April 23, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - On the first day of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational hosted by California, junior All-American Kyle Nielsen stretched his PR out once again and crept ever closer to the school record. Nielsen won with a throw of 247-feet, 1-inch, the second-best mark in the NCAA this season. James Alaka and Jeremy Taiwo also earned wins today at Edwards Stadium.
Nielsen, a Langley, B.C. native who was sixth at last year's NCAA Championships, led a Husky sweep of the top three spots in the javelin throw. Freshman Joe Zimmerman was second at 224-6 and freshman James Brookman was third with a toss of 203-2. Nielsen's new PR surpassed his earlier best of 241-9, set just two weeks ago, and pulled him closer to Darryl Roberson's 1989 school record of 249-6. He set the PR on his first attempt, and passed his final three throws.
In a race that finished up after 10 p.m. tonight, senior Jake Schmitt set a new outdoor PR in the 5,000-meters, running 13:59.26 to take seventh overall. Schmitt was the top collegiate finisher in a field of mostly pros including Olympian Galen Rupp who won in 13:32.53. Schmitt moves up to ninth on UW's all-time Top-10 list with the run. Sophomore Max O'Donoghue-McDonald was 15th in 14:21.73.
The freshman Alaka continues his winning ways, as he ran 21.09 in the 200-meters for the victory, just off his season-best. Sophomore Ryan Hamilton was fourth in 21.81.
Sophomore Jeremy Taiwo, coming off an excellent decathlon last week at Mt. SAC, won the open section of the long jump with a mark of 22-7 ¼. He also had a season-best high jump clearance of 6-6.
In the women's triple jump, sophomore Taylor Nichols was third with a mark of 38-2 ¾, and sophomore Lindsey Fleishman was sixth at 37-6. In the men's hammer throw, sophomore Angus Taylor placed fourth with a best of 191-4.