March 7, 2011
SEATTLE - The full field for the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships was officially announced today and seven Husky names can be found on the list. Six of those seven were assured a spot, so the only anxious waiting was for Ryan Vu. The senior, with only indoor eligibility remaining, made the cut in the pole vault, extending his UW career to his first career NCAA Indoor meet.
The NCAA Indoor Championships are set for this Friday and Saturday in College Station, Texas hosted by Texas A&M.
Vu, a Bellevue native and Interlake HS grad, will join fellow senior Scott Roth, who is the defending NCAA Indoor champion in the pole vault, among the 16 qualifiers. Roth is ranked No. 1 with a season-best clearance of 18-1. Last year he cleared 18-4 ½ to win nationals. The Granite Bay, Calif. native has not competed since a hamstring injury at the Husky Classic last month, but has been back practicing and focusing on this weekend's title defense. Vu, the 2010 Pac-10 Champion, qualified with his mark of 17-7, which was the final height to make the field.
Sophomore James Cameron and senior Colton Tully-Doyle will take to the track in the mile and 3,000-meters, respectively. Cameron (Lake Forest, Calif.) just punched his ticket this past Saturday, when he ran 3:58.51 at the UW Final Qualifier, the fourth four-minute mile in school history. He will be competing at his first NCAA meet. Tully-Doyle (San Diego, Calif.) broke the 3k school-record earlier this year with a time of 7:53.13 and will be making his second straight NCAA Indoor appearance, after he placed 12th at 5,000-meters last year.
The final men's qualifier is sophomore Jeremy Taiwo in the heptathlon. Taiwo (Renton, Wash./Newport) competed at NCAA Indoors as a freshman in 2009, placing 12th overall to earn All-America honors. He has taken his all-around game to new levels since then, however, and comes in ranked seventh nationally with a school record total of 5,746 points.
The focus for the Husky women will be on just one race, the 3,000-meters. Freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals both qualified for nationals on Saturday. Flood (Des Moines, Iowa) is the top-ranked freshman nationally in the 3k with her time of 9:09.85, the second-best mark in UW history, and sixth-fastest in the NCAA field. Goethals (Rochester, Mich.) was right behind on Saturday in a time of 9:11.56, making her the No. 2-ranked freshman. The two combined to win the two high school national cross country championships in 2009.