May 11, 2010
Less than two weeks ago at the dual meet against Washington State, junior sprinter Dominique Lauderdale took a big step towards establishing herself as a true Pac-10 contender in the short sprints, as she posted the fourth-best 100-meter dash time in school history at 11.77 seconds and won the 200-meter dash in 24.62 seconds. And those times came amidst in cold conditions on a wet track on a windy day, not exactly conducive to great sprint times. Lauderdale transferred to Washington from Arkansas after her freshman season, and has spent the past year and a half trying to reach full strength after a variety of nagging injuries. Only now does she look to be scratching her sizeable potential. This weekend the Bakersfield, Calif. native will hope to continue to lower her season-bests and score for the Huskies in both the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. Washington hasn't had a finalist in the Pac-10 100-meter dash, or an entry for that matter, since Ashley Lodree in 2007.
GoHuskies.com: How do you feel about your times and how you ran at the Dual meet with WSU?
Dominique Lauderdale: I felt pretty good with my times. I didn't expect to run that fast. I thought I would run a little slower but I had motivation to run faster with Princess (Joy-Griffey) in my race. As long as I stayed with her I would have a good time.
GH: What do you feel was different about this meet that made you run faster?
DL: My injuries have been feeling better because of all the treatment and rehab. Its feeling like I'm getting a lot stronger just practice-wise by working on my drive phase and getting out harder.
GH: Would you say you are almost 100% back from your injury?
DL: I would say that I'm at about 95%. If I can keep being sharp at practice I can get to 100% for Pac-10's.
GH: With Pac-10's coming up soon, how do you see yourself running?
DL: I definitely want to run well at Pac-10's and hopefully PR. I want to run well in prelims and make it back to the finals. I'd want to run at least 11.6 hopefully. I'm going to be running the 100, 200 and 4-by-1 so it will be a long day.
GH: What is your favorite event in track and field?
DL: Right now I'm good in the 100 but the 200 has been my all-time favorite event.
GH: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
DL: If I keep working hard and practicing like we have been doing, I hope to be at Austin, Texas competing for a spot to make it to the National Championships.
GH: How do you feel about the sprint group as a whole this year?
DL: I really like our team this year. I feel like we are a big family. Everyone has their own strengths and that all combines into a fun environment.
GH: What are your plans after track?
DL: Right now I am a junior majoring in sociology. I'm planning on working with social work and seeing where it takes me in life...that is unless I make the Olympics of course.