Roosevelt Grad Frederick Sets UW Freshman Long Jump Record

April 17, 2005

WALNUT, Calif. - Husky freshman Norris Frederick moved into the top-10 of the national collegiate rankings and set a UW freshman record Sunday, clearing 25 feet 3 ¼ inches to place fourth in the invitational men's long jump at the 47th Annual Mt. SAC Relays.

Frederick's mark, tops in the nation by a collegiate freshman this year, is the fourth-best outdoor mark in UW history, and broke by two inches the Washington freshman record of 25-1 ¾ set by New Zealander Grant Birkinshaw in 1972. The mark is the second UW freshman record to fall in the Huskies' three days of competition at Mt. SAC, including a freshman-record performance by Chehalis native Austin Abbott in Friday's 1,500 meters.

Both Frederick, a 2004 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Seattle, and Abbott earned All-America honors at last month's NCAA Indoor Championships, with Frederick placing sixth in the men's long jump. Sunday's jump puts Frederick 10th on the national performance list, and ranks third overall among those athletes qualified for May's NCAA West Regional Championships, for which the talented frosh is also qualified in the high jump. Frederick placed sixth in Sunday's collegiate high jump finals at Mt. SAC, his best of 6-9 ¾ an inch shy of his outdoor season best.

The 19-year-old Frederick was a seven-time prep All-American at Roosevelt, where he became the first state prep ever to long jump 24 feet and high jump seven feet in the same season, doing so in 2004.

'Having had so much success at Roosevelt -- literally just up the street from our campus -- there was a lot of buzz when Norris decided to come to Washington, and I think a lot of expectations were placed upon his shoulders,' said third-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'That can be a lot for an 18-year-old kid to handle, but Norris has really shown his maturity this year with his ability not only to handle that kind of pressure, but to thrive upon it and have what is becoming one of the greatest freshman years ever by a Husky jumper.'

Also competing at Mt. SAC Sunday were Husky pole vaulters Kate Soma, Stevie Marshalek and Ashley Wildhaber, and heptathlete Grace Vela, though full results were not yet available as of this writing. For the first posting of results, visit http://relays.mtsac.edu/2005/indexUO.htm.

Washington's track and field teams, which separated for competition this weekend at Mt. SAC and at Saturday's Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., will reunite next week in Eugene for the Oregon Invitational, before returning home for the annual UW-Washington State dual meet on Apr. 30.

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