Kameko Gay Crushes UW Hammer Record in Home Track Finale

May 10, 2003

SEATTLE - Washington's track and field teams closed out the 2003 regular season Saturday with victories in 12 events at the Ken Foreman Invitational at Husky Stadium, including a monstrous school-record performance by senior Kameko Gay in the hammer throw.

The Huskies added four more Pac-10 qualifying marks in Saturday's competition, increasing to 42 the total number of UW athletes qualified for next weekend's conference meet, May 17-18 at USC.

The meet belonged to Gay, however, who capped an outstanding senior season with a winning throw of 189 feet, 9 inches, more than eight feet beyond the record set by Gay just a week ago. In her final season of UW competition, the Portland, Ore., native has increased the Washington record in the event by nearly 20 feet, with former Husky Rebecca Morrison standing second all-time at 169-1. In fact, only three UW women besides Gay have ever cleared 160 feet in the event. With potentially three meets remaining in the senior's career, Gay now stands just 10 feet shy of the all-time top-10 in conference history.

'We're really proud of Kameko,' said first-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'For her to be throwing 20 feet beyond where she was just a year ago is a testament to how hard she's worked. She's peaking at just the right time, with the chance to be an important scorer for us at the conference meet next weekend.'

Four Husky athletes punched their tickets to the Pac-10 meet Saturday, including UW sprinter Shelton Sampson. Running alongside football teammates Roc Alexander and Chris Singleton, Sampson came from behind to win the 100-meter dash in 10.70 seconds, defeating Linfield's Chris Boock in a photo finish.

Shortly thereafter, sophomore Lindsey Egerdahl clocked her second Pac-10 qualifying mark of the season, clocking a 2:10.36 in a runner-up finish. The Auburn, Wash., native bettered the Pac-10 standard but missed the NCAA standard by just .06 of a second, nearly adding an 800-meter qualifier to her NCAA-qualifying mark at 1,500 meters set earlier this season.

While Egerdahl opted to forgo the 1,500 meters on Saturday, the event was not without a Husky highlight, as sophomore Angela Wishaar became the 11th UW athlete to qualify for the postseason in the event. Wishaar's time of 4:39.04 earned her sixth overall, and gives the Huskies nearly 25 percent of the field qualified for next week's 1,500-meter races at the Pac-10 Championships in Los Angeles.

Also qualifying for the conference meet on Saturday was junior Jesse Giordano, who ensured a return trip to Pac-10s in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.64, matching the conference standard.

'We saw some great efforts today from kids who set a goal of competing in the postseason, and then went out and did it,' said Metcalf. 'I think that we have a lot of momentum heading into next week's meet, provided we continue to work hard and stay focused.'

The Ken Foreman Invitational marked the conclusion of one of the most exciting regular seasons in UW track history, with 42 Pac-10 qualifiers, 31 NCAA qualifiers, and an indoor national title by pole vaulter Brad Walker.

Those Huskies qualified for the Pac-10 meet will head to Los Angeles on Friday for a full weekend of competition, with the NCAA Regional meet set for May 30-31 at Stanford. The Regional will determine qualifying for the NCAA Championships, June 11-14, in Sacramento.

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