April 4, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomores Scott Roth and Kyle Nielsen both turned in a pair of efforts that rank among the very best in school history today, highlighting a great day for Washington's field athletes at the Jim Click Shootout, hosted by Arizona at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
Roth, out of Granite Bay, Calif., made it two-for-two in pole vault wins to start his outdoor season, and set a new personal-best clearance of 18-feet, 1-inch to win the event by more than a foot. Roth becomes the fourth Husky ever to clear 18-feet outdoors, and now ranks behind only 2008 Olympian and American Record-holder Brad Walker on UW's Top-10. He is currently the NCAA's top-ranked vaulter.
In the men's javelin throw, Nielsen shattered his lifetime-best for the second week in a row, throwing 239-feet, 2-inches to win the javelin and move into fourth-place nationally. The Langley, B.C. native has made great strides over the offseason following a very solid freshman season in which he threw 212-5. Nielsen's right arm now ranks third all-time at UW with the new javelin implement, which has been in use since 1986.
Seven Washington athletes including Roth and Nielsen earned NCAA Regional Qualifying marks this afternoon, but only sophomore Elisa Bryant's PR in the discus was a new qualifier. Bryant, who qualified for Regionals in the hammer throw last year and was an All-American indoors in the weight throw, has started to take to the discus as well, and took second today with a throw of 158-6.
In the women's pole vault, seniors Lara Jones and Andrea Peterson placed second and third, respectively, each with significant new personal-bests. Jones cleared 13-3 ½ on her first attempt, becoming the sixth Husky woman ever over the 13-foot mark outdoors. Peterson just missed joining her, as she got over 12-11 ½ on her third and final attempt. Both Jones and Peterson had cleared only the minimum Regional mark of 12-7 ½ last week at Stanford in the outdoor opener.
The Jim Click Shootout was organized as a scoring meet combining two teams from the Pac-10, Big 10, and Big 12. Washington was partnered up with host-school Arizona, while Kansas and Nebraska shared points, as did Wisconsin and Penn State. The Big 12 came away with the conference bragging rights, as they combined for 531.5 points, compared to 474 for the Big 10 and 464.5 for the Pac-10.
Washington will return to the desert next weekend but shift sites, heading to Arizona State for the Sun Angel Classic, held April 10-11.