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April 21, 2011

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OREGON RELAYS
April 22-23 • Eugene, Oregon • Hayward Field

Meet Info: Live Results | Live Webcast: www.GoDucks.com (subscription fee required)

ON THE TRACK: Only three weeks remain in the regular season and the NCAA Prelims are just over a month away. A large group of Huskies are headed back to Eugene for the second time in three weeks, to compete in the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field this Friday and Saturday. But while the destination is the same, this point in the season finds the individual Huskies at different points in their seasons. Some have their NCAA bids locked up, and will use this weekend to fine tune, or work at different distances on the track. For others this weekend will carry a lot of weight, as they look to continue progressing, chasing season-bests and climbing the national lists or making a case for a trip to the Pac-10 Championships, now less than a month away.

Washington was just at Hayward Field two weeks back for the Pepsi Team Invitational, and many Huskies hope to come back again at the end of May for the NCAA West Prelims. The Oregon Relays feature large fields of both top collegiate and high school athletes. The college section on Friday begins at 3 p.m. with a featured night session under the lights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Then on Saturday action resumes at 11 a.m. with the college events wrapping by 3 p.m. GoDucks.com will have live results and a live webcast for those who pay a subscription fee.

The main attraction on the track on Friday figures to be the men's 1,500-meters, which features a number of All-Americans and potential NCAA title contenders. UW will be well represented by senior Colton Tully-Doyle, sophomore Joey Bywater, junior Ryan Soberanis, sophomore Michael Miller, junior Charlie Williams, and redshirt freshmen Gareth Gilna and Taylor Carlson.

Also on Friday, Cameron Quackenbush will run in the men's 5k, and in the women's 5k, senior Kenna Patrick is slated to make her season debut, as will redshirt freshman Alison Ponce.

In Friday's field events, the men's and women's discus throws will include senior Peter Follmer and junior Elisa Bryant, and Jordin Seekins is set to throw the javelin. Freshman Kasen Covington leads the way in the men's triple jump, joined by Clayton Johnson and Thomas Kmett. Covington has pushed the 50-foot mark every outdoor meet after surpassing it once indoors.

Saturday, senior Scott Roth looks to keep up his major momentum coming off a school record 18-9 1/4 pole vault clearance last week in a win at the Mt. SAC Relays. Roth was named Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Week this past Monday, and now has the best vault by an American this year. He will hope to get another crack at clearing 19-feet for the first time. Junior Robby Fegles will also vault, as will sophomore Logan Miller, and juniors Kelly Mudlo and Taylor Fjeran on the women's side.

Junior Ryan Styrk and redshirt frosh Brad Whitley will be ones to watch in the men's 800-meters, and sophomore Laura Schmitt will look to build off her five second PR last time out in the women's 800m as she lines up for that distance once again.

Freshman A.J. Maricich is coming off a season-best 6-10 3/4 high jump and will look to hit seven feet on Saturday. The men's javelin competition should be a battle with All-American Joe Zimmernan going against Oregon's Alex Wolff, and sophomore Jimmy Brookman also looking to climb the West's best list. Senior Cameron Elisara is also looking to work himself into Pac-10 contention in the shot put.

The women's triple jump will include 2010 NCAA qualifier Shaniae Lakes as well as Alana Alexander and Lindsey Fleishman. Covington and Warren Woods will also be in the men's long jump.

Last but probably fastest, sophomore standout James Alaka is entered in the men's 400-meter dash on Saturday, which would be his first career open 400-meters.

ALAKA, ROTH GO BACK-TO-BACK WITH PAC-10 POTW: Washington collected two Pac-10 Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors over the first two weeks of the season. First up was sophomore James Alaka, who garnered Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors on April 11. That came after the Pepsi Team Invitational, in which Alaka won the title at 100-meters, 200-meters, and ran a leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay team. Alaka won the 100-meters in 10.53 seconds into a strong headwind, winning by nearly three tenths. He then cruised to a 21.18 second win at 200-meters, again winning by a large margin into the wind. The relay clocked a season-best 40.24 seconds. On April 18, senior Scott Roth was named Men's Field Event Athlete of the Week, the first such honor in his decorated career. Roth broke the school pole vault record with a win at the Mt. SAC Relays. Competing against a field of professionals that included vaulters with Olympic Games experience, Roth stole the show with a sterling performance. Roth cleared two bars cleanly and then broke the record with a jump over 18-9 1/4, once again needing just one try. That easily surpassed American record-holder Brad Walker's former school record of 18-6 ½ set in 2003. Roth took three shots at 19-0 ¾, which would have been a new Pac-10 record, barely brushing off the bar on his second attempt. Still, the 18-9 ¼ clearance was the best pole vault by an American in 2011 indoors or outdoors, and the second-best clearance in the world outdoors this season.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: In the third week of USTFCCCA national team rankings, both the Husky men's and women's teams reside just outside the Top-25. The men are No. 31 this week and the women are 30th. A slew of fast times at the Mt. SAC Relays knocked a few of the Husky women down the national lists, dropping the women 10 spots from last week's No. 20 ranking. The men remain unchanged, losing some distance points but gaining points from Scott Roth, who moved to No. 1 nationally in the pole vault. The men were ranked 21st in the preseason. Junior Amanda Peterson is providing the most points for the women as she ranks third nationally in the javelin. The rankings should get a big shake-up next week as 2010 best marks are dropped and only 2011 data is used. The men return all of their point scorers from the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships at which they finished 15th. Based on last year's season-bests, Kyle Nielsen ranks eighth and Joe Zimmerman 24th in the javelin, but the two went three-four at NCAAs last year, stepping up in the clutch, and Zimmerman had a bigger PR over the summer at the Junior World Championships. The women have added points from Megan Goethals in the 5,000-meters and Lindsay Flanagan in the 10k, both of who rank 16th this year, and Katie Flood who is 12th in the 1,500m. Preseason points come from sophomore Christine Babcock and junior Elisa Bryant who were NCAA qualifiers in 2009 but redshirted last season. Junior Mel Lawrence is ranked in the Top-10 in both the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase and senior Brooke Pighin is 11th in the javelin but both of them are coming off injuries.

ROTH'S RECORD HEADLINES BIG WEEK AT MT. SAC: A big week for the Huskies at the Mt. SAC Relays was capped off by a school record vault from senior Scott Roth on April 16, as he took the U.S. lead with a clearance of 18-9 1/4. Roth broke American record-holder Brad Walker's outdoor mark of 18-6 1/2. Roth got to his record height with no misses and needed just one vault to clear 18-9 1/4 as well. Despite being the only college athlete in a field of mostly professionals, Roth was the only vaulter over at 18-9 1/4. He had the bar raised to 19-0 3/4, which would have been a new Pac-10 record, but was unable to make his three tries. Still, Roth's clearance ranks him second in the world so far this year outdoors. That effort was just one of nearly 20 PRs by Husky athletes at the three-day meet. Saturday, Angus Taylor PR'd in the hammer with a mark of 201-feet, 2-inches, and James Alaka shaved down his season-best at 100m to a wind-legal 10.34 seconds as the top collegiate finisher, fifth overall, in the invitational. The Husky 4x100-meter relay also got its second straight win, taking the Olympic Development Elite section in 40.30 seconds. Friday PRs came from Justine Johnson in the 1,500-meters (4:22.57), and James Cameron at 1,500m (3:44.90), while Joey Bywater (SB 3:46.14), junior Ryan Soberanis (PR 3:47.69), and junior Charlie Williams (SB 3:52.25) all ran well. For the first time in five years, the Huskies have a women's sprinter under the 55-second mark for the quarter mile. Jordan Carlson has battled through injuries early in her career to come on strong in 2011, and the Spokane native broke through with a PR in the 400 of 54.74 seconds. That's the best time by a Husky since 2006 and ties for seventh on the school's Top-10 list. Freshman Michelle Fero also ran a PR of 56.28 seconds. Continuing a big day for the women's sprinters was senior Dominique Lauderdale, who won her 200-meter heat in a big PR of 24.24 seconds, the fastest time by a Husky since Chelsie Pentz in 2000, jumping Lauderdale up to sixth on the all-time list. Shortly thereafter, freshman Maurice McNeal made a big splash in the 400-meter dash, winning his heat by more than a second and placing third out of more than 40 entries in 46.86 seconds. In the javelin, Kyle Nielsen had a season-best toss of 234-feet, 6-inches. Joe Zimmerman added five feet to his season-best with a throw of 221-10. In the women's javelin, Amanda Peterson had a solid follow-up to her school record debut. She threw 165-4 on her fourth attempt to win her flight and place fifth overall as the top collegian. The Huskies continued to accumulate the PRs in the jumps. In the women's triple jump, Taylor Nichols went 40-feet, 7-inches, wind-aided. Then freshman A.J. Maricich cleared 6-10 ¾ to take fifth in the men's high jump with his best outdoor clearance so far this season. Back on the track, UW's top two finishers in the men's and women's 400-meter hurdles had their fastest times of the year. Dan Sanders ran 53.03 and Kayla Stueckle stopped the clock at 1:01.40. The final Husky in action late Friday was Lindsay Flanagan who went under 16:30 in the 5k for the first time at 16:28.86. In the women's hammer throw, Elisa Bryant had a season-best throw of 180-7.

ALAKA, PETERSON LEAD DAWGS AT PEPSI TEAM INVITE: Six event victories and a new school record wrapped a big day for the Huskies as they completed their first scored meet of the outdoor season at the Pepsi Team Invitational at Oregon's Hayward Field on April 9. Three wins for sprinter James Alaka and a school record for newcomer Amanda Peterson helped set the tone for the early season tune-up. On the men's side, the 10th-ranked Ducks got the win with 195 points, followed by ninth-ranked Nebraska with 181. The Huskies were third with 159 points, outpacing eighth-ranked Stanford which had 121. Third-ranked Oregon took the women's team title with 205 points, with Washington coming in fourth with 112. One of the first events of the day was the women's javelin, where it took all of two throws for junior Amanda Peterson to become the new Washington school record-holder. Peterson threw 168-feet, 5-inches on her first attempt, then fired the spear 174-2 on her second toss to set the school record, previously held by Megan Spriesterbach who went 173-7 in 2004. Washington's five other event wins came on the men's side, including another in the javelin, as two-time All-American Kyle Nielsen got his senior season off to a solid start with a toss of 233-10 to get the win. Jimmy Brookman also had a PR of 215-9 and All-American Joe Zimmerman debuted with a 216-4 toss to take fourth. Three more wins came on the heels of sprinter James Alaka. He was first at 100m in 10.53 seconds into a headwind, while junior Ryan Hamilton was third in a time of 10.99. Alaka also rolled to an easy win at 200-meters, clocking 21.18. UW clocked a very impressive 40.24-seconds win in the men's 4x100-meter relay, with Alaka on the second leg. Freshman Maurice McNeal led off, then Alaka handed to Colton Dunn who passed to Hamilton on the anchor. The final Husky victory lap was run by senior Scott Roth, who tied his own meet record with a clearance of 18-0 ½ in the pole vault. In the steeplechase, sophomores James Cameron and Michael Miller went second and third. Cameron, an All-American indoors in the mile, clocked 9:02.83, a huge 36 second improvement over his previous steeple from a year ago. More PRs were had throughout the field events. Sophomore Julian Bardwell had a new best long jump of 23-5 ¼, and freshman Kasen Covington went 49-9 ¾ to take fourth in the triple jump. Conner Larned extended his best in the discus out to 172-10 to place fourth. Angus Taylor was second in the hammer, tossing 195-6. Nearly pulling off the upset of the day was freshman Katie Flood, who simply continues to roll at any track over any distance, as she took second in the 1,500-meters in 4:18.80. Flood nearly chased down NCAA indoor mile champion Jordan Hasay of Oregon, who held on for the win in 4:18.61. Maybe the biggest PR of the day came from Laura Schmitt, who sliced more than five seconds off her lifetime 800-meter best to run 2:10.05 and place sixth. Also PRing was Lindsay Flanagan, who lowered her career-best 5,000-meter time with a third-place finish in 16:34.11. In the sprints, Dominique Lauderdale and the rest of the field was slowed by the windy conditions, but she still placed third in the 100-meters in a time of 11.86 seconds. Jordan Carlson PR'd in 55.08 to take third in the 400m.

SPRINTERS START FAST AT STANFORD INVITE: The Huskies started the outdoor track season with a bang from their top two sprinters, James Alaka and Dominique Lauderdale, who each won the 100-meter dashes at the Stanford Invitational, held March 25-26. After doing short so well, Washington went long, as senior Colton Tully-Doyle and sophomore James Cameron ran the second and third-fastest 5,000-meters in school history. Washington made its mark early in the sprints. Alaka made his season debut in style, as he won the men's 100-meters in 10.37 seconds, edging out pro runner Josh Norman. It's the fifth time Alaka has gone under 10.40 seconds in his Husky career. Lauderdale ran to a big PR to start her outdoor season, winning in 11.54 seconds, well under her previous career-best of 11.77 seconds. Lauderdale's time would tie for third-best in school history but it was wind-aided. Later in the evening it was time for the distance runners to dig in. Husky freshman Megan Goethals crushed the UW freshman record at 5,000-meters, as she placed fourth in the top heat in a time of 16:06.64, surpassing Anita Campbell's 16:29.91 freshman mark from 2006. That ranks eighth on the Husky top-10 list. The top heat of the men's 5,000-meters was up next, and three UW men broke the 14-minute barrier. Tully-Doyle posted the number two 5k time in Washington history at 13:47.25. Right behind Tully-Doyle was Cameron, who showed his versatility today by stopping the clock in 13:51.83, which now ranks him third right behind Tully-Doyle and record-holder David Bazzi (13:40.61). Also getting into the mix was junior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald, who set a 20-second personal-best with a time of 13:59.82. Sophomore Lindsay Flanagan became just the fifth Husky woman ever to go under 34 minutes in the 10k, running 33:42.50 to jump up to fifth in school history. Jordan Carlson had a big PR in the 400-meters of 55.24. Sophomore Justine Johnson had a good opening at 1,500-meters, as she clocked 4:26.80, just a couple seconds off her PR. On Saturday, freshman Maurice McNeal posted a speedy debut at 200-meters, winning his section in a time of 21.23 seconds. That time would have qualified for NCAA West Prelims a year ago. Husky sophomore Colton Dunn was fourth in that same heat, running a big PR of 21.74. The top Husky men's relays also both placed second overall. At 800-meters, redshirt freshman Brad Whitley blew about six seconds off his outdoor 800-meter PR, as he led UW with a time of 1:51.94. Leading the throws was junior Angus Taylor, who opened up in the hammer throw with a best toss of 192-feet, 11-inches on his fifth attempt. Freshman Kasen Covington placed fourth in the triple jump with a best of 49-2 ¼ which came on his sixth and final jump.

2011 INDOOR IN REVIEW: Washington's 2011 indoor season had a little bit of everything, from veteran seniors going out on a high note, to impressive returns to form from familiar faces, and several new faces bursting onto the national scene. The highlight of the season was senior pole vaulter Scott Roth, who successfully defended his NCAA Indoor title with a gritty performance at nationals in College Station, Texas. Roth suffered a hamstring injury early in the season and had not competed in a month by the time NCAAs rolled around, but he was able to regain his form and won the title with a clearance of 18-0 1/2. He becomes just the sixth Husky track athlete to own multiple NCAA titles, and was the first repeat winner since fellow vaulter Brad Walker won the indoor titles in 2003-04. Roth earned the sixth All-America honor of his career, the most by a vaulter and fifth-most in school history. Also earning All-America First Team honors at NCAAs were sophomores James Cameron and Jeremy Taiwo. Cameron capped an incredible indoor season with an eighth-place mile finish, while Taiwo placed eighth in the heptathlon. Cameron punched his ticket to NCAAs by running the second-best mile in school history at 3:58.51, the fourth sub-four minute mile in UW history. Taiwo raised his own heptathlon school record to 5,780 points at nationals. The Husky men posted 12 points to tie for 18th, and while the women did not score, they were well represented by freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals. The young distance runners were the only two freshmen in the 3,000-meter field. Flood placed 10th and Goethals was 13th, earning both of them All-America Second Team honors. Washington had an incredible 35 new marks written into its indoor Top-10 list, with another school record coming from senior Colton Tully-Doyle in the 3,000m (7:53.13). Tully-Doyle would place 18th at NCAAs, and senior Ryan Vu also earned All-America Second Team honors with an 11th-place finish in the pole vault in his final UW competition. Washington's own Dempsey Indoor was once again the place to be for distance runners, as a majority of the NCAA qualifiers posted their top times in Seattle. Looking at the Top-20 on the men's national list from 800-meters through 5,000-meters, exactly 40 of the 80 best times in the four distance events came from the Dempsey, while the Dempsey accounted for 29 of the 80 best marks in the same distances on the women's side.

ROTH'S TITLE HIGHLIGHTS NCAA INDOORS: Seven Huskies qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, hosted this year by Texas A&M in College Station. As always, the meet brought some highs and lows, but nobody went higher than senior Scott Roth, who successfully defended his indoor pole vault national title. Despite not competing in a month while rehabbing a hamstring injury, Roth's experience proved too much to overcome. Despite some early struggles, which included a third attempt at 17-6 1/2, Roth got on a roll with a first attempt clearance at 17-10 1/2 and again at 18-0 1/2. That first jump make proved critical, as only one other vaulter made that bar, and did so on his second attempt, giving Roth the tiebreaker. Ben Peterson of Minnesota was unable to clear another bar, so Roth collected his second national championship, becoming one of just six Huskies all-time to win multiple NCAA titles. Also scoring for the Huskies was sophomores James Cameron and Jeremy Taiwo. Seeded just 12th entering the meet, Cameron qualified for the mile final, and ran to eighth in a time of 4:01.88. Taiwo also finished eighth in his second career NCAA Indoor heptathlon competition. He raised his school record to 5,780, and had PRs in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles, long jump, and 1,000m run, but subpar showings in the shot put and pole vault kept Taiwo from contending for the title. Still, he became the first Husky to ever score in the heptathlon at nationals. Senior Ryan Vu competed for the final time as a Husky, tying for 11th in the pole vault with a 17-2 3/4 clearance, and senior Colton Tully-Doyle was 18th in the 3,000-meter final, struggling in a congested field that knocked him off stride. The women were represented by freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals in the 3,000-meters. Both ran well as the only two freshmen in the field, and finished just out of scoring position, Flood placing 10th and Goethals 13th. The Husky men's 12 points earned them a tie for 18th in the team standings. The 12 points had only been surpassed five times since 1965 and Roth's title was the ninth indoor title in school history. Roth, Cameron, and Taiwo were named First Team All-Americans by the USTFCCCA. Vu, Flood, and Goethals earned Second Team honors and Tully-Doyle was an honorable mention.

DEMPSEY INDOOR: Having just concluded its first decade of competition, Washington's Dempsey Indoor continues to enhance its reputation as one of the nation's fastest venues. Over the past two years, more and more elite professionals have come through the Dempsey on a regular basis. This year saw the likes of track superstars Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Chris Solinsky, Amy Begley, and a return from Husky legend Brad Walker, while 2010 was highlighted by Olympians Nick Symmonds, Shannon Rowbury, Jesse Williams, and Jen Rhines. The Dempsey produces numerous top-10 world marks every year and has seen 33 UW indoor school records broken, and thousands of NCAA qualifying marks. The Dempsey is also the annual host site of the MPSF Championships. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track (six lanes on the straightaway, five on the oval) and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events. In addition to its competitive use, the building serves as an indoor practice facility for many UW teams. Following is a list of new facility records set during the 2010 season:

2011 Dempsey Indoor Records
Men's 60m	6.58, Josh Norman, Unattached, 1/15/11
Men's Mile	3:54.52, Chris Solinsky, Nike, 2/12/11
Men's 60m Hurdles	7.75, Ronald Brookins, Sacramento State, 2/12/11
Women's 60m	7.23, Amber Purvis, Oregon, 2/26/11
Women's 800m	2:02.91, Geena Gall, Oregon Track Club, 3/5/11
Women's 3,000m	8:53.14, Lisa Koll, Nike, 1/15/11
Women's DMR	11:02.15, Oregon, 1/28/11
Women's High Jump	6-3 1/2, Brigetta Barrett, Arizona, 2/26/11
Women's Pentathlon	4,507, Brianne Theisen, Oregon, 1/28/11
 
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