Championship Berths On The Line For 30 Huskies Headed To NCAA West Regionals
May 26, 2003
On the Track: The Huskies' 15th-ranked women's squad and 26th-ranked men's team head to Palo, Alto, Calif. this week for the first-ever NCAA West Regional Championships, May 30-31 at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field. The meet, for which 30 Huskies have qualified this season, will determine the fields for the 2003 NCAA Championships, June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif. The top five individual finishers in each event, and top three teams in relays will be awarded automatic berths to June's national meet. Those athletes not to qualify at the Regional meet still have a chance to make the NCAA meet, as roughly six individuals and five relays per event will be added from the national qualifying lists to fill the championship field.
Event Schedule: Following is a schedule of events for the NCAA West Regional Championships, including prelims (P) and finals (F). All times are Pacific.
Friday, May 30
12:00 p.m. -- Men's Hammer (F)
12:05 p.m. -- Women's Javelin (F)
3:00 p.m. -- Women's Pole Vault (F)
4:00 p.m. -- Women's 4x100m Relay (P)
4:15 p.m. -- Men's 4x100m Relay (P)
4:30 p.m. -- Women's 1,500m Run (P)
4:50 p.m. -- Men's 1,500m Run (P)
5:15 p.m. -- Women's 100m Hurdles (P)
5:30 p.m. -- Women's Shot Put (F)
5:35 p.m. -- Men's Long Jump (F)
5:40 p.m. -- Women's Long Jump (F)
5:40 p.m. -- Men's 110m Hurdles (P)
5:50 p.m. -- Men's High Jump (F)
5:55 p.m. -- Men's Discus (F)
6:00 p.m. -- Women's 400m Dash (P)
6:15 p.m. -- Men's 400m Dash (P)
6:30 p.m. -- Women's 100m Dash (P)
6:45 p.m. -- Men's 100m Dash (P)
7:00 p.m. -- Women's 800m Run (P)
7:15 p.m. -- Men's 800m Run (P)
7:30 p.m. -- Women's 400m Hurdles (P)
7:45 p.m. -- Men's 400m Hurdles (P)
8:00 p.m. -- Women's 200m Dash (P)
8:15 p.m. -- Men's 200m Dash (P)
8:30 p.m. -- Women's 5,000m Run (F)
8:50 p.m. -- Men's 5,000m Run (F)
Saturday, May 31
10:00 a.m. -- Women's Hammer (F)
10:05 a.m. -- Men's Javelin (F)
12:00 p.m. -- Men's Pole Vault (F)
2:15 p.m. -- Men's Shot Put (F)
2:20 p.m. -- Men's Triple Jump (F)
2:25 p.m. -- Women's Triple Jump (F)
2:30 p.m. -- Women's High Jump (F)
2:35 p.m. -- Women's Discus (F)
2:45 p.m. -- Women's 4x100m Relay (F)
2:52 p.m. -- Men's 4x100m Relay (F)
3:00 p.m. -- Women's 1,500m Run (F)
3:07 p.m. -- Men's 1,500m Run (F)
3:15 p.m. -- Women's 100m Hurdles (F)
3:25 p.m. -- Men's 110m Hurdles (F)
3:35 p.m. -- Women's 400m Dash (F)
3:42 p.m. -- Men's 400m Dash (F)
3:50 p.m. -- Women's 100m Dash (F)
3:57 p.m. -- Men's 100m Dash (F)
4:05 p.m. -- Women's 800m Run (F)
4:12 p.m. -- Men's 800m Run (F)
4:25 p.m. -- Women's 400m Hurdles (F)
4:35 p.m. -- Men's 400m Hurdles (F)
4:45 p.m. -- Women's 200m Dash (F)
4:52 p.m. -- Men's 200m Dash (F)
5:05 p.m. -- Women's Steeplechase (F)
5:35 p.m. -- Men's Steeplechase (F)
6:05 p.m. -- Women's 4x400m Relay (F)
6:20 p.m. -- Men's 4x400m Relay (F)
Meet Results: Live results of the 2003 NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships will be available live on the internet at www.gostanford.com. Also, a complete recap of Husky competition will be posted to the official site of UW athletics, www.gohuskies.com, at the conclusion of each day's action.
Huskies on the Airwaves: 'On Campus with the Huskies,' a half-hour program featuring Washington's Olympic sports teams, debuted last fall on Fox Sports Northwest. The weekly program, hosted by former Husky athlete Elise Woodward, features event highlights and profiles of Husky athletes and coaches. 'On Campus' airs each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. PT.
Pac-10 on TV: The 2003 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships will be broadcast on tape delay on Fox Sports Northwest one final time in the coming week. The two-hour broadcast will be shown for the last time on Tuesday, May 27 at 12 p.m. Barry Tompkins will call the action, with Dwight Stones and Tom Feuer providing color commentary.
Rankings Report: After a week off, Washington's women fell one spot to 15th, while the men fell two to 26th in this week's U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, which simulate head-to-head competition between the nation's elite collegiate squads. The Husky women earned a school-record 340.09 points, just 54 fewer than top-ranked and newly-crowned Pac-10 champion UCLA. The Bruins could only manage the No. 2 ranking on the men's side, however, as Tennessee held its lead with 374.66 points. Washington's men, meanwhile, earned a score of 328.06. Neither UW team was ranked in last week's release of the Trackwire 25, which predicts team scoring at the NCAA Championships.
Just Dandy, Thank You: Much of the reason for Washington's lofty rankings is the success of an outstanding quartet of individuals. Seniors Brad Walker, Courtney Inman, Sabrina Monro and Jeremy Park each earned top-12 individual rankings in last week's Trackwire Dandy Dozen, which predicts individual order of finish at the NCAA Championships. Factoring in seed marks, injury history, and past performance in major competitions, Trackwire ranks Walker No. 1 overall in the pole vault, Inman 10th in the 1,500 meters, Monro sixth in the 5,000 and third at 10,000 meters, and Park 12th in the 5K. Trackwire is wise to bank on Walker - the service ranked him No. 1 throughout the 2003 indoor season and he didn't let them down, winning the NCAA indoor title by nine inches while achieving the third-best indoor mark in the world in 2003.
New NCAA Format: For the first time ever, the NCAA will use Regional Championship meets this season to determine qualifying for the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Stating a desire to place an emphasis on competition, rather than best marks, the NCAA Championships will draw the top-five finishers in each individual event, and top-three relay teams from each of the four Regionals nationwide, to be contested May 30-31. Athletes will qualify for the Regional meets by meeting pre-determined NCAA standards, or by winning their conference championship. The NCAA will then round out the Championships field by selecting the highest-ranking individuals (approximately six per individual event and five per relay) from the national collegiate performance lists, provided those athletes competed at their respective Regional meets and were not among the finishers to earn automatic NCAA berths. The lone exceptions to the Regional qualifying system will be the 10,000-meter and multi-events, which will not be subject to Regional competition. Athletes will continue to qualify for the NCAA Championships in those events as they have in the past, by meeting pre-determined provisional and automatic-qualifying standards.
Where No Husky Has Gone Before: At the season-opening Ken Shannon Invitational, five Husky throwers became the first UW athletes ever to qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships, which will be contested for the first time May 30-31 at Stanford. The list included four spear specialists, headlined by four-time top-10 Pac-10 finisher Heather Reichmann. Joining Reichmann as Washington's first-ever NCAA Regional qualifiers were freshman Tiffany Zahn, a prep All-American in the javelin, sophomore javelin throwers Rigel Wise and Juan Romero, and senior discus competitor Mat Schwinn. The following week, however, the five learned they'd have some company at the Regional meet, as no fewer than 21 Huskies achieved NCAA qualifying marks, including marks in the 10,000 meters by Sabrina Monro and Kate Bradshaw which qualified them directly for the NCAA Championship meet in June. Four Husky men qualified in the 5,000 meters, spearheading the most prolific NCAA-qualifying day in UW history. In all, 31 Huskies have qualified for NCAA competition, including 30 NCAA Regional and two NCAA Championships qualifiers.
Washington's 2003 NCAA Qualifiers (Regional and National)
Name, Event, Mark, Regional Ranking, National Ranking
Brad Walker, Pole Vault, 18-6 1/2, 1st, 1st
Mat Schwinn, Discus, 187-3, 6th, 23rd
Eric Garner, 1,500m, 3:44.37, 7th, 30th
Jeremy Park, 5,000m, 13:54.07, 7th, 17th
John Russell, 1,500m, 3:44.65, 8th, 33rd
Todd Arnold, 800m, 1:50.00, 10th (tie), 67th (tie)
Jesse Fayant, Steeplechase, 8:58.81, 12th, 51st
Jeremy Park, 1,500m, 3:46.58, 15th, 57th
Rigel Wise, Javelin, 205-9, 15th, 82nd
Eric Garner, 800m, 1:50.74, 18th, 109th
Seth Jens, Javelin, 201-6, 18th (tie), 101st (tie)
Eric Garner, 5,000m, 14:13.26, 20th, 65th
Sean Williams, 400m Dash, 47.19, 21st (tie), 95th (tie)
Juan Romero, Javelin, 201-1, 22nd, 105th
Andy Fader, 1,500m, 3:48.64, 25th, 109th
Fumi Nagahisa, Pole Vault, 16-0 3/4, 29th (tie), 102nd (tie)
Sam Roberts, Pole Vault, 16-0 3/4, 29th (tie), 102nd (tie)
Jon Hickey, 1,500m, 3:49.18, 29th, 135th
Jesse Fayant, 5,000m, 14:19.02, 30th, 101st
Andy Fader, 5,000m, 14:23.88, 36th, 143rd
Name, Event, Mark, Regional Ranking, National Ranking
Sabrina Monro*, 10,000m, 33:32.28, 3rd, 9th
Courtney Inman, 1,500m, 4:15.14, 4th, 8th
Sabrina Monro, 5,000m, 15:56.90, 4th, 11th
Courtney Inman, 800m, 2:05.97, 5th, 17th
Brittiny Roberts, Triple Jump, 41-4 1/2, 5th (tie), 58th (tie)
Heather Reichmann, Javelin, 159-2, 6th, 16th
Kate Soma, Pole Vault, 13-1 1/2, 7th, 16th (tie)
Kate Bradshaw*, 10,000m, 34:43.47, 8th, 28th
Tiffany Zahn, Javelin, 155-2, 9th, 26th
Kameko Gay, Hammer, 189-9, 10th (tie), 32nd (tie)
Lindsey Egerdahl, 1,500m, 4:23.87, 13th, 43rd
Sidney Brown, Triple Jump, 40-1 1/4, 14th, 109th (tie)
Kate Spigel, Steeplechase, 10:35.31, 15th, 31st (tie)
Carly Dockendorf, Pole Vault, 12-11 1/2, 15th (tie), 31st (tie)
Sidney Brown, High Jump, 5-7, 17th (tie), 86th (tie)
Brittiny Roberts, High Jump, 5-7, 17th (tie), 86th (tie)
Cherron Davis, Shot Put, 47-9 3/4, 20th, 80th (tie)
Cambrielle Jensen, 400m Hurdles, 1:00.51, 22nd, 87th (tie)
Camille Connelly, Steeplechase, 10:52.47, 26th, 82nd
Brynne Steward, 100m Hurdles, 14.05, 27th (tie), 125th (tie)
NOTE: The 10,000m and multi-events will not be contested at the NCAA Regional Meet; athletes in those events qualify directly for the NCAA Championships.
L.A. Story: Washington's women tried to steal the show at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, improving to sixth from a ninth-place finish a year ago. The Huskies' 64 points were the most by a UW women's team since 1998, and were just five points fewer than the team's total from 2001 and 2002, combined. No Husky influenced the scoring more than senior Courtney Inman, who placed third in both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs. Inman's time of 4:15.14 in the 1,500 meters was more than two seconds below the Pac-10 meet record, was the seventh-fastest in Pac-10 history, is the fastest time by a Canadian woman this year, and would have won every previous Pac-10 1,500-meter final. Her time of 2:05.97 in the 800 meters, meanwhile, was the second-fastest in UW history, and ranks third on the 2003 Canadian performance list. Also scoring in multiple events for the UW women were seniors Kate Bradshaw and Sabrina Monro, while steepler Kate Spigel lowered the school record in a fourth-place finish. Top-ranked UCLA ran away with its seventh-consecutive women's title, scoring 155 points. Stanford was second, followed by ASU, USC, Washington State, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Cal. On the men's side, senior Brad Walker brought home his second-consecutive Pac-10 title in the pole vault with a clearance at 18 feet, 2 1/2 inches, but the Husky men managed just 37 points in a ninth-place finish. Performances of note included a massive personal-best in the discus for senior Mat Schwinn, who placed third; a fourth-place finish in the steeplechase by freshman Jesse Fayant; and a trio of scorers in the 1,500 meters, including Eric Garner, John Russell and Andy Fader. Host USC edged three teams for the title, scoring 139 points to hold off Stanford, Oregon and USC, each of whom finished within 16 points of the Trojans.
Two-Time Champs: Senior Brad Walker earned his second-consecutive Pac-10 title this season, joining javelin thrower Darryl Roberson (1988-89) and decathlete Mike Ramos (1983-84) as the only UW athletes to win consecutive conference crowns since the Pac-8 expanded to 10 teams in 1979. Prior to 1979, six Husky athletes earned consecutive conference titles, including hammer thrower Scott Neilson (1976-78), javelin throwers Duncan Atwood (1977-78), Rod Ewaliko (1975-76) and Cary Feldman (1970-71), and vaulters Kirk Bryde (1971-72) and John Cramer (1961-62).
Pac-10 Prowess: While UW's teams have never claimed a Pac-10 title outright, the 2003 Huskies extended a string of four-consecutive seasons with at least one individual titlist. Brad Walker earned the 2003 title in the pole vault, matching his finish from 2002, when both Walker and steepler Mike Hill left the conference meet with championship trophies. That was the third time in the last six years that the UW had at least two Pac-10 champs. The Huskies' longest-ever streak of individual champions was a seven-year run from 1974-1980, highlighted by Scott Neilson's four titles in the hammer.
Surprise Scorers: Not all of Washington's points at the Pac-10 meet came from the Huskies' highest-ranked competitors. In fact, 15 of the 37 points scored by UW men came from athletes ranked outside the top-10 in their respective events. Such clutch scorers included junior Todd Arnold, who went from 16th to seventh at 800 meters; sophomore Andy Fader, 15th to seventh at 1,500 meters; and senior Mat Schwinn, who entered the meet ranked 11th in the discus but achieved a massive season-best mark to finish third. Three Husky women improved their standing by nine places at the Pac-10 meet, including sophomore Lindsey Egerdahl, who went from 16th to seventh in the 1,500 meters; senior Kate Bradshaw, who placed eighth in the 5,000 meters after entering the meet ranked 17th; and redshirt freshman Carly Dockendorf, who improved from 17th to 8th in the pole vault. Other Husky scorers to overcome double-digit rankings included Cherron Davis in the shot put (from 12th to eighth) and freshman Jesse Fayant in the steeple (10th to fourth).
Senioritis: While the Huskies' surprise scorers made an impact in the final league standings, it was the team's seniors that led Washington's womens' squad to its best Pac-10 finish in five years. Forty-two of Washington's 64 points at the meet were scored by women who will not be competing in 2004, a departing corps that includes five school-record holders and one Pac-10 champion. Chief among the losses will be senior Courtney Inman, who holds UW indoor records in the mile and 800 meters, and two weeks ago ran times of 2:05.97 and 4:15.14 in the 800- and 1,500 meters, respectively, at the Pac-10 Championships that are the second-fastest times in UW history. Sabrina Monro, the UW record-holder indoors in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, will also be missed, having notched top-four finishes in both the 5K and 10K events at the conference meet this season. Steeplechase record holder Kate Spigel will forgo her fifth year of eligibility, joining 2000 Pac-10 10,000m champ Kate Bradshaw on the graduation podium in June. Also departing will be hammer thrower Kameko Gay and javelin star Heather Reichmann, each of whom boast school records in their events and were among the top-six finishers at the Pac-10 meet. 'Those women will be hard to replace,' says head coach Greg Metcalf, 'but they've laid the foundation upon which this program will rebuild.'
World-Class Walker: When Husky senior and two-time Pac-10 champion Brad Walker cleared 18-6 in a sixth-place finish at the USA Senior Nationals last June, he sent a message that he was primed for a big collegiate season in 2003. After his performance at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, however, one has to go beyond the collegiate ranks to find anyone who can compete with the Spokane, Wash., native. Walker's clearance of 19-0 1/4 at the NCAAs was better than all but two indoor marks in the world in 2003, and equaled the winning mark at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Walker, who won the NCAA title by nearly nine inches, finished the indoor season tied for third in the world with American Derek Miles and Romain Mesnil of France, and tied Miles for the U.S. best. Walker crushed his own UW record by more than six inches, and became the first Pac-10 vaulter ever to clear the 19-foot mark, shattering by three inches the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4 set by Stanford's Toby Stevenson. Following are the 2003 IAAF World Rankings and the all-time collegiate men's pole vault rankings:
2003 IAAF World Rankings (Through 5/22)
Name, Country, Mark
1. Tim Lobinger, Germany, 19-1
2. Adam Ptacek, Czech Republic, 19-0 3/4
3. Brad Walker, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Okert Brits, South Africa, 19-0 1/4
3. Derek Miles, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Romain Mesnil, France, 19-0 1/4
7. Timothy Mack, United States, 18-10 1/4
7. Rens Blom, Netherlands, 18-10 1/4
7. Russ Buller, United States, 18-10 1/4
7. Aleksandr Korchmyd, Ukraine, 18-10 1/4
7. Toby Stevenson, United States, 18-10 1/4
7. Michael Stolle, Germany, 18-10 1/4
All-Time Collegiate Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School, Year, Mark
1. Lawrence Johnson, Tennessee, 1996, 19-7 1/2
2. Istvan Bagyula, George Mason, 1991, 19-5
3. Jacob Davis, Texas, 1998, 19-4 1/4
4. Bill Payne, Baylor, 1991, 19-2 3/4
5. Joe Dial, Oklahoma State, 1985, 19-2 1/4
6. Brad Walker, Washington, 2003, 19-0 1/4
6. Russ Buller, Louisiana State, 1999, 19-0 1/4
6. Jim Davis, Fresno State, 2000, 19-0 1/4
9. Doug Fraley, Fresno State, 1986, 18-11
10. Jeff Buckingham, Kansas, 1983, 18-10 1/2
Walker's Steady Climb: Currently the nation's leader outdoors with a school-record best of 18-6 1/2, Brad Walker initially enrolled at Washington as a non-scholarship athlete who never cleared 17 feet at University High School in Spokane. Walker blossomed during his sophomore season, improving by more than a foot en route to an All-American indoor campaign. An undiagnosed foot injury hampered Walker outdoors, but he still finished 12th at the NCAA Championship meet before undergoing surgery. After redshirting the 2002 indoor season, Walker posted one of the top outdoor seasons in UW history, shattering the school's pole vault record and earning Washington's first Pac-10 pole vault title in 30 years. A second-place finish at the NCAA Championships and the sixth-place finish at the USA Senior Nationals followed. This season, Walker upped the school record again, to 19-0 1/4 with his performance at the NCAA Indoor meet, broke his own outdoor record in his first competition, and won his second-straight Pac-10 title.
Queen of the Mile: It seems impossible, but for the past two seasons, senior Courtney Inman has been setting school records nearly every time she steps on the track. Currently, Inman leads all Canadian women in 2003 in the 1,500 meters, and is ranked third nationally at 800 meters, with NCAA Regional Championships qualifying marks in both events. At this year's Pac-10 Championships, Inman took the Canadian national lead in 2003 with a time of 4:15.14 that was two seconds below her personal best, and was the seventh-fastest time in Pac-10 history. Unfortunately for Inman, the race also featured two other record-setting times, all three below the Pac-10 meet record, leaving the Husky senior third. Just two hours later, Inman rocketed up to third in the 2003 Athletics Canada Rankings in the 800 meters with a third-place time of 2:05.97, becoming in the process just the second UW woman to run the 800m in under 2:06. The Abbotsford, B.C., native was just as dominant indoors, calmly shaving five seconds off her own school record in the mile while lowering to 4:40.24 a record which stood as high as 4:48.36 barely a year ago. Inman then focused on Sarah Bolender's indoor 800-meter record of 2:11.06 and, on her first try, lowered that mark to 2:10.56, before taking off another two seconds with a time of 2:08.39 at the Mar. 8 Last Chance Qualifier. Inman earned her third-straight trip to the NCAA Championships, placing ninth in the mile. She was the 14th-place finisher in the event at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships, and took 10th in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 NCAA outdoor meet, where she is again an NCAA qualifier in 2003. Inman also excels at longer distances, having earned All-Pac-10 cross-country honors in 2002, and led all Husky finishers at the 2002 NCAA cross-country meet. Following are Athletics Canada's 2003 rankings for both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs:
2003 Athletics Canada 1,500-meter Rankings (through May 18)
Name, Location, Mark
1. Courtney Inman, Los Angeles, 4:15.14
2. Lauren King, Walnut, Calif., 4:16.43
3. Malindi Elmore, Palo Alto, Calif., 4:17.15
4. Carol Henry, Harrisonburg, Va., 4:19.32
5. Megan Metcalfe, Harrisonburg, Va., 4:21.37
6. Hillary Edmondson, Walnut, Calif., 4:21.92
7. Rebecca Stallwood, Harrisonburg, Va., 4:22.46
8. Tracy Robertson-Frack, Azusa, Calif., 4:26.40
9. Heather Lee, Durham, N.C., 4:28.13
10. Aimee Teteris, Houston, Tex., 4:28.88
2003 Athletics Canada 800-meter Rankings (through May 18)
Name, Location, Mark
1. Diane Cummins, Karlsruhe, Ger., 2:00.66
2. Heather Hennigar, Seattle, Wash., 2:02.91
3. Courtney Inman, Los Angeles, 2:05.97
4. Jennifer Kemp, Harrisonburg, Va., 2:06.75
5. Hilary Edmondson, Madison, Wisc., 2:06.88
6. Malindi Elmore, Los Angeles, 2:07.00
7. Aimee Teteris, El Paso, Tex., 2:07.28
8. Vicky Lynch-Pounds, Palo Alto, Calif., 2:07.49
9. Julia Howard, Walnut, Calif., 2:08.72
10. Tanya Wright, Houston, Tex., 2:09.54
Double-Duty Dockendorf: Freshman football/basketball star Nate Robinson may be Washington's most celebrated two-sport athlete in 2003, but even he isn't trying to compete in two sports at once. That's what's being accomplished by Port Moody, B.C., native Carly Dockendorf, a star for the Husky gymnastics team who in just three official UW competitions has pole vaulted her way to second all-time at Washington, and fourth in all of Canada this season. A redshirt freshman, Dockendorf has improved weekly, culminating with an eighth-place finish at this year's Pac-10 Championships, in 12-11 1/2, that trails only Kate Soma in Husky history. The weekend of Mar. 1, though, may have marked the most impressive display of Dockendorf's athletic ability. On Friday, Feb. 28, with the gymnasts needing a big performance from Dockendorf to extend an undefeated home season, the redshirt freshman scored a perfect 10 on the floor exercise, just the sixth perfect 10 in UW history. Barely 12 hours later, Dockendorf pulled on her track spikes and soared 12-feet, zero inches in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Indoor Track Invitational, a mark which would have ranked fifth all-time in UW history. This season, she established herself as one of Washington's top gymnasts, earning All-America honors while tallying three perfect 10s on the floor, including at the Pac-10 Championships, where she shared the conference crown. A provincial pole vault champion as a prep, Dockendorf's 2003 best of 12-11 1/2 is tied for fourth by a Canadian woman this season, remarkable given that the redshirt freshman has only officially vaulted three times in her UW career. Following is a list of the top-10 pole vault performances by Canadian women this season:
2003 Athletics Canada Women's Rankings (through May 18)
Name, Location, Mark
1. Stephanie McCann, Los Angeles, 13-11 1/4
2. Dana Ellis, Walnut, Calif., 13-9 1/4
3. Kelsie Hendry, Saskatoon, Sask., 13-7 3/4
4. Simona Kovacs, Miami, Ohio, 13-1 1/2
5. Carly Dockendorf, Los Angeles, 12-11 1/2
5. Jackie Honey, Tampa, Fla., 12-11 1/2
7. Karla McGee, Pullman, Wash., 12-5 1/2
8. Kristin Hagel, Saskatoon, Sask., 12-1 1/2
8. Tanya Krynen, Windsor, Ont., 12-1 1/2
10. Renee Evans, Toronto, Ont., 11-11 3/4
20 Years of Spear Success: From Fred Luke and Duncan Atwood, to Darryl Roberson and Helena Uusitalo, Washington has a long-standing tradition of excellence in the javelin. This year's crop is no exception, with four Huskies qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championships at the first meet of the 2003 season, and three scoring at the Pac-10 Championships. Senior Heather Reichmann earned her fourth-straight top-10 Pac-10 finish, and owns the school record with the newer implement. Redshirting senior Megan Spriestersbach boasts NCAA experience, and freshman Tiffany Zahn, already an NCAA qualifier this season, placed fourth at the 2003 Pac-10 meet. Junior Seth Jens and sophomores Rigel Wise both boast top-10 career Pac-10 finishes, and are joined by Juan Romero as NCAA qualifiers in 2003. Since 1982, when women's track and field joined the NCAA, the Huskies have sent at least one competitor in the javelin to all but three NCAA Championships, a span of 21 years. The list includes four Pac-10 Champions (Uusitalo -- 1987, Roberson -- 1988-89, Troy Burkholder -- 1996), one NCAA champion (Uusitalo -- 1986) and a U.S. Olympian (Atwood -- 1984). In all, three different Huskies have thrown the javelin for the U.S. at the Olympic Games and three more have earned NCAA titles. In UW history, no event has featured more separate NCAA champions than javelin's three, with only the four hammer throw titles won by Scott Neilson eclipsing the UW's success in the spear.
Husky Greats Give Back: Looking for an explanation for the Huskies' success in the javelin this season? Look no further than 1984 U.S. Olympian Duncan Atwood, who has volunteered his time to his alma mater this season, working with first-year assistant coach Bud Rasmussen. Atwood, however, is just one of the former Husky greats lending their expertise to an eager group of UW collegians. Four-time Pac-10 sprints champion Ja'Warren Hooker has been taking time off from the professional track circuit to mentor Washington's up-and-coming sprinters, volunteering his assistance to first-year assistant coach Dion Miller. The results speak for themselves: so far in 2003, four UW javelin throwers have qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships, while the Husky sprinters have seen improvement across the board. Atwood and Hooker join first-year head coach Greg Metcalf, a two-time steeplechase All-American at UW and a participant at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, as well as two-time Husky All-American David Bazzi, now a UW assistant coach.
Resourceful Recruiting: Washington's coaches in 2003 have found a creative way to add numerous elite athletes to the squad without having to give up any scholarships - cull the most talented athletes from the UW's other sports. This season's Husky roster, therefore, features nine players from the Husky football team, one UW gymnast, and one better known for her exploits on the basketball court. Those to make the biggest impact so far in 2003 are the football players, four of whom lead the team in their events and three - freshman tailback Shelton Sampson, sophomore cornerback Roc Alexander and safety James Sims- who were Pac-10 qualifiers, in the sprints and jumps, with Sampson a double-qualifier. Former Husky basketball player and school-record javelin thrower Heather Reichmann is an NCAA Regional qualifier, as is redshirt freshman gymnast Carly Dockendorf, who placed eighth in the pole vault at the 2003 Pac-10 meet, just her third-ever UW competition. Those three are joined on the UW roster by wide receivers Reggie Williams and Matt Williams, cornerbacks Matt Fountaine and Derrick Johnson, tailback Chris Singleton and former UW linebacker Will Conwell, the latter of whom is redshirting the 2003 season.
You Might Recall: While the 11 athletes on the roster from sports other than track or cross-country are more than Washington has had in recent years, the practice of mining athletic talent from other UW programs has unearthed countless gems for the Husky track and field squad in the past. In fact, a glance at Washington's career top-10 charts reveals numerous outstanding two-sport performers, including 110m hurdles record-holder Spider Gaines, a tailback for the UW football team in the 1970s, and sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker, the UW record-holder at 100m, 200m, and 400m and a Husky wide receiver from 1997-98. Other names which highlight the list include football players Ernie Conwell (No. 5, shot put), Dana Hall (No. 3, 110m HH), Sterling Hinds (No. 3, 100m/200m), Pete Kaligis (No. 6, shot put), Orlando McKay (No.2, 400m), Brent Merritt (No. 5, 400m) and Tony Parrish (No. 5, triple jump). That's not to say that multi-sport success is limited just to the football team. Former UW All-American volleyball star Makare Desilets boasts the school's fifth-best high jump mark, while basketball standout Tara Davis is the school-record holder in the triple jump, and ranks second all-time in the long jump. And, of course, current Husky and former hoopster Heather Reichmann is the school's all-time record-holder in the javelin (new implement). This list doesn't even include Huskies Herman Brix and Paul Jessup, who starred for Washington's football teams in the 1920s before establishing world records in the shot put and discus, respectively.
Mile Mayhem: Washington's 1,500-meter runners have littered the national collegiate rankings for years, but the group's performance at the Apr. 12 Pepsi Team Invitational may rank as one of the most impressive. Eric Garner, John Russell and Jeremy Park swept the top three spots in the men's event, while Jon Hickey placed seventh, all bettering the NCAA standard. In the women's race, Lindsey Egerdahl earned an NCAA qualifier and Camille Connelly and Kathryn Touran each posted Pac-10 qualifying times. That's seven postseason qualifiers in one event at the same meet. They joined NCAA qualifiers Courtney Inman and Andy Fader, and Pac-10 qualifiers Todd Arnold and Angela Wishaar to form a team of 11 UW 1,500m runners who have already begun to dominate in the postseason. At last week's Pac-10 meet, UW placed three athletes among the top-seven in the men's 1,500-meter run, and scored two runners in women's 1,500, including a third-place performance by Courtney Inman that was seventh-fastest in Pac-10 history.
Ridiculous Records: Washington's track and field athletes in 2003 rendered the indoor school records section of the Huskies' Track and Field Media Guide completely obsolete, posting no fewer than 38 marks among the top-10 in school history. Included among the top-10 marks were a whopping eight school records, or one more than Husky athletes set in 2001 and 2002, combined. Senior Jeremy Park had a hand in two such records, as did senior Courtney Inman. Inman was one of twelve Huskies to post top-10 marks in multiple events, with sophomore Sean Williams notching five top-10 marks, including relays. See the box above for a full list of the athletes who have cracked the UW's all-time top-10 indoor rankings in 2003, as well as a list of Washington's indoor school records.
It's Not the Size of the Dawg in the Fight...: ... it's the size of the fight in the dawg. Sophomore pole vaulter Kate Soma may stand only an inch above 5'-0', but the Portland, Ore., native towers over all UW female vaulters, past and present. Soma is the only Husky woman ever to clear 13 feet in the pole vault, having done so both indoors and outdoors. In fact, only five UW women have ever cleared 12 feet in the event, a feat Soma has accomplished in 23 of her 28-career pole vault finishes, including the 2003 NCAA Indoor meet, where she placed 12th. The meet marked the second NCAA appearance for Soma, who was the 16th-place finisher at the 2002 NCAA outdoor meet. At the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, Soma broke her own indoor school record with a clearance of 13-3 3/4 that is nearly a foot beyond the UW's all-time second-best mark. As a freshman, Soma notched a school-record clearance of 13-1 1/2 outdoors, and added 11 inches to the UW's indoor best with a mark of 12-11 1/2. The sixth-place finisher at the 2003 Pac-10 meet, Soma is qualified for the Regional with a school-record outdoor best of 13-1 1/2.
Triple Threat: Junior triple jumper Brittiny Roberts entered rare air on Feb. 15 when she leapt 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational, nearly 10 inches farther than the Huskies' previous indoor best. She did herself one better, though, at March's Stanford Invitational, clearing 41-4 1/2 to leapfrog Michele Davis into second on the UW's all-time outdoor list. Roberts' success should come as no surprise, given that her cousin, U.S. track legend Ralph Boston, won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Maybe Roberts learned a thing or two from Boston - in addition to the triple jump, she leads all Huskies outdoors in both the high and long jumps. A graduate of Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif., Roberts is making an assault on the school outdoor record of 41-7 3/4 set by Tara Davis in 1995. Prior to 2003, Roberts had already joined an elite class of triple jumpers, clearing 40-8 3/4 in a fourth-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships to rank third all-time at UW. Roberts is one of just six Huskies - including teammate Sidney Brown - to cover 40 feet in the triple jump outdoors, and one of just three to accomplish the feat indoors. Roberts was outstanding as a prep, competing in the California state championship meet for four consecutive seasons, with four top-10 finishes, including two each in the high and triple jumps. She currently leads all Huskies in the triple, high and long jumps.
Triple Double: Teammates Brittiny Roberts and Sidney Brown are, in 2003, the first UW women's tandem ever to triple-jump 40 feet in the same season, with Roberts' best of 41-4 1/2 ranking second all-time at Washington, and Brown's 40-1 1/4 the UW's sixth-best mark. For perspective, only three UW women in the entire decade of the 1990s ever reached 40 feet in the event, and only six (including Roberts and Brown) have done it at Washington all-time.
Park Central to UW Success: Perhaps no Husky has risen as quickly this season as senior distance runner Jeremy Park, who earned All-American honors indoors with a 13th-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships. Park has carried over his indoor success to the outdoor season as well, qualifying for the NCAA Regional meet at 5,000 meters with a time of 13:54.02 at March's Stanford Invitational that ranks third in UW history, while adding an NCAA qualifier at 1,500 meters. A graduate of Klamath Falls (Ore.) High School, Park attended Portland State University for two seasons before transferring to UW in the fall of 2001. Last season, Park earned an eighth-place finish in the 1,500m at the Pac-10 Championships, and entered 2003 among Washington's top-three competitors at 1,500m and 5,000m. It was in the 3,000m where Park made his splash indoors, shaving 16 seconds off of his personal best with an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 7:54.13 on Feb. 15 that ranked fifth in the nation in 2003. In the process, Park became the first UW runner ever to clear eight minutes indoors in the 3,000m, shattering the school record by more than eight seconds. Remarkably, it was the second school record in as many meets for Park, who ran the first leg of the UW's record-setting distance medley relay squad at February's Husky Invitational.
Work of Art: Senior Kameko Gay is certainly adept at using her hands - and we're not talking about her dazzling abilities in the hammer throw. The Portland, Ore., native is an accomplished sculptor in the University's art department, with plans to pursue her interest after college. When not molding works of art with her hands, Gay can usually be found breaking a record, as she has done five times at Washington since transferring from Arizona before the 2001 season. In just over two months, Gay has raised the school's hammer throw record by nearly 20 feet, culminating with an eight-foot PR of 189-9 at the May 10 Ken Foreman Invitational. Gay matched her regular-season conference ranking with a sixth-place finish at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, and enters this week's NCAA West Regional as the 10th-ranked competitor. Gay also trained as a figure skater as a child before turning exclusively to track and field.
Back on Track: Senior Sabrina Monro set the national track and field community abuzz with her 2001 cross country season, winning four consecutive races including course-record runs at the Sundodger Invitational and the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis. Leading the pack midway through the 2001 Pac-10 Championship race, Monro suffered a foot injury that forced her to drop out of the race, and allowed her to compete sporadically during the 2002 track season. In her only indoor race of the year, however, Monro showed that even at 75 percent she is better than most, cruising to an indoor UW record of 9:32.28 in the 3,000m. Now healthy for the first time since the fall of 2001, Monro has been on a tear this spring, crushing the UW indoor 5,000-meter record by 11 seconds, and moving up to second all-time outdoors at 5K and 10K. The third-place finisher in the 10,000 meters and fourth-place runner at 5,000 meters at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, Monro enters the NCAA Championships at full strength for the first time since a runner-up finish at the 2000 NCAA Cross-Country Championships. A native of Montana City, Mont., Monro competed for Montana for two years, winning both the Big Sky Conference cross-country title, and the league's 1,500-meter crown.
Garnering Acclaim: While 31 Huskies may have met the NCAA qualifying standards in 2003, only one has achieved the feat three times over. Junior Eric Garner, who burst onto the scene in 2002 with a school-record 3:58.93 mile at Dempsey Indoor, has been UW's most prolific postseason qualifier this season, boasting NCAA Regional marks at 800-, 1,500-, and 5,000 meters. A graduate of Kelso (Wash.) High School, Garner placed third in the 1,500 meters at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, and was the 13th overall finisher in the mile at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships.
'Note' Worthy: Junior Brendan Tuohy is doing his best to debunk the stereotype that throwers are all brawn. The Tacoma, Wash., native, who leads all Washington competitors in 2003 in the shot put and hammer throws, is majoring in music at the UW and boasts a fine tenor voice. When not throwing, Tuohy can be heard performing such works as Bach's Oratorio for the UW School of Music, and in concerts with the Tacoma Opera and the UW Chambersingers. Tuohy plans to continue his musical education upon earning his degree next year.
Top Dawgs: Three seniors and one junior were selected captains this season by a vote of their teammates. Distance runner Todd Arnold and pole vaulter Brad Walker, are captains on the men's side, while a pair of school-record holders - Kameko Gay in the hammer and Courtney Inman in the mile - lead the women.
International Blend: Washington's roster in 2003 features several individuals from outside the United States, including top-10 NCAA 1,500-meter finisher Courtney Inman, a native of Abbotsford, B.C. Not surprisingly, Canada is the foreign nation with the most athletes on the UW roster, including Inman, freshman Gaelle Banini (Richmond, B.C.), redshirt freshman Carly Dockendorf (Port Moody, B.C.) and sophomore Jeff Wallis (Duncan, B.C.). For Banini, however, Canada is just the most recent nation of residence. Born in Cameroon, Africa, Banini moved to France in 1987, and finally settled in Canada in 1994. Joining the Canadian quartet are freshman Vinh Chung, who will rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles while traveling from Seattle to his hometown of Hamilton, New Zealand; freshman Mike Sayenko, born in the Ukraine; and senior Elena Popovskaya, a native of Russia.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his first year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his sixth year overall on the UW coaching staff. In five seasons as a Husky assistant, Metcalf led the women's cross-country team to five-straight NCAA appearances, including a Husky-best ninth-place finish in 1998. Metcalf has coached eight All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 13 school-record setters and 62 NCAA qualifiers. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeplechase, and ran in the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials.
Star-Studded Staff: Washington's coaching staff in 2003 is in no way short on accolades. Seventh-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directed three All-Americans, including two-time Pac-10 and NCAA indoor champion Brad Walker. First-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen founded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, and in seven years at North Idaho College, mentored 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coach Dion Miller last year led Texas Tech sprinters to 13 All-America accolades, and a Big 12 title in the 4x100-meter relay. Second-year distance coach David Bazzi, a Husky alum, was the 2001 Pac-10 champion at 10,000 meters, and still holds three all-time school records. Rounding out the all-star cast is first-year distance coach Kelly MacDonald, who graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with five All-America honors and three Pac-10 titles.
2003 NCAA Indoor Championships Recap: Without a doubt, the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships were nearly a perfect finish to an outstanding indoor season for the University of Washington track and field teams. Senior Brad Walker backed up his No. 1 ranking in the pole vault, earning Washington's 25th-ever NCAA individual title with a vault of 19-feet, 0 1/4 inches that is the best-ever by a Pac-10 vaulter, third-best in the world in 2003, and tied for sixth-best in NCAA history. Senior Jeremy Park earned All-American honors with a 13th-place finish in the 3,000 meters, helping lead the Husky men to a tie for 20th overall at the meet. Senior Courtney Inman placed ninth overall in the mile, and sophomore Kate Soma was the 12th finisher in the pole vault, each improving their finishes from the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Top-ranked Arkansas ran away with the men's title, while LSU defended its indoor crown on the women's side.
NCAA Championships By the Numbers: Including Brad Walker's record-breaking win at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships, Husky athletes have earned 25 NCAA individual crowns all-time. Poignantly, the 2003 season marks the 40th anniversary of the Huskies' only other NCAA pole vault championship, won by Brian Sternberg in Modesto, Calif., in 1963. The 2003 season also marked the fifth anniversary of Ja'Warren Hooker's 1998 55-meter title, and the 25th anniversary of the second of three-consecutive indoor weight throw titles earned by legendary Husky Scott Neilson. Neilson was certainly the most prolific titlist in school history, graduating with seven NCAA championships, including the three indoor weight throw crowns, and four-straight NCAA hammer titles from 1976-79. Besides Neilson, two other Huskies earned multiple NCAA titles, including hurdler Steve Anderson, in 1929 and 1930, and Gus Pope, who captured both the discus and shot titles 1921. Interestingly, of the 21 Husky athletes to win titles prior to Walker (list includes the three multiple-time champions and one relay), eight went on to compete in the Olympic Games, including three Olympic medalists.
2003 Indoor Season Recap: The 2003 indoor season will long be remembered as one of the most exciting in UW history, with school records, American records, and top-10 world marks falling left and right. In all, eight school records were set during the team's five weeks of competition at Dempsey Indoor, including a pair of records by Courtney Inman in the 800m and mile runs. At the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, Inman was a top-10 finisher in the mile, Jeremy Park earned All-American honors at 3,000 meters, and pole vaulter Brad Walker won his first NCAA title, crushing the competition by nine inches. Walker's mark of 19 feet, 0 1/4 inch was three inches beyond the Pac-10 record, and tied for third in the world during the 2003 indoor season. In fact, a glance at the 2003 IAAF World Rankings reveals dozens of marks set on the Dempsey Indoor track. As many as 2,500 spectators packed the facility each week, creating a highly-charged atmosphere that attracted such luminaries as two-time Olympic medalist John Godina, and fellow Olympians Seilala Sua, Bolota Asmeron, Michael Stember and Ja'Warren Hooker. Also, a pair of Masters' Division athletes, Tony Young and Harold Morioka, combined for three all-time U.S.-best marks, while the Northwest's top preps filled the facility on three weekends.
Dempsey Indoor: The 80,000-square foot home of Husky indoor track opened in September of 2001 to rave reviews. 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. Already in 2003, Dempsey Indoor has played host to five former Olympians and witnessed five top-10 world marks, three top all-time U.S. marks (though not officially records), eight UW indoor school records and dozens of NCAA-qualifying marks. In addition to its competitive use, the building is utilized as an indoor practice facility for Washington's football, softball, baseball and men's and women's soccer teams, and is considered one of the premier indoor facilities on the West Coast. The facility is named for California businessman Neal Dempsey, a 1964 Washington graduate. Dempsey and his wife, Janet, made the largest individual contribution ever to the University in January of 2001. The Dempseys announced a gift of $10 million to be split between the School of Business' 'Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation' and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best: If Washington's home indoor meets this season seemed to shimmer in gold, it was likely due to the numerous current and former Olympians who highlighted the fields at Dempsey Indoor. The Feb. 1 Husky Invitational featured four Olympic athletes, including former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, who set a facility record in the 60m dash with a time of 6.63 seconds. Hooker was joined by fellow U.S. Olympians John Godina and Seilala Sua, and distance runner Bolota Asmeron, who competed in 2000 for his native Eritrea. Godina, a two-time Olympic medalist, heaved the shot 65-6 3/4 in a winning effort, while Sua took the women's shot with a throw of 56-8, besting her own facility record. Asmeron, however, highlighted the competition, clocking the world's sixth-fastest indoor 3,000-meter time of the 2003 season with a mark of 7:49.68 which, at the time it was run, was the world's best this season. Also, 2000 Olympian Michael Stember set a facility record in the mile at the UW Invitational.