June 9, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Anita Campbell wrapped up her All-American career with a 15th-place finish in the finals of the 10,000-meter run on day one of the NCAA Track & Field Championships at a rain-soaked Hayward Field. Out of UW's 11 entries, only Campbell and sprinter James Alaka were in action today.
Rain lashed Hayward Field for a couple hours during the afternoon but by the time the freshman Alaka lined up for the 100-meter semifinals, the sun was making a few brief appearances and the rains had stopped though the track remained wet.
Alaka didn't get the best start out of the blocks but at top gear he was as fast as anyone. The London native clocked 10.37 seconds, one of his top efforts this season, but it wasn't quite enough to move him into the finals, as 10.30 was needed to make the top eight. Alaka finished 14th overall, and was the second-highest finishing freshman in the NCAA. Alaka also was the top finisher in the Pac-10, as conference champ Ahmad Rashad of USC false started in Alaka's heat. Alaka will be back in action tomorrow with the 200-meter semifinals at 4:15.
Later in the evening, the rains returned just as the 10,000-meters was starting up. Campbell ran in third for most of the first half of the race but began to drop back as new leaders asserted themselves. The Vancouver, B.C. native stayed steady though and wound up 15th in 33:44.57, a time just a few seconds off her personal-best. Campbell had to go straight to drug testing after the race and was unavailable comment immediately afterwards.
For Campbell, this was the fourth NCAA Outdoor Championships of her career and her ninth career NCAA Championships including four in cross country and one in indoor track. She was an All-American in cross country in 2007 with a 20th-place finish and a key piece of UW's 2008 National Championship cross country squad. After running the 5,000-meters at NCAA Outdoors as a freshman and sophomore, Campbell stepped up to 10,000-meters last year and placed third at nationals in Fayetteville, earning her first All-America honor on the track.
Campbell ranks second in school history at 5,000-meters (15:45.85) outdoors and fourth at 10,000-meters (33:40.22) while indoors she holds the 5,000-meter school record at 16:09.26. She also claimed the 2009 Pac-10 title at 10,000-meters, winning by more than a minute.
Thursday will have the most action of the week for the Huskies, starting with Jeremy Taiwo in day one of the decathlon. In the field, Scott Roth and Ryan Vu will compete in the pole vault finals, and Kyle Nielsen and Joe Zimmerman will throw in the javelin finals. On the track, Katie Follett will have a semifinal heat in the 1,500-meters, Falesha Ankton will have a 100m hurdles semi, Mel Lawrence will run in the semis of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Alaka has his 200-meter semi as well.
Washington Track & Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Oregon - Hayward Field
Wednesday June 9, 2010 - Day 1 of 4
Men's Results (UW Only)
100-meters (Semifinals): 14. James Alaka, 10.37 (Does Not Advance).
Women's Results (UW Only)
10,000-meters (Finals): 15. Anita Campbell, 33:44.57.