UW Invitational Descends on Dempsey
Jan. 31, 2008
On the Track: Stakes continue to rise in the indoor track season as Washington hosts the UW Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. Six Top-25 teams plus several large convoys from Pac-10 schools will be on hand for this important meet. The 23rd-ranked Husky men and Husky women should add several key athletes to their lineups this weekend as things come into greater focus. Friday's session begins at 3 p.m. and will include multi-even competitions, as well as the distance medley relays and 5000m runs. Saturday's action gets underway at 8:30 a.m. and will run all day. Admission is free to all spectators, with seating available around the track. For complete meet entries visit www.GoHuskies.com.
Joining the Huskies this weekend will be the Arkansas women's squad, currently ranked fourth in the USTFCCCA poll, as well as defending NCAA Indoor and Outdoor women's champion Arizona State, now ranked 21st. The 13th-ranked Baylor women, 23rd-ranked Oregon women, 25th-ranked Texas Tech women, and 13th-ranked BYU men will also be in attendance. Stanford, UCLA, and Oregon will all bring large male and female contingents. The Huskies slipped to No. 23 from No. 2 in this week's poll due to the fact that many of their top returners have yet to compete at their featured events.
As has been the case in each of UW's first two indoor meets, senior Norris Frederick will highlight the field events. 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 is currently tied for the national lead in the long jump after jumping 25' 8 3/4' at the UW Indoor Preview. Adding intrigue to Saturday's event is who will be jumping along with Frederick. Defending NCAA Outdoor long jump champion Andrew DaShalles of Cal State Northridge is slated to compete. At the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Frederick placed third behind DaShalles, despite having outjumped him by more than a foot at Regionals. Frederick is also slated to compete in the high jump, where he will try to improve on the Provisional mark he posted in December.
The women's 3000m has possibly the deepest field of any event on Saturday. Sally Kipyego from Texas Tech headlines the group. Kipyego is the two-time defending NCAA Cross Country champion, and set the Dempsey 3k record last year. Lauren Fleshman, a former 15-time All-American at Stanford and the 2006 U.S. 5k Champion will also be running, as will several top members from Stanford's cross country team that won NCAA's in the fall including Arianna Lambie, Teresa McWalters, and Laren Centrowitz. Adding to the field are UW's top-two female distance runners, junior Anita Campbell and sophomore Katie Follett, who placed 20th and 19th respectively in identical times at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships, both earning All-American honors. This will be their first competition since cross country season.
Also making their season debuts for the Huskies are top returning men's shotputters Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Cameron Elisara, and two more members of UW's eighth-place women's cross country team, Amanda Miller and Dani Schuster who will both run the 800m. Miller is a two-time All-American, once in the mile and once in the 800m. Schuster was an NCAA participant in the mile last year.
Numerous other All-Americans will be in competition throughout the day, as will notables such as Steve Slattery, 2003 U.S. 3k Steeplechase champion and former Husky Mike Sayenko, who placed 29th in the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in November in just his second career marathon. Both will be running the men's 3000m. Amy Hastings will highlight Friday night's action. The former ASU star smashed the American collegiate 5000m record last year at the Dempsey, and will be back at the scene of the crime Friday night in the 5k race scheduled for 7 p.m.
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.
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 this page.
This season three Huskies have produced NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks. Senior Norris Frederick posted a long jump of 25' 8 3/4' at the UW Indoor Preview that is currently tied for the best collegiate vault this year. Frederick also achieved the 'B' standard in the high jump, clearing 7' 0 1/4' at the UW Winter Preview in December. Also putting her name among the early NCAA leaders is senior Kelley DiVesta, who vaulted 13' 0 3/4' to pass the provisional mark at the Indoor Preview.
Washington's No. 2 preseason men's ranking marked the highest ever ranking for a UW track program, surpassing last season's No. 4 indoor ranking. The ranking was based on returning athletes from last season's final descending order list.
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.
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.
Monster PR of the Week: Junior jumper Daria Amiad-Pavlov captured the women's triple jump at the UW Indoor Preview on Jan. 19 with a personal best mark of 39' 3', more than half a foot beyond her previous best. The mark carried Amiad-Pavlov into eighth place on the Washington all-time indoor Top-10. Last season no Husky even surpassed 38-feet indoors or out, and Amiad-Pavlov's best indoor jump came at the same Indoor Preview, but was more than two feet shorter, at 37' 2 1/4, underscoring her marked improvement.
2008 UW Indoor Preview Sets the Tone: Hundreds of top track and field athletes crowded their way into the Dempsey Indoor facility on Saturday to take part in the 2008 UW Indoor Preview. Despite a modest contingent of Huskies, there was still plenty to cheer, including a facility record and Norris Frederick taking the early collegiate lead in the long jump. The Husky men did not put forth a full squad, but enjoyed solid performances from all who did take part. Frederick, a five-time All-American, won the long jump with a mark of 25' 8 ¾' on his fifth attempt out of six. The jump was easily past the NCAA provisional mark and just half an inch off the automatic standard--not bad for his first competitive long jump in six months. The leap puts Frederick in the early lead in the collegiate ranks. Junior Jordan Boase turned in a sterling performance in the 300-meter dash, winning in 33.14 in front of a pair of Oregon Ducks, while senior James Fredrickson was fourth. The crowd's biggest roar was elicited near the end of the meet when British Columbia's Michael Mason broke his own Dempsey Indoor record in the high jump, clearing 7' 6 1/2'. The mark is one of the top-five in the world in the new year. The day's busiest competitor was former Olympic silver medalist and World Champion decathlete Bryan Clay. Still one of the world's top multi-event athletes, Clay started with the 60m hurdles, finishing second, then placed second in the long jump to Frederick with a leap of 24' 4 ¼', then put strength with speed and agility by winning the shot put. Highlights among the Husky women included a triple jump victory by junior Daria Amiad-Pavlov that launched her into UW's Indoor Top-10. Amiad-Pavlov's jump of 39' 3' was a personal best and places her eighth on the career indoor list. Senior Kelley DiVesta became the first Husky female of the season to post an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark, as she cleared 13' 0 3/4' in the pole vault, tying for second. Also having good days were Falesha Ankton who placed third in the 60m hurdles (8.86), and freshman Elise Bryant, who was third in the weight throw.
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.