May 6, 2010
ON THE TRACK: The home outdoor schedule opens and closes over the course of six hours this weekend in Husky Stadium, as UW track hosts its only outdoor meet this year with the Ken Shannon Invitational this Saturday, May 8. It will be the final tune-up for a number of Huskies that will be continuing on to the Pac-10 Championships next weekend, and also serve as an opportunity for some to prove that they should make the roster for the conference championships.
Named in 2002 in honor of legendary Husky track and field coach Ken Shannon, the meet will mark the home finale for several UW seniors, though many more will be resting this weekend in preparation of the postseason. The meet gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with several field events, and the first running event is scheduled for 10 a.m. The final even is the women's 4x400-meter relay, expected to begin at 3:05 p.m.
Teams on hand this Saturday include the likes of Seattle Pacific, Seattle U., Western Washington, Central Washington, Gonzaga, and Simon Fraser plus entries from several other clubs and community colleges.
The men's 800m should be intriguing with former NCAA Champ Michael Miller will also look for a season-best, and 400-meter NCAA qualifier Jeff Gudaitis will get a run in as well competing unattached.
Sophomore David McCary and freshmen Greg Drosky and James Cameron will compete in the men's steeplechase for the second straight week after running last Saturday in Pullman. Sophomore Max O'Donoghue-McDonald is slated to run the 1,500-meters, getting set for a Pac-10 run.
Junior Miles Timpe, a two-time Pac-10 competitor, will run the 400-meter hurdles along with freshman Dan Sanders, and freshman Colton Dunn will line up in the 200-meter dash. The men's 5k is highlighted by sophomores Rob Webster Jr. and Cameron Quackenbush.
Men's jumpers include Clayton Johnson and Jake Vetter in the high jump, Warren Woods and Julian Bardwell in the triple jump and Johnson, Woods, Bardwell, Thomas Kmett and Josh McCune in the triple jump.
NCAA Champ Scott Roth is entered in the men's vault, as is senior Ryan Vu, who had his best day last year at home in Husky Stadium with a 17-6 clearance that he will be hoping to match or surpass this Saturday.
The men's javelin unit leads the throws group on Saturday, as All-American Kyle Nielsen is entered along with impressive freshman James Brookman. Senior Zach Woods will also be looking to PR in his final home appearance and extend his season to Pac-10s. Sophomore Richard Anderson also is looking for a big day in the shot put to improve his conference standing.
In the top heat of the women's 1,500m, sophomore Kayla Evans will lead a quartet of Huskies hunting for PRs. Sophomore Jordan Carlson has the top entry time in the women's 200- and 400-meter dashes and freshman Justine Johnson is one to watch in the 800-meters.
Senior Syreeta Martin has lowered her season-best in the 400-meter hurdles in her last three outings and will look to continue that trend on Saturday in her final home appearance.
On the field for the women, five Huskies will vie for a Pac-10 spot, including senior Ally Wojciechowski, competing for the final time at home. Caroline Soules could contend for the win in the high jump, and four Huskies led by freshman Shaniae Lakes will go in the triple jump. Lakes owns the third-best mark in school history after leaping 41-0 ¼ earlier this season. This will also mark the final home appearance for senior Nicole Vielma of Fife who is set to triple jump.
MULTI-TALENTED TAIWO LEADS FOUR TO BERKELEY: The Pac-10 Championships actually officially begins this Saturday during the midst of the Ken Shannon. The Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships are this Saturday and Sunday down in Berkeley, Calif. hosted by the Golden Bears. Action starts at 11 a.m. each day at Edwards Stadium. Taiwo took third last year as a freshman in his first collegiate decathlon, scoring a PR of 7,299 points. He enters this season as the third-seed once again after posting 7,289 points at the Mt. SAC Relays last month. Junior Andrew Ferleman will compete in his second-straight Pac-10 decathlon as well. Ferleman was 10th a year ago in Eugene. In the women's heptathlon, freshman Sarah Schireman and junior Lindsey Kirschman will both compete in their first Pac-10 multi meet. Points from this weekend's multi-events will be added into the team scores next week when the Pac-10 Championships hit full swing on May 15-16.
Ken Shannon HISTORY: Washington renamed its annual spring invitational in 2002 to honor former head coach Ken Shannon, the second-longest tenured coach in University of Washington history. In 29 years as head coach of Washington men's track and field team, from 1968-97, Shannon guided the Huskies to seven top-12 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a best of sixth in 1972. Under Shannon's tutelage, Husky athletes combined to earn 81 All-America certificates, 38 Pac-10 titles, and 18 NCAA championships, while setting 10 NCAA records. After stepping down as Washington's head coach following the 1997 season, Shannon remained on staff as the UW's throws coach, mentoring seven more All-Americans over the next four years, including three-time U.S. Olympian Aretha Hill, before retiring for good in 2001.