May 28, 2010
Friday, 9:50 p.m. Central -- Mel is in! The remaining two heats of the steeple were progressively slower so Lawrence will be the top time qualifier and move on to Eugene. That's it for tonight. Here is video of Roth and Vu clearing a few bars in the vault and talking about moving on to nationals.
Roth, Vu Punch NCAA Tickets In Vault
Friday, 9:30 p.m. Central -- Waited a while for Mel Lawrence to run in the steeple and now that she has there is a little more waiting left. Lawrence took fourth in the first heat with the top three automatically advancing. She now has to wait to see the results of the next two heats to see if her time of 10:16 will hold up for one of the three time qualifiers.
Friday, 7 p.m. Central -- Zack Midles and Angus Taylor keep hammering away east of the grandstands. Midles set a PR we're told though we can't confirm the distance yet. Believed to be 212-feet, which placed him fourth going into the final three throws and positioning him very well for a Eugene trip. Taylor, who was seeded just 27th coming into this meet, made the top-16 in 14th place, so he'll need an improvement on one of his final three attempts to earn his first NCAA bid.
Friday, 6:10 p.m. Central -- James Alaka becomes the seventh Husky officially headed to Eugene, as the freshman made a great push late to take third in the quarterfinals of the 100-meter dash, clocking 10.42 seconds. The top-three in each of the three heats earned auto bids. We'll see how Alaka is able to come back for the first round of the 200-meters in just over an hour. He admitted yesterday that the heat was draining, but knowing he's headed to the finals could also take some pressure off. NOW off to check on Midles' progress.
Friday, 6 p.m. Central -- Sorry for the delay here, folks. You can't teach old computers new tricks. On to more important things, however, as the strong afternoon continues for the Huskies. If you've been checking the live results you know that Falesha Ankton made it on to the quarterfinals in the 100-meter hurdles. Ankton ran in the outside lane in the fifth of six heats. The top-three in each heat plus the next six fastest times moved on. Ankton got out well but clipped the fourth hurdle and it slowed her down. She pushed hard to the finish but wound up fifth and cupped her hands over her mouth after the finish, not knowing if that was her last race. As it turned out, Ankton's heat was the fastest of all six, and her time of 13.62 seconds was second out of the six time qualifiers, earning the senior a quarterfinal spot and a chance to reach Eugene tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.
Still ongoing is the men's hammer throw, with Zack Midles competing in flight three. Angus Taylor had a strong first three attempts, setting a slight PR on his first throw of 198-2 which put him second out of the second flight and in good position to earn three more throws, which the top-16 out of the 48-man field receive. We'll had back to the other side of the stadium to follow Midles shortly.
Friday, 4 p.m. Central -- Ryan Vu and Scott Roth are both on their way to Eugene now, as the two looked very impressive in easily making the final 12 of the pole vault. The last bar was set at 17-4 1/2, and both cleared it on their first try. Vu grazed the bar and caused a bit of a wobble but it held on, while Roth was free and clear. Roth came in at 17-2 3/4 and cleared that on one attempt as well, wrapping up his Austin stay with a grand total of two jumps. The only disappointment was not being able to continue up, as the best marks in the NCAA this year were set in this stadium at the Texas Relays. Still, mission accomplished, and it's especially sweet for Vu, who gets to make his first NCAA Championships appearance in his final outdoor season. We'll have video of some clearances as well as an interview with the two ... at some point today.
Friday, 2:45 p.m. Central -- It was announced that 31 vaulters still remained to jump at 17-0 3/4 out of the original 48. Vu stepped back up and cleared that bar on his first attempt, then retreated back under the stands to cool off along with Scott Roth who passed this bar once again. The wind seems to be picking up just a bit, and blowing more east-west than the usual north-south tailwind that has notoriously led to some big vaults in this stadium. Roth and Vu have wet towels draped around their necks to combat the heat, currently listed at 93-degrees.
Friday, 2:15 p.m. Central -- Just wanted to point out that we've added a link to a photo gallery up at the top of the page. We will probably add to this through the rest of the meet rather than create separate ones for each day.
Friday, 2 p.m. Central -- Ryan Vu just went up and over 16-8 3/4 in the pole vault on his second attempt. This is the third bar of the competition, and Vu and Scott Roth both passed the previous two. Pretty sure Roth will be passing at this height as well. The next bar will be 17-0 3/4. Very tough to tell how many competitors are left without tracking every jump, as there is no indication of each person's misses. Seemingly both Roth and Vu would at least have to clear the next bar. Roth's recent NCAA rival, Jason Colwick of Rice, is in the other flight and will be vaulting on the north end of the stadium. Looking at the heat sheets, it's always nice to see "American Record: Brad Walker".
Friday, May 28, 12 noon Central -- We'll be making our way back to the track shortly on the 1 p.m. shuttle, hopefully not missing too much of the pole vault which begins at 1 p.m. Ryan Vu and Scott Roth are together in the second of two 24-man flights, though both flights will likely take place simultaneously on different pits. In the meantime, below is video of James Alaka's first round 100-meter dash plus a quick word with the London native afterwards. And here is a blog post from this morning on how several Husky signees are faring in their state meets.
James Alaka Dashes Into 100m Quarters