Dignam's Record Sparks UW Women to Dual Meet Win at WSU

May 1, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington's women's track and field team on Saturday ended seven years of dual-meet dominance by in-state rival Washington State, winning 11 of 19 events -- including a school-record performance in the 400 meters -- to hand the Cougars a 108-95 defeat at the Mooberry Track Complex in Pullman.

The win was the first for the Husky women over WSU since a 1996 victory, also in Pullman, and extended the team's all-time record against the Cougars to a favorable 19-8. Washington State, however, avoided a sweep at the Huskies' hands, winning the men's battle by a 112-90 margin for its fourth-straight series victory, and 66th all-time in 97 meetings between the two schools, which first battled on the track in 1900.

In all, UW athletes accounted for one school record, one dual-meet record, seven marks among the top-10 in school history, five new NCAA Regional qualifying marks, and seven new Pac-10 Championships qualifying marks.

'I couldn't be prouder of the effort our teams put out there today,' said second-year Washington head coach Greg Metcalf. 'To come in here at the end of a long season and knock off one of the top teams in our conference says a lot about the desire our women have to be considered one of the nation's best teams. They're not going to settle for moral victories; they want to win.'

Winning was no problem for freshman hurdler Ashley Lodree, who captured three individual titles and one relay crown to account for 23 of the 108 points scored by the Husky women. The freshman, who broke Washington's 100-meter hurdles record in her first collegiate race, nearly matched that effort in her first collegiate 100-meter dash final Saturday, clocking a winning time of 11.85 seconds that was the fifth-fastest in Washington history. Just minutes earlier, Lodree had run the third leg of Washington's winning sprint relay, joining Grace Vela, Cheri Craddock and Brynne Steward in a 45.90-second effort, the sixth-fastest ever by a UW women's relay.

While Lodree could only close in on records, sophomore Lauran Dignam left one in the dust. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native -- who had never broken the 56-second mark in her collegiate career -- circled the track in a blistering 54.41 seconds, well below the NCAA regional qualifying standard and .03 faster than the school record of 54.44 seconds set by Keisha Griffis six years ago. Dignam could have stopped there and taken credit for a successful day, but the sophomore instead went out and blazed to a Pac-10 qualifying time of 24.34 seconds in the 200 meters -- sixth-fastest in school history and a quarter-second PR -- before wrapping up her day on the lead leg of Washington's second-place 4x400-meter relay.

While eight of Washington's 11 wins came on the track, sophomore Carly Dockendorf ensured the field-eventers would receive equal credit for the win, soaring to victory in the pole vault. Competing for just the third time since wrapping up the 2004 collegiate gymnastics season at the NCAA Championships, the Port Moody, B.C., native climbed to sixth in Canadian history with a clearance of 13 feet, 2 1/4 inches, crushing the meet record of 12-5 1/2 she had shared with teammate Kate Soma.

The vault qualifies Dockendorf for the NCAA Regional meet in 2004, marking the second-straight season that Dockendorf has qualified individually for NCAA postseason competition in two different sports.

The mark was also good for No. 2 on Washington's all-time chart, one of seven top-10 all-time marks posted by Huskies on Saturday. In addition to Lodree's 100-meter mark, Dignam's double at 200- and 400-meters, and the marks by Dockendorf and women's sprint relay, junior Sidney Brown recorded the Huskies' third-best triple jump mark all-time (40- 11 3/4) and junior Grace Vela climbed into a tie for 10th on the Huskies' 100-meter hurdles list (14.13 seconds).

While the women earned the headlines, the men notched some impressive performances as well, most notably the 1-2 sweep by freshman Brian Harris and junior Rigel Wise in the javelin. Each bested 220 feet, with Harris at 221-0 and Wise at 220-6, in the process becoming the first pair of UW teammates over 220 feet since Mike deMunnik and Craig Manalli in 1994. The duo rank second and third, respectively, in the Pac-10 Conference, and are each qualified for NCAA Regional competition later this month.

Washington will conclude the regular season next weekend with the Ken Shannon Invitational at Husky Stadium, before heading to Tucson, Ariz. for the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, May 14-15. For complete results from Saturday's dual, visit www.wsucougars.com.

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