April 2, 2012
Throughout the season, GoHuskies.com will check in with the captains of the Husky track and field team for insight into what each unit is working on in practice and goals for upcoming meets. The Huskies have a total of eight captains this season: James Alaka and Jordan Carlson for the sprints group, Jeremy Taiwo and Taylor Nichols for the jumps, vaulters, and multis, Angus Taylor and Elisa Bryant lead the throwers, and Charlie Williams and Christine Babcock represent the distance runners. Taiwo penned the following entry before the Huskies opened up the outdoor season at the Trojan Invitational.
Men's Jumps Captain
Jeremy Taiwo, Junior from Renton, Wash.
The Washington jumps sent one new freshman to the Indoor NCAA's in Boise, Idaho. J.J. had a good showing at the event clearing his opening height. At this point it was about experience and competing on the road. It's often difficult for UW athletes to adjust to the bank track after competing in the Dempsey over-sized track for most of the season, but J.J. went out and did his thing! J.J. was able to qualify for the small contingent of national pole-vaulters due to a jump off or essentially a tie in the vault at the UW Final Qualifier.
As the indoor season wrapped up, the jump squad is now fixing its sights on the outdoor season with folks getting ready to compete at the USC meet this weekend. Usually the first outdoor meet is to get people in motion and keep progressing training and technique work in order to peak towards the later stages of the outdoor season.
It's been a while since our Huskies have seen the sun and they will be thrilled to experience their first meet at the University of Southern California where warm-ups were once held for the historic Los Angeles 1984 Olympics. The jump squad is planning to get after it there as well as at West Seattle Stadium where a small contingent will be setting out to mold their technique work for the starting of the outdoor season.