Fur Will Fly Saturday At 88th-Annual UW-WSU Dual

May 2, 2002

On the Track: Top-20 teams battle this weekend as another chapter is written in one of the Northwest's oldest collegiate track and field rivalries. Washington travels to Pullman for the 88th dual meet between the Huskies and the Washington State Cougars, and if history is any indication, fans should expect fur to fly at Martin Stadium. The 14th-ranked Cougar men hold a 55-31-1 advantage in the series over No. 20 Washington, which began in 1900 and has been interrupted just twice since 1928. Last year, Washington State dealt the Huskies a 99-64 loss in Pullman, snapping a mini-string of three Husky victories in the previous five years. The Husky women enter this year's meet with a No. 14 national ranking and an 18-7 advantage in the series, which began in 1979. The Cougars, currently ranked sixth in the nation, have won four in a row against their cross-state rivals since snapping a seven-year Husky winning streak in 1998. Last year, Washington State routed the Huskies 114.5-43.5, behind series-best performances from hurdler Agneta Rosenblad and thrower Andrea Thornton.

UW-WSU Dual Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 4
11:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (Women)
11:00 a.m. -- Long Jump (Women)
11:00 a.m. -- Javelin (Women)
12:00 p.m. -- Hammer Throw (Men)
12:30 p.m. -- Shot Put (Women)
12:45 p.m. -- Javelin (Men)
1:00 p.m. -- High Jump (Women)
1:15 p.m. -- Steeplechase (Women)
1:30 p.m. -- Steeplechase (Men)
1:45 p.m. -- 4x100m Relay (Women)
1:50 p.m. -- 4x100m Relay (Men)
2:00 p.m. -- Pole Vault (Men)
2:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (Women)
2:00 p.m. -- 1500m Run (Women)
2:10 p.m. -- 1500m Run (Men)
2:15 p.m. -- Discus (Women)
2:15 p.m. -- Shot Put (Men)
2:20 p.m. -- 100m Hurdles (Women)
2:25 p.m. -- 110m Hurdles (Men)
2:30 p.m. -- High Jump (Men)
2:30 p.m. -- 400m Dash (Women)
2:35 p.m. -- 400m Dash (Men)
2:40 p.m. -- 100m Dash (Women)
2:45 p.m. -- 100m Dash (Men)
2:50 p.m. -- 800m Run (Women)
2:55 p.m. -- 800m Run (Men)
3:05 p.m. -- 400m Hurdles (Women)
3:15 p.m. -- 400m Hurdles (Men)
3:15 p.m. -- Triple Jump (Men)
3:20 p.m. -- 200m Dash (Women)
3:25 p.m. -- 200m Dash (Men)
3:30 p.m. -- Discus (Men)
3:30 p.m. -- Hammer Throw (Women)
3:30 p.m. -- 5000m Run (Women)
3:50 p.m. -- 5000m Run (Men)
4:10 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (Women)
4:15 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (Men)

Last Week: Senior Mike Hill led a strong group of Husky runners at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, while Washington added three more Pac-10 qualifiers in competition at the Oregon Invitational. At Drake, Hill earned his most impressive win of the season, taking home the steeplechase title in a wind-hindered 8:54.38. Trailing for much of the race, Hill pushed past his competitors with three laps to go, finally pulling away for a two-second victory. Joining Hill on the victory stand at Drake was the women's sprint medley relay team of Shavon Hawkins, LeTesha Moore, Kelsey Sheppard and Courtney Inman. With two of the relay members the same as Washington's distance medley, which was nipped at the line by .02 seconds the previous day, the Huskies were determined to bring home the title, and won convincingly in 3:56. 29. At Oregon, hurdler Jesse Giordano, and distance runners Jason Fayant and Ben Koss each earned Pac-10 qualifying marks to pace Washington at the non-scoring competition.

Huskies Among Nation's Elite: Little changed in this week's U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, with both Husky squads retaining their top-20 positions. The Husky women, 10th the past two weeks, fell to 14th despite increasing their point total by one to 328.27. UCLA continued to lead the rankings, which simulate dual-meet scoring between the nation's elite collegiate squads, while the Cougars settled in sixth. On the men's side, the Huskies remained at No. 20 for the second-consecutive week with a score of 310.63, up slightly from the previous update. Indoor national Tennesee remained the only team to hold the No. 1 spot all season, increasing its point total to 374.49 to lead UCLA, Florida State, Arizona State and Nebraska. Washington State's men were ranked 14th this week with 323.85 points. Both Husky squads remained unranked in the Trackwire 25, which attempts to predict the order of finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships.

Captains Fantastic: Eight Husky athletes, including two underclassmen, were selected team captains for 2002 by a vote of their teammates. On the men's side, seniors Mike Hill, Marcus Kelly, Frank Remund and Josh Robinson were bestowed the honor, each of the first time. Hill, a four-year letterwinner in cross-country and track, is currently the Pac-10's leading steeplechaser, while Kelly placed third in the triple jump at last year's conference meet. Remund was a top-10 finisher in the high jump at the 2001 Pac-10 meet, while Robinson boasts a Pac-10 qualifying mark in the javelin. On the women's team, seniors Zee Ogarro and Searan Salibian were chosen as captains, along with juniors Kate Bradshaw and Le Tesha Moore. Ogarro has accomplished the rare feat of leading the UW in the long jump both indoors and out for four consecutive years, and has bettered the Pac-10 qualifying standard in the event this season. Salibian has been one of Washington's most consistent performers, competing in the shot put at the Pac-10 championships in each of the last three seasons. Bradshaw won the 10,000 meters at the conference meet in 2000, while Moore holds Washington indoor school record in the 60-meter dash, and has led Washington's relay squads to top-five Pac-10 finishes in two of her three years at UW.

Leading the Pac: With just two weeks of regular-season competition remaining, Washington has already qualified 35 athletes in 22 different events for this year's Pac-10 Championships, occuring May 18-19 at the the site of this week's Washington-Washington State dual, Martin Stadium in Pullman. Each school is limited to 24 athletes per team at the conference meet, but can enter at least one competitor in each event for which it has no qualifier. With19 qualifiers on the men's side, including a remarkable seven qualifiers at 5,000 meters, expect to see some names not on this list join the squad at the conference meet. Likewise, some qualifiers listed here may not compete due to injury or depth in a specific event. At last week's Oregon Invitational, sophomore hurdler Jesse Giordano became the third Husky to meet the conference standard in the 400-meter hurdles, while senior Jason Fayant and junior Ben Koss each added their names to the roll of qualifiers at 5,000 meters. Six Huskies have earned qualifying marks in more than one event. Sophomore Eric Garner (800m, 1500m, 5000m) is a three-way qualifier, as is senior Kelsey Sheppard (400m, 100m HH, 400m IH) and true freshman Lisa Gibbs (1500m, 5000m, 10000m). A pair of women's distance runners have done the double, with junior Courtney Inman (800m, 1500m) junior Kate Bradshaw (5000m, 10000m) each qualified in multiple events, while the men's team has matched them step-for-step, with senior Mike Hill (Steeplechase, 5000m) and junior transfer Jeremy Park (1500m, 5000m) meeting more than one conference standard. Those seven may be joined at the Pac-10 meet by a talented crop of true freshmen qualifiers including Lindsey Egerdahl (1500m), Andy Fader (1500m), Jamie Gibbs (5000m), Laura Halvorsen (steeplechase), Michael Kiter (5000m), James Sims (triple jump), Kate Soma (pole vault) and Rigel Wise (javelin). First-time qualifiers Cristian Adams (400m), Josh Robinson (javelin) and junior transfer Sabrina Monro (1500m), the 2000 Big Sky Conference champion, will also make their Pac-10 debuts. The conference newcomers will be joined by a strong corps of experienced athletes including sophomore Todd Arnold (1500m), junior Sandy Erickson (pole vault), junior Kameko Gay (shot put), sophomore Brad Goodrich (400m IH), sophomore Marc James (400m IH), sophomore Seth Jens (javelin), senior Marcus Kelly (triple jump), senior Zee Ogarro (long jump), junior Heather Reichmann (javelin), senior Frank Remund (high jump), sophomore Brittiny Roberts (triple jump), senior Searan Salibian (shot put), junior Brad Walker (pole vault) and senior Susan Werner (1500m).

20 Years of Spear Success: From Fred Luke, to Duncan Atwood, to Darryl Roberson, Washington has a long-standing tradition of excellence in the javelin. This year's crop is no exception, with no fewer than four Husky spear specialists exceeding the Pac-10 standard. Junior Heather Reichmann, perhaps better known to Husky sports fans as a four-year letterwinner for Washington's women's basketball squad, is among the conference's top-10 in the event with a personal-best throw of 149-9. Meanwhile, sophomore Seth Jens has continued to build upon his terrific freshman season with a Pac-10 qualifying mark of 209-5, sixth in the conference this season. Jens is joined by senior Josh Robinson and true freshman Rigel Wise on the Pac-10's qualifying list. Last year, then-sophomore Megan Spriestersbach teamed with Reichmann to give the Huskies a terrific 1-2 punch at the Pac-10 Championships, with Spriestersbach placing third and Reichmann seventh. Spriestersbach went on to finish 18th at the NCAA Championships, re-establishing the Huskies' long-standing javelin tradition. Since 1982, when women's track and field joined the NCAA, the Huskies have sent at least one competitor in the javelin to all but two NCAA Championships, a span of 20 years. The list includes four Pac-10 Champions (Helen Uusitalo -- 1987, Roberson -- 1988-89, Troy Burkholder -- 1996), one NCAA champion (Uusitalo -- 1986) and a U.S. Olympian (Atwood -- 1984). In all, three different Huskies have thrown the javelin for the U.S. at the Olympic Games and three more have earned NCAA titles.

Garner-ing Acclaim: Already in 2002, sophomore Eric Garner has established himself as not only the Huskies' man to beat this season, but one of the school's top distance competitors of all-time. At April's Oregon Dual, Garner lowered his NCAA provisional-qualifying mark in the 1500m, to 3:43.40, the sixth-fastest ever at UW and 17th-best in the nation this year. Just for good measure, Garner also boasts Pac-10 qualifying marks in the 800m and 5000m events, and was named the Pac-10's Track Athlete of the Week on Apr. 15. The Kelso, Wash., native was making waves this season even before his All-American performance in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he placed13th overall. Garner battled injuries through his first year and a half at Washington, running competitively for the first time in February of 2001. Since then, he has steadily improved, culminating with a stunning 3:58.93 mile win at the UW Indoor Qualifier on Mar. 2, the first-ever indoor four-minute mile in Washington state and the third-fastest in the nation in 2002. Garner became just the second Husky to cover a mile in under four minutes, joining Greg Gibson, who ran 3:59.1h in 1974. Garner also holds the school's all-time top mark at 3000m, with an 8:02.56 mark that is a full four seconds ahead of David Bazzi's mark of 8:06.57 in 2001.

Courtney, Queen of the Mile: British Columbia native Courtney Inman seems determined each week to top her performance at the previous meet. Inman last week ran the anchor legs of Washington's distance medley and sprint medley relays at the Drake Relays,which placed first and second, respectively, the latter losing by just .02 of a second. In April she climbed Washington's 1500m record list with a career-best mark of 4:20.58 to earn an impressive victory at the elite Mt. SAC Relays. Inman's mark ranks fourth all-time at Washington and ninth in the nation.The junior also boasts an 800m best of 2:06.46 from the OregonDual that is within seven tenths of a second of the school record. The mark is second all-time at UW, and 14th in the nation this year. Inman has made the unexpected the norm in 2002. The junior set the tone for her 2002 season on Mar. 2 at the UW Indoor Qualifier in Dempsey Indoor when she ran 4:45.40 in the mile to become the first Husky woman ever to run a mile in under 4:50. Inman shaved more than five seconds off the previous indoor school record of 4:50.65 set by Margaret Butler in 2000. She also boasted a top 800-meter time indoors, with a mark of 2:11.90 at the Feb. 2 UW Quad Classic that ranks third all-time indoors at UW. As a prep at W.J. Mouat in Abbotsford, B.C., Inman competed on the Canadian Junior Pan Am and Junior World teams. In 1998, she capped her prep career with a run to the semi-finals of the World Junior Track and Field Championships in France, and helped the Huskies' cross-country squad to a best-ever ninth-place NCAA finish. A stress fracture cut short her 1999-2000 season, and kept her out of action until midway through the 2001 season, when she posted a Pac-10 qualifying mark at 800m. Limited by the injury during the 2001 cross-country season, Inman returned for the postseason, running fifth on the squad in a 14th-place team finish at the NCAAs.

One More Hill to Climb: Bellevue's Mike Hill is making quite a splash - literally - in his senior season. The Huskies' star steeplechaser managed to avoid the perils of the pond at last month's Stanford Invitational to post the nation's third-fastest time in 2002 with an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 8 minutes, 46.92 seconds. The mark was the eighth-fastest all-time at Washington, places Hill atop the Pac-10 standings, and moved him to within three seconds of the NCAA's automatic-qualifying standard. Then last week, Hill overcame difficult weather and a talented field to win the steeple at the Drake Relays, the most impressive win of his career. Having already shaved 15 seconds off of his steeplechase PR, Hill seems poised to make his NCAA Championships debut. A distance specialist, Hill was one of Washington's most consistent competitors during the 2001 cross-country season, and has managed to avoid serious injury throughout his Husky career, priming the senior for what could be his most impressive track season to date. Already in 2002, Hill boasts Pac-10 qualifying marks in the steeplechase and 5000 meters, having notched a time of 14:13.89 at the UW Indoor Qualifier that ranks as the second-fastest indoor 5000-meter mark in school history. Hill's best Pac-10 finish came during the 2001 season, when he placed eighth in the steeple in 9:09.78.

10,000 Meter Tandems: Junior Kate Bradshaw and true freshman Lisa Gibbs are this year continuing a Washington tradition that dates back to the 1996-97 season. Both ran NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 10,000-meter run at last month's Stanford Invitational, marking the sixth-consecutive year that the Huskies have qualified two women's runners at 10,000 meters. The tradition began when then-sophomore Deeja Youngquist was joined by a true freshman, Anna Aoki, at the 1997 championship meet. The two teamed at the NCAAs for the next three seasons, with Aoki earning All-American honors with a ninth-place finish in 1998. Youngquist's departure following the 1999 season could have signaled the end of the streak, but then-freshman Bradshaw defeated an experienced field at the Pac-10 meet to better the NCAA's 10,000-meter qualifying mark and keep the streak alive. Last year, Bradshaw and Aoki performed the double again, and in 2002, Bradshaw is joined by true freshman Gibbs.

Shepparding Records Her Way: Senior Kelsey Sheppard, a graduate of Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, has kept Husky track researchers busy this season. Sheppard added the indoor 400m run and 60m hurdles marks to her list of accomplishments, which includes top-10 marks in the 100m- and 400m-hurdles, the 400m dash, and both the indoor and outdoor 4x400m relays. At March's Cal Invitational, Sheppard routed a strong field with in the 400m hurdles with a win in 58.85 seconds, among the top-20 marks in the nation this season. The senior is one of just five women in Husky track history to complete the 400m hurdles in under 59 seconds, boasting a career-best of 58.29 that ranks fourth all-time at UW. In addition to her success in the low hurdles, Sheppard is also qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in the 100m hurdles, with a hand-timed mark of 13.9 seconds that places her among the conference's top-10, and moves her up to fifth all-time at Washington. Sheppard's success has not been limited to the outdoor oval, either, having posted a Pac-10 qualifying mark of 55.11 seconds in the 400m run in Idaho on Feb. 16, the fastest indoor 400 in school history. Sheppard has experienced nearly every level of success in her four years at Washington. She placed 20th in the intermediate hurdles at the NCAAs in her only previous trip, following a terrific 2000 season in which she placed in the top-15 at the Pac-10 Championships in both hurdles events, including a fourth-place mark in the 400m IH. A seven-time Pac-10 qualifier, Sheppard has posted at least one conference mark in each year of her Husky career.

Pole Results: Washington's vaulters have dominated the Huskies' stat sheets in 2002. Freshman Kate Soma, an NCAA provisional qualifier with a best mark of 13-1 1/2, has been unstoppable, shattering the school's outdoor and indoor school records. The Portland, Ore., native delighted a large contingent of family and friends at Eugene's Washington-Oregon Dual by becoming the first Husky ever to clear 13 feet in the pole vault. Soma's vault of 13-1 1/2 was two inches beyond the previous school record of 12-11 1/2 set by junior Sandy Erickson in 2000. Such early success by a true freshman is usually cause for surprise, but Soma had already run the expectations of Husky fans through the Dempsey Indoor roof, having bettered Washington's all-time indoor pole vault record by nearly a foot with a vault of 12-11 1/2 at the UW Invitational in February. Soma shattered the previous record of 12-0 3/4 set by MerryJane Bendico in 2001, and established herself as the competitive leader of a stellar group of vaulters, including 2002 Pac-10 qualifier Erickson. Missing all season, however, has been the presence of 2001 indoor All-American Brad Walker, who discovered following his terrific 2001 season that he had been competing with a broken foot. Walker returned to limited competition during the 2002 indoor season, appearing unattached at several of Washington's home meets. On Mar. 23, Walker made his 2002 Husky debut, vaulting 16-8 3/4 at the California Invitational to best the Pac-10 qualifying standard, but his performance was just a tune-up for what was to come. The following week, Walker sent notice to any who doubted his ability to recover from the injury, vaulting a personal-best 17-8 1/2 at the Stanford Invite to shatter the NCAA's provisional-qualifying standard and move into sixth-place all-time on the UW's pole vault top 10. Walker's mark currently ranks him in a tie for eighth in the nation, alongside Michigan State's Paul Terek.

As Easy As One, Two, Three: Not many women in Washington track history can boast the same accomplishment as that achieved by sophomore Brittiny Roberts at the season-opening Salzman Invitational in Tacoma, Wash. Roberts, a graduate of Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif, joined an exclusive club with a leap of 40 feet, zero inches in the triple jump. Only four other Husky women - Tara Davis (1995), Michelle Reid (1997), Angie Tasker (1989) and Suzanne Silvis (1994) - have ever cleared 40 feet in the triple jump, with Davis' leap of 41-7 3/4 setting the standard. Perhaps more remarkable is that Roberts added more than a foot to her previous career-best of 38-7, set during a run to the Pac-10 Championships in 2001, an event for which she is currently qualified eighth in the conference this year.

Indoor Season Recap: The 2002 indoor track season was a roller-coaster ride for Washington's coaches, athletes and fans. The Huskies christened their new indoor track and field home, Dempsey Indoor, with six collegiate meets, including a series of thrilling duals between the women's squads of Washington and the University of Oregon. The new track surface at Dempsey Indoor proved to be one of the nation's fastest, with a total of six indoor school records established on the home track, including an exciting 3:58.93 mile time by sophomore All-American Eric Garner at the Indoor Qualifier, one of four four-minute miles run at the meet. Senior LeTesha Moore set a school record in the 60m dash at Dempsey Indoor's debut in January, and was soon joined atop the record list by senior Kelsey Sheppard, who set the 60m hurdles mark with an 8.73-second mark. Freshman pole vaulter Kate Soma broke the school's indoor record in just her second collegiate meet, and then extended that mark by nearly six inches more later in the season. Perhaps the facility's best treats were saved for last, with no fewer than 45 athletes establishing NCAA qualifying marks at the UW Indoor Qualifier in March, including indoor school records by Garner (mile), Courtney Inman (mile) and Sabrina Monro (3,000m).

USA's Top Dawg: As a reflection of the high esteem in which he is held by track and field coaches and administrators around the country, Husky head coach Orin Richburg was elected to head the U.S. National Team at the 2001 World Track and Field Championships, the most prestigious honor for a track-and-field coach in a non-Olympic year. Richburg capitalized on the opportunity, directing the U.S. to a meet-high 19 medals, including nine golds. In his 17th year at UW, Richburg is responsible for molding the Husky track squad into one of the nation's elite dual-meet teams, as evidenced by both teams' top-10 finishes in the 2001 U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings. Richburg was an All-American sprinter at Kent State, and has mentored four Olympic athletes in his 17-year tenure at Washington.

Have A Question?: Have a question about something in this release, or a general question about Husky track and field? Contact Sports Information Director Brian Beaky at bbeaky@u.washington.edu.

Kate Bradshaw
10,000 meters; Junior; Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah)

Ran a provisional-qualifying mark of 34:20.86 in the 10,000m at Mt. SAC, a mark which ranks 25th in the nation this year.

Ran the 10,000m in 34:41.03 at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships to win the conference title as a true freshman.

Missed much of the 2002 indoor season with an IT band injury in her foot, but returned to post a Pac-10 qualifying mark of 16:57.56 in the 5,000m at the Feb. 16 McDonald's II meet in Idaho.

A three-time NCAA qualifier at 10,000m, placed 17th in 2001 in her lone appearance at the national meet.

Was one of 25 athletes invited to compete at the 2000 U.S. Cross Country Winter Nationals, where she placed sixth overall to earn a spot on the U.S. team that competed at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Portugal.

Eric Garner
1500 meters; Sophomore; Kelso, Wash.. (Kelso)

Earned All-American honors with a 13th-place finish in the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Boasts a provisional-qualifying mark of 3:43.40 in the 1500m that ranks 17th in the nation in 2002.

Ran his provisional-qualifying 3:43.40 in the 1500m at the Oregon Dual on Apr. 13, the sixth-best 1500m ever at UW.

Also boasts Pac-10 qualifying marks at 800 meters (1:50.80) and 5000 meters (14:16.86).

Ran the mile in 3:58.93 at the UW Indoor Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor, becoming the first athlete ever to run a four-minute mile in Washington state.

Qualifying time of 3:58.93 in the mile broke a 28-year old school record of 3:59.1h set by Greg Gibson in San Diego in 1974. Gibson is the only Husky besides Garner ever to accomplish the four-minute mile.

Set an indoor school record in the 3000m with an 8:02.56 at the UW Invitational on Sat., Feb. 9, besting the previous record by more than four seconds.

Placed 13th in the steeplechase at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships in 9:09.39.

Lisa Gibbs
10,000 meters; Freshman; Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West)

Boasts a provsional-qualifying mark of 34:34.79 in the 10,000m that ranks 32nd in the nation in 2002.

Ran 34:34.79 at the Stanford Invitational on Mar. 30 in first-ever 10,000m race, the sixth-best mark ever by a Husky woman in the event.

Was unstoppable indoors, posting the school's second-fastest indoor 5,000m mark with a 16:45.58 finish at the UW Indoor Qualifier on Mar. 2.

Led all Husky cross-country runners with a sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, the eighth-best placing ever for a Husky at the conference meet.

As a prep, won the 3200m against a national field at the 2001 Simplot Indoor Games in Pocatello, Idaho.

Mike Hill
Steeplechase; Senior; Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)

Boasts a provsional-qualifying mark of 8:46.92 in the 3000m steeplechase that currently ranks 12th in the nation.

Posted a mark of 8:46.92 in the steeplechase at the Mar. 30 Stanford Invitational to climb to eighth-place all-time at the University of Washington, and shave 15 seconds off of his PR entering the season.

Currently leads the 2002 Pac-10 steeplechase standings by a remarkable eight seconds.

Earned the most impressive win of his career at the 2002 Drake Relays on Apr. 25, overcoming a powerful wind and a strong field to finish first in 8:54.38.

Ran the second-fastest indoor 5000m time in school history with a mark of 14:13.89 at the UW Qualifier on Mar. 2, besting the NCAA's indoor provisional and Pac-10 outdoor qualifying standards.

Was among the leaders in the steeplchase at the 2001 Pac-10 Championship meet before injuring his knee after striking a barrier.

Placed eighth in the steeplechase at the 2000 Pac-10 meet, in 9:09.78.

Courtney Inman
800m, 1500m; Junior; Abbotsford, B.C. (W.J. Mouat)

Boasts a provisional-qualifying mark of 4:20.58 in the 1500m that ranks ninth in the nation in 2002.Earned an impressive win in the 1500m at the Apr. 20 Mt. SAC Relays, fi nishing in 4:20.58 to move up to No. 5 all-time at Washington.

Is Washington's lone double-qualifier, with a mark of 2:06.46 in the 800m that is 14th in the nation this season.

Covered the 800m run at the Apr. 13 Oregon Dual in 2:06.46, the second-fastest half-mile ever at Washington and just seven tenths shy of Sarah Bolender's all-time school record of 2:05.73.

Placed 14th in the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 4:46.83, nearly matching her school record of a week before.

Shaved five seconds off the school's indoor mile record with a time of 4:45.40 at the UW Indoor Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor, nearly 10 seconds better than her previous best.

Anchored UW's winning sprint medley and runner-up distance medley relays at the 2002 Drake Relays.

Kelsey Sheppard
400m Hurdles; Senior; Kirkland, Wash. (Lk. Washington)

Provisional-qualifying time of 58.85 in the 400-meter hurdles currently ranks 25th in the nation in 2002.

One of just five Husky women all-time to complete the 400-meter hurdles in under 59 seconds,with a career-best mark of 58.29 that ranks fourth all-time at Washington.

Is currently qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in three events, including the 400m run, the 100m high hurdles and the 400m intermediate hurdles.

Notched a pair of indoor school records during the 2002 winter season, running the 400 meters in 55.11 seconds (a Pac-10 qualifier) and the 60m hurdles in 8.73 seconds.

In addition to her set of indoor school records, owns all-time top-10 marks outdoors in the 400m, 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles, and indoors in the 4x400m relay.

Placed 20th in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2000 NCAA Championship meet.

A seven-time Pac-10 qualifier, with bests of fourth in the 400m IH and 13th in the 100m HH (2000).

Kate Soma
Pole Vault; Freshman; Portland, Ore. (Grant HS)

Became Washington's all-time outdoor pole vault record holder with a provisional-qualifying vault of 13-1 1/2 at the Apr. 13 Oregon Dual that is tied for 12th in the nation in 2002.

Bested teammate Sandy Erickson's previous school record vault of 12-11 1/2, set during the 2000 season.

Only a true freshman, shattered Washington's indoor pole vault record by nearly a foot with a vault of 12-11 1/2 at the Feb. 9 UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor.

Provisional-qualifying indoor mark obliterated the old record of 12-0 3/4 set in 2000 by MerryJane Bendico, and ranked 24th in the nation during the 2002 indoor season.

Won the pole vault at the 2001 Junior Olympics in Eugene, Ore.

Brad Walker
Pole Vault; Junior; Spokane, Wash. (University)

Provisional-qualifying vault of 17-8 1/2 is currently tied for eighth in the nation.

In just second outdoor collegiate competition of 2002, vaulted a personal-best 17-8 1/2 at the Mar. 30 Stanford Invitational to move up to sixth all-time at Washington.

Had offseason surgery to repair a broken foot suffered sometime during the 2001 season.

Despite the break, posted top-10 all-time Husky marks in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors, and placed among the NCAA's top-12 competitors at each event.

Tied for 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships in Eugene, Ore. with a vault of 16-10 3/4.

Earned Indoor All-American honors by placing seventh with a personal-best vault of 17-11 3/4 at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, three inches better than his previous best

Indoor vault PR shattered the school record of 17-10 held for 22 years by Steve Cravetz.

Was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion in the event in 2001.

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