Track Heads Home for Annual Ken Foreman Invite

May 8, 2002

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On the Track: Washington's nationally-ranked track and field squads close out the 2002 regular season with the annual Ken Foreman Invitational, Friday and Saturday in Seattle. The meet, hosted at Husky Stadium by Seattle Pacific University, features the top collegiate, community college and club athletes from the Northwest. The meet, which this year features dozens of NCAA qualifiers, is named for legendary SPU track coach Ken Foreman, who tutored 27 national champions and 159 All-Americans in 37 years guiding the Falcons. The fun begin Friday with the first four events of the heptathlon, with the majority of competition taking place Saturday. The meet marks the conclusion of the regular season for Washington, which opens postseason action with the Pac-10 Championships, May 18-19 in Pullman, Wash.

Ken Foreman Invite Schedule of Events

Friday, May 10
9:00 a.m. -- Hept. 100m Hurdles
9:00 a.m. -- Hept. High Jump
9:00 a.m. -- Hept. Shot Put
9:00 a.m. -- Hept. 200m Dash

Saturday, May 11
9:00 a.m. -- Javelin (W/M)
9:00a .m. -- 10,000m Run (Men)
10:00 a.m. -- Long Jump (M/W)
10:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (M/W)
10:30 a.m. -- Shot Put (W/M)
11:00 a.m. -- High Jump (W/M)
11:00 a.m. -- 5,000m Run (Women)
After Javelin -- Hammer (W/M)
11:30 a.m. -- Steeplechase (M/W)
12:15 p.m. -- 4x100m Relay (W/M)
12:25 p.m. -- 1500m Run (W/M)
12:50 p.m. -- 110m Hurdles (Men)
After men -- 100m Hurdles (Women)
After LJ -- Triple Jump (W/M)
1:20 p.m. -- 400m Dash (W/M)
1:35 p.m. -- 100m Dash (W/M)
1:55 p.m. -- 800m Run (W/M)
After Hammer -- Discus (W/M)
2:30 p.m. -- 400m Hurdles (W/M)
2:50 p.m. -- 200m Dash (W/M)
3:10 p.m. -- 5,000m Run (Men)
3:35 p.m. -- 3,000m Run (Women)
3:45 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (W/M)
4:00 p.m. -- Hept. Long Jump
5:00 p.m. -- Hept. Javelin
6:00 p.m. -- Hept. 800m Run

Last Week: Washington's field athletes took center stage in tough weather conditions at Washington State's Mooberry Track and Field Complex, leading the Huskies to near-upsets of the Cougars' men's and women's squads in the 88th-annual dual. The 20th-ranked Husky men fell to No. 14 WSU, 103-99, the Cougars' 57th win in the series, which dates back to 1900. Washington's No. 14 women's squad was also nipped in the final events, dropping to 18-8 all-time against the Cougs with a 105-98 defeat. Out of the losses came a myriad of individual successes, none greater than the school records established by juniors Brad Walker and Kameko Gay in the pole vault and hammer throw, respectively. Walker was named Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after clearing 18-feet, one inch to become the Huskies' No. 1 vaulter all-time, breaking the 10-year old record of 18-0 1/2 set by Garth Willard in 1992. Meanwhile, Gay heaved the hammer farther than any Husky to come before, posting a mark of 170-10 that was nearly two feet beyond the previous best. Also scoring points for Washington were a pair of throwers, Mat Schwinn and Heather Recihmann, who added their names to the NCAA provsional-qualifying list with dynamic heaves in their respective events. Schwinn, a junior, went 181-8 in the discus to close to within five inches of the Huskies all-time top-10, while Reichmann threw the javelin 153-5 to move in the top-10 of the Pac-10 standings.

Huskies Hold Steady in Top 25: For the 11th-consecutive week, both of Washington's track and field squads are ranked in the top-25 of the U.S. Track Coaches Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, which simulate head-to-head competition between the nation's elite collegiate squads. Behind strong performances in the field events at last week's dual with Washington State, the Husky women increased their score by six points, to 334.22, but fell three spots to 17th. UCLA, which has won the past five Pac-10 Championships, and 12 of the last 15, remained a strong No. 1 with 408.11 points, nearly 40 points ahead of No. 2 North Carolina.The Husky men also upped their weekly score, gaining four points while falling four spots to 24th. The Huskies' 314.9 points trail No. 1 Tennessee, who earned 374.49 in this week's rankings. Both teams remained unranked in this week's Trackwire 25, which predicts team scoring 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 No. 2 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 the Pac-10 Championships looming in one week, Washington added three qualifiers at last week's Washington State Dual, with two other Huskies earning their second qualifying marks of the year. Sophomore Erik Lanigan (high jump), a Division-II All-American at Central Washington last season, achieved his first-ever Pac-10 qualifying mark, while juniors Mat Schwinn (discus) and Megan Spriestersbach (javelin) assured return trips to the conference meet. Meanwhile, sophomore Brittiny Roberts added a high jump qualifier to her triple-jump mark set earlier this year, while shot-putter Kameko Gay doubled-up with a qualifier in the hammer throw. Washington has qualified 38 athletes in 25 different events for this year's Pac-10 Championships, occuring May 18-19 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. Counting Roberts and Gay, eight 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), Lanigan, 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), 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), senior Searan Salibian (shot put), Schwinn, Spriestersbach, 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 is among the conference's top-10 in the event with an NCAA provisional-qualifying throw of 153-5, and Megan Spriestersbach is a conference qualifier for the third straight year. Meanwhile, sophomore Seth Jens has continued to build upon his terrific freshman season with a Pac-10 qualifying mark of 209-5, 10th 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, Spriestersbach eamed 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.

Reichmann for Three?: Whether streaking for a layin in the paint, or gliding down the javelin runway, junior Heather Reichmann hasn't had mcuh time to rest recently as she bids for her third-career top-10 conference finish. A standout track and basketball star at Seattle's King's High School, Reichmann came to Washington in 1998 on a basketball scholarship, but with a desire to continue to excel at both of her favorite sports. In the four years since, the business major has done just that, having helped Washington's basketball squad to a Pac-10 title and NCAA Elite Eight berth in 2001, and placed among the top-seven javelin finishers in the Pac-10 Championships twice. This year has perhaps been Reichmann's most succesful. Unable to join the track squad until Apr. 27 due to basketball commitments, Reichmann debuted with a career-best and Pac-10 qualifying mark at the Oregon Dual. She then followed up her impressive performance with career-bests at two of the next three meets, including an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 153-5 in a victory at last week's dual meet with Washington State. The mark ranks Reichmann eighth in the Pac-10 Conference entering next week's Championships. Reichmann, who has completed her basketball eligibility, redshirted the 2000 track and field season with a shoulder injury, and plans to return for her senior season next spring.

Hammer Time: At last week's dual meet with Washington State, junior Kameko Gay proved that 'u can't touch' this Husky athlete when it comes to the hammer throw. Gay's mark of 170-10 was nearly two feet beyond the school record of 169-1 established by Rebecca Morrison during the 1998 season. With the record-setting heave, Gay also bettered her own career-best mark by nearly four feet, a terrific accomplishment for a thrower who has shown steady improvement throughout her Husky career. A graduate of St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Ore., Gay was twice a top-10 state discus competitor, and competed in the shot put and discus at the 1998 Junior Olympics. Gay signed with Arizona during her senior season, and spent two up-and-down years heaving the hammer for the Wildcats. After missing all of her freshman season due to illness, Gay finally made her collegiate debut in 2000 and earned a Pac-10 qualifying mark with a career-best throw of 163-2, sixth-best in Arizona history. Feeling the need for change, however, Gay opted to transfer to Washington, where she again earned Pac-10 qualifying marks, both in the shot put and hammer throw, in 2001. This season, Gay upped her career bests with conference qualifiers in both events, culminating with the dramamtic record throw at WSU's Mooberry Track and Field Complex on Saturday.

What Goes Up ...: Junior Mat Schwinn knows the laws of gravity - he just tries to forestall the inevitable for as long as possible. At last week's dual meet with Washington State, Schwinn befuddled Sir Isaac Newton with a heave of 181-8 in the discus, placing the Castle Rock (Wash.) High School graduate on the list of athletes provisionally qualified for the 2002 NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, La. Schwinn's throw, the Pac-10's sixth-best this season, is all the more impressive considering that the junior and two-time conference qualifier had never before thrown longer than 167-8, and did not even boast a Pac-10 qualifying mark in the event before last Saturday. Schwinn placed 12th in the discus at the conference championships in 2001, after missing the 2000 season due to injury. Schwinn earned back-to-back state discus titles in 1997 and 1998, and was the sixth-place finisher in the event at the 1994 Junior Olympics. As a freshman at Washington in 1999, Schwinn ranked second only to All-American Ben Lindsey in all three standing throws, providing Husky fans with a glimpse of the success he is now reaping. Schwinn's 2002 discus mark is among the top-30 in the nation this year, and is just five inches shy of Washington's all-time top-10.

Record-Setting Vaulters: 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. Last week, at the annual UW-WSU dual meet, it was 2001 indoor All-American Brad Walker's turn to grace the record books. Walker became just the second Husky ever to clear 18 feet in the pole vault with a leap of 18-1, half an inch better than the 10-year-old school record of 18-0 1/2 set by Garth Willard in 1992. Walker took over first place in the Pac-10 Conference with the vault, a feat recognized by the conference office with it's Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Week honor, which was bestowed upon the Husky junior for the first time in his career. Now ranked third in the nation, Walker enters this month's NCAA Championship meet with a chance to improve upon his 12th-place finish at last year's outdoor nationals. An indoor All-American in 2001, Walker required surgery during the offseason to repair a stress fracture in his foot suffered sometime during the season. 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, and cleared a then career-best 17-8 1/2 at the Stanford Invite one week later. A 1999 graduate of Spokane's University High School, Walker earned regional and district titles in 1999 before placing second at the state championships.

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. 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 won the 800-meter and 1500-meter races in dual-meet competition against Washington State. The week prior, she 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 to fourth on 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. 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 18th 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 second in the Pac-10 standings, and moved him to within three seconds of the NCAA's automatic-qualifying standard. Two weeks ago, however, Hill posted what be an even more lasting accomplishment, overcoming difficult weather and a talented field to win the steeple at the Drake Relays, the most impressive win of his career. For his efforts at Drake, Hill was named the Pac-10 Conference's Track Athlete of the Week, one of three Huskies to earn the weekly honor this season. 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 March'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 last week dual meet with Washington State, Sheppard was nipped at the line in the 400m hurdles by WSU's Randi Smith, but posted a mark of 58.59 seconds that is the sixth-fastest in school history, and well under the NCAA provisional standard. 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.

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. 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 ninth this season.

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. Nati

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