Husky Classic Attracts Top Track Talent
Feb. 14, 2008
On the Track: One of the biggest and deepest indoor track meets in America inhabits the Dempsey Indoor Facility this weekend, as Washington track and field hosts the Husky Classic. Over 1,300 athletes from all across the country will be on hand for a meet which traditionally produces dozens of NCAA qualifying times. The meet gets underway this Saturday at 8:15 a.m. for track events and 8:30 a.m. for field events. Admission is free for all spectators.
Joining the Husky men and women is a stellar field of Division-I teams, many of which are ranked near the top of the current USTFCCCA Rankings. Contingents from seven Pac-10 schools will also travel to the Dempsey. On hand this weekend will be representatives from Arizona State (No. 2 men/No. 6 women), Texas A&M (No. 3 men/No. 4 women), BYU (No. 5 men), Kentucky (No. 10 men/No. 21 women), Oregon (No. 12 men/No. 11 women), Florida State (No. 18 men/No. 15 women), Stanford (No. 5 women), Arkansas (No. 7 women), Iowa (No. 25 women), Wisconsin, Air Force, Alabama, Kansas, Colorado and many others. Other Pac-10 schools include Washington State, Arizona, California, and Oregon State.
Last year's Husky Classic produced a stunning 95 NCAA qualifying performances by collegiate athletes, including 13 automatic qualifiers and 82 provisional marks. Two Washington school records were broken, and former Arizona State runner broke the American collegiate record in the 5k by more than four seconds.
Worth watching on the Washington side will be sophomore pole vaulter Scott Roth, who is coming back from injury and scheduled to make his first vault of the season on Saturday if his health cooperates. Roth broke UW freshman pole vault records, and earned All-American honors both indoors and out last season.
Senior Norris Frederick will be competing in both the long jump and high jump in one of his last remaining appearances at the Dempsey. Frederick, who currently ranks in the top-five this season in both events, will be challenged by Dempsey Facility record holder Michael Mason of British Columbia in the high jump.
Washington's stable of women's milers should be particularly strong on Saturday. Andrea Brown headlines the group, as she turned in a significant personal best time of 4:45.94 two weeks ago that ranks 15th in the NCAA. She will be joined by Amanda Miller, who set the school record in the 800m two weeks ago, and is a former All-American in the mile. Cross-country All-American Katie Follett is also scheduled to run in the top heat, competing against the likes of Stanford's multiple All-American Arianna Lambie and Seattle Pacific's do-it-all Sarah Pixler.
Junior All-American Anita Campbell should also provide another weapon for the deep Husky women's team if she competes in the 3K this weekend as planned. Campbell was an NCAA competitor at 5,000-meters last year and a cross-country All-American in the fall.
Live Results!: Results of all UW home indoor track and field meets are posted live throughout the meet to the official site of UW athletics, www.GoHuskies.com. A link to a complete event schedule and live results will appear on the track and field sport page the morning of each meet, allowing fans the opportunity to follow along with the action as events conclude. Simply go to GoHuskies.com, and click on 'track' from the 'sports' pull-down menu to find the live results link on each meet day.
Meet Results: Results will be posted periodically throughout the meet on a board at the south end of Dempsey Indoor. Following the conclusion of the meet, packets of results will be available at the finish line for coaches and meet officials only. Please allow 5-10 minutes following the conclusion of the final event for results to be processed and approved. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the meet, and will be posted to the official site of Husky athletics, www.gohuskies.com, within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on this page.
Huskies Pacing NCAA Leaders: This season five Huskies and one relay have produced NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks. Senior Norris Frederick posted a long jump of 25' 8 3/4' at the UW Indoor Preview that is currently tied for the third-best collegiate jump this year. Frederick also achieved the 'B' standard in the high jump, clearing 7' 2 1/4' at the UW Invitational, currently tied for the fourth-best mark. Senior Amanda Miller's school-record 800m time of 2:06.69 set at the UW Invitational ranks sixth nationally, while Andrea Brown recorded the 15th-best mile time at the same meet in 4:45.94. Also putting her name among the early NCAA leaders is senior Kelley DiVesta, who vaulted 13' 0 3/4' to pass the provisional mark at the Indoor Preview. The Husky women's first crack at the distance medley relay this season also produced an indoor school record of 11:19.94. The time, set by Amanda Miller, Marie Tvare, Michelle Turner, and Katie Follett is currently 11th in the nation.
Dawg Bites Freshman Elisa Bryant is only two meets into her Husky track and field career, and yet she is already a school record-holder ... by a long shot. At the UW Invitational on Feb. 2, Bryant smashed the 10-year-old school record in the 20-lb weight throw held by former Olympian Aretha Hill. Bryant's throw of 59' 7 3/4' was well past Hill's 1999 mark of 55' 2', which in turn was three feet farther than Soozie Shanley's former second-place mark. Washington's No. 2 preseason men's ranking marked the highest ever ranking for a UW track program, surpassing last season's No. 4 indoor ranking. The ranking was based on returning athletes from last season's final descending order list. In both 2006 and 2007, Washington boasted at least one NCAA competitor in every event area -- sprints, hurdles, middle distance, long distance, relays, horizontal jumps, vertical jumps, pole vault and throws. The UW men's seventh-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships was the team's best-ever indoors, and equaled its third-best NCAA finish overall since 1930. Washington's men's team won its second-straight indoor conference title in 2007, marking UW's first successful defense of a conference crown since 1921-22. Washington has boasted at least one Pac-10 champion in eight-straight years, and at least one NCAA champ for five-straight seasons. Senior Ryan Brown extended both streaks in 2007, winning NCAA indoor and Pac-10 800m crowns. Washington has sent a total of 64 athletes to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship since 2005, the most prolific stretch in team history. Of those 64, 45 have returned home with All-America honors, also obliterating all previous three-year records.
2008 UW Indoor Preview Sets the Tone: The UW Invitational produced 57 NCAA qualifying marks, several facility and school records, and marks that rank among the best in the world this year. At the top of the list of accomplishments for the Washington squads was senior Amanda Miller, who broke her own indoor school record in the 800-meters, running 2:06.69 and easily surpassing the NCAA provisional time. Miller also helped UW's DMR set a school record and earn a provisional qualifying time Friday night, handing off with the lead after running the first leg. One of the day's most pleasant surprises came from junior Andrea Brown (Bellingham, Wash.) in the women's mile. Brown shed eight seconds from her previous personal best. The time earned Brown NCAA provisional consideration and places her seventh on UW's indoor Top-10. On the men's side, senior James Fredrickson crossed the finish line with a whoop in a personal-best 400m time of 47.40. Fredrickson, who usually specializes in hurdles, climbed to fifth on the Huskies' Top-10 with the run, which was just 0.16 seconds off the 'B' cut. Two-time All-American Jordan Boase took second in the 200-meters with a time of 21.29, and junior transfer Joseph Turner was fourth in 21.59, another new UW Top-10 mark. Steve Sherer, running for Athletic Performance, turned heads in the men's mile, running a blistering final lap to amaze the crowd with a time of 3:56.00, a new Dempsey Indoor record and the fastest time in the world this year by more than a second. BYU's Kyle Perry and Arizona State's Kyle Alcorn finished second and third, also breaking the four-minute mile, but were still over three seconds behind Sherer, who broke the previous record of 3:56.72 set by Nick Symmonds in January 2007. An expected long jump showdown between UW's five-time All-American Norris Frederick and Cal State Northridge's DaShalle Andrews didn't quite materialize, as Andrews' teammate Reindell Cole stole the spotlight with a jump of 26' 1 ¾', fifth-best in the world this year and tops in the college ranks. Frederick still got the better of Andrews, the person who upset Frederick for the 2007 NCAA Outdoor title, by placing second with a jump of 25' 8 ¼'. Later in the afternoon, Frederick captured the high jump title with a clearance of 7' 2 ¼' that ties his career high. Other Dempsey records included former Husky NCAA 800m Champion Ryan Brown, who tore through the 1000m run in 2:23.91, four seconds faster than the old record in the seldom-run race. Oregon's Ashton Eaton finished off a record heptathlon performance, scoring 5,859 points, an automatic NCAA entry mark.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his sixth year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross country, and his 11th year overall on the UW staff. Metcalf earned West Region Indoor Men's Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after leading Ryan Brown to his second-straight NCAA 800-meter title, and guiding the Washington men to a second-straight indoor conference title and a seventh-place tie at the NCAA Indoor meet, the latter an all-time program best. Metcalf can only hope that 2008 continues on the same track as his banner 2007 campaign, where Brown added another NCAA title, and the UW men and women combined for three seven conference crowns and the men made it back-to-back MPSF Conference titles. In his first five seasons at the helm, Metcalf has led the UW women and men to four top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships per team, including the aforementioned seventh-place finish indoors in March and a 15th-place outdoor finish by the men in June. Individually, 19 UW distance runners have earned NCAA berths, with three earning NCAA titles and 12 grabbing All-America accolades, a list which does not include the team's three-time All-America distance medley relays (2005-07). In addition, Metcalf has led the Huskies' women's cross country team to the NCAA meet nine of his first 11 years at the helm, and is coming off a program-best eighth-place finish, with two women earning All-American honors for the first time in history. Metcalf guided the UW men to a 12th-place NCAA cross country finish in 2006. In 11 years atop Washington's distance program, Metcalf has coached three NCAA champions, six Pac-10 champions, 24 All-Americans, 15 school-record setters and 88 NCAA Championships competitors. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeple, and ran in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials.
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