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Huskies Open Outdoor Season At Stanford
Release: 03/23/2011
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March 23, 2011

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ON THE TRACK: After yet another memorable indoor track season spent mostly in the friendly confines of the Dempsey, the Husky track and field team will now move outdoors and spend the next few weeks on the road, beginning this week with a trip to the Bay Area for the Stanford Invitational. The meet runs Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, at the Cobb Track and Angell Field.

The Stanford Invite is traditionally one of the best meets of the year for distance events, with mild weather conditions combining with elite fields including many professionals to produce great times. Friday's action is geared more towards the distance races, with the invitational sections occuring after 5 p.m., while Saturday's focus is more on sprints, hurdles, and relays. Nearly fifty Huskies will be in action in Palo Alto.

GoStanford.com will provide live results and Flotrack.org will be on hand to provide race videos and interviews.

There will also be some track action here in Seattle, however, as Club Northwest hosts its annual Spring Break Open at Husky Stadium on Saturday. That meet begins at 10 a.m. and will feature a handful of Huskies, mostly in the field events.

Heading to Stanford will be several of the Huskies who just earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Sophomore James Cameron, eighth indoors in the mile run, will be running in the top heat of the 5,000-meters along with NCAA 3k qualifier Colton Tully-Doyle and sophomore Joey Bywater. Junior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald, an NCAA prelim competitor last outdoor season will run in the second 5k section.

Freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals will both make their outdoor track debuts after running at national indoors two weeks ago. Flood keeps pushing the pace after also making a trip to Spain last weekend for the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships, where she placed 19th overall and second on Team USA. Flood will be in the fast heat of the 1,500-meters, along with sophomore Justine Johnson. Goethals will be running in the top heat of the 5,000-meters Friday night.

A number of Husky men will be running the 1,500-meters led by junior Ryan Soberanis in the second heat and junior Ryan Styrk and redshirt frosh Gareth Gilna in the third heat. Freshman Chelsea Orr is in the second heat of the women's 1,500-meters as well. Two Huskies will be going the full 25 laps to cover 10,000-meters this weekend. Sophomore Rob Webster Jr. will run the 10k on the men's side and sophomore Lindsay Flanagan will do the same on the women's.

In the sprints, sophomore James Alaka is set to make his season debut in the 100-meters and likely on Washington's 4x100-meter relay, which finished in the top-15 at NCAA West Prelims last year. Junior Ryan Hamilton and freshman Ken Egu will also be in the 100-meter dash and sophomore Colton Dunn and freshman Maurice McNeal will run the 200, with Sam Rucker entered in the quarter mile. Shayne Moore and James Johnson are in the short hurdles and Dan Sanders and Kale Schmidt will run the long hurdles.

Senior Dominique Lauderdale, coming off a breakout indoor season, looks to continue her momentum outdoors in the 100, while sophomore Johanna Carr will run at 200-meters, and junior Jordan Carlson and freshman Michelle Fero run at 400-meters. Skye Atchley and Kayla Stueckle will compete in the 400-meter hurdles, the first race for Stueckle at the distance after her prep dominance at 300-meters at Emerald Ridge High School.

In the field events, All-American multi-eventer Jeremy Taiwo will work on his throwing prowess in both the javelin and discus, two events in the decathlon. NCAA qualifier Angus Taylor will open up in the hammer throw, as will Elisa Bryant, who will throw both the discus and hammer for the first time since 2009. Seniors Peter Follmer and Cameron Elisara, and junior Richard Anderson will also throw the disc, and Elisara and Anderson will be in the shot put as well.

UW's only jumper to make the trip is freshman Kasen Covington, entered in both the triple and long jumps. Covington set the freshman triple jump record indoors at 50-8 1/4.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO IOWA: The outdoor track season heads towards the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa from June 8-11. For the second season, athletes will reach the final site by qualifying through the preliminary rounds, held at two different locations. The western half of the country will be in Eugene, Oregon for the West Prelims on May 26-28, and the eastern half will meet in Bloomington, Indiana. There are no set NCAA qualifying standards anymore; athletes will qualify for the prelims by ranking in the top 48 in their event in their respective region. For relay teams it will be the top 24. The top-12 finishers from each regional meet then advance to Des Moines. Therefore most events will feature initial fields of 96 athletes over the two sites, that will be whittled down to 24 that advance to Iowa.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: The Huskies men's team opens the outdoor season ranked 21st nationally. They return all of their point scorers from the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships at which they finished 15th. The preseason rankings are based almost entirely on last year's best marks, so things could change in a hurry. As it is, the UW men are receiving a large chunk of points from Scott Roth, who ranks first in the pole vault. Based on last year's season-bests, Kyle Nielsen ranks fifth and Joe Zimmerman 17th in the javelin, but the two went three-four at NCAAs last year, stepping up in the clutch, and Zimmerman had a bigger PR over the summer at the Junior World Championships. James Alaka is also in the Top-20 in both the 100m and 200m dashes, and Jeremy Taiwo ranks eighth in the decathlon. The women's team is ranked 36th, receiving points from sophomore Christine Babcock and junior Elisa Bryant who were NCAA qualifiers in 2009 but redshirted last season. Junior Mel Lawrence is ranked in the Top-10 in both the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase and senior Brooke Pighin is 11th in the javelin but both of them are coming off injuries.

ROTH'S TITLE HIGHLIGHTS NCAA INDOORS: Seven Huskies qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, hosted this year by Texas A&M in College Station. As always, the meet brought some highs and lows, but nobody went higher than senior Scott Roth, who successfully defended his indoor pole vault national title. Despite not competing in a month while rehabbing a hamstring injury, Roth's experience proved too much to overcome. Despite some early struggles, which included a third attempt at 17-6 1/2, Roth got on a roll with a first attempt clearance at 17-10 1/2 and again at 18-0 1/2. That first jump make proved critical, as only one other vaulter made that bar, and did so on his second attempt, giving Roth the tiebreaker. Ben Peterson of Minnesota was unable to clear another bar, so Roth collected his second national championship, becoming one of just six Huskies all-time to win multiple NCAA titles. Also scoring for the Huskies was sophomores James Cameron and Jeremy Taiwo. Seeded just 12th entering the meet, Cameron qualified for the mile final, and ran to eighth in a time of 4:01.88. Taiwo also finished eighth in his second career NCAA Indoor heptathlon competition. He raised his school record to 5,780, and had PRs in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles, long jump, and 1,000m run, but subpar showings in the shot put and pole vault kept Taiwo from contending for the title. Still, he became the first Husky to ever score in the heptathlon at nationals. Senior Ryan Vu competed for the final time as a Husky, tying for 11th in the pole vault with a 17-2 3/4 clearance, and senior Colton Tully-Doyle was 18th in the 3,000-meter final, struggling in a congested field that knocked him off stride. The women were represented by freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals in the 3,000-meters. Both ran well as the only two freshmen in the field, and finished just out of scoring position, Flood placing 10th and Goethals 13th. The Husky men's 12 points earned them a tie for 18th in the team standings. The 12 points had only been surpassed five times since 1965 and Roth's title was the ninth indoor title in school history. Roth, Cameron, and Taiwo were named First Team All-Americans by the USTFCCCA. Vu, Flood, and Goethals earned Second Team honors and Tully-Doyle was an honorable mention.

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