Fab Frosh Lead Huskies To Team Titles at Emerald City Invitational
Sept. 6, 2003
WOODLAND PARK - Washington freshmen Brianna McLeod and Travis Boyd swept the individual titles and led the Huskies to a pair of team victories Saturday at the season-opening Emerald City Invitational at Woodland Park in North Seattle. Both Washington teams were credited with 15 points in scoring among Division-I schools, handily defeating runner-up Portland State, which tallied 40 points in the men's race and 48 in the women's.
A native of Jenks, Okla., McLeod covered the 5,000-meter course in just 18 minutes, 23 seconds, five seconds faster than runner-up Danyel Longmire of Northwest College. Three other Huskies joined McLeod among the top-10 finishers, including Washington junior Kathyrn Touran, who ran third overall, in 18:33. Sophomore Laura Halverson was fifth in 18:52, and unattached UW freshman Kira Harrison of Bellingham, Wash., earned an eighth-place finish, in 18:58.
A true freshman, McLeod was the nation's sixth-ranked prep female at 3,200 meters in 2003, and was named a prep All-American last season by Verizon, Nike and Harrier Magazine.
'Am I surprised? No,' said second-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'Every time Brianna races, she races to win. She's a special talent, and is going to do great things for us in her career.'
McLeod's win was just the third ever by a UW true freshman, but the team's second in as many years, with Spokane native Laura Hodgson having won the Emerald City crown last year in her debut race. Former Husky All-American Regina Joyce, who won the 1980 NCWSA Region IX Championships in her first season at Washington, is the only other true freshman to have earned a victory for the Huskies.
In the 8,000-meter men's race, it was redshirt freshman Boyd who beat all finishers to the line. A native of Mukilteo, Wash., Boyd finished in 25:52, five seconds faster than Northwest College's Phil Olsen. Sophomore Andrew Robinson built upon a strong spring track season with a third-place finish, in 26:10, while unattached freshman Brad Liber turned heads by placing fifth, in 26:31. Junior Preston Brashers, sixth in 26:43, and redshirt freshman Matt Franck, 10th in 27:00, rounded out the top-10.
'To have two freshmen, one making her debut and the other in his second year, win races for us is outstanding,' said Metcalf. 'What that says to me is that we're bringing in kids who want to compete right away, and that kind of tenacity and commitment are the qualities this program has been built upon.'
The season-opener behind them, Washington will head to Port Angeles for the team's annual fall training camp, before returning to Seattle to prepare for the 2003 Sundodger Invitational, Sept. 27 at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.
Emerald City Invitational
Lower Woodland Park
Sept. 6, 2003
Women's Race (5,000m)
Team Scoring (Division-I only): 1. Washington 15; 2. Portland State 48.
Individual Winner: Brianna McLeod, Washington, 18:23.
Other Husky Finishers: 3. Kathryn Touran, 18:33; 5. Laura Halverson, 18:52; 8. Kira Harrison*, 18:58; 11. Dallon Williams, 19:00; 12. Camille Connelly, 19:06; 13. Amy Lia*, 19:09; 15. Marie Foushee, 19:24; 19. Karen Schwager, 19:34; 20. Angela Wishaar, 19:35; 24. Kelsey McCallum*, 19:54; 39. Tina Gall*, 20:42; 31. Leila Shiraiwa, 20:44; 32. Sayaka Yoshinaga*, 20:47; 55. Jannel Emery*, 22:12.
Men's Race (8,000m)
Team Scoring (Division-I only): 1. Washington 15; 2. Portland State 40.
Individual Winner: Travis Boyd, Washington, 25:52.
Other Husky Finishers: 3. Andrew Robinson, 26:10; 5. Brad Liber*, 26:31; 6. Preston Brashers, 26:43; 10. Matt Franck, 27:00; 11. Chris Fayant, 27:00; 12. Kevin Peters*, 27:06; 19. Ryan Thomas*, 27:26; 26. Mike Connelly*, 28:08; 29. Doug Gibson, 28:11; 32. Adam Shimer*, 28:16; 41. Bruce Jackson*, 29:04; 42. Chris Goiney*, 29:05, 49. Curtis Easton, 29:33.
* - Competed unattached