UW Splits Squad for Two Meets in Oregon

Sept. 26, 2007

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On the Course: The cross country season gathers speed this weekend as Washington's 30th-ranked men and 17th-ranked women journey to Oregon to participate in the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene and the Charles Bowles Invitational in Willamette. Both meets occur on Saturday, Sep. 29 with the Huskies sending an 'A' squad to the Bill Dellinger and 'B' lineup to the Charles Bowles.

Bill Dellinger Invitational Meet Schedule (All Times Pacific)
Women's 6,000m Race: 9:15 a.m.
Men's 8,000m Race: 10 a.m.

Bill Dellinger Invitational Preview: The Huskies will be in for their first major challenge of the year at the second-annual Bill Dellinger, hosted by the University of Oregon at the Springfield Country Club. The invitational's 15-team men's field features seven teams that competed in the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships - Wisconsin (placing second), Oregon (fifth), Washington (12th), Cal Poly (13th), Portland (18th), UCLA (23rd) and Alabama (31st) - and will be joined by Colorado State, Duke, Georgia, Marquette, New Mexico, Ohio State, Utah State and UTEP. In the current coaches' poll, Wisconsin is the top-ranked squad, while Oregon is third, and UTEP is sixth. Portland (11), UCLA (21), Cal Poly (22), and Washington (30) are also ranked.

The women's event features five top-25 NCAA team finishers from 2006, including No. 4 Arkansas, last year's Bill Dellinger champion that went on to finish fifth in the NCAA Championships. Additional returning 2006 NCAA Championships women's team qualifiers include Georgia (15th), BYU (22nd), Colorado State (24th) and Wake Forest (27th). Based on the current rankings, No. 4 Arkansas leads the high-caliber field, followed by No. 15 Georgia, No. 17 Washington, No. 18 BYU, No. 21 Colorado State and No. 24 Oregon. Other teams slated to compete include Marquette, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon State, Portland, UCLA, Utah State, UTEP and Wake Forest.

A strong finish in Eugene this weekend will give an eraly boost to the Huskies' postseason chances of an at-large NCAA bid. Last year, despite both finishing fourth at Regionals, only the men qualified for NCAAs due to the women not earning enough wins over quality foes in the regular season.

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 GoHuskies.com immediately following the conclusion of racing at both events. For the first posting of results, visit www.goducks.com (Bill Dellinger Invite) and www.willamette/edu/athletics (Charles Bowles Invite).

Expected to Run: Following is a list of those Huskies who will potentially compete at Saturday's Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, Ore. Come race day, some entrants may withdraw from the Bill Dellinger and compete in the Charles Bowles Invitational in Willamette, Ore. instead. Below are tentative entrants for the Bill Dellinger Invitational:

Name                     Yr.          Hometown (High School)Brooke Anderson          So.          San Diego, Calif. (University City)Anita Campbell           Jr.          Vancouver, B.C. (Aldregrove)Kailey Campbell          RFr.         Ballard, Wash. (Ballard)Katie Follett            So.          Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins)Mo Huber                 So.          Oakland, Calif. (Acalanes)Anna Imperati            So.          Portland, Ore. (Jesuit)Marie Lawrence           Fr.          Reno, Nev. (Reno)Amanda Miller            Jr.          Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont)Trisha Rasmussen         Sr.          Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge)Lauren Saylor            Fr.          Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan)Dani Schuster            Jr.          Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin)Tori Tyler               Jr.          Los Altos, Calif. (Gunn)

Name Yr. Hometown (High School)Austin Abbott Jr. Chehalis, Wash. (W.F. West)Chris Ahl So. Seattle, Wash. (Bishop Blanchet)Riley Booker So. San Diego, Calif. (University City)Joe Darda So. Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg)Brian Govier So. Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island)Zack Gussin So. Ballard, Wash. (Ballard)Jon Harding Jr. Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah)Caleb Knox Jr. Mill Creek, Wash. (Jackson)Max O'Donoghue-McDonald Fr. Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)Cameron Quackenbush Fr. Spokane, Wash. (Ferris)Carl Moe Sr. Auburn, Wash. (Auburn-Riverside)Adam Shimer Sr. Edmonds, Wash. (Meadowdale)Kelly Spady So. Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak)Colton Tully-Doyle So. San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo)James Wilson Jr. Yakima, Wash. (West Valley)

Charles Bowles Invitational Preview: While Washington's 'A' squads battle the nation's best in Eugene, the Huskies' 'B' teams will be toeing the line in Willamette at the Charles Bowles Invitational. In stark contrast to the second-annual Dellinger, 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 33rd-consecutive year. The meet includes mostly small colleges and clubs from throughout the Northwest. Last season Washington's men placed third while the women came in eighth place after winning the event in 2005. The Husky men compete in the Men's Gold 8,000m which goes off at 10:20 a.m., and the women run in the Women's Gold 5,000m with a start time of 11:05 a.m.

Sundodger Recap: The Huskies opened the 2007 season in dominating fashion two weeks ago, hosting the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. Both men's and women's teams captured the team titles over a field that included the likes of Washington State, UC Davis, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Santa Clara, and San Francisco. Both the men and women placed four runners in the top-10. Juniors Jon Harding and Anita Campbell claimed the individual titles for the Huskies, both doing so in record time. Campbell's 20:20 run over the 6,000m course was the fastest ever run by a Husky, while Hardingt's 23:36 time over 8,000m was a Husky record, a Sundodger record, and a Lincoln Park course record all wrapped up in one.

Huskies in the Rankings: Little has changed for Washington in the polls since the initial USTFCCCA Preseason Poll. The men debuted at No. 30 and there they remain in the current poll released Sep. 25. The Husky women have climbed two spots to No. 17 in the Sep. 25 rankings after entering the season in the 19th spot. In the West Regional Rankings, the UW men jumped Arizona State and Washington State to reside sixth in the region, while the women hold steady at No. 3, trailing only Stanford and Arizona State, the first and sixth-ranked teams in the nation, respectively.

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