Second UW Frosh Qualifies for World Track Championships

June 27, 2004

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman Stevie Marshalek on Sunday became the second Husky frosh in as many days to earn a spot on the U.S. junior national team for July's IAAF World Junior Championships, placing second in the pole vault at the 2004 USA Junior Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M. Marshalek will be joined in Grosseto, Italy, next month by teammate Brian Harris, who qualified for World Championships competition in the javelin on Saturday.

American athletes who are at least 14 years of age as of the day of competition, and will not turn 20 before Dec. 31 of the current year are given a 'junior' designation by USA Track and Field, and are eligible to compete at the Junior National Championships. The top two finishers in each event at the Junior Nationals are automatically qualified for the World Junior Championships, provided they have met the world meet's qualifying standard.

Seeded second in the event with a 2004 season best of 13 feet, 3 inches, Marshalek needed only to clear 12-5 1/2 to earn the World Championships berth, as all but Marshalek and Nebraska's Jenny Green failed to clear the latter height. With just the two collegians remaining in the competition, the bar was moved to 13-1 1/2, which Green cleared for the win.

A graduate of Kentlake High School in Kent, Wash., Marshalek set UW's freshman records indoors and out in 2004, after establishing state records for both venues at both the 3A and 4A levels during an outstanding prep career. After finishing seventh at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, Marshalek earned a 14th-place finish at the NCAA meet, and was the second-highest finishing freshman.

Competition at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, begins July 13 and contiues through July 18. Both the men's javelin and women's pole vault competitions begin Wednesday, July 14.

For complete results of the 2004 USA Junior Track and Field Championships, visit www.usatf.org.

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