May 29, 2010
Husky Photo Gallery **Updated through day two
Video Highlights and Interviews:
Saturday, 9 p.m. Central -- Tully-Doyle and Husky trainer John L. Jackson walked off the track a few minutes ago with Tully-Doyle holding an ice pack to his hip and clearly in some disbelief at what had just transpired. Jackson said Tully-Doyle was tripped, so unfortunately he and Kailey Campbell will both be waiting on official's decisions now. No matter what the outcome, it's some extremely tough luck for UW this evening that put a bit of a damper on an otherwise outstanding day. The final heat of the women's 5k, featuring Lindsay Flanagan and Kayla Evans, is on the track now. It's the last race of the week for Washington.
Saturday, 8:45 p.m. Central -- What was looking like a thrilling finish ahead for junior Colton Tully-Doyle ended abruptly with about four laps left in the 5,000-meters. Coming around the northwest corner, Tully-Doyle fell and lay in clearly a great deal of pain just inside the railing as support staff rushed over to him. Will try to find out what happened but from the looks of it Tully-Doyle either was spiked or possibly suffered a cramp in the heat. At the time, Tully-Doyle had maneuvered from the rail on to the outside of the pack and was running very well in about fifth-place out of the 24 runners. Max O'Donoghue-McDonald also had a very impresive effort in the first heat but we'll return to that when we learn how Colton is doing.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m. Central -- And this just in to the Mike A. Myers News Desk: James Alaka has pulled off the sprint double, qualifying in the 200-meters seconds ago to go along with his 100-meter qualifier from Friday. Alaka ran a season-best 20.71 seconds in the final heat to take third. Quite an impressive weekend for the Englishman.
Saturday, 7:40 p.m. Central -- Another fantastic moment for the Dawgs here tonight as senior Falesha Ankton ran the fastest hurdles race of her career to earn a trip to Eugene. Ankton clocked 13.37 to take fourth in the second of three heats. Only the top three automatically moved on, so Ankton had to wait on the final heat to see if she would earn one of three spots reserved for the three-fastest times not in the top-three. Ankton sat on a bench in the infield set out for the discus throwers and watched the last heat from there, then saw the times scroll up for the last heat and knew her time had stood up. She greeted an ecstatic Coach Sheen and her uncle at the exit to the track, filmed an interview with GoHuskies.com, and then went to cool off, knowing her career continues on to nationals.
Saturday, 7:15 p.m. Central -- Gotta be quick here although there's a lot to discuss. Going to run back down out of the press box for Falesha Ankton's 100m hurdles heat. But Katie Follett moved on in the 1,500-meters, securing her spot in Eugene with a third-place finish in her heat. She led most of the way before being passed down the final stretch. Follett has been battling a mysterious stomach ailment for a week, as she talks about in a post-race interview we'll post later today. She said she wanted to stay up front and out of trouble because, unfortunately, she had just seen teammate Kailey Campbell get knocked down in the previous heat. It was hard to tell from the press box vantage point what caused her to fall, but Campbell got back up, ran another half-lap, but then stopped off the track. Not sure if she was badly hurt or not. Coach Metcalf was heading off to the official's tent to appeal. The ins and outs of the appeals process are beyond this live blog's expertise, but often if an athlete is ruled to be tripped up, they are automatically advanced to the next round. Unfortunate to leave it up to official's discretion in what could be Campbell's final outdoor track race for UW, but that looks like the reality now.
Saturday, 6:15 p.m. Central -- A big-time season-best for the men's 4x100-meter relay gets the Huskies back in gear for this evening's races. Sam Rucker, James Alaka, Colton Dunn, and Ryan Hamilton showed they weren't just happy to be here as the 24th and final team that made it to Austin. The foursome carried the stick around in 40.14 seconds, which ended up as the 15th-fastest time of the day, but just 0.14 seconds shy of getting the 12th and final spot to Eugene. Still, UW's previous season-best was just 40.53 seconds, and they upset nine teams seeded ahead of them. Not bad for a quartet comprised of two freshmen and two sophomores.
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Central -- Well we are officially on a three-hour break in terms of Husky activity as Shaniae Lakes has wrapped up in the women's triple jump. The freshman record-holder fouled her first attempt, ran through on the second, but then locked in on her third try and went 40-feet, 10-inches. That was her second-best jump of the season and just two inches off her PR, though it won't push her through to the top-16 who each get three more jumps. It was also a nice comeback effort for Lakes after Pac-10s where she struggled with a best of 38-9. Today's mark would have placed her seventh at Pac-10s while also earning three more jumps. So definitely good things to come for the freshman. Now those Huskies not competing will head back to the hotel or grab some food in Austin and wait for things to pick up starting with the men's 4x100m relay at 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 29, 1:30 p.m. Central -- About to head back over to the track to watch freshman Shaniae Lakes make her NCAA triple jump debut. Lakes has hit 41-feet this season, the third-best mark in school history, but she will probably need a PR today in order to put herself up in the top-12. After Lakes there is a lengthy break until the men's 4x100-meter relay heats at 6:15 p.m. Feel free to peruse the updated photo gallery at the top of the page. Also be sure to click through the video player on the right-hand side to view the latest interviews and highlights. We'll try to consolidate everything in one spot this afternoon.