Husky Quintet Seek All-America Honors At NCAA Indoor Championships
March 9, 2004
On the Track: Five Huskies will make the trip to the Randall Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., this week for the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas. Headlining the field for the Huskies is senior pole vaulter Brad Walker, who will seek to defend the NCAA indoor title he earned a year ago with a Pac-10 record effort. Also returning from last year's contingent is junior Kate Soma, the seventh-place finisher outdoors in 2003, and the No. 2 returning collegiate vaulter in the U.S. Eric Garner, too, will be on familiar ground in Fayetteville, having earned All-America honors with 13th-place mile finish in 2002. Meanwhile, freshman Ashley Lodree will make her NCAA debut in the 60-meter hurdles, while sophomore Ingvill Makestad will run for the first time at an NCAA track meet in the women's mile. The team will travel to Arkansas on Wednesday and return Sunday, with competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
NCAA Championships on TV: The 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis by ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports. The broadcast will air on ESPN2 from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 17.
Event Schedule: The following schedule of events for this week's NCAA Championships includes only those events featuring UW athletes. For a complete event schedule, visit www.ncaasports.com. All times are Pacific and subject to change.
Friday, March 12
3:05 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelim (W)
3:35 p.m. -- Pole Vault Final (W)
4:45 p.m. -- Mile Run Prelim (W)
5:05 p.m. -- Mile Run Prelim (M)
6:10. p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (W)
Saturday, March 13
3:30 p.m. -- Pole Vault Final (M)
4:05 p.m. -- Mile Run Final (W)
4:15 p.m. -- Mile Run Final (M)
Seeding the Fields: After winning the NCAA title by nearly nine inches in 2003, Brad Walker will face stiff challenges from a number of competitors this season. Leading the field entering the meet is Oregon freshman Tommy Skipper, who set a national prep record in 2003 before clearing 18-8 3/4 earlier this season to climb to sixth in the U.S. men's rankings. To win her first NCAA title, Kate Soma will have to overcome a host of familiar Pac-10 foes, headlined by UCLA's Chelsea Johnson, who boasts a 20-centimeter lead over the field entering the national meet. Eric Garner, who broke four minutes in the mile in 2002, will likely have to do so again to beat the five four-minute milers in the men's field, including Eastern Michigan's Gavin Thompson and Arkansas' Chris Mulvaney. Ingvill Makestad will see stiff challenges from NCAA 1,500-meter champion Tiffany McWilliams of Mississippi State and Hilary Edmondson of Wisconsin, while Ashley Lodree will cast her lot against a pair of stars from Texas, as well as familiar rival Sheena Johnson of UCLA.
Meet Results: Live results are available online at both www.ncaasports.com and www.hogwired.com, the homepage of host Arkansas. A complete recap of Husky action at the meet will be posted at the conclusion of each day to www.gohuskies.com.
Rankings Report: Washington's women will enter this week's NCAA Indoor Championships as the 26th-ranked team in the final U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, which simulate a massive dual between the nation's top collegiate squads. The Huskies' 254.20 points were 60 behind the 313.95 of top-ranked Nebraska, which held off a late charge by LSU to finish the regular season No. 1. The Lady Tigers did, however, edge Florida by just one point, at 54-53, to claim the top spot in the Trackwire 25, which predicts team scoring at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies earned two points in the poll, six shy of the eight scored by the two teams sharing 25th place. Washington's men, meanwhile, slipped out Trackwire's top-25 for just the second time this season, and were 41st in the USTCA Rankings. Arkansas nailed down No. 1 among Trackwire's men's teams, while Florida held the top spot in the USTCA men's poll.
Monster PR of the Week: While numerous Huskies recorded personal-bests at last week's UW Last Chance Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor, it was a 27-second PR in the men's 5,000 meters that stood out most. Running for just the fourth time this season, junior Preston Brashers covered the 5K in 14:35.05, ninth-fastest in UW history and nearly 30 seconds faster than his previous best of 15:02.3, set in 2003. A graduate of Stevenson HS in North Bonneville, Wash., Brashers has two full outdoor seasons remaining at UW.
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 was 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 last year's NCAA Indoor Championships, Husky athletes have earned 25 NCAA individual crowns all-time. Poignantly, the 2003 season marked 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.
Just Dandy, Thank You: The Huskies received five mentions in this week's Trackwire Dandy Dozen, which predicts the order of finish in each event at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships. Husky senior Brad Walker, the defending NCAA indoor champion in the pole vault, was ranked second nationally by Trackwire, while junior All-American Kate Soma held steady at seventh in the pole vault. Norweigian miler Ingvill Makestad figured 12th in the mile, and freshman Ashley Lodree was ranked 11th in the 60-meter hurdles. Rounding out the Trackwire rankings was All-American Eric Garner, the No. 11 competitor in the mile.
Walker Takes An Encore: A broken hand in May ended the 2003 season for Husky senior Brad Walker, but has played a large role in bringing the three-time All-American back this season. Though Walker has exhausted his four years of outdoor eligibility, he has competed just three seasons indoors, having redshirted the 2002 indoor season due to injury. By utilizing the remaining season, Walker can continue to train with his UW coaches in preparation for July's U.S. Olympic Trials, while simultaneously defending his 2003 NCAA indoor pole vault crown. Walker will compete for Washington through the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, Mar. 12-13, before launching his professional career in the spring.
World-Class Walker: If there was any doubt that senior pole vaulter Brad Walker belongs in any ranking of America's best vaulters, the Spokane, Wash native put them to rest with a fourth-place finish at February's USA Indoor Championships, achieving a mark of 18-4 1/2 that is second-best by a collegian this year. The NCAA runner-up and sixth-place finisher at the USA Outdoor Championships in 2002, Walker took his talent to new heights last season, crushing the field by nine inches to win the NCAA indoor title. 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 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. Even with the handicap of having not competed at any of the major national or international meets during the summer and fall, Walker still finished among the top-12 vaulters in the final 2003 IAAF World Rankings, and was named MONDO's West District Athlete of the Year. 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 record of 18-9 1/4 set by Stanford's Toby Stevenson.
Final 2003 IAAF World Indoor Rankings
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. Derek Miles, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Romain Mesnil, France, 19-0 1/4
6. Oleksandr Korchmid, Ukraine, 18-10 1/4
6. Michael Stolle, Germany, 18-10 1/4
8. Jeff Hartwig, United States, 18-9 1/2
8. Lars Borgeling, Germany, 18-9 1/2
8. Rens Blom, Netherlands, 18-9 1/2
8. Vasily Gorshkov, Russia, 18-9 1/2
8. Richard Spiegelburg, Germany, 18-9 1/2
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: Walker initially enrolled at Washington as a non-scholarship athlete who never cleared 17 feet at University High School in Spokane, Wash. He 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 Championships before undergoing surgery. After redshirting the 2002 indoor season, Walker posted one of the top outdoor seasons in UW history, shattering the UW 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. In 2003, 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.
Give Her An Inch ...: ... and she'll take a mile. Sophomore transfer Ingvill Makestad shook up the national rankings last month with a dramatic win in her first-career collegiate mile, at the MPSF Championships. The 22-year old Norweigian, who blew past Stanford All-American Sara Bei on the homestretch, crossed the line in 4:42.17, just two seconds off the school record established by Courtney Inman a year ago and 12th-fastest in the NCAA field. While the MPSF mile may have represented her first NCAA individual competition, Makestad boasts loads of experience competing against the world's best college-age athletes. If you happened to be at the Norweigian Track and Field Championships this fall, you may have caught Makestad winning her nation's 800-meter crown, just weeks before placing fourth in the 1,500 meters at the Under-23 European Championships in Poland, in a career-best time of 4:13.58. Since arriving at the UW in the fall, Makestad has found nothing but success, taking ninth at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships - in just her second-ever cross country competition - and fifth at the NCAA West Regional. Ironically, at the Regional Makestad placed just a split-second ahead of USC's Iryna Vaschuk, the same athlete who finished behind the Husky sophomore in this year's Under-23 European 1,500-meter final. Makestad is expected to compete at both 800- and 1,500 meters outdoors for Washington, and will run the mile for the Huskies at this week's NCAA Indoor Championships. Makestad is one of just four underclassmen in the NCAA mile field, and runs the 800-meter leg of the Huskies' school-record DMR.
Scandinavian Invasion: Don't think that Ingvill Makestad is the only Norweigian 800-meter champion on the Washington track and field roster. The Huskies, in fact, boast the odd coincidence of having both of Norway's reigning half-mile titlists competing in purple and gold this season, including Makestad and men's champ Stig Ellingsen. A native of Tromso, Ellingsen clocked a winning time of 1:51.30 in the 800-meter final at the 2003 Norweigian Outdoor Track and Field Championships, after sweeping junior titles every year from 1999-2002. The junior, who was also an outstanding prep soccer player, has competed for years on the European amateur circuit, with a best finish of sixth in the half-mile at the 2002 European Cup in Banska Bstryka. Ellingsen is scheduled to make his UW 800-meter debut next weekend, at the Cal Poly Invitational in San Luis Opisbo, Calif.
It's Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight...: All-American pole vaulter Kate Soma may stand only an inch above 5'-0', but the Husky junior towers over UW female vaulters past and present. At the Feb. 14 Pac-10 Invitational, Soma soared to new heights, clearing 13-5 3/4 to break her own UW indoor record and climb into a tie for fifth in the national rankings. Soma is one of just two Husky women ever to clear 13 feet in the vault, and is the only Husky female ever to have done so both indoors and out. The Portland, Ore., native earned her first-career All-America honor by placing seventh at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships with a mark of 13-5 1/2, and might have gone higher if not for a broken pole that lacerated her right hand on her third attempt at 13-10. The meet marked the third NCAA appearance for Soma, who was the 12th-place finisher at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, and 16th-place finisher outdoors in 2002. Soma vaulted herself in the Pac-10's all-time elite at last year's NCAA West Regional Championships, clearing 13 feet, 10 inches to break her own Washington outdoor record by more than eight inches and climb to eighth in Pac-10 history. The sixth-place finisher at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, Soma was bested at the Regional only by Oregon's Becky Holliday, who set a collegiate outdoor record of 14-8 in her Regional win. Soma's has broken UW's indoor and outdoor records in all five of her collegiate 'seasons,' including three indoors and two outdoors, a tradition she began as a freshman by setting UW benchmarks of 13-1 1/2 outdoors, and 12-11 1/2 indoors. Soma entered the UW with a best of 12-0 at Grant High School, but improved that mark by more than a foot in 2002.
All-Time Pac-10 Pole Vault Top-10
Name School Year Mark
1. Amy Linnen Arizona 2002 14-10 1/4
2. Becky Holliday Oregon 2003 14-8
2. Chelsea Johnson UCLA 2004 14-8
4. Tracy O'Hara UCLA 2000 14-7 1/4
5. Tamara Diles Wash. State 2003 14-3 1/4
6. Nikki McEwen Oregon 2003 14-1 1/4
6. Connie Jerz Arizona 2003 14-1 1/4
8. Kate Soma Washington 2003 13-10
9. Andrea Dutoit Arizona 2001 13-9 1/4
10. Erica Hoerning UCLA 2001 13-7
Garnering Acclaim: When hunting for breaking news, it can be easy to overlook those for whom success is routine. All senior All-American Eric Garner has done over the past two years is ensure that his name will come up in any future discussion of Washington's legendary distance-running tradition. A graduate of Kelso (Wash.) High School, Garner burst onto the scene in 2002 with a school-record 3:58.93 mile at Dempsey Indoor, the first four-minute mile ever by a Husky on Washington soil. Garner earned All-America honors with a 13th-place finish in the mile that season at the NCAA indoor meet, and returned in 2003 to become the UW's most prolific postseason qualifier, boasting NCAA Regional marks at 800-, 1,500-, and 5,000 meters. Garner placed third in the 1,500 meters at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, and earned an NCAA berth with a fourth-place finish in the event at the Regional. With one full track season remaining, Garner already owns the all-time UW indoor marks in the mile and distance medley relay, ranks second in the indoor 3,000 meters and is sixth all-time indoors at 800 meters, and outdoors at 1,500 meters. At the 2004 MPSF Championships, Garner accounted for more than a quarter of the UW's 47.5 team points, winning the mile in an NCAA-qualifying 4:00.53 just 24 hours after taking sixth in the 3,000 meters. In addition to ranking among the team leaders in nearly every distance event, Garner is also the team's top cross country competitor, having led the UW at all but one varsity meet over the previous two seasons.
The Kids Are Alright: If Track and Field News needed any evidence to support their No. 6 national ranking of Washington's women's recruiting class, they need look no further than the national peformance lists. Husky women's frosh lit up the lists with outstanding performances, including four freshman records. Bothell's Amy Lia boasts two of those records, in the 800 meters and mile, including a half-mile best of 2:09.73 that is the school's second-best all-time. Two-time prep All-American Ashley Lodree, meanwhile, owns the school record in the 60-meter hurdles and is tied for sixth-best ever in the long jump, while pole vaulter Stevie Marshalek became just the second UW woman to clear 13 feet with a freshman record vault of 13-3 at the Last Chance Qualifier. In all, seven of the Huskies' 17 event leaders in 2004 did not compete at all for Washington last season, including four leading marks by freshmen, two by transfers, and one by a redshirt freshman.
Ridiculous Records: The official 2004 University of Washington track and field media guide came out just last month, and already the Huskies' athletes have rendered its indoor records section virtually useless. Forty-seven marks among the top-10 all-time have been clocked by Washington athletes this season, 13 more than the record number of 34 updates made to the school's indoor lists in 2003. The Huskies' prolific record-breaking includes five new school records and 27 marks among the top-five all-time. The past two seasons have kept the record keepers busy, with Husky athletes achieving 12 school records and a stunning 80 marks among the top-10 in UW history. For a complete list of the top-10 indoor marks set by UW athletes in 2004, see the box above.
The 'Lo' Down: When they set themselves in the blocks for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles at the Feb. 7 United Heritage Invitational, it's doubtful that any of the nationally-ranked competitors lined up next to Ashley Lodree gave the Husky freshman a second glance. Lodree gave them plenty to look at over the next 8.33 seconds, however, winning the final with a time that was second-fastest in UW history. In the final, Lodree toppled not only the defending NCAA 400-meter champion, Sheena Johnson of UCLA, but also Bruins' All-American Sani Roseby and two of the top sprint hurdlers in the current national rankings. Lodree has since lowered her hurdles best to 8.19 seconds, breaking the 10-year-old school record set by All-American Claudine Robinson, the last UW 60-meter hurdles qualifier. Lodree, however, isn't one to be fazed by national acclaim. Last year, the Richmond, Calif., native ranked among the top-five preps nationally in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and placed third in the former at the U.S. Jr. Nationals. Lodree has proven equally prolific at Washington, lowering the UW's freshman record in the 60-meter hurdles five times in 2004, while climbing into a tie for sixth in the Husky history in the long jump with a Pac-10 qualifying best of 19-6 1/4. Lodree equaled the Huskies' top individual scorer at the 2004 MPSF Championships, notching five points each for fourth-place finishes in both the hurdles and long jumps to establish herself as one to watch over the next three years. Who are likely to be Lodree's chief challengers? Following is a list of 2004's top collegiate freshman hurdlers:
2004 NCAA 60-Meter Hurdles Freshman Rankings
Name, School, Mark
1. Ashley Lodree, Washington, 8.19
2. Ronnetta Alexander, South Carolina, 8.20
3. Yvonne Mensah, Illinois, 8.29
4. MaKeatha Cooper, Texas Christian, 8.30
5. Lisi Maurer, Kansas State, 8.32
6. Amy Menlove, Brigham Young, 8.34
7. Jacquelyn Johnson, Arizona State, 8.38
8. Porsha Dobson, North Carolina, 8.41
Raising Arizona: Already in 2004, 31 Husky athletes have punched their tickets to Tuscon for the 2004 Pac-10 Championships at the University of Arizona. Last year, Husky athletes earned 55 Pac-10 qualifying marks, and pole vaulter Brad Walker earned his second-straight Pac-10 title. Pac-10 teams can bring a maximum of 24 athletes and two wild cards per team to the meet, and in addition may place one athlete in each event for which the school has no qualifier. Thus, some athletes to post qualifying marks may not compete, and others not qualified may be entered in some events. Following is a list of UW's 2004 Pac-10 Championships qualifiers:
Name, Event, Mark
Todd Arnold, Mile, 4:06.32
Travis Boyd, 5,000m, 14:29.90
Preston Brashers, 5,000m, 14:35.05
Phillippe Cook, High Jump, 6-8 3/4
Warren Eickhoff, High Jump, 6-8 3/4
Andy Fader, Mile, 4:05.45
Andy Fader, 5,000m, 14:10.81
Eric Garner, Mile, 4:00.53
John Hickey, 5,000m, 14:11.39
McKane Lee, Pole Vault, 16-7 1/4
Mark Mandi, 5,000m, 14:12.51
Carl Moe, Mile, 4:07.15
Sam Roberts, Pole Vault, 16-6
John Russell, Mile, 4:03.77
Brad Walker, Pole Vault, 18-4 1/2
Name, Event, Mark
Mary Beeman, Shot Put, 44-0 3/4
Camille Connelly, Mile, 4:55.30
Camille Connelly, 5,000m, 17:15.53
Cherron Davis, Shot Put, 45-4 1/4
Carly Dockendorf, Pole Vault, 12-9 1/2
Lindsey Egerdahl, Mile, 4:47.82
Marie Foushee, Mile, 5:00.43
Laura Halverson, Mile, 4:58.75
Kira Harrison, Mile, 4:56.74
Amy Lia, 800m, 2:09.73
Amy Lia, Mile, 4:50.51
Ashley Lodree, Long Jump, 19-6 1/4
Ingvill Makestad, Mile, 4:42.17
Stevie Marshalek, Pole Vault, 13-3
Brianna McLeod, Mile, 4:53.23
Brittiny Roberts, Triple Jump, 39-6
Kate Soma, Pole Vault, 13-5 3/4
Alison Tubbs, 5,000m, 17:14.83
Grace Vela, Long Jump, 19-?6 1/4
Ashley Wildhaber, Pole Vault, 12-9
Dallon Williams, Mile, 5:00.67
Angela Wishaar, Mile, 4:54.02
Dempsey Indoor: When the last runner crossed the line Saturday at Dempsey Indoor, it brought to an end the Huskies' third full season in the 80,000-square foot facility, which has earned a reputation as one of the nation's most outstanding indoor competition venues. 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. In just the past 14 months, Dempsey Indoor has hosted nine Olympians, witnessed 13 top-10 world marks, 12 UW indoor school records and hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks, and served as the host site of the 2004 MPSF Championships. In addition to its competitive use, the building serves as an indoor practice facility for many UW teams.
Double-Duty Dockendorf: Washington has had plenty of two-sport athletes over the years, but few, if any, have attempted to compete in two sports in one season. That was the feat accomplished this winter by gymnast/pole vaulter extraordinaire Carly Dockendorf, who last month entered an even more select group by competing in two different sports on the same weekend - on the road. With both teams in Boise, Dockendorf found time to win the all-around competition for the Husky gymnasts Friday night, then place fourth in the pole vault on Saturday morning at the United Heritage Invitational. Two-sport excellence is nothing new for Dockendorf - in 2003, the Port Moody, B.C., native set a UW gym record with three perfect 10s while pole vaulting her way to second all-time at Washington, and ninth in Canadian history. A redshirt freshman in 2003, Dockendorf improved weekly, culminating with an eighth-place finish at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, in 12-11 1/2, the second-best outdoor mark in UW history. The weekend of Mar. 1, 2003, though, may have marked the most impressive display of Dockendorf's athletic ability. On Friday, Feb. 28, the redshirt freshman scored a perfect 10 on the floor exercise to lead UW to a dual-meet win, then turned around barely 12 hours later and soared 12-0 in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Invitational, among the best marks ever at UW. During the 2003 season, she established herself as one of Washington's top gymnasts, earning All-America honors and sharing the conference crown in the floor exercise with a perfect 10 at the Pac-10 Championships. A provincial pole vault champion as a prep, Dockendorf's vault best of 12-11 1/2 tied for fourth by a Canadian woman in 2003, and equals the ninth-best mark in Canadian history.
Athletics Canada All-Time Women's Pole Vault Rankings
Name, Year, Mark
1. Stephanie McCann, 2002, 14-3 1/4
2. Dana Ellis, 2003, 14-1 1/4
3. Ardin Tucker-Harrison, 2002, 13-9 3/4
4. Kelsie Hendry, 2003, 13-8 1/4
5. Trista Bernier, 1998, 13-7 1/4
6. Jackie Honey, 2001, 13-6 1/4
7. Simona Kovacic, 2003, 13-2 1/4
8. Adrienne Vangool, 2003, 13-1 3/4
9. Carly Dockendorf, 2003, 12-11 1/2
9. Rebecca Chambers, 1999, 12-11 1/2
9. Melissa Feinstein, 2000, 12-11 1/2
Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best:If Washington's home indoor meets over the past two seasons have seemed to shimmer in gold, it is likely due to the numerous current and former Olympians who have highlighted the fields at Dempsey Indoor. The Feb. 7 Husky Invitational featured former Olympians Bolota Asmeron of the U.S. and Peru's Hugo Munoz, the former of which clocked a facility-record time of 7:48.59 that is among the best by an American this year. Last year, numerous former Olympians put Dempsey Indoor on their competition schedule, including former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, two-time Olympic medalist John Godina, fellow U.S. Olympians Seilala Sua and Michael Stember, and Asmeron, who in 2000 competed for his native Eritrea. All set facility records in their respective events, while Asmeron clocked what at the time was the world's sixth-fastest 3,000-meter mark.
Husky Greats Give Back: A look around a UW practice reveals some familiar faces - in the coaching staff. Former U.S. Olympian Duncan Atwood has volunteered his time to his alma mater as a throws coach, working with second-year assistant coach Bud Rasmussen. The results speak for themselves: in 2003, four UW javelin throwers qualified for the NCAA Regional, while senior Heather Reichmann earned All-America honors with a throw of 159-6 that was the 10th-best by a U.S. woman in 2003. Atwood joins second-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.
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 Pac-10 and NCAA 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 Washington 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. The full-timers are joined by UW legends and volunteer coaches Duncan Atwood and Ja'Warren Hooker.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his second year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his seventh year overall on the UW coaching staff. In his first season at the helm, Metcalf led the UW women to 29th at the NCAA Championships, equaling their highest point total since the 1998 season, and guided seven UW distance runners to NCAA Championships appearances. In seven years directing Washington's cross country program, Metcalf has led the women's cross country team to seven-consecutive NCAA Championships, the seventh-longest active streak in the nation. Metcalf has coached nine 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.