m-hurdles, the 400m dash, and both the indoor and outdoor 4x400m relays. At March's Cal Invitational, Sheppard routed a strong field with in the 400m hurdles with a win in 58.85 seconds, among the top-20 marks in the nation this season. The senior is one of just five women in Husky track history to complete the 400m hurdles in under 59 seconds, boasting a career-best of 58.29 that ranks fourth all-time at UW. In addition to her success in the low hurdles, Sheppard is also qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in the 100m hurdles, with a hand-timed mark of 13.9 seconds that places her among the conference's top-10, and moves her up to fifth all-time at Washington. Sheppard's success has not been limited to the outdoor oval, either, having posted a Pac-10 qualifying mark of 55.11 seconds in the 400m run in Idaho on Feb. 16, the fastest indoor 400 in school history. Sheppard has experienced nearly every level of success in her four years at Washington. She placed 20th in the intermediate hurdles at the NCAAs in her only previous trip, following a terrific 2000 season in which she placed in the top-15 at the Pac-10 Championships in both hurdles events, including a fourth-place mark in the 400m IH. A seven-time Pac-10 qualifier, Sheppard has posted at least one conference mark in each year of her Husky career.
Pole Results: Washington's vaulters have dominated the Huskies' stat sheets in 2002. Freshman Kate Soma, an NCAA provisional qualifier with a best mark of 13-1 1/2, has been unstoppable, shattering the school's outdoor and indoor school records. The Portland, Ore., native delighted a large contingent of family and friends at Eugene's Washington-Oregon Dual by becoming the first Husky ever to clear 13 feet in the pole vault. Soma's vault of 13-1 1/2 was two inches beyond the previous school record of 12-11 1/2 set by junior Sandy Erickson in 2000. Such early success by a true freshman usually causes surprise, but Soma had already run the expectations of Husky fans through the Dempsey Indoor roof, having bettered Washington's all-time indoor pole vault record by nearly a foot with a vault of 12-11 1/2 at the UW Invitational in February. Soma shattered the previous record of 12-0 3/4 set by MerryJane Bendico in 2001, and established herself as the competitive leader of a stellar group of vaulters, including 2002 Pac-10 qualifier Erickson. Missing all season, however, has been the presence of 2001 indoor All-American Brad Walker, who discovered following his terrific 2001 season that he had been competing with a broken foot. Walker returned to limited competition during the 2002 indoor season, appearing unattached at several of Washington's home meets. On Mar. 23, Walker made his 2002 Husky debut, vaulting 16-8 3/4 at the California Invitational to best the Pac-10 qualifying standard, but his performance was just a tune-up for what was to come. The following week, Walker sent notice to any who doubted his ability to recover from the injury, vaulting a personal-best 17-8 1/2 at the Stanford Invite to shatter the NCAA's provisional-qualifying standard and move into sixth-place all-time on the UW's pole vault top 10. Walker's mark currently ranks him in a tie for fifth in the nation, alongside Michigan State's Paul Terek.
One More Hill to Climb: Bellevue's Mike Hill is making quite a splash -- literally -- in his senior season. The Huskies' star steeplechaser managed to avoid the perils of the pond at last month's Stanford Invitational to post the nation's third-fastest time in 2002 with an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 8 minutes, 46.92 seconds. The mark was the eighth-fastest all-time at Washington, places Hill atop the Pac-10 standings, and moved him to within three seconds of the NCAA's automatic-qualifying standard. A week prior, in his first steeplechase since a 14th-place finish at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships, Hill shaved eight seconds off of his personal best with a mark of 8:53.16 in and set himself up for a season-long run at his first NCAA Championships appearance. A distance specialist, Hill was one of Washington's most consistent competitors during the 2001 cross-country season, and has managed to avoid serious injury throughout his Husky career, priming the senior for what could be his most impressive track season to date. Already in 2002, Hill boasts Pac-10 qualifying marks in the steeplechase and 5000 meters, having notched a time of 14:13.89 at the UW Indoor Qualifier that ranks as the second-fastest indoor 5000-meter mark in school history. Hill's best Pac-10 finish came during the 2001 season, when he placed eighth in the steeple in 9:09.78.
As Easy As One, Two, Three: Not many women in Washington track history can boast the same accomplishment as that achieved by sophomore Brittiny Roberts at the season-opening Salzman Invitational in Tacoma, Wash. Roberts, a graduate of Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif, joined an exclusive club with a leap of 40 feet, zero inches in the triple jump. Only four other Husky women -- Tara Davis (1995), Michelle Reid (1997), Angie Tasker (1989) and Suzanne Silvis (1994) -- have ever cleared 40 feet in the triple jump, with Davis' leap of 41-7 3/4 setting the standard. Perhaps more remarkable is that Roberts added more than a foot to her previous career-best of 38-7, set during a run to the Pac-10 Championships in 2001, an event for which she is currently qualified eighth in the conference this year.
USA's Top Dawg: As a reflection of the high esteem in which he is held by track and field coaches and administrators around the country, Husky head coach Orin Richburg was elected to head the U.S. National Team at the 2001 World Track and Field Championships, the most prestigious honor for a track-and-field coach in a non-Olympic year. Richburg capitalized on the opportunity, directing the U.S. to a meet-high 19 medals, including nine golds. In his 17th year at UW, Richburg is responsible for molding the Husky track squad into one of the nation's elite dual-meet teams, as evidenced by both teams' top-10 finishes in the 2001 U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings. Richburg was an All-American sprinter at Kent State, and has mentored four Olympic athletes in his 17-year tenure at Washington.
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Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah)
Ran a provisional-qualifying mark of 34:25.02 in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational, a mark which ranks 15th in the nation this year.
Ran the 10,000m in 34:41.03 at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships to win the conference title as a true freshman.
Missed much of the 2002 indoor season with an IT band injury in her foot, but returned to post a Pac-10 qualifying mark of 16:57.56 in the 5,000m at the Feb. 16 McDonald's II meet in Idaho.
A three-time NCAA qualifier at 10,000m, placed 17th in 2001 in her lone appearance at the national meet.
Was one of 25 athletes invited to compete at the 2000 U.S. Cross Country Winter Nationals, where she placed sixth overall to earn a spot on the U.S. team that competed at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Portugal.
Kelso, Wash. (Kelso)
Earned All-American honors with a 13th-place finish in the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Boasts a provisional-qualifying mark of 3:43.40 in the 1500m that ranks ninth in the nation in 2002.
Ran his provisional-qualifying 3:43.40 in the 1500m at the Oregon Dual on Apr. 13, the sixth-best 1500m ever at UW.
Ran the mile in 3:58.93 at the UW Indoor Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor, becoming the first athlete ever to run a four-minute mile in Washington state.
Qualifying time of 3:58.93 in the mile broke a 28-year old school record of 3:59.1h set by Greg Gibson in San Diego in 1974. Gibson is the only Husky besides Garner ever to accomplish the four-minute mile.
Set an indoor school record in the 3000m with an 8:02.56 at the UW Invitational on Sat., Feb. 9, besting the previous record by more than four seconds.
Placed 13th in the steeplechase at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships in 9:09.39.
Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West)
Boasts a provsional-qualifying mark of 34:34.79 in the 10,000m that ranks 17th in the nation in 2002.
Ran 34:34.79 at the Stanford Invitational on Mar. 30 in first-ever 10,000m race, the sixth-best mark ever by a Husky woman in the event.
Was unstoppable indoors, posting the school's second-fastest indoor 5,000m mark with a 16:45.58 finish at the UW Indoor Qualifier on Mar. 2.
Led all Husky cross-country runners with a sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, the eighth-best placing ever for a Husky at the conference meet.
As a prep, won the 3200m against a national field at the 2001 Simplot Indoor Games in Pocatello, Idaho.
Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
Boasts a provsional-qualifying mark of 8:46.92 in the 3000m steeplechase that currently ranks fourth in the nation.
Posted a mark of 8:46.92 in the steeplechase at the Mar. 30 Stanford Invitational to climb to eighth-place all-time at the University of Washington.
Shaved eight seconds off of his previous season's PR with an 8:53.16 win in the steeplechase at the at the California Invitational on Mar. 23 in just his second race outdoors -- and seventh overall -- in 2002.
Ran the second-fastest indoor 5000m time in school history with a mark of 14:13.89 at the UW Qualifier on Mar. 2, besting the NCAA's indoor provisional and Pac-10 outdoor qualifying standards.
Was among the leaders in the steeplchase at the 2001 Pac-10 Championship meet before injuring his knee after striking a barrier.
Placed eighth in the steeplechase at the 2000 Pac-10 meet, in 9:09.78.
Abbotsford, B.C. (W.J. Mouat)
Boasts a provisional-qualifying mark of 4:21.80 in the 1500m that ranks fifth in the nation in 2002.
Placed seventh in the 1500m in 4:21.80 against an elite field at the Stanford Invitational, the fifth-fastest 1500m time in Husky history.
Is Washington's lone double-qualifier, with a mark of 2:06.46 in the 800m that also ranks fifth in the nation this season.
Covered the 800m run at the Apr. 13 Oregon Dual in 2:06.46, the second-fastest half-mile ever at Washington and just seven tenths shy of Sarah Bolender's all-time school record of 2:05.73.
Placed 14th in the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 4:46.83, nearly matching her school record of a week before.
Shaved five seconds off the school's indoor mile record with a time of 4:45.40 at the UW Indoor Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor, nearly 10 seconds better than her previous best.
Kirkland, Wash. (Lk. Washington)
Provisional-qualifying time of 58.85 in the 400-meter hurdles currently ranks 18th in the nation in 2002.
One of just five Husky women all-time to complete the 400-meter hurdles in under 59 seconds,with a career-best mark of 58.29 that ranks fourth all-time at Washington.
Is currently qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in three events, including the 400m run, the 100m high hurdles and the 400m intermediate hurdles.
Notched a pair of indoor school records during the 2002 winter season, running the 400 meters in 55.11 seconds (a Pac-10 qualifier) and the 60m hurdles in 8.73 seconds.
In addition to her set of indoor school records, owns all-time top-10 marks outdoors in the 400m, 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles, and indoors in the 4x400m relay.
Placed 20th in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2000 NCAA Championship meet.
A seven-time Pac-10 qualifier, with bests of fourth in the 400m IH and 13th in the 100m HH (2000).
Portland, Ore. (Grant HS)
Became Washington's all-time outdoor pole vault record holder with a provisional-qualifying vault of 13-1 1/2 at the Apr. 13 Oregon Dual that is tied for 11th in the nation in 2002.
Only a true freshman, shattered Washington's indoor pole vault record by nearly a foot with a vault of 12-11 1/2 at the Feb. 9 UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor.
Provisional-qualifying indoor mark obliterated the old record of 12-0 3/4 set in 2000 by MerryJane Bendico, and ranked 24th in the nation during the 2002 indoor season.
Won the pole vault at the 2001 Junior Olympics in Eugene, Ore.
Spokane, Wash. (University)
Provisional-qualifying vault of 17-8 1/4 is currently tied for fifth in the nation.
In just second outdoor collegiate competition of 2002, vaulted a personal-best 17-8 1/4 at the Mar. 30 Stanford Invitational to move up to sixth all-time at Washington.
Had offseason surgery to repair a broken foot suffered sometime during the 2001 season.
Despite the break, posted top-10 all-time Husky marks in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors, and placed among the NCAA's top-12 competitors at each event.
Earned Indoor All-American honors by placing seventh with a personal-best vault of 17-11 3/4 at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, three inches better than his previous best.
Indoor vault PR shattered the school record of 17-10 held for 22 years by Steve Cravetz.