May 15, 2010
Zack Midles is nearing the end of a fantastic Husky career, with potentially three more meets to go starting this weekend at the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley. Midles has placed third the last two years at Pac-10s and is hoping to join his brother Adam as a Pac-10 Champ this year. From there Midles will head to Austin for the NCAA Preliminary rounds and throw for a return trip to the NCAA Championships, held this year in Eugene, Oregon. A dedicated student-athlete in every sense, Midles finished his bachelor's with a communications major and is working on a digital media master's. Midles shares an insider's view on the throwing corps which produced four All-Americans in 2009.
The track and field season thus far has given the Washington throwers something to be very excited about. As a senior I could not be more proud to have such hardworking teammates and coach.
I knew this would be an impressive year for the throwers, seeing as even our pool workouts in the offseason were somewhat thrilling. In the pool, we raced the sprinters. We won, constantly.
We have definitely developed more of a team bonding atmosphere, partly thanks to our team dinners that we have where we eat...a lot.
The Canadian trio of Brooke Pighin, Kyle Nielsen, and Angus Taylor have all easily qualified to Regionals in Texas in their respective events. They will each be ready to throw their best to advance to NCAAs after the West region competition.
Erica Huse has improved dramatically in the hammer throw earning her first letter award at the WSU/UW Dual meet. Anyka Ozog and Korede Oyetuga are also working on making improvements in their final season as a UW athlete.
The javelin crew is one of the most impressive groups in any event at UW. While Kyle and Brooke lead the event on both sides, Zach Woods, Joe Zimmerman, Kelly Neubauer, and Jim Brookman are all working hard every day, as well as Ally Mueller and Jordin Seekins.
Redshirts Conner Larned and Armin Basic and Elisa Bryant are training hard as well, making great strides towards being a major impact to our team next year. Conner has adapted quickly after leaving the community college in Pullman to the city life here in Seattle.
While Peter Follmer has decided to try out for football, I've been very impressed with his improvement in his mental game this year. Richard Anderson, meanwhile, is already looking forward to next season.
Our coach is making sure he is training us aggressively. He's known for riding his athletes pretty hard. He has recently put a hold on his training, finding myself and Peter Follmer beating him in the discus.
After getting beat soundly at the UW-WSU Dual meet, it has given us all motivation to train harder for Pac-10s. Losing to Washington State University taught the whole team two things: we have nowhere but up to go, and we must act like the Top-25 ranked team we are and perform more collectively in Berkeley.
I look forward to post-season and seeing how many throwers we can get to Eugene, and hopefully once again provide more All-Americans than any other squad on the field and track team.
-- Zack Midles