Huskies Open Outdoor Track Season With First-Annual Ken Shannon Invitational
March 19, 2003
On the Track: Fresh off perhaps the most exciting indoor season in UW track and field history, the Huskies kick off the 2003 outdoor season with the newly-renamed Ken Shannon Invitational, Sat., Mar. 22 at Husky Stadium. Weather permitting, all events will be conducted outdoors, beginning with selected field events at 9:00 a.m. The first event on the track will be the women's steeplechase, at 11:00 a.m.
The Field: Joining the Huskies at this year's Ken Shannon Invitational will be many of the Northwest's top collegiate squads, including Portland, Portland State, Seattle Pacific, and the University of Puget Sound. Rounding out the field will be dozens of club competitors, highlighted by many former and future collegians.
Honoring Ken Shannon: In 2003, Washington's annual outdoor season-opener will be renamed the Ken Shannon Invitational, to honor the former UW head coach who for 30 years directed the Husky men's program.Hired in 1968, Shannon built the UW men's team into a national powerhouse, notching three top-10 NCAA finishes in the 1970s. In 1976, Shannon's throwers swept the Pac-8 meet, winning the shot, discus, javelin and hammer throws. In all, Shannon's athletes earned 10 Pac-10 titles, seven NCAA championships, and three qualified for the Olympics. Shannon's prowess with throwers earned him the title of throws coach for USA Track and Field at the 1984 Olympic Games, and again at the Goodwill Games in 1986.
Event Schedule: Following is a schedule of events for Saturday's Ken Shannon Invitational. Field events begin at 9:00 a.m., and track events start at 11:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. -- Javelin (W/M)
9:00 a.m. -- Pole Vault (W/M)
9:00 a.m. -- Long Jump (W/M)
10:00 a.m. -- Shot Put (W/M)
10:30 a.m. -- High Jump (M/W)
11:00 a.m. -- Steeplechase (W)
11:20 a.m. -- Steeplechase (M)
11:40 a.m. -- 4x100m Relay (W)
11:45 a.m. -- 4x100m Relay (M)
11:55 a.m. -- 1500m Run (W)
12:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (W/M)
12:05 p.m. -- 1500m Run (M)
12:20 p.m. -- 110m Hurdles (M)
12:30 p.m. -- 100m Hurdles (W)
12:45 p.m. -- 400m Run (W)
12:55 p.m. -- 400m Run (M)
1:00 p.m. -- Discus (W/M)
1:10 p.m. -- 100m Dash (W)
1:20 p.m. -- 100m Dash (M)
1:30 p.m. -- 800m Run (W)
1:40 p.m. -- 800m Run (M)
1:50 p.m. -- 400m Hurdles (W)
2:00 p.m. -- 400m Hurdles (M)
2:10 p.m. -- 200m Dash (W)
2:20 p.m. -- 200m Dash (M)
2:30 p.m. -- 3,000m Run (W)
2:50 p.m. -- 5,000m Run (M)
3:10 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (W)
3:20 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay (M)
Meet Results: Results will be posted periodically throughout the meet on a wall next to Tunnel 21 in the Husky Stadium seating area. Following the conclusion of the meet, packets of results will be available in the Don James Center for coaches and meet officials only. Please allow 5-10 minutes following the conclusion of the final event for results to be processed and approved. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the meet, and will be posted to the official site of Husky athletics, www.gohuskies.com, within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on the following page.
Rankings Report: Washington's men's team wrapped up the indoor season ranked 12th in the U.S. Track Coaches' Association Dual Meet Power Rankings, and tied for 21st in the Trackwire 25. The Huskies, who placed 20th at the NCAA Indoor Championships, were in the top-10 of the USTCA Rankings for much of the 2003 season, and were ranked as high as ninth in the Mar. 3 rankings. The Husky women, meanwhile, finished 33rd overall in the USTCA Rankings, and were unranked by Trackwire. The first outdoor editions of both power rankings are due next week.
2003 NCAA Indoor Championships Recap: Without a doubt, the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships were nearly a perfect finish to an outstanding indoor season for the University of Washington track and field teams. Senior Brad Walker backed up his No. 1 ranking in the pole vault, earning Washington's 25th-ever NCAA individual title with a vault of 19-feet, 0 1/4 inches that is the best-ever by a Pac-10 vaulter, third-best in the world this season, and tied for sixth-best in NCAA history. Senior Jeremy Park earned All-American honors with a 13th-place finish in the 3,000 meters, helping lead the Husky men to a tie for 20th overall at the meet. Senior Courtney Inman placed ninth overall in the mile, and sophomore Kate Soma was the 12th finisher in the pole vault, each improving their finishes from the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Top-ranked Arkansas ran away with the men's title, while LSU defended its indoor crown on the women's side.
NCAA Championships By the Numbers: Including Brad Walker's record-breaking win at last week's NCAA Indoor Championships, Husky athletes have earned 25 NCAA individual crowns all-time. Poignantly, the 2003 season marks the 40th anniversary of the Huskies' only other NCAA pole vault championship, won by Brian Sternberg in Modesto, Calif., in 1963. The 2003 season also marked the fifth anniversary of Ja'Warren Hooker's 1998 55-meter title, and the 25th anniversary of the second of three-consecutive indoor weight throw titles earned by legendary Husky Scott Nielson. Nielson was certainly the most prolific titlist in school history, graduating with seven NCAA championships, including the three indoor weight throw crowns, and four-straight NCAA hammer titles from 1976-79. Besides Nielson, two other Huskies earned multiple NCAA titles, including hurdler Steve Anderson, in 1929 and 1930, and Gus Pope, who captured both the discus and shot titles 1921. Interestingly, of the 21 Husky athletes to win titles prior to Walker (list includes the three multiple-time champions and one relay), eight went on to compete in the Olympic Games, including three Olympic medalists.
2003 Indoor Season Recap: The 2003 indoor season will long be remembered as one of the most exciting in UW history, with school records, American records, and top-10 world marks falling left and right. In all, eight school records were set during the team's five weeks of competition at Dempsey Indoor, including a pair of records by Courtney Inman in the 800m and mile runs, and a pole vault mark by Brad Walker that was among the world's top-three marks in 2003. In fact, a glance at the 2003 IAAF World Rankings reveals dozens of marks set on the Dempsey Indoor track. As many as 2,500 spectators packed the facility each week, creating a highly-charged atmosphere that attracted such luminaries as two-time Olympic medalist John Godina, and fellow Olympians Seilala Sua, Bolota Asmeron, Michael Stember and Ja'Warren Hooker. The Huskies also didn't discriminate by age, as a pair of Masters' Division athletes, Tony Young and Harold Morioka, combined for three all-time U.S.-best marks, and the Northwest's top preps filled the facility on three weekends.
Resourceful Recruiting: Washington's coaches in 2003 have found a creative way to add numerous elite athletes to the squad without having to give up any scholarships - cull the most talented athletes from the UW's other sports. This season's Husky roster, therefore, features nine players from the Husky football team, one UW gymnast, and one better known for her exploits on the basketball court. Those to make the biggest impact so far in 2003 are the football players, two of whom led the team in their events indoors and one - freshman tailback Shelton Sampson - who was an NCAA indoor qualifier, in the 200 meters. Sophomore safety James Sims, a Pac-10 competitor last season, is a Pac-10 qualifier again in the triple jump. Those two are joined on the UW roster by wide receivers Reggie Williams and Matt Williams, cornerbacks Roc Alexander and Derrick Johnson, tailback Chris Singleton and linebacker Will Conwell. This spring, former Husky basketball player Heather Reichmann will seek a fourth-career top-10 Pac-10 finish in the javelin, and redshirt freshman gymnast Carly Dockendorf will join the track team on a full-time basis.
Double-Duty Dockendorf: Freshman football/basketball star Nate Robinson may be Washington's most celebrated two-sport athlete in 2003, but even Robinson isn't trying to compete in two sports at once. That's the feat currently being accomplished by Port Moody, B.C., native Carly Dockendorf, a star for the Husky gymnastics team who has competed unattached at several of the Huskies' indoor track and field meets. The weekend of Mar. 1 may have marked the most impressive display of Dockendorf's athletic ability. On Friday night, Feb. 28, with the UW gymnasts needing a big performance from Dockendorf to extend their undefeated home season, the redshirt freshman scored a perfect 10 on the floor exercise, just the sixth perfect 10 in school history. Barely 12 hours later, Dockendorf pulled on her track spikes and soared 12-feet, zero inches in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Indoor Track Invitational, a mark which would have ranked fifth all-time in UW history. A provincial pole vault champion as a prep, Dockendorf was named Rookie of the Year by the Husky gymnastics team in 2002.
You Might Recall: While the 11 athletes on the roster from sports other than track or cross-country are more than Washington has had in recent years, the practice of mining athletic talent from other UW programs has unearthed countless gems for the Husky track and field squad in the past. In fact, a glance at Washington's career top-10 charts reveals numerous outstanding two-sport performers, including 110m hurdles record-holder Spider Gaines, a tailback for the UW football team in the 1970s, and sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker, the UW record-holder at 100m, 200m, and 400m and a Husky wide receiver from 1997-98. Other names which highlight the list include football players Ernie Conwell (No. 5, shot put), Dana Hall (No. 3, 110m HH), Sterling Hinds (No. 3, 100m/200m), Pete Kaligis (No. 6, shot put), Orlando McKay (No.2, 400m), Brent Merritt (No. 5, 400m) and Tony Parrish (No. 5, triple jump). That's not to say that multi-sport success is limited just to the football team. Former UW All-American volleyball star Makare Desilets boasts the school's fifth-best high jump mark, while basketball standout Tara Davis is the school-record holder in the triple jump, and ranks second all-time in the long jump. And, of course, current Husky and former hoopster Heather Reichmann is the school's all-time record-holder in the javelin (new implement). This list doesn't even include Huskies Herman Brix and Paul Jessup, who starred for Washington's football teams in the 1920s before establishing world records in the shot put and discus, respectively.
Monster PR of the Week: There was no debate as to this week's Monster PR of the Week honoree. At the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend, senior Brad Walker crushed his personal-best by nearly six inches to win his first NCAA Championship, and move into the top-three of the 2003 IAAF World Rankings. The Spokane, Wash., native, who earned his third All-American certificate, became the first Pac-10 vaulter ever to clear the elite 19-foot mark, and moved into a tie for sixth place in NCAA history. Walker's mark puts him nearly a foot ahead of any other vaulter in UW history, and broke by three inches the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4 set by Stanford's Toby Stevenson in 2000.
Palo Alto, Here We Come: Washington's best have wasted no time in 2003, with 16 Husky athletes combining for 18 Pac-10 qualifying marks. Last year, Washington boasted 40 Pac-10 qualifiers, two of whom - pole vaulter Brad Walker and steepler Mike Hill - left Pullman, Wash., with conference titles. Now a senior, Walker is atop the list with a mark of 19-0 1/4 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Pac-10 appearance would be the fourth in as many years for Walker, who in addition to his championship in 2002 was also a top-10 finisher in 2000. Senior Courtney Inman has already notched qualifying marks in both the 800m run and the mile; the indoor school-record holder in both events earned top-10 finishes in both the 800- and 1,500m events at last year's conference meet. Additionally, sophomore Sidney Brown is a double-qualifier, boasting marks in both the triple and high jumps. Following is a list of all UW athletes currently qualified for the 2003 Pac-10 Championships. Pac-10 teams can bring a maximum of 24 athletes to the meet, and in addition may place one athlete in each event for which the school has no qualifier. Thus, some athletes to post qualifying marks may not compete, and others not qualified may be entered in some events.
Name, Event, Mark
Todd Arnold, Mile, 4:06.65
Ryan Brown, 800m, 1:50.97
Warren Eickhoff, High Jump, 6-9 1/2
Shelton Sampson, 200m, 21.18
James Sims, Triple Jump, 49-3 3/4
Brad Walker, Pole Vault, 19-0 1/4
Name, Event, Mark
Mary Beeman, Shot Put, 44-9 1/2
Kate Bradshaw, 5,000m, 17:09.06
Sidney Brown, Triple Jump, 39-4 1/2
Sidney Brown High Jump, 5-7
Cherron Davis, Shot Put, 46-1 1/4
Lindsey Egerdahl, Mile, 4:55.12
Kameko Gay, Shot Put, 44-11 3/4
Courtney Inman, 800m, 2:08.39
Courtney Inman, Mile, 4:40.24
Sabrina Monro, 5,000m, 16:22.13
Brittiny Roberts, Triple Jump, 41-4 1/4
Kate Soma, Pole Vault, 13-3 3/4
World-Class Walker: When Husky senior Brad Walker cleared 18 feet, 6 inches in a sixth-place finish at the USA Senior National Championships last June, he sent a message that he was primed for a big collegiate season in 2003. After his performance at last week's NCAA Indoor Championships, however, one has to go beyond the collegiate ranks to find anyone who can compete with the Spokane, Wash., native. Walker's clearance of 19-0 1/4 at the NCAAs was better than all but two marks in the world in 2003, and equaled the winning mark at last weekend's 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Walker, who won the NCAA title by nearly nine inches, finished the indoor season tied for third in the world with American Derek Miles and Romain Mesnil of France, and tied Miles for the U.S. best. Walker crushed his own UW record by more than six inches, and became the first Pac-10 vaulter ever to clear the 19-foot mark, shattering by three inches the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4 set by Stanford's Toby Stevenson. Following are the 2003 IAAF World Rankings and the all-time collegiate men's pole vault rankings:
2003 IAAF World Rankings
Name, Country - Mark
1. Tim Lobinger, Germany, 19-1
2. Adam Ptacek, Czech Republic, 19-0 3/4
3. Brad Walker, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Derek Miles, United States, 19-0 1/4
3. Romain Mesnil, France, 19-0 1/4
6. Oleksandr Korchmid, Ukraine, 18-10 1/4
6. Michael Stolle, Germany, 18-10 1/4
8. Jeff Hartwig, United States, 18-9 1/2
8. Lars Borgeling, Germany, 18-9 1/2
8. Rens Blom, Netherlands, 18-9 1/2
8. Vasily Gorshkov, Russia, 18-9 1/2
8. Richard Spiegelburg, Germany, 18-9 1/2
All-Time Collegiate Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School , Year, Mark
1. Lawrence Johnson, Tennessee, 1996, 19-7 1/2
2. Istvan Bagyula, George Mason, 1991, 19-5
3. Jacob Davis, Texas, 1998, 19-4 1/4
4. Bill Payne, Baylor, 1991, 19-2 3/4
5. Joe Dial, Oklahoma State, 1985, 19-2 1/4
6. Brad Walker, Washington, 2003, 19-0 1/4
6. Russ Buller, Louisiana State, 1999, 19-0 1/4
6. Jim Davis, Fresno State, 2000, 19-0 1/4
9. Doug Fraley, Fresno State, 1986, 18-11
10. Jeff Buckingham, Kansas, 1983, 18-10 1/2
Walker's Steady Climb: A non-scholarship athlete who never cleared 17 feet at University High School in Spokane, Brad Walker blossomed during his sophomore season at UW, improving his personal best by more than a foot en route to an indoor school record and All-America honors. An undiagnosed foot injury hampered Walker during the outdoor season, but he still finished 12th at the NCAA meet before undergoing offseason surgery. After redshirting the 2002 indoor season, Walker posted one of the top seasons in school history, shattering the school's outdoor vault record and earning the UW's first Pac-10 pole vault title in 30 years with a mark of 18'-0 1/2'. A second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, at 18-2, and the sixth-place, 18-6, finish at the USA meet followed. This season, Walker improved the school record to 18-6 1/2 at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational, then to 19-0 1/4 in his NCAA Indoor Championship-winning performance. While 2003 will be Walker's final season outdoors, he has one year of eligibility remaining indoors.
Ridiculous Records: Washington's track and field athletes in 2003 rendered the indoor school records section of the UW Track and Field Media Guide completely obsolete. At the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational alone, Husky athletes posted 11 marks that rank among Washington's top-10 all-time, following a performance at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational in which 15 such marks were set. In all, the Huskies posted 38 marks among the top-10 in school history. Included among the top-10 marks are no fewer than eight school records, or one more than Husky athletes set in 2001 and 2002, combined. Senior Jeremy Park has had a hand in two such records, shattering the school's 3,000m mark by eight seconds with a time of 7:54.13, and teaming with sophomore Sean Williams and juniors Todd Arnold and Eric Garner to set a record of 9:40.82 in the distance medley relay that was 12 seconds better than the previous best. Senior pole vaulter Brad Walker crushed his own record of 17-11 3/4 in the pole vault by clearing 19-0 1/4 at the NCAA Championships, in the process becoming just third Husky athlete ever to win an NCAA indoor title. Sophomore Kate Soma broke her own pole vault record of 12-11 1/2 with a clearance of 13-3 3/4 at the Pac-10 Invitational, and junior Brittiny Roberts raised the school's triple jump record by nearly a foot with a mark of 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational. At the Pac-10 Invitational, Sabrina Monro lowered the 5,000-meter record by 11 seconds with a time of 16:22.13, and senior Courtney Inman shaved five seconds off of her own mile record, lowering it to 4:40.24. Inman also established the UW's all-time best indoor 800-meter mark this season, posting a time of 2:08.39 at the Mar. 8 Last Chance Qualifier. See the box above for a full list of the athletes who have cracked the UW's all-time top-10 indoor rankings in 2003, as well as a list of Washington's indoor school records.
It's Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight...: ... it's the size of the fight in the dog. Sophomore pole vaulter Kate Soma may stand only an inch above 5'-0', but the Portland, Ore., native towers over all UW female vaulters, past and present. Soma is the only Husky woman ever to clear 13 feet in the pole vault, having done so both indoors and outdoors. In fact, only five UW women have ever cleared 12 feet in the event, a feat Soma has accomplished in 17 of her 21-career pole vault finishes, including last week's NCAA Indoor Championships. At the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, Soma broke her own indoor school record with a clearance of 13-3 3/4 that is nearly a foot beyond the UW's all-time second-best mark. As a freshman, Soma notched a school-record clearance of 13-1 1/2 outdoors, and added 11 inches to the UW's indoor best with a mark of 12-11 1/2.
Queen of the Mile: It seems impossible, but for the past two seasons, senior Courtney Inman has been setting school records nearly every time she steps on the track. This season, Inman calmly shaved five seconds off her own school record in the mile, lowering to 4:40.24 a record which stood as high as 4:48.36 barely 12 months ago. After having lowered the mile record on three separate occasions in 2003, the British Columbia native set her sights on Sarah Bolender's 800-meter record of 2:11.06. On her first try, Inman lowered that mark to 2:10.56, before taking off another two seconds with a time of 2:08.39 at the Mar. 8 Last Chance Qualifier. Inman earned her third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, placing ninth in the mile. She was the 14th-place finisher in the event at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships, and took 10th in the mile at the 2002 NCAA outdoor meet.
Park Central to UW Success: Perhaps no Husky has risen as quickly this season as senior distance runner Jeremy Park, who earned All-American honors indoors with a 13th-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships. A graduate of Klamath Falls (Ore.) High School, Park attended Portland State University for two seasons before transferring to UW in the fall of 2001. Last season, Park earned an eighth-place finish in the 1,500m at the Pac-10 Championships, and entered 2003 among Washington's top-three competitors at 1,500m and 5,000m. It was in the 3,000m where Park made his splash, however, shaving 16 seconds off of his personal best with an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 7:54.13 at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational that ranked fifth in the nation in 2003. In the process, Park became the first UW runner ever to clear eight minutes indoors in the 3,000m, shattering the school record by more than eight seconds. Remarkably, it was the second school record in as many meets for Park, who ran the first leg of Washington's record-setting distance medley relay squad at the Husky Invitational on Feb. 1. The team's time of 9:40.82 was 12 seconds beyond the previous best, and bettered the NCAA provisional standard.
Triple Threat: Junior triple jumper Brittiny Roberts entered rare air on Feb. 15 when she leapt 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational, nearly 10 inches farther than any Husky to come before. Roberts' success should come as no surprise, given that her cousin, U.S. track legend Ralph Boston, won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Maybe Roberts learned a thing or two from Boston - in addition to the triple jump, she led all Huskies indoors in the high jump, and ranked third on the team in the long jump. A graduate of Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif., Roberts is making an assault on the school outdoor record of 41-7 3/4 set by Tara Davis in 1995. Prior to 2003, Roberts had already joined an elite class of triple jumpers, clearing 40-8 3/4 in a fourth-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships to rank third all-time at UW. Roberts is one of just five Huskies ever to cover 40 feet in the triple jump outdoors, and one of just three to accomplish the feat indoors. Roberts was outstanding as a prep, competing in the California state championship meet for four consecutive seasons, with four top-10 finishes, including two each in the high and triple jumps. Roberts continued to succeed as a UW freshman, placing 10th in the triple jump at the 2001 Pac-10 Championship meet.
'Note' Worthy: Junior Brendan Tuohy is doing his best to debunk the stereotype of the oafish thrower. The Tacoma, Wash., native, whose marks of 49-2 1/4 in the shot and 53-8 1/4 in the weight led all Husky competitors in 2003, is majoring in music at the UW and boasts a fine tenor voice. When not performing in the throwing circle, Tuohy can be heard performing such works as Bach's Oratorio for the UW School of Music, and in performances with the Tacoma Opera and the UW Chambersingers. Tuohy plans on continuing his musical education upon earning his degree in the spring of 2004.
Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best: If Washington's home indoor meets this season seemed to shimmer in gold, it was likely due to the numerous current and former Olympians who highlighted the fields at Dempsey Indoor. The Feb. 1 Husky Invitational featured four Olympic athletes, including former Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, who set a facility record in the 60m dash with a blistering time of 6.63 seconds. Hooker was joined by fellow U.S. Olympians John Godina and Seilala Sua, and distance runner Bolota Asmeron, who competed in 2000 for his native Etruria. Godina, a two-time Olympic medalist, heaved the shot 65-6 3/4 in a winning effort, while Sua took the women's shot with a throw of 56-8, besting her own facility record. Asmeron, however, highlighted the competition, clocking the world's sixth-fastest indoor 3,000-meter time of the 2003 season with a mark of 7:49.68 which, at the time it was run, was the world's best this season. Hooker also ran at two other UW home meets, and fellow 2000 Olympian Michael Stember set a facility record in the mile at the Feb. 15 UW Indoor Invitational.
Top Dawgs: Three seniors and one junior, distance runner Todd Arnold, were selected to be captains for the 2003 season by a vote of their teammates. Arnold, a Pac-10 qualifier at 1,500 meters in 2002, is joined by senior All-American Brad Walker, the 2002 NCAA runner-up in the pole vault, as captains on the men's side, while a pair of school-record holders - Kameko Gay in the hammer and Courtney Inman in the mile - lead the women.
International Blend: Washington's 2003 roster features several individuals from outside the United States. Most prominent among them is senior Courtney Inman, a native of Abbotsford, B.C., who last year placed 10th in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships. Not surprisingly, Canada is the foreign nation with the most athletes on the UW roster, including Inman, freshman Gaelle Banini (Richmond, B.C.), redshirt freshman pole vaulter Carly Dockendorf (Port Moody, B.C.) and sophomore thrower Jeff Wallis (Duncan, B.C.). For Banini, however, Canada is just the most recent nation of residence. The freshman was born in Cameroon, Africa, moved to France in 1987, and finally settled in Canada in 1994. Joining the Canadian quartet are freshman Vinh Chung, who will rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles while traveling from Seattle to his hometown of Hamilton, New Zealand; freshman Mike Sayenko, born in the Ukraine; and senior Elena Popovskaya, a native of Russia.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in 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 appearances, including a UW-best ninth-place finish in 1998. Metcalf has coached eight All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 13 school-record setters and 62 NCAA qualifiers. A 1993 graduate of Washington, Metcalf was a two-time All-American for the Huskies in the steeplechase, and competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials.
Star-Studded Staff: Washington's coaching staff in 2003 is in no way short on accolades. Seventh-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directed three All-Americans, and last year coached both Brad Walker and Kate Soma to school records in the pole vault. First-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen founded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, and in seven years at North Idaho College, mentored 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coach Dion Miller last year led Texas Tech sprinters to 13 All-America accolades, and a Big 12 title in the 4x100-meter relay. Second-year distance coach David Bazzi, a Husky alum, was the 2001 Pac-10 champion at 10,000 meters, and still holds three all-time school records. Rounding out the all-star cast is first-year distance coach Kelly MacDonald, who graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with five All-America accolades and three Pac-10 titles.