Huskies Join Huge Fields In Austin For NCAA Prelims
May 26, 2010
ON THE TRACK: The track and field athletes competing in Austin, Texas this weekend took many different paths to get here, but they now must all pass through one site this week to continue to the ultimate goal of the NCAA Championships next month in Eugene, Oregon. Washington has 29 athletes on hand for the three-day meet, which in a brand new format, serves as the first one or two rounds of NCAAs, depending on the event.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that applies to this week's meet, as approximately two thousand athletes will be in Austin for the West Preliminary Rounds, encompassing all schools on the western half of the country. Each individual event was filled with a field of 48 athletes, and from Thursday, May 27 until Saturday, May 29, those events will be whittled down to only 12. The same process will also be going on this week in Greensboro, North Carolina for the East Prelminary Rounds, thus making for final fields of 24 athletes in each event in Eugene.
For Washington, the very first event on Thursday will be a critical one, as three Huskies are competing in the men's javelin, which starts at 12 noon Central time. Junior Kyle Nielsen is ranked fourth in the West, freshman Joe Zimmerman is right on the bubble at 12th, and freshman Jimmy Brookman is 30th. In the early evening, junior Brooke Pighin will compete in the women's javelin, where she is seeded 10th. The field events have just one round to get down to the needed 12, so it will be some long days for the competitors.
Day one on the track for UW starts with the men's and women's 1,500-meter first rounds. Sophomore Ryan Soberanis competes in the men's opener while seniors Katie Follett and Kailey Campbell, and freshman Justine Johnson will run for the women. Follett is the No. 1 seed while Campbell ranks 12th and Johnson 29th. Soberanis made it in as the last qualifier.
Next up will be the 100-meter first rounds, with freshman James Alaka and sophomore Ryan Hamilton running for the men, and junior Dominique Lauderdale in action for the women. Alaka will have a busy week, needing to run two rounds each of the 100- and 200-meter dashes plus a leg of the 4x100m relay. He comes in ranked 5th in the 100m and 15th in the 200m.
Later Thursday night will see sophomore Nikki Codd in the 800-meter opener, and then seniors Jake Schmitt and Alec Bromka, and junior Jordan Swarthout in the men's 10,000-meter run. Schmitt will be looking for his third-straight NCAA 10k finals appearance. Anita Campbell closes the action in the women's 10,000-meter run, in which she placed third overall last year at NCAAs.
Friday begins with the pole vault, which features two highly-ranked Huskies in junior Scott Roth and senior Ryan Vu. Roth is ranked third and will be looking to make it back to the NCAA Outdoor finals where he was runner-up last year before winning the 2010 NCAA Indoor title. Vu, coming off a Pac-10 title, is looking to make his first trip to NCAAs in his final season. While the vault is underway, senior Zack Midles and sophomore Angus Taylor will both be tossing the hammer. Midles made it through Regionals last year with a critical final throw and comes in ranked ninth in the West.
Friday features the 100-meter hurdles opener for senior Falesha Ankton, looking to make the NCAA final site for the first time since 2008. She is seeded 16th. Sophomore Mel Lawrence will also look to advance through the one and only round of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, where she was third at NCAAs a year ago. Friday also includes the quarterfinal rounds for the 100-meters and 800-meters, and the first round for Alaka in the 200-meters.
Freshman triple jumper Shaniae Lakes is the only Husky in action in the field events on Saturday. The UW freshman-record holder goes at 2 p.m. Central. The quarterfinals of the 4x100m relay for the men is next at 6 p.m. Central, with Washington set to run Sam Rucker, Alaka, Colton Dunn, and Hamilton. Should the four Husky 1,500-meter entries have advanced, their final round before Eugene will be Saturday, as will the quarterfinals in the 100m hurdles, and 200m dash.
Washington's final competitors will run in the 5,000-meters Saturday night. Junior Colton Tully-Doyle and sophomore Max O'Donoghue-McDonald are up for the men. Tully-Doyle was 12th in the 5k at the NCAA Indoor meet and will look to reach the final site outdoors as well. The women feature a couple first-timers to regionals in sophomore Kayla Evans and freshman Lindsay Flanagan.
COVERAGE: GoHuskies.com will provide photos and video highlights throughout the week as well as periodic updates during the day on the main Husky track page. NCAA.com will provide a free live video stream of the entire West Prelims as well as live results.
NEW NCAA QUALIFYING FORMAT: Athletes, coaches, and fans will be dealing with a new format this year for NCAA Championships qualifying and competition. The old system with four regional sites sending five auto qualifiers apiece to the national meet has been tossed out.This year, descending order lists will be the focal point, similar to the NCAA Indoor Championships, though for the outdoor meet there will be no set qualifying standard whatsoever. Hitting a certain mark will not guarantee anything, but will place an athlete on a massive region-wide descending order list. And this year there are just two 'regions', West and East. Then based on set field sizes for each event, the top athletes in the west will head to Austin, Texas and the best in the east will meet at Greensboro, North Carolina for what are essentially the NCAA preliminary rounds. Athletes will need to qualify through those two large meets to move on to Eugene, Oregon and the final site of the NCAA Championships. For most individual events, there will be 48 qualifiers at each preliminary round site, while there will be 24 relay teams at each location. Multi-events are the only events that will still qualify directly to Eugene based on top scores.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: The Husky men moved back up one spot in the USTFCCCA Week 8 rankings to 20th, matching their season-high. Washington received a boost in the latest number crunching after the Pac-10 Championships with PRs from senior Ryan Vu, who moved up to 12th in the NCAA in the pole vault with his PR of 17-7 3/4, and freshman Ryan Zimmerman who climbed to 14th nationally in the javelin at 233-5. They also tacked on some new points thanks to Jeremy Taiwo's efforts in the decathlon at the Pac-10 Multis, as he also has moved up to 10th with a PR of 7,521 points. The Husky women currently come in at No. 42. Looking at the individual rankings, senior Katie Follett is the NCAA leader at 1,500-meters after her school-record 4:10.66 from the Mt. SAC Relays. The men have a pair in the top-five in their respective events, as junior Kyle Nielsen is fourth in the javelin at 247-1 and junior Scott Roth is third in the pole vault with a best clearance of 18-0 1/2. Moving into the Top-25 nationally for the women after Pac-10s is senior Anita Campbell, who is now 15th at 10,000-meters, and sophomore Mel Lawrence, 20th in the steeplechase. Brooke Pighin also ranks 12th in the javelin. For the men, freshman James Alaka is 12th at 100-meters, senior Jake Schmitt is 20th in the 10k, senior Zack Midles is 21st in the hammer, and junior Colton Tully-Doyle is 25th in the 5,000-meters.
LAST TIME OUT - PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS KICK OFF POSTSEASON: Washington began the postseason with a trip down to Berkeley for the Pac-10 Championships on May 15-16. The first day was highlighted by a surprise victory for senior Ryan Vu, who upset his own teammate to win the men's pole vault. Vu progressed at Pac-10s from a no-height effort as a freshman, to 14th as a sophomore, 8th as a junior, and finally champion his senior season. Vu cleared a new PR of 17-7 3/4 on his third attempt to get the win and defending champion and teammate Scott Roth took third. That would be the only win for the Huskies over the weekend, but they had multiple podium finishes. Senior Katie Follett barely missed a three-peat in the women's 1,500-meters, as she took second by .04 seconds to Oregon's Zoe Buckman, closing hard down the stretch and nearly making up a sizeable gap. Washington excelled in the javelin as Brooke Pighin took second on the women's side with a mark of 160-11, then the men combined for 11 points with a third-place finish by Kyle Nielsen (239-7), a fifth-place effort for Joe Zimmerman (233-5) and an eighth-place finish for Jimmy Brookman (213-3). Senior Zack Midles finished third in the men's hammer for a third-straight year, and sophomore Mel Lawrence also placed third in her first steeplechase of the year. Freshman James Alaka had a pair of third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, scoring 12 points in his first Pac-10s. Senior Falesha Ankton ran a 100m hurdles PR and took fifth, while Dominique Lauderdale became the first UW woman to make the 100-meter final in three years, taking sixth overall. Also turning in strong runs was Anita Campbell (4th in the 10k), Colton Tully-Doyle (6th in the 5k), and Kailey Campbell (5th in the 1,500m). Jeremy Taiwo also gave the men a big lift heading into the meet as he was the Pac-10 decathlon runner-up with a PR of 7,521 points, then also placed fifth in the 100m hurdles. Overall the men wound up sixth with 68 points, beating out Washington State, Cal, Arizona, and Oregon State. It matched their best finish since 2006. The women however took ninth, ahead of only the Beavers.
2009 REGIONAL IN REVIEW: A trio of Pac-10 champs added Regional titles to their trophy cases as a total of 14 Huskies grabbed national championship bids over the two days of the NCAA West Regionals at Oregon's Hayward Field. Several Huskies earned dramatic and unexpected berths in NCAA's, along with several top-ranked Huskies who delivered on their seeding. Taking home Regional titles were senior Jordan Boase in the 400-meters, sophomore Scott Roth in the pole vault, and redshirt freshman Mel Lawrence in the steeplechase, all of whom were also Pac-10 titlists just two weeks prior. The performance of the meet came from senior vaulter Andrea Peterson, who was seeded just 17th coming in to what was potentially her final competition with a best clearance of 13-0 1/4. Peterson went on to PR on consecutive vaults, clearing 13-9 3/4 to wind up second overall and earn her first trip to NCAA's. That mark was the second-best in school history. The next Huskies to outperform their seeds was the men's 4x100m relay comprised of junior Jeff Gudaitis, and seniors Kenjamine Jackson, Randy Bacon, and Joe Turner. Fifth at Pac-10's and seeded sixth coming in, the quartet ran a season-best 40.18 in the final to place third and earn the last NCAA spot. This will be the second-straight year that the men's 4x1 travels to nationals, although Turner is the only sprinter to run on both units. Gudaitis then came back later in the day to place fourth in the 400m dash final and qualify in that event as well by upsetting several runners with faster PRs. Probably the most dramatic qualifier was junior Zack Midles, who was sixth in the hammer entering his final throw, and needed an improvement to continue his season. Midles came through with a mark of 210-9 that jumped him into fourth and on to his first NCAA meet. Women's weight throw All-American Elisa Bryant also earned her first NCAA Outdoor trip with a fifth-place women's hammer finish, and sophomore Kyle Nielsen was fifth as well in the javelin. In the women's 5k, Katie Follett and Anita Campbell were second and fourth, respectively, and senior Jared O'Connor won a jump-off for the final auto spot in the pole vault with a new PR of 17-7.
FOLLETT AND PIGHIN TAKE PAC-10 WEEKLY AWARDS: A pair of Husky All-Americans have added Pac-10 Athlete of the Week honors to their long list of achievements this season. Brooke Pighin earned the honor for the week of April 5-11 and Katie Follett was named AOW for April 12-18. Pighin is the first women's thrower to earn the award since three-time Olympian Aretha (Hill) Thurmond. Pighin took the javelin title at the Pepsi Team Invitational April 10. She threw a season-best 166-feet, 10-inches, and no other competitor from Oregon, Texas A&M, or Missouri was within 10 feet of her winning mark, which came on her second attempt. Follett won the Mt. SAC Relays 1,500-meter invitational on Friday April 16 in a school-record time of 4:10.66. Follett lowered her already-impressive personal-best by more than four seconds in what turned into a duel with fellow Seattle-resident Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific. Pixler led for most of the race, before Follett passed her on the inside down the homestretch for the victory. Follett's time was the fastest by an American woman this year, and the second-fastest mark in the world. She took the NCAA lead by more than two seconds. The Fort Collins, Colorado native moved past UW legends such as Regina Joyce (PR of 4:12.84) and 2006 NCAA Champion Amy Lia (4:14.63), and broke the record of 4:10.93 held by 2003 grad Courtney Inman.
FOLLETT ADDED TO BOWERMAN AWARD WATCH LIST: Husky senior Katie Follett was added to The Bowerman women's watch list The Bowerman Women's Watch Committee announced on May 5. The award honors the top male and female athletes in collegiate track and field. Follett currently leads the NCAA in the 1,500-meters with a time of 4:10.66. The Bowerman is in its second year of existence and is awarded each year to the top male and female collegiate athletes in the sport, similar to college football's Heisman Trophy. Follett is now one of ten women in the NCAA on the main watch list, with another 23 athletes falling in the 'also receiving mention' category. The Fort Collins, Colo. native is the first Husky ever on the watch list, just a another in a long line of 'firsts' for Follett, who ran to the school-record in the 1,500-meters in a win at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17. Her time is the best in Division I by over two seconds and is the fifth-best in world this year. She earned Pac-10 Athlete of the Week honors for the performance. Earlier this season Follett posted her best NCAA finish as she placed second in the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships, earning the seventh All-America honor of her track and cross country career. She broke the UW mile record indoors as well, running 4:34.98, and was named West Region Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Follett's career accomplishments have been unprecedented at Washington. She is the first woman ever to earn three All-America honors in cross country, and set a record with four All-America awards in indoor track, giving her seven altogether. In 2008, she was the fourth finisher, 26th overall, on UW's NCAA Champion cross country team and was part of UW's historic 1-6 Pac-10 sweep that season as well. She just missed out on a third-straight Pac-10 title at 1,500-meters, coming from behind in Berkeley to fall just short by .04 seconds. Still, her 4:10.66 time ranks fourth in Pac-10 history at 1,500-meters. She ranks in UW's top-10 in seven different events with records in the mile, 1,500-meters, and distance medley relay.
ROTH REACHES RARE AIR: 2010 is more than a third of the way over, and Scott Roth remains the top American pole vaulter for the year. In a sport that lends itself easily to metaphor, Roth has taken an already impressive career to dizzying new heights this season, winning his first NCAA Championship indoors and leading the U.S. with his mark of 18-9 1/4 that he set in the Dempsey Indoor while winning the MPSF title. Roth came into 2010 with three All-America honors already to his credit. He won his first Pac-10 title with ease last season, and followed with a West Regional victory. Roth then finished as the runner-up at NCAA Outdoors to Jason Colwick of Rice and ended his season placing eighth at the U.S. Championships. Still, that season was essentially a comeback year following a year away from competition to heal a chronic back injury. Now in 2010 with a long stretch of training in the bank, Roth has continued his ascension. He was undefeated during the indoor season, including a win at the National Pole Vault Summit over Colwick. Roth and Colwick figured to battle at NCAA Indoors, and that came to fruition as they traded bars in Fayetteville, Ark. in March. This time around it was Roth who came out on top with a clutch third-attempt clearance of 18-4 1/4 to earn his first NCAA title. It was the fourth title for assistant coach Pat Licari who mentors Roth, as U.S. Olympian Brad Walker won back-to-back indoor vault titles in 2003 and 2004 and Kate Soma was victorious outdoors in 2005. Roth credits his father, Curt, a former vaulter himself, for starting his love of the sport, and Licari for taking him the rest of the way. So far this outdoor season Roth has been short of his personal-bests, but remains third in the NCAA with an 18-foot clearance. He certainly has the ability to overtake Walker's outdoor school-record of 18-6 1/2 before season's end.
CANADIANS LEAD JAVELIN CORPS: At the 2009 NCAA Championships, two Husky Canadians became All-Americans, as Kyle Nielsen placed sixth in the men's javelin and Brooke Pighin was seventh on the women's side. The coinciding achievement was no surprise to them as they'd spent the early part of their careers together in British Columbia training side by side with Nielsen's father as coach. This year both are again in the hunt for NCAA titles, but the javelin unit as a whole is on the rise with a number of talented freshmen in the mix. Joe Zimmerman out of Spokane is one of the top newcomers in the NCAA, and his top throw of 233-5 ranks 14th in the nation, and fourth in the NCAA among all freshmen. Zimmerman was the Washington State 4A Champion in 2009, and second-place went to Jimmy Brookman of Redmond, who has also thrown 213-feet this season. The three combined to score 11 points for the Huskies at the Pac-10 Championships, led by Nielsen's third-place effort behind the two NCAA leaders. Washington, Oregon, and BYU are the only schools with multiple javelin throwers in the top-20. Nielsen is currently fourth overall with a PR of 247-1, and he continues to close in on the school record of 249-6 set by Darryl Roberson back in 1989. Pighin is currently 12th on the NCAA list, and freshmen Ally Mueller and Jordin Seekins have both thrown 136-3 this season, which ties for seventh on the UW top-10 list with the new implement.
CAMPBELLS LOOKING TO PEAK FOR POSTSEASON: Two of Washington's most accomplished seniors will be finishing up their track careers in the coming weeks, hopefully with appearance in the finals of the NCAA Championships. And while Anita Campbell and Kailey Campbell are not related in the common sense, they each have played huge roles in UW's recent distance dominance, and both are now looking to round into form just in time for the championships season. Anita Campbell won the 2009 Pac-10 Champion at 10,000-meters, winning by over a full minute, then went on to place third at the NCAA Championships last year to earn her first track All-America honor. Campbell had exhausted her cross country and indoor track eligibility but came back for her final outdoor season. Unfortunately she had some aches and pains over the winter and has been working hard to reach her All-American form in time to make it to Eugene. She ran her first 10k since last year's NCAA meet at the Pac-10 Championships two weeks ago in Berkeley, and placed fourth in a time of 33:44.04, which was just four seconds off her PR. That time jumped her up to 11th in the West and sent her on to Austin. The Vancouver, B.C. native ranks in UW's top-10 in five events, was a two-time First Team All-Pac-10 runner in cross country and helped lead UW to the 2008 NCAA Cross Country title. Running slightly shorter distances, Kailey Campbell has also been battling back after an injury during the indoor season. Kailey made her first NCAA Outdoor Championships last year in the 1,500-meters, and also earned All-America honors indoors as part of UW's distance medley relay. She opened her outdoor season at Stanford with a time of 4:20.32 that secured her ticket to Austin, but Campbell is still working hard to get back to and surpass her PR of 4:18.43. Campbell made the Pac-10 final again and ran 4:21.02 in the final, her second-best mark of the year. She exhibited a new level of fitness in the fall, as she was one of UW's top-five cross country runners for the first time in her career, highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional meet.
NEW DAWGS MOVE INTO THE DEMPSEY: Washington's freshman class has provided a huge lift in a number of critical areas throughout both the indoor and outdoor seasons. London's James Alaka has made the biggest splash, as he has already staked his claim as UW's best short sprinter since 10-time All-American Ja'Warren Hooker. Alaka racked up 12 points on his own at his first Pac-10 Championships, taking third in both the 100- and 200-meters. His 10.32 100-meter season-best is fifth in school history, and he has also posted a wind-aided 10.22 that ranks him fifth in West. Joe Zimmerman is also heading to the NCAA first round in Austin in the javelin, as he ranks 14th in the nation with a season-best of 233-5, set in a fifth-place finish at Pac-10s. Close behind is Jimmy Brookman, who has tossed the spear 213-3 and will also make his NCAA debut in Austin. Zimmerman and Brookman went 1-2 at the Washington state meet as seniors. Shaniae Lakes of Richland, Wash. has immediately given the Huskies a boost in the triple jump, where she broke the freshman record with a mark of 41-0 1/4 that ranks third in school history. Newcomer Julian Bardwell has been the team's best long jumper outdoors, measuring 23-3 1/4. Illinoisan Lindsay Flanagan, the only freshman to run in UW's top-seven during the fall, took ninth in the 5k at MPSFs, running a time of 16:48.71 that ranks seventh in school history and then PR'd outdoors with a time of 16:38.21. Flanagan also competed on the U.S. Junior Team at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Tobago, finishing sixth overall and third among Team USA. Justine Johnson of British Columbia is coming off a breakthrough Pac-10 meet, where she cut seven seconds off her PR to run 4:24.57 and reach the final while punching her ticket to Austin. Johnson also came up less than a second shy of an NCAA Provisional mark in the mile indoors, as she ran 4:47.90 at the UW Final Qualifier. Newcomer Sarah Schireman of Everett has shown a ton of talent in the multis, and turned in the eighth-best heptathlon in school history at Pac-10s, scoring 4,623 points for ninth. Logan Miller of Reno, Nev. vaulted her way into the UW top-10 list indoors and out with a clearance of 12-9 1/2 at the UW Indoor Open and 12-6 1/4 outdoors at Pac-10s where she tied for eighth. A former 2A state champion, Shayne Moore of Blaine, Wash. shows great promise in the short hurdles as made the Pac-10 final, taking sixth after a 14.69 PR in the prelims. James Cameron, UW's top freshman during the cross country season, capped off his indoor season with an excellent mile time of 4:06.99. Freshman walk-on Dan Sanders leads the team in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.35, and Bryce Borer of Mercer Island cleared 16-feet in the vault indoors. Ally Mueller and Jordin Seekins, two rookie javelin throwers, have both tossed an identical 136-3, which ranks them seventh in UW history.
2010 INDOOR IN REVIEW: Another indoor track season is in the books, with Washington serving once again as a focal point for the entire sport with the series of meets at the Dempsey Indoor. But the story of UW's indoor campaign begins with junior pole vaulter Scott Roth, who captured the first individual NCAA track title for the Huskies since 2007. Roth was undefeated all season, and turned in the best clearance by an American man this year when he cleared 18-9 1/4 to win the MPSF Championships. Roth won his first national title at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas with a clearance of 18-4 1/4. His was one of three All-America honors achieved by the four Huskies that made it to Fayetteville. Senior Katie Follett had her best showing ever at a national meet, placing second in the mile run to earn her fourth indoor All-America honor. Sophomore Mel Lawrence was ninth in the 3,000-meter run to earn her first indoor honor. Junior Colton Tully-Doyle was one spot away from his first All-America award, as he took 12th in the 5,000-meter run. Roth's ten points helped the Husky men tie for 20th overall at NCAAs, while the women were in a tie for 28th. Follett and Tully-Doyle were the two record-setters indoors for the Dawgs. Follett smashed her own record in the mile, running 4:34.98 at the Husky Classic, while Tully-Doyle broke the school's 5k mark with a time of 13:48.86. All told, there were 26 new marks written into the UW indoor Top-10 list, and impressively, freshmen accounted for nine of them. The Dempsey again sent dozens if not hundreds of athletes to the NCAA Championships, as it dominated the descending order lists for every event from the mile to 5,000-meters. Looking at the Top-10 marks in the mile, 3,000m, and 5,000m, 20 of the 30 best times came from the Dempsey on the men's side, while 14 of the top-30 times on the women's side were posted on the Dempsey oval. At the MPSF Championships, the indoor conference meet for UW and many other Pac-10 squads, the Husky men took ninth while the women placed eighth. Roth won the pole vault title while Lawrence captured the 3k.
HEAD COACH Greg Metcalf: Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf is in the midst of his eighth season as head of Washington's track and field program, and his 13th year overall on the staff, and remains the driving force behind UW's rise to national prominence. Metcalf, also the head cross country coach, led the women's cross country team to the National Championship in 2008, the first team title for a UW track program. The women went undefeated and Metcalf earned Pac-10 and National Coach of the Year honors. This past fall the women were third at NCAAs and Metcalf repeated as the Pac-10's top coach. The men's cross country squad has also reached NCAAs in five of the past seven years with three Top-20 finishes since 2006. The track and field squads have also enjoyed a prolonged period of unprecedented success the past several years. The men have finished in the Top-25 at eight of the last nine NCAA Championship meets, including consecutive Top-10 indoor finishes in 2007 and 2008. At the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the men placed 20th while the women were 19th. At the end of the year, Washington was one of six programs to place both its men's and women's teams in the 2008-09 USTFCCCA Program of the Year Top-10 standings, which measures combined NCAA Championship results across cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. Men's track also won the MPSF Championships in both 2006 and 2007, and Metcalf was named conference coach of the year on both occasions. The women have also had five Top-25 NCAA finishes since 2005, and sent three team members to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1500-meters. Husky track and field individuals in Metcalf's tenure have combined for seven NCAA titles, 16 Pac-10 crowns and 164 NCAA Championships appearances, while breaking school records on 72 separate occasions. In addition to their athletic prowess, Metcalf's teams have been among the brightest at a school renowned for its high academic standards. His teams are eight-time recipients of the USTFCCCA All-Academic honor, including the men's team being named the 2008 Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year, and six UW individuals have earned Academic All-America. Washington is the second head coaching position for Metcalf, who served in 1996-97 as the head cross country and assistant track coach at Auburn University. A four-time Academic All-Pac-10 honoree at Washington, Metcalf earned All-American honors at the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Championships. His best collegiate mark of 8:41.17 ranks fourth all-time among Husky steeplers. He also was a steeple finalist in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials.