Huskies' Best Make Outdoor Debuts at Stanford Invitational

March 26, 2003

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On the Track: Washington will take a full contingent of 70 athletesto this weekend's Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., marking thefirst time in 2003 that the Huskies have competed as a team away fromMontlake. Making their outdoor debuts will be all of Washington's topathletes, including NCAA competitors Courtney Inman, Jeremy Park and KateSoma, and indoor NCAA pole-vault champion Brad Walker. Also competing forthe first time all season will be sprinters Reggie Williams and RocAlexander, both members of the UW football team, as well as javelin starSeth Jens.

The Field: Perhaps no meet the Huskies attend in 2003 will feature afield as loaded as that which awaits the squad in Palo Alto. Literallythousands of the nation's top high school, collegiate, post-collegiate andprofessional athletes will descend upon the Cobb Track and Angell Field forthe two-day meet, which last year produced nearly 200 NCAA automatic orprovisional qualifiers. Husky athletes may find themselves lined up againstthree-time Olympic gold medlaist Gail Devers, world-record holder ReginaJacobs, or Olympians Michael Stember or Ja'Warren Hooker. Additionally,teams from Pac-10 rivals USC, Washington State, California, Oregon, UCLA andArizona State as well as host Stanford litter the list of entries, as doathletes from national powerhouses Nebraska, Arkansas, Tennessee and NotreDame.

Event Schedule: Following is a schedule of events for Husky athletesONLY at this weekend's Stanford Invitational. For a complete schedule,

Friday, Mar. 29
11:00 a.m. -- Javelin, Final (M)
11:10 a.m. -- 100/110m HH, Prelims (W/M)
11:50 a.m. -- 100m Dash, Prelims (W/M)

12:45 p.m. -- Pole Vault, B Sec. (M/W)
1:30 p.m. -- 1500m Run, B Sec. (M)
1:50 p.m. -- 200m Dash,. B Sec. (W/M)
2:00 p.m. -- Shot Put, B Sec. (W)
2:00 p.m. -- Javelin, Final (W)
2:15 p.m. -- Long Jump, B Sec. (M/W)
2:20 p.m. -- 400m IH, Final (W/M)
3:00 p.m. -- Hammer, B Sec. (W)
6:40 p.m. -- Steeplechase, Sec. 1 (W)
7:30 p.m. -- Discus, B. Sect. (W)
7:30 p.m. -- 5000m, Sec. 2/1 (W)
8:10 p.m. -- 5000m, Sec. 1 (M)
9:10 p.m. -- 10000, Sec. 2 (M)
9:50 p.m. -- 10000m, Final (W)
10:30 p.m. -- 5000m, Sec. 2 (M)

Saturday, Mar. 30
12:00 p.m. -- Pole Vault, Top Sec. (W)
1:15 p.m. -- Triple Jump, Top Sec. (M)
1:15 p.m. -- 4x100m Relay, Final (W/M)
1:30 p.m. -- Discus, Top Sec. (M)
1:30 p.m. -- High Jump, Final (M)
1:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump, Top Sec. (W)
2:00 p.m. -- 100m HH, Final (W)
2:15 p.m. -- 110m HH, Final (M)
2:25 p.m. -- 1500m, Sec. 1/2 (W)
2:55 p.m. -- 400m Dash, Sec. 1/2 (W/M)
3:00 p.m. -- Pole Vault, Top Sec. (M)
3:25 p.m. -- 100m Dash, Final (W/M)
3:45 p.m. -- 800m , Sec. 1/2 (M)
3:45 p.m. -- Triple Jump, B Sec. (W)
3:45 p.m. -- High Jump, Final (W)
4:45 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay, Final (W/M)

Meet Results: Results and a full recap of UW competition will beposted to immediately following the conclusion of Huskyaction on each day of the two-day meet. Complete results and schedules forboth days of competition can be located at the official site of hostStanford University,

2002 Stanford Invitational Recap: Six Huskies earned NCAA qualifyingmarks at last year's Stanford Invitational, led by miler Courtney Inman,whose time of 4 minutes, 21.80 seconds for 1,500 meters ranked fifth inschool history. Pole vaulter Brad Walker, in just his second competitionsince returning from offseason foot surgery, cleared 17 feet, 8 1/2 inchesat the meet, closing to within four inches of a school record he wouldshatter later in the season. Meanwhile, freshman Kate Soma climbed to secondon the UW pole vault list, placing third in an elite field. Also qualifyingfor the NCAA meet were 10,000-meter aces Kate Bradshaw and Lisa Gibbs, and1,500-meter man Eric Garner.

Rankings Report: Washington's men's team wrapped up the indoor seasonranked 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 theNCAA Indoor Championships, were in the top-10 of the USTCA Rankings for muchof 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, andwere unranked by Trackwire. The first outdoor editions of both powerrankings are due next week.

New NCAA Format: For the first time ever, the NCAA will use RegionalChampionship meets this season to determine qualifying for the NCAA Trackand Field Championships. Stating a desire to place an emphasis oncompetition, rather than best marks, the NCAA Championships will draw thetop-five finishers in each individual event, and top-three relay teams fromeach of the four regionals nationwide, to be contested May 30-31. Athleteswill qualify for the Regional meets by meeting pre-determined NCAAstandards. The NCAA will then round out the Championships field by selectingthe highest-ranking individuals (approximately six per individual event andfive per relay) from the national collegiate performance lists, providedthose athletes competed at their respective Regional meets and were notamong the finishers to earn automatic NCAA berths. The lone exception to theRegional qualifying system will be the 10,000-meter and multi-events, whichwill not be subject to Regional competition. Athletes will continue toqualify for the NCAA Championships in those events as they have in the past,by meeting pre-determined provisional and automatic-qualifying standards.

2003 Indoor Season Recap: The 2003 indoor season will long beremembered 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 atDempsey Indoor, including a pair of records by Courtney Inman in the 800mand mile runs. At the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, Inman was a top-10finisher in the mile, Jeremy Park earned All-American honors at 3,000meters, and pole vaulter Brad Walker won his first NCAA title, crushing thecompetition by nine inches. Walker's mark of 19-feet, 0 1/4 inch was threeinches beyond the Pac-10 record, and tied for third in the world during the2003 indoor season. In fact, a glance at the 2003 IAAF World Rankingsreveals dozens of marks set on the Dempsey Indoor track. As many as 2,500spectators packed the facility each week, creating a highly-chargedatmosphere that attracted such luminaries as two-time Olympic medalist JohnGodina, and fellow Olympians Seilala Sua, Bolota Asmeron, Michael Stemberand Ja'Warren Hooker. The Huskies also didn't discriminate by age, as a pairof Masters' Division athletes, Tony Young and Harold Morioka, combined forthree all-time U.S.-best marks, and the Northwest's top preps filled thefacility on three weekends.

Monster PR of the Week: Sophomore thrower Mia Norheim is beinghonored this week for two PRs which, combined, totaled a whopping 28 feet.At Saturday's Ken Shannon Invitational, Norheim improved her discus PR bynine feet with a mark of 140 feet, 10 inches. That followed up a performancein Friday night's hammer throw in which Norheim added 19 feet to herprevious best with a throw of 131-3. Norheim is not the only Husky throwerimproving rapidly. Of the 12 marks last week in throwing events by athleteswho competed in the same event last season, eight were personal bests.

Palo Alto, Here We Come: Washington's best have wasted no time in2003, with 20 Husky athletes combining for 22 Pac-10 qualifying marks. Lastyear, Washington boasted 40 Pac-10 qualifiers, two of whom Brad Walker and steepler Mike Hill Courtney Inman has already notchedqualifying marks in both the 800m run and the mile; the indoor school-recordholder in both events earned top-10 finishes in both the 800- and 1,500mevents at last year's conference meet. Additionally, sophomore Sidney Brownis a double-qualifier, boasting marks in both the triple and high jumps.Following is a list of all UW athletes currently qualified for the 2003Pac-10 Championships. Pac-10 teams can bring a maximum of 24 athletes to themeet, and in addition may place one athlete in each event for which theschool has no qualifier. Thus, some athletes to post qualifying marks maynot 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
Juan Romero, Javelin, 201-1
Shelton Sampson, 200m, 21.18
Mat Schwinn, Discus, 172-0
James Sims, Triple Jump, 49-3 3/4
Brad Walker, Pole Vault, 19-0 1/4
Rigel Wise, Javelin, 204-4

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
Heather Reichmann, Javelin, 142-10
Kate Soma, Pole Vault, 13-3 3/4

Where No Husky Has Gone Before: At last week's Ken ShannonInvitational, five Husky throwers became the first UW athletes ever toqualify for the NCAA Regional Championships, which will be contested for thefirst time May 30-31. The list includes four spear specialists, headlined bythree-time top-10 Pac-10 finisher Heather Reichmann. The school-recordholder with the newer, heavier javelin implemented in 1999, Reichmann threwthe 142 feet, 10 inches through a swirling wind to better the Pac-10 andNCAA Regional standards. She was closely followed by freshman Tiffany Zahn,a prep-All American who also bested the NCAA standard with a throw of 138-5.Sophomores Rigel Wise and Juan Romero sent notice that the men's javelinthrowers are not to be overlooked, each topping 200 feet in their firstcompetitions of the 2003 season. Both were NCAA Regional and Pac-10qualifying marks, as was the winning throw of 172-0 by senior Mat Schwinn inthe discus.

20 Years of Spear Success: From Fred Luke and Duncan Atwood, toDarryl Roberson and Helena Uusitalo, Washington has a long-standingtradition of excellence in the javelin. This year's crop is no exception,with four Huskies qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championships at thefirst meet of the 2003 season. Senior Heather Reichmann is a three-timetop-10 finisher at the Pac-10 Championships, and owns the school record withthe new javelin implement. Redshirting senior Megan Spriestersbach boastsNCAA experience, and freshman Tiffany Zahn, already an NCAA qualifier thisseason, earned prep All-American honors from Track and Field News in 2002.Junior Seth Jens was the seventh-place finisher at the 2002 Pac-10 meet, andsophomores Rigel Wise and Juan Romero are NCAA qualifiers in 2003. Since1982, when women's track and field joined the NCAA, the Huskies have sent atleast one competitor in the javelin to all but three NCAA Championships, aspan of 21 years. The list includes four Pac-10 Champions (Uusitalo -- 1987,Roberson -- 1988-89, Troy Burkholder -- 1996), one NCAA champion (Uusitalo-- 1986) and a U.S. Olympian (Atwood -- 1984). In all, three differentHuskies have thrown the javelin for the U.S. at the Olympic Games and threemore have earned NCAA titles. In UW history, no event has featured moreindividual NCAA champions than javelin's three, with only Scott Neilson'sfour hammer titles eclipsing the UW's success in the spear.

Husky Greats Give Back: Looking for an explanation for the Huskies'immediate success in the javelin this season? Look no further than 1984 U.S.Olympian Duncan Atwood, who has volunteered his time to his alma mater thisseason, working with first-year assistant coach Bud Rasmussen. Atwood,however, is just one of the former Husky greats lending their expertise toan eager group of UW collegians. Four-time Pac-10 sprints champion Ja'WarrenHooker has been taking time off from the busy professional track and fieldcircuit to mentor Washington's up-and-coming sprinters, volunteering hisassistance to first-year assistant Dion Miller. The results speak forthemselves: so far in 2003, four Husky javelin throwers have qualified forthe NCAA Regional Championships, while the Husky sprinters, who will competeoutdoors as a full squad for the first time this weekend, have seenimprovement across the board. Atwood and Hooker join head coach GregMetcalf, a two-time steeplechase All-American at UW, and two-time HuskyAll-American David Bazzi, now a full-time assistant coach.

World-Class Walker: When Husky senior Brad Walker cleared 18 feet, 6inches in a sixth-place finish at the USA Senior National Championships lastJune, he sent a message that he was primed for a big collegiate season in2003. After his performance at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, however,one has to go beyond the collegiate ranks to find anyone who can competewith the Spokane, Wash., native. Walker's clearance of 19-0 1/4 at the NCAAswas better than all but two marks in the world in 2003, and equaled thewinning mark at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Walker, who wonthe NCAA title by nearly nine inches, finished the indoor season tied forthird 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 morethan six inches, and became the first Pac-10 vaulter ever to clear the19-foot mark, shattering by three inches the Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4 setby Stanford's Toby Stevenson. Following are the 2003 IAAF World Rankings andthe all-time collegiate men's pole vault rankings:

2003 IAAF World Rankings
Name, Country, Mark

1. Tim Lobinger, GER, 19-1
2. Adam Ptacek, CZE, 19-0 3/4
3. Brad Walker, USA, 19-0 1/4
3. Derek Miles, USA, 19-0 1/4
3. Romain Mesnil, FRA, 19-0 1/4
6. Oleksandr Korchmid, UKR, 18-10 1/4
6. Michael Stolle, GER, 18-10 1/4
8. Jeff Hartwig, USA, 18-9 1/2
8. Lars Borgeling, GER, 18-9 1/2
8. Rens Blom, NDR, 18-9 1/2
8. Vasily Gorshkov, RUS, 18-9 1/2
8. Richard Spiegelburg, GER, 18-9 1/2

All-Time Collegiate Pole Vault Top-10
Name, School, Year, Mark

1. Lawrence Johnson, TEN, 1996, 19-7 1/2
2. Istvan Bagyula, GMU, 1991, 19-5
3. Jacob Davis, TEX, 1998, 19-4 1/4
4. Bill Payne, BAY, 1991, 19-2 3/4
5. Joe Dial, OKST, 1985, 19-2 1/4
6. Brad Walker, WASH, 2003, 19-0 1/4
6. Russ Buller, LSU, 1999, 19-0 1/4
6. Jim Davis, FRES, 2000, 19-0 1/4
9. Doug Fraley, FRES, 1986, 18-11
10. Jeff Buckingham, KAN, 1983, 18-10 1/2

Walker's Steady Climb: A non-scholarship athlete who never cleared 17feet at University High School in Spokane, Brad Walker blossomed during hissophomore season at UW, improving his personal best by more than a foot enroute to an indoor school record and All-America honors. An undiagnosed footinjury hampered Walker during the outdoor season, but he still finished 12that the NCAA meet before undergoing offseason surgery. After redshirting the2002 indoor season, Walker posted one of the top seasons in school history,shattering the school's outdoor vault record and earning the UW's firstPac-10 pole vault title in 30 years with a mark of 18'-0 1/2'. Asecond-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 theschool record to 18-6 1/2 at the Feb. 15 UW Invitational, then to 19-0 1/4in his NCAA Indoor Championship-winning performance. While 2003 will beWalker's final season outdoors, he has one year of eligibility remainingindoors.

Queen of the Mile: It seems impossible, but for the past two seasons,senior Courtney Inman has been setting school records nearly every time shesteps on the track. This season, Inman calmly shaved five seconds off herown school record in the mile, lowering to 4:40.24 a record which stood ashigh as 4:48.36 barely 12 months ago. After having lowered the mile recordon three separate occasions in 2003, the British Columbia native set hersights 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 secondswith a time of 2:08.39 at the Mar. 8 Last Chance Qualifier. Inman earned herthird-straight trip to the NCAA Championships, placing ninth in the mile.She was the 14th-place finisher in the event at last year's NCAA IndoorChampionships, and took 10th in the mile at the 2002 NCAA outdoor meet.Inman also excels at longer distances, having earned All-Pac-10cross-country honors in 2002, and led all Husky finishers at the 2002 NCAAcross-country meet.

It's Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight...: ... it's the size ofthe fight in the dog. Sophomore pole vaulter Kate Soma may stand only aninch above 5'-0', but the Portland, Ore., native towers over all UW femalevaulters, past and present. Soma is the only Husky woman ever to clear 13feet 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 hasaccomplished in 18 of her 22-career pole vault finishes, including the 2003NCAA Indoor Championships. At the Mar. 1 Pac-10 Invitational, Soma broke herown indoor school record with a clearance of 13-3 3/4 that is nearly a footbeyond the UW's all-time second-best mark. As a freshman, Soma notched aschool-record clearance of 13-1 1/2 outdoors, and added 11 inches to theUW's indoor best with a mark of 12-11 1/2.

Ridiculous Records: Washington's track and field athletes in 2003rendered the indoor school records section of the UW Track and Field MediaGuide completely obsolete, posting 38 marks among the top-10 in schoolhistory. Included among the top-10 marks are no fewer than eight schoolrecords, or one more than Husky athletes set in 2001 and 2002, combined.Senior Jeremy Park had a hand in two such records, shattering the school's3,000m mark by eight seconds with a time of 7:54.13, and teaming withsophomore Sean Williams and juniors Todd Arnold and Eric Garner to set arecord of 9:40.82 in the distance medley relay that was 12 seconds betterthan the previous best. Senior pole vaulter Brad Walker crushed his ownrecord of 17-11 3/4 in the pole vault by clearing 19-0 1/4 at the NCAAChampionships, in the process becoming just third Husky athlete ever to winan NCAA indoor title. Sophomore Kate Soma broke her own pole vault record of12-11 1/2 with a clearance of 13-3 3/4 at the Pac-10 Invitational, andjunior Brittiny Roberts raised the school's triple jump record by nearly afoot with a mark of 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational. At the Pac-10Invitational, Sabrina Monro lowered the 5,000-meter record by 11 secondswith a time of 16:22.13, and senior Courtney Inman shaved five seconds offof her own mile record, lowering it to 4:40.24. Inman also established theUW's all-time best indoor 800-meter mark this season, posting a time of2:08.39 at the Mar. 8 Last Chance Qualifier. See the box on the followingpage for a full list of the athletes who have cracked the UW's all-timetop-10 indoor rankings in 2003, as well as a list of Washington's indoorschool records.

Resourceful Recruiting: Washington's coaches in 2003 have found acreative way to add numerous elite athletes to the squad without having togive up any scholarships Shelton Sampson Reggie Williams and Matt Williams, cornerbacks Roc Alexander and DerrickJohnson, tailback Chris Singleton and linebacker Will Conwell. Also, thisspring, redshirt freshman gymnast Carly Dockendorf will join the track teamon a full-time basis.

Double-Duty Dockendorf: Freshman football/basketball star NateRobinson may be Washington's most celebrated two-sport athlete in 2003, buteven he isn't trying to compete in two sports at once. That's what's beingaccomplished by Port Moody, B.C., native Carly Dockendorf, a star for theHusky gymnastics team who has competed unattached at several of the Huskies'indoor track and field meets. The weekend of Mar. 1 marked the mostimpressive display of Dockendorf's athletic ability. On Friday, Feb. 28,with the gymnasts needing a big performance from Dockendorf to extend anundefeated home season, the redshirt freshman scored a perfect 10 on thefloor exercise, just the sixth perfect 10 in UW history. Barely 12 hourslater, Dockendorf pulled on her track spikes and soared 12-feet, zero inchesin the pole vault at the Pac-10 Indoor Track Invitational, a mark whichwould have ranked fifth all-time in UW history. A provincial pole vaultchampion as a prep, Dockendorf was named Rookie of the Year by the Huskygymnastics team in 2002.

You Might Recall: While the 11 athletes on the roster from sportsother than track or cross-country are more than Washington has had in recentyears, the practice of mining athletic talent from other UW programs hasunearthed countless gems for the Husky track and field squad in the past. Infact, a glance at Washington's career top-10 charts reveals numerousoutstanding two-sport performers, including 110m hurdles record-holderSpider Gaines, a tailback for the UW football team in the 1970s, andsprinter Ja'Warren Hooker, the UW record-holder at 100m, 200m, and 400m anda Husky wide receiver from 1997-98. Other names which highlight the listinclude 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 limitedjust to the football team. Former UW All-American volleyball star MakareDesilets boasts the school's fifth-best high jump mark, while basketballstandout Tara Davis is the school-record holder in the triple jump, andranks second all-time in the long jump. And, of course, current Husky andformer hoopster Heather Reichmann is the school's all-time record-holder inthe javelin (new implement). This list doesn't even include Huskies HermanBrix and Paul Jessup, who starred for Washington's football teams in the1920s before establishing world records in the shot put and discus,respectively.

Top Dawgs: Three seniors and one junior, distance runner Todd Arnold,were selected to be captains for the 2003 season by a vote of theirteammates. Arnold, a Pac-10 qualifier at 1,500 meters in 2002, is joined bysenior 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 Triple Threat: Junior triple jumper Brittiny Roberts entered rare airon Feb. 15 when she leapt 41-4 1/4 at the UW Invitational, nearly 10 inchesfarther than any Husky to come before. Roberts' success should come as nosurprise, given that her cousin, U.S. track legend Ralph Boston, won thegold medal in the long jump at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Maybe Robertslearned a thing or two from Boston OeNote' Worthy: Junior Brendan Tuohy is doing his best to debunk thestereotype of the oafish thrower. The Tacoma, Wash., native, whose marks of49-2 1/4 in the shot and 53-8 1/4 in the weight led all Husky competitors in2003, is majoring in music at the UW and boasts a fine tenor voice. When notperforming in the throwing circle, Tuohy can be heard performing such worksas Bach's Oratorio for the UW School of Music, and in performances with theTacoma Opera and the UW Chambersingers. Tuohy plans on continuing hismusical education upon earning his degree in the spring of 2004.

Park Central to UW Success: Perhaps no Husky has risen as quicklythis season as senior distance runner Jeremy Park, who earned All-Americanhonors indoors with a 13th-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the 2003 NCAAIndoor Championships. A graduate of Klamath Falls (Ore.) High School, Parkattended Portland State University for two seasons before transferring to UWin the fall of 2001. Last season, Park earned an eighth-place finish in the1,500m at the Pac-10 Championships, and entered 2003 among Washington'stop-three competitors at 1,500m and 5,000m. It was in the 3,000m where Parkmade his splash, however, shaving 16 seconds off of his personal best withan NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 7:54.13 at the Feb. 15 UW Invitationalthat ranked fifth in the nation in 2003. In the process, Park became thefirst UW runner ever to clear eight minutes indoors in the 3,000m,shattering the school record by more than eight seconds. Remarkably, it wasthe second school record in as many meets for Park, who ran the first leg ofthe UW's record-setting distance medley relay squad at the HuskyInvitational on Feb. 1. The team's time of 9:40.82 was 12 seconds beyond theprevious best, and bettered the NCAA provisional standard.

Dempsey Indoor Draws World's Best:If Washington's home indoor meetsthis season seemed to shimmer in gold, it was likely due to the numerouscurrent and former Olympians who highlighted the fields at Dempsey Indoor.The Feb. 1 Husky Invitational featured four Olympic athletes, includingformer Husky and 2000 U.S. Olympian Ja'Warren Hooker, who set a facilityrecord in the 60m dash with a time of 6.63 seconds. Hooker was joined byfellow U.S. Olympians John Godina and Seilala Sua, and distance runnerBolota Asmeron, who competed in 2000 for his native Etruria. Godina, atwo-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 ownfacility record. Asmeron, however, highlighted the competition, clocking theworld's sixth-fastest indoor 3,000-meter time of the 2003 season with a markof 7:49.68 which, at the time it was run, was the world's best this season.Also, 2000 Olympian Michael Stember set a facility record in the mile atthe UW Invitational.

International Blend: Washington's 2003 roster features severalindividuals from outside the United States, including senior Courtney Inman,a native of Abbotsford, B.C., who last year placed 10th in the 1,500 metersat the NCAA meet. Not surprisingly, Canada is the foreign nation with themost athletes on the UW roster, including Inman, freshman Gaelle Banini(Richmond, B.C.), redshirt freshman Carly Dockendorf (Port Moody, B.C.) andsophomore Jeff Wallis (Duncan, B.C.). For Banini, however, Canada is justthe most recent nation of residence. Born in Cameroon, Africa, Banini movedto France in 1987, and finally settled in Canada in 1994. Joining theCanadian quartet are freshman Vinh Chung, who will rack up plenty offrequent flyer miles while traveling from Seattle to his hometown ofHamilton, New Zealand; freshman Mike Sayenko, born in the Ukraine; andsenior Elena Popovskaya, a native of Russia.

Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is inhis first year as the UW's head coach of track and field and cross-country,and his sixth year overall at Washington. In five seasons as a UW assistant,Metcalf led the women's cross-country team to five-straight NCAAappearances, including a UW-best ninth-place finish in 1998. Metcalf hascoached eight All-Americans, five Pac-10 champions, 13 school-record settersand 62 NCAA qualifiers. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-timeAll-American in the steeplechase, and ran in the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials.

Star-Studded Staff: Washington's coaching staff in 2003 is in no wayshort on accolades. Seventh-year vaults/jumps coach Pat Licari has directedthree All-Americans, and last year coached both Brad Walker and Kate Soma toschool records in the pole vault. First-year throws coach Bud Rasmussenfounded the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, and in sevenyears at North Idaho College, mentored 82 NJCAA All-Americans, 18 nationalchampions and five NJCAA record holders. First-year sprints/relays coachDion 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 coachDavid 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-starcast is first-year distance coach Kelly MacDonald, who graduated fromArizona State in 2002 with five All-America accolades and three Pac-10titles.

Washington's 2003 NCAA West Regional Championships Qualifiers

Heather Reichmann
Senior, Seattle, Wash. (King's HS)

o Became Washington's first-ever NCAA West Regional Championships qualifierwith a throw of 142-10 at the Mar. 22 Ken Shannon Invitational.

o Season-best mark of 142-10 ranks 13th in the nation, sixth in the WestRegion.

o Set javelin (new implement) school record with a heave of 158-3 in aseventh-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 meet.

o Has three-career top-10 javelin finishes, including a third-place finishin 1999 and a seventh in 2001.

o Was an NCAA qualifier in the event in 2002, but did not receive aprovisional berth at the meet.

o Did not compete in 2000 due to a shoulder injury suffered during the1999-2000 Husky basketball season.

o A four-year letterwinner for Washington's women's basketball squad, servedas team captain in 2002.

o Led Husky basketball team to a Pac-10 championship and NCAA Elite Eightberth in 2001.

Juan Romero
Sophomore, Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh)

o Boasts javelin best of 201-1 that is tied for 13th in the nation thisseason, and tied for third in the West Region.

o Overcame blustery conditions to post Regional qualifying mark of 201-1 atthe Mar. 22 Ken Shannon Invitational.

o Placed sixth in the javelin at the 2002 U.S. Junior National Championshipswith a throw of 191-9.

o Earned three top-10 state championships finishes as a prep, with aprep-best mark of 194-6.

Mat Schwinn
Senior, Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock)

o Tossed the discus 172-0 at the season-opening Ken Shannon Invitational tobetter the NCAA Regional standard.

o Discus mark of 172-0 ranks fourth in the nation this season, and tops inthe West Region.

o Add 14 feet to his previous career-best with a throw of 181-8 at the May4, 2002 dual meet with Washington State.

o Took eighth in the event at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.

o Tied for ninth in UW history with a best of 53-8 1/4 in the 35-lb. weightthrow.

o Redshirted the 2000 season with an injury, but returned in 2001 to post a12th-place finish in the discus at the Pac-10 Championships, posting a markof 159-6.

o Earned back-to-back state prep discus titles in 1997 and 1998.

Rigel Wise
Sophomore, Kelso, Wash. (Kelso)

o Heaved the javelin 204-4 at the Mar. 22 Ken Shannon Invitational to bestthe NCAA West Regional standard.

o Season-best mark of 204-4 ranks 11th in the nation in 2003, and second inthe West Region.

o Qualified for the 2002 Pac-10 Championships as a freshman with a mark of199-3.

o Led all Washington preps in 2001 with a best mark of 208-11.

o Took fourth in the javelin at the 2001 Golden West Games.

o Won both the discus and javelin titles at the 2001 Pasco Invitational.

Tiffany Zahn
Freshman, Newberg, Ore. (Newberg)

o In first-ever collegiate competition, qualified for NCAA RegionalChampionships with mark of 138-5.

o Qualifying mark of 138-5 ranks 15th in the nation in 2003, and eighth inthe West Region.

o Named a prep All-American by Track and Field News and Accelerade in 2002.

o Was also honored as a Junior All-American by USA Track and Field.

o Ranked fourth among prep competitors nationally in 2002 with a best throwof 152-10.

o Boasts a pair of top-10 finishes at the U.S. Junior NationalChampionships.

o Swept the state and regional Junior Olympics competitions in 2001, andtook fourth at the national meet.

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