March 28, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Sophomore Scott Roth, who had not competed attached for the Huskies in over a year, won the pole vault in his return meet to lead the UW track and field squad on the final day of the Stanford Invitational. Seven Huskies, including five vaulters, earned NCAA Regional Qualifiers on the day.
Roth, a two-time All-American as a freshman, had not competed officially since the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships. He spent last outdoor season recovering from injury and then competed unattached during the most recent indoor season to even out his eligibility. Thus it had been nearly two years since Roth vaulted outdoors. However, his indoor clearances while unattached showed he was ready to pick up right where he left off, and that proved to be the case today as he cleared 17-feet, 8 ½-inches to win by four inches.
Taking third in the men's vault and also earning a Regional qualifying mark was senior Jared O'Connor. The runner-up at last year's NCAA Outdoor meet, O'Connor struggled indoors by his own standards, but had his best clearance of the year today as he went over 17-4 ½ on his third attempt. Junior Ryan Vu also qualified for his first career Regional, as he set a new outdoor PR with a clearance of 16-6 ¾.
The women's pole vault unit also had a strong day at Stanford. Seniors Lara Jones and Andrea Peterson both got their Regional qualifiers out of the way in their season-opener, each clearing 12-7 ½ on their first attempts to place second and third.
Junior Falesha Ankton already qualified for Regionals yesterday with her prelim time in the 100m hurdles, but she improved upon that time today with a second-place finish in the final in 13.55 seconds.
Washington's final qualifying mark came from freshman Angus Taylor in the hammer throw. The young hurler out of Richmond, B.C. threw the hammer 187-feet, 4-inches in the first attempt of his college career.
Other noteworthy results included a win from the men's 4x100-meter relay unit, which captured the Pac-10 title last year. Two members of the Pac-10-winning group, Joe Turner and Jordan Boase, ran the first two legs, respectively, and were followed by Kenjamine Jackson and Jeremy Taiwo. The group won in 40.74 seconds.
The next date on the calendar for Husky track is Saturday, April 4, for the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona.