Husky Men Climb to 9th in U.S. Track Coaches' Association Power Rankings

Feb. 17, 2003

SEATTLE - Washington's men's track and field squad leapt 17 spots to ninth in Monday's U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, which simulate head-to-head competition between the nation's elite collegiate squads. The Husky women, 25th last week, jumped two spots, to 23rd.

Washington's total of 254.89 points in the USTCA Rankings was tops among all Pac-10 teams, and was a nearly 40-point improvement over its 215.08 total of a week before. Big Ten power Ohio State took over the top spot with 276.07 points, while previous No. 1 Louisiana State dropped all the way to fifth.

Several Husky men achieved outstanding marks at Saturday's UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor, including a school-record mark of 18-feet, 6 1/2 inches by senior Brad Walker in the pole vault that is tied for 10th in the world, and leads all NCAA competitors, in 2003. Also excelling for the Huskies were senior Jeremy Park, who shattered the school record in 3,000 meters with an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 7 minutes, 54.13 seconds, and freshman Shelton Sampson, who was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 200 meters with a mark of 21.18 that is third-best all-time at UW.

Washington's women's team used a school-record performance of 41-4 1/4 in the triple jump by junior Brittiny Roberts, and an all-time UW best mile mark of 4:43.43 by senior Courtney Inman to improve its USTCA score to 237.93, up eight points from a week ago. Louisiana State held on to the top spot for the fourth-straight week, totaling 298.36 points to second-ranked Florida's 291.87.

The Husky track teams return to competition in two weeks when they welcome seven of the Pac-10's nine track and field squads to Dempsey Indoor for the 2003 Pac-10 Invitational, Feb. 28-Mar. 1.

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