June 9, 2010
Live Results | **LIVE ON CBS AT 10:00 A.M.**
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - Mel Lawrence got the Husky women on the board with an eighth-place finish in the steeplechase final. Given all that Lawrence has gone through in terms of injuries this year, she was happy to still pick up another All-America honor, her fifth overall. In the media tent afterwards, Lawrence talked about her early season travails, where during a 1,500-meter run at the Stanford Invitational in April she pulled her hip flexor, and had to take three full weeks off with no aerobic movement whatsoever. The run was soured a bit by the fact that Penn State's Bridget Franek won going away in 9:38. Lawrence ran 9:40 at NCAAs a year ago, finishing one spot ahead of Franek. But Lawrence said she feels no pain from the hip anymore so a full summer of training and staying injury free until this point next year should have her capable of those times once again. All the Huskies are finished up here in Eugene! We'll get another video up with Mel and try to track down Coach Metcalf for some final thoughts.
Saturday, 10:45 a.m. - A really tough end for one of UW's greatest track athletes as Katie Follett faded down the stretch after leading over half of the 1,500-meter final and settled for 10th place. Not sure if anything was physically bothering Follett or if she just didn't have her usual strength today. Not that it will make Follett feel much better right now but she will earn her eighth career All-America honor, most of any UW women's track and field athlete, and her first ever outdoors. Mel Lawrence is out on the track now waiting for the men's 200-meter dash to finish up prior to her steeplechase final.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - It's the final day and time for the Husky women to put some points on the board! Katie Follett will run her final Husky race in about 20 minutes in the 1,500-meter final. Sophomore Mel Lawrence then runs the steeplechase final at 10:54 a.m. The specific times are due to the live television broadcast on CBS. Be sure to turn on your sets soon!
Friday, 5:30 p.m. - The photo gallery has been updated to include a few shots of Midles and additional photos from Thursday so be sure to check those out. Flight 2 of the hammer is still underway, unsure if Midles remains alive at this point. Elsewhere at Hayward, of local interest was an upset of Washington State's two-time defending NCAA Champion Jeshua Anderson in the 400-meter hurdles. Anderson led from the gun and had the edge over the second-to-last hurdle, but South Carolina's Johnny Dutch had a big final kick and overtook Anderson for the win.
Friday, 4:30 p.m. - Senior Zack Midles has likely tossed his final hammer for the Huskies, as he is sitting seventh out of the first flight of 12 competitors. Only the top nine will earn three more throws so only two out of the next group of 12 can pass Midles for him to get another chance. Midles went about 205-207 feet on his last two attempts, couldn't see the exact marks as we were set up out behind the reader board. If that ends up being it for Midles, we'll have to wait and see if he can pick up another All-America honor. It wouldn't be the way Midles was hoping to earn it, but still a great honor for sure. And happily Jeremy Taiwo was on hand to watch Midles throw, having passed whatever barrage of tests he was submitted to at the hospital.
Friday, 3:45 p.m. - Back at the track now with senior Zack Midles getting warmed up out behind the video board in the first flight of the hammer throw. Competition begins at 4 p.m. with one flight of 12 featuring Midles throwing three tiems each followed by the second flight of 12, and the top nine marks then coming back for the finals and three more attempts each. All the Huskies will be out to watch Midles as he is the only Husky in action today after Taiwo's withdrawal from the decathlon. No changes to Taiwo's status as multi-events coach Audra Smith has assured us again that he's fine. Maybe we'll see him out over by the hammer pit if he's been released. Four videos from Thursday are now up on the site, with links up above. The photo gallery has also been updated through day two. Just to spruce up the page a bit, let's stick a video in right here, shall we?
Ankton An All-American With 9th-Place Finish
Friday, 11:30 a.m. - A very frightening start to the day for the Huskies, as Jeremy Taiwo fell in the 110-meter hurdles to start the second day of the decathlon. Taiwo had clipped a few hurdles and came up too close on one of the final barries and hit it and went down extremely hard face first, unable to break his fall. Taiwo was knocked cold and didn't move for several seconds, as trainers and coaches rushed to his side. It was maybe 10 minutes before he finally sat up, and he received a big ovation on being walked over to the infield where he took a seat again. Eventually Taiwo was taken off the track where paramedics treated an abrasion on his forehead. Taiwo was alert but showing signs of a concussion and his memory was slowly returning. He was mostly concerned with how the other decathletes were doing, and he suddenly remembered Oregon's Ashton Eaton running a 13.68 in the hurdles, which was just short of the American record for the decathlon.
At first he had to be told of how he had done on Thursday, and when Coach Metcalf let him know that he had run a 48.98 PR in the 400-meters, Taiwo was surprised and upset that now he couldn't finish what had been a fantastic first half of the decathlon. He then remembered that Kyle Nielsen and Joe Zimmerman had gone 3-4 in the javelin yesterday, and was disappointed that he wouldn't be able to help the team more. He maintained a sense of humor though, when asked if he knew where he was, Taiwo deadpanned "Historic Hayward Field". Assistant coach Pat Licari received a text from Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Clay, who occasionally trains at the Dempsey, and had seen the crash online. Clay wanted to know if Taiwo was allright and Licari showed it to Taiwo. Eventually they brought in an ambulance and took Taiwo to Riverbend Hospital as a precaution.
So it looks like the sophomore will come through all right. It's a tough blow for UW's team score as Taiwo was in a great position to add to UW's 16.5 points and maybe help the Dawgs close on the Top-10. Still, as the Hayward announcer told the crowd as Taiwo departed, he is one of the brightest talents around and fans will see much more of him in the future.
Thursday, 8:30 p.m. - All finished up here on day two, and unfortunately Scott Roth's attempt for his first NCAA Outdoor title fell just short. The long rain delay certainly didn't do him any favors, but the whole field seemed unable to get back into a good rhythm afterwards. Roth missed all three attempts at 17-8, and only got up to the bar on his second attempt. However, only two vaulters made it over that height, with Jordan Scott of Kansas earning the win with a clearance well under what Roth went at NCAAs last yeat to place second. The competitors continued dropping off, and since Roth was over 17-4 on just one attempt, he wound up finishing third based on misses. Disappointing for him because his goal was to win, but still that's a second, first, and third at his last three NCAA Championships. And suddenly the Husky men have 17 points on the board. Team standings haven't been updated yet but that should put UW in the top-five with Taiwo having a shot to score in the decathlon and Zack Midles hoping to do the same tomorrow in the hammer. All in all a great day for the Dawgs. Time to spruce up the recap. Later tonight we'll update the photo gallery and have some videos with the javelin All-Americans plus Falesha Ankton and Mel Lawrence.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m. - It's not official until the USTFCCCA announces it after the meet, but Washington looks to have their first three All-Americans of the Championships. And Falesha Ankton will earn the second honor of her career and first individual All-America honor as she was the seventh-highest finishing American, ninth overall. Washington has also incredibly just gone third and fourth in the javelin throw as well, as junior Kyle Nielsen placed third and freshman Joe Zimmerman fourth in the nation. 250 was needed for the win and Nielsen went 241 on his final throw. The wet and wind made it tough all day but the Huskies benefited a bit from being in the first flight which got the better weather conditions of the two. Nielsen apparently tied for second on his final attempt, so we'll see how the tiebreak process works out. Either way that's 11 or 13 points coming Washington's way out of the javelin!
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - Quite a lot has happened in the past hour, but the headline goes to senior Falesha Ankton who ran the race of her life for the second straight meet, clocking 13.18 in the 100-meter hurdle semifinals. Ankton was clean over every hurdle and took ninth overall despite being seeded 24th and last coming in. The only tiny twinge of disappointment is that Ankton missed the finals by one spot, but still, an incredible way to end her career. Just a month ago after the Pac-10 Championships, Ankton's PR stood at 13.45, so she has cut 0.27 seconds off right at the end of her fifth year, saying she was motivated to make each race not be her last. Quickly bringing you up to date ... Mel Lawrence is running right past the home stretch in the steeple in sixth position in the second semifinal. Six women automatically advance and the top group has broken away. Scott Roth is tied for the lead in the pole vault, having entered and cleared 17-4 and some change on his first try. Ryan Vu was over at 16-10 and has yet to attempt 17-4 as they have now gone into a rain delay. NCAA defending outdoor champ Jason Colwick is apparently out after missing all three at 17-4. The rain and wind could make it anyone's contest. Finally, Nielsen and Zimmerman are still looking pretty good to advance to the javelin finals. Nielsen is through for sure as he was second in the first flight. Everything is continuing through the driving rain except the vault.
Thursday, 5:15 p.m. - A real quick update as we try to run down and get some photos and video of the javelin and pole vault ... Katie Follett is on into the 1,500-meter finals for the first time in her career, as she led throughout the first semifinal heat until easing up down the stretch and finishing in 4:13.58, the second-fastest run of her career. Of note, Oregon's Zoe Buckman, who edged Follett at the Pac-10 Championships, was knocked out in the second semifinal heat. The men's javelin is just starting and freshman Joe Zimmerman threw just past 230 feet on his first attempt, not sure on the exact mark but that may be enough to get him into the top-nine. Good starting off point at any rate. Time to run!
Thursday, 4:45 p.m. - Replacement laptop is up to bat and we're back almost live from Hayward Field, where the weather continues to shift every other minute or so. Jeremy Taiwo has just wrapped up his first day of the decathlon with a huge PR in the 400-meters of 48.98 seconds, the fifth-best mark of the day. Taiwo will head into day two with a lifetime-best day one score of 3,944 points and he is in sixth place overall. Since our last update, Taiwo threw 39-3 1/4 in the shot put, typically his weakest event out of the ten given his slender frame. That dropped the sophomore to 12th overall, but he bounced back in the high jump with a clearance of 6-7 1/2, tied for the third-best clearance by all entrants. That boosted Taiwo back up to eighth before the 400-meters.
Shortly after Taiwo's run, James Alaka was back on the track in the 200-meter semifinals, but was unable to make the final eight, as he ran 21.11 to take 13th overall. The men's pole vault is underway with the bar at 16-10 3/4 and Scott Roth and Ryan Vu have yet to jump.
Thursday, 12:30 p.m. - We had hoped to bring more frequent updates from Jeremy Taiwo's decathlon efforts this morning, but the old IBM Thinkpad just didn't feel much like cooperating. Back at the hotel and trying to iron out computer issues, but as of right now Taiwo should be finishing up in the shot put. He started out the day very strong, winning the first heat in the 100-meters in a new PR of 11.02 seconds. That was the sixth-fastest time overall. Moving over to the long jump pits, Taiwo fouled his first attempt, and then went 22-1 1/2 on his second. Relaxing a little after getting a fair mark, Taiwo went 22-9 1/4 on his final attempt. He looked a little displeased as he has gone 23-feet this year but nevertheless it keeps him in the mix. Through two events Taiwo is in 8th-place with 1,655 points. Video of his best long jump will be up soon. The live stream links have been updated above so be sure to check out Taiwo in the high jump.
Wednesday Wrap-Up - The full recap is up and posted now and day one is in the books. The rain returned just in time for the 10k but passed towards the end. Running for half an hour is apparently plenty of time for a full rain storm to come and go. Campbell placed 15th but was just a few seconds off her PR. We were hoping to get some video with her after the race but Campbell mysteriously vanished until it was learned she had been randomly chosen for drug testing by the NCAA, which tests all the winners plus a few additional athletes in each event. It would be over an hour before she was set free and Hayward was all but empty. We'll try to talk with her later this week, but in the meantime check out the photo gallery from day one with some special thanks to Kirby Lee for the photos that look, well, professional!
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. - Close to the start of Anita Campbell's final race as a Husky. The Vancouver native has been consistently outstanding in the five years since she set foot on campus in 2005. Campbell was a four-time NCAA Cross Country Championships competitor, competing as an individual her first two years, before the team picked up speed around her and the Huskies finished eighth in 2007 and won the national title in 2008. Campbell earned All-America honors in 2007 and was First Team All-Pac-10 in 2007-08. She also has qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships all four years of her career, a remarkable achievement. She ran the 5,000-meters her first two years, taking 21st and 19th in 2006 and 2007. After a redshirt season in 2008, Campbell stepped up to the 10k in 2009, running to a third-place finish at NCAAs last year at Arkansas. That garnered her first track All-America honor and came on the heels of a Pac-10 title in the 10k. Campbell ranks second in school history in the 5k outdoors and holds the school record indoors. She also is fourth in UW history in the 10k, unless she sets a new PR tonight, which we all hope she will!
Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. - Alaka ran well once he hit high gear but he wasn't too quick out of the blocks and won't be moving on in the 100. Had there been another 10 meters Alaka could have cracked the qualifiers, but he settled for 14th overall in a time of 10.37 seconds, still one of his better runs of the year. It took 10.30 to grab the last spot in the finals. Alaka will still run in the 200-meter semis tomorrow afternoon. As a consolation, Alaka can know he was the second-highest finisher among all freshmen, just behind Charles Simon of TCU who ran 10.33. Alaka is also the highest Pac-10 finisher in the 100m, as senior Ahmad Rashad of USC unfortunately false started.
Wednesday, 5 p.m. - One quick thought while we wait for Alaka to sprint and watch the now steady, heavy rain fall on the women's 800-meter runners. First of all, Alaka is in an absolutely brutal semifinal heat in the 100-meters today. All the heats were drawn at random, so if the top-eight happened to get stuck in one heat, that would be accepted. Based on Prelim times, that has practically happened, as the top three marks from prelims are all in Alaka's heat. All were also from the East Region in North Carolina. There's a 10.04, 10.04, 10.05, and 10.18, not to mention Pac-10 Champ Ahman Rashad at 10.32. Now all of those East times were wind-aided, so the gap isn't quite as large as it may seem, but still a very tough draw for Alaka.
Wednesday, 4 p.m. Pacific - The NCAA Outdoor Championships are underway at a damp Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Clouds of all shapes and shades of gray are speeding by overhead and the rain has been on and off early this afternoon. Right now the men's discus is on the field and the women's heptathlon is between the high jump and the shot put. The men's 4x100-meter relay semifinals are coming up shortly.
But nevermind all that, when do the Huskies compete and how can you watch them? Well there are only two Huskies in action today running the shortest and longest events on the track. Freshman James Alaka will compete in the 100-meter dash semifinals at 5:45 p.m. this afternoon, and he is in the second of three heats. The night concludes with senior Anita Campbell in her Husky finale, as she runs in the final of the 10,000-meters, scheduled to start at 10:15 p.m.
This NCAA streaming page does a great job of sorting out the variety of live streaming options available. It's also up at the top of this page. The "Main Feed" is the one that will show the running events including Alaka and Campbell.
As you wait for Alaka to kick things off, here are a couple links to some preview stories. One is a look at the in-state athletes at NCAAs by Christian Caple of the Seattle Times. The other is from the local paper in Fort Collins, Colorado, home to none other than Katie Follett. Also be sure to check out the story on the five Husky seniors competing here in Eugene that was just posted this morning. The link is at the top of the page.
Washington has been holed up in the Eugene Hilton, their usual place of residence for all visits to Eugene for track or cross country meets. If anyone happened to be heading to Eugene for a peaceful week's vacation, they'll feel very out of place walking around the hotel lobby, as the Hilton has a ton of teams on hand. Spotted on the elevators thus far is Florida State, Texas, Louisville, Villanova, North Carolina, and Yale.