Lia Fifth at NACAC Championships

July 7, 2006

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Sophomore Amy Lia helped put the United States on the board early Friday at the North and Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Track and Field Championships, placing fifth in finals of the 1,500 meters. Lia's finish scored four points for Team USA, which leads the regional championship meet in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The reigning NCAA champion in the event, Lia covered the 1,500-meter distance in a relatively easy 4 minutes, 31.60 seconds -- well off the pace of 4:14.63 she set at last month's NCAA meet. That time carried the Bothell native to fifth place overall, 11 seconds back of USA teammate Shannon Rowbury of Duke who won the race in 4:20.57.

Lia was one of three Huskies wearing the Team USA colors Friday. Junior Ryan Brown, the reigning NCAA champion at 800 meters, coasted into Saturday's 800-meter final with a second-place heat finish (1:55.51), while five-time All-American Ashley Lodree advanced to Friday night's hurdles final with an identical second-place effort in her preliminary (13.65).

All three were selected to the national team by USA Track and Field based on performances throughout the 2006 season. Only two athletes per gender were selected in each event, making qualification for the national team at the bi-annual NACAC meet one of the most exclusive honors for under-23 athletes in the sport.

For complete results from the 2006 NACAC Under-23 Track and Field Championships, visit www.GoHuskies.com.

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