Husky Women’s Relay Takes NCAA Lead at UW Invitational

Courtesy: Michael Bruscas, Washington Sports Information

January 31, 2009   

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SEATTLE – Junior All-American Katie Follett ran a blistering final leg of the women’s distance medley relay, leading the Huskies to an NCAA Automatic qualifying mark to highlight the first night of the UW Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor. The UW women’s DMR, comprised of freshman Christine Babcock, junior Falesha Ankton, junior Kailey Campbell, and Follett, are now the NCAA leaders.

The first night of the two day meet featured mostly heptathlon and pentathlon competitions, but ended with dramatic performances in the 5,000-meter runs and the distance medley relays. Each of the final races featured an NCAA Automatic mark, culminating with Washington running a school-record 11:05.80 in the DMR. After the first two legs, BYU opened a large gap with Stanford in second and the Huskies running third, but Ballad High’s Campbell closed the gap on the 800-meter leg, running a 2:08 split. She handed off to Follett who passed Stanford early on and continued tracking down BYU, eventually pulling past the Cougar on the final turn. Follett’s 1600-meter leg was approximately 4-minutes, 34-seconds.

“I just tried to keep my eyes up and looking ahead at the BYU runner,” said Follett. “Coming around on the last lap, with about 200-meters to go I thought I’d be able to catch her so I just said okay let’s turn on the jets. It’s a really great feeling that my starting point this season is already better than my PR from last year. That’s a testament to our workouts and everyone is in really good shape right now.”

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