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Women's Track/XC Ranked No. 3 Program Of The Year



The Huskies had top-25 finishes in all three NCAA Championships this academic year.

Fresh off a program-best finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Husky women's track and field and cross country program was today ranked an impressive third in the final Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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Greg Metcalf

 

Head Coach

Over the past 19 years, Greg Metcalf has come to epitomize Washington cross country and track. A product of Ephrata, Wash. near the center of the state, Metcalf made his mark as a Husky All-American distance runner from 1990-93. His boundless passion for the sport led him into coaching, and soon he was back at his alma mater working with the distance program.

On Aug. 13, 2002, having served five years as assistant coach, Metcalf was named Washington's 12th head track and field coach, and just the fifth since Clarence "Hec" Edmundson took the helm in 1919.

An energetic presence, Metcalf immediately installed a new set of expectations that the team has already taken steps towards reaching. NCAA championships are the goal, and Metcalf's successes thus far have been nothing short of remarkable.

Metcalf's work with the men's and women's cross country teams have developed each into national contenders in recent years, with historic finishes for each team over the past four seasons, highlighted by an undefeated season for the 2008 women's team and the program's first NCAA title.

The 2008 Husky women's cross country team rewrote the history books, racing to the school's first National Championship in dominating fashion. The Huskies moved up to the No. 1 ranking for the first time ever one race into the season, and held it throughout the year. The women stunned the cross country world with a sweep of the top six spots at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, recording the first perfect score in conference history while going against No. 2 ranked Oregon on its home course, no less. Washington went on to win Regionals and NCAA's by 52 points.

Metcalf and his team racked up the awards and accolades during the 2008 season, starting with a staggering five All-America awards for senior Amanda Miller, junior Katie Follett, sophomore Mel Lawrence, and freshmen Christine Babcock and Kendra Schaaf. Schaaf was the Pac-10 individual champion, UW's first in 26 years, and was named Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, while Babcock was Newcomer of the Year, and Washington monopolized six of the seven spots on the All-Pac-10 First Team. Metcalf was named the USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year as well as Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

The women had a stellar showing in 2009 as an encore performance to their national title. Ranked No. 1 for much of the season, Washington ran to third at the NCAA Championships, with Schaaf crossing the line second overall to tie the best finish in UW history. Schaaf was once again named Pac-10 Athlete of the Year and was a finalist for the Honda Award. The women defended their Pac-10 and West Regional titles, and Schaaf, Follett, Lawrence, and Babcock all earned All-America honors once again.

The women's cross country squad has now reached the NCAA Championships in 11 of Metcalf's 13 seasons, including eight top-20 finishes. The UW men, meanwhile, have competed for national titles five times in the past seven years, including consecutive 18th-place finishes in each of the past two seasons and a 12th-place finish in 2006. The 2009 men's team ran to the team title at the Notre Dame Invitational, as well as a fifth-place Pre-National finish and a fourth-place finish at West Regionals that matched the best finish for UW since 1994.

Metcalf also continues to direct a renaissance of the track and field program, with the past four seasons ranking among the greatest in Washington's storied history. In 2009, the USTFCCCA began new Program of the Year standings to measure combined success at the cross country, indoor, and outdoor NCAA meets, and Washington was one of just six programs to have both its men and women place in the Top-10. The women were ninth overall and the men placed 10th. Between the indoor and outdoor meets, the Huskies had All-Americans in the sprints, mid-distances, long distances, throws, vault, and multis. At NCAA Outdoors, the men earned their fourth-straight Top-25 finish, placing 20th, and the women's 19th-place finish was their fourth time in the Top-25 in six seasons.

Lawrence broke the Pac-10 record in the steeplechase, finishing third at NCAA's, and Campbell also placed third at nationals in the 10k. Senior Austin Abbott broke longstanding school records in the mile and 1500-meters, and earned his sixth career All-America award with a seventh-place finish at NCAA's in the 1500m. The Dawgs also took home an impressive five individual Pac-10 titles for the first time since 1998. Follett repeated her 1500m title, becoming the first Husky woman ever to win back-to-back Pac-10 titles.

In 2008, the men's team scored its most points at the NCAA Outdoor meet since 1983, finishing 16th. That marked the fourth-consecutive NCAA meet where the UW men placed in the Top-20, something that had not happened since 1978-79. The men racked up eight All-American honors indoors and out.

The Husky women's distance runners carried their fall success in 2007 over to the track. Follett, Amanda Miller, and Michelle Turner all finished in the Top-10 in the mile run at 2008 NCAA Indoors, all earning All-America honors. Washington was the only school to have three All-Americans in one event. Follett then proceeded to win the Pac-10 1500-meter title, the first by a UW woman on the track since 2001. Turner followed that up by winning the NCAA West Region title at 1500-meters, and Miller capped off her track career with her fourth All-American award, placing 11th in the 1500m at NCAA Outdoors.

In 2007, Washington's men earned all-time best finishes at both the NCAA Indoor (7th) and NCAA Outdoor (15th) Track and Field Championships, while half-miler Ryan Brown captured his second NCAA 800-meter title and led 10 total Huskies to top-10 NCAA Championships finishes. Washington's men also earned their second-straight MPSF Indoor conference title, placed among the top-four teams at the NCAA West Regional for the second-straight year and handed cross-state rival Washington State its worst Husky Stadium defeat in 85 years.

Metcalf was recognized for his coaching excellence in 2007 with his second-straight MPSF's Men's Coach of the Year honor, and was honored by his coaching peers as the 2007 West Region Indoor Men's Coach of the Year.

All that came on the heels of a 2006 season in which two UW distance runners won NCAA track titles, while an additional 17 Huskies earned All-America honors. That total of 19 All-Americans was a UW record -- in fact, the past four seasons rank as the four most prolific in UW history in terms of All-America honors earned, with a combined 81 All-America honors since 2005. Husky track stars have combined for six NCAA individual titles in Metcalf's tenure.

The wins by Ryan Brown (800m) and Amy Lia (1,500m) at the 2006 NCAA Championships were truly representative of Metcalf's coaching prowess. A former walk-on who competed just one year of high school track, Brown blossomed under Metcalf's tutelage into a two-time Pac-10, two-time Regional and two-time NCAA Champion, and won nine-career All-America honors.

Lia, meanwhile, developed into one of the nation's premier distance runners, placing 55th at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships and earning back-to-back All-America honors in the 1,500 meters in 2005 and 2006. Her time of 4:14.63 in the 2006 NCAA final was seventh-best in Pac-10 history, and the fastest in the nation during the 2006 college season.

In all, Metcalf's distance runners have earned three NCAA track titles, 12 Pac-10 titles, 55 All-America awards, 140 NCAA Championships bids and 26 school records in his 12-plus years with the program.

Another indication of Metcalf's success lies in how his athletes have performed in the professional and international ranks.

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials featured several Husky distance runners in action, including the trio of Follett, Miller, and Turner, who all competed in the 1500-meters alongside new freshman Christine Babcock. Ryan Brown advanced into the semifinals of the 800-meter run, and former Husky assistant coach Kelly Strong, coached by Metcalf, ran in the steeplechase. 2007 graduate Mike Sayenko bettered the Olympic "A" qualifying standard in his first-ever marathon race in 2006, competed at the trials, and has since placed 14th overall in the 2009 New York City Marathon. In all, nine Washington track athletes from Metcalf's tenure competed at the U.S. Trials.

Brown took his career to another level in the summer of 2009, as he placed third at the USATF National Championships at 800-meters to make Team USA and compete at his first ever World Championships. Brown ran in the qualifying rounds in Berlin and continues to train with Metcalf and the rest of the current Huskies.

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 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honor, including the men's track team being named the 2008 Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year, and the 2008 women's cross country national champs also earning USTFCCCA Scholar Team of the Year. 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. His Tiger athletes accumulated four All-America awards and seven NCAA Championship berths. Additionally, he coached the Auburn men to second at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Metcalf received a bachelor's degree in geography from UW in 1993 and completed necessary coursework for a master's of science in exercise physiology at Auburn.

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.

  • Led the women's cross country team to its first National Championship in school history in 2008, and back-to-back Pac-10 Championships in 2008 and 2009, winning with the first perfect score in conference history in `08. Named 2008 National Coach of the Year at season's end.
  • 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 and field has finished in the Top-20 at the past five of the past six NCAA Championships, and in 2008 the Huskies scored their most points at NCAAs in 25 years.
  • The 2008 men's track and field team, and the 2008 women's cross country team were both named National Scholar Team of the Year by the USTFCCCA for having the highest combination of athletic and academic success.
  • Metcalf's distance runners have combined for three individual NCAA track titles, 12 Pac-10 titles, 55 All-America awards, 140 NCAA Championship bids and 26 school records in 12 years with the program.
  • Two-Time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year.

Jason Drake

 

Assistant Coach, Distances

Veteran distance coach Jason Drake joined the Washington staff in the summer of 2009, bringing more than a decade of experience coaching and recruiting many of the country's best runners. Drake will work with head coach Greg Metcalf in developing the men's and women's distance programs, in addition to numerous other functions designed to continue the advancement of the Washington track and field program.

Some of the projects Drake will spearhead in addition to regular coaching and recruiting duties include home meet management, implementation of Husky track and field and cross country camps, alumni relations, and fundraising with a goal of obtaining a new outdoor track facility.

Drake served the past seven years as the head distance coach at Washington State, serving as assistant distance coach in charge of the Cougars cross country program the first two seasons before being officially named cross country head coach in 2004. Prior to that Drake began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Colorado, where he was an assistant distance coach from 1995-2002 and also served as recruiting coordinator during the final three years of his stint.

Some of Drake's achievements at WSU included leading the men's cross country squad to the NCAA Championships in 2006, its first national meet appearance in eight years and just the second since 1984. Drake mentored Haley Paul to a program-record 14th-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships and All-America honors. Three more Cougars earned All-American honors on the track under Drake, and Sara Trané won consecutive Pac-10 steeplechase titles in 2007 and 2008. He also coached freshman Joe Abbott to the U.S. Junior 800m title in 2009.

Drake's time at Colorado coincided with one of the most successful runs by any distance program over the past twenty years. The men's team won the NCAA title in 2001, following a runner-up finish in 2000. The Colorado women were team champs in 2000 as well as runners-up in 1995. Both team titles were achieved by athletes recruited and coached in part by Drake under head coach Mark Wetmore. On an individual level, Drake worked with All-Americans Lesley Higgins (second in mile at NCAA Indoor), Steve Slattery (second in steeplechase at NCAA Outdoor), and Sara Gorton (fourth in 5k at NCAA Outdoors).

Born in Aberdeen, S.D., Drake's prep career at Campbell County High School, in Gillette, Wyoming, included seven state titles. He then moved on to Colorado, running middle distance events on the track and for the cross country squad. Drake earned All-America honors as a member of CU's 1994 indoor distance medley relay team and also garnered several Academic All-Big Eight Conference accolades while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental conservation.

In 1999, Drake founded the Colorado Elite Track Club, a nonprofit club for post-collegiate female middle and long distance runners. The club was home for several world-class runners including Shayne Culpepper (2000 Olympic team 1500m and two World Cross Country teams), Janet Trujillo (2002 World Cross Country team and fifth place in 2001 USATF 1500m Outdoor Championships), and Sarah Toland (2002 World Cross Country team).

Pat Licari

 

Assistant Coach, Vault/Jumps/Multi

Thirteen years into Pat Licari's tenure at Washington, and the veteran coach continues to churn out All-Americans on a yearly basis.

Over the past 12 seasons, Licari has developed some of the nation's premier pole vaulters, including one Olympian, two NCAA champions, three Pac-10 champions and eight different All-Americans.

2009 saw sophomore Scott Roth take another step to become one of the best vaulters in the NCAA and the country at any level. Roth won his first Pac-10 Championship with a lifetime-best clearance of 18-4 ½ and followed that with a West Regional title. He then went on to place second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn his third All-America honor. Roth's fantastic summer ended with an eighth-place finish at the U.S. Track Championships.

Licari's successes last season stretched far beyond Roth. In fact, Roth was just one of a trio of Husky men that cleared 17-6 in the vault. Senior Jared O'Connor went over 17-7 and made the NCAA Outdoor final for the second year in a row, while junior Ryan Vu had a big breakthrough, PRing by a foot at the UW-WSU dual and making his first Regionals.

Still, the best story from 2009 may have been Andrea Peterson on the women's side. Peterson brought a personal-best of 12-8 into her senior season, but made Regionals for the first time in her final year, and then at the Regional meet she PR'd by seven inches, clearing 13-9 ¾ to take second and make her first NCAA meet. That clearance was the second-best in school history.

The 2008 season brought similar surprise successes. Indoors, senior Kelley DiVesta continued to improve all the way through her final national meet, as she set a lifetime-best at NCAA Indoors of 13-9 ¼ to earn her first All-American honor. In one of the year's best moments, Jared O'Connor raised his PR by nearly a foot at the final two outdoor meets, winning the NCAA West Regional title and then finishing in a tie for second at the NCAA Championships.

In 2007, Husky fans used to watching the nation's top vaulters were treated to the emergence of freshman Scott Roth under Licari's guidance. Roth picked up All-American honors both indoors (11th) and outdoors (8th), and captured gold at the 2007 Pan-American Junior Athletics Championships in São Paulo, Brazil. Roth's best indoor jump of 18-1 ¾ broke the UW freshman indoor record set by Olympian and World Champion Brad Walker.

Licari guided Walker to back-to-back NCAA indoor titles in 2003 and 2004, and a collegiate-best clearance of 19-0 1/4 that is a Pac-10 record, and the sixth-best mark ever by a collegiate vaulter. Licari continues to train Walker during the latter's professional career, guiding the former Husky to gold medals at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, as well as five U.S. National titles, most recently in 2009, the same meet where Roth took eighth. In June of 2008, Walker cleared 19-9 ¾ at the Prefontaine Classic to break the American record which had stood for eight years. Walker would go on to represent the U.S.A. at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Washington in 2005 became the first school in America to qualify four women's vaulters for the NCAA Championships, doing so both indoors and out. Senior Kate Soma won the NCAA title outdoors -- Licari's third NCAA champion in as many years -- and was the national runner-up indoors, earning the fourth and fifth All-America honors of her collegiate career.

Carly Dockendorf (sixth outdoors) and Ashley Wildhaber (fifth indoors) also earned All-America honors at the NCAA meet, while Stevie Marshalek and Kelley DiVesta each earned NCAA Championships berths. Dockendorf was a converted gymnast who climbed into the top-10 in Canadian history after less than one full calendar year of work with Licari and continues to compete professionally.

All five women's vaulters topped the 13-foot mark -- a feat never before accomplished by any women's collegiate vault unit -- while Soma's collegiate-best vault of 14-3 1/2 ranks seventh in collegiate history.

Licari has also had great success with his jumpers. In 2009, freshman Kelly McNamee emerged in the high jump, placing 12th at the NCAA Indoor meet as the top finishing freshman. Freshman Jeremy Taiwo also showed the most skill in the multi-events that UW has seen in many years, and earned his first All-America honor indoors in the heptathlon, then placing third in the Pac-10 decathlon and qualifying for nationals.

In 2008, Norris Frederick completed one of the greatest careers of any Husky in any event. Frederick was the only athlete in the NCAA who was an All-American in both the long jump and high jump, and he did that both indoors and out. The four All-American honors brought Frederick's career total to nine, tied for second-most ever at Washington. Frederick also set personal-bests in both events, and his 26-foot, 7 ¾-inch long jump to win the MPSF title was a school record. He went on to compete in the Olympic Trials.

In 2005, J.R. Wolfork was an NCAA long jumper qualifier and Frederick and Warren Eickhoff became the first Husky duo to top seven feet in the high jump since 1989.

Walker won his first of two-straight Pac-10 titles in 2002, was runner-up at the NCAA Championships, and placed sixth at the U.S. Senior Nationals.

In all, Licari's athletes have combined for three NCAA titles, five Pac-10 titles, and 27 All-America awards during his 12 years at UW.

Raul Sheen

 

Assistant Coach, Sprints/Hurdles/Relays

Second-year coach Raul Sheen continues to establish himself at Washington, fleshing out a sprints and hurdles crew that remains young but is becoming deeper and more well-rounded each season. Sheen joined the Husky staff in the fall of 2008 following a one-year stint at Long Beach State where he was named the 2008 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

In his first season as a Husky, Sheen helped lay some groundwork while also seeing successes on the national stage. Senior Jordan Boase wrapped up his exceptional career with a fifth All-America award in the 400-meters as he placed third at the NCAA Indoor meet and outdoors won Pac-10 and West Regional titles at the distance.

The men's 4x100m relay brought back just one of the four legs responsible for UW's Pac-10 title in 2008, but the reconstituted group came through with a season-best at Regionals to earn a spot at NCAAs. It marked the first NCAA appearance for seniors Kenjamine Jackson and Randy Bacon. Junior Jeff Gudaitis ran on the relay and also reached the NCAA meet in the 400-meters with a fourth-place Regional finish despite being seeded just 13th entering the meet.

The women were dominated by freshmen, but junior Falesha Ankton made it back to West Regionals in the 100m hurdles, and the women's 4x100m relay was a highlight after the UW women did not even compete in the relays at Pac-10s the year before Sheen arrived. Featuring two freshmen, one sophomore, and one junior, the 4x1 posted the sixth-best time in school history and scored at the conference meet.

Sheen's sprinters had a remarkable amount of success during his one year at Long Beach State in 2008. Brent Gray earned All-America honors in the 200-meter dash with a 5th-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the West Regional meet. Gray was named the 2008 Big West Track Athlete of the Year, and also won the MPSF 200m Championship at Washington's own Dempsey Indoor in a facility record time of 20.93 seconds.

All told, four of Sheen's sprinters qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past spring, competing in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. Sheen's athletes won 10 Big West Conference titles to lead Long Beach State to the team championship. He also guided LBSU's sprint medley relay to a victory at the prestigious Drake Relays.

A native of Rupert, Idaho, Sheen was a four-year member of the Idaho State University track and field team, then served as assistant coach in charge of sprints and relays from 2005-07. During that time he led the Bengal women's team to its first ever Big Sky Conference Championship in 2007, as well as the 2006 Indoor Big Sky title for the men. His athletes won six conference titles, and garnered 25 All-Big Sky Conference honors.

Sheen received his bachelor's degree from in physical education from Idaho State in 2002, and followed that up at ISU with a master's in athletic administration in 2003. While completing his studies, Sheen was a graduate assistant at Idaho State. That was followed by one year as a volunteer assistant at the University of New Mexico, before Sheen returned to ISU on a full-time basis in 2005.

Audra Smith

 

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Audra Smith is in her first year as the University of Washington's Track and Cross County Strength and Conditioning Coach. She stepped into this roll in the fall of 2010 after a year as a full time assistant working with Washington's multi-event athletes.

Smith excelled in the multi-events at Idaho State, taking second at the 2007 Big Sky Conference Championships with a score of 5,085 points. She also ran on the 4x100m relay team that won the Big Sky title. Furthermore, aside from her heptathlon work, Smith was second in the 100m hurdles and also scored in the 100-meters, 200-meters, and javelin. Her efforts played a major role in the ISU women winning the 2007 conference title, the first ever for the school.

Smith went on to West Regionals in 2007 with the relay team and took fifth-place in Eugene. She was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team after her senior season.

In total Smith was named to the All-Big Sky team six times in her two years at Idaho State.

She transferred to Idaho State from Central Arizona College, where she finished fifth in the National Junior College Athletics Association Championships in the heptathlon.

T.J. Crater

 

Assistant Coach, Throws

T.J. Crater begins his first year on the Washington staff, bringing a long list of accomplishments back to his home state to take over the storied Husky throws program. Crater's successes at every level have seen him rise quickly through the coaching ranks, and his passion for teaching the sport and familiarity with the Pacific Northwest makes him a natural fit at the University of Washington.

A native of East Wenatchee, Washington, Crater got his coaching start at Central Washington University, earning national honors, before moving on to the D-I level at the University of Nevada, and then on to the throws coach at Penn State University, where for the last three years he helped numerous Nittany Lions to NCAA podium finishes, while also coaching world-class professional shot putter Ryan Whiting, a finalist at the 2011 World Track & Field Championships.

In Crater's three seasons at Penn State, his athletes combined for 11 All-America honors and five Big Ten Conference titles. Three of Crater's throwers earned third-place finishes in their events at either the NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championships, and under Crater's watch, twenty new marks were written into the Penn State Top-10 outdoor records or Top-5 indoor lists.

In 2011, Penn State had two senior shot putters among the nine finalists at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Joe Kovacs took third overall with a best of 62-2 ¼ and Blake Eaton was ninth at 60-9 ¼. Earlier in the spring, Eaton had won his second straight Big Ten title, with Kovacs taking second. In 2010 it was Eaton who was third at the NCAA Outdoor meet in the shot put, and at NCAA Indoors in 2010, again it was Kovacs who placed third overall, while Eaton was eighth.

On the women's side, Karlee McQuillen captured the Big Ten javelin title in 2011, and three more Nittany Lion javelin throwers would place third, fifth, and seventh behind her. McQuillen and freshman Laura Loht would both advance to the NCAA Outdoor meet, placing 10th and 15th, respectively. In 2010, McQuillen was third in the javelin at NCAAs, throwing a season-best 171-2.

During Crater's first season, Tanner Evak won the Big Ten men's javelin title, and Emma Schmelzer earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championship honors, by virtue of scoring 21 individual points with second-place finishes in the discus and hammer, and a fourth-place effort in the shot. Kim Hanslovan set the women's school record in the javelin at 178-4 and advanced to nationals.

Prior to Penn State, Crater spent the 2007-08 season at the University of Nevada. That year was highlighted by his work with Inger Appanaitis, who placed 13th in the javelin at the 2008 NCAA Championships, the best finish ever by a Nevada thrower, and then went on to place 18th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. Appanaitis also won the WAC javelin title and scored in all four throwing events at conference to finish as the High Point Winner for the championship. She hit the West Regional marks in all four events. Sophomore Constance McAlman also was a West Regional qualifier in the discus and hammer throw, placing top-12 in both.

Crater's coaching career got its start at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, where he spent four seasons. At Central, Crater was named the 2007 USTFCCCA Division II National Men's Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year after also winning the West Region honor. Crater coached 10 NCAA qualifiers who combined for 30 national qualifying performances. He also coached nine All-Americans at the Division II level and 12 Great Northwest Athletic Conference individual champions. His throwers helped power CWU to the 2007 GNAC title.

Crater helped Cameron Neel to five All-America honors and eight GNAC titles at Central Washington. Neel was named NCAA West Region Athlete of the Year in 2007. His athletes set eight conference records.

A four-year letterwinner for the University of Idaho from 1998-2002, Crater was a five-time All-Big West Conference performer, earning the distinction three times in the hammer throw and twice in the shot put. Crater also hit the NCAA qualifying standard in the weight throw indoors in 2002.

Crater attended Eastmont High in East Wenatchee and received his Bachelor's degree from Idaho with a double major in forest resources administration and forest products timber harvesting. Crater and his wife, Shery, welcomed their first daughter, Baylee, in December of 2010.

Lauren Denfeld

 

Assistant Track Coach

Lauren Denfeld enters into her first season on the Washington staff, joining the Huskies from Oregon State where she helped revitalize the Beavers program as a student-athlete and a coach. Denfeld will work with Washington head coach Greg Metcalf and assistant Jason Drake to mentor the Husky distance runners.

"We are incredibly excited to add Lauren Denfeld to our coaching staff," said Metcalf upon her hiring. "Lauren is the perfect fit for our program. She is a young, intelligent, ambitious, and hard-working young woman. Lauren is full of limitless potential and I am excited to watch her career grow from here. Her primary responsibility will be to work daily with our young athletes, and help to build our track and field program as a whole."

A native of Bend, Oregon, Denfeld was one of the original members of the women's track and cross country program when it was reinstated in 2004. She became just the second runner in the modern era of Oregon State track to qualify for the NCAA West Regional Championships, where she ran in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2007 and 2008.

Denfeld was then brought back on the OSU bandwagon in August 2009 by head coach Kelly Sullivan, to help continue the program's progress. Last season with Denfeld in the fold, the OSU women's cross country squad finished ninth at the West Regional Championships, matching the program's best finish since reinstatement. Four Beavers advanced to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds on the track with freshman Sandra Martinez placing 18th in the 5,000-meter run and sophomore Casey Masterson taking 23rd at 1,500-meters.

During her time as a student-athlete at Oregon State, Denfeld set the school record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase, breaking it several times, before registering the final mark of 10:38.28 in her final season. Not only does she hold the record, she was also the first woman to ever compete in the event in school history during her rookie season in 2005. She also holds the school record for the 2,000-meter steeplechase.

In the classroom, Denfeld earned the program's first CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Second Team honor, as well as multiple Pac-10 All-Academic First Team awards for track. She also was a recipient of a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship.

Denfeld graduated from Oregon State in 2008, earning her bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus in marketing and a minor in Spanish.

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