Huskies Qualify for NCAA Postseason in Outdoor Track Opener
March 18, 2006
SEATTLE - Washington won 14 events and qualified three athletes for May's NCAA West Regional on Saturday at the outdoor season-opening UW Outdoor Preview at Husky Stadium. Athletes from small colleges and clubs throughout the Northwest helped the Huskies' ring in the outdoor campaign, which runs through June.
Junior Martin Bingisser became the first Husky to qualify for Regionals, winning the meet's hammer throw competition, held Friday night at West Seattle Stadium. Bingisser's throw of 204 feet, 2 inches was the third-best toss of his Washington career, and has been bettered by just three other athletes in UW history.
Saturday was senior Sam Roberts' turn to put his name on the Regional qualifying list. The 10th-place pole vaulter at the Pac-10 Championships a year ago, Roberts opened his 2006 outdoor campaign with a winning vault of 17-0 ¾, just over three inches shy of UW's all-time top-10. Roberts' clearance brought a loud cheer from a crowd which included numerous former Huskies, including recently-crowned world indoor pole vault gold medalist Brad Walker.
While Walker was in Moscow winning the world championship last weekend, sophomore Norris Frederick was in Arkansas capturing indoor All-America honors in the long jump. On Saturday, Frederick ensured a return trip to the NCAA postseason with a high-jump clearance of 6-10 ¾, good for a victory and equal to the NCAA's Regional qualifying standard.
Frederick was not the only UW NCAA Indoor Championships participant in action Saturday; junior Ashley Lodree -- who won her third All-America honor in the hurdles last weekend -- won the 100-meter dash in 11.78 seconds, while junior Stevie Marshalek overcame an illness to capture the women's pole vault at 11-9 ¾.
Also winning events for the UW women were freshman Falesha Ankton (100m hurdles, 14.70w), redshirt freshmen Sheree Ellis (shot put, 44-3 ¼) and Arlecier West (hammer, 147-8), and senior Lauran Dignam (400m hurdles, 1:03.87), while victories on the men's side came from freshman Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (shot put, 51-6 ¼). sophomores Matt Owen (800m, 1:54.35; 1,500m, 3:53.91) and Brad Liber (steeplechase, 9:10.74) and senior Mark Mandi (3000m, 8:12.91).
Washington will send its full team on the road next weekend for the first time in 2006, with the Huskies' throwers heading to Auburn University while the remainder of the team competes at Arizona State. Having competed almost exclusively at home since the track and field season began in January, Washington will not do so again until the final week of the 2006 regular season, when it hosts the Third-Annual Ken Shannon Invitational at Husky Stadium on May 6.
For complete results from Saturday's UW Outdoor Preview, visit www.gohuskies.com.