Track Heads Outdoors for First Of Three Home Meets
March 15, 2007
On the Track: Having completed a record-breaking indoor season last weekend, Washington's track and field teams turn their attention outdoors Friday for the first of three home outdoor competitions in 2007. This week's meet, the UW Outdoor Preview, features a mostly-local field of elite small-college and club athletes, with selected entries from Pac-10 foes Washington, Washington State and USC. Events at Husky Stadium run from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., with free admission to all spectators. For complete meet entries and a finalized event schedule, visit www.GoHuskies.com.
Meet Results: Results will be posted throughout the meet on a wall at the north side of Husky Stadium, adjacent to Tunnel 21. Packets of results will also be available for coachesat the finish line. Final results will be faxed to all participating schools, and will be posted online at www.GoHuskies.com. Those desiring e-mailed results of should contact UW SID Brian Beaky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Husky Stadium: While Dempsey Indoor hosts the Huskies from January to March, when the weather warms up, Washington's track and field teams head outdoors to 72,500-seat Husky Stadium, the largest on-campus track and field facility in the Pac-10 Conference. On the shores of Lake Washington and with vistas of Mount Rainier, Husky Stadium provides competitors with a unique combination of world-class competition and breathtaking natural scenery. The facility has hosted some of the world's most prestigious meets, including the 1990 Goodwill Games, the 1971 NCAA Championships and the 1990 and 1997 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, and will be the site of three collegiate events in 2005. For more Husky Stadium history and records, visit the official website of UW athletics at www.GoHuskies.com.
2007 Indoor Season Redux: Washington continued to raise its national profile during the 2007 indoor season, with the Huskies' men's team capturing its second-straight conference championship and placing seventh at the NCAA Indoor meet, and a record-breaking total of 11 Huskies bringing home indoor All-America honors, including an NCAA title at 800 meters for senior Ryan Brown. Brown's win was one of four top-five finishes for UW athletes at the NCAA meet, including a third-place hurdles effort for senior Ashley Lodree, a fourth-place 800-meter finish for junior Austin Abbott, and a fifth-place finish in the distance medley relay for Abbott, Brown, and juniors James Fredrickson and Carl Moe. In addition to their NCAA exploits, Washington's teams and athletes also excelled at the MPSF Indoor Championships, capturing seven individual titles -- including four men's crowns and three women's crowns -- and winning their second-consecutive conference men's team championship. In all, Husky athletes combined to win one NCAA title, seven conference individual titles and one conference team title, while earning 11 All-America honors and breaking six school records.
NCAA Championships By the Numbers: Senior Ryan Brown's win in the 800 meters was the 32nd all-time by a Washington track and field at the NCAA Championships. Twenty-six UW athletes have combined for those 32 NCAA titles overall -- a total which ranks 20th among NCAA institutions all-time -- including at least one in each of the last five seasons. Additionally, the Huskies have placed 299 athletes on the All-America podium, including a stunning 45 since the start of the 2004-05 season alone. At least one Husky has earned All-America honors in each of the last 15 years, and 45 of the last 47 years, including record-breaking totals of 10 each at the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships, and 11 at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships. In addition to the single-meet records set indoors in 2005 and 2006, Washington also set single-season records in both years, with Husky athletes combining for 15 All-America honors in 2005 and 19 in 2006. A regular top-five finisher in the 1920s, Washington's men have placed among the top-15 at the NCAA meet 10 times since 1970, including a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor meet in March. The Husky women, meanwhile, boast five top-25 finishes, including a high of 10th in 1988, and a tie for 15th at last year's outdoor championships.
History in the Making?: With a near-record number of NCAA qualifiers, and perhaps the most experienced NCAA Championships contingent in UW history, it's no surprise that Washington reached a number of historical milestones at last week's NCAA Indoor meet. Senior Ryan Brown successfully defended his NCAA outdoor title at 800 meters, becoming just the fifth Husky to win multiple NCAA titles, and the first do so exclusively in track events since 1930. Brown also led UW's distance medley relay to fifth to up his career All-America total to eight, second-most in UW history and just two shy of Ja'Warren Hooker's once-untouchable UW career record of 10 All-America honors. Senior Ashley Lodree, meanwhile, captured her fifth-career All-America honor with a third-place hurdles finish, tying the UW women's career record of five All-America honors set by pole vaulter Kate Soma (2002-05). Juniors Austin Abbott and Norris Frederick, meanwhile, each earned their fourth-career All-America honors to move into a tie for sixth all-time in that category, while freshman pole vaulter Scott Roth became UW's first freshman All-American since 2005. Washington also set numerous milestones as a team, with the 11 All-America honors ranking No. 1 all-time for UW at a single NCAA Championship meet, and the men's team's seventh-place finish its best-ever indoors, and equaling its third-best NCAA finish overall since 1930. Furthermore, Brown's win extended a streak of five-straight seasons with at least one NCAA champion, and also preserved a streak that has seen at least one UW male competitor earn a top-10 NCAA Championships finish in each of the past 47 years.