April 22, 2010
Jeremy Taiwo Interview
With the postseason now less than a month away, the importance of each week continues to build for the UW track and field teams. This week will see nearly fifty Huskies in action, with the majority traveling to Berkeley to compete in the Brutus Hamilton Invitational hosted by California at the same Edwards Stadium that will host the Pac-10 Championships next month.
The Brutus Hamilton runs this Friday and Saturday, and features more than 700 athletes and numerous Olympians. A second pack of Dawgs will head up to Bellinghams for the Western Washington Twilight Invitational on Friday night.
Washington will take a mixture of athletes across all event areas to the Brutus Hamilton this weekend. The sprints group will include freshman James Alaka, who already ranks in the Top-10 in school history in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The London native is scheduled to run in the invitational heats of both distances this weekend. Sophomore Ryan Hamilton will also run both the 100 and 200, as will junior Dominique Lauderdale on the women's side. Freshman Colton Dunn is slated to run the 200-meters.
Coming off an excellent 800-meter run last weekend at Sacramento State, newcomer Nikki Codd will line up again at that distance in the invitational heat. At this moment Codd is in position to compete at the NCAA prelims in Austin as she ranks 23rd in the West Region.
Senior Falesha Ankton will toe the line in the top heat of the 100-meter hurdles, alongside Olympian Hyleas Fountain of Nike affiliation and Cal's Kimyon Broom who currently leads the West. Ankton ranks 21st nationally right now with a time of 13.56 seconds.
A handful of men's distance runners will make the trip. Senior Jake Schmitt and sophomore Max O'Donoghue-McDonald are set to compete in a loaded men's 5,000-meters that will be one of the highlights of the overall meet, as Olympians such as Galen Rupp and Bolota Asmerom highlight a number of professionals in the field. Former Husky Mike Sayenko will also compete for Strands.
The field events are highlighted by junior Scott Roth, who will preview the Cal facilities before he attempts to defend his Pac-10 pole vault title in Berkeley next month. Senior Ryan Vu will also vault for the men and women's vaulters Kelly Mudlo, Logan Miller, and Lauren Walker will all make the trip.
The Huskies will have javelin All-Americans Kyle Nielsen and Brooke Pighin both in action, along with freshmen men's javelin throwers Joe Zimmerman and James Brookman, both of whom have gone well over 200-feet already.
In the women's long and triple jumps, Taylor Nichols and Lindsey Fleishman will both double up in the long and triple jumps on the women's side, as will Julian Bardwell for the men. Sophomore decathlete Jeremy Taiwo will get some work in the long jump as well as the high jump, while also running a 4x100m relay leg. Sophomore Kelly McNamee will also compete in the high jump on the women's side.