Loaded Distance Fields Highlight Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor
Feb. 9, 2005
On the Track: Washington's world-class series of collegiate indoor track and field meets continues Saturday with The Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor, featuring 10 of the nation's top-25 men's and women's teams. With 10 of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's 12 indoor track and field teams in action, the meet will serve as the final tuneup for most MPSF teams before the 2005 MPSF Championships at Dempsey Indoor on Feb. 25-26. Events on Saturday begin with the women's weight throw at 9 a.m., with the first event on the track scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Admission is free.
Meet Preview: Dempsey Indoor will put its reputation as America's fastest indoor distance-event track on the line Saturday as men's distance runners from third-ranked Indiana and fourth-ranked Texas join combined teams from Wisconsin (No. 4 men/NR women) and BYU (14th/5th) to comprise what should be the nation's top collegiate distance fields this weekend. That talented distance quartet will be joined by full teams from six Pac-10 men's and seven Pac-10 women's teams, as well as representatives from the 17th-ranked Cal Poly women, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, and other West Coast Division-I schools. While the distance events will certainly be a focus, highlights will also include the women's pole vault, featuring 2005 MPSF leader Connie Jerz of Arizona and Pac-10 champion Kate Soma of UW, and a men's high jump matchup of Husky freshman Norris Frederick and 2004 NCAA Championships competitor John Temidara of Long Beach State. Entries close at midnight Wednesday, with heat sheets to be posted to GoHuskies.com after 5 p.m. Thursday.
Tentative Event Schedule: Schedule will change after the close of entries on Feb. 9. Check GoHuskies.com after 5 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 10 for a finalized event schedule:
9:00 a.m. -- 20-lb Weight Throw (W)
9:30 a.m. -- Long Jump (W)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W)
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. -- 5000m Run (W)
1:00 p.m. -- High Jump (W)
1:00 p.m. -- Pole Vault (M)
1:25 p.m. -- 5000m Run (M)
1:45 p.m. -- 400m Dash (W)
2:00 p.m. -- 400m Dash (M)
2:00 p.m. -- Shot Put (M)
2:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (M)
2:15 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (W)
2:20 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final (M)
2:25 p.m. -- 60m Dash Masters (M)
2:30 p.m. -- 800m Run (W)
2:55 p.m. -- 800m Run (M)
3:15 p.m. -- 200m Dash (W)
3:35 p.m. -- 200m Dash (M)
3:55 p.m. -- 3000m Run (W)
4:20 p.m. -- 3000m Run (M)
4:40 p.m. -- DMR (W)
4:55 p.m. -- DMR (M)
5:10 p.m. -- 4x400m (W)
5:20 p.m. -- 4x400m (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 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.
Northwest Honors: Last weekend may have represented a week off for Washington's track teams, but that didn't stop the Huskies from making headlines. Women's assistant coach Kelly Strong and former Husky pole vaulter Brad Walker were recognized for their 2004 accomplishments with Pacific Northwest Track and Field's Athlete of the Year honors, announced Fri., Feb. 4 at the organization's annual awards banquet. The fifth-place finisher in the steeplechase at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, and the ninth-ranked steepler in U.S. history, Strong was nominated alongside UW senior Kate Soma and 2004 UW alum Megan Spriestersbach, both All-Americans and Olympic Trials participants in 2004. Walker, meanwhile, captured his third-straight PNTF Athlete of the Year honor after winning his second-straight NCAA indoor pole vault title, placing sixth at the Olympic Trials, and closing the 2004 season with a No. 6 world ranking.
Rankings Report: Both UW's men's and women's squads fell just shy of a top-25 mention in this week's Trackwire 25, which predicts the order of finish at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Husky men scored eight points in the poll, just two shy of the 10 needed for top-25 mention, while the UW women netted seven points to fall just one shy of the eight scored by the 11 teams sharing 21st place. The defending NCAA outdoor champion Arkansas men retained an iron grip on No. 1 with 70 points, well ahead of Indiana's 44. Stanford, meanwhile, took the No. 1 women's ranking away from Tennessee with 50 points, ahead of reigning NCAA indoor champ LSU (36) and the formerly-No. 1 Lady Vols (33). In the U.S. Track Coaches Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, which simulate head-to-head competition between the all NCAA Division-I teams, the week off saw UW's men fall three spots to 23rd, while the Husky women earned a No. 32 mention. The Husky men scored 236.23 points in the ranking, well behind No. 1 Michigan's 306.51, while the UW women's 226.8 points were more than 70 off the pace set by No. 1 Nebraska's 289.17.
Just Dandy, Thank You: Trackwire may not have seen fit to include Washington in its Top-25s this week, but the magazine did put several Husky athletes on its list of those to watch this indoor season. Three Huskies earned mention in this week's Trackwire Dandy Dozen, which predicts the order of finish in each event at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Freshman sensation Norris Frederick, who currently boasts the second-best long jump by a collegian in 2005, earned a matching ranking in the event from Trackwire, while the magazine expects Husky senior Kate Soma, the Pac-10 pole vault champion and NCAA runner-up in 2004, to place fourth in the event at the NCAA meet. Junior Ashley Wildhaber also earned a Dandy Dozen mention, her No. 7 pole vault ranking one spot below her current place on the 2005 NCAA performance list.
Monster PR of the Week: Most throwers spend entire careers putting the shot at Washington without cracking the school's all-time top-10 -- freshman Sheree Ellis, meanwhile, needed just one throw. Making her official UW debut at January's UW Indoor Invitational, Ellis launched her first attempt 46 feet, 11 3/4 inches, nearly six feet beyond her prep best of 41-2 1/4, and better than all but six indoor marks in UW history. Ellis is in some pretty good company -- all six of the throwers ahead of Ellis earned All-America honors during their UW careers, including record-holder Jennifer Ponath, the NCAA champion in the event in 1988.
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.
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 vaulters past and present. At last month's UW Invitational, Soma raised a UW record that stood at just 12-0 upon her arrival to 13-9 1/4, third-best by a collegiate vaulter this year. Soma has broken UW's pole vault record in each of her seven collegiate 'seasons,' including four indoors and three outdoors. The Portland, Ore., native set the school's outdoor record at last year's Pac-10 Championships, becoming just the 12th collegiate vaulter ever to clear 14 feet with a Pac-10 winning vault of 14-2. That vault, which qualified Soma for the U.S. Olympic Trials, was the 10th-best vault 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, earning her third-consecutive All-America award. Only five other women in UW history have 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. 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
Moving On Up: Already an NCAA automatic qualifier this season, Husky senior Kate Soma has the chance to continue an impressive streak. The three-time All-American has improved her NCAA standing in each of her five-career appearances at the meet, having placed 16th outdoors in 2002, 12th indoors in 2003, seventh outdoors in 2003, fifth (tied) indoors in 2004 and second outdoors in 2004. Should that trend continue, Soma would become just the third NCAA champion in UW women's history, and the first since 1988.
Vault Supremacy: There is little doubt that Washington reigns supreme in the world of collegiate women's vaulting. Four UW women boasted best marks over 13 feet in 2004, a feat matched nationally only by Nebraska. Washington, however, one-upped the Huskers in the category of NCAA qualifiers, with the UW sending three competitors to the NCAA field, while Nebraska managed just two. The Huskies backed up their bids at the NCAA meet, with Kate Soma placing second, Carly Dockendorf 11th, and Stevie Marshalek 14th. In 2005, the results could be better -- all three of the UW's NCAA qualifiers return, as does seventh-place West Regional finisher Ashley Wildhaber, currently sixth on the 2005 NCAA performance list. Additionally, the accomplished quartet welcomes 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 returnees.
Dazzling Debut: All eyes were on freshman Norris Frederick at January's UW Indoor Preview, and the Seattle native did not disappoint. Frederick swept high- and long-jump titles at the meet, his winning mark of 25-4 1/2 in the latter a six-inch personal best. Two weeks later, Frederick launched four more jumps over 25 feet at the UW Invitational, the last a 25-foot, 6 1/4-inch monster that ranks second in the NCAA, and is the second-best mark in the world this year by an under-20 jumper. Success for Frederick is certainly to be expected -- he ranked second among 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 1/4-inch shy of the UW record held by former world-record holder Phil Shinnick, earned a No. 2 ranking from Trackwire magazine, which predicts order of finish at the NCAA Championships. Additionally, the mark ranks eighth 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, 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 junior Warren 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 ranked second among 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 25-6 1/4. Oregon transfer Teddy Davis, meanwhile, seeks to repeat the form that led him to a 7-1 high jump and a third-place NCAA West Regional finish, while 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.
Rare 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, 2005, 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
8. Sue Kupper, 2005, 13-3 12
10. Simona Kovacic, 2003, 13-2 1/4
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 season. Grenada 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. Charles, who led all of his Grenadan countrymen in the 400-meter hurdles in 2003 and 2004, wasted little time adjusting to the Seattle winter, crushing UW's indoor 800-meter record by nearly half a second with a mark of 1:50.24 at January's UW Indoor Invitational. Grenada's national champion in the 400-meter hurdles in 2003, and the 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 last year's NCAA Division-I Championships. Spence and Davidson, meanwhile, 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's relay to a silver medal 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.
The `Lo' Down: She's only two meets into her 2005 season, but already Ashley Lodree boasts NCAA qualifying marks in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles, and a 200-meter best of 24.81 seconds that ranks second in UW history. 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 2004 IAAF World Rankings, and No. 2 among U.S. 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, before adding another provisional qualifier with a 60-meter dash time of 7.44 seconds at the UW Invitational. The sophomore is seeking in 2005 to lower her indoor hurdles career-best of 8.19 seconds, a UW record and the fastest by an NCAA freshman last year.
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: Senior multi-eventer Grace Vela is used to crisscrossing the track for multiple events -- witness her performance last year's Pac-10 Championships, where the Toronto native competed in the heptathlon, long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay, ultimately toeing the line 11 different times. So, given the opportunity to compete in the pentathlon the night before January's UW Indoor Invitational, Vela made the most of it, setting a UW record and qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championships with a 3,723-point performance. That mark followed up a terrific 2004 campaign that saw Vela earn four top-10 national rankings from Athletics Canada, including sixth in the heptathlon, seventh in the long jump, and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump. Vela's heptathlon best of 5,225 points is bettered in UW history only by Sonja Forster, who tallied 5,266 points at the 1992 Pac-10 meet. Forster was also the last Husky to earn an NCAA berth in the heptathlon before Vela did so last season, placing 21st at the NCAA outdoor meet in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Vela moved to Toronto in 1995 with her family, eventually graduating from Toronto's Vaughan High School and attending Division-II Lewis University in Chicago. Vela won five events at the 2003 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, and earned Division-II All-America honors in the 4x100-meter relay. Vela, whose best marks in the heptathlon and pentathlon are tops all-time among those achieved by Zimbabwe-born women, will receive her degree in economics this spring, and plans to return to her home country to improve the quality of life for its citizens.
2005 Season Preview: As impressive as UW'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 existing bests would have qualified them for the NCAA meet last year. Topping the returnees is Pac-10 pole vault champ 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, with three returning NCAA qualifiers, 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 meet, 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 the the team's 4x400-meter relay, while five-time state champion Norris Frederick seeks to back up his top-four national prep rankings in the high and long jumps.
Ridiculous Records: The 2005 Washington track and field media has only been out one week, and already the Huskies have rendered its indoor records section useless. Washington athletes combined for 20 marks among the team's top-10 all-time at January's UW Indoor Invitational, bringing to 28 the total number of indoor top-10 marks set by UW athletes this season. Washington's highly-acclaimed indoor track and field facility, Dempsey Indoor, has certainly had an effect on the Huskies' indoor school records, with 14 school records and a stunning 132 marks among UW's all-time top-10 having been achieved since the start of the 2002 season, the Huskies' first in the facility. For a complete list of the top-10 indoor marks set by UW athletes in 2005, see the box above.
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.
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 UW distance runners have earned NCAA berths, with two grabbing All-America accolades. In addition, Metcalf has led the Huskies' women's cross country team to the NCAA meet in each of his eight years atop 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, 15 school-record setters and 65 NCAA qualifiers. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeple, 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.
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