April 18, 2009
WALNUT, Calif. - Washington track and field wrapped up its stay at the Mt. SAC Relays this evening with just a handful of competitors. Many former Husky stars were also in action on Saturday, giving the current crop something to aspire to.
Of the four current Dawgs in action, two matched their personal bests. Junior Falesha Ankton placed fifth in the invitational flight of the 100-meter hurdles, setting a season-best and matching her lifetime-best in 13.46 seconds. Ankton finished one spot behind five-time UW All-American Ashley Lodree, who holds several school records including the 100m hurdles. Lodree was fourth in 13.33 seconds.
Freshman high jumper Kelly McNamee equaled her outdoor best with a clearance of 5-8 ¾. In the men's invitational pole vault, sophomore Scott Roth and senior Jared O'Connor both cleared heights well above the Regional mark, though they did not improve on their season-highs. Roth went over 17-4 ½ and O'Connor cleared 17-0 ¾ one day after he went 17-2 ¾.
Additional former Huskies competing for pro teams on Saturday included 2008 grad and nine-time All-American Norris Frederick, who took third in the long jump with a leap of 25-feet, 6-inches. Also, former pole vault and gymnastics standout Carly Dockendorf cleared 13-7 ¼ in the women's pole vault invitational.
UW throws coach Reedus Thurmond and his volunteer assistant, Will Conwell, both threw the discus today and finished within a few inches of each other. Thurmond's best went 184-10 and Conwell threw 184-3. Conwell is coming off a great 2008 season that saw him place sixth in the discus at the U.S. Olympic Trials, missing the Beijing Games by just a few feet. Also competing in the men's hammer throw was 2007 grad Martin Bingisser, who recorded a best of 207-1.
Next week Washington will send the majority of its team to the Oregon Relays in Eugene, but a select group will travel to the famous Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Both events are April 24-25.