May 26, 2010
Thursday, All Done! -- GoHuskies scrambled at the end to catch up with Anita Campbell at the end of her 10k run tonight, finish up the recap and hop in a van back to the hotel, so the blog had to wait a bit. By now you've probably read the details of Campbell's hard-earned top-12 finish, but here is the full recap with all the details from day one. We'll be back tomorrow starting with the men's pole vault at 1 p.m. Central time.
Thursday, 9:15 p.m. -- Jake Schmitt unfortunately could not quite maintain his strong early pace and finished out of the running for the spot in Eugene. He led for a few laps and stayed in the top five until about seven laps to go before slipping to the back of the front group that remained about 20 strong. In another unfortunate development for the Dawgs, junior Brooke Pighin fell short of the final in the women's javelin. Not sure if she had a legal first throw as the ocmpetition is still underway, but her last two throws were sector fouls to the right. Her last attempt was right at 150-feet but just a foot too far wide. Have to check out the final results but that mark probabl would have at least earned her three more attempts. Pighin was trying to persevered despite an elbow tendon injury that will require surgery at season's end. Competing further would not have changed that fact so Pighin gave it a go but didn't look like herself this evening.
On a brighter note, we finally got some video up on this challenging interweb. Here are the three Husky men's javelin competitors shortly after their competition ended this afternoon.
Men's Javelin Trio Recaps The Day
Thursday, 9:15 p.m. -- Senior Jake Schmitt is currently running strong in second place in the men's 10,000-meters, with about 13 laps remaining. Actually now at the 13 lap mark Schmitt has moved into the lead. Schmitt needs to finish in the top-12 to advance on to Eugene. Junior Jordan Swarthout and senior Alec Bromka are farther back in the huge field of 48 men.
Thursday, 8 p.m. -- Not much action for the purple and gold over the past hour, but things are cooling off noticeably in the Austin air, which should help UW's four entries in the men's and women's 10k races starting about an hour from now. Brooke Pighin and the rest of flight three of the javelin are about done with warm-ups and should be throwing any second. Sophomore Nikki Codd will unfortunately have to withdraw from the 800-meters due to a hip injury that refused to get any better over the past couple days. Earlier in the day, at the peak afternoon temperatures, Kailey Campbell pushed through the first round of the 1,500-meters in the fastest heat of the day. While dousing herself with a cup of water, Campbell had this to say on the race: "I felt good about two laps in, and I knew that third lap was really going to be tough," said Campbell. "It was tough, so I just took a deep breath and went for it. I was pretty tired, it definitely wasn't easy."
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. -- Still attempting to get some video uploaded but it's an uphill battle. The internet in the press box is cutting out now and then and the last attempt to upload resulted in a dreaded "timed out" message. As for current UW action, Dominique Lauderdale was unable to advance through the women's 100-meter first round, but her late season progress should spell big things for Lauderdale next season. She already was the first Husky to make the Pac-10 final at 100m since Ashley Lodree in 2007. The women's javelin is underway but still early in the second flight. Brooke Pighin is in flight three so she'll stay in the shade a little longer. Also, a quick note of apology to Jeremy Taiwo, as the sophomore decathlete is actually the FIRST Husky officially going to Eugene, not Joe Zimmerman and Kyle Nielsen. Taiwo basically clinched a spot on May 9 when he PR'd in the decathlon and moved into the NCAA top-10.
Thursday, 6 p.m. -- Okay we've had a bit too long of a break, sorry about that, but we were off trying to collect some video of the 100-meter dashes which followed right after the 1,500-meters, all of which featured Huskies. Katie Follett and Kailey Campbell are safely through in the women's 1,500m first round. They'll run again on Saturday. Freshman Justine Johnson wasn't as fortunate and was 39th overall. Next came the 100-meter dash first round, with freshman James Alaka taking second in his heat to move on easily, though he was upset with his start. Still waiting on official times but it looks like Ryan Hamilton will have to wait to run on the relay for his next outing as he was seventh in his heat.
Thursday, 4:45 p.m. -- Kyle Nielsen and Joe Zimmerman are the first Huskies officially on their way to Eugene! Zimmerman was second and Nielsen fourth going into the final three throws, and neither one needed to make another attempt, as that was where they wound up in the final standings. Jimmy Brookman was unable to improve in his last three throws, but as he was in the second flight, he had to endure another hour in the heat before coming back to throw, and he admitted afterwards he didn't have much left. Still, Brookman was seeded just 30th coming in and wound up 16th, so he has a lot to be proud of. On the track, sophomore Ryan Soberanis just ran in the second heat of the 1,500-meters, but couldn't hang on to the pack and won't be moving on. We will have a video interview with the javelin throwers as soon as we can.
Thursday, 3:35 p.m. -- All three Husky javelin throwers are into the final 16. Brookman grabbed the last spot so he will be throwing first and will need to improve over his 209-4 to get into the top-12. Zimmerman blasted out a new PR of 235-3 on his first attempt which ranks among the leaders. Kyle Nielsen's best was 229-7 on his second throw. Both those marks may be enough to move Zimmerman and Nielsen on to Eugene, but we'll see what happens in this final round. The throwers are going through warm-ups once again. Oh and by the way we've actually started some running events.
Thursday, 2 p.m. -- The third and final 16 javelin throwers are making their way across the infield, warming up their arms. Junior Kyle Nielsen and freshman Joe Zimmerman are in this final flight. Jimmy Brookman had a clutch final throw that will definitely put him in the picture for the final 16 who will earn three more attempts before the cut down to the 12 qualifiers. Brookman opened with a toss of 200-feet, 7-inches, then went 186-0 on his next attempt. Definitely in need of an improvement, the Redmond native tossed 209-4 with an emphatic yell. Unofficially, that puts him second overall through the first two flights, though the top flight features the highest-seeded throwers.
Thursday, May 27, 12 noon -- Well we are now officially coming to you from a live track meet, as the men's javelin is underway. Still a sparse crowd at Mike A. Myers Stadium as the first running events don't begin until 3:30. Right now we're at 89 degrees and probably not leveling off any time soon. Freshman Jimmy Brookman will be the first Husky up but he's in the second flight and Joe Zimmerman and Kyle Nielsen will follow in flight three. Be sure to check out the video of Coach Metcalf below. We'll try to have some photos throughout the day as well.
Wednesday, May 26 -- The Huskies got a full dosage of the Texas heat this afternoon, after Tuesday was deceptively mild. Temperatues were into the upper 80s as Washington headed back to Mike A. Myers Stadium for a shake-out at 4 p.m. Although there is not much shade to be found, the track facility does lie in the shadow of the Darrel K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium where the Longhorns take to the gridiron. The stadium seats just over 100,000 officially, or a few more than the number of entries in this week's meet. Actually that number is closer to 2,000, but still it is quite a field here in Austin with 48 athletes in every event, making for especially long days in the field events. Dodging the sun whenever possible will be helpful, a strange mindset for Huskies used to basking in it at every chance. Even late in the practice day, the track was packed with athletes doing strides in the infield, taking practice hurdle runs around the corners, and getting used to the breezes down the jump and vault pits. Returning to the hotel around 6 p.m., most Huskies headed for dinner and then into a team meeting at 8:30. First bus back to the track Thursday morning is at 10 a.m. with the three men's javelin throwers on the clock first for a 12 noon start.
Coach Metcalf at Wednesday shake-out