March 14, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Husky track athletes James Cameron, Scott Roth, and Jeremy Taiwo were all named First Team All-Americans today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships this past weekend in College Station, Texas. Four more Huskies earned either Second Team or honorable mention awards.
This year the All-America awards system for track and field has undergone an overhaul. Distinctions were made for the first time between First Team, Second Team, and honorable mention All-Americans. First Team honors were given to those who placed in the championships' top eight or were a member of an eight-person final. Second Team honors were handed out to those who earned final classifications between ninth and 16th place. Others who participated earn honorable mention.
Roth earned the sixth All-America honor of his career, which ties him with Austin Abbott (2005-09) and Rick Noji (1986-90) for fifth-most in Washington history. It's the most ever for a Husky pole vaulter. Roth successfully defended his NCAA Indoor title this past Friday, becoming the sixth Husky ever to win multiple NCAA titles, and the first to win back-to-back titles since vaulter Brad Walker also won consecutive indoor titles in 2003 and 2004.
Taiwo earns his second All-America honor for his eighth-place finish in the heptathlon. He also was named All-America in the event his freshman year in 2009. He became the first Husky ever to score in the event at NCAA Indoors, and raised his own school record to 5,780 points.
Cameron was eighth in the mile run final on Saturday, matching Eric Garner's 2004 finish for the best by a Husky at the indoor national meet. It is the first All-American honor for the sophomore from Lake Forest, California.
Second Team All-America honors went to Ryan Vu in the men's pole vault, and freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals in the women's 3,000-meters. It's the first All-America honor for Vu, who finished tied for 11th to conclude his UW career. It's the first All-America honor as well for Flood and Goethals, who placed 10th and 13th, respectively, as the only two freshmen in the field.
Senior Colton Tully-Doyle was 18th in the 3,000-meter run on Saturday and earns All-America honorable mention, the first of his career.