Six Huskies Earn All-America Honors
March 10, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Washington's track and field teams went a perfectthree-for-three Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships inFayetteville, Ark., with each of the team's six competitors -- including hurdlerAshley Lodree and jumper Norris Frederick, and the men's distance medley relayteam -- earning All-America honors on the first of two days of competition atArkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center.
Washington's six All-America honors are already its third-best indoor haul inschool history, and with six competitors remaining Saturday, the Huskies couldtopple the UW record of 10 indoor All-America honors set just last year.
The top-eight finishers in each event are guaranteed All-America honors,regardless of nationality. In addition, All-America honors are given to thetop-eight Americans in each event; thus, for evey foreign-born athlete in thetop-eight, one American is added to the All-America list.
With seven events completed Friday, Washington's men are tied for 25th, earningfour points on the strength of a fifth-place finish in the distance medley relayfor the team comprised of sophomores Austin Abbott and Carl Moe, junior RyanBrown and senior Bruce Jackson. The close finish -- the top five teams wereseparated by less than three seconds -- reflected a tight race throughout, butat the finish it was Arkansas beating Brigham Young to the line in 9:37.02, withthe UW just two seconds back, in 9:39.96.
For Brown and Abbott -- who passed on a chance to run in the mile in order tocompete in the relay -- the finish mirrored their performance in 2005, when thetwo combined with seniors Sean Williams and Andy Fader for an identicalfifth-place effort. Brown captured his third-career All-America honor in therace, and will have a shot at a fourth with UW's 4x400-meter relay on Saturday.Abbott's honor was the second of his UW career, while Moe and Jackson eachearned their first All-America accolades.
'These guys came in here thinking they could win,' said fourth-year head coachGreg Metcalf. 'They had a ton of confidence, and it showed in the race. I'mreally proud of the effort they gave.'
Lodree's ninth-place finish in preliminary rounds of the 60-meter hurdles earnedthe Husky junior her third-career All-America honor, equaling three others forthe third-most All-America honors in UW history. The Richmond, Calif., nativeran third in her heat in 8.17 seconds, ultimately missing a berth in Fridaynight's final by just .01 seconds.
Lodree was an All-American indoors and out in the hurdles in 2005, placing 10thin the 60-meter event indoors, and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles outdoors.
'Ashley's a competitor to the end, so I know that she's probably disappointednot to have made the final,' Metcalf said. 'To be an All-American, though, is asignificant accomplishment. Ashley could easily rest on her talent and be a goodhurdler, but she wants to put in the work it takes to be great. That's whatmakes her a special competitor, and why I am so happy to see her succeed.'
Sophomore Norris Frederick, meanwhile, earned indoor All-America honors in thelong jump for the second-straight year, his 24-foot, 3 3/4-inch leap good for12th overall in the competition. Having run through the pit on his firstpreliminary attempt and fouled his second, Frederick stuttered his step at theend of his run to guarantee a legal mark, costing him momentum and leaving himshort of the mark needed to qualify for Friday's final.
A graduate of Seattle's Roosevelt High School, Frederick is the only Husky everto long jump 25 feet and high jump seven feet during their UW career, and hascompeted at the NCAA Championships in both events during his 14-month collegiatecareer. Frederick was sixth at the indoor nationals a year ago, and boasts abest of 25-6 1/4 in the event that ranks second all-time at UW only to formerAmerican-record holder Phil Shinnick.
'Norris just couldn't quite get his steps right tonight,' Metcalf said. 'Buthe's still just a sophomore, and is improving all the time. He's a tremendouslytalented athlete, and will do great things before his career here is done.'
Brown and Jackson will bid for more hardware Saturday with the Huskies'4x400-meter relay, while vaulters Carly Dockendorf and Stevie Marshalek will tryto add to the Huskies' illustrious All-America tradition in the women's polevault.
For live meet results and start lists for Saturday's events, visitwww.ncaasports.com.