May 25, 2010
SEATTLE - Senior sprinter Falesha Ankton was presented the UW Athletic Scholar award at the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity's 40th annual Celebration on Wednesday, May 19, at the Husky Union Building.
Ankton, a senior double-majoring in Political Science and Law, Societies and Justice, was one of 15 UW students to be honored as recognition scholars at the banquet and scholarship fundraiser that was attended by over 500 community and university members.
The Benicia, California native is in Austin, Texas this week to compete in the NCAA Championships West Preliminary. She is seeded 19th out of a field of 48 in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.45 seconds. Ankton will need to place in the top-12 to advance on to the final rounds in Eugene.
Her hurdles PR this season ranks as the second-fastest in school history, just one of nine events where Ankton's name appears on UW's top-10 list. She was part of the school-record distance medley relay in 2009, earning All-America honors.
Also recognized at Celebration was the 2010 recipient of the Charles E. Odegaard Award, Nelson Del Rio ('84). The Odegaard Award was established in 1973 to honor a member of the community whose leadership sustains former President Odegaard's distinguished work on behalf of diversity at UW and is regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the University.
UW alumni Ahndrea Blue ('92) and Cameron Wong ('93) served as co-emcees for the event. Formerly of FSN, Wong also has athletic department ties. He currently serves as a Senior Account Executive for the ISP Sports Network and is a former member of the UW football team.