Cross Country To Make Finishing Kick At NCAA's
Nov. 20, 2008
ON THE COURSE: With one final race remaining in the 2008 cross country season, both Washington teams are still standing, and will each be one of 31 teams lining up this coming Monday, Nov. 24, for the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. The No. 1-ranked women's team has won every race this season and now just 6,000 meters stands between them and the program's first national title, while the 21st-ranked men will hope to contend for a Top-10 spot.
Indiana State University hosts the meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course for the fifth-straight year. The women's race is set to begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. eastern time, with the men starting at 12:48 p.m. Both races will be shown live on TV on the CBS College Sports Network channel as well as streamed online at NCAA.com.
The Husky women have been one of the dominant stories in their sport this season. The third-ranked team in the preseason polls, Washington went out and posted emphatic victories every time they toed the line, including wins at the Pac-10 Championships and West Regional Championships where they were matched head-to-head against second-ranked Oregon. The Huskies also captured the Pre-National Meet back in October on the same course as Monday's NCAA Championships, winning by a 90-point margin.
Freshman phenom Kendra Schaaf has led the Huskies in every race she's competed in, and won the Pac-10 Championships by 28 seconds her last time out. Fellow freshman sensation Christine Babcock has been in the top-five of every race she's entered this year, as has sophomore Mel Lawrence, the Pac-10 runner-up.
Washigton's two returning All-Americans, junior Katie Follett and senior Anita Campbell, have continued to thrive and will look to repeat their Top-20 NCAA finishes from one year ago. Rounding out the expected top-seven is senior Amanda Miller and sophomore Lauren Saylor. Miller was sixth overall at Pac-10's and seventh at Regionals, and was UW's No. 3 finisher at NCAA's last year, while Saylor has posted a 27th-place Pre-National finish and 12th-place Pac-10 finish this year. Both should contend for All-American spots on Monday.
The men's team has come a long way over the season's first two months, improving with each outing. Washington was unranked in the USTFCCCA preseason poll, and is one of just three teams that qualified for NCAA's that did not receive a single vote in those initial rankings.
Senior Jeremy Mineau has led the way much of the season and has been especially strong in his past two races. Mineau, who missed the entire 2007 cross season and the past two track seasons, was 10th at Pac-10's and then moved up to 8th at the Regional meet. He led Washington in its last NCAA appearance in 2006, and should be a contender for a top-40 individual finish that would net his first All-American honor.
Juniors Jake Schmitt and Kelly Spady have also had strong postseasons, with Schmitt leading the team at Pre-Nationals in October and Spady running second on the squad at Pac-10's and Regionals. Spady's season-debut came in a 15th-place Pac-10 showing, and his return was a key in getting Washington over the hump at into NCAA's. Senior Jon Harding will also be making his second appearance at the national meet as well. He was the seventh finisher for UW in 2006 when the team placed 12th, and is coming off a strong 28th-place Regional finish.
The fifth spot has been in flux for the men but several runners have had great races this year and the junior trio of Chris Ahl, Jordan Swarthout, and Colton Tully-Doyle are fully capable of delivering come Monday.
This is the first time since 2003 that both the men's and women's teams have qualified for the national meet, and just the fourth time in the history of both programs.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: As mentioned above, the Championships will be broadcast live on television by CBS College Sports Network which is channel 412 in the Seattle area for Comcast subscribers. Links to a live internet stream will also be available on NCAA.com. GoHuskies.com will provide a recap, quotes, and photos from the meet as soon as possible on Monday.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE (TIMES APPROXIMATE)
12:08 pm (Eastern) Women's 6,000-meters
12:48 pm (Eastern) Men's 10,000-meters
HOW WE GOT HERE: Nine regional championships were held around the country last Saturday, with the top two teams earning automatic berths to the NCAA Championships. The Husky women won the West Region while the men placed fifth. An additional 13 men's and women's teams were added to the field via an at-large selection process. Selections are based on regular season wins, or 'points', accumulated against teams already in the NCAA field. The UW men finished in front of UCLA and Cal Poly at Regionals, two teams that had enough points to qualify as at-large teams, and push the Huskies in with them as no team can be omitted from NCAA's that had a higher Regional finish than a team that is selected.
HUSKIES UNANIMOUS NO. 1 IN FINAL POLL: The final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll was released on Tuesday, and there were no surprises as the Husky women remained a unanimous No. 1, while the men rose to a season-high No. 21. The women have been a unanimous No. 1 since their Pre-National victory on Oct. 18, totaling 360 points. Speaking to the level of respect the women have gained, the Oregon Ducks remain at No. 2 in the rankings despite consecutive defeats to the Huskies at Pac-10s and Regionals. Washington achieved its first No. 1 ranking in program history in the October 7 poll, leap-frogging the Ducks following UW's win at the Tiger Invitational. The Huskies began the season ranked third. Women's cross country becomes the seventh intercollegiate sport at the University of Washington to achieve a No. 1 ranking. The previous six were men's crew, women's crew, football, men's soccer, softball, and volleyball. The Washington men's cross country squad continued to move up in the final poll, coming in at No. 21 this week after beginning the season unranked. Washington is one of just three schools to reach the NCAA Championships after not receiving any votes in the preseason Top-30. The other two are Penn State and Butler.
EXPECTED TO RUN: Following is a list of those Huskies expected to race in Monday's NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The top five finishers on each team contribute to the team score while the sixth and seventh runners can displace other team's finishers to bump up their score.
Name Year Hometown (High School) Pac-10 / Regional Finishes
Christine Babcock Fr. Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge) 3rd / 3rd
Anita Campbell Sr. Vancouver, B.C. (Aldergrove) 4th / 6th
Katie Follett Jr. Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins) 5th / 5th
Mel Lawrence So. Reno, Nev. (Reno) 2nd / 4th
Amanda Miller Sr. Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont) 6th / 7th
Lauren Saylor So. Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan) 12th / DNC
Kendra Schaaf Fr. Craven, Saskatchewan (Lumsden) 1st / DNC
Name Year Hometown (High School) Pac-10 / Regional Finishes
Chris Ahl Jr. Seattle, Wash. (Bishop Blanchet) 44th / 72nd
Jon Harding Sr. Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah) 43rd / 28th
Jeremy Mineau Sr. Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo Atherton) 10th / 8th
Jake Schmitt Jr. Kentfield, Calif. (Redwood/California) 16th / 26th
Kelly Spady Jr. Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak) 15th / 24th
Jordan Swarthout Jr. Olympia, Wash. (Capital) 33rd / 36th
Colton Tully-Doyle Jr. San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo/UCSB) 34th / 100th
In addition, senior Michelle Turner and sophomores Kailey Campbell and Kenna Patrick will travel on the women's side, and senior Caleb Knox and junior Alec Bromka will travel for the men and could step in if called upon.
UW WOMEN AT NCAA'S: The Huskies will look to add a new chapter this Monday to an already storied NCAA tradition. The women have reached the national meet now in 10 of the past 12 years, and 12 of the past 15. After a rare two-year absence in 2005-06, the Huskies have responded with possibly the best two years in program history. Last year's 8th-place finish was a program best. From 1997-2004, the women's team made NCAA's every season, with five top-20 finishes, including a 9th-place finish in 1998. From 1994-1999, the women finished in the top-15 five different times, with Tara Carlson leading the team in three of those races. Anita Campbell has reached NCAA's every year of her outstanding career, running as the lone Husky individual as a freshman in 2005 and placing 94th, then qualifying again as an individual in 2006 and placing 89th. Last year, Campbell jumped up to 20th overall, just a split second behind teammate Katie Follett who was 19th, the best finishes by Huskies since 1995. It was also the first time UW had multiple All-Americans in the same season. Undoubtedly the greatest individual NCAA performances in Husky history were turned in by Regina Joyce. In 1982, Joyce finished 2nd overall, leading the Huskies to 13th. Joyce was sixth two years prior in 1980, leading UW to 12th, and she also finished 11th competing as an individual in 1981. Tara Carlson is Washington's only other top-10 finisher, as she placed 8th in 1995.
UW MEN AT NCAA'S: Washington's men will be making their 11th NCAA Championships appearance all-time. Head coach Greg Metcalf has reignited the program, leading the men to NCAA's in four of the past six seasons, after Washington had been absent from nationals for nine consecutive years. The men are just two years removed from a 12th-place finish at the 2006 meet with a veteran-laden team similar in makeup to this year's version. Current seniors Jeremy Mineau and Jon Harding were the first and seventh finishers, respectively, on the 2006 NCAA team. Mineau also led the Dawgs at the national meet in 2005, with UW placing 27th. If Mineau leads the men once again this Monday, he will become the first Husky ever to lead the team at three NCAA Championships. From 1987 to 1991, the Huskies had a string of five-straight NCAA appearances which included an all-time best 4th-place finish in 1989 in Annapolis, Md. The all-time best individual NCAA performance came from Simon Baines, who placed 10th overall in 1993.
ALL ABOUT ALL-AMERICANS: While the team battle clearly takes precedence, the Huskies will also be in the hunt for individual All-American honors. This year the criteria has shifted to honor the Top-40 finishers in both races regardless of nationality. Last year's race marked the first time any Husky team produced two All-Americans, as Katie Follett finished 19th and Anita Campbell was 20th. With both runners back and in top form, the Huskies could be looking at a record showing again this year. Between the men and women combined, the Huskies have earned 17 All-America honors over its 32-year history of NCAA competition. Christian Belz was the last All-American for the men back in 1998. Follett and Campbell will also look to join Regina Joyce as the only multiple-time All-Americans, as Joyce received the honor three years running from 1980-82.
WASHINGTON PASSES REGIONALS TEST: The top-ranked Washington women's cross country team cleared the final hurdle standing between themselves and the NCAA Championships, winning the NCAA West Regional Championships by a wide margin today at the Stanford Golf Course. The Regional title is UW's first since 1992. The men placed fifth which turned out to be a perfect spot for an at-large bid to NCAA's. The Husky women continued their exceptional pack running as their top five finished in the No. 3 through No. 7 spots within 11 seconds of each other. For the second-straight meet, the Huskies outpaced No. 2-ranked Oregon, scoring 25 points to Oregon's 62. 11th-ranked Stanford was third with 91 points. Washington and Oregon earned the two automatic bids into the NCAA Championships. Despite resting Pac-10 Champion Kendra Schaaf and sophomore Lauren Saylor, the Huskies still had plenty of depth to capture the team title. Freshman Christine Babcock led the team in third place, covering the 6,000-meter course in 20:02. Rolling across the line behind Babcock were sophomore Mel Lawrence (4th; 20:03), junior Katie Follett (5th; 20:08), senior Anita Campbell (6th; 20:12), and senior Amanda Miller (7th; 20:13). Also turning in a great performance was senior Michelle Turner who was 15th in 20:24. The men's team also had a strong showing, placing fifth, as No. 1 Oregon won the title with 38 points, followed by third-ranked Stanford in second-place with 72. No. 4 Portland was third with 85, then came 20th-ranked Cal with 116 and Washington with 122. The Huskies finished ahead of 26th-ranked UCLA, who was sixth with 145, and 19th-ranked Cal Poly, who took seventh with 184. All seven teams would qualify for nationals. Senior Jeremy Mineau turned in an outstanding performance as the men moved up to 10,000-meters for the first time this season. Mineau was eighth overall in 29:06 for the second Top-10 Regional finish of his career. Three more Huskies finished in the Top-30, led by junior Kelly Spady in 29:48 for 24th-place. Junior Jake Schmitt was 26th in 29:53 and senior Jon Harding bounced back from a tough Pac-10 race to place 28th in 29:56. Rounding out the top five was Jordan Swarthout, who was 36th in 30:15.
HUSKIES WIN PAC-10 TITLE WITH PERFECT SCORE: The Washington women's cross country team won the Pac-10 Championship on Oct. 31 in a stunningly dominant performance, as they swept the top six spots to record a perfect score at the Springfield Country Club. The performance was unprecedented in Pac-10 history on either the women's or men's side. Freshman Kendra Schaaf is the new Pac-10 Champion, and led a Husky parade across the finish line, followed in order by sophomore Mel Lawrence, freshman Christine Babcock, senior Anita Campbell, junior Katie Follett, and senior Amanda Miller. In what was expected to be a heated battle between the nation's top two teams, the Huskies began to pull away midway through the race and turned it into a rout. Washington finished with a perfect 15 points, followed by Oregon with 55, 18th-ranked Stanford with 99, 15th-ranked Arizona State with 105, and Washington State in fifth-place with 188 points. The Cardinal had won 12-straight Pac-10 Championships entering the meet. The win is just the second Pac-10 Championship for the Husky women, the previous title coming in 1989. Schaaf is Washington's first individual champion since Regina Joyce won the inaugural title in 1982. Schaaf led from start to finish, widening her lead throughout, until she finished in a course record 19-minutes and 24-seconds over the 6,000-meter course. That shattered the Pac-10 record for 6,000-meters, previously at 19:40, and was a whopping 33 seconds faster than the previous course record, set just last year. Amazingly, Washington's second through fourth finishers were also under the old course record. The previous record low score for any team in Pac-10 Championship history was 19 by the 2002 Stanford men's team. The previous women's record was 22 points by the 2006 Stanford women. Both of those teams went on to win the NCAA Championship. The women's dominance was understandably the story of the day, but the 24th-ranked men's team was impressive as well. Top-ranked Oregon won with 28 points, followed by second-ranked Stanford with 47. Washington and California came into the meet sharing the No. 24 national ranking, and left tied as well, as both scored 104 points for third place. Just behind UW and Cal was 13th-ranked UCLA in fifth-place with 106. Senior Jeremy Mineau was his usual gritty self in leading the team with a 10th-place finish, covering the 8,000-meter course in 23:47. Junior Kelly Spady made his season debut an impressive one, as he placed 15th in 23:58. Junior Jake Schmitt was right behind Spady in 16th-place in 24:05. Juniors Jordan Swarthout and Colton Tully-Doyle also crossed together in 33rd and 34th-place, respectively, to close UW's scoring.
HUSKIES MAKE QUICK WORK OF TOP-10 TEAMS AT PRE-NATIONALS: A phenomenal team effort carried the No. 1 Washington women's cross country team to a dominating win at the Pre-National Meet on Oct. 18 in Terre Haute, as the Huskies placed four runners in the Top-10 despite taking on 11 ranked teams. The Huskies accumulated a scant 36 points, with second-place Villanova well back with 126 points. Minnesota, ranked fourth in the nation, was third with 198, followed by 9th-ranked Michigan State in fourth with 215, and No. 15 Florida in fifth with 233. For some perspective, one year ago the Stanford women won Pre-Nationals with 102 points on their way to a third-straight NCAA title. The Huskies placed all five of their scoring runners in the top-20, where many teams would be happy to have one finisher. A trio of Huskies finished together in third, fourth, and fifth places, led by freshman Kendra Schaaf who covered the 6,000-meter course in 20-minutes and 15 seconds. Fellow freshman Christine Babcock was just a split second behind in fourth place, and sophomore Mel Lawrence took fifth in 20:18. Washington's two returning All-Americans were the fourth and fifth finishers on the squad. Junior Katie Follett placed 8th in 20:20, and senior Anita Campbell was 16th overall in 20:38. In the men's White Race, Washington's group took 11th out of 40 teams, and just missed upsetting two of the highest ranked teams in the country. Two spots ahead of the Huskies was Colorado, the No. 3 team in the country, which finished with 235 points to UW's 306. 11th-ranked Iowa State was 10th, with 249. Washington did outperform one ranked opponent, No. 30 Michigan State, who placed 14th. Junior Jake Schmitt led the men's team with a 27th-place finish in 24:08 for 8,000-meters. He was followed by senior Jeremy Mineau who was 48th in 24:23. A strong third for Washington was junior Colton Tully-Doyle, who placed 68th in 24:39 for his best Husky finish. Senior Jon Harding was 78th in 24:43 and junior Chris Ahl was 85th in 24:48 to round out the scoring. The women's first-place finish surpassed the fourth-place showing from 2007 as the program's best ever. The Huskies were so impressive, their top-five women averaged 20:21, which equaled the time of the second-place finisher in the women's White Race. Anita Campbell, who was UW's fifth finisher, would have been the No.1 runner for 4th-ranked Minnesota and 6th-ranked Stanford.
HUSKIES TAKE TIGER INVITE BY THE TAIL: Another race, another win for UW freshman Kendra Schaaf, who flew to the win at the Tiger Invitational, hosted by Auburn University on Oct. 4. Schaaf led a UW parade across the finish line as the then-second-ranked Husky women had seven of the top nine finishers to win by a wide margin. The Washington men's team was led by senior Jeremy Mineau, who finished fifth overall. The Huskies placed second to 21st-ranked Auburn, also getting Top-10 finishes from Jon Harding and Jake Schmitt. But it was Schaaf who stole the show once again, two weeks after her record-breaking Sundodger victory. The Saskatchewan native covered the 5,000-meter course in just 15-minutes and 46-seconds. That time would have been the second-fastest in Washington history had it been run on the track. Following Schaaf was another exceptional freshman, Christine Babcock of Irvine, Calif., who was making her collegiate debut. Babcock was the second-place finisher in 16:02. Sophomore Mel Lawrence was third in 16:04 before the UW onslaught was momentarily disrupted by the top finishers for Auburn and Iowa. The next four finishers were clad in purple, led by junior All-American Katie Follett, who was sixth in her season debut. Seventh-place went to sophomore Lauren Saylor, and seniors Amanda Miller and All-American Anita Campbell took eighth and ninth, respectively. Kailey Campbell, Kenna Patrick, and Michelle Turner all placed in the Top-25 as well, out of a field of more than 200. The Husky women were first with a near-perfect 19 points (15 being perfection), followed by Oregon State with 98 points, and 27th-ranked Iowa with 99. Georgia was fourth with 138, and Purdue finished fifth with 158. The men's team was buoyed by Harding's first race of the season, as well as the continued successful comeback from Mineau, who redshirted the 2007 season. Mineau covered the 8,000-meter course in 23:10 for fifth, followed by Harding who took eighth in 23:20. Junior Jake Schmitt was right behind Harding, taking ninth-place in 23:22. The Huskies finished second overall with 49 points, trailing only the 31 put up by Auburn. Iowa finished third with 72 points, Clemson was fourth with 155, and Georgia Tech finished fifth in 156.
SCHAAF WINS FIRST RACE IN RECORD FASHION: Freshman phenom Kendra Schaaf wowed the fans at Lincoln Park in West Seattle as she won the Sundodger Invitational in her collegiate debut and became the first woman to break 20-minutes at the course in the process. Schaaf led the third-ranked Husky women to a dominant victory and the Husky men took the team title as well led by Jake Schmitt's third-place effort. Schaaf set the stage for an illustrious career by covering the 6,000-meter course in 19-minutes and-58 seconds, breaking the meet and course record by 12 seconds despite wet and cold conditions. Husky sophomore Mel Lawrence was runner-up, finishing in 20:23 in her first competition of any kind since last year's NCAA Championships. That time was 35 seconds faster than her Sundodger finish one year ago. Sophomore Lauren Saylor was fourth overall in a considerable personal best of 20:41. Another sophomore, Kailey Campbell, took sixth overall, and the Huskies placed seven runners in the top-13, leading to an easy first place finish with 21 total points. UC Davis was second with 67 points, followed by Oregon State with 75, and Washington State with 121. The Husky men defended their team title as well, scoring 41 points to outpace Alaska Anchorage which scored 54, and Eastern Washington with 68. Eastern Washington's Paul Limpf also made history with his win in 23:33, which broke the course record of current Husky senior Jon Harding, set just last year. Schmitt, who last spring qualified for NCAA's on the track in the 10K, led the Huskies in his first official UW cross country outing. Schmitt's time of 23:48 was the seventh-fastest in meet history. Saturday saw the return of senior Jeremy Mineau, who led the Huskies at the NCAA Championships in 2005 and 2006 before redshirting last season. Mineau finished fifth overall in 24:08 in his first race of any kind since the spring of 2007. Next across for the Huskies was junior Chris Ahl, and redshirt freshman Cameron Quackenbush, who placed 12th and 13th, respectively, in 24:30. Five additional Huskies placed in the top-25 including true freshman Joey Bywater who ran unattached and finished 23rd in his first college race.
LOOKING BACK AT TRACK: The Husky harriers made major contributions to antoher record-breaking track season for Washington last winter and spring. Katie Follett, Amanda Miller, and Michelle Turner were three of the nation's elite mid-distance runners on the women's side, starting with the NCAA Indoor Championships, where all three made the final of the mile run, and all earned All-America honors with Miller leading the way in fifth-place. Outdoors, Follett became UW's first Pac-10 Champion in a running event since 2001, as she outkicked Oregon's Nicole Blood and Stanford's Lauren Centrowitz to win the 1500-meters. Shortly thereafter, Turner won the West Region 1500m title in a time of 4:14.94, a nine-second personal best. At NCAA's, it was Miller's turn to lead the group again, as she made the 1500m final and earned her fourth career All-America award. The trio then competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials to end their seasons, with Follett and Turner advancing to the semifinals. Other noteworthy performances on the women's side came from Lauren Saylor, who made NCAA Regionals in the 5000-meters and scored for UW at Pac-10's in the 10K. Mo Huber also made Regionals in the steeple, and Kailey Campbell reached the final of the 1500m at Pac-10's. Andrea Brown also had a strong indoor season, running an NCAA Provisional mile time and competing on UW's DMR at NCAA Indoors. The men were highlighted by Jake Schmitt, running attached for the first time as a Husky after redshirting the cross country season. Schmitt ran under 29-minutes in the 10000-meters, just the third Husky ever to do so, and finished 21st in the 10K at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also scored in both the 3K and 5K at the MPSF Championships. Austin Abbott turned in another phenomenal season outdoors in the 800-meters, hitting his stride right as postseason rolled around to finish 4th at Pac-10's and West Regionals, and then 7th at the NCAA Championships to earn his fifth All-America honor.
2007 SEASON REVIEW: Last season the Husky women's team rose to the ranks of the nation's elite with an all-time best eighth-place NCAA finish despite featuring just one senior in their top-seven. Anita Campbell and Katie Follett led the Huskies during the year and at nationals, finishing side-by-side at NCAA's in 20th- and 19th-place, respectively, and each earning All-America awards. It marked the first time in history that UW had two All-Americans in the same season. The Huskies tied for third with Arizona State in the loaded Pac-10, placing four runners in the top-15 including Campbell, Follett, freshman Mel Lawrence, and junior Amanda Miller. Other milestones included the team's record-breaking fourth-place finish at Pre-Nationals, and Campbell's fourth-place individual finish at West Regionals, the best by a Husky in 12 years. On the men's side, the Huskies missed the NCAA's for the first time since 2004 due mostly to youth and injuries to top runners like Jeremy Mineau and Jon Harding. Mineau redshirted and Harding had a breakthrough season slowed in the end. Still, Harding was one of the season's great stories, starting with his record-setting Sundodger win in a course record 23:36. He also led the Huskies with a 20th-place Pac-10 finish. Max O'Donoghue-McDonald had an exceptional freshman season, running in the top-five at every meet. Sophomore Kelly Spady was perhaps UW's most consistent runner, and led the team at West Regionals. Coming on strong at season's end was junior Caleb Knox, who placed in UW's top five at the two postseason meets after only cracking the top-seven once before in his career. One sign of things to come was the success of Jake Schmitt who ran unattached in order to redshirt after transferring from California. Plugging Schmitt and Mineau into the top of this year's lineup should do wonders for the Husky men.
MEET THE COACHES: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his seventh year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his 12th year overall at the University. Metcalf's work with the men's and women's cross country teams have developed each into national contenders in recent years, capped off by historic finishes for each team over the past two seasons. The women's cross country squad has now reached the NCAA Championships in nine of Metcalf's 11 seasons, including six top-20 finishes. The UW men, meanwhile, have competed for national titles three times in the past five years, including a 12th-place national finish in 2006. In all, Metcalf's distance runners have earned three NCAA track titles, eight Pac-10 titles, 38 All-America awards, 109 NCAA Championships bids and 21 school records in his 11 years with the program. 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 now in her seventh year at Washington, and third-year assistant Jimmy Bean, an All-Midwest Region performer at Division-III Greenville (Ill.) University.