Huskies Open 2002 on Familiar Turf at Emerald City Invitational

Sept. 5, 2002

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This Week: Both Washington's men's and women's squads will compete against the best the Northwest has to offer Saturday at the annual season-opening Emerald City Invitational. The event, hosted by Seattle Pacific University at Lower Woodland Park, features a 5,000-meter women's race and an 8,000-meter men's competition. Racing begins at 9:00 a.m. PST.

Women Earn Top-20 Preseason Ranking for Fifth Consecutive Season: Washington's women's cross-country squad debuted this week in the top-20 of the FinishLynx Women's Cross-Country preseason poll for the fifth-consecutive season. The Huskies, slotted 19th with 77 points, matched their preseason ranking from a year ago, when the team placed 14th at the 2001 NCAA Championship meet. Washington's highest-ever preseason ranking was eighth in 1999. Colorado took first in the preseason poll with 298 points, including nine of 12 first-place votes. The first regular season poll of the 2002 season will be released Sept. 29.

Husky Men Picked 27th in MONDO Preseason Poll: Washington's men's squad earned a No. 27 preseason ranking, receiving 90 points in the MONDO Men's Cross-Country Rankings, released Aug. 27. The Husky men are the fifth-ranked team in the West Region. Colorado's men's squad matched its women's team's No. 1 preseason pick, garnering 14 of 15 first-place votes to earn 449 points. The first MONDO regular-season poll debuts Sept. 17.

Last Year at the Emerald City: Washington has a history of success at the Emerald City meet, and the 2001 competition was no exception. The Huskies tinted the winner's platform purple and gold, sweeping both team and individual titles. Senior Sabrina Monro made her Husky debut at the meet, earning the first of four-consecutive individual wins with a time of 17:17. Monro led six Huskies in the top-10 as the team earned its first win of the season with a low total of 17. In the men's race, then-sophomore Dustin Duke captured his first-ever individual victory with a time of 25:44, leading UW to a sweep of the top-five placings and a perfect team score of 15.

Captains Galore: Five Huskies, including two seniors and three juniors, will serve as captains during the 2002 season. Kate Bradshaw and Courtney Inman, both seniors, were selected as captains by their Husky teammates, while Todd Arnold, Dustin Duke and Eric Garner will direct the Husky men's squad. All five are first-time captains.

Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf enters his first year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross-country, and his sixth year overall at the University. In five seasons as a UW assistant, Metcalf guided the women's cross-country team to five-straight NCAA Championships appearances, including a UW-best ninth-place finish in 1998. Metcalf has coached eight All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 57 NCAA qualifiers and 10 school-record setters. A 1993 graduate of Washington, Metcalf was a two-time All-American for the Huskies in the steeplechase.

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