UW Indoor Preview Ramps Up Track Campaign
Jan. 17, 2008
On the Track: The 2008 track and field season begins in earnest on Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor facility as the Huskies host the UW Indoor Preview. The meet is the first of six indoor meets over the next month and a half that promise to keep the record keepers busy. Dempsey Indoor has become famous for hosting the biggest and best indoor meets on the west coast and plans to continue the tradition on Saturday, with Pac-10 teams from Oregon, Stanford and UCLA scheduled to compete as well as numerous former Olympians and World Championships participants competing unattached among the nearly 1,000 entrants. The Husky men earned an unprecedented No. 2 preseason ranking in the USTFCCCA Indoor Rankings, trailing only defending NCAA outdoor champs Florida State. Admission is free to all spectators, with field events starting at 8:30 a.m. and track events at 9:30 a.m. For complete meet entries and a finalized event schedule, visit www.GoHuskies.com.
Leading the Washington efforts will be senior Norris Frederick, one of the most decorated athletes in UW history with five All-American honors - four in the long jump and one in the high jump. Frederick was the national leader in the long jump through the 2007 outdoor season before placing third at the NCAA Championships. Frederick's five All-American honors are tied with Rick Noji for fourth-most in UW history, behind Ja'Warren Hooker (10), Ryan Brown (9), and Scott Neilson (7). At the UW Winter Preview in December, Frederick cleared 7' 0 1/4' to meet the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark right out of the gates. Frederick is slated to compete in both the long and high jumps on Saturday.
Top Husky sprinters Jordan Boase, James Fredrickson and Alex Harcourt will all be suited up on Saturday. Boase and Fredrickson are each two-time All-Americans and could run together in Washington's 4x400m relay entry. Harcourt, the indoor school record-holder in the 400m and a two-time NCAA participant, is also signed on for the 4x400m, as is sophomore Jeff Gudaitis who led off UW's NCAA qualifying 4x400m relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year. The relay will cap the day's events and is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m.
On the women's side, several of Washington's event leaders from 2007 will be in action. Juniors Falesha Ankton and Syreeta Martin will both toe the line in the 60m hurdles, 4x400m relay and the 300m dash. They were both among UW's top sprinters and hurdlers last season. Also, juniors Daria Amiad-Pavlor and Liz Fuller, two of the top Husky jumpers, are scheduled for a number of events. In the pole vault, Kelley DiVesta, an NCAA Regional qualifier last year, will lead the Dawgs.
As usual, a meet at the Dempsey has lured several elite athletes competing for clubs or running unattached. Perhaps the biggest draw of all is decathlete Bryan Clay, a silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympic games for the USA, and a gold medal winner at the 2005 World Championships. The specifics of his entry will be known later in the week. Also competing will be 2001 World Championship gold medalist Mickey Grimes, who was part of the US 4x100m relay. Oregon's Galen Rupp, a seven-time All-American who is currently training for the Olympics with the Oregon Project, should race on Saturday. Rupp finished second in the 2007 USA Championships 10,000m, but could run at a much shorter distance.
Prestigious women on hand include Kara Goucher, a three-time NCAA Champion distance runner and bronze medalist in the 10,000m at the 2007 World Championships. Goucher's 10k time is the second-fastest ever by an American. Also competing will be Amy Yoder Begley, a 15-time collegiate All-American at Arkansas and the 2004 USA Women's 10k Champion.
Many additional universities, small colleges, and club teams will be represented, including Portland, Portland State, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, Seattle U., and Team XO to name just a few.
Live Results!: Results of all UW home indoor track and field meets are posted live throughout the meet to the official site of UW athletics, www.GoHuskies.com. A link to a complete event schedule and live results will appear on the track and field sport page the morning of each meet, allowing fans the opportunity to follow along with the action as events conclude. Simply go to GoHuskies.com, and click on 'track' from the 'sports' pull-down menu to find the live results link on each meet day.
Event Schedule: Following is a time schedule for Saturday's UW Winter Preview. All times are Pacific and subject to change:
9:30 a.m.: 60m Hurdles Prelim (W)
9:50 a.m.: 60m Hurdles Prelim (M)
10:10 a.m.: 60m Dash Prelim (W)
10:30 a.m.: 60m Dash Prelim (M)
10:50 a.m.: Mile Run (W)
11:05 a.m.: Mile Run (M)
11:20 a.m.: 60m Hurdles Final (W)
11:30 a.m.: 60m Hurdles HS (Boys)
11:35 a.m.: 60m Hurdles Final (M)
11:45 a.m.: 600m Run (W)
12:00 p.m.: 600m Run (M)
12:15 p.m.: 300m Run (W)
12:30 p.m.: 300m Run (M)
12:45 p.m.: 60m Dash Final (W)
12:55 p.m.: 60m Dash Final (M)
1:05 p.m.: 60m Dash (Masters)
1:15 p.m.: 400m Dash (W)
1:30 p.m.: 400m Dash (M)
1:45 p.m.: 800m Run (W)
2:00 p.m.: 800m Run (M)
2:15 p.m.: 200m Dash (W)
2:30 p.m.: 200m Dash (M)
2:45 p.m.: 3000m Run (W)
3:00 p.m.: 3000m Run (M)
3:15 p.m.: DMR (W)
3:30 p.m.: DMR (M)
3:45 p.m.: 4x400m Relay (W)
4:00 p.m.: 4x400m Relay (M)
8:30 a.m.: Shot Put 'B' (W)
8:30 a.m.: Long Jump 'B' (W)
9:00 a.m.: Pole Vault 'B' (W)*
9:00 a.m.: Pole Vault 'B' (M)*
10:30 a.m.: Long Jump 'B' (M)#
11:15 a.m.: Shot Put 'B' (M)#
12:15 p.m.: Long Jump 'A' (W)
12:15 p.m.: Weight Throw (W)
12:15 p.m.: High Jump (W)
1:00 p.m.: Pole Vault 'A' (W)*
1:00 p.m.: Pole Vault 'A' (M)*
1:15 p.m.: Long Jump 'A' (M)#
1:30 p.m.: High Jump (M)#
1:30 p.m.: Weight Throw (M)#
2:45 p.m.: Shot Put 'A' (W)
2:15 p.m.: Triple Jump (W)
3:45 p.m.: Shot Put 'A' (M)#
4:00 p.m.: Triple Jump (M)#
* - The women's and men's pole vault events will be conducted simultaneously on two adjacent runways.
# - Time is approximate. This event will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's event.
Meet Results: Results will be posted periodically throughout the meet on a board at the south end of Dempsey Indoor. Following the conclusion of the meet, packets of results will be available at the finish line for coaches and meet officials only. Please allow 5-10 minutes following the conclusion of the final event for results to be processed and approved. Final results will be faxed to all local media and participating schools roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the meet, and will be posted to the official site of Husky athletics, www.gohuskies.com, within an hour. Any coach or SID wishing to have results e-mailed should send a special request to the UW Sports Information office at the e-mail address listed on the following page.
In both 2006 and 2007, Washington boasted at least one NCAA competitor in every event area -- sprints, hurdles, middle distance, long distance, relays, horizontal jumps, vertical jumps, pole vault and throws.
Head coach Greg Metcalf and junior Norris Frederick were named the USTFCCCA's West Region Men's Coach of the Year and West Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year in March of 2007.
The UW men's seventh-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships was the team's best-ever indoors, and equaled its third-best NCAA finish overall since 1930.
Washington's men's team won its second-straight indoor conference title in 2007, marking UW's first successful defense of a conference crown since 1921-22.
Washington has boasted at least one Pac-10 champion in eight-straight years, and at least one NCAA champ for five-straight seasons. Senior Ryan Brown extended both streaks in 2007, winning NCAA indoor and Pac-10 800m crowns.
Washington has sent a total of 64 athletes to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship since 2005, the most prolific stretch in team history. Of those 64, 45 have returned home with All-America honors, also obliterating all previous three-year records.
2007 Winter Preview Thaws Out Dempsey: While the UW Indoor Preview traditionally means the start of another year of Husky track, Washington actually got a head start on the season with the inaugural UW Winter Preview back on Dec. 1. While the field was small by Dempsey standards, there were still several strong performances and a bevy of freshmen making their debuts in purple. Senior Norris Frederick got the first big response of the season from the Dempsey crowd, as he recorded an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 7' 0 1/4' on the high jump. Also on the men's side, freshman Sam Rucker ran the day's second-fastest 400-meter time, finishing in 50.26. Just off Rucker's pace were fellow freshmen Miles Timpe (50.84) and Kyle Acheson (51.46). Junior transfer Joe Turner also made a strong debut in the 300-meters, winning the event in 35.09 seconds. Freshman decathlete Andrew Ferleman had a busy first day, competing in the 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, long jump, and the shot put. On the women's side, do-it-all junior heptathlete Liz Fuller won both the 60-meter hurdles (9.03 seconds) and the shot put (40' 8 ¼'), while junior Daria Amiad-Pavlov flew past the best indoor long jump by any Husky a year ago, recording a mark of 18' 1 ½' today. Also getting off to a solid start was the young UW 4x400-meter relay team made up of junior Syreeta Martin, sophomore Falesha Ankton, and freshmen Christina Lee and Marie Tvare. The foursome won the day's relay in 3:56.45. Junior Jared O'Connor and sophomore Ryan Vu tied for the men's pole vault top spot, with O'Connor winning the tiebreaker by clearing the last successful height of 16' 0 ¾' on his first attempt. The vaults already equal O'Connor and Vu's top indoor marks from the 2007 season.
Dempsey Indoor: In only six full seasons, Washington's Dempsey Indoor has already earned a reputation as one of the nation's top indoor competition venues. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track (six lanes on the straightaway, five on the oval) and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events. Dempsey Indoor has hosted more than a dozen Olympians, witnessed 16 top-10 world marks, 20 UW indoor school records and hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks, and is the host site of the MPSF Championships. In addition to its competitive use, the building serves as an indoor practice facility for many UW teams.
Head Coach Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in his sixth year as Washington's head coach of track and field and cross country, and his 11th year overall on the UW staff. Metcalf earned West Region Indoor Men's Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after leading Ryan Brown to his second-straight NCAA 800-meter title, and guiding the Washington men to a second-straight indoor conference title and a seventh-place tie at the NCAA Indoor meet, the latter an all-time program best. Metcalf can only hope that 2008 continues on the same track as his banner 2007 campaign, where Brown added another NCAA title, and the UW men and women combined for three seven conference crowns and the men made it back-to-back MPSF Conference titles. In his first five seasons at the helm, Metcalf has led the UW women and men to four top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships per team, including the aforementioned seventh-place finish indoors in March and a 15th-place outdoor finish by the men in June. Individually, 19 UW distance runners have earned NCAA berths, with three earning NCAA titles and 12 grabbing All-America accolades, a list which does not include the team's three-time All-America distance medley relays (2005-07). In addition, Metcalf has led the Huskies' women's cross country team to the NCAA meet nine of his first 11 years at the helm, and is coming off a program-best eighth-place finish, with two women earning All-American honors for the first time in history. Metcalf guided the UW men to a 12th-place NCAA cross country finish in 2006. In 11 years atop Washington's distance program, Metcalf has coached three NCAA champions, six Pac-10 champions, 24 All-Americans, 15 school-record setters and 88 NCAA Championships competitors. A 1993 UW graduate, Metcalf was a two-time All-American in the steeple, and ran in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials.