Feb. 16, 2011
SEATTLE - Fresh off the biggest indoor meet of the year, the Husky men's track team climbed to a season-high No. 16 national ranking today after the USTFCCCA compiled all the latest best marks from around the country. Big efforts from Husky seniors Colton Tully-Doyle and Ryan Vu helped jump the Dawgs up four spots this week.
Washington has moved up each of the past three rankings periods after starting the year at No. 22. Tully-Doyle's school-record in the 3,000-meters earned him the NCAA Automatic qualifying mark and currently ranks him 11th in the NCAA. Vu didn't quite hit the auto mark with his 17-foot, 7-inch pole vault clearance, but that mark ties him for seventh nationally and will most likely be enough for him to join fellow senior Scott Roth at NCAA Indoors in the vault. Roth leads the NCAA with his 18-1 clearance, providing a big chunk of rankings points for the team.
The Huskies are also getting big points from junior Jeremy Taiwo in the heptathlon, as he ranks third overall, and from their distance medley relay team, which is ninth nationally with a time of 9:39.29.
Next up for the Husky men and women is the MPSF Championships, Feb. 25-26, at the Dempsey Indoor. The UW men are currently fourth among MPSF teams, behind No. 7 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon, and No. 15 Arizona.