Brown, Frederick Win Oregon Invite Titles
April 21, 2007
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Ryan Brown won the Oregon Invitational title in the 800-meter run with the nation's fifth-fastest time Saturday, capping an outstanding two days of competition for UW athletes at the prestigious meet.
Brown outleaned Australia's Lachlan Henshaw at the line by just .09 seconds for his sixth-straight win in an 800-meter final, dating back to last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Renton High School graduate also won March's NCAA Indoor title and is an eight-time NCAA All-American.
Already qualified for NCAA Regional Championships competition in the event, Brown's time of 1 minute, 48.60 seconds Saturday moved the Husky senior into fifth place in the current national collegiate rankings, but remains two seconds slower than his school-record outdoor best.
'We still have three weeks to go before Pac-10s and five before Regionals, so we're still at a point with Ryan where we're just building towards those meets,' said fifth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'He ran 1:49 here two weeks ago and 1:48 today, and won both races, so I think he's right where we'd like him to be at this point in the year.'
Washington also earned a victory from junior Norris Frederick, who added the Oregon Invitational long jump crown to the high jump title he earned on Friday. Frederick's winning mark of 24 feet, 3 inches was two inches beyond the NCAA Regional standard, ensuring the high jump and long jump All-American regional berths in both events this spring.
'It's good for Norris to get the regional standard under his belt, even if it wasn't his best day,' said Metcalf of Frederick, who boasts a lifetime-best of 25-10 in the event. 'Now he can just let loose at the next couple of meets without having to worry about making sure he gets that one safe mark.'
Junior Amanda Miller rounded out the UW's NCAA-qualifying trio Saturday, achieiving an outdoor lifetime-best of 2:07.92 in the women's 800-meter run. In addition to being the eighth-fastest mark in UW history - Miller's time of 2:07.92 is the third below 2:08 by a Husky woman this year, a feat unprecedented at Washington.
In all, Washington added four NCAA Regional qualifiers this weekend and saw two others improve their already-established regional-qualifying bests, bringing to 35 the total number of Huskies qualified for NCAA postseason competition this year.