Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Washington rockets to top ten in latest USTFCCCA indoor poll...

NEW ORLEANS--Once again, Katie Flood (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) has a hand in elevating the Washington Huskies up the charts in the eyes of the voters of the USTFCCCA national indoor track & field polls.

Thanks to her scintillating 4:28.8 1600 leg on Friday night that led the UW distance medley relay team to a new MPSF championship meet, Dempsey Indoor facility, UW school record, and a 2012 NCAA national leading mark of 10:55.01, the Huskies are ranked #10 in the latest USTFCCCA national polls released Tuesday.

Washington is the biggest mover in the polls, rocketing to the ten spot all the way from #23, helped not only by the DMR squad, but also by marks from Megan Goethals and Christine Babcock in the 3000, and pole vaulter Logan Miller.

The Huskies are one of four teams that competed in the MPSF meet ranked in the top ten.

Oregon remains #1 in the national poll, with California moving 11 spots up to #8, and BYU moving to #9 from #14.

Two MPSF teams are just outside the top ten, as Stanford is #11, and Arizona is #13.

In the men's national polls, Arkansas fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the latest USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings. Two-time defending national champions Florida took over the nation’s top spot.

The USTFCCCA release is available here.


In the middle of an extremely busy conference championship weekend, University of Kansas junior Andrea Geubelle, a graduate of Curtis HS near Tacoma, jumped a national leading mark of 44-7 (13.59m) in winning the Big 12 conference title in College Station, Texas.

Geubelle also finished second in the long jump with a mark of 20-3.5 (6.18m).

Results from the Big 12 conference meet are available here (click on event).

Finally, USA Track & Field announced in a release Tuesday its roster for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Based on their 1-2 finish in Sunday's pole vault competition, former Huskies Brad Walker and Scott Roth, and the fact that they both own the "A" standard in their event, both will head to Istanbul.

Seattle resident and UW alum Norris Frederick, the third place finisher in Sunday's long jump competition, will not be on the team, as he didn't have the standard, despite winner Ashton Eaton's decision to forego the long jump in favor of the heptathlon.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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