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Howard Lao
Position: Sprints/Hurdles
Year: Senior
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
High School: Cleveland
Experience: 2 Letters
2014: Ran a full season for the Dawgs in the high hurdles ranking second on the team in the 110m hurdles and 60m hurdles indoors … outdoors, ran a wind-aided 14.79 seconds in the 110m hurdles at the Washington Open, and had a wind-legal best of 14.82 to finish fifth in the Trojan Invitational … sixth in the hurdles at the UW-WSU Dual and eighth in the 100m … indoors, was 10th in the MPSF Championships in the 60m hurdles, clocking 8.15 seconds, a season-best … made four finals in the 60m hurdles, taking fifth at the UW Indoor Preview, third at the UW Invitational, seventh at the New Mexico Classic, and fifth at the Husky Classic.

2013: 
Perhaps the most-improved Husky on the squad, as he slashed his PRs indoors and outdoors and was a factor at both conference meets … outdoors, ran the 110m hurdles at Pac-12s for the first time, clocking 14.73 seconds to just miss the final, finishing 10th … helped the Huskies to an upset sweep of the Cougars in the Dual meet 110m hurdles, placing third in a PR of 14.63 seconds … 14.73 was a magic number, however, as he ran that time on four occasions outdoors … indoors, took 0.38 seconds off of his 60m hurdles PR, clocking a best of 8.08 seconds in the UW Final Qualifier which jumped him into the Husky top-10 list in a tie for seventh … he finished fifth in the 60m hurdles at the MPSF Championships, running a then-PR of 8.15.

2012: Competed at just two meets during the year, running the 60m hurdles at the first two indoor meets of the season ... third in the hurdles final at the UW Indoor Preview, running 8.55 ... also ran 8.57 seconds in the finals of the UW Invitational, placing third.

2011: Ran the short hurdles for the Huskies in his first season, completing a full season indoors and out ... outdoors, had a wind-aided best in the 110-meter hurdles of 15.00 seconds at the Oregon Relays, placing fifth ... fifth in the 110m hurdles at the UW-WSU dual in 15.52 into a stiff headwind ... won the 110m hurdles race at the Ken Shannon Invite, in a time of 15.21 seconds ... best 100m dash time was 11.17 at the Oregon Relays ... indoors, top 60m hurdles time was 8.46 seconds at the Husky Classic, placing 14th ... had a solid 60-meter dash of 7.08 seconds in the UW Final Qualifier.

High School and Personal: Born in Clackamas, Oregon ... mother is Jinke Kuang and father is Jia Liang Lao ... father was a swimmer and won the 1980 Guangzhou, China city championship ... won the Oregon 5A State Championship in the 110-meter hurdles as a senior, clocking a personal-best time of 14.32 seconds ... followed that up with a high hurdles win at the BorderDuel Track Classic ... also took fourth at state in the 100-meter dash as a senior and was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles ... won district titles in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles and was second in the 100m dash as a senior ... won 110m hurdle district title all four years ... third at state in the 100m hurdles as a junior and fourth in the 300m hurdles in a PR of 40.61 seconds ... named 2010 Portland Interscholastic League Athlete of the Meet ... won the 2010 Junior Olympic Regional 110m hurdles title and went on to place seventh at Nationals in Sacramento ... also lettered in soccer in 2010 ... a four-time scholar athlete, graduated with a 3.4 GPA.

Major Meets
2013 MPSF - 5th, 60m Hurdles
2013 Pac-12 - 10th, 110m Hurdles
2014 MPSF - 10th, 60m Hurdles

Outdoor Bests
100m.......11.17
110m Hurdles.......14.63

Indoor Bests
60m.......7.07
60m Hurdles.......8.08
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