Track Wins Seven Duals at Home Meet

Jan. 19, 2002


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Washington's men's and women's track and field teams today went 7-1 in dual meets vs. Oregon, Portland, Portland State and Western Oregon in the Husky Scoring Meet at Dempsey Indoor. The Husky women swept their dual meets, including an 82-46 win over Pac-10 rival Oregon, while the men lost only a closely-contested contest with the Ducks by a 69-64 margin.

Washington's womens teams built their leads by winning six of nine track events, including the first-ever victories for freshmen Lindsey Egerdahl (Mile, 5:11.72) and Jamie Gibbs (3000m, 10:10.82). The Huskies swept the top-three places in the 200-meter dash, led by senior team captain LeTesha Moore's season-best 25.32-second mark.

Sisters Kerine and Keisha Harvey teamed up to win four events for Portland State, who nearly pulled an upset against Oregon, falling by a slim 56-50 margin.

Washington trailed the Ducks early on the men's side, falling behind 30-15 after Oregon wins in the shot put, weight throw and early sprint events. The Ducks' Micah Harris punctuated Oregon's early success with a 7.87-second win in the 60m hurdles, more than half a second ahead of the nearest competitor and better than the provisional qualifiying standard for the NCAA Championships. Teammate Simon Kamata did Harris one better, running the nation's fastest time in 2002 for 800m, winning the event in 1:48.07 and earning an automatic bid to March's NCAA Championship meet.

A strong showing by the Huskies in the 200-meter dash, and UW wins by Eric Garner in the mile (4:11.92) and Eric Pederson in the 400m (48.69) tied the dual at 45-45 with five events remaining. Oregon athletes won four of the five, however, including an NCAA provisional-qualifying win for Foluso Akinradewo in the triple jump (49-11) to seal the lone Husky dual-meet defeat.

In all, Washington finished with eight event victories - six for the women and two for the men. Wrapping up two consecutive weeks of competition, the Huskies take to the road next Saturday to compete at the University of Nebraska Quad in Lincoln, Neb.

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