West's Best Converge on Dempsey Indoor
Jan. 26, 2005
On the Track: Representatives of 11 teams ranked among Trackwire's national top-25 will collide at Dempsey Indoor this weekend in the 2005 UW Indoor Invitational, the second of five Division-I indoor track and field meets on the UW campus this winter. Events begin Friday at 4 p.m. with first-day events in the heptathlon and pentathlon, with a pair of hotly-contested distance medley relays to cap the night's action at 8 p.m Events on Saturday begin with the women's weight throw at 9 a.m., with the first event on the track scheduled for 10:20 a.m. Admission is free to all spectators.
Meet Preview: The 2005 collegiate season kicks into full gear this weekend, as Washington puts a full squad on the track for the first time this winter. Up to the challenge are 11 of the nation's top-25 teams, including men's and women's teams from Stanford, Oregon, BYU and UCLA, and athletes from USC, Cal Poly and Colorado. Marquee events include the women's pole vault, where NCAA champion Chelsea Johnson of UCLA and runner-up Kate Soma of UW renew a friendly rivalry, and five events featuring facility record-holders, including the women's triple jump and all four relays.
Event Schedule: Following is a revised schedule of events for this weekend's UW Indoor Invitational at Dempsey Indoor. All times are Pacific. Schedule is subject to change.
Friday, Jan. 28
4:00 p.m. -- Pentathlon 60m HH (W)
4:10 p.m. -- Heptathlon 60m Dash (M)
4:40 p.m. -- Pentathlon High Jump (W)
4:50 p.m. -- Heptathlon Long Jump (M)
5:20 p.m. -- Heptathlon Shot Put (M)
6:30 p.m. -- Pentathlon Shot Put (W)
7:00 p.m. -- Heptathlon High Jump (M)
7:50 p.m. -- Pentathlon Long Jump (W)
8:00 p.m. -- Distance Medley Relay (W)
8:30 p.m. -- Distance Medley Relay (W)
9:10 p.m. -- Pentathlon 800m Run (W)
Saturday, Jan. 29
9:00 a.m. -- 20-lb Weight Throw (W)
9:30 a.m. -- Long Jump (W)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W)
10:20 a.m. -- 1000m Run (W)
10:30 a.m. -- 1000m Run (M)
10:30 a.m. -- 35-lb. Weight Throw (M)
10:30 a.m. -- High Jump (M)
10:45 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelims (W)
11:00 a.m. -- Long Jump (M)
11:10 a.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelims (M)
11:30 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (W)
11:50 a.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims (M)
12:10 p.m. -- Mile Run (W)
12:20 p.m. -- Mile Run (M)
12:30 p.m. -- Shot Put (W)
12:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump (W)
12:35 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (W)
12:45 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final (M)
1:00 p.m. -- Heptathlon 60m HH (M)
1:00 p.m. -- High Jump (W)
1:00 p.m. -- Pole Vault (M)
1:10 p.m. -- 5000m Run (W)
1:35 p.m. -- 5000m Run (M)
1:55 p.m. -- 400m Dash (W)
2:00 p.m. -- Shot Put (M)
2:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (M)
2:10 p.m. -- 400m Dash (M)
2:25 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (W)
2:30 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (M)
2:40 p.m. -- 800m Run (W)
2:50 p.m. -- 800m Run (M)
3:00 p.m. -- Heptathlon Pole Vault (M)
3:00 p.m. -- 200m Dash (W)
3:20 p.m. -- 200m Dash (M)
3:40 p.m. -- 3000m Run (W)
3:55 p.m. -- 3000m Run (M)
4:35 p.m. -- 4x400m (W)
4:45 p.m. -- 4x400m (M)
5:00 p.m. -- Heptathlon 1000m Run (M)
Meet Results: Results are posted throughout the meet at the south end of Dempsey Indoor. Following the meet, packets of results will be available at the finish line for coaches and meet officials only. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the meet, and will be posted to www.gohuskies.com within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on the following page.
Last Week: While most Huskies took the week off last weekend, Washington's pole vaulters turned the NAPVA Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., into a celebration of all things purple and gold. Former Husky Brad Walker captured the men's elite title with a world-leading vault of 19-1 1/2, while Huskies Kate Soma (13-5), Stevie Marshalek (13-3 1/2) and Kelley DiVesta (12-0) each achieved season-best marks. In addition, former Husky Brian Sternberg was inducted into the National Pole Vault Hall of Fame at the annual Summit banquet. Sternberg won the 1963 NCAA title and set three world records in the event, before being paralyzed in a trampoline accident.
Monster PR of the Week: NCAA qualifying marks and top-10 all-time UW indoor marks abounded at the season-opening UW Indoor Preview, but few Huskies saw the degree of improvement of sophomore Kevin Peters. The Longview, Wash., native shaved seven seconds off of his 3,000-meter PR to finish in 8:28.06, good for a berth at next month's MPSF Championships. Peters ran 15th in the 5K at the indoor conference meet a year ago, and was a state qualifier in the 3,200 meters as a sophomore at Mark Morris High School in 2000.
Rankings Report: Washington's women fell just two points shy of a top-25 mention in this week's release of the Trackwire 25, which attempts to predict the order of finish at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Huskies scored six points in the poll, two shy of the eight netted by the five teams which shared 24th place. Tennessee saw its hold on No. 1 chipped to just four points, edging defending NCAA indoor champion LSU by a 51-47 margin. The UW men, meanwhile, received five points from Trackwire, half of the 10 needed for a top-25 mention. Reigning NCAA outdoor champs Arkansas remained an overwhelming No. 1 at 72 points, well ahead of No. 2 Michigan's 39. Both Husky teams, however, debuted among the nation's top-25 in the first release of the U.S. Track Coaches Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, which simulate head-to-head competition between the all NCAA Division-I teams. Despite having yet to send full teams into competition in 2005, Washington's women debuted 17th in the rankings with 180.09 points, while the UW men were 20th at 144.20. ASU claimed top honors on the women's side with a score of 302.49, while Illinois ranked No. 1 among men's teams at 265.69.
Just Dandy, Thank You: Trackwire may not have seen fit to include Washington in its Top-25s this week, but that didn't stop the magazine from putting numerous Husky athletes on its list of those to watch this indoor season. Four Huskies earned mentioned in this week's Trackwire Dandy Dozen, which predicts the order of finish in each event at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Husky junior Kate Soma, the Pac-10 pole vault champion and NCAA runner-up in 2004, is picked third overall by Trackwire, while the magazine expects freshman sensation Norris Frederick, currently ranked second in the nation in the long jump, to earn a fourth-place finish in the event at the NCAA meet. Sophomore Ashley Lodree, the 14th-place finisher in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2004 NCAA indoor meet, is ranked ninth in the event by Trackwire entering the 2005 season, and sophomore McKane Lee, already an NCAA qualifier in the pole vault, is picked to finish 11th at the NCAA meet.
Ridiculous Records: The official 2005 University of Washington track and field media isn't due out for another week, and already the Huskies' athletes have begun to render its indoor records section useless. Despite having yet to put a full team on the track, Washington athletes have already in 2005 posted eight marks among the UW's top-10 all-time, putting them well on track to eclipsing the 47 such marks achieved during the 2004 season. Washington's highly-acclaimed indoor track and field facility, Dempsey Indoor, has certainly had an effect on the Huskies' indoor school records, with 12 school records and a stunning 112 marks among UW's all-time top-10 having been achieved since the start of the 2002 season, the Huskies' first in the facility.
It's Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight: Three-time All-American pole vaulter Kate Soma may stand only an inch above 5'-0', but the Husky senior towers over UW female vaulters past and present. At the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, the Portland, Ore., native became just the 12th collegiate vaulter ever to clear 14 feet, winning the Pac-10 title with a mark of 14-2, 10th-best in NCAA history and fifth-best ever by a collegiate woman outdoors. Soma followed up her conference crown with a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a berth at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Only five other UW women have ever earned as many All-America honors as Soma's three, while just four others have captured at least two in the same season, something Soma did in 2004 with a second-place NCAA finish outdoors, and a tie for fifth indoors. Already an NCAA qualifier this season, Soma has improved her NCAA standing in each of her five-career appearances at the meet -- she placed 16th at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships, improved to 12th indoors, and seventh outdoors, in 2003; and tied for fifth indoors, and placed second outdoors, in 2004. Should that trend continue in 2005, Soma would become just the third NCAA Champion in UW women's history, and the first since 1988. Soma's steady improvement is reflected in UW's school records, which she has broken in all six of her collegiate 'seasons,' including three indoors and three outdoors. After entering UW in 2002 with a best of 12-0 at Portland's Grant High School, Soma added 13 inches to her PR as a freshman, eight more in 2003, and four more last season. Perhaps it's her support system -- Soma's mother, Donna, is one of America's top vaulters in her age group, while Soma's high school coach designs shoes worn by elite vaulters Dmitri Markov and Stacy Dragila.
All-Time Collegiate Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School, Year, Mark
1. Chelsea Johnson, UCLA, 2004, 15-0
2. Amy Linnen, Arizona, 2002, 14-10 1/4i
3. Thorey Elisdottir, Georgia, 2001, 14-9 1/2i
4. Becky Holliday, Oregon, 2003, 14-8
5. Tracy O'Hara, UCLA, 2000, 14-7 1/4
5. Lacy Janson, Florida State, 2003, 14-7 1/4i
7. Melissa Price, Fresno State, 1998, 14-3 1/2
8. Tamara Diles, Wash. State, 2002, 14-3 1/4i
8. April Steiner, Arkansas, 2003, 14-3 1/4i
10. Kate Soma, Washington, 2004, 14-2
Vault Supremacy: There is little doubt that Washington reigns supreme in the world of collegiate women's vaulting. Four Husky women boasted best marks over 13 feet in 2004, a feat matched nationally only by the University of Nebraska. However, the Huskies one-upped the Cornhuskers in the category of NCAA Championships qualifiers, with Washington sending three competitors to the NCAA field out of unquestionably the nation's toughest region, while Nebraska managed just two. The Huskies made sure to back up their bids at the NCAA meet, with Kate Soma placing second, Carly Dockendorf taking 11th, and Stevie Marshalek placing 14th. In 2005, the results could be even better -- all three of the UW's NCAA qualifiers return, as does seventh-place West Regional finisher Ashley Wildhaber, who was just one clearance short of an automatic berth in 2004. Dare the Huskies dream of five NCAA qualifiers in 2005? Joining the accomplished quartet is freshman Kelley DiVesta of Colorado, whose prep best of 12-6 1/2 is higher than the prep bests of all but one of the UW's four returnees.
Dazzling Debut: All eyes were on freshman Norris Frederick at the season-opening UW Indoor Preview, and the Seattle native did not disappoint. Frederick swept high jump and long jump titles at the meet, his winning mark of 25-4 1/2a six-inch personal best and the No. 2 jump in the world this year by an under-20 jumper. Success for Frederick is certainly to be expected -- the freshman led all U.S. prep high jumpers in 2004 with a best of 7-1, and was the United States' fourth-ranked prep long jumper at 24-10 1/2. The Roosevelt High School graduate literally jumped out of his shoes at July's IAAF World Junior Championships in Italy, tearing apart the footwear which had guided him to five state titles during his four-year prep career. With borrowed shoes, Frederick managed to place 19th in both events at the world meet, and closed the 2004 season ranked among the top-35 under-20 athletes in the world. Frederick's 2005 long jump best, just two inches shy of the UW benchmark held by former world-record holder Phil Shinnick, is the second-best jump by a collegiate vaulter this year and earned the freshman a No. 4 national ranking from Trackwire magazine. Additionally, the mark ranks fifth among American men in the IAAF World Rankings, and is tops among U.S. junior-age jumpers.
Jumping for Joy: Perhaps no one was more excited for the 2004-05 season than UW jumps coach Pat Licari. After seeing his men's unit decimated in 2004 by injuries -- only one UW jumper, sophomore Warren Eickhoff, competed at the Pac-10 Championships -- Licari in 2005 boasts one of the Pac-10's deepest jumps units, with two seven-foot high jumpers, two 24-foot long-jumpers and two 48-foot triple jumpers. And that doesn't include Eickhoff, who tied for sixth in the high jump at the conference meet in 2004. Chief among Licari's new additions is freshman Norris Frederick, who led all U.S. preps in 2004 with a high jump best of 7-1, and is currently the nation's second-ranked collegiate long jumper with a mark of 25-4 1/2. Leading the prep scene may prove easier than leading his own team in 2005, as Oregon transfer Teddy Davis seeks to repeat the form that led him to a 7-1 high jump and a third-place NCAA West Regional finish, and Pacific Lutheran transfer J.R. Wolfork tries to better the respective long- and triple-jump marks of 23-10 1/4 and 48-6 that led him to Division-III All-America honors in 2003. Wolfork is one of two Husky jumpers who were lost to injury in 2004, including senior Phillipe Cook, a Pac-10 long- and high jump competitor in 2002. Both will return this season, while Davis will redshirt due to Pac-10 transfer rules.
Dazzling Double: From the first time she entered a pole vault competition -- clearing 12-1 1/2 in her first-ever vault competition in 2002 -- it was obvious that junior Carly Dockendorf, already a decorated UW gymnast, was in an elite class of athletes. Just two years later, at the 2004 NCAA West Regional, Dockendorf moved into a class all her own, adding an NCAA Track and Field Championships invitation to the NCAA Gymnastics meet invite she earned in April. While it is not uncommon for a college athlete to compete in multiple NCAA Championships in one year -- track/cross country, volleyball/basketball, and basketball/track doubles being among the most frequent -- to do so in two unrelated sports in which qualification is based on individual, not team, performance is extremely rare. Dockendorf finished 11th in her NCAA pole vault debut, after placing 24th on the floor exercise at April's gymnastics nationals.
Double-Duty Dockendorf: While official confirmation of the exclusivity of Dockendorf's NCAA double may be difficult to obtain, there is no doubt that the Husky is one of the finest two-sport athletes in UW history. Already one of the top vaulters in Canadian history, the Port Moody, B.C., native added to her legend last February 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. Dockendorf capped her 2004 gymnastics season at the NCAA Championships in April, and closed out her track season with a sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, and a 13th-place effort at the NCAA Championships. Nor did the ambitious sophomore stop there, winning the pole vault competition at the Seattle International Track and Field meet in June with a career-best vault of 13-3 1/2, the eighth-best ever by a Canadian woman. Amazingly, Dockendorf has been pole vaulting for less than three years, having begun the sport only after seeing Husky vaulters working out at Dempsey Indoor during her freshman gymnastics season in 2002. With a borrowed pole and shoes, Dockendorf entered the UW's Ken Shannon Invitational that May and cleared 12-1 1/2, a mark bettered by only two women in UW history. Dockendorf began her two-sport double on a full-time basis in 2003, winning All-America honors on the gymnastics floor while placing eighth in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Championships. Dockendorf's seven perfect 10's are the most by any gymnast in UW history, while her five-career vaults over 13 feet rank second among UW women's vaulters all-time.
Athletics Canada All-Time Women's Pole Vault Rankings
Name, Year, Mark
1. Dana Ellis, 2004, 14-8
2. Stephanie McCann, 2004, 14-5 1/4
3. Kelsie Hendry, 2004, 14-1 1/4
4. Ardin Tucker-Harrison, 2002, 13-9 3/4
5. Trista Bernier, 1998, 13-7 1/4
6. Jackie Honey, 2001, 13-6 1/4
7. Adrienne Vangool, 2004, 13-5 3/4
8. Carly Dockendorf, 2004, 13-3 1/2
9. Simona Kovacic, 2003, 13-2 1/4
10. Rebecca Chambers, 1999, 12-11 1/2
10. Melissa Feinstein, 2000, 12-11 1/2
10. Sue Kupper, 2004, 12-11 1/2
Island Fever: Don't be surprised if Dempsey Indoor seems a little tropical this winter -- with three Caribbean sprinters on the UW roster, there's a distinct island flavor to the 2005 indoor season. Grenadan native Shane Charles joins the Jamaican tandem of Patrick Davidson and Davaon Spence on the Husky roster this year, giving the UW three sprinters with significant international experience. Spence and Davidson, teammates at Kingston, Jamaica's St. Jago High School, teamed for a world youth record in the 4x400m at the 1999 World Youth Games in Poland, and led Jamaica to a silver medal in the event at the 1999 Pan Am Games. The two split up to attend junior colleges in the U.S. before reuniting at UW last season, each setting Pac-10 qualifying marks before injuries cut their seasons short in May. Charles, meanwhile, has led all of his Grenadan countrymen in the 400-meter hurdles for each of the past two seasons, and was Grenada's national champion in the event in 2003. The Grenadan junior national record holder in the event, Charles earned All-America honors at Central Arizona JC in 2004 with a best of 50.95 seconds that would have qualified him for NCAA Championships competition out of the West Region.
The `Lo' Down: It only took Ashley Lodree one meet this year to post an NCAA qualifying mark in the 60-meter hurdles and climb to fourth in UW history in the 200 meters, the fifth event in which she owns a top-10 all-time mark. But then, everything the 19-year-old does is fast -- whether breaking UW sprint hurdles records indoors and out in her first collegiate season, or reaching the NCAA Championships just five weeks after her collegiate debut. Lodree placed 14th in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA indoor meet before bettering UW's 100-meter hurdles record in her first collegiate final just two weeks later, her wind-aided 13.43-second mark well below the UW benchmark of 13.55 set by All-American Claudine Robinson in 1994. Over the next two months, Lodree ran 12 hurdles races, with seven under Robinson's old record pace, including a wind-aided best of 13.39 at the Texas Relays, and a legal record of 13.41 seconds at the Drake Relays, before just missing an NCAA outdoor berth with a sixth-place finish at the 2004 West Regional. Lodree's efforts ranked the freshman No. 7 in the world among junior-age runners in the IAAF's 2004 World Rankings, and No. 2 among American juniors -- a classification roughly defined as any runner under the age of 20 as of Dec. 31, 2004. More than just a hurdler, however, Lodree also set all-time top-10 UW marks in the 100 meters and indoor long jump, and scored in four different events at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. Lodree has picked up in 2005 right where she left off last season, posting an NCAA qualifying effort of 8.39 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at the UW Indoor Preview, and clocking a 24.89 in her collegiate 200-meter debut to rank fourth all-time at UW. The sophomore is seeking this season to lower her indoor hurdles best of 8.19 seconds, a UW record and the fastest by a collegiate freshman during the 2004 season.
2004 IAAF Junior Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Rankings
Name, Country, Mark
1. Ronetta Alexander, United States, 13.22
2. Sally McLellan, Australia, 13.30
3. Stephanie Lichtl, Germany, 13.36
4. MaKeatha Cooper, United States, 13.37
5. Sabrina Altermatt, Switzerland, 13.39
5. Shantia Moss, United States, 13.39
7. Ashley Lodree, United States, 13.41
Passing the Baton: More than a decade passed between the last two times a UW men's 4x400-meter relay crossed the finish line at the NCAA Championships. It's likely Washington fans won't have to wait so long again. Three of the four Huskies who led UW's relay to third at the 2004 NCAA West Regional, and a berth at the 2004 NCAA Championships, return in 2005, including senior Sean Williams and juniors Phil McCary and Bruce Jackson. While the three returnees all hail from the Seattle area, having respectively attended Lake Washington and Juanita High Schools in Kirkland, and Roosevelt in Seattle, it takes a little longer to reach the hometown of the relay's newest addition, Grenada native Shane Charles. Grenada's national 400-meter hurdles champ, Charles earned All-American honors at Central Arizona JC in 2004 with a best of 50.95 seconds that would have placed third at the 2004 West Regional. With the addition of Charles, UW's relay -- which clocked a best of 3:06.41 in 2004 to rank 15th in the nation, and third in UW history -- could threaten not only for All-America honors, but for the UW record of 3:04.73 that has stood for almost 15 years.
Multi-Talented: When Toronto native Grace Vela decided to transfer to Washington from Chicago's Lewis University in 2004, the UW coaches knew they were getting a talented multi-eventer. What they may not have known, however, is that in addition to a top collegian, they were getting one of the highest-ranked women in all of Canadian athletics. Just a junior in 2004, Vela ranked among the Athletics Canada's top-10 in four events, including a heptathlon best of 5,225 points that is second-best in UW history. The only UW woman to score higher than Vela -- school-record holder Sonja Forster, who tallied 5,266 points at the 1992 Pac-10 meet -- was also the last Husky to earn an NCAA berth in the heptathlon before Vela accomplished the feat last season. Vela's NCAA-qualifying score of 5,225, the sixth-highest by a Canadian woman in 2004, earned the Husky a fourth-place finish at May's Pac-10 Championships. The junior competed in four additional events at the conference meet the following weekend, meaning that including the heptathlon, Vela toed the line 11 times at the Pac-10 meet. Crisscrossing the track for simultaneous events is nothing new to Vela, however -- the Toronto native closed the 2004 season ranked sixth by Canada's governing body in the heptathlon, seventh in the long jump, and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump. A graduate of Vaughan High School, Vela was an NCAA Division-II All-American in 2003 in the 4x100-meter relay, and earned top-12 national finishes in the long jump and triple jump. Even more impressive, however, was her performance at the 2003 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, where the Zimbabwe-born Vela won five events to earn conference Athlete of the Year honors. Vela will receive her degree in economics this spring, and plans to return to Zimbabwe to improve the quality of life for its citizens.
2005 Season Preview: As impressive as Washington's 2004 campaign proved to be -- with one NCAA title, one Pac-10 title, four All-America honors, and nine school records -- 2005 could be even better. Eight of UW's 13 NCAA Championships competitors return, while the team adds four newcomers whose prep or junior-college bests would have qualified them for the NCAA Championships last year. Topping the returnees is Pac-10 pole vault champion and three-time All-American Kate Soma, who leads a deep UW women's team that includes athletes responsible for all but 13 of the Huskies' 67 points in a sixth-place finish at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. The UW men are equally loaded for a strong postseason run with 13 Pac-10 scorers returning, including three of the four members of the team's NCAA-qualifying 4x400-meter relay. While the Husky women boast particular strength in the pole vault, where three NCAA qualifiers return, most of any school in the nation, Washington's men are loaded in the throws, with the Pac-10's top returning competitors in the hammer and javelin, and the conference's third-ranked returnee in the discus. Husky hurdler Ashley Lodree and heptathlete Grace Vela each seek return trips to the NCAA Championships, while four-time prep All-American sprinter Jennifer Nash and freshman heptathlete Bonnie Snyder could challenge for NCAA berths in their first collegiate seasons. Grenadan national champion Shane Charles, a junior-college All-American in the 400-meter hurdles, joins a 4x400-meter relay seeking its second-straight NCAA berth, while five-time state champion Norris Frederick seeks to back up his top-four national prep rankings in the high jump (No. 1) and long jump (No. 4).
Dempsey Indoor: In only three full seasons, Washington's Dempsey Indoor has already earned a reputation as one of the nation's top 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. Dempsey Indoor has hosted 11 Olympians, witnessed 15 top-10 world marks, 12 UW indoor school records and hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks, and is the host site of the MPSF Championships. In addition to its competitive use, the building serves as an indoor practice facility for many UW teams.
Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best: If Washington's home indoor meets over the past three 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. Adam Goucher, a U.S. Olympian in 2000, set a facility record at 5,000 meters at the Jan. 14 UW Indoor Preview, while fellow Olympian Bolota Asmeron clocked a Dempsey-best 7:48.59 at last year's UW Indoor Invite. In 2003, 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.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his third year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross country, and his eighth year overall on the UW coaching staff. In his first two seasons at the helm, Metcalf has led the UW women to 29th and 18th at the NCAA Championships, and guided the Husky men to a tie for 22nd indoors in 2004. Individually, eight Husky distance runners have earned NCAA Championships berths, with two grabbing All-America accolades. In addition, Metcalf has led the UW women's cross country team to the NCAA Championships in each of his eight years heading the UW distance program, marking the sixth-longest active streak of NCAA appearances in the nation. In all, Metcalf has coached 11 All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 14 school-record setters and 65 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.
Husky Greats Give Back: Head coach Greg Metcalf isn't the only former Husky passing his knowledge on to UW's stars of today. In fact, three former Husky greats dot the coaching staff at Washington, including two-time All-Americans Metcalf and David Bazzi, and two-time Olympian Duncan Atwood. The results speak for themselves: in Atwood's two seasons working with throws coach Bud Rasmussen as a volunteer assistant javelin coach, Husky women's spearers have combined for two All-America awards and a pair of top-10 U.S. women's rankings, while raising the UW javelin record by nearly 20 feet. Meanwhile, over the past three years in the men's distance events, where Bazzi assists Metcalf, Husky runners have combined for three school records, and 34 times that rank among Washington's top-10 all-time in distance events.
Star-Studded Staff: Washington's assistant coaching staff in 2005 is in no way short on accolades. Ninth-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directed eight All-Americans, including two-time NCAA champion Brad Walker. Third-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen founded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, has mentored two All-Americans in two years at Washington, and in seven years at North Idaho College coached 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coach LaMonte Vaughn, Jr. mentored eight Eastern Kentucky sprinters to Ohio Valley Conference titles in 2004, and coached athletes to 13 school records in four years at Marshall University. Fourth-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 third-year distance coach Kelly Strong, who graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with five All-America honors and three Pac-10 titles, and is largely credited with putting together a women's recruiting class in 2003 that was ranked sixth in the nation by Track and Field News. Ironically, the most accomplished member of the Husky coaching staff is one of the team's volunteer assistants -- former Olympian Duncan Atwood. A UW All-American, two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion, Atwood has helped Husky women's javelin throwers earn All-America honors in each of his two seasons with the team, and mentored freshman Brian Harris to an IAAF Junior World Championships berth in 2004.
Washington's 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships Qualifiers
Name, Year, Event, Mark, NCAA Rank
Norris Frederick, Fr., Long Jump, 25-4 1/2, 2nd
McKane Lee, So., Pole Vault, 17-1, 4th
Ashley Lodree, So., 60m Hurdles, 8.39, 10th
Kate Soma, Sr., Pole Vault, 13-3 3/4, 4th