Huskies Do Double Duty in Oregon

Sept. 27, 2006

On the Course: Just days after being vaulted into the top-10 of the national collegiate rankings, Washington's women's cross country team heads south this weekend for a pair of meets, including Friday's Bill Dellinger Invitational at Oregon, and Saturday's Charles Bowles Invitational at Willamette University in Salem. The Huskies' men, who received votes in the USTFCCA poll for the second-straight week, will also compete at both meets, with an 'A' squad running at Oregon and a 'B' squad at Willamette. See below for complete event previews and race schedules.

Bill Dellinger Invitational Meet Schedule - Friday, Sept. 30 (all times Pacific)
Women's 6,000m Race: 5:20 p.m.
Men's 8,000m Race: 8:00 p.m.

Bill Dellinger Invitational Preview: Washington's cross country squads will receive their first true test Friday at the inaugural Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, as they line up against teams from 23 of the nation's top Division-I colleges. On the men's side, Washington is among seven teams in the 13-team field that placed among the top-30 at last year's NCAA Championships, including Texas (7th), Portland (9th), BYU (13th), Alabama (21st), Butler (25th) and American (30th). The women's field, meanwhile, includes five top-25 NCAA finishers -- Duke (3rd), BYU (8th), Wake Forest (17th), Arkansas (19th) and Butler (24th) -- and seven teams currently among the nation's top-30, including No. 10 Washington. With such strong fields, the race will serve as an important opportunity for Washington's men's and women's squads to accrue the points necessary for at-large entry to the NCAA Championships in November. The UW men qualified for the national meet in 2005, but the UW women fell short due to a lack of victories over elite-level teams during the 2005 regular season. On the women's side, Washington's squad includes all six members of the team's super 2005 freshman class, as well as top returnees Amy Lia and Trisha Rasmussen, and freshmen Katie Follett and Mo Huber. The Huskies' men's team, meanwhile, features all of its top-seven returnees, along with talented additions Chris Ahl and Kelly Spady.

Expected to Run: Following is a list of those Huskies expected to compete at Friday's Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene:

Name, Yr., Hometown (High School)

Chris Ahl, RFr., Seattle, Wash. (Bishop Blanchet)
Travis Boyd, Sr., Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak)
Jon Harding, So., Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah)
Jeremy Mineau, Jr., Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo-Atherton)
Carl Moe, Jr., Auburn, Wash. (Auburn-Riverside)
Kevin Peters, Sr., Longview, Wash. (Mark Morris)
Mike Sayenko, Sr., Bellevue, Wash. (Sammamish)
Adam Shimer, Jr., Edmonds, Wash., (Meadowdale)
Kelly Spady, RFr., Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak)
Tom Wyatt, So., Tacoma, Wash. (Charles Wright)

Name, Yr., Hometown (High School)

Anita Campbell, So., Vancouver, B.C. (Aldergrove)
Annaliese Chapa, So., Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic)
Katie Follett, Fr., Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins)
Mo Huber, Fr., Oakland, Calif. (Acalanes)
Brooke Lademan, So., Rolling Hills, Calif. (Peninsula)
Amy Lia, Jr., Bothell, Wash. (Bothell)
Amanda Miller, So., Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont)
Trisha Rasmussen, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge)
Dani Schuster, So., Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin)
Tori Tyler, So., Los Altos, Calif. (Gunn)

Charles Bowles Invitational Meet Schedule - Friday, Sept. 30 (all times Pacific)
Women's 5,000m Race: 9:30 a.m.
Men's 8,000m Race: 10:15 a.m.

Charles Bowles Invitational Preview: While Washington's 'A' squads battle the nation's best in Eugene on Friday, the Huskies' 'B' teams will be gearing up for Saturday's Charles Bowles Invitational. In stark contrast to the first-annual Dellinger Invitational, the Charles Bowles Invite -- frequently referred to as simply the 'Willamette Invitational' -- is the largest and oldest continuous meet in the Pacific Northwest, currently entering its 32nd-consecutive year. Washington's women are the defending champions at the meet, which includes mostly small colleges and clubs from throughout the Northwest. The Husky men, meanwhile, placed second to top-25 rival Portland in 2005, though senior Mark Mandi was fastest to the finish line for his second-career win. Should the Huskies' squads perform well again at Willamette this year, it will be on the backs of their deep and talented freshman classes -- of the 12 Washington men entered in Saturday's race, seven are first-year competitors, while the UW women's squad also includes seven freshman competitors.

Expected to Run: Following is a list of those Huskies expected to compete at Saturday's Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Ore.:

Name, Yr., Hometown (High School)
Austin Abbott, So., Chehalis, Wash. (W.F. West)
Riley Booker*, Fr., San Diego, Calif. (University City)
Alec Bromka, RFr., Portland, Ore. (Catlin Gabel)
Joe Darda, RFr., Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg)
Chris Glaser*, Fr., Yakima, Wash. (West Valley)
Brian Govier*, Fr., Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island)
Zack Gussin*, Fr., Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)
Brad Liber, Jr., San Diego, Calif. (University City)
Matt Owen, Sr., Yakima, Wash. (East Valley)
Tom Peterson, So., Modesto, Calif. (Fred Beyer)
Jordan Swarthout*, Fr., Olympia, Wash. (Capital)
James Wilson, So., Yakima, Wash. (East Valley)

Name, Yr., Hometown (High School)
Kailey Campbell, Fr., Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)
Emily Collins, RFr., Eugene, Ore. (Marist)
Olivia Garrow, So., Seattle, Wash. (Nathan Hale)
Rachel Gundy*, Fr., Clarkston, Wash. (Asotin)
Sarah Henry*, RFr., Orting, Wash. (Orting)
Lauren Ho, Fr., Kailua, Hawaii (Hawaii Baptist)
Anna Imperati, Fr., Portland, Ore. (Jesuit)
Lindsey Kirschman, Fr., Redding, Calif. (Enterprise)
Brianna McLeod, Sr., Jenks, Okla. (Jenks)
Sayaka Yoshinaga, Sr., Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)

* - Will compete unattached

Meet Results: Results of both the Bill Dellinger and Charles Bowles Invitationals, including race recaps and quotes from head coach Greg Metcalf, will be posted immediately following the conclusion of racing at both events. For the first posting of results, visit (Bill Dellinger Invite) and www.willamette/edu/athletics (Charles Bowles Invite).

Sundodger Streak Snapped: Washington'a squads opened the season Sept. 16 as they have for the past 15 seasons, with the annual Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park. Having swept both team titles in 2005, however, Washington saw itself shut out of both team and individual crowns for the first time 1998, as Division-II powerhouse Chico State captured the men's invitational crown, and third-ranked Michigan won the women's team title. Chico State's win snapped a meet-record four-year winning streak for the UW men, who had captured every Sundodger team title since 2002. Washington's men, who placed second, were led by junior Carl Moe, making a healthy return from a foot injury that has limited him the past two seasons, while the UW women followed NCAA 1,500-meter champion Amy Lia to the finish line for a third-place team finish. Other performances of note included an 11th-place finish for men's redshirt freshman Kelly Spady, and a 17th-place finish int the women's race for true freshman Katie Follett.

Huskies in the Rankings: While the Husky women might have preferred to better their third-place Sundodger Invitational finish, the national pollsters appeared unaffected by the effort, rocketing Washington into the top-10 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national collegiate poll. The Huskies received 256 points in the poll to rank second among West Region teams behind only No. 1 Stanford (390). Fast-rising UC Santa Barbara, surprise winners of the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational last weekend, are hot on the Huskies' heels in 11th (251), while perennial top-10 competitor ASU was 14th (229). Washington's men, meanwhile, were among those teams receiving votes in the men's poll, which was led for the second-straight week by Wisconsin (450). Stanford was the top-ranked West Region squad, earning a No. 4 nod with 401 total points.

NCAA Champions Back to Work: Few teams in the country boast the distinction Washington has this fall of having two reigning NCAA champions on its cross country roster. Both won middle-distance titles at the 2006 NCAA Track and Field Championships in June, with junior Ryan Brown winning the 800 meters in 1:46.29, and junior Amy Lia capturing the 1,500-meter crown in 4:14.63. While Brown is primarily a track competitor, having competed in just one cross country meet in his first three years (including a redshirt year) at Washington, Lia boasts a strong cross country pedigree, including All-West Region performances in 2003 and 2005, and a No. 3 placing among Huskies at the 2003 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Lia ran just twice in 2005 due to injury, but is expected to be at full strength for the 2006 fall campaign, where she bolsters an already-loaded lineup including 2005 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Tori Tyler and 2006 World Championships qualifier Anita Campbell.

Newcomers No Longer: The 2005 season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Washington women, who returned just two of their top-seven runners from the previous year, and ran six freshmen in their top-seven for much of the season. Far from rebuild, however, that young unit went on a roll through the postseason, placing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships and third at the NCAA West Regional. First-year Husky Tori Tyler, eighth at Pac-10s and 15th at the Regional, was named the Pac-10's Newcomer of the Year, the first conference postseason honor ever awarded to a Husky runner. Fellow freshman Anita Campbell placed 94th at the NCAA meet as an individual, and competed at both the World Cross Country Championships (for her native Canada) and the NCAA Track Championships in the spring. That talented twosome was joined by fellow true freshmen Brooke Lademan and Annaliese Chapa, and redshirt freshmen Dani Schuster and Amanda Miller to form a talented top-six that should be a force in the region for the next three years.

A New Streak Begins: Prior to the 2005 season, Washington's women had competed at eight-consecutive NCAA Championships, a feat matched by just five other schools. Despite a third-place finish at the super-competitive West Regional Championships, however, the Huskies were left off the list of provisional teams invited to the 2005 meet, snapping the streak at eight. Interestingly, it was the first time since 1996 that the third-place team at the West Regional had failed to earn an NCAA Championships invitation. That unlucky team? The University of Washington. The Huskies matched their Regional finish a year later to reach the NCAAs in 1997 -- head coach Greg Metcalf's first year at the helm -- and reached every NCAA Championships for nearly a decade thereafter before the 2005 snub.

Meet the Coaches: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his fifth year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his 10th year overall at the University. Metcalf has guided the women's cross-country team to eight NCAA appearances in nine years, and has led the UW men to the national meet in two of the last three seasons. Metcalf has coached two NCAA champions, 23 All-Americans, six Pac-10 champions, 83 NCAA qualifiers and 14 school-record setters. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeplechase. Metcalf is joined on the coaching staff by five-time All-American Kelly (MacDonald) Strong, a three-time Pac-10 champion at Arizona State, and first-year assistant Jimmy Bean, an All-Midwest Region performer at Division-III Greenville (Ill.) University.

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