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2013: Brought his Husky career to a close by reaching the NCAA Outdoors final site for the fourth year in a row, earning All-America honorable mention in both the 200-meters and the 4x100-meter relay … at NCAAs, ran 20.97 in the 200m semis to finish 23rd overall … ran the second leg on the 4x100m relay which took 20th overall at NCAAs in 40.32 seconds … the relay qualified for nationals with a time of 40.03 seconds at NCAA West Prelims in Austin, Texas … grabbed the 12th and final spot to the final site in the 200-meters with a 21.08 time in Austin, battling through a hamstring issue … made a fourth-straight Pac-12 final at 100-meters, finishing sixth in the final in 10.35 seconds … matched his 100m PR in the Pac-12 prelim, with a wind-aided 10.22 … unable to win a third-straight Pac-12 200m title, finishing ninth in 21.13 … also helped the 4x100m relay to fourth at Pac-12s and the 4x400m relay to a fifth-place finish … swept the UW-WSU Dual titles at 100m and 200m for the fourth straight year … season-best 200-meters time of 20.96 seconds at the Mt. SAC Relays … helped the 4x400m relay to its best time in five years at the Stanford Invite, running 3:09.38 … indoors, ran a best 60m time of 6.81 seconds and helped the 4x400m relay take fourth at the MPSF Championships.
2012: Sucessfully defended his Pac-12 title at 200-meters, becoming the first ever Husky sprinter to win back-to-back conference titles ... won the Pac-12 title in a PR of 20.45 seconds, moving him up to third on the Husky top-10 list ... also ran a career-best in the 100m dash final at Pac-12s, placing second in 10.22, putting him second in school history ... advanced to the NCAA final site in the 100-meters, 200-meters, and on the 4x100-meter relay, earning All-America honorable mention in all three ... raced six times at NCAA West Prelims in Austin to advance to Iowa in three events ... matched his 100m best in the NCAA quarterfinals, running 10.22 to move on, and ran 20.61 in the quarters of the 200m to move on to Des Moines ... ran the second leg on the 4x100m relay, which ran a season-best 39.98 in Austin to get the 12th and final qualifying spot to Iowa ... ran on the 4x400m relay as well, which was 21st at West Prelims in 3:11.73 ... the 4x100m relay also took fourth at Pac-12s in 40.43 seconds, and the 4x400m relay was ... was not at his best in the NCAA semifinals, finishing 21st overall in the 100m in 10.34 and 24th overall in the 200m, pulling up late in 21.24 ... won all three events he raced in at the UW-WSU Dual, winning the 100m (10.34), the 200m (20.89), and the 4x100m relay (40.23) ... was second at the Pepsi Team Invite in the 100m in 10.36 seconds and in the 200m in 20.90 seconds ... indoors, ran a top 60m dash time of 6.83 seconds at the Husky Classic ... was seventh in the 60m at the MPSF Championships, and fifth on the 4x400m relay that ran 3:10.64, ranking eighth on the UW top-10 list ... ran the 200m just once indoors, setting an indoor best of 21.47 seconds ... named GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week after Pac-12s.
2011: Became the Pac-10 Champion at both 100-meters and 200-meters with a sensational day in Tucson, the first Husky to sweep the conference sprint titles since Ja'Warren Hooker in 2000 ... was named Pac-10 Athlete of the Meet as the individual high point scorer, after also running on UW's third-place 4x100-meter relay, which ran a season-best 39.62 seconds, fifth-fastest in school history ... ran 10.29 seconds to win the 100-meters at Pac-10s and 20.85 to win the 200-meter final despite suffering from a cold ... advanced to the final site for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 200-meters and the relay, earning All-America Second Team honors as the relay took 16th in the semis and All-America honorable mention for a 22nd-place finish in the 200-meter semis ... rebounded from some end of season fatigue to win the gold medal at the European Under-23 Championships in the Czech Republic, running 10.45 into a headwind in the final ... also took silver in the 200m at the European U23 meet, running 20.60 into a headwind in the final after a PR of 20.59 in the semis ... qualified for the European U23 meet by winning the British U23 100m title in a new wind-legal PR of 10.23 seconds, moving him to second on UW's Top-10 list ... ended his summer at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, placing fourth in the 200-meters with a time of 20.67 seconds in the final and fifth in the 100-meters in 10.29 seconds ... started his year off with a win at the Stanford Invitational, running 10.37 seconds in the 100m final ... swept the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles at the Pepsi Team Invitational ... helped the Huskies to a dual win over Washington State, winning the 100-meters (10.44), 200-meters (21.00), and 4x100m relay (39.93) ... garnered Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week honors on April 11 after his Pepsi Team Invite victories ... competed just once unattached during the indoor season, running the 60-meters at the UW Final Qualifier and clocking 6.90 seconds.
2010: Had the best season for a Husky men's sprinter in 10 years, qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in his rookie campaign ... placed 13th overall in the 200-meters at NCAAs, the top freshman finisher overall, and was 14th in the 100-meters to take second among all freshmen ... ran a 100-meter PR of 10.32 seconds at the Pepsi Team Invite, the fifth-fastest time in school history ... also ran a wind-aided 100m time of 10.22 seconds to win the UW-WSU dual ... posted the seventh-fastest 200-meter time in school history with a 20.71-second effort in the NCAA Regional round in Austin ... carried a big load with five races at the Austin Regional, running two heats each of the 100m and 200m and a round of the 4x100-meter relay, and qualified eighth out of the west in both short sprints ... took third at the Pac-10 Championships in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, posting the best finish in the 100m by a Husky since Ja'Warren Hooker ... swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the UW-WSU dual meet ... won the 200-meter dash at the Mondo Invitaitonal in Sacramento ... ran under 10.4 seconds in the 100m four times and under 21 seconds in the 200-meters four times as well ... helped the 4x1 relay to a season-best time of 40.14 at Regionals, placing 15th in the West ... indoors, scored for the Huskies at the MPSF Championships in both the 60m (4th) and the 200m (5th) ... his 60-meter season-best of 6.78 seconds tied Napoleon Kaufman for sixth-best in school history.
High School and Personal: Born in London, England ... parents are Helen and Aderemi Alaka ... has one older brother, Richard, and one younger brother, Daniel ... the top junior sprinter in England, he captured the 100m dash title at the England U20 Championships in 2008 ... also won the 100m title in 2004 at the England Schools U15 meet ... ran on England's 4x100m relay team at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Poland, taking fifth overall ... also ran in the open 100m at Worlds, taking fifth in his opening heat and finishing in the top half of all competitors.
2010 MPSF - 4th, 60m | 5th, 200m | 9th, 4x400m
2010 Pac-10 - 3rd, 100m | 3rd, 200m | 6th, 4x100m
2010 NCAA Prelims - 8th, 100m | 8th, 200m | 15th, 4x100m
2010 NCAA Outdoors - 14th, 100m | 13th, 200m
2011 Pac-10 - 1st, 100m (Pac-10 Champion) | 1st, 200m (Pac-10 Champion) | 3rd, 4x400m
2011 NCAA Prelims - 14th, 100m | 11th, 200m | 9th, 4x100m
2011 NCAA Outdoors - 22nd, 200m (All-America Honorable Mention) | 16th, 4x100m (All-America Second Team)
2011 Britain U23 Champs - 1st, 100m | 2nd, 200m
2011 European U23 Champs - 1st, 100m | 2nd, 200m
2011 World University Games - 5th, 100m | 4th, 200m
2012 MPSF - 7th, 60m | 5th, 4x400m
2012 Pac-12 - 1st, 200m (Pac-12 Champion) | 2nd, 100m | 4th, 4x100m | 5th, 4x400m
2012 NCAA Prelims - 5th, 100m | 7th, 200m | 12th, 4x100m | 21st, 4x400m
2012 NCAA Outdoors - 21st, 100m (All-America Honorable Mention) | 24th, 200m (All-America Honorable Mention) | 19th, 4x100m (All-America Honorable Mention)
2013 MPSF - 10th, 60m | 4th, 4x400m
2013 Pac-12 - 6th, 100m | 9th, 200m | 4th, 4x100m | 5th, 4x400m
2013 NCAA Prelims - 38th, 100m | 12th, 200m | 12th, 4x100m
2013 NCAA Outdoors - 23rd, 200m (All-America Honorable Mention) | 20th, 4x100m (All-America Honorable Mention)